Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blessings After Waiting

"Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting."
Today, I feel thankful. And blessed beyond measure.
Because my back muscles have been TIRED all week, and at times, my hips feel like they are going to stretch apart.
Why is that something to be thankful for?
Because I know the cause of my tired back and sore hips.
I am becoming a mommy.
I can say that with all my heart, I LOVE every single ache and pain and tired moment in my day.
For at one point in my life, I was looking at the possibility of never getting to experience this miracle of pregnancy.
But our LORD is gracious, and has answered my many pleas.
I waited patiently for the LORD, and HE inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
 Psalm 40: 1, 3, 5
What are you thanking the LORD for today? Has HE answered any prayers, big or little, that you want to give HIM praise about?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 22

Running errands and talking on the phone,
I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone.
Little tiny hands, a precious rounded knee,
pushing and twisting that no one can see.
Oh sweet child kicking up your heels,
it is our little secret that only I can feel.
I look forward to your birth,
when I can kiss your skin,
but for now I will just smile,
as I feel you play within.
How far along? 
22 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Large grapefruit—about 14 ounces in weight, and nearly 8 inches from crown to rump.
Total weight gain:
Tuesdays midwife appointment showed a gain of 10 pounds total. It has been difficult at times to get used to those numbers on the scale, and even hearing remarks on how I am starting to show more (including "jokes" of being told I am looking chubby and getting a pooch). Weight gain is a VERY good thing in pregnancy, and VERY healthy when gained in moderation (which my midwife says I am doing very well with). And I accept and am even beginning to embrace it. :)
Sleep has been very good. I still wake up very early some days, and then go back to sleep after being awake for an hour or so. Which in turn has caused a need for afternoon naps... :D
 Twice weekly weights, walking or prenatal cardio videos 3 days, and yoga in between.
Not the best, I will admit. I have been in kind of a funk. You know, the feel sorry, poor me kind of mood. For some reason, outside of internet friendships, and immediate family, I have not felt as if there is any joy or excitement over our baby. There have been very few congrats or anything. Might be just me, but I just want to burst with joy and excitement all the time! :)
I still have cravings for beef. But that has even subsided. And there have not really been any aversions either. I am pretty much enjoying all food these days. :)
  A tired feeling in my back muscles quite a bit. And allergies! Since becoming pregnant, I have become especially sensitive to previous allergens. I am told this can be normal for pregnant women. Who knew? :D
Oh, I feel my sweet one everyday now, and LOVE every single kick and jump. I am pretty sure it is the best feeling in the world. Especially the kicking that starts when Justin is talking.  :)
Maternity Clothes:
 All maternity jeans now. But that has been the only maternity specific item.
Worst Moment of the week:
  It was kind of several moments. We have been moving furniture and such to make room for baby stuff. Well, on Saturday I stubbed my toe twice, dropped a two and half pound weight on my foot, and scraped my elbow while organizing my craft hutch. Yeah... ;)
Best Moment of the week:
 Not fainting when getting blood drawn! :D

Drum roll please...

Ahhhh!!! We are so excited to be having a little boy! I was hoping for a little boy. I have always said I want 10 little boys that look EXACTLY like Justin when he was little. :D

Before I go, I want to thank those of you that have sent me texts, Facebook messages, and commented showing concern for my absence. I have not intended to go so long in between posts. I would like to say it has been entirely due to being busy with school, but that is not the case.

