Thursday, December 18, 2008

Little Sam at 3 months

Here he is. He is almost 12.5 lbs. I can't believe he has recovered so well. He is so adorable. These days he has started to recognize faces. He loves littl Bradley. He is eating tons, I don't understand how come I don't loose more weight. He is so adorable and sweet. He coos and laughs all the time. We are just loving having a sweet little angel in our home. He always has a lot to talk about.
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Making Memories


Every year just before Christmas we take a family picture. I love to see how our family changes every year. This year we have added a couple of more traditions since little Bradley is old enough to remember things. We visited Santa Claus, we have gone out at night to see Christmas lights, we have lots of cookies and soups to keep us warm. We put on a fire on our fire place, and we watch the ABC Family Specials. We also buy a Hallmark Christmas ornament.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Santa Claus lives in my neighborhood

This evening we decided to visit Santa Claus. This will be Bradley's first visit with Santa. Last year the lines at the mall were too long and the pictures were too expensive. I am glad this nice old man does this for the children. He sits outside of his home on his sleigh and lets people visit him and take pictures, totally free of charge. He lives about three blocks from our house. I understand he starts growing his beard in July. Little Bradley was a little skeptical about this character but once Santa gave him a candy cane he was alright. I think we are going to go back and take a family piture with Santa.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Como Laredo, No Hay Dos

On Monday my brother and I were in Laredo for a very short visit and a long business trip. Anyhow, my brother had to visit several of the state offices in Laredo for some documents he had to pick up. While we were in some of those offices we suddenly notice that the national language had changed. Most of the people in those offices were speaking Spanish. Wait a minute, it was more like Spanglish. Check how this conversation went between to state employees:
"Hey vato, watchates el game de los Cowboys yesterday?"

"Si, nombre they lost bien feo!"

"Pero it was good que este juego no cuenta."

"I know, pero they still played well."

WARNING: Be fluent in Spanglish



While we were there we also forgot that people don't know how to read street signs. My brother needed to get some money out from his bank, so we went in search of his bank. When we found it we had to drive around a while because the bank only has one entrance and one exit. It is almost like drive-thru. Once we got in the bank's parking lot, a fool came in from the exit, drove head on to us, then took our parking space. My guess is as good as yours, the fool must have been an illiterate who could not read the big sign that says EXIT ONLY!!


Hene our warm welcome to Laredo.

Aunts are like mom, but Cooler!!


After the Madness

The Relief Society Christmas Enrichment Dinner was a great hit. We all had a blast. I am so glad it is all over with. I believe everyone was very happy. Stacey Bean best expresses how we all felt after the evening was ove. This is a combination of relief and excitment.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

We looked out the window and what did we see....

... firetruck parked right in front of our house.
Our neighbors were getting an irrigation system (sprinklers) installed and as they started digging for the water lines to be layed down they hit the gas line. So the firetruck will be in front of our house for a while. A few years ago when Brad worked for Round Rock FD he came home in the firetruck and our little neighbor from across the street was still little and he was thrilled to see a firetruck in front of his house. You should have seen the smile Bradley had when he saw the truck parked outside of the house.

Monday, December 1, 2008

May my Desktop Rest in Pieces

On Sunday morning at around 3:30 AM I woke up to the congested cries of my two month old baby. I figured that changing his diaper and feeding him would help relief him from his restless night just a tad. After putting him down again for the fifth time that night Idecided to stay up since I would be up again within a few hours to get ready for church. So I proceded to edit a project on my computer for our Enrichment Chrismtas Party. Suddenly my computer froze. I did not think much of it since I had experieced the freezing part before. I tried to Ctrl, Alt, Delete. Nothing was happening, so I proceded to manually shut down my computer. Before I knew it I was beginning to experience the five stages of grief:
First Denial
" No way this is not happening to me. This just can't happen to me, the computer is probably overheated."
Second Anger
After multiple tries of restarting my computer I muttered, " I should have just gone back to bed, what was I thinking, it is 4:00 AM!"
Third Bargaining
"Heavanly Father, please help me get this computer working, I have been working long hours on my Enrichment presentation. If I can get this powerpoint presentation I promise I won't mess any computer again."
Fourth Depression
"Oh no, it is not just my Enrichment presentation, what is going to happen to all my families pictures, and my finances. Oh, no, I am is so much trouble, how in the world am I going to file my income tax this year. "
Fifth Acceptance
"Maybe not all is lost, maybe I can still recover my files, I guess it was my turn to learn my lesson. I should start backing up my files more often. I guess never realized how many important files I had in there. "
Lesson well learned.
Back up your files, often.

