Giveaway!

I got this BEAUTIFUL Kitchen Towel from @northwoodsdaisies!  Look for her on Facebook, Etsy and Instagram.

I love it so much I want to GIVE one away! No charge! Not even shipping!  We are talking FREE! Just head over to @mynorthlandlife on Facebook.  Like, share, and comment what state you would like on the giveaway post and you will be entered to win one of these beautiful towels with the state of your choice embroidered on it!

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This…

This picture…Our kid’s first baby picture. 10 days past conception.

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It’s a year for 10 year anniversaries. (A Tattoo and A Miscarriage) And there are many things going on right now that are driving my memories of this to the surface.

On July 23, 2007 I was in Brooklyn, NY having a frozen embryo transfer.  Our first cycle of IVF had ended in a pregnancy and then miscarriage.  Our second cycle had ended in no pregnancy.  How would this frozen embryo transfer end? Our chances were good.  My body was ready, the embryos were all 10 days old and doing great. As I remember back I can almost feel the the excitement, the cautious optimism, the fear and anxiety that I felt in my stomach the entire week before the transfer.

This lady…my son’s godmother and my dear friend who gave me shots multiple times a day.  Who took me to and from the hospital.  Who let me lay on her and her husband’s couch for my 3 days of bed rest after my transfer.  We had stopped at the Americana for breakfast on the way to the airport.  Coffee and pancakes.  Seems like yesterday.  Hard to believe it has been 10 years already.

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This pregnancy test (yes I saved it)…I actually knew I was pregnant before I took this test.  It was a little over a week after my transfer.  With both my pregnancies my mouth started to water uncontrollably for no reason.  Just randomly.  I know…weird. This time it was in church on Sunday.  I knew immediately, well I hoped immediately that I was pregnant.  I took this test on Wednesday even though I was due to have a blood test on Friday.  After 13 years of negative home tests I wasn’t going to be cheated out of a positive one.noah9.jpg

This ultrasound…7 weeks.  After I heard and saw the heart beat and the doctor left the room I dropped to my knees, bawled my eyes out and thanked God for answering my prayers.  Our baby had a strong heart beat. This might actually be happening for real.  I think we may have held our breath for my entire pregnancy. noah8

This boy…our heart, our miracle, our joy!  It’s crazy to think that in 9 months we will be celebrating his 10 year anniversary.

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This group…The Kofinas Fertility Group.  Amazing group of talented doctors, nurses, embryologists, lab and support staff.  Not all of them are pictured but they all have a special place in our hearts!

This song…Still by Hillary Scott

You’re parting waters
Making a way for me
You’re moving mountains that I don’t even see
You’ve answered my prayer before I even speak
All You need for me to be is still!

This post…we got our miracle. It used to frustrate me so very much when women who had struggled with infertility but had babies or adopted babies would tell me not to give up. That some day it would be my turn.  How did they know what my future held?  I swore I would never be one of those women.   Yet here I am saying don’t give up. Why?  Because without those women’s encouraging words I would have lost hope.  Don’t lose your hope. Look outside the box.  Consider something new.  Take a chance.  Step out in faith.  You never know what God is doing behind the scenes, what mountains he might be moving or waters he is parting.

 

Superior 4th Of July

I think the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.  First, I love summer foods.  Fresh and grilled veggies, fruit salads, potato salads, BBQ’s, watermelon, and s’mores just to name a few. Yum! I am currently eating my way through my MIL’s left over potato salad.  It’s my favorite.  I love getting together with friends and/or family and I love the fireworks and the feeling you get while watching them.

This 4th my hubby and I both had to work a day shift which was totally perfect because then we had our evening free.  For the first time in 20 years the city of Superior had their 4th of July celebration down Barkers Island water front.  They had a small carnival for kids, a car show, vendors and bands playing right up until the fireworks.

Of course in true Northern Wisconsin fashion it was 57 degrees. 4th3My in laws came over and we had a delish summer meal and since we only live 5 blocks from Barkers Island it was an easy walk down to enjoy the festivities.  We arrived just as the last band for the night, Aftershock was beginning to play.   They were great!  We will definitely be hunting down where and when their shows are. My kid danced the night away and had a blast.  One of the lead singers even came down and danced and sang with my him.  It was such a great time!

