Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Our Amelia Picture

In March of 2009, Andrew and I enjoyed a ten day trip to Washington DC.   It was a busy ten days filled with more walking than you can imagine and lots of sightseeing.

Four days into our trip we were strolling through Arlington National Cemetery in amazement of all the great men and women who have given their life to fight for our country.   As we were standing in front of President's Taft's grave, we received a phone call.

It was Andrew's sister, Jill, calling with some of the greatest news we've ever received.  After several years of TTC and a few rounds of IVF, Jill and Alex were expecting their first baby.  

Andrew and I immediately began to weep tears of joy and thanksgiving.  We hugged each other and we jumped with joy.

In an attempt to share with Jill how excited and happy we were we took our Amelia picture.

Of course at the time we had no idea that it was our sweet, big hearted Amelia that we were celebrating.

This little girl is such a sweet reminder of God's perfect timing as I wait for our own little one.

A few weeks ago when I was having a little bit of a rough day, my mother-in-law reminded me of our Amelia picture.  It is a tangible display of the joy and celebration Andrew and I experienced that day when Jill called.  

How much higher will we jump when it is us sharing the news that we are expecting a little one?  

We continue to wait expectantly for that day.

And you know what?  I wouldn't have it any other way.

His timing is perfect and He is good and faithful ALWAYS.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

We've Been Busy

Life has been busy around here lately.  

We are hosting something pretty amazing this weekend and I can't wait to tell you all about it.  Andrew and I have been in full planning mode.  I'm pretty sure we've hosted family and friends more in the past 10 months since we bought our house than we did in the nine years of our marriage before buying this house.  It's my very favorite thing about our house - lots of room for family and friends.  We truly enjoying hosting which isn't something we had a chance to know about ourselves until recently.  We spend hours and hours talking and planning.  We plan differently, but I think we make a pretty good team.  

We leave for vacation soon.  I have started mentally making a list of everything that needs to be packed.  I'm a list maker.  I will write down every single thing that is going in my suitcase.  I've done that since I started packing my own bag.  We also have to make arrangements for the LBs.   It may be silly but I will miss my sweet furbabies while we are gone.

I'm also getting my classroom back together and ready to roll.  Only three more weeks of summer.  I have mixed emotions as always.  I LOVE my summers, but I also LOVE the first day of school.  I have some high expectations for those sixth graders of mine and cannot wait to get started.  Plus I'm kind of loving my new theme: chalkboard and neon.  No more owls.  Well a few of my favorites get to stay.  The others are packed and put away for another time.  

Even with all the business, there is always time for some relaxation on the lake.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: A Celebration of Love

Thirty-three years ago today these two kids promised to love each other for the rest of their lives.

Thirty-three years they are still an example of a loving marriage.

Happy Anniversary Momma & Daddy!  

I love you!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Ten Vacation Spots

Andrew and I are growing more and more excited about our upcoming trip to the beach with his family.  Long days of lying on the beach, soaking up the sun, reading a good book...Perfection.

While we love a good beach vacation we like a little variety in our vacations.  Maybe because we have a long list of places we want to visit and things we want to see.

Just for fun I'm sharing ten places I want to visit someday.

Doesn't everyone dream of visiting Hawaii?  Andrew has actually been a couple of times so it doesn't have the same appeal to him as it does to me.  

Australia....What can I say?  I love an Australian accent.  

The Grand Canyon....our Father is an amazing artist.

The Redwood Forest

Skiing in Colorado...though I'm pretty sure I'd spend most of my time by the fire with a book in hand.

Six Flags...any of them...I love roller coasters.  Sadly I'm married to someone who doesn't.

Charleston, SC.  We've actually been talking about this one quite a bit lately.  It might be next year's vacation destination.  History and beach all one.  It's the perfect mix for us.

Niagra Falls



Have you been to any of these places?  What did you think?  

Where would you like to vacation?

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Unexplained Infertility

Andrew and I had our follow up appointment with Dr. M last week to discuss our test results and our next step.  I really wasn't sure how the appointment would go since all of our test results came back normal.  We have unexplained infertility meaning he cannot see any medical reason why we have not been able to get pregnant.  It is the best yet most frustrating result.  I am so incredibly thankful that there is nothing major that is wrong with either one of us.  

But where does that leave us?  

We have been trying on our own to get pregnant for over three years now and the only results we have gotten are negative ones.

Dr. M believes that our next step should be IUI.  You can read more about what all that entails here.  

How do we feel about that next step?

Well it is certainly a big decision.  One that we will not make lightly or without prayer.  

We are open to the idea, but we just want to make sure that if we choose to go that route we are making the right decision at the right time.

I'm a little fearful of IUI simply because it already hurts each month when the answer is yet again "not yet".  I can't imagine getting a negative result after going through something as big as IUI.  I know people have done it and have come out on the other side stronger than ever, but right now I just can't imagine that for myself.

For now we are simply trusting God will give us the desire of our hearts in His perfect timing.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July Weekend

We had a wonderful weekend on the lake.

We packed up and headed to The Liberty Belle Friday morning.

I have to admit at first I was a little bummed that it was just us Friday.  It seemed like all our family and friends and plans except us.  

But we really enjoyed our day as a family of four.

The LBs even got some lake time.

One is more adventurous than the other.

Liberty did eventually warm up to the idea of being on the boat.  She just prefers the boat to be anchored rather than moving.

  They both spent some time in the water.  They aren't a fan of swimming, but don't mind being in the water.

Andrew just bought a new grill for the boat so he was able to test it for the first time Friday.

Let me just tell you we had the most AMAZING burgers!!!

We were on the water all day.

Even napped on the water.

All four of us were completely exhausted when we got home.

Other than enjoying a half price shake we went straight to bed.

Saturday we left the LBs at home and Chris & Krystal joined us.

Andrew grilled burgers again and we soaked up some sun for several hours.

Around 6:00 we headed back to the marina and parked the boat in our slip.

Andrew grilled us some chicken for dinner that was just as yummy as the burgers.  

We ate dinner, visited, and then enjoyed  a great fireworks show.

It was a fun weekend.

Made it hard to return to the real world of working yesterday.