Friday, November 21, 2008

My Two Cents

Mormon Chapter 3.
So now Mormon is not going to lead the Nephites against the Lamanites beacause after being spared three times the Nephites will not repent. Now, how frustrating is this for Mormon. I bet that is how Heavanly Father feels about us when don't listen. So Mormon has done his share, he prays for his people, and they don't listen. He refuses to lead his people into battle and he becomes an observer of the destruction of his people. He also comments on the judgement seat, and how we all have to face it.
"And I did cry unto this people, but it was in vain; and they did not realize that it was the Lord that had spared them, and granted unto them a chance for repentance. And behold they did harden their hearts against the Lord their God." (Mormon 3:3)
How many times have we been granted unto us a a second chance? I am so guilty about this one, but I am glad that I recognize that opportunity and I take it. Unfortunatley I have met people who don't. My grand-aunt was one of these people(not the one that was at church on Sunday). She had a chance to be an at stay home mom, after she married my grand-uncle, who took her in with 9 children none of which were his. It was too bad that instead of learning the trades of a housewife, she spent most of most of her time drinking with drinking buddies while her husband waited for her at home. I remember that sometimes she would be so drunk that he would have to tuck her in bed. I have a feeling that my grand-uncle truly loved her and hoped that someday she would change her ways. The bottom line is that she never did. With 9 children they could have had a beautiful family. Oh the things the kids would have learned from my grand-uncle. They could have learned how to play the piono, and how to paint. My grand-uncle was a self-learned person. He worked many years for the Rail Road, after his retirement he married my grand-aunt and he picked up Norwegian, taught himself how to play the piano, and how to paint beautiful landscapes on canvas. It is incredible how one person's decision affects so many.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

What the Scriptures Taught Me Today?

Okay, so two Sundays Darren Hyatt gave a talk about scripture study. He mentioned that if we are not consistent with our scripture then we don't get the big picture, sort of like a television sitcom, if we were to view our favorite tv show once every month, we probably would not be able to follow it very well. Same with our scripture study. I have experienced it first hand. I will start reading my sciptures one day and then not read again for another two days, well then I spend most of my time retracing what I already read two days ago, and so my progress is slowed down. Although Brother Hyatt made a spectacular comparison on our scripture study, Iwould like to compare it to our bodies. So two days ago I worked out pretty intensely, I did some serious beginners yoga, the following day my body still remembered my workout, by day four my body will have forgotten about it. I remember reading somewhere that your muscles build up with consistant exercise, but if you stop and don't return to your workout routine after four days you loose endurance, muscle stregnth, so you are back to square one. Anyhow, about scripture study, I have been doing it. I won't say diligently but more often than I have in the past. So I decided to follow the Sunday school schedule. I did not get far in the Book of Mormon, when I came across this:"And it came to pass that I did speak unto my people, and did urge them with great energy, that they would stand boldly against the Lamanites and fight for their wives, and their children, and their houses, and their homes." (Mormon2:23). I just love how Mormon specified houses and homes. It got me thinking about how the word house and home in Spanish are not the same. A house is the actual structure and home is a place individuals make special family bond. It is very unfortunate that today there many beautiful houses that do not house those special family bonds. So there's my two cents for the day. I hope that I can continue to put in my two cents every once in a while.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Getting Ready For Thanksgiving


