Monday, February 20, 2006

Remember these quizzes from magazines?

The Keys to Your Heart

You are attracted to those who are unbridled, untrammeled, and free.

In love, you feel the most alive when things are straight-forward, and you're told that you're loved.

You'd like to your lover to think you are optimistic and happy.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is open. Both of you can talk about everything... no secrets.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You'll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as commitment. Love only works when both people are totally devoted.

Two Temples

This poem was sent to me by my grandmother. I liked it so much I thought I'd share it with you all.

Two Temples
-Hattie Vose Hall

A Builder builded a temple,
He wrought it with grace and skill;
Pillars and groins and arches
All fashioned to work his will.
Men said, as they saw its beauty,
"It shall never know decay;
Great is thy skill, O Builder!
Thy fame shall endure for aye."
A Mother builded a temple
With loving and infinite care,
Planning each arch with patience,
Laying each stone with prayer.
None praised her unceasing efforts,
None knew of her wondrous plan,
For the temple the Mother builded
Was unseen by the eyes of man.
Gone is the Builder's temple,
Crumpled into the dust;
Low lies each stately pillar,
Food for consuming rust.
But the temple the Mother builded
Will last while the ages roll,
For that beautiful unseen temple
Was a child's immortal soul.

Monday, February 13, 2006

And the winner is....

There has been a major break-through on the baby naming front. We have finally settled on a masculine name! Isaac Thomas Allen Gardenghi. Thomas is my father's name and Allen is Paul's dad. There was talk of hyphenating the names but we decided it was unnecessary. There was also a discussion about it being too long but we decided it flowed better with the two names than with either on its own. It's definitely a relief to have it decided. Now we have a plan no matter what the Lord gives us :-) Feel free to let us know what you think!

Friday, February 10, 2006

Caribbean Crawlers

This is one of the many inhabitants of our island. This little guy is about half-three quarters the length of a pencil and about as thick as my middle finger. We think he's also poisonous as Lady had a run in with one the other day. She ate it. Then she proceeded to empty her stomach several times until it was all gone. She's fine now but learned her lesson. I don't think that will happen again.

Monday, February 06, 2006

Fresh bread

Here is a sample of my latest favorite recipe. It is called Amish white bread and it's got a great texure and wonderful taste. Slightly sweet with a nice weight. I was very happy with these two loaves. I have long pan (about 5 inches by 12 inches) so I had to try the recipe once and then guess how to alter it to make the right size loaves. Yummy!
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Alexis Kathryn Gardenghi?

Here is that pregnant picture I have been promising! Hope this gives you a good idea, Hannah!
Saturday was my first meeting with Margarite Sherrif, my midwife. I absolutely loved her and Paul liked her too. YAY! She was very thorough. She took my medical and family history, measured the fondus (sp?) (checked to see that I am about as big as I am supposed to be for how pregnant I am), and we listened to the heart beat. All very exciting. We were very impressed. I go to the clinic on campus on Wednesday to get my blood work done and then I should have my next appointment in about a month. We have decided that if it is a girl we are going to name her Alexis Kathryn. We haven't firmly settled on a masculine name yet, but I'll let you know when we do. Margarite is not keen on doing ultrasounds just for the sake of doing them so we might wait until a little later in the pregnancy to see if any reason arises for me to get one done. I would like to know the sex of the baby if we get one done, but on the other hand, it's not like knowing the sex is going to affect how much I love him or anything. Ah,the pros and cons! Anyway, more to follow on the topic guaranteed :-)