The Things That Made Me Smile

If you couldn’t tell by my last post, my life has seemed like a whirlwind lately. Our of nowhere it’s started to fly by and I feel like I am accomplishing NOTHING! Not long after writing that post a series of things happened to me that made me smile. In no particular order:

Emily wrote to me about a surprise her husband got her. After reading this post and this post of mine about Push Presents, she hinted to her husband that she would like one… Half joking half serious. Well, still nearly 4 months away from her due date he surprised her early! She thanked me for the tip that she had never heard of before my post. Please read her story! It made me smile.

My little guy. Ok, he’s not really mine, but my husband and I watch him twice a week so sometimes he feels like he’s related to me. When his parents are around I try to teach him some booty-shaking moves and slang talk. He’s going to grow up to be really cool. He came to visit me at work yesterday… Well, he came because he was waiting for his dad to finish work, but I like to think it was just to visit me. It’s always nice to see cute babies at work, and how can an adorable baby NOT put a smile on your face?

My husband. He always has a way to make me smile. No matter how angry or sad I am… He woke up and got us donuts Saturday (second best to Chick-fil-a breakfast, which we woke up too late for). I heart him.

My Faith. Church can bring me to tears and bring a smile to my face all in the same day. I love being around good Christian people. It was a friend at work who reminded me of a long lost favorite of mine:

“And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” -Romans 5:3-5

I’m not sure how long it’ll take us to get the baby I’ve been preparing for, and sometimes it may appear as though I assume my child will come right away, I know it may take time. But I KNOW that he or she will come in God’s time. I have faith in that, and I know it will all work out the way He wants it to, and that one day I will look back and be so happy it all worked out the way it did.

Next… Mail. I get SO excited for mail, especailly packages. I actually buy things on Ebay just so I can get packages in the mail. So you can imagine my excitement when I got home from work Friday night there was a HUGE box waiting for me. I knew it was from Johnsons & Johnsons, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I won a gift basket from them while I was at Blogher in Chicago. There were three different kinds I could have won, I thought I had won the “romantic gettaway” package, so I was excited for it to get here just in time. Little did I know it would be full of baby stuff.
So finally, what makes me smile.. Feeling like Oprah. And since I won’t be able to use this stuff for at least a year, I thought I’d play like Oprah again and do another giveaway. I really wish I had enough stuff for everyone who enters… You are all great for participating, and I hope you’re not getting giveawayed-out from me! If you don’t need it yet either, enter and give it to a friend who could use it!
This giveaway is for MY FOLLOWERS! You are all so great to me, I really love when you pop in from Google reader and leave words of encouragement. Really, all of your comments on my last post have REALLY helped lift my spirits… And made me smile!!

If you aren’t a follower, become one, and leave a comment to enter!!
Here’s a description of the prize:
JOHNSON’S Baby Powder
JOHNSON’S Baby Shampoo
JOHNSON’S Baby Lotion
DESTIN cream
JOHNSON’S Baby Head-to-Toe Washcloths

All enclosed in an ADORABLE Mini Shopping Cart!

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-You subscribe to my blog
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-You Tweet/ Facebook about this contest (every day you tweet is an extra entry!) Please say: “I just entered this awesome #giveaway on @futuremama’s blog for an adorable baby gift basket

-Leave a comment on one of my posts for
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2009 Bloggers Choice Awards (worth 5 entries! So leave 5 comments- NEW: EACH email account you vote under is 5 entries 🙂 )

Giveaway Ends September 13th at 11:59pm! Good luck!

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  1. So glad you were able to find some smiles yesterday. Never heard of the push presents but what a Great Idea! Definitely going to be spreading the word on that one. 🙂

  2. So glad I helped cheer you up–you definitely helped cheer me up!! Haha 🙂

    For the giveaway… I follow! (and so nice of you to pass this along!!)

    Emily @ Baby Dickey

  3. Well, I am not even going to try to win your giveaway since I also do not have a baby, but I loved the things that made you smile this week and I was just coming over to say hi : ). Packages are exciting, aren’t they? : ) Happy Sunday!

  4. You are so sweet to do all these giveaways. Love your blog and wishing you the best with your future baby! It was always a let down for me to see that negative sign each time I took a test – but man it made it more exciting when the positive sign showed up after a few months!

  5. Such a cute blog! We just had our first grandbaby this week. I so hope and pray that you get your wish of being a mom soon! Stopping by from SITS!!

  6. just stopping in from SITS to say hi! Great Blog! I am also a carrier oriented, wife of two years, and mommy to a furry baby…..I’m just not ready for the “real” human babies yet 🙂 Happy Monday!
    I’m doing a “5 days of Give-A-Ways” right now so check it out!
    I’m following you now too 🙂

  7. I hope I don’t ruin your smiles. And I’m not trying to freak you about mommy-things, really.

    But I know I appreciated being told to watch what I choose for my kids, so I wanted to share this with you too. When you do have your baby(ies) one way to watch out is to check ingredients of simple things- like lotions or shampoo to make sure they are safe for babies.

    A good site is Here is the link to Johnson’s Baby Lotion and what their scientists say about the safety of its ingredients:'s_Baby_Lotion_Original/

    I hope it’s not too much of a bummer.

  8. I’ve been following for a long time now and boy could I use those things! I’ve got a dirt lovin’ kiddo! Anything to help keep her clean or at least smelling clean is a bonus in my life!

  9. that is an adorable baby! thanks for a great giveaway 🙂 I am now a follower of yours, and will be praying for your family and your baby when I read your posts <><

  10. I am so happy for your family-you sound like you will make wonderful parents. I love the little shopping cart-so cute! I am now following you.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  11. I loved this post- it made me remember all of things that make me smile. Thanks.

    And thanks for the chance at an AWESOME giveaway. We’re expecting our little one in a couple of months and it would sure come in handy- thanks Oprah! 🙂

  12. That shopping cart is the cutest thing I have ever seen!! (Squeal)
    And it’s easy to stay positive with all those things that make you smile! Yay!

  13. I added you to my aol reader. 🙂 What a great post. I think you have inspired me to make a post about my smiley things. As soon as I get a few extra minutes. I’ve been really bad about keeping up with my blog.

  14. Thank you for the giveaway. I found your blog and enjoyed reading about your smiles so I am now a follower so that I could read more! You are going to make a wonderful mother one day.

  15. My nephew found out this week he’s gonna be a first time Daddy. He is SOOOO excited. I’d love to win some things for him for the baby. We can’t wait! 🙂

  16. I think this is the first time I’ve been to your blog, but I love the look and especially the emotional feel of it. I just signed up to follow and I’m sure I’ll be back. Thanks so much!

  17. Oh, I would LOVE to win this for the couple who’s baby I am carrying (a surrogacy). 😀

    Thank you SO much. 🙂 atraditionalsurro at comcast dot net

  18. This is my frist time to visit your blog!
    I am a fellow Texas gal myself.
    I am entering this to win it for my niece.
    She is having a baby in November & lost all her stuff in Hurricane Ike.
    Her Hubby is leaving for Iraq in 2 weeks & will not be here for the birth of thier little girl.

    I follow you now too!

  19. I am so happy for your family-you sound like you will make wonderful parents. I love the little shopping cart-so cute! I am now following you.
    smchester at gmail dot com

  20. just stopping in from SITS to say hi! Great Blog! I am also a carrier oriented, wife of two years, and mommy to a furry baby…..I’m just not ready for the “real” human babies yet 🙂 Happy Monday!
    I’m doing a “5 days of Give-A-Ways” right now so check it out!
    I’m following you now too 🙂

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