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Keeping up with The Cantelmo's: November 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I’m thankful that Luke had a better day today
He only needed one breathing treatment; that is huge progress

I’m thankful for such great doctors and nurses taking wonderful care of our little man

I’m thankful for all the encouraging comments and prayers

I’m thankful that God is providing for us during this time

I’m thankful for the extra time to rock my little man and cuddle him

I’m thankful for Grace helping me each afternoon after school

I’m thankful for Olivia’s fun spirit and making me laugh each and every day

I’m thankful for our family spending time loving on Luke, the girls and us (unfortunately I didn't get pictures of everyone)

I’m thankful for a special friend bringing me Starbucks

I’m thankful for my wonderful husband who hasn’t slept for 6 nights to take care of my little man 

I'm so thankful that our hospital has a washer and dryer for their patient's families!!!


The Fontenot Four

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Behind on everything

The laundry is piled up
The house is a mess
I need to go grocery shopping
I have bills to pay
Blog post to write
Christmas presents to buy and make
Errands to run
And so many other things to do

But all that doesn’t matter when I have been busy taking care of one sick little man

On Saturday, Anthony woke me up in the middle of the night saying that Luke was gasping for air. I knew right away it was croup. We did everything we could to help him breathe better; nothing worked. We called 911 and we were rushed to the ER. At the ER they gave him steroids and he started feeling better.  And we were sent home.

On Sunday he didn’t have much improvement. That evening, Anthony went to work at the cigar shop. Luke was still struggling. I took him on a drive with the windows down, gave him 2 breathing treatments, had the humidifier going, and sat in the bathroom with the shower going. As soon as Anthony got home at one in the morning, he rushed Luke back to the ER.

At the ER they tried as hard as they could to get Luke breathing better, but nothing worked. Not even steroids. Luke was transferred to Cardon Children’s hospital where he has been ever since. Thankfully he is doing much better and we are hoping to be released soon.

Thank you for your prayers and hopefully I’ll be sharing about our Thanksgiving and trip to Zoo lights soon! 
And maybe I'll even get caught up on my laundry. Ha!

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

~ Romans 8:28

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Monday, November 28, 2011

We have a winner!

Roxanne Russel is the winner of the cigar cutter and cigars!
Congrats Roxanne!
E-mail me ( your address.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


Thankful in all circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

I always thought that once I got married life would be easier. Married life has been easier in some ways and much harder in other ways. I have an amazing husband that supports me, loves me, cares for me and provides for me. He loves our children and endures through thick and thin. I never imagined that God would bless me with such an amazing man.

I also never imagined that my amazing husband would lose his job and join the millions of men and women who are unemployed. The day before Thanksgiving, Anthony and I were talking about our plan. We have one month left of unemployment. After that, no more check. Even though it is a tiny bit of money, it makes a difference. In one month our house payment and car payments will go up. 6 months ago we thought that Anthony would easily get a job by now. And now we are here, no job, no interviews, no nothing. It has nothing to do with him; it’s just the way it is right now.

It’s scary for us. We have three little ones, bills to pay and dreams for our future. The times where I just want to shake my fist at God, I slow down and remember all that He has given me. He has given our family so much. I remind myself over and over that after this season, I will see God’s hand at work. So often I pray that God would reveal His hand at work in our lives during this season. Sometimes He does.

The other day Anthony and I were talking with another couple about some of our common financial struggles. Not enough to get by, medical bills, Christmas presents, and the expense of children. These are common struggles to many of us. I listened as Anthony shared that we would have never chosen for Anthony to lose his job (one month after I quit to be a stay at home mom) but it has been a blessing in many ways. Anthony went on to share about all the health issues our family has faced in these past 6 months.

I always get embarrassed when we start talking about our health and the insurance we are currently on. It’s a pride thing and sometimes I like to keep things a secret. However, Anthony brought up a good point, the exact time we went through some random health issues in our family, was the exact time Anthony lost his job.

When I was working, I paid over $1,000 per month to have health insurance for our family. I also paid an additional $800 per month for daycare. On top of the health insurance and daycare there were all the added co-pays and medical expenses. Luke had to stay one extra day in the hospital after he was born and we got hit with a $900 bill. Thankfully for the period of time where we did not have any insurance at all, no one in our family needed any medical attention.

The moment the state health insurance kicked in, we started having health issues. Praise the Lord, there has not been one single thing that is life threatening or bad. Yet they were all issues that needed to be dealt with. I would never wish that my family would deal with some of these health problems but at the same time, I know that if we were working, we would be struggling to pay the bills.

It breaks my heart to think about all those moms and dads that have kids with chronic or life threatening illnesses. Not only is there an emotional toll that it must take on the family but a financial toll that many families are faced with. It burdens and breaks my heart.

Last night, Anthony woke me up in the middle of the night saying that Luke was gasping for air. When I put him to bed that night he had a little cough but we thought nothing of it. I jumped out of bed and I knew from the sound of his cough it was croup. We wrapped him up, opened the windows, and started a breathing treatment. Still gasping for air we decided I needed to take him to the emergency department. Then we mutually decided to call 911 when we saw just how much Luke was struggling to catch his breath. It really scared me.

When I got to the emergency department, Luke was doing much better but still struggling. After a few hours of observation, breathing treatments and a steroid shot we were able to go home. Praise the Lord.
As I held my sweet little man, God reminded me just how much He has given us. He reminded me to be thankful in all circumstances. He reminded me to trust in Him. To trust that He will provide for our family, He will take care of us, and He will guide our steps. He reminded me that He was still holding us in the palm of His hand.

