Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Praying your day be filled with family, friends and lots of love!

Praying we all remember the reason we celebrate, that God sent His son!

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."
~Isaiah 9:6

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Wednesday Random

The last week has been filled with a lot!

~Birthday celebrations, Thanksgiving, long nights with a sickie and more recently a fun night of BUNKO with my favorite people!

~Little miss Everlee has been running a fever between 101-103 almost 104 for a few days! Yikes!
She went to the doctor yesterday and he went through all the checks and she was fine except a fever. I thought we would be out of there but then he said she might have a UTI... because I have been working for a Urology practice for 7 years I knew what that meant, they would have to catheterize her to get a urine sample. That was the hardest thing to watch! Ugh! My momma heart just ached while I had to watch that happen. She was a CHAMP! I think the doctor was more concerned about me. No UTI...just sick! Luckily, she woke up this morning with no fever and she is back to her normal self bossing me around like she owns the place. Which, lets be honest, she kind of does. :)

~I never got a chance to post about our Thanksgiving, probably because I gave the camera to Greg and there were more taken of a little weasel he saw outside then people, awesome.

I think this every year but why don't we take a picture BEFORE eating?! We wouldn't look like a bunch of zombies...

Love this picture, my cousin Tucker with Grandma. This kid seriously cracks me up! Love him.

There he is, in the middle. Fascinating right?! There were 20+ pictures of him!
~Lastly, I know I say this all the time through many social networking outlets but I LOVE my bunko group! I love how we all can just laugh and be ourselves! I just love them to pieces!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

What's my motivation?

Our church started a new sermon series a few weeks ago in Zechariah. For me, it's been hard to read on my own, lots of visions, dreams...etc. However, like in our own lives it has a theme of God's people not listening (shocking right?!) and turning from Him.

Zechariah 7:13 " 'When I called, they did not listen; so when they called, I would not listen', says the Lord Almighty."

The scripture also has a bigger theme of God's promise for a Messiah!

Zechariah 9:9 "Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey."

Our church hasn't gotten to this point of the book yet, we actually left off in kind of a depressing part of the book. Where God basically calls out His people because they were worshiping for the wrong reasons. They were doing all things for themselves not for God
This comment made me slouch in my seat a little...

What is my motive when I worship?! Not only that but do I serve and worship with grumbling?!
Would God call me out like He did with His people?

I've been encouraged to take a step back and check my heart attitude. Especially this time of year. It's crazy busy all the time and we are celebrating God sending His Son! Hello?! Why am I stressing about what I need to get for Christmas presents? 

Not only am I encouraged to reflect on my heart attitude about serving and worshiping God but I'm also striving to look at how I serve my family and friends. It's not that I need to get something out of it but how I can be there for them. It's not about me (except for tomorrow for my birthday :) )

I'm encouraged to wake everyday and check myself with "What's my motivation?!"
Because in the end Christ is coming back and peace and truth will rule!

Zechariah 13:9 "This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thankful {Days 9-11}

Yeesh I have some catch-up to do. Instead of picking something each day I'm going to combine, and since there really aren't any rules...who cares right?!

I'm thankful for our church

This weekend Greg and I had the opportunity to go up to McCall for a quick leadership retreat with our church. Our church has been in transition the last year and as anyone knows, change and transition can be hard. It's hard but most of the time beneficial in the long run. For me this weekend was filled with hope and peace that as a church body we are moving in the right direction and most importantly we are doing it with Christ as the leader.

When you go to a leadership retreat there are always a lot of ideas thrown around and historically most of these never come to fruition. However, I'm so encouraged by our church because left with an actual direction...hello...awesome! Now, not everything will come out how we would like it but ultimately there was excitement to move forward and serve God!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thankful {Days 7&8}

Well the last couple days seem to have been filled with political DRAMA and some may say it's hard to find something to be thankful for after the outcome of the 2012 elections. I don't think that is the case if you focus on our God who is in charge!

Day 7-
I'm thankful for my God who is in control and has a plan (even if I don't know or really understand it!)

Day 8-
I'm thankful for the Starbucks barista who made too much Soy Peppermint Mocha and gave me 2! 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Thankful {Day 6}

Election day is here! I haven't been as stressed about this election as I have in the past. I just keep reminding myself that whatever happens it's all a part of God's plan and we have to continue to trust in Him.

Andrea posted a great verse this morning on Facebook that I thought I'd share too-

Romans 13:1
Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. 

This is a perfect reminder as the election goes on, we need remember this whatever the outcome of today! 