The fireworks were AMAZING!  Perfect length and really beautiful.  It was so relaxing to sit near the lake bundled under blankets (note a small tone of sarcasm) and watch the fireworks surrounded by my fellow Superians.

Superior you did an amazing job with the 4th of July celebration this year. I can’t wait to see what you have planned for next year!  I love my city!

http://www.aftershockduluth.com

Ice Cream

Just a short quick post.  I was craving ice cream the other night and my BFF suggested this:

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Not strict Paleo.  It has cane sugar in it.  But this is the best tasting non dairy ice cream I have ever had and I just had to share it!

Raised Garden – Northland Farming

I’m sitting out by the fire on this beautiful summer evening with my laptop because I just can’t bear to be inside.fire2 Summer is a short season here in Northern Wisconsin and being a person who prefers the warm weather I need to soak up every moment I can.  It helps me last the winter.

I can’t believe I haven’t posted about our raised garden.  In addition to our large garden at our friends house we did a raised garden at our house in town.  We decided to start out with one small one this year and see how it goes.  Once again , my talented husband amazed me.  He looked at some designs online and then went out and built it.  Some two by somethings and four by something else and some nails and/or screws and we have a garden.  Amazing!  We shared a couple of yards of dirt with my father in law who also built raised gardens this year.

We have tomato’s, peppers, broccoli and spinach in it.  Please ignore the weeds.  We did weed it after I took this picture.   I went out early this morning and picked spinach for lunches!  I can’t wait for the rest of our plants to start bearing fruit!

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I put one of my blueberry plants in there too.  It’s doing so well!  Next year I plan on having a raised garden dedicated to blueberry bushes.  I can’t wait to eat these berries!

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Our big gardens are doing awesome too.  We are going to have a busy autumn canning and freezing all of our bounty!

We are loving doing the urbanish gardening at our house in town and our big gardens in the country.  We’ve lived in suburbia, Brooklyn, NY and the wide open farming country of Iowa and loved all three.  It seems God has blessed us with a mix of all that we love here in Superior.

Rocks and Sea Glass

The other day I was in a store and I found myself drawn to a jar of rocks.  I thought this is really cool.  I love the way this looks.  I just couldn’t buy a jar of rocks though.  I have jars at home and I was sure I could find some rocks.  I’m not really a Pinterest project person. Crafts aren’t a strength of mine but I figured I could handle a rock jar.

I’ve never  really been a collector of anything but I love the idea of having my house decorated with items from the environment around me.  I’ve never gone hunting for rocks or sea glass before.  Thankfully I live next to Lake Superior and that seemed like a good place to start the hunt for my homemade rock jar.

rocks1 My husband, son and I had a morning free so we headed to our favorite beach Wisconsin Point and spent the morning rock hunting.  Hubby and I rock hunted, my son was quickly lured into the lake to do some swimming.

It turned out to be a really fun family activity.  And we had some good luck.  We found blue, green and clear sea glass and an agate among the other pretty rocks and pebbles we collected.

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We got a decent start on my rock jar and had a great time making some family memories!  I threw in this last picture just because it is so beautiful!

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Wisconsin Point

During the summer one of our favorite places to go is Wisconsin Point.  It’s a long stretch of sandy beach surrounded by forest and Lake Superior.  You can see the hillside of Duluth and the ships out in the lakes.  There is a stoic white lighthouse with a red roof. On a still day, the gentle lapping of the water is mesmerizing and on a strong windy day the powerful waves crashing on the beach are a site to behold.  Nothing can soothe the soul after a long day like a few hours at this beautiful beach.

Wisconsin Point is also an entry point for ships.  wp6We have been out there numerous times but we have never been out there when a ship has come through. Then the other night we were just starting to pack up to leave and I noticed a ship that looked as if it was lining up to come in. We jumped in the truck and drove down further down the beach to the entry point.  I was right! The ship was coming through the entry point!  This huge ship was close enough to talk to the crew.  They even blew the horn for Noah when he asked.  I had no idea how long these ships, or are they boats? Anyway, I had no idea that these Great Lake’s ships are so long.  It was so fun and so exciting to actually be there when a ship came through the entry.  I am hoping since we spend so much time at this beautiful place that we will get to see another ship come through.  Maybe next time it will be a salty (a ship that does both lake and ocean) and we can see what the differences are.

If you haven’t been to Wisconsin Point you should definitely put it on your list of destinations this summer.