I am not feeling the need or desire to blog as often anymore. It seems as if my brain has been shifting more to prepping for baby, and living daily life, than blogging. So, things will more than likely remain fairly quiet here. If you would like more frequent updates, please check out my Instagram page. I try to post there 3 times a week. :)

How has life been for you? Have you been in a great mood, or kind of a funk? What is the LORD teaching you at this time?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 17

"When the LORD reached down HIS hand,
To add this babe to our household band,
We felt that our cup overflow,
The greatest blessing HE could bestow."
How far along? 
17 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Vidalia onion
Total weight gain:
Not sure. At least one pound from the initial drop of 3 pounds. I have not checked since last months midwife appointment. An appointment is coming up soon, and we will see for sure then.
I seem to wake up at 5 am lately and struggle going back to sleep. Justin says it's my body prepping itself for the baby's schedule. :D
 Twice weekly weights, walking 3 days, and yoga in between.
Joyful for the most part. But I seem to become very weepy quickly. Hello crying my eyes out while watching the beast die in "Beauty and the Beast"...
I really do not have any desire for chicken or beef. Unless it is a steak. I have had steak on the brain for days now.
 Nausea is gone! Energy levels are high. But I can't go more than a few days at full energy without having a slow day in between. And the hip pain has gone away!
I am pretty sure I have been feeling our sweet one. Although I am one to hesitate to say for as I have not felt a baby move within before now. :D It's a little something about the same time each day.

Maternity Clothes:
 My inlaws blessed me with some money for my birthday and told me to spend it on clothing. I was able to find several dresses. But overall I am still able to get away with elastic waistbands, and looser fitting shirts.
Worst Moment of the week:
 Receiving a jury summons. :(
Best Moment of the week:
 Starting back to teaching, and not having one single crier. Miracle of miracles with 3 year olds, ya'll. :D
Looking forward to:
 A weekend at home with my love. :)
What are you looking forward to this week?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HE Answers Our Prayers

"If GOD answers your prayers, HE is increasing your faith. If HE delays, He is increasing your patience. If HE doesn't answer, HE has something better in mind."
One morning last week, I woke up for the third day with an AWFUL headache. I had tried every remedy I knew to relieve the pain. Finally after waking up and barely being able function properly, I fixed myself the first cup of full caffeine coffee since finding out I was pregnant.
And very quickly, the pain subsided.
While I was enjoying that one measure cup of bliss, I had the strong desire for rain to be falling and me sitting in my chair, all cozied up enjoying such a treat. But knew that was highly unlikely as it was as bright and sunny as could be outdoors.
After sitting and sipping for awhile, I decided to get up and go for a long walk to keep the headache away.
Not more than 10 minutes into the walk I noticed it began to cloud up. Then 5 minutes later, I looked down the road to see a wall of rain coming my direction. So, indoors I headed.
I didn't think much of it at the moment. I decided that I would take the opportunity to catch up on dishes, until it passed by.
But I stopped suddenly. Didn't I have a desire for a rainy morning, all cozied up?
And immediately I left the dishes alone, opened the blinds, curled up in my corner, put Emmet Franz on softly, and thanked GOD that HE has granted that small desire of my heart.
It got me to thinking. How often in our lives do we see a small prayer answered, and maybe thank GOD for it, but not truly and FULLY enjoy that moment HE blessed us with?
GOD answers our prayers, or grants desires of our heart to bless us. To show us that He loves us, to praise HIM and I even think to see our joy in enjoying those blessings.
Whether its becoming a mother after years of thinking it was not possible, finishing a tough class with a very good grade, having a pleasant and productive day at your job, or getting to watch the rain fall, EVERYTHING that the LORD blesses us with in our lives should be praised and ENJOYED.
Why? Because HE loves us, and is pleased when we show thankfulness and joy in those moments. :)
Have there been any little prayers answered in your life lately? Or big ones too?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Blessed Be the Name of the LORD

