Friday, December 19, 2014

In Remembrance

You never walked upon the earth,
But I remember you.
We couldn't celebrate your birth,
But I remember you.

We've never seen your little face,
But I remember you.
You're buried in a distant place,
But I remember you.

It's been eight years since you passed on,
But I remember you.
So many friends don't know you're gone,
But I remember you.

And if you'd lived, who would you be?
It must remain unknown.
But God has promised that we'll see
Our saint in heaven grown. 

I hold on to that hope each day
And pray that you will know
That even though I'm far away
Your mommy loves you so.

In loving memory of Noel Wahlund, lost to miscarriage 12/19/2006. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Long Overdue Update

Has it really been more than a month since I blogged? Yikes. I keep meaning to do Quick Takes on Fridays but then I get distracted and it slips my mind.

Here's an update on what's been happening lately at La Casa Wahlund. I promise I'll try to do better!

1. Peter turned 1 on October 7.

He's gotten more mobile, army crawling around and getting into EVERYTHING. 

2. We took a family vacation to Zion National Park in Utah. These pictures don't begin to do justice to how gorgeous it is.

We also stopped by the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. 

3. William and Violet started T-ball the week of October 20. They have practices every Wednesday and games most Saturdays. 

4. Halloween was a blast! I was so pleased with how the kids' costumes turned out. In September I saw a toddler-sized Scooby-Doo costume at Goodwill for $8, and I thought how cool it would be if all the kids dressed up as Mystery Incorporated (they watch it on Netflix and are big fans). I scoured secondhand shops (both local and online), Wal-Mart, and their closets, and we managed to pull it together pretty well:

Elanor as Daphne Blake, William as Fred Jones, Violet as Velma Dinkley,
Peter as Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, and Gabriel as Scooby-Doo 
5. A few weeks ago, my employer announced that the office had run out of desks and we'd be moving to a desk-sharing program (where two people would work from home on alternate days and share a desk in the office). I asked for and was granted permission to work from home Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays! It's almost like getting a raise (and it probably is similar what with I'll be saving in gas). I'm so thrilled to be getting six hours of my life back every week.

6. I turned 34 on November 3. I had a wonderful day - I took a vacation day off of work and had a whole day to myself. I got a haircut, browsed used bookstores, and had a nice quiet supper all by myself. It was glorious. Thanks to a generous birthday check from my FIL, I bought new hiking boots and $60 worth of books at the used bookstores I went to (yes, I am an addict).

7. And some BIG news... Collin has a new job! He'll be working as a programmer for one of the local school districts (not ours, but one bordering ours). He starts on Monday. We're so happy and thankful to God for this new opportunity!

So, that's what's going on with us. Now we have Thanksgiving, Christmas, and five more birthdays to look forward to (Gabriel, Collin, Elanor, William, and Violet have their birthdays in November, December, January, February, and March, respectively).

Friday, October 3, 2014

7 Quick Takes of Peter! October 3, 2014

Peter turns ONE on Tuesday! Can you believe it?? I can't! His party is this weekend and we are going to have a blast! In his honor, here are some of my favorite pictures of my little guy. (I might do a Part II next week, as I have so many great pictures of him!)

One of my first glimpses of that sweet face

shortly after his (very speedy) birth

First Halloween!

Happy guy

Big smiles for great-grandma Violet

Little tease

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Monday, September 29, 2014

How Would You Respond to this Pro-Abortion Argument?

The original comment can be found here, on this post at the blog, if you want to read more of its context. I've already responded, but I'm just curious as to how others would respond.
Women still die from pregnancy, and it doesn't matter how rare or how common certain afflictions are. It is a FACT that not every complication can be predicted, prevented or cured. Women will die. Period. We can't predict which women will die, or how many. But some will die. By forcing women to remain pregnant against their will you are effectively denying women the inalienable right to life. You are rolling the dice with women's lives.
What would you say to this person?

Adding a random picture, because every blog post can be improved with Commander Spock.

Friday, September 26, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 26, 2014

Apologies in advance, but this is going to be an exasperated quick takes; I have a few things to get off my chest.

Russell Pearce is an idiot. According to him, I should be forcibly sterilized because my family qualifies for Medicaid. Hello, Mr. Pearce, I work full-time but my salary alone is not such that our family can easily get by. And believe me, my husband is diligently searching for a job so we can get off Medicaid as soon as possible. Unfortunately, this is a crappy economy. Want to loan us $50,000 so we can manage for a year without public assistance? No? Then shut your piehole. (And yes, I did write him a letter saying this, although in slightly more tactful terms.)

