My sunshine.
May 15, 2012

It must be said that after the rain comes the sun.  And after a weekend of very difficult days and more attitude than I knew a two-year-old was capable of, Charlotte woke up yesterday morning in a great mood.

We made art in the morning.  We shared a Very Special Treat (a brownie and juice) with lunch.  We read books and blew bubbles and gardened most of the afternoon.  We drew with chalk on the driveway.  We listened to music and danced.

Okay, she danced.  I watched.  Then she twirled as fast as she could and played Earthquake (when she gets dizzy, we run as fast as we can to our house’s earthquake safe-spots).

In the evening when Donald came home, we spent time outside together and then we ate sandwiches for dinner.  It was a lovely spring day.  When the tide is against me, I cling to memories of days like those as though they were a life raft.  And when everything is going well, I just enjoy sitting back and thinking about the smiles we shared.

** Charlotte is two years and nine months old.  I am fifteen weeks pregnant.

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  1. By on May 15, 2012

    I’m very glad to hear you had a great day with Charlotte!

  2. By Melissa on May 15, 2012

    This doesn’t have anything to do with your post (sorry!) but I was wondering how you got your blog looking so good and how you were able to start making some money off of it.  Any advice is appreciated!

  3. By Sarah Christensen on May 15, 2012

    Melissa - I sketched out what I wanted and showed it to a web designer and she made it happen.  Then Donald spent the last three years fixing the various coding errors that have popped up and dealing with random spam attacks and the like.

    I can’t really advise on the money side of things.  Although the site does make some money, I’ve never personally seen a dime of it.  I have my website set up as a business and our bank requires a minimum balance in a business account that we have yet to reach.  We pay a minimum of $800 in state taxes each year on the business and so far the vast majority of income the site generates pays for that, hosting, and other oddball website costs that come up.  Some also goes in the form of donation to charities we believe in, like Jordin’s Journey or our adoption agency, Olive Crest.  We’ve never performed payroll to us as individuals.  We just set up the website so that if we ever needed to, we could, but I don’t really see that happening any time soon.  I like the lower-key version of things!

  4. By Katie @ Miss Tweedle on May 15, 2012

    It feels so good when you can go to bed with a smile on your face and think “that was a great day”. I love those moments too.

    Sounds like you had a lovely day! :)





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