Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 Recap

I started the year planning my wedding.

We were married April 25th,2009.

I married a man who has a personal relationship with God, and has taught me so much about the bible, and helped me with my walk with God.

June 2009, we go to Charleston for a summer time honeymoon. Little did we know until the next month, we were given a honeymoon baby.

July 2009, found out our prayer was answered after only 2 short months of marriage-we are pregnant!!

August 2009, I get a job teaching 2 year old children at the same preschool that my daughter attended many years ago. This is what I love to do! Work with children!

My son goes to work with me, and comes home with me. I am blessed to be able to spend so much quality time with him, and still work.

Amber starts middle school that same month, and at this point is looking me in the eye!!

Amber is in band, and drama! How exciting!

We had wonderful holiday's with both sides of our families.

2010 will be just as amazing as we meet our daughter Bella, and she completes our family of 6 in March!

I hope you had an amazing year!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Irish Girl

My father was very proud to be Irish. I mean.....Marie, Danny, Patty, and Colleen (which means 'Irish girl') kind of gave that away. Wearing green was mandatory on St. Patrick's day. Even for my non-Irish mother. I recall several St. Patrick's Day parties at the Corbett house. DJ...right in the living room. Green, green, everywhere. I'm ashamed to admit that I'm not a big fan of Irish food. Corn beef and cabbage, fresh ham, split pea soup-it's all gross to me. But I had to eat it here and there growing up.

Anyway, my Mom came over with these 'little green' items for Bella. This is her first gift. We haven't bought her anything yet. She is actually due 2 days after St. Patrick's Day, but I am thinking she may come a little early. They took a Alex a week early because of how fast I have my babies. If not, she can wear it in the hospital. I love that my mother is always still thinking about my father, and what he would want for his grandchildren.

Monday, December 21, 2009


As I was thinking about what everyone is going to wear for Christmas this year, and I thought about wearing my black boots, I had a flash back of being at my desk, in a loud room, chasing the clock to get loans on the board to close that day, all while getting my boots shined by Urie, a man that would come with a portable shoe-shine box on wheels every Friday and go through the entire office, shining every one's shoes. Which turned into a flash back about all of my clothes in my closet being on wire hangers and covered in plastic because everything went to the dry cleaners. Which turned into a flash back of it being just me and Amber. Which turned into a flash back of life in NY. Which turned into a flash back of getting out of work at 6pm in the dark, bitter cold and having to scrape my car and wondering if my ears were still attached to my head. or if my doors would be frozen shut.

Now, I go to work in cotton comfortable clothes and sneakers, sit on the floor, play with play dough, and sing 'jingle bells' and the 'clean up' song. I'm home by 1:45. I have a husband and 3.75 kids, my son has no idea what snow really is, and my 2 youngest children will only get a taste here and there of New York people, and NY lifestyle.

Life. It's amazing how it changes in ways that you never imagined.

Friday, December 18, 2009


I had a few of my sisters kids last night. Yes, a few, there are more. The night ran later than expected, and this was the end result. Alex was in his bed...reluctantly....because he had school today.

Amber, Noah, Logan, and Mackenzie. Sweet, Sweet, family.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Jesus had no servants,
yet they called Him Master.

Had no degree,
yet they called Him Teacher.

Had no medicines,
yet they called Him Healer.

Had no army,
yet kings feared Him.

He won no military battles,
yet He conquered the world.

He committed no crime,

yet they crucified Him.

He was buried in a tomb,
yet He lives today.

Feel honored
to serve such a Leader
who loves us.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Thursday, December 10, 2009

I Once Knew This Girl

She had a baby boy in December 2005. It was such a bittersweet time in her life, because although it would be 7 months before she left, she already knew her relationship was over.
I would say during pregnancy, she started to get depressed. She's not sure if she honestly believes in postpartum depression, but whatever it was bad. She didn't get to enjoy her son as an infant. She took care of him, but it wasn't the same as the last time. One day when he was just about 2 weeks old, she left him in the car at Walmart, while shopping for baby supplies. It was only about 3 minutes, but felt like a lifetime for her. He was snug, sleeping in his car seat. She still holds that memory fresh in her head. The frustration of the constant tears and lethargic ways started to fill the house. She had Christmas that year, and although the house looked like something out of a magazine, it was empty, relatively speaking. She was empty.

