First off, have you seen this week’s Thrifted or Grifted results? If not, go check ‘em out. You may be surprised.

Sometimes, I just can’t help but hit you guys with a round of randomness, and today is one of those days.

Hope you don’t mind too much.

Let’s get to it!

1. In case you’re wondering, our current round of ducks is doing fine, thank you very much.


2. This is what my tree-ring flowerbed looks like right now.


It’s pretty much a hot mess (my husband always shakes his head in dismay when I use that phrase) since I haven’t done a thing to them yet this year, but the wildness of the overflowing white bushy bits paired with the purple tallish flowers really appeals to me somehow. Something English-gardenesque about it that I really like. (Isn’t my super-specific plant terminology impressive? I promise I actually planted them last year with my own hands, but I have zero recollection of their names…clearly).

3. We have a garage door now, and I kind of love it. (Still no house-paint, though).


4. Patterned maxi dresses have been catching my eye lately.

Like this one:


Or this adorable DIY from Lindsay.

{Click the pic to be taken to the post where she shows how she made hers}

Definitely tempted to copycat.

A future Try-it Tuesday, perhaps?

5. Finally, although I’m well aware that internet diagnosing a health condition is super-risky business, I just can’t help myself on this one.

Which means I need your help.

For the last 16 weeks or so, I’ve been having these symptoms—stuff like nausea, acute exhaustion, headaches, ravenous hunger, mood swings, and, most curious of all, swelling in the abdominal region.

I’m just wondering if I should be worried.

Does this sound like something you guys have encountered before?


Just a quick shot to help you get a visual so you can make a more accurate diagnosis.

Thanks a heap ahead of time for any help you can throw my way!



    Congratulations, Love!!! I’m a newish follower, but I’ve already spent hours perusing your site and getting to know your adorable family (which is too ca-ute for words, I must say). ^_^ As I plunge head-first into your wonderful world of inspiration, one thing is glaringly clear: your exceptional creative abilities are surpassed only by your ability to produce gorgeous offspring. And judging by joy that is so clear on everyone’s faces, I can tell that you are an amazing mom. =}

    I know I speak for all your readers when I say that we couldn’t be more excited for you and your family. You deserve all the happiness in the world!! *HUGS*

    ~Nicole @

  2. Congratulations and welcome to the world of four! You look amazing for 16 weeks & I’m sure your exercise classes have helped! You’re going to love the four; everyone always has a buddy and the first two and second two will have a special bond. It wasn’t that much harder going from three to four. Let me know if you need any baby clothes! We’re done & I will happily send some your way:) (just not USPS):) God Bless:)

  3. Aw, congratulations Abbie!!! Hoping you have another girlie and then you will have an even number of boys/girls. LOL. I have heard it is easier going from 3 to 4, as someone else posted, it seems to round it out a bit. Is Miss Della ready to share you?? Very happy for you!

  4. How exciting!!! Congratulations to you all. I have four boys so I’ll tell you that a fourth child really does round out a family nicely. Something about even numbers that just makes things more comfortable.

  5. I love your cute random posts! And seeing as I have gone through those same symptoms 3 times…I’m going with the obvious…you are expecting!!! Congratulations!!! You are way too cute and I love how you shared your news with us:-)

  6. LOL! You’re not going to believe this, but my first thought (since it’s so close to my heart don’tcha know…) was “Oh, no. Poor girl. She’s going through menopause.” Til I realized that you’re MUCH too young for that business! lolol! Praise the Lord! lol! And congratulations, Abbie!

    xoxo laurie

  7. Babyitis may be going around. Several girls at hubby’s work caught it. Blessings to you and your family. Glad to hear the little Aja Kees are doing well. 🙂

  8. So happy for you and your family, Abbie! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    P.S. I didn’t figure this out until I read the comments, and until then I was like, Oh, no, Abbie is sick, what is going on, etc. doh!

  9. What a beautiful picture! As a nursing student who isn’t allowed to diagnose, I’d venture to guess that you’re pregnant!!!!!
    Ow ow! Good for you and your family, congrats Abbie!

  10. Oh, and I forgot – the forgetting all the time (the plant names) is called “Pregnancy brain” according to that daughter I talked about above (but then – in my case – it’s just called forgetting). Ha!Ha!

  11. Wow – let’s see, I’ve had those symptoms twice myself and my youngest daughter is currently has the same symptoms! The good thing is, they only last about 9 months and then you have this really nice present. Congratulations!

    Hugs –
    Carol @arewethereyet

  12. Seems like there’s a lot of that going around. I had those same symptoms this fall/winter. Now, I just have a very swollen belly and back pain. : ) Congrats-so excited for you.

  13. Squeee! The world is not yet ready for more of the cuteness you seem to offspring. It’s good that we get some advance notice so that we can adequately prepare for the hours of gawking over said expected cuteness. Congrats!

  14. Yay! Congrats! I’m expecting too! I’m 14 weeks so we’re due at almost the same time. Hope you’ve been feeling well!

  15. Congratulations! A maxi-dress will be perfect summer wear for pregnancy! Say no to uncomfortable waistbands! I was asked twice this week whether I’m pregnant…that’s after losing 10 pounds over the past year. I think I need to stay away from empire-waist clothing.
    Oh, and I love your english garden flowerbed! Mine are mostly looking bare and shrivelled right now, except the tulips are starting to come up now.

  16. Congrats girly!!! (and how do you always look so cute in pics of yourself? I always seem to make a goofy face – or worse!)

  17. Congrats!!! My littlest is already 9 months and I’m already missing the newborn snuggly days…

  18. Hmmm….if I were a DR (and shhh! don’t tell my kids that I’m not)…I would probably diagnose you with babyitis. But I could be wrong seeing as how “itis” really means infection…and well it doesn’t seem infected to me…guess I really shouldn’t diagnose without a degree. Anyway…congrats to you!!

  19. Your posts are just hilarious to read. My husband and I have 4 children, so when we announced the 4th one he asked a question. Don’t you know how this happens? Anyway, you look absolutely amazing for experiencing these symptoms for the past 16 weeks. Congratulations!

  20. I think it’s an epidemic. Several friends of mine seem to be displaying these symptoms lately. Strangely enough I have also been experiencing all but the nausea. If only I could attribute it to the same health condition they, and apparently now you, have. Unfortunately, it seems to be more a case of over-eating due to job induced stress syndrome for me. Bummer. Anyway, a few of my suggestions for handling the duration of your health condition would be to indulge in any sudden need for a particular food group, go ahead and make a DIY maxi dress or two (they will come in handy during the upcoming summer months), and put Della in charge of the boys if exhaustion calls for a catnap. 🙂

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