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I am Steph! I am a 30-something mom and wife. I am Bi-Polar. I am an Autism mom. I work full time outside the home. I overcommit myself every single day. I sometimes wonder how my husband puts up with me on a day to day basis. I have 2 children, one neuro-typical and one not so neuro-typical. I am a hot mess. I am Steph.

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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Meet Gnomy!

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Monday, December 20, 2010

3 Months!

Nathan is 3 months old today!  

 I can't believe how time has flown!  
Christmas is in T-minus 5 days....I'm so excited to have Nathan to celebrate with us this year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: 2010 Hightree Family Photo Shoot!

I'm thinking the second to last one is Christmas Card material!!  Or.....maybe Ill make a collage of all of them!

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Monday, November 29, 2010


I've been thinking a lot about this situation and I'm officially torn.....I don't know what to do.  Do I leave?  Do I stay?  Do I improve the situation on my own?  Do I enlist in someones help to improve the situation?  I just don't know....

So, I've been attending my church for over 6 years now.  I Love it.  I love the people that go there.  I love the Pastor and his wife.  And I love work that we do in our community.  The problem I am struggling with is I think I need more.  I'm feeling like I'm not getting enough out of my church experience every week.  I feel like I have become one of those people that just goes to church on Sunday and forgets about it until the next week and I don't like it. 

Here's a little background on my church:  My church is a VERY small Methodist church in Three Rivers.  The congregation averages between 20-30 people every Sunday.  The average age of the congregants is 60+.  Besides the exception of a 10 year old here and there I am the youngest person that attends my church regularly.  From there the age gap jumps into the 40's and up.  So, I'm pretty much the only one....  I am very involved in the running of my church.  I sit on the Ad Board, Staff Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Leadership Development Committee, Worship Team, Chairperson of the Missions Committee, I'm a Certified Lay Speaker and I run the bulletins every week.  I also help with the fundraisers held throughout the year and even put on a very successful Mom 2 Mom Sale this past May.  Other than Adult Sunday School and Sunday Worship Service we don't hold any other programs.  We don't have a Youth Group.  We don't have a Children's Sunday School.  Nothing.

I feel like I'm supposed to be getting more out of my church experience then just working behind the scenes with a bunch of people who don't necessarily agree with my ideas or some of the changes I would like to make.  I want to be involved in worshiping with  people my own age, whom I have something in common with.  I want my kids to be able to come to church on Sunday when they are older and LOVE coming to church and learn something and build a relationship with God.  But I don't know if I can do that here. 

I don't know what to do.....I don't want to leave.....but I'm not sure if staying is going to be the best choice for me and my family.....I know leaving would hurt the congregation and I don't want to do that but is it the best thing for all of us?  Is it fair to them for me to come every week and just go through the motions and not really get anything out of the sermon?  Is it fair to them for me to not be a good example because I don't have anything helping me grow?  Or am I just being selfish and thinking about myself too much? 

I'm hoping this is something that God will help me get through and lead me in the right direction....I just hope its soon because I don't like feeling like this.  I'm hungry and I need to be fed....am I being fed the right stuff right now or is there something more 'me' appropriate somewhere else.....  Ugh...I don't know....I'll always take your opinions.... :-)

Until Next Time.....

Monday, November 15, 2010

8 Weeks Ago.....

I looked like this....

 And now I look like this!

I can't believe my little man is 8 weeks old today! 
Time sure flies when you are having fun! 
And I'm loving EVERY minute of it!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Life Happens....

I know I have been missing from the blogging world lately....I honestly can't really think of much to blog about.  I've been so busy yet I don't have much to say! *Sorry!*  So I guess I will just give everyone an update!

I am 7 weeks into being a mommy of two!  I LOVE it!!  I feel as if Nate (or Monkey as my mom calls him) has been here forever!  Everyday he amazes me with something new that he has learned to do!  I do have to admit that he is growing WAY too fast for me!  He apparently received a memo to grow like a weed but I must have missed it!  He is now officially out of Newborn pants.  They are about an inch and a half too short!  And we have seemed to bypass most 0-3 months pjs and went straight to 3 months!  I can't believe it!  He is such a skinny little thing but is SO long!  He brings so much joy into all of our lives!

