Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Three years ago today Andrew and I closed on our house and moved in.

I remember when Andrew sent me a link to our house on realtor.

We had been looking at houses for awhile and I was beginning to think we would never find the perfect home for us.

Everything in our price range was built in the 70s and the decor still showcased that fact.

My initial reaction to our house was "Absolutely not!"

Andrew has more vision when it comes to stuff like this.  He convinced me to go see the house in person.  He was certain I would change my mind.

He was right.

The day we walked into our home for the first time, I knew it was going to be our home.

I walked in and it just felt like home.

I envisioned the house being filled with our family and friends.

After that first walk through Andrew knew he needed to be ready to buy this house for me. :)

The day we closed was an exciting day.

Move in day was the quite the adventure.  Our narrow staircase inspired some creativity as Andrew, Cody, and PB figured out how to carry things upstairs.

Our three years in this home have brought lots of memories.

We've hosted Weaver Thanksgiving each year we've been in this home.

We've hosted my family for Christmas.

We've hosted three Americana Porch Parties.

This past year we hosted our first Masters Watch Porch Party.

We've even hosted a wedding on our porch.

We've lived life in this house for the past three years and with that have come lots of highs and a few lows.

This house has been home.

Monday, October 17, 2016

An Infertility Update

It's been awhile since I've posted about our infertility journey.

Mainly because it hasn't felt like there is a lot to update you on.

Like I posted a couple of weeks ago, there has just been lots of waiting.

Back in June we attempted to do an IUI.

It did not go as planned.

Long story short we missed ovulation.

Andrew and I felt like we wasted a lot of time and money that month.

We took the month of July off.

Instead of IUI we took off for the Carolinas and enjoyed some much needed infertility-free time away together.  

In August we changed clinics and prepared to do an IUI with them.

School started and it did not start well.

I was stressed out to the point of missing a cycle.  

September arrived and I went in for some blood work.

We decided not to attempt an IUI in September because we wanted to make sure my cycles were back to normal.

Blood work looked great except my FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) was high.  From my understanding that means that I don't have very many eggs and the ones I do have aren't so good.

My doctor will explain it all to us in detail when we go to do our IUI.

October is a bust because my doctor is at a convention and cannot monitor me.

So it's that waiting...waiting until November.  

So that's our update.  

I cannot begin to tell you how much I appreciate your prayers and encouragement.  It's what carries me through the hard days.  

Love to you all!!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Waiting


That could easily be the definition of infertility.

Waiting for your turn.  Waiting on the day you finally see a positive test.

That's the big wait.

But there is waiting within the waiting.

Sometimes it feels like life is divided up into chunks of two week waiting periods.

Waiting on your cycle.

And then approximately two weeks of waiting on ovulation.

Then the two week wait starts over as you wait to see if this is the month.  

And if all that waiting isn't enough there's the waiting in the doctor's office.

The waiting room at fertility clinics should offer frequent flyer miles.

Let you earn some points that might help pay for all the doctor's visits.

My devotional reminded me this morning that God knew that I would be in this time of waiting long before I was ever born.  He knew the waiting would make me feel weary at times.

And so before I was born, before I ever knew I would experience this waiting, he gave me stories of encouragement in His word.  Stories of Hannah and Sarah and Elizabeth.

I'm thankful God knew.  

I'm thankful He does not leave me to wait alone.

He is right there with me in the big wait and all the little waits.

And friend, He is with you.  He has not left you to journey through life alone. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

THIS child

A few weeks ago I began a new devotional called  Infertility Encouragement from Sarah's Laughter.  I've really been enjoying it.  

Tuesday's devotional was especially encouraging to me.

I want to share it with you.

I asked the Lord to give me this child, and he granted my request.
1 Samuel 1:27

Oh, how I wish there were video cameras in Hannah's day.  As much as I love to read Hannah's words, I would really love to watch her tell her story.  I'd love to hear her petitions to the Almighty.  I'd love to see her face when she told Eli the priest that she wasn't drunk, but heartbroken.  Most of all, I'd want to eavesdrop when she brought her God-sent son back to that same priest and dedicated him to the Lord.  I'd ask you to watch that video today.

I'd ask you to fast forward to Hannah holding her precious baby boy in her arms, saying: "For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted what I asked of Him..." I'd ask you to start over and watch it again.  And again.  "For this child I prayed..."  I can't help but believe if we could hear Hannah's voice when she said these words, we might just hear her put her passionate emphasis on the word this.  "For THIS child I prayed..."

The waiting is hard.  You simply want a baby.  You don't care whether it's a boy or a girl, or born at the perfect time of year.  You just want a healthy baby.  You cry out to God with everything in you to let this month be the month.  Anybody who has ever gone through infertility would understand.

But listen to Hannah.  "For this child I prayed."  What she didn't realize all those years - as she was weeping and crying out to God for a baby - was that every tear and every prayer was for Samuel.  For this child I prayed.  It must have all come together the moment she saw his face.  "Oh, I understand.  It was for this child I prayed and waited.  Not another!  He was so worth it!"