Today I'm thankful that God is in charge! 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful {Day 4 & 5}

Day 4-

I'm thankful for family who are also friends! We got to spend the afternoon with Greg's aunt and uncle. After church we went and ate some yummy food and watched a great movie "Chasing Mavericks" It was fun to get to spend the day with these guys! I'm thankful they are not only our family but our good friends too!

Day 5-

Because it's Monday today I'm thankful for Young Life! Most of you know how much of an impact Young Life was and still is in my life. I've been leading at Meridian High for about 5 years now and just LOVE it! If you want to learn more about Young Life go to www.younglife.org

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thankful {Day 3}

It's been quiet in our home today, Everlee took a 4 hour nap, Greg and I drank coffee and hung around the house most of the day, it was a beautiful, much needed "lazy" day!

Then we all decided to venture to Chick-fil-a for dinner, and I do have to say it was Yum-o! I've never been and it was pretty good. I do have to say it was a little greasy for my taste but maybe that is the goodness of it! For as crazy busy as it was (there were at least 20 cars in the drive-thru and about 15 people in line) we got our food in less than 10 minutes and the service was excellent!

This thankful post is surprisingly not for Chick-fil-a, I'm thankful for that and all...

I'm thankful for our home-
It's not big, or small or perfect by any means and there are lots of things that I wish were different but there is something special about your first home as a married couple that is just plain perfect. I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way about their first home but I was thinking about all the memories, sweat, and tears that we have poured into this home the last 5 years and they are all worth being thankful for!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Thankful {Day 2}

Well our little home has a mean case of the grumps, we are all just tired, Everlee is getting her first molar (ouch!), Greg is still working like crazy and isn't feeling to great...

BUT today is FRIDAY! Which means we get a bit of a mini-vacation!

Today I'm Thankful for Weekends!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thankful {Day 1}

Last year I started the Thankful Days in November a little late, which is completly normal for me to be late with and for most things so I'm really impressed with myself that I'm on time with this one!

Thankful Day 1-
Today I'm extra thankful for Greg. Since his first work trip in May he has been out of town since this last week. He has come home for a few days in between but all in all he has been gone a lot.
It's so hard on all of us when he is gone, I think mostly him! We've grown a lot in our marriage the last few months and I'm so thankful for how hard he works for us. I'm also thankful that he is home for awhile now, Everlee is too!

This was from our church Harvest Carnival last night. As you can see Greg just came from work after just getting back the night before. He is trooper!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Story of You

Last night I was talking to my sweet friend Sandy about our birth stories and she made me realize that I didn't really give that whole day justice on the post I did here.
Really?! ONE paragraph, any woman, regardless of how her delivery went, should know ONE paragraph doesn't do that day (or days) justice!

I have had this weird idea that because my pregnancy and delivery went so smoothly my story will come across as "braggy" (pretty sure that isn't a word but oh well). I was thinking a lot about this last night and realized that God gave me the gift of an easy pregnancy and delivery because He had other plans for me that I needed to be strong for last year. If I would have been really sick, on bed rest, or had a high-risk pregnancy at all I wouldn't have been able to be there for my family or been able to grieve when we lost Josh. His timing and plan is perfect even if in the moment it doesn't seem as if anything is going right.

That being said, here goes:

My original due date was August 20, 2011. I went in for my 41 week appointment on 8/24, how RUDE that they even schedule that appointment. I had been dilated at a 3 for about a month but not really effaced, the doctor said she could strip my membranes if I wanted her to or just wait to be induced on the following Monday. I really didn't want to be induced and I heard from someone (Andrea *cough *cough) that having your membranes stripped didn't hurt....umm...lets just say I about kicked my beautiful doctor in the teeth. Yeeeooouuuuzzaaa! I mean, come on, it's called stripping your membranes, I should have known.
After my appointment I didn't really feel any different but did start to spot a lot, I never had my mucus plug fall out but I did start contracting, very very mild but still I could tell it was different than just Braxton Hicks. Thursday morning I woke up feeling great! Still having spotting and contractions but overall felt great.

Greg and I had been doing a landscaping project for the past couple weeks we knew needed to get done so instead of putting my feet up I went out and helped him plow, shovel, and compact some dirt before laying sod. This was around 6:00pm on 8/25, and while I was shoveling dirt I realized that my contractions had been pretty consistent. So I just kept shoveling and when I had a contraction I just took a break and then kept shoveling. Stupid, I know and I'm sure that if our neighbors didn't know us very well they would have called the cops on Greg for abuse :)
After our project was finished for the night I told Greg I think we need to start timing these things because they were getting worse and closer together.