So I had a very well thought out post for today, but after finding out that my blog's background was mysteriously deleted, I spent most of my time figuring that out and now I can't remember what I was going to write. I can't remember where I was going, with my title that has nothing to do with what I am currently posting. Except, that I have been making my home a little more beautiful. Lately I have been spending a lot of my time at KOHL'S buying everyone's Christmas gifts and frames for my home. Call me frugal, but KOHL'S rocks when it comes to home decor. I always find great deals there. Of course, you won't find me there unless an item is 50% Off, or I have a 30% Off coupon. If I keep writing, I am bound to remember where this email was originally going. So getting ready for Thanksgiving...I think what I was going to say is that I have a lot to do with the Enrichment Christmas Party coming up, and that my Chancho was very sick yesterday, let us hope he does not pass it on to any us especially little Sam.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Let Freedom Ring

Last night I was too exhausted and I did not get to post how I spent my Veteran's Day. First Bradley had a buddy of his come and played with him. They boys had a great time. Then I was off to a service project in Georgetown. After the service activity, I picked up a pizza and went home for dinner. After dinner I went Visiting Teaching. So Veteran's Day was a wonderful day of service for me. I am very grateful for all those men and women who voluntarily serve to protect us. I know that if I lived in another country I would not have the freedom and safety to do all the things I was able to do yesterday. I am grateful that I can feel safe at home all the time, that I can travel on a huge highway to multiple nearby cities without having to pass check points. We truly live in the promise land. It is too bad that too many forget about that more often than not.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Keeping the Tradition Alive!!



So this year I have had several epiphanies and one of them is making traditions for my family. My husband's family f has many family traditions that fortunately have been passed down to my children and me. Holloween is one of them. The night before Halloween we get together to carve pumpkins and on Hollween my in-laws set a projector showing " It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". We also have sloppy joes for dinner. Little Bradley and I also went to our ward's Trunk or Treat. I came to the conclusion that next year I will have to decorate my car to give out candy at the Trunk or Treat.

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Good...

The Bad....



and... The Ugly



The End.


Monday, October 20, 2008

One Month Old...and still no sleep :-(

Finally I was able to catch Little Bradley kissing Little Sam.
These days Bradley spends most of his time trying to take care of Little Sam's binky. As soon as Sam is nursing Bradley says, " I take care of Baby Sam's binky!".
How convinient for him?
So I thought that by this time he would be sleeping through the night. But according to all the experts premmies won't catch up until six weeks after their due date. So I can't wait for next month and see if he is sleeping better, because I sure want to sleep through the night. So if you have any suggestion as to how to get this sweet little angel on a better sleeping schedule shoot it on over. Anyhow, here are more pictures. Little Sam makes lots of expressions and one of them is entitled Blue Steel from Derek Zoolander. Last week he had his one month appointment and he weighed in at 6 lbs 15 oz, measured 19.5 inches. I can't believe that Little Bradley was that small at birth.

Blue Steel and Magnum

Take that Derek Zoolander

After his second bath.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Do you see a theme here?


So, this is totally out of order. I already have my baby, but the weekend before little Samuel was born I was given a beautiful Diaper Shower by my sister-in-laws and mother-law. Many people were not able to make it because it was the same weekend Ike had hit the Houston/Galveston area and lots of friends were hosting Ike evacuees. We were worried about the weather, but Central Texas did not get a drop of rain. I thought I would share some pictures of the shower.
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My Boys


Bradley was trying to kiss little Sam here. But everytime he heard the camera click he would turn and say "Cheese!!". So this is as close as I could get him to kissing his little brother on camera.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sleepless Nights

I am so excited to announce that our little guy has put on almost an entire pound since his last visit to the doctor. Today he weighed in at 5.5l bs and was 19inches long. I feel such a relief to know that he is growing so fast. I guess all those sleepless nights are so worth while especially when you know that the faster he grows the sooner we all will be able to sleep through the night.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Meet the Newest Member of the Summers Clan!!


Meet Samuel Andrew Summers.
Yesterday, I went in for routine check up with my OBG, and they found traces of protein in my urine and my blood pressure was spiking up like crazy. So, to be on the safe side she sent me in to L&D to be monitored. My biggest concern about delivering early was that the baby was very small. But he did real well in the delivery and he is here. He was woping 4lbs 7oz, and 18 inches. Yeah, our little guy is real little but he is strong and healthy. I was induced because I was diagnosed with preeclampsia and that is why the baby was not growing any more. So now he is out and we plan on plumping him as much as we can. But overall he is doing real well and we are so excited to have him here with us.

