Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Little (and BIG) News!

Hi everyone,

Wondering if you’re still out there since it has been so long! LOT’s of things have happened since my last post. We sadly lost another baby in February and were surprised to find out that we were pregnant again in March! We kept things VERY quiet for a long time and I was extremely nervous……about a month ago we had our 19 week scan and this time decided to find out what we’re having (this is the FIRST time we have done this – I prefer a surprise but since we’ll be moving to Australia we thought it best for packing purposes to find out). We had the technician write it on a little card I made up :-)

A few weeks later we drove up to Maine to spend some of the summer with my husbands mom. My parents happen to be travelling around the States in an RV right now, so they came along too. The night we got there, we had a special dinner and told the 2 little guys that they were BOTH going to be big brothers. After dinner we opened to envelope with the gender card and discovered that:

It's a girl

We were absolutely SHOCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The is only ONE girl in about 80 years on my husbands side of the family so I was expecting another boy :-)

We are over the moon with happiness and will expect her arrival during the first few days of December! What an awesome Christmas present! The boys are THRILLED to be having a little sister…….Channing insists her name is “Love Heart” and that’s what he calls her.

That being said, we will lose our job 8 weeks after I give birth (there is a 2 child policy at the school we work at). Those of you that have been following me for a while know that we’ve been planning our big move to Australia for a few years now so this makes the perfect opportunity. As soon as our precious bundle arrives, we’ll apply for her Aussie paperwork and we think we’ll be moving sometime around March/April. We have started going through our things I order to sell and pack………quite and overwhelming task!

While Channing misses the cut off for Kindergarten here in the USA this year, the would be starting Kindergarten in Australia in January. He’ll miss the first term of school so I’ve decided to start Kindergarten with him myself……..I would MUCH prefer him to “know” what he needs to and just worry about making friends and adapting to a new country. We’re all set to begin next Monday.

More GREAT news!!!!!! I received an email from DJInkers last week that they are now selling commercial licenses to start selling things we make with their clip art………sooooooo all of your favorites (and some new things) are being added to my store. Check these out:

Little Letter Book Title Pic

Little Letter Books preview

Yep, all my “Little Letter Books” are back! The whole set comes in one download – perfect for the start of school!

Little Color Books Title Pic

Little Color Books Preview (USA)

The color books are there too (with an Aussie version as a separate listing).

I know Numbers 1-10 cover pic

I Know Numbers 1-10 Activity Pic

My “I Know Numbers” book……a newbie that I’ll be starting with Channing next week.

Grandparent's Day Book Pic

I had a request for this when my “Happy Father’s Day” book came out so I finished this one today! It’s a 20 page booklet to make with your kiddos all about their grandparents………what a hoot it will be to read some of their responses :-) Get it now so you have time to do it before Grandparents Day!

Father's Day Book Title Pic

My “Happy Father’s Day” Book is up and ready too.

You can check all of these out in my store by clicking on any of the pictures above.

The next thing I’m working on my “I know Letters” book…..it’s ALMOST finished and will be listed by the end of the week.


In celebration of getting back into blogging, having a GIRL and being able to use my clip art once again, I’m having a give away!!!!

What you could win!

Choose any 3 of the items listed above



All you have to do is leave me a comment below with an email address and you’ll be entered (Make sure you leave me an email though or it won’t count!)

Check back over the next few days for some info on curriculum choices for Channing and some fun activities we’re doing! I’ve missed blogging and am so excited about getting back into it :-)

It will close

August 16th @ 8pm EST

All clip art and/or fonts used to make my printables is copyright Dianne J. Hook (DJinkers.com)

My Commercial License # 0912168966


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the girl! What exciting news! So glad to see you back on the blog and whew you have quite the year ahead of you! :-)

CDNKTeacher said...

Congratulations! I have two boys and a girl - so fun! Enjoy!

Ashley said...

Welcome back to the blogging world! Congrats on having a girl, they are quite fun!


Beth Ann said...

Welcome back. What great news!
❀Beth Ann❀
Taming My Flock of Firsties

Dawn @ Our Little Monkeys said...

Well, you already know that I'm thrilled THRILLED THRILLED to know that you're having a baby girl! We're still praying for you regularly, that all goes well with the rest of the pregnancy.

So glad to hear that DJ Inkers has given you an option to use their clip art for your work. After all the craziness you've been through with them, I'm glad that your many graphics purchases will finally help you out!

We're starting MFW K on Monday with the creation unit. Is that what you'll be doing? (...with your own fun twists, I'm sure!)

