A couple of months ago I had fifty Maternal Mental Health Awareness bracelets sent to me. My plan was to offer them to friends and family that were willing to give a donation to support the documentary film, Dark Side of the Full Moon. My hope was to be able to collect $100 to send to the film makers.
My heart is overflowing with so much thanks as I get to send them OVER TEN TIMES that amount!
Thank You Friends!
If you wanted to donate, but haven’t, please know that it is never too late. You can still use my handy little donate button and safely send money via PayPal.
We are on the home stretch! Here I am at a little over 38 weeks pregnant. Belly pics! I thought I’d never do this, but my sweet husband convinced me otherwise. Family in California, this one’s for you! xoxo
The countdown is on! We only have about four weeks until Reefie Ann’s due date. David and I are so ready to meet our sweet girl and hold her.
We’ve spent the last few months getting her little room all ready for her arrival. At this point it’s definitely baby ready, but there are a couple of things left to do. I wanted to share with you a little peek into her nursery– mainly because it’s my favorite room in our home right now and because several people have asked about it.
Reefie Ann’s room is filled with special little things– personal handmade gifts, fun vintage finds and a few things that have been passed down and borrowed in my family.
The essentials! An old wire basket holds Reefie Ann’s teeny tiny adorable newborn diapers!
Handmade cashmere birds from a dear friend
We’re still working on getting her dust ruffle made for the crib.
Fun little stuff and sweet gifts!
A little bit of arts and crafts made by Reefie Ann’s momma! And my cross-stitched birth announcement that was made by my mom & her friends when I was a baby.
While all these preparations have been so much fun and exciting, I am reminded daily that the greatest preparations need to take place in my heart. There’s so much more to be concerned with than preparing a room. God has been so gracious to me as He stills my soul and directs my focus to Him. Through my fears, worries and anxieties I have been challenged once again to confess, walk by faith and not by sight, look to the Lord for direction and rest in Him. I have clung to this Bible verse these past few months.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you. Psalm 32:8
Resting in this promise has been such a gift from God.
Today I’m celebrating nine years of marriage to my favorite person ever!
Here we are just after our wedding, getting ready to head out on our honeymoon. We were so very happy in that moment and we thought life just couldn’t get any better. We were so wrong. The best was yet to be…
Nine years later, by the grace of God, we are so much more than just happy. We are sure, steady, faithful, unconditional, hopeful, forgiving, loving, at peace, kind, tender hearted, patient, joyful and constantly being made new. I said this last year on our anniversary and I’ll say it again and again and again. Our marriage isn’t perfect, but it is so perfect for us. We thank God often that He made us for each other and in His timing brought us together in India, and that now we can rest in knowing that our marriage was put together by Him.
And now, nine years later we know that the best is yet to be…as we await the arrival of our long awaited baby.
I love you, David!
Here’s a few of my latest pictures from my Instagram. They tell stories, but to help you out I’ve added captions!
David, the Mister in my life and from California, officially became an Arkansan as he dressed in camouflage and went on his first ever hunting trip last weekend. As he puts it, “I shot at 15 doves’ shadows” — meaning he missed. Oh well, he had fun!
This is Noel, our 7 year old Cocker Spaniel. She gets lots of lovin’ from us and doesn’t seem to mind having her picture taken. Although in this picture I was trying to get her to get in the chair but she was very distracted by the buzzing cicadas!
And this is Noel’s favorite place to rest– on the back of the sofa. This time she kept sliding down off the cushion and eventually her nose was pressed against my shoulder. She was snoring. It was so adorable and I’m so glad I was able to snap a picture of it.
This is my new succulent plant. Since they require little-to-no maintenance I have been wanting one for a long time. The last several times we’ve been shopping at Home Depot I have spent several minutes looking at the display shelf full of them. Well, this time this one was so cute I had to buy it. I’m really wanting to name it, but I still have not come up with the right name. Suggestions appreciated.
Avocados were in stock and on sale at the grocery store almost every week this summer and I bought some every time I went shopping! Also between my Dad’s garden and my brother’s garden I always had an abundance of homegrown tomatoes. Oh the possibilities that come with a fresh avocado and fresh tomatoes. This ended up being one of my favorite meals. Fresh guacamole on toasted whole grain thins and sliced tomatoes! Yummers! I started a drastic change in the foods I eat at the beginner of this summer….more on that in another post that will happen soon.
And because of the drastic change I made here’s a picture of all the medicines that I NO LONGER HAVE TO TAKE! I’m not going to go into all the details of the names of the medications and what they did, but I will say this, all of them were related to an illness that I have that effects the production of hormones in my body. Through my new way of living I have pretty much reversed the illness without the use of any medications. Bottom line GOD IS GOOD and I am FOREVER GRATEFUL!
I hope you have had a nice summer!
p.s. i am ready for fall.
A good, sweet, cold, cubed, seedless watermelon is absolutely one of my favorite treats on a hot summer day. It’s so refreshing!
I have been making a lot of different fruit smoothies lately and the other day I decided to give some watermelon in the blender a try. And boy, I am glad I did! This time instead of a smoothie consistency I went for a more icy, slush consistency– even better!
W a t e r m e l o n S l u s h R e c i p e
- 3 cups cubed watermelon, chilled for 25 minutes in freezer
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 juice of choice (I used pomegranate juice)
Put all ingredients in a high power blender and let it do it’s magic!
My birthday is not until Tuesday, but we planned to spend the Friday before it celebrating. David told me we could do whatever I wanted that day…the sky is the limit…not really, but I knew what he meant. I was happy that I remembered my camera so I could document in pictures our day. Here’s what I picked to do for my 32nd birthday.
Started the morning off with homemade Blueberry Banana Smoothies
A three mile morning walk
On our way to Memphis!
Awesome skies above on the Hernando de Soto Bridge
Trolley Stop Market
Vegan Garden Wrap, fruit cup & homemade salsa
All three games looked something like this. He beat me every time…ON MY BIRTHDAY DATE! No mercy.
I was glad to find good color balls in the sizes we use. Important stuff, people, important stuff. *note, black swirly ball belongs to David. It even has his initials engraved on it. He’s fancy.
We had supper at Jason’s Deli where David gave me this! I AM SO PUMPED!
This year going into my birthday feels so different that the past several years. There’s a sense of hope that I have never felt before– and THAT is an incredible gift!