More of Little Sam

HERE HE IS!!!!!
HERE HE IS WITH MOM!!

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Laredo Motherhood Syndrome

So, this weekend I had my childhood friend and my mom came and visited for my baby shower. I also had a high school friend come and visit later on Saturday afternoon. I have come to realize a very important thing about the young mother's of Laredo from my generation: that we are so totally clueless. I think I have mentioned this before in one of my blogs, but I thought it was only me that was clueless about how to run a household, how to cook, how to make my home a safe heavan, and how to be a teacher for my children. Wifehood and motherhood entail many responsibilities and sometimes we forget how divine our role is, especially when we get all caught up in work (if we work), or trying to keep with the Jone's. I can't blame my mom for not being better prepared for my role both as a mother and wife, but I know I could have learned so much more if I had understood the importance of motherhood and wifehood as a teenager. I think that had I not taken a Home Economics class in high school I probably would have never known how to bake cake out of a box. I think I was always so overwhelmed and intimidated with my mom's delicious cooking that I never bothered to learn how to cook her meals. Now I am almost 30 and I still can't quite get that Spanish rice. I feel like I am always playing catch-up. Hopefully I will be able to teach my kids the things I am trying so hard to learn now.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

In my next Life.. Gonna be a bear!




I thought I would share this with all of you.


Sunday, August 31, 2008

Maternity











I asked my sister-in-law to capture some picture of me while I am still pregnant. I thought I

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

My Wal-Mart Experience

On Monday night after our unsuccessful FHE I had to run quickly to Wal-Mart to purchase milk and some stuff for our dog. Anyhow, I was also reminded by my hubby that we needed bagels. I did not want to make my quick visit to Wal-Mart to turn into my weekly shopping day, but since I was there I was going to bring as much as I could home. I did not last very long at Wal-Mart because my bladder started to act up. I left my shopping cart in an isle with the intention to return to it after I went to the lady's room. I got to the lady's room and it was packed. I picked the wrong day to Wal-Mart, the day before school starts. I decided that I needed to return to my cart quickly and check out. I ran to my shopping cart, and proceeded to join the self-check out lane. As I waited my turn (anxiously), I was observing this family. They were in another self-check out lane. They were checking out tons of stuff, my first thought was: it must be faster to check out, out of the self-check out lane than from a regular registrar. Not too long after I was standing in the lane I realized why this family of four (mom, dad, and two teenage young daughters) were checking out in the self-check out lane. As it turns out it is easier to steal from a self-check out lane. I saw one of the girls scan a piece of fabric, and then proceeded to skip the scanning of two other pieces of fabric. The scanning machine went bazurks saying something like "Unidentified object found in the bags!!" I glanced at the parents and the girls and they pretended that everything was just fine. I came home and told Brad what I had just witnessed and he suggested that I say something. I guess I am not one of those very strong souls that speaks their mind, but I think I will have to from now on. I know it is not easy, but I guess I will have to build myself with courage and say something when I witness someone or something being wronged.
I just could not believe that the parents were fine with their daughter's behavior. Talk about thieves in the making.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Crafts for our Super Saturday

Here is the final decision on the Super Saturday Crafts.
Totes

Polymer Clay Magnets/ Pendants



We have a set of four coasters and a trivet.



A super cute fence post reversible pumpkin for the fall and Halloween.



An FHE Board


Friday, August 15, 2008

Domestic Engineer

I was filling out a medical form for my hemotologist office and it requested the information on occupation. I thought it would be funny to throw in some humor and I listed my occupation as a Domestic Engineer. Needless to say tha my doc found it very funny. I guess people don't realize how much work it takes to be an at stay home mom until they do it. This past two weeks I have been under the weather trying to recover from a UTI, and I have not been able to get to my house chores as I would like to. I just take a look around the house and the food my family consumes when I am out of it and it is pretty scary. Brad lives on grahm crackers and frosting, and little Bradley is hooked on cheerios. Awful things happen when you are not yourself. Then little Bradley totally gets off his sleeping schedule. Anyhow, once mom recovers she never truly recovers because she spends another week or so trying to put baby back on schedule and trying to keep the house clean or as clean as it can get it. Anyhow, I just thought I would share this with you, because it made my MD laugh. Sometimes we don't think people even read those medical forms, but he did.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Super Saturday Crafts