Psalm 113
113 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 14

Hello second trimester!
How far along? 
14 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Total weight gain:
This weeks midwife appointment revealed a 1 pound drop from the last visit. With the initial loss of 3 pounds, and then gaining 2 pounds back, one of the two gained has been loss. Which seems strange to me as my belly is really starting to grow. I think it is muscle loss due to not lifting so heavy anymore.
I sleep fairly well at night. Occasional hip pain wakes me up to move positions. The need for naps during the day seems to be lessening.
Still the same. Twice weekly weights, walking 3 days, and yoga in between. With yoga being the favorite for my sore hips.
Better. I have not had as many angry outbursts. Overall, joyful.
No real cravings to speak of. But I have not been in a meat mood for while now. More of a bread, veggie, and carb mood...
Some occasional nausea, fatigue (though that is better), and hip pain began this week.
Maternity Clothes:
I have the one pair of capri's I wear a lot. Trying to just wear more elastic waistband skirts.
Worst Moment of the week:
Having blood drawn, and blacking out right after, and throwing up too. Not the first time for that to happen during a blood draw. And unfortunately, it probably will not be the last.
Best Moment of the week:
Hearing our little ones heartbeat (you can hear for yourself on my Instagram). I could seriously listen to that ALL day. :)
Looking forward to:
Getting prepared for teaching K-3 again.

What has been a joyful moment for you in your life this week? Is there anything you are looking forward to?
 Have a wonderfully blessed week everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Simple Pleasures Of The Day...

“Simple pleasures are best.”
― Alan Bradley,
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie    

Today, I am thankful for these simple pleasures...

Yesterday's farmers market bouquet, sitting on the kitchen table...

Meatloaf baking in the oven...

Being able to bake my sisters birthday cheesecake...
The crepe myrtle tree blooming in the front yard... 
Chickens that wait and pace and squawk at the coop door, wanting to come out...
 Collecting daily gifts from said chickens...
Post yoga snacks of apple slices, peanut butter, and lemon water...
Fifty cent onesies, along with a moses basket from a local consignment shop...
And a growing belly, that although it makes me feel a bit self conscious, I know there is a precious soul growing in there. :)

“Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world ...”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

 What simple pleasures are you thankful for  in your life today?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 12 Weeks

I hope you dear readers don't mind, but I hope to share in the joy of pregnancy with some ocassional updates here. I have always loved reading these, and seeing the contrast and similarities of each pregnancy. It always amazes me to see how awesome GOD created the female body to change and grow a precious new soul. :)
How far along: 12 weeks and some days.
Baby is now the size of: A plum
Total weight gain: I have stopped keeping track (except for midwife appointments), as I can get obsessive over it. But, at the beginning, I lost 3 pounds, as I had NO appetite. But at my last check, I gained two back.
Sleep: I get about 10 hours each night. I am starting to not feel the dire need for an afternoon nap, so YIPEE for returning energy!
Exercise: A little bit of everything. I walk 1 hour, 3 days a week, lift weights (light weights, ya'll...) 2 days a week, and I try to squeeze in some yoga several days as well.
Mood: Depends. Generally I feel happy and content. But, I seem to get angered too easily. Trying hard to control that, but little things set me off at random moments... 
Sickness: Nauseousness has been minimal, praise the LORD! I can go a bit longer between meals, and don't feel as if I am going to lose it if I get hungry.
Missing: COFFEE.  And lifting heavier weights.
Maternity clothes: I broke down, and bought these capris yesterday. I feel like I am getting so big so fast! I have been trying the hairband trick for when I wear my tighter fitting pants, for the past two weeks, but just never felt completely comfortable. I am loving the breathing room these pants offer.
Looking forward to: An upcoming camping trip. :D
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sticky, Busy Summer Days, and Baby!

Well hello friends and family! I pray that you are all having a wonderfully blessed day in our LORD! It has been another hot and sticky one here in my neck of the woods. But a late afternoon storm has helped relieve some of that humidity, and it has turned out to be a lovely evening. :)
I pray that all of you are having wonderfully full, and joy filled summer days. I know mine have been. GOD has been so good, and blessed us way beyond what I could ever imagine. :D
If you have kept up with this little blog over the last little bit, you know that GOD has graciously blessed my husband and I with a sweet bundle of joy to be. :D
And what a joyful surprise this little one has been to my husband and I! It has been my hearts desire to be a mother for 3 years now, and just when I thought for sure it would never happen, GOD placed this little one in my womb. Oh ye of little faith... :)
So how has this precious one been impacting our lives? Well besides immense joy, this wee one has wore my tail out. Can you say FATIGUE. Currently I can sleep for 10 hours each night, and still be in need of an afternoon nap. :)
I can seriously stare at this little form ALL day, and be happy...
Nausea has been manageable. There have been a few mornings of toilet hugging. ;) But as long as I keep food in my belly, I have been doing well, and savoring every blessed second. :D