I adore the blog at, but the combox has been overrun with pro-abort trolls. I think that most people have simply stopped commenting because it is just so wearying to deal with the constant attacks and slurs. For example, take a look at the following exchange I had today (it's long, so feel free to scroll past -- and apologies if, after seeing this, you sustain a head injury due to the force of your facepalm):

Why do I even try? Oh, I know... it's for the lurkers. I was converted to the pro-life cause in large part because I read tons of blog articles, and their subsequent comboxes, debating the different issues. I never participated, though. I'm hoping that other silent lurkers may be similarly convinced.

Then there's this idiocy, in which Obama et al are encouraging businesses to refuse to serve other businesses that buy and sell firearms. So.... let me get this straight. I can refuse to serve a gun owner, or a business owner that buys/sells guns, but I can't refuse to participate in a gay wedding? How does that work, exactly?

William came home with this assignment the other day:

I don't really mind the assignment itself -- yes, it's obnoxious to have projects that require direct parental assistance given that I have already gone through first grade and certainly don't need to repeat the process by working on an assignment, but whatever. The pennies requirement made me raise my eyebrows. And penalizing kids who can't find pennies from 2007-8 to present? Whaaaa? That is so dependent on dumb luck that it's baffling to me. We very rarely carry cash anymore, and I don't really want to go to the bank and get rolls of pennies in hopes that we'll get the right ones.

Thankfully my awesome friend Rose dug through her change jar and found all the pennies we need, but still. I could see making it an extra-credit aspect of the assignment, but it just seems grossly unfair to make it a requirement that you're penalized for not fulfilling.

Anyway. In happier news, we've scheduled Peter's first birthday party for October 4! How is it possible that my baby is turning one already??? *sob*

Please, please continue praying for our family. Collin still has had no luck on the job front as of yet... he's had a few interviews, but no offers. It's discouraging to say the least. Thank you!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - September 12, 2014

--- 1 ---

No concrete news on Collin's job front yet, sigh. Continued prayers are appreciated.

--- 2 ---

I wrote an article for SecularProLife last week about why it's horrible to call abortion and miscarriage the same thing. (You wouldn't think people would need that explained, would you?) You can read it here: Precision of Language, Please, New York Times

Do yourself a favor and don't read the comments; apparently the article struck a nerve with many pro-abortion trolls, one of whom called Noel, the baby I miscarried in 2006, a "meatball." Stay klassy, pro-abortioneers.

--- 3 ---

Peter turned 11 months old on the 7th! I can't believe my baby is going to be a year old soon! I took this adorable YouTube video of him the other day; while I was filming, he said one of his three words ("Mama"!). The other two words he says are "Dada" and "Kee" (kitty).

--- 4 ---

He's not crawling yet but he is getting very, very close - it should be any day now. Plus he's been trying to pull himself up to a standing position lately. *sob* Where'd my baby go??

--- 5 ---

I did see "The Giver" a few weeks back and I thought it was excellent! Don't believe the reviews -- the changes made were, I thought, mostly necessary. (It wasn't a perfect movie, but by and large it was very well done, I thought.)
--- 6 ---

Collin and I celebrated 13 years of marriage on September 1! We were able to see a movie ("Guardians of the Galaxy," which was also excellent!) and then go out for dinner. We had a marvelous time.

--- 7 ---

My carpool partner found a new job so starting next week I'll be driving alone again. :( I haven't had any luck finding a new partner, but hopefully I will. Not being able to take the carpool lane is going to be frustrating.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday - August 22, 2014

--- 1 ---

Collin has several job prospects on the horizon. I don't want to go into more detail than that, so apologies for the vagueness, but could you please pray for us and our discernment?

--- 2 ---

Congratulations to Amy (and her husband) from This Cross I Embrace! I have been praying for them for years, and I'm so overjoyed that they are parents at last! I was so happy when I heard the news that I teared up.

--- 3 ---

Peter had an orthopedist appointment yesterday. The doctor said his feet continue to look great! He did order some adjustments to his brace, but the pediatric orthopedics shop was booked so we can't get those done until next week.

sweet little feet
--- 4 ---

Speaking of Peter, look who is allllllllllllllllllllllllllllllmost crawling:

He hasn't quite figured it out yet, but he's very close. *gulp*

--- 5 ---

The kids started school on August 7 - Ellie in 4th grade and William in 1st. Sigh... time flies.

--- 6 ---

In contrast, here is a picture of me and my brother in 1987, on our first day of school -- he was starting 3rd grade and I was starting 1st grade.

 Am I rocking that '80s hair or what? And check out Matt's totally rad suspenders!

--- 7 ---

I'm going to try and see The Giver this weekend (Collin saw it last weekend and liked it quite a bit). I've read that while there are some notable differences from the book (which is one of my favorite books of all time), Lois Lowry approved them all and also said that some made the story better.

Did you know that The Giver has three sequels? I'm actually surprised at how few people know that. I didn't know myself until a few years ago, and I only read the fourth very recently. (The fourth is the best of the sequels, in my opinion, but they are all great!)

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