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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

See you soon

After giving notice that I would be more consistent about blogging, I am going on a short hiatus. My family will be celebrating my birthday, my sister-in-law’s wedding (hubby is officiating),and Easter this weekend. I will be no where near a computer.  However, I will be behind a pretty awesome camera, probably looking somewhat like this:

Maternity- Chelsi McFadden 049Hoping to make many wonderful memories while remembering the sacrifice that was made to purchase my salvation. 

The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. “He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. "Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you."And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. (Mathew 28:1-20)



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Baby Belly

I alluded to the fact that I had some maternity photos taken by a friend of mine in my I heart faces entry.  27 weeks pregnant and still having fun.

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This is only a small taste of the photos that were taken on Sunday.  We can’t wait to meet the Little Peanut!


Monday, March 29, 2010

I Heart Faces: Dramatic Black & White

A friend of mine received a Canon Rebel for Christmas. So I asked her to take my maternity photos to save some money. Yesterday we headed out to Point Cabrillo Light Station and had a homemade maternity session. I had a blast and I think she did too. {I will post some maternity shots later. I have some editing to do first) I happened to be on the photographer’s end of the camera for just a moment and captured the perfect photo of her.

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Please head over to I Heart Faces and see all the other beautifully dramatic black and white entries this week.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

New Tricks

I am so excited and I just can’t hide it. I learned a new trick in PSE 8 today.  I can go from blur to cure in 2.5 seconds.

Check out photo #1:

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Mr. Moo’s face is a little blurry right? 

Now take a look at photo #2:

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Voila, no more blurry face.

Ahaha! Watch out photo editing world, here I come!


Thursday, March 25, 2010

I Heart Faces: Fix it Friday


It’s fix-it-Friday over at I heart faces again.  The photo this week is just beautiful. Well see for yourself!


4463354463_0c14705184_b AFTER:

4463354463_0c14705184_b2I used PSE 8 to edit this photo.

Head over to I heart faces and join in on the photo editing fun.


Rock my socks!

Have you checked out Pioneer Woman lately? She just came out with PSE 8 friendly actions.  Let me tell you, her Black and White action rocks my socks!

here’s the before:


with a little exposure fixing and Pioneer Woman’s Black and White action for PSE 8:

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simply beautiful!

If you have PSE 8 and you use actions, please click on over and get them from Pioneer Woman today, you won’t be disappointed.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I’m Back!


It has been months since I have shared with you all on a regular basis. There were several reasons behind my absence, but the #1 reason was pregnancy. I have been so nauseous and tired with this baby that I haven’t been able to function.  I have spent most of my days the past 6 months on the couch, and when I wasn’t doing that of course I was taking care of children. Some days it was all I could do to make three meals for the boys.  Hubby has been wonderfully understanding through this whole pregnancy. I am sure he will be happy when I am back to my spunky energetic self, and of course so will I!

So I am sorry dear readers. I am going to try to post at least once per day from here on out. I am feeling much better.  I have a couple more months left before baby’s arrival. Of course upon his arrival there will be a whole new adventure for our family.

What you’ve missed:

My first two trimesters. blah.

We have put an offer on our first home.  It is a short-sale so we are just waiting for the bank to approve our offer.

Hubby is working on his Paramedic.  He will finish up the coursework at the end of May.

Little Fire Chief will be starting Kindergarten in August.

Mr. Moo has started talking up a storm.  I think my favorite word that he tries to say is Garbage. It comes out Garby.  He’s such a sweet little man.


What I’ve missed:

Sharing with you all! Here’s to a bright future of consistent blogging!



You Capture: Moments


Mr. Moo discovered that he really likes cookies!  He especially likes them when mommy lets him lick the egg beaters!

DSC_0521He learned about Mendocino Cookie Company cookies over the weekend.  Fort Bragg’s Annual Whale Festival was happening downtown, so we decided to head to a craft fair and stopped along the way to get a cookie and smoothie.

DSC_0552He enjoyed every last bite of that cookie!

DSC_0553 He wasn’t the only one. His brother enjoyed one too.


What moments inspired you this week?  Head over to I should be folding laundry to participate!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Got God?




Yesterday morning, I posted (what I thought was) a pretty innocent status on my facebook page. You wouldn’t think saying, “have to go grocery shopping. How do we go through so much milk? I think I should buy a cow!” would cause too much trouble.

Think again.

This simple little statement caused such an uproar on my profile that I couldn’t believe my eyes. 43 comments later and it’s still going. I have a friend named Jeri, she is a wonderful person. She believes that “God helps those who help themselves” thereby making it clear that she will do everything she can to prevent disease in her own body. She believes she is called by God to educate people about health and fitness.  I do not disagree that we should stay healthy and fit. However, she and I don’t see eye to eye on some issues.  One of those issues is Cow’s Milk.  I will not get into what I believe about cow’s milk in this post as it’s not really what I am here to write about.  We can respectfully agree to disagree.  We do agree that God is real!

So what’s this post really going to be about?  Well, Jeri brought up a very old saying “God helps those who help themselves”.  Do I believe this?  Absolutely not. I will tell you why!