Bee Tea Dub, if anyone reading this is worried you won't know if you are having contractions...you will, I thought the same thing...you will know, trust me.

To make sure they were the real deal, I took a shower, relaxed for a bit just to make sure. By 10:00pm I knew they most defiantly were the real deal. Greg and I sat on the couch the rest of the evening and watched a movie, lots of episodes of The Office, walked around our neighborhood at 2am

...side story...
As we were walking around the block we stopped during a contraction and saw this girl jumping her fence and sneeking out! Ha! This was a Thursday night, mind you, not sure where she is going on a school night, in Meridian, at 2 am?! I'm sure she thought we were just as weird...

At about 4 am my contractions were about 5 minutes apart, even then I didn't really want to go to the hospital because I was TERRIFIED of being sent home. It happens all the time and I would have much rather been going through that in my home then in the hospital. Greg, however, didn't agree and we got ready to go. On the way called my mom, Julie, and Andrea, we got to the hospital around 5:00am and because Greg worked there he just took me right to L&D.

In triage they hooked me up, checked me to see how far I was and the nurse said, "ummm you are at an 8 and your water is about to break, would you like an epidural" I honestly, knowing how the pain affected me, I could have gone natural but I hesitated because I was exhausted and Greg and I knew I needed antibiotics because I was positive for Group B strep and maybe with the next one I won't be but that meant if I didn't have the antibiotics it was a for sure trip for Everlee to the NICU. So, I had the epidural and it was glorious! I know there are a lot of opinions about this but in this instance it was the right choice.

The next few hours were kindof a blur. Dr. Shurm checked on me in the morning and when she checked to see how far I was my water broke, that was around 8:00. Because I was progressing  quickly even with the epidural they pushed my antibiotics quickly which made my veins really painful and made me a little nauseous.

As soon as that last drop of antibiotic was in I was ready to push, this was about 10 minutes to 11:00am. The nurses and my family were so great to have there, Andrea and Greg were holding my legs and my mom and Julie were up talking me through it. I'm not sure they exact number of times but I think I only pushed 4 or 5 times before the nurses said to stop pushing because the doctor was on her way and Everlee was seconds from being born! Still not sure how I did this because even with the epidural I could still feel a lot and was scared she was going to come out without me even pushing! Dr. Shrum came running in with her scrub pants around her knees and still getting everything on as I was laying there trying desperately not to push! Finally ready, at 11:17am I gave one last push and just like that our little family was a little bigger!

Everlee was 7lbs 11oz born at 11:17am

I recovered and adjusted pretty well. I think the recovery process is worse than all of it put together. So sore and tired! Everlee latched and nursed really well from the beginning...obviously, hello chubby bunny! At her 2 week check up she gained 2 pounds! She had some trouble with reflux but a little before 3 months was sleeping 8 hours at night. Such a blessing in a dark time in our family's life, God knows what He is doing!

Thanks for sticking with me through this post. I know it was long but I think Sandy was right, it's important to have documented!

(oh and just so you all know, didn't proof read this at all so be nice grammar police)

Monday, September 24, 2012


Greg got back yesterday and *hopefully* won't have to go out of town again for awhile. He has been out of town off and on since May! So you can imagine how happy we are to have him home!

One thing I LOVE about him coming home is cooking breakfast! I'm not a breakfast person, I LOVE eating it I just don't like cooking it. Everlee usually gets applesauce or oatmeal, something easy. Greg cooks elaborately for breakfast. He took this morning off and made us eggs, toast, fresh hashbrowns and ham. YUM-O!

While Greg was cooking and I was working, Everlee was quiet...very quiet...

Are you LOVING the bedhead!?
Dad didn't realize that Mom doesn't usually let me eat my oatmeal myself...oh well. Morning baths are always fun too, especially when I give Dad a "little present" while bathing!

Welcome home Dad, we missed you!

Friday, September 21, 2012


Although I don't have a fancy-pants phone, I probably should upgrade since I can't dial a 5 or 8...

It still takes pictures, tiny, blurry and grainy pictures. I'm linking up with Life Rearranged you should too!

These past 2 months have been rough, this makes it better!

I'm starting to love our little patio, I think a certain little pup is too! This is also why we can't have nice things.

I bought little miss these 2 books for her birthday I am in love with this series. They are called Baby Lit books, I found them on Amazon. So cute!

Rough days mean this one is getting away with a little more than she should. This is Auntie Andrea's fault...it was her suggestion :)

Hope you all have a Fab Friday!

Friday, September 7, 2012


I have been so lazy taking pictures with my phone! The last week or so has been filled with dealing with a sickie, not sure what her deal is. I feel bad for her. It's hard when they are so little and you really can't do anything but help them ride it out.