I hate to think of you moving to Australia without ever meeting you in person. If only I could just hop on a bus and come visit...but that's a little tricky with three little ones in tow :(

Amanda said...

Congrats on your baby girl! I hope everyone continues to be happy and healthy!

I would love to be entered in your drawing!


Hodder said...

What an exciting time. We just relocated back from Australia and miss it more than we ever thought! Good luck with everything. How lucky to bless your knowledge and love on another child. Blessings.


Mrs. Parker said...

Congratulations on your many blessings. Wishing you and your family a safe move and a safe delivery.

Learning with Mrs. Parker

Jessica said...

Congrats! Thanks for your wonderful work.

catholichusker at gmail dot com

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Congratulations! Very excited for you :-)

Mrs. Lofgren said...

Congratulations! Having a little girl is so much fun! I have two boys and 1 girls as well and my daughter loves being a little princess! Hope you have a very safe trip to your new home! Thank you for sharing all of your goodies with the rest of us!!! :)


mcd said...

Yay! I am so glad that you are back to blogging and that your family is going to be blessed with a new baby.


Holly said...

Woohoo! So excited for you and your family! ~Holly

Beth- the mama bee said...

That's big news all around! Congrats on all aspects.

bmoore_mamabee at hot mail dot com

Joslin said...

Very exciting times ahead! Just been waiting for a new post to pop up on my Google reader from you. I am happy that DJ Inkers is allowing commercial licenses because I just love the things you have made. I was able to get some of them before you had to take them down. I am looking forward to using some of them in my pre-k class. So, welcome back!

the kemps said...

Congratulations on your sweet baby girl! How fun to have a little princess with big brothers to help take care of her!


Kelli Lundie said...

Congratulations on a little girl. Lots of fun shopping for girls. Enjoy!

Welcome back you were missed.

Kelli Lundie

Tamara Williams said...

Congratulations on having a girl! Girls are wonderful. I have one girl and two boys. Our little girl is the "princess" and she knows it. I wish you all the luck and a safe and easy labor in Dec. Thank you for sharing all your hard work.


Stacey said...

You have been quite busy! Congratulations on the baby girl!


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your upcoming blessing! (((hugs on your loss, too))) Thank you for the update and I'm looking forward to your creative printables :) I especially hope that you will bring back your state sheets....we are traveling the USA in our homeschool journey and often refer back to your site.

Thank you again for all that you share with others.

Gabi said...

I would love to have some of these wonderful tools to use with my kiddos!

Gabi , gabisummey at gmail dot com

Isabel Z said...

What wonderful news! I am the mom of two boys and our youngest is a little girl. I was totally convinced that she was going to be another boy so I was shocked when she popped out. I love being the mom of boys and a girl. Best of luck to you on your pregnancy and many blessings on the arrival of your little bundle. Good luck with your move and it sounds fabulous. I would love to go to Australia having lived in the US most of my life. Thank you for your inspiring blog and for everything that you share.



Shelley said...

I'm so excited to have you back! congrats on your little girl! Thanks for the giveaway.

Madison said...

Congratulations on having a girl. I am having my first baby in early November. A boy. :) I am super excited. I'm glad you are back. You were missed.


Life with Mrs. L

Lori said...

Congratulations on your Big News! How exciting to have 2 boys and a girl. Your move to Australia sounds very exciting too!

Angie said...

I was SO excited when I saw "Musings Of Me" in my inbox! YAY! And congratulations on your little girl along with all the other great things going on. So glad you are back!


Mandy said...


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Paula said...

Congratulations!!! I love what you create and would love to win your giveaway!


Tonia said...

Congrats on your little girl! What a blessing! love your DJ inkers creations, perfect for my new Transitional Kinders.

Melissa said...

Congratulations--that is wonderful news!!! Thank you so much for sharing.



Erin Ropelato said...

Michelle- It's so wonderful to have you back!! Congratulations on your pregnancy! I have three girls of my own and LOVE LOVE LOVE them!
I would love to win your little ABC books, color books and your number pack--they look so fun!
Thanks again!
erinropelato (at) yahoo (dot) com

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Oh, I'm so excited for you! Returning to Australia and a new baby!

Did you know we had a baby in October? A girl. :) (Oh, I'm signed in with a different name, but I used to be at Live, Learn, Love...started a new blog.)


Lori Rosenberg said...

How sweet! Congratulations to you!

Ѽ Lori
Teaching With Love and Laughter