So some ladies in our ward want an FHE Board for our Super Saturday. This is what I came up with. It is still not a finished product, but I am working maybe ordering vinyl letting for the board instead of stickers. Also the magnets would be personalized with black and white images of the family members.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dumpster Diving

About two years ago I developed a bad reputation of dumpster diving. It all started when my gay neighbors were throwing out heaps of beautiful Christmas decorations. I just could not believe the amount of great things they were throwing out. I found a fancy wine bottle opener which was never used, and I gave to my neighbor because I had no use for it. Anyhow, since then Brad has called me his dumpster diver. I have to say that I had been good for a little bit, until the other day I found this plastic bin for Bradley toys. It had not tears, and to my surprise it had tons of little hot wheels for him. The bin as just dusty and I cleaned it. I was thinking about using the bin for storing office supplies but instead I gave it to little Bradley.

Then about a week ago, someone put out this little dresser, and I just could not resist. I brought it home, it was a pine stain color, beautiful, but I wanted something more conservative, so I painted dark brown and replaced the drawer's knobs. Now I am using it to hold some of Brad's office supply. Check it out.


Thursday, July 31, 2008

Kodak Moment

Papa and Chancho at Lake Georgetown.
See a resemblance?

This past weekend we spent almost the entire day at Lake Georgetown to celebrate my father-in-law's birthday. We also gather together to spend time with Lizzy Brad's little sister. She lives in Utah and we don't see her much. So this weekend was full of catching up and having fun. Lots of pictures were taken but this one is by far the cutest picture.

Great Buddies.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Nesting

After three days of writing on index cards I have finally started to clean my house. I feel so proud of myself when I do all my assigned tasks for the day. I feel empowered. I usually don't sit down to play with the computer or watch my favorite shows, or read my book, until I am almost half way down with my cards. Anyhow, today is my free day and I am enjoying it. I have decided to work on updating my blog weekly. So this week I have to say that I was very tired, but I felt good that at the end of the day I knew all my dishes were washed and my laundry was clean. Anyhow, I have found that little Bradley has a better sleeping schedule now too. Maybe he was over cluttered much like me. Too many distractions too many things around.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Oh! Boy!

This weekend was a very busy weekend for me. On Saturday I went to San Antonio to see my best friend get sealed in the San Antonio Temple. I was not able to get in the sealing because I totally spaced out on my temple recommend. But I wanted to let her know that I was there to support her, and her husband. Later that day I drove to Houston to see my family there. My mother was able to join me to go to my niece's baby shower. My niece Angela is due a day after I am. She will also be having a boy. This is her first one. Her sister's and my step-sister's hosted her a beautiful baby shower. Little Bradley as usual was in heavan with all the ladies around him. While at the baby shower he managed to lock himself inside my step-sister's room, but he still had a great time down in Houston. After the baby shower we took a dip in his Aunt Cindy's pool. He loves the water. I was so exhauted but still had a good time.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Sidetracked Home Executive