So, here is my week...

I think that explains enough!

Happy Friday!


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thoughts on Thursday

I have no one around to "decompress" with at night except a 1 year old and you all know how well they listen. Greg laughs at me when he comes home because I just explode on him, usually not even with negatives, mainly just things going on in my little head. Since he isn't around I'll share with you...just so you know, the amount of randomness is astounding...

  • If you are in line and someone asks you, "are you in line?" What should be your response? Yes, No (with a sarcastic comment attached), or weird look followed by "yeah". I've used all of them this week. 
  • Hate Greg being gone all the time but LOVING eating as many cucumbers as I can!
  •  Hola! Pumpkin Spice Latte's are back!
  • I wish people would stop complaining on Facebook one minute and then post a Bible verse the next. Do one or the other people... 
  • Oh, so I saw this thing on Pinterest...so cute!
  •  Is it teething or a cold? Someone please explain the difference! Either way I'll blame it on teeth.
  • Snookie gets a baby and the cover of a magazine?! Why God?! I know we don't deserve an explanation but I'd like one.
There are a lot more but some I have to save some of them for my hubs. Ha, because he reads this... ha!

Lastly, I'll leave you with this, because its so stinken cute!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

ONE year!!

 It's been 365 days since our little girl came into the world!

As a first time mom you are excited, scared, happy, naive, surprised, tired...etc, etc. You don't truly believe people when they say "it goes by so fast" or when you are going through a rough patch "don't worry it gets better". I'm eating my words because I'm now finding myself saying these things to other new moms!

As I look back on the past year raising a baby I have learned A LOT! I've surprised myself, failed but I've enjoyed *almost* every moment. If Greg had it his way I would be pregnant right now, he has enjoyed it a little too much...

I think the thing I learned the most is...follow your gut. Every pregnancy, birth experience, kid...etc isn't the same. God didn't design it that way! He designed us all uniquely in His image!

Oh, the second thing...learn to speak up. It's OK if you don't want your kid to do something and it's OK if you DO! Either way stand up and speak what you want (this is a hard one for me, I'm still learning and hopefully getting better!)

One more thing, if your baby sleeps REALLY well in a weird place like a swing for 8 hours at a time before she was 3 months...just an example. Don't let people make you feel bad. Trust me, in a year she won't remember. She can't remember that she shouldn't eat paper, how would she remember you let her sleep in a swing! But that is just an example... ha!

Now for the fun stuff. Her party!

Andrea helped me with the invites. She is one amazing Auntie (to both of us!)

Everlee's 'favors' to her guests...a picture of her of course.

The pictures I've been taking every month with the big bear- thanks brother :) I displayed them on the mantle with a scrap banner from her beautiful quilt from Auntie A!

I only had 2 months where I forgot the take pictures, but luckily we were out and about when it was her month b-day!

Let her eat cake. Oh, and I don't know if you know about these tissue-paper flowers, they aren't really popular but I thought they'd be cute :)

yes...I sewed...paper!

Greg snapped this sweet picture of me as we were getting things ready. Awesome right?!

Everlee asked for books for her birthday because she loves them and doesn't have a lot...

She forgot that she asked for them, so surprised by the books!

Wait, this is ALL for me?!


Whew, it's rough being the center of attention and eating a whole cupcake!
Happy Birthday baby girl! We love you so much and have brought us so much joy!

Saturday, August 4, 2012


11 Months
22 pounds
Took her first steps 7/27 & getting faster every day!
2 teeth- finally
Babbling all the time
Saying Hi, dog, and barking like a dog- ha!
Gives lots of kisses to everything
Makes us laugh daily with her funny expressions and crazy hair

Love you Everlee!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Insta-Friday (well-mostly)

I've been fighting a stinken cold all week. Luckily, this meant that I could veg and snuggle with my little bug while watching the Olympics!
I didn't take to many phone pics but I'm adding in some pretty cute pictures I tried to sneak while someone's "Little" came and hung out with us.

Andrea brought these to me when she came to pick up Ethan. My FAV!
Yes, that is the only picture I took with my phone all week. Lame I know...
You know what is NOT lame?! These kids...

Ethan came over this week to hang with us for a bit while his mom and dad go to dinner. I've never heard Everlee laugh as hard as she was when he was playing with her. So sweet! I tried to sneak a few pictures, as you can see they aren't the best pictures because I didn't close the blinds but who cares, they are too sweet not to share!

We call this the, "Uncle Matt"

Happy Friday!