Miss Cady is doing SO well as a big sister!  She loves her 'Bubba' So much!  She even gave him that nickname! LOL  She started back into Gymnastics shortly before Nathan was born so that consumes every Friday Night.  But other than that she is just the same little spitfire she always has been!  I laugh a million times a day at the things she comes up with!  She is so funny!  Her latest thing is she wants to know when Friderday is.  I asked her if she was talking about Friday or Saturday but she insists that she is talking about Friderday!  So, I've been told that I need to find a calendar with that day on it so I can show her when it it .....hmm....either I'm going to make one or I'm going to have to explain to a 3 year old that there is no such day! :-) I can hear her now telling me that there really is a day called that and that I am wrong....Oh the joys of having a 3 year old little girl who thinks she is ALWAYS right! :-)

As for me...well, I am So proud of myself for adjusting so well to becoming a mommy of two!  Technically during the day I am a mommy to three because my niece Miss Emma Paige spends the day with us while her mom and dad are at work, So I guess you can say I am already training myself to become a mommy of three someday!  I am getting a little ahead of myself in saying three, but I figure if I'm doing so well with two why not add another one to the mix! LOL.  I did recently start a new venture in my life though.  I became an Avon Representative!  I was getting a little bored in the evenings, I know, It's hard to believe a mom can get bored!  And I love Avon products so I decided to go ahead and start selling it!  So, on top of my mommy and wife duties I now have hairbow making duties (CadyMayDesigns) and Avon duties!  Call me crazy, but I'm at a point in my life right now where I am so happy!

(Just a little plug: If you are looking for an Avon Representative check out my website! http://www.youravon.com/shightree  You can order from anywhere in the US on my website and have it shipped directly to you!)

There really is no update on Leif...lol...he is just the same wonderful husband and daddy!  His health is getting increasingly better!  I am worried about his now because the weather is getting colder and once you get pneumonia your body is never really the same again, but so far so good!  Pray for us throughout the cold Michigan weather that we can keep him healthy!  He is working a lot, but I am great full everyday that he has a job to support us!

Oh yeah, one last thing, I'm starting to read the book Crazy Love by Francis Chan.  Has anyone read this before?  I'd like to know your thoughts on it.  I'm not real sure when I will find time to read it, but it's a book I've been wanting to read for a while so I finally bought it tonight!

Well, I hear the baby calling me for a late night snack!

Until next time......

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

What I've learned in Three Weeks......

It's been three weeks since the most handsome little man in the world has graced us with his presence! Here are some things that I have learned: 

*All of the things I thought I had forgotten about taking care of a newborn immediately come back as soon as you see their little face! 

*The fear that I had of becoming a mom of two was really silly!  I'm actually LOVING it and I have to say, I think I'm pretty good at it!

*No matter how you tuck the little guy down under, he WILL figure out a way to pee out of the side or the top of his diaper at least once a day!

*Speaking of tucking, I have a lot to learn before I figure out the proper tucking technique! :-)

*Boys are opposite of little girls....lol....I know I already knew this, but really, having Nathan is a totally different experience than we had with Cady!

*Boys can get yeast infections.....who knew.......

*Everything you did with your first child does not always apply with the second!  All babies are different, just because it worked with the first doesn't mean it will this time.

*Getting back on my medicine was the smartest thing I have done since he was born!  A happy momma makes for a happy family! :-)

I think that's it for now. 

Until next time!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I smell Apple Cider and Doughnuts!!

This past Sunday Leif and I took the kids to Gull Meadow Farms to enjoy a family afternoon at the pumpkin patch!  I LOVE fall weather (even though it was an insane 80 degrees in Michigan!) and all the activities associated with it and I secretly LOVE the pumpkin patch more than children do! :-) Lol  But I also LOVE seeing Cady's face while we pick apples and look for the perfect pumpkin to color!  (We haven't started carving yet....I'm not sure I can handle that with a 3 year old yet!) So, here are a few pictures from our wonderful family afternoon!  I hope everyone else is enjoying Fall and what it has to bring!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Do I really have two!?

We have almost made it to the two week mark!  The last week and a half have been some of the busiest days I have ever experienced!  Appointments almost every day, a three year old who needs as much attention as possible and a newborn who needs even more!  Lets not forget my poor hubby who has been working late hours only to come home to a wife who is tired and ready for bed! So, I wanted to let everyone in the blogging world know that I am still alive!  Just SUPER busy enjoying my new life as a momma of 2! Here are some pictures of the last few days for your viewing pleasure!


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Better late then never!!

Drummroll please..........................................................................
Introducing: Nathan Wesley!
Born 9/20/10 @ 12:25 pm
Weighing in at 8lbs 6.6oz 
22 inches long