I am so very excited because I am reading a book that I THINK will be the answer to my unorganized life. Let me back track here. When I was in college I felt like I had things under control. I knew where I was going and what I wanted to do. So I thought. Anyhow, so then I get married and I don't have a job lined up. I start going completely out of mind. Almost a month after our wedding I still had not unpacked much of what I had brought with me. I was depressed and especially unhappy with my career. I have to say that the first year of marriage was very hard for me. I look back and think of how hard it must have been for Brad. He probaby was thinking, "What did I get myself into? I must have married an ax murderer." I probably gave him that scary look several times in that year. Anyhow, I am so glad that is all over with. A year later I got a job where I knew I could grow and move foward, and set goals. This is when my nesting instincts resurfaced again, much like when I was in college. So I started painting in the house and started loving my life again. I finally unpacked and began to settle in my new life. After a year marriage was finally starting to sink in. What was not yet sinking in was having the responsibility of maintaing a home. I always felt much of an inept at decorating and making things look cute, chic, and organized. I did not know how to make my house look like a place my husband would want to come home to. I thought I would never be able to make our home a safe heavan. Anyhow, I think I had my very first "decorating epiphany" when I was expecting Bradley and I wanted to make his nursery look all cute. I think I accomplished the cute and chic look in his nursery, which I is still my favorite room in the whole house. So then I had a another breakdown when I had the chance to stay at home. I was not sure what to all day with a baby. I still don't know what to do. But I will tell you this much, that my home was cleaner when I was working full time. Maybe because I WAS not home all day. Anyhow, I figured if this "stay at home" job is what I will be doing for the next 15 to 20 years I better get some help. So I approached my wonderful mother-in-law (who by the way had a day care in her house for almost 20 years and has always had a wonderful taste of decorating and her house is spotless) for some help. So she recommended this awesome book called the Sidetracked Home Executive. My mother-in-law has used this book's organization methods for more than 20 years and I am excited to starte the 3x5 index card organizing method. Anyhow, I just wanted to share this because I am at this point in my life where I do so much at the spur of the moment and I want to have direction in my life, and I think I will be able to enjoy the things I love doing even more so knowing in the back of my mind that I have done all I could to keep my home in harmony and order. So far I have read 30 pages in the book and I have to say that it is an awesome read.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

4th of July Celebration!!


This year I made it a point to celebrate 4th of July even though Brad was at work. We started off with the local parade we have. As a whole we all learned a very valuable lesson. When preparing for a parade in the TEXAS heat one must 1st: get early to the event and find a shady place to seat 2nd: bring an umbrella if shade is not available 3rd: bring a cooler with lots of drinks and possibly some breakfast tacos *Note to self Round Rock Donuts are closed on 4th of July* 4th: decorate a simple gift bag to pick up candy and 5th: bring your chair. Next year I am going to be so much more prepared than this year. I want my children to have a patriotic spirit. Although I was not born in the states I am a very proud US citizen. I love the American history, and I love the patriotism that it comes with it, so my children will celebrate Fourth of July because I know it is important to teach our children to remember and honor those who have given their lives so that we may enjoy the freedom that we have. It really irks me when people don't have appreciation of this holiday. After the parade we went swimming with Aunt Becky. It was fun to be in the pool, and then we had some delicious BBQ that Uncle Tom prepared and cooked and then we went to see the fireworks. It was an awesome day. I love the 4th of July.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Immunity for Mothers

So, I have had a terrible cold and cough since last Monday. I thought I was not suppose to get sick while I was pregnant. Well, I guess it is only myth because this cough has really knocked me out. I am so weak lately, I don't feel like I get enough sleep and to top things off I can not take a cat nap while Little Bradley is awake. If I even doze off for a minute he comes from behind or somewhere and screams, "Wake Up! Mama!!". I can't wait to have flavor in my mouth again, I love the taste of food. I was so glad and very grateful my mom was here at the peak of my illness. I love my mom, she made a chicken soup for me and little Bradley. It is so nice to have somenoe take care of you. My mom spoils me when I am sick. I like being spoiled, I wished she was here more often to take care of me when I feel so yukky!! I guess I took my mom's spoils for granted when I was in college and when I was younger or maybe I appreciate it more now, because I have that same responsibility with my children and my husband. I think MOTHERS should be immune to all sorts of illnesses.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Latest Creation

Father's Day really sparked one of my least used abilities. My "craftiness". I don't usually scrapbook or do any of those cute chic stuff, just because I don't feel like I am creative enough, or maybe it is because I set my bar too high and I am not satisfied with my work until I am completely worn out and it is time to put the glue stick away. So on Father's Day, I completely spaced out and I did not get my father-in-law a card. Fortunately, I had enough time to make him a card before we went to my in-laws. I don't have a picture of the card but I will get one up soon. But to say the least, a few weeks ago, I had spoken with my sister and she mentioned she had gotten me a CriCut Personal Cutter. Now, I kind of brushed it off because I really did not know what it was, but I was very grateful for her gift. So my mom brought it home yesterday and I am just so excited about all th fun stuff I can do. So in honor of my sister's generous gift I made her a card, and here it is.