There's a healthy, growing baby in there!
Other than that, life has been fairly normal. Busy with church functions, and general life, and oh yes! Spoiling these precious faces rotten... :D
How great is our LORD, and ever to be praised!
How are your summer days going? Have they been busy?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Saturday, May 21, 2016


 Right now I am sitting in my favorite chair, a warm, tall cup of liquid happiness is sitting beside me, and the sound of my hubby vacuuming out the two inches of dust that settled into my Jeep after a day riding trails with the doors off, is filling the air.
I feel blessed today. And happy. And content.
I am not going to lie, that has not been the case over the past month or so. I have been in such a funk mentally, it is not even funny.
Life has been very good. I am physically healthy. I lift weights daily, have very high energy levels most days, and hey! I even ran my first ever 5K two weeks ago.
I was even blessed to spend a weekend away with my hubby, at a gorgeous little B&B.
So why have I been in a funky mood?
Worry. Fear. And discontentment have plagued me.
I have been so worried and afraid of my cancer coming back (even after being told by the doctor, I am clear, and healthy, and have very a small chance of recurrence) to the point of making myself feel ill, and making others miserable around me.
Cancer took a lot out of me mentally. It took away my peace of mind, and days of not worrying about the future.
About two weeks ago, I broke down for about two days. Crying, and worrying, and even bitter anger erupted from me.
And I came to a realization. I needed healing.
I so desperately wanted my life to get back to normal after treatment ended last year, that I suppressed those feelings, and hid them away, until they just spilled over during an angry rage while exercising. (pretty sure anyone who drove by during that walk thought I had lost my mind with how I was waving my arms, yelling, and crying...)
I never gave myself a time of mourning. A time to miss what my illness brought and took away.
And for me that was wrong.
"When there is a fresh wound in your heart, keep it open until it heals. Air it out. Understand it. Dive into it. Be fierce enough to become it. If you ignore it, it won't be able to breath. If you ignore it, it will merely deepen, spread, and resurface later, wanting to release. And when later happens, it will hurt even more, because when later happens, you won't know what you're bleeding for. Remain with it until it clears, and watch the beauty pour into your openness. Remain open to feel lightness. Remain open to feel free." ~ Victoria Erickson
I should have allowed myself to cry over those losses. To mourn. To let GOD step in and heal my broken heart. Maybe if I had, the past few months would not have been so emotionally tumultuous.
GOD has been showing me it is okay to feel sad and even mourn what has been taken away from you in life. Our responsibility though is how we react to such losses.
"It's not the load that breaks you down. It's the way you carry it." ~C.S. Lewis
While I am by no means healed mentally from this disease, and it's gains and losses, I am feeling better about it.
I have even been transferring my nervous energy into making quilts for friends that are having babies, and for those in my church that have recently lost loved ones.
I am not 100 percent there, by any means. But GOD is at work, and I am doing MUCH better.
After you season of suffering, GOD in all HIS grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 1 Peter 5:10

Have you ever hidden a pain in your life to the point where it suddenly erupted and surprised you? How has GOD been helping you heal that pain?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thank for stopping by!

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Three Years Ago...

On this day three years ago, I married my best friend.
"My husband has made me laugh.
Wiped my tears.
Hugged me tight.
Watched me succeed.
Seen me fail.
Kept me strong.
My husband is a promise from our Father,
 that I will have a best friend forever."
-Timewarp Wife
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!
P.S. If you would like to take a stroll down memory lane with me, check out theses posts from that day.