If Hannah had conceived when she first desired a child, that child would not have been Samuel.  There's no way she could have realized the specific child she was praying for, but God knew.  Similarly, God has a specific purpose and plan for your infertility.  It is our prayer that one day, just as you have wept with Hannah, you will join with her in saying, "For this child I prayed, and God has granted what I asked of Him."

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

33 on my 33rd

Today I am another year older.

Today I am 33.

So in honor of this big occasion I decided to share 33 random facts about ME.

So here we go...

1. Nightgowns are my favorite form of pajamas.

2. I jam out to Meghan Trainor.

3. One of my biggest regrets is not having the guts to try out for the University of Arkansas band.

4. I love a new clean planner.  As soon as I write in one, I want to throw it out and buy a new one.

5. I don't like my handwriting, hence me wanting to throw away perfectly good planners.

6. I watch daily vlogs on YouTube - you know random people filming their lives.  I consider them my friends.

7. I'm scared of water.  I don't want to go under or be splashed in the face.  Showers are okay because I'm in control there.

8. Apple is my favorite juice, but I didn't discover I liked it until I was 31.

9. I don't drink coffee.  Ever.  Any.  I don't even like the smell of it.

10. I've always wanted to play Bingo in one of those Bingo halls with all the old people who take it very seriously.

11. For a very brief time, I had my nose pierced.

12.  I don't eat sauce on my pizza unless it's Alfredo.

13. I love the beach but hate the ocean.

14.  I don't know how to drive a standard.

15. I love pictures - both taking them and being in them.

16. I get car sick.

17. Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.

18. I'm always cold.

19. I've never broken any bones.

20.  But I've had my fair share of stitches.

21. I'm a people pleaser.

22.  Confrontation makes my physically ill.

23. I'm a snoop.  I was the kid who found my Christmas presents before Christmas.

24. But I also love a good surprise, so I would only find a couple of my presents.  Never all of them.

25. Only my husband will understand this one but I HAVE NEVER put peanut butter in the refrigerator.

26. When we were in high school my two best friends and I threw thongs at Clay Walker while attending his concert.  We bought them at K-Mart right before the concert.  Clearly we were very mature.

27. When I was very young I fell on a floor furnace and burned my hands, knees, and stomach.  For the longest time I had a tic tac toe board scar on my stomach.

28. I'm a nail biter.  I keep my nails painted to avoid this habit.

29. I'm an introvert.

30. I don't like plain milk.  Chocolate only.

31.  And speaking of milk, I don't put it in my cereal.  Ever.

32.  How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Burlesque are two movies that I watch every time they are on TV.

33.  I don't like hand-sanitizer.

Friday, August 19, 2016



Y'all this first week of school has absolutely kicked my tail.  I have come home and immediately put sweatpants on every single day.  Wednesday night I don't know that I said five words to Andrew.  I just came home and went to bed.

If you need me this weekend you can find me curled up at home with a good book.  I'm not going anywhere or doing anything.


Mikey and Ellie spent the night with my parents last night so I invited them all over for dinner.  I needed the company to help lift my spirits.

Did I say it's been an exhausting week?

These sweet babies always put a smile on my face.

And I love getting to spend time with mom and dad.


These tieks shoes are all the rage right now.  They are apparently amazingly comfortable for teachers on their feet all day.

I want a pair.

My feet hurt.

Sadly they are pretty pricey.

So I'm selling the books from my classroom library and pretty much anything else I can find in order to purchase a pair.

I have no idea how I'll decide which pair to buy.  I want them all.

If you would like to donate to my tieks fund, just let me know.  :)


Sunday is the last day for 1/2 price shakes at Sonic.

This makes me so sad.

My favorite is the salted caramel.


I am so ready for all things fall.  Yesterday I changed out the wax in all my Scentsy warmers and couldn't resist using my fall scents.

My house smells like fall and it makes me smile.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Five on Friday: Back to School Edition

Friday...the last one before school starts.

Everyone has been asking me if I'm ready for Monday.

Yes and no...just depends on the moment.

I'm in no way ready to turn on my alarm clock and dive into my closet in search of something other than workout capris and comfy t-shirts.

But I am ready to get to know my students and help them become more confident mathematicians and scientists.


I got a fun little back to school manicure earlier this week.


I also got a back to school hair cut.  I've been wanting bangs for awhile but every time I mention it, Andrew says he hates bangs so I haven't done it.

Well I finally decided I was just going to go for it.


My school had Open House last night so I busted out the pink heels.

It was a good night.  I was able to meet almost all of my students and their parents.


My classroom is decorated in a travel/adventure theme this year and I've had so much fun putting it all together.  Full classroom tour coming soon.


My wall of family and friends behind my computer desk is probably my favorite part of my room.  It makes me smile to see all these faces every day.

Ready or not Monday is coming!