I hold on to my kids, my husband and my dreams so tightly. Afraid to lose them. Afraid to hand them over to God. I often think my way is much better.
In reality, we are all much safer in His hands.
It’s beautiful when I let Him take control.

Tonight I was putting the kids to bed and Luke took longer than normal, as he wasn’t feeling well. Grace being so intuitive and concerned shared that she was worried about Luke’s breathing. I told her that Luke would be fine and that we just needed to pray for him. Grace then said, “Mom, what if in the morning Luke doesn’t wake up.” Immediately I became deathly afraid and said, “Don’t say that Grace, don’t scare mommy.”

Grace then said, “Oh sorry mommy, I didn’t mean to scare you. I just was  worried about Luke.”
Her question took me off guard. It made me think. I knew I needed to give her reassurance that the God we serve and pray to is bigger than our fears. I needed to tell her that God will take care of us.
I told Grace, “We just need to trust in God.”
Then Grace said, “Mommy, it’s hard to sometimes.”
All I could think to tell her were God’s promises and to reassure her that God is good.

God calls us to be thankful in all circumstances. It’s scary and not easy when the circumstances aren’t what we wanted or planned. But I know that God would never give us more than we could handle and He blesses us in these trying times.

Writing this blog post is incredibly scary for me because sometimes I feel that if I write it maybe I’ll be tested. Or maybe something horrible will happen to my family. All I can do is trust in my savior. Trust that He will take care of it all.
He will take care of my family, just as He has been (financially, physically, mentally and emotionally) and He has great plans for our life (even when it does not make any sense).

Thank you God that you take care of us through each and every season of our life.  Thank you that You love my family even more than I do and You will take care of them.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

An easy shirt

Here is an easy shirt
that you can make for
a little girl

Felt flowers

First cut out your felt flowers
(I already had flowers cut from a craft kit)
Lay them on your shirt
Pin the flowers down
Sew your flowers in place
Try it on
You can also use a flower 
to make a matching hair bow
(We already lost our hair bow)

Do you remember my frame tutorial?
Here are some more frames I made!

Also 2 more days to enter my giveaway!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Christmas is coming

It’s time to start getting ready for Christmas.
Time to play music, take the kids to see Santa and start decorating.
The kids love putting the Christmas tree up and listening to Christmas music.
I thought I would share some Christmas inspiration with you to get you in the Christmas spirit.

young and restless

Linda's Lunacy

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

A little of this and a little of that

A little about me and my favorite shops!

For those of you who don’t know me
My name is Melanie 
I live in sunny Arizona with my husband, two daughters, one son and two mischievous poodles.
It's almost impossible to get a family picture of all of us.
You can learn more about me and why I blog over here.

Interesting facts about me:

I am Canadian. Born in Canada and moved to Arizona when I was 7 turning 8 years old. I am still Canadian.
I tried becoming American and I was rejected.
Seriously? How can I get rejected?
Well, my dad became a US citizen two weeks before I turned 18 years old. When I applied to become a citizen, “they” thought I already was one, but when I try to go back to Canada and come back to the US “they” think I am Canadian. 
I am lost somewhere in between.
One day I hope to become a citizen. One day.

I have been married for only 19 months.
I had my two girls before I got married and my son 11 months after I got married.
I didn’t do things right, but God is a redeeming God.
He makes all things new.
I am allowing Him to use my mistakes to give hope to other women in my situation.

I am a people person. I love to talk, meet new people, 
and hear their stories. 
I love being with people, doing activities, and sharing life together. 
As much as I love being with people, I also love being alone.
I need alone to rejuvenate.

Certain foods and textures give me the heebie jeebies.
I can clean up the grossest things that come out of my 
children’s bodies but certain foods 
can make me completely sick to my stomach.
I can’t stand eating anything off the bone.
I hate fish but I love veggie sushi rolls.

I am a pro nursing mom. I nursed my first for over a year. With my second two, I failed at nursing. With Olivia, I went back to work at 6 weeks and would freeze up every time I tried to pump at work. With Luke, I nursed him all the time but he kept losing weight. Once we switched him to a special formula, he gained weight and did much better. I felt like such a failure.

I am super sensitive and I have ADD. Most days, I am all over the place. I try to keep to a schedule or a plan but I often get distracted. My husband can’t stand how often I run late. The only routine that I seem to keep in place is getting the kids to bed and down for their naps.

I’ll share some more interesting facts about me another time. Leave a comment and let me know something interesting about you!

I don’t have an Etsy shop. I don’t plan on selling anything.
I am kind of crafty but I am not a perfectionist, so opening a shop would not be a good idea.
Since I don’t have anything to sell, 
I want to share with you some of my favorite Etsy shops!

This is my sister-in-law Ashley’s shop.
I love everything she makes.
She is so crafty, talented and hard working.
She always comes up with cute bow ideas 
and she has a great sense of style.
She is beautiful inside and out.
She is a blessing to so many people. I love her so much.

I love Kristi’s style and all her signs are so cute.
She is great about getting your order out quickly and she is great about communicating with you.
She made me this one for me and I love it!!!

I could by everything in Tiffany’s shop.
Tiffany has such an amazing heart and a great story.
I wish I could just buy all of Tiffany’s signs.
Love them!

I fell in love with Brittany’s “I’ll Love You Forever” sign that I found on Pinterest. Then I headed over to her shop and fell in love with everything else. You need to check it out!

This is my all time favorite kids clothes shop on Etsy.
I haven’t bought anything from her yet because I am not allowed buy anything right now (LOL). But as soon as my hubby gets a job, I want to get my kids cute coordinating outfits from Laken and Lila. I just can’t get enough!!

Thank you so much for popping by my blog.
Grab a diet coke and stay awhile!!
And don't forget to enter my giveaway!


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