Sunday, September 21, 2014

Starting Fall a Few Days Early

I have been in full Fall mode this weekend.

After seeing a couple people post about their new Bath & Body Works candles, I had to go get some of my own.  Social media peer pressure is real y'all.

So far I've burned Pumpkin Apple and Bourbon Butterscotch.  They both smell amazing but Pumpkin Apple is my favorite. They all smell yummy.  It was hard to choose only four.

There is something about Fall that makes me want to bake.  And I don't bake.  I woke up Saturday morning at 6:30.  Boo!  I was wide awake so I decided to go buy groceries.  

It's never a good idea to buy groceries when you are hungry and in the mood to bake.  Especially when there only two people in your house to eat everything you make.  

I made some apple cider muffins for breakfast.  They were yummy! 


I'm not the only one enjoying this fall weather.  Ever since we installed a doggy door we hardly see our Lincoln Baxter anymore.  The little guy loves being outside.



As much as were are loving that fall is right around the corner, we are still enjoying summer too.  We enjoyed a beautiful afternoon on the lake.  Lounging and lunch on The Liberty Belle.




In true fall fashion there were frito chili pies and football.  Razorbacks scored their third win of the season.  WPS!

And for dessert?

Cheesecake on a reese's cup of course.

It's one of our favorites.





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Who Are Those Kids?





Our first Christmas card photo shoot with Uncle Kevin.

Pre-furbabies.

Newlyweds.

I barely even recognize these two kids.













Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Smiling


I snapped this picture today at lunch while sitting at Sonic.  I just wanted to document my smile today.  Today was the first time that I have really smiled in several days.  Last week when I received another "Not Yet" it sent me into a state of depression.  It always hurts when another month goes by without a pregnancy but this time it was especially painful.

Sixty days is unheard of for me.  My cycle is usually very regular.  I know from tests that I do ovulate, but I'm pretty sure I didn't last month.  I have no idea why.  I just felt like my body was giving up and shutting down. 

I did the same.  I gave up and shut down.  

But you guys....you guys lifted me up in prayer.  I cannot even begin to say thank you for all your prayers.  It is so incredibly humbling to hear someone say I've been on their heart and they pray for me often.  Someone I have never met let me know that she has been praying for me daily.  I just don't even know what to do with that.  I am so thankful.  There are just no words.

We serve a God who never leaves us.  He is with us always even in our darkest days.  

It has felt so good to smile today and to praise God through the storm.






Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hanging on to Hope

Sixty days.

That's the length of my last cycle.

It's a new record.

My body frustrates me.

Despite four negative tests and the fact that I had no signs of pregnancy part of me still believed that I was in fact pregnant, that this was my month.  Why else would my body torture me with the a cycle that seemed to last forever?  I let my hopes get so high that I scheduled a blood test at a local clinic in town for Thursday afternoon.  I didn't tell Andrew because I just knew I was going to be able to surprise him with good news.

And then I went to the bathroom.  

There was no need for a blood test.

Once again another cycle that didn't result in a pregnancy. 

I'm not sure how I  made it through the rest of the afternoon.  I felt like I was on autopilot trying not to break down in front of a room full of 6th graders.

As soon as I got in my car that afternoon the tears came.  

Oh the tears came.

To put it mildly I threw a screaming kicking fit.  I wanted to give up.  A part of me did give up.  I wanted to tell everyone we were never having kids.  I'm sorry to disappoint everyone but we all need to move on.  I needed the option to disappear.  I needed it to be a non-issue.

It wasn't pretty.  

As if the pain wasn't enough I came home to a package I had ordered a few weeks ago.  A sweet little shirt that says miracle baby.

I cried even harder.

It's funny because while the beginning of a new cycle can cause more pain than I could ever begin to describe to you, it also brings a new hope.  It's a new opportunity to try again.  It's another chance for God to bless us beyond our wildest dreams.

This journey of waiting is not an easy one.  Some days it seems unbearable.  

But I have hope.  Some have called it naivety.  But I KNOW that I serve a God who hears my cries, who knows the desires of my heart, and who loves me more than I could ever imagine.

His mercies are new each and every morning.






Sunday, September 7, 2014

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

{one}

Football season is upon us and fall is right around the corner.  I am so ready for fall.  Crisp colorful leaves.  Scarfs. Boots.  I love it at all.


{two}

Getting to send postcards bragging on my students to their parents.


{three}
I love the ceiling in this bedroom.  Andrew and I have been discussing plans to do this or something very similar in our bedroom.  We have coffered ceilings in our living room, dining room, and front room already.  I just love that he has fallen in love with my vision for our bedroom and is excited about this project.

{four}

I had a chance to sit down and actually read this past weekend.  It seems like forever since I've really enjoyed a novel.  I especially love a good Amish story.  My sister-in-law, Joy Beth, got me hooked on them.  
{five}

A new season of 19 Kids and Counting started yesterday.  I just adore this family and their show.  



What are you loving right now?


Monday, September 1, 2014

Our Weekend

Why can't every weekend be a three day weekend?  They are so nice.   Especially when they happen to fall on your birthday weekend.

Friday evening we had a big dinner with our families to celebrate my birthday.  My Mommom made chicken and dumplings, my favorite, and then Andrew and I made a ham, some stuffing, green beans, and rolls.  

It was like a little holiday meal.  

My favorite part was that we were able to have both of our families here at the same time.  Andrew and I were talking and we are pretty sure this is only the third time this has ever occurred.  We feel so blessed that we love to spend time with each other's families.  

Both of my grandmothers, my parents, my brother and his wife, Andrew's parents, Cary, Cody & Pryce were all here.  

Dinner was delicious and was followed by dessert...lots of desserts!!  I ended up with not one, not two, but THREE birthday cakes.


Andrew bought me a cake which I thought was so incredibly sweet of him.   

But it was chocolate.

I don't like chocolate.

He likes chocolate.

Not me.  

I told him it was totally fine that I appreciated his thought and effort.

But he went back to the store and bought a little white cake just for me.

How sweet is he?

Then my Mommom showed up with a cake she had baked for me so I ended up with three cakes.

Someone said with that much cake I could have my cake and eat it too.

My family went home Friday night but Andrew's fam all spent the night.  

Saturday morning we enjoyed donuts and kolaches for breakfast.  

Then Andrew's mom and I hit a few of the shops on Main Street.  I really enjoyed that special time with her.

Everyone stuck around to watch the Hogs take on Auburn Saturday afternoon.  We had a good first half.  And we'll stop there - after all the Hogs stopped playing after that.

We had nachos for dinner and Oh My Word they were so good.  Andrew picked up some pulled pork from our new BBQ place.  It was delicious!!

Chris and Krystal joined us for the last part of the game and spent the night Saturday night.

Sunday was church, a Sunday nap, and some lake time.




And this picture pretty much sums up today.


We are just enjoying a lazy day at home.


It has been the perfect three day/birthday weekend.