Algernon Sidney (some believe it was Ben Franklin who first said it, he too was a deist) a Deist first coined the phrase “God helps those who help themselves.” Just in case you were wondering Deism is a religious and philosophical belief that a supreme being created the universe, and that this (and religious truth in general) can be determined using reason and observation of the natural world alone, without the need for either faith or organized religion. In other words, God created mankind and then abandoned them to their own destruction. 

Doesn’t sound like Algernon Sidney really believed that God was in control does it?

So, then, Mrs. McFadden, what do you believe? 

I’m so glad you asked! 

I believe that God helps those who rely on Him. You can quote me on it!  I can even back it up with scripture.  I don’t think that Algernon Sidney could do that. The Apostle Paul writes to the Corinthian Church:

For we do not want you to be unaware, brethren, of our affliction which came to us in Asia, that we were burdened excessively, beyond our strength, so that we despaired even of life;

Indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead;

who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us,

you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.

(2 Corinthians 1:8-11)

If we could have helped ourselves there would have been no need for the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We would could rely on ourselves for everlasting life I suppose if God helps those who help themselves. However, John 3:16 says otherwise.

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

I believe, not only is it wrong to say that God helps those who help themselves, but it is also prideful.  Saying this makes people sound like they can accomplish something without God.  When we rely on our own power, we fail. When we rely on God’s power we succeed. 

So you decide. Does God help those who help themselves, or does God help those who rely on Him? Or should the question really be “Got God”?


Monday, March 22, 2010


Hubby and I decided that instead of trying to make the transition from crib to toddler bed with Mr. Moo after the Little Peanut arrived, it might be smarter to do it now. We are fortunate enough to have a crib that converts to a toddler bed (and a double later on) so this transition has gone fairly smoothly.  Mr. Moo has been sleeping in it for almost a month now. He doesn’t get out of bed until he’s supposed to. He doesn’t mind being in there by himself. In fact, last night, he slept all the way through the night for the first time in months. 

DSC_0518There is nothing this momma likes more than a full nights sleep!  We have been blessed that most transitions in Mr. Moo’s life have gone very smoothly. 

DSC_0519 Let’s hope the transition from baby to big brother is just as smooth!

Hubby and I made a transition as well. I think we finally agreed on a name for Little Peanut.  We will keep it a surprise here until his arrival though!

What kind of transitions have you been making lately?


Favorite Things Swap: my package arrived

My package arrived last week but due to a family shared cold, I am just getting to post! Amy sent me a wonderful package full of great goodies.


Imagine my excitement when I opened up the box and everything was wrapped up in green and pink!    Yes that is a giant magnetic clip on top!

DSC_0555 Inside the box I found:

1. Tinker Bell Trading Pins from Disneyland!!

2. a Tinker Bell mini puzzle.

3. Cake mix and frosting

4. Hot Tamales

5. Sleepless in Seattle on DVD

6. what looks to be a handmade hair clip.

7. not pictured: Fiddle Faddle and a Cosmopolitan Magazine.

This was a very nice package that made my week. Thank You Amy!


Sunday, March 21, 2010

I Heart Faces: Angles

Angles are the focus at I Heart Faces this week.  The challenge is to us a unique angle in your photo.  They suggested stepping to the side, shooting from above or below your subject. Well it’s hard to shoot any bath photo without being a little above or below the subject. I took this shot recently of Mr. Moo enjoying his bath. I hope you like it as much as I do. 
DSC_0411 copy Now head on over to I Heart Faces and check out all the unique angles over there.

You Capture: Reaching

YouCapture_150x185  It’s been a really long time since I have participated in You Capture. I’m getting my entry in a little late, but I could help but notice I had a photo that fit the theme perfectly this time.  So without further ado here’s Mr. Moo reaching for mommy in the bathtub.

DSC_0461 copyoooo I just love bath time!  Head on over there and participate with me, you may be a little late, but it will be well worth it!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Start Here: a book review


You want to do hard things.
But you don’t know where to start.

You are changing the world around you.
But you are tired and burned out.
You feel called to do the extraordinary for God.
But you feel stuck in the ordinary.

Do Hard Things inspired thousands of young people around the world to make the most of the teen years. Now Alex and Brett Harris are back and ready to tackle the questions that Do Hard Things inspired: How do I get started? What do I do when I get discouraged? What’s the best way to inspire others? Filled with stories and insights from Alex, Brett, and other real-life rebelutionaries, Start Here is a powerful and practical guide to doing hard things, right where you are.


Start Here is a great source of inspiration for today’s teens.  Through the short stories in this book teens can get answers to the tough questions. They can also why they should strive to do the hard things by not submitting to peer pressure. Not only do I recommend this book to teens, but I would also encourage parents to read through it with them. You may just find that you have some things to learn about your faith!

click here to purchase your own copy of this book today!


Disclaimer: This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I Heart Faces: Bundled Up

Our family goes on an annual ski excursion. Mr. Moo was 6 months old when we took him to the snow for the first time.  I don’t think he could have gotten any more bundled up. Believe me, if I could have climbed inside hubby’s jacket, I would have. Brrrr.
DSC_0974 copyHead on over to I Heart Faces and try to stay bundled up!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sneak a Peak

This mama is feeling a bit under the weather. However, I will not let it stop me from introducing the “Little Peanut” to you.  I don’t know if that will be his official bloggy name, but for now I like it.  Here’s a sneak peak at Baby Boy McFadden!


We can not wait to see his precious little face.  We love you Little Peanut.