June of 2006, it's time for a change. Having to let go of having a family was one of the hardest things she has ever had to do. Here she is, 32, and in a bedroom at her sisters house with a 7 month old, and an 8 year old, feeling like a failure. The depression got worse. The family stepped in, and off to therapy she went. Once a week, for a while, compliments of her mother. In the meantime, a door opened. An old boss from where she grew up gave her an opportunity to work from home. It was a new venture for the company, with no guarantees. But it enabled her to get on her feet. That was a gift from God, he wanted to take care of her, she just didn't know it yet.

She moves in to a beautiful 3 bedroom apartment in a great area, and got to stay home with her son, be a room mother for her daughter, and slowly get her life back together. The job only lasted 4 months, but it was just long enough for her to get it together. Something was still missing. She was still making bad decisions and repeating sin patterns, even though things were looking up. Therapy was helping a lot, but the real change came when she decided to let the most important person in her life. God.

She started going to church, and slowly but surely, her whole life transformed. Shawn Wood. Confessions of a Pastor. That's where it all started. That was in I believe June or July of 2007. If she knew all it would take to learn how to love herself was to get to know God, she would have done it a long time ago. That girl I once knew began to die that day, and a new woman emerged. That same girl who thought it was her destiny to raise her kids and be single for the rest of her life is now in a loving marriage with a respectful, kind, Godly man. She is raising her family the right way, setting a great example, and is even expecting a baby in just a few months. God has showered her with blessings since the day she stepped out, and began to trust in Him. She stepped out, and He stepped in, and her life has never been the same.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Happy Birthday Alex!

Today is Alex's 4th birthday! We had a party for him last Sunday. Low key....him and his cousins....and we had so much fun! We iced cookies, colored cars, got tattoo's, and raced on our homemade race track. We got Alex a plasma car. He has been on it ever since. They have them at preschool, and he loved them so much, I got him one to have at home. I think I scored the best gift award. All of the kids really enjoyed the party, which was tricky, considering the age range.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful big boy!!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

December 6th 2008

December 6th 2008, I went on a lunch date with my boyfriend.

December 6th 2008, he brought me back to the restaurant where we had our first date.

December 6th 2008, Robert asked me to be his wife.

December 6th 2008, we had an engagement photo shoot through the city of Charlotte, retracing all of our steps from our first date.

December 6th 2008, I was thinking about becoming a wife, gaining a son, and planning a wedding.

December 6th 2009, my husband brought me back to where it all began.

December 6th 2009, we ate lunch, had Starbucks, and walked the city streets and reminisced about what we were doing one year earlier.

December 6th 2009, we brought a 'guest' with us. Our unborn child.

December 6th 2009, I am looking forward to a new baby, our first anniversary, and I am giving endless thanks and praise to God for all that He has blessed us with.

What an AMAZING Year!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Christmas Time

I took a bunch of pictures of our tree, but photos never do a Christmas Tree any justice. was the night before Thanksgiving. Robert and I were having a 'date' night....we were relaxed, lovin' life, and we went for our tree. It was a beautiful night, and when you are out there with all of those beautiful seem to forget where you live, and how much space you have. We brought home this monster. Once we got it in the house, we were like...what are we going to do with it? We have the height, but not the width-not with ease anyway. We put a couch in Amber's room, shuffled things around a bit, and found a home for this huge, beautiful tree. We love it!

This is real too. Robert decorated it, it came plain, and was just as beautiful with nothing on it.

We are packed out in the space that we have!

Gotta have the misfits, Santa, and Rudolph! These have been Amber's since she was small. They graduated from her room to the living room this year. I guess she has out grown them.

I'm not sure if you can really tell how big it is. Like I said, pictures of Christmas Trees just don't cut it.

Lit up!

Belly shot! Well, my Mom is holding it, but you get the picture!

The story behind Tink:
Every year, my Mom buys ornaments for the kids. I think it varies who gets them, depending on what she finds. She is very particular, and puts a lot of thought into it. They are themed based on the child...very awesome and thoughtful. Amber got this Tink about 4 years ago.
And the year after that.
And the year after that.
And the year after that.
For whatever reason, this poor ornament is the one to 'take one for the team every year'. Her bell is green glass, and it's very delicate. This ornament was $10. It has now cost my mother $40 in 4 years. She really wants Amber to have it, and it's really so beautiful. I wish you could see it better. She said she won't buy it again. I doubt that, but I hope she doesn't have to.

My man. I do love him. He's a pain in the butt, but I love him.