Thursday, April 30, 2015

Trust: An Update on my Word of the Year


When I chose Trust as my word of the year, I had no idea just what exactly that would entail. Sure, I thought I would have to trust God more in where my life was going but I thought this year would generally be like the last few.

It's now nearly May, and this year has thrown me a curve. Never had I dreamed that when I prayed about my word of the year and realized it was trust, that the trust would include trusting Him through two miscarriages

That I would have to trust in His plan when I was told to go to a fertility specialist, and trust even more when we were told that medically there was nothing they could find as to why I lost two babies. 

But it's interesting the way that things have panned out. It's been so hard throughout these last 6 months, but instead of turning away I have really focused on relying on God. So, even in the midst of all the chaos and heartache, I have felt some of the most overwhelming peace and have enjoyed my relationship growing closer and closer to Him. 

Honestly, it still hurts and I'm not going to lie about that. I'm not "okay." Little things set me off that I don't even expect to upset me. Little newborns make me so happy and feel like there's a little piece missing in my heart at the same time. It's a weird feeling.  

But I'm more at peace with what has gone on than I ever thought I could be. 

And we've had some wonderful things happen, too. After years and years of feeling like I was floating around with no purpose, I've finally decided to go back to nursing school. I've got the opportunity for a new job that I should be finding out about soon, and I've met some wonderful women that have truly blessed my life. 

It'll be interesting to see how the rest of this year goes, and I'll admit I'm pretty nervous about what other curveballs we may be thrown. But I'm also optimistic that we will continued to be blessed, even in unexpected ways. 

Monday, April 27, 2015

How to Survive Having a Toddler in 5 Easy Steps



Toddlers are a species of their very own. One day you are cuddling this sweet, squishy, cooing baby you adore and the next you are wrangling a tornado of terror shouting at them something along the lines of, "No! Don't lick the dog, pet her!" (True story)

So luckily for you, I've created a 4 point list to make your toddler rearing years a breeze. 

1. Invest in a lot of Coffee
You might as well take stock out in this stuff because it will be your best friend for the next few years. I may have had a mild addiction to the hot deliciousness before, but I could take it in an IV and am generally always channeling my inner Lorelai Gilmore these days. 

2. Don't Ever Schedule Anything 
Every time you do, something will go wrong and you won't make it on time anyways. You are better off just staying at home where the tantrums aren't embarrassing and they can nap as much (or as little) as they want.

3. Learn How to Live with No Sleep 
You thought newborn was the stage of no sleep? Welcome to sleep regression and nightmares and you'll be a walking zombie for the next 4 or so years. Oh, and don't forget the sickness.

4. Don't be Disgusted by Anything 
Because everything they do is gross. From eating dog food to licking food off the floor, nearly everything they do at this point is disgusting.

5. Love Every Moment of It
They are literally little time sucks, they make you want to lose your mind most of the time, but then a cute little smile and a sloppy kiss and your mommy (or daddy) heart will melt all over the floor in a big messy puddle. They may be monsters sometimes, but they are our little monsters and grow up way too fast. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

High Five for Friday!



Welcome to H54F hosted by Tif at Bright on a Budget, Katie at Cup of Tea, Della at Della Devoted and I. We're so excited to have you here today!

Our featured blogger this week is Anne from Anne in Residence. She's blogger friends with our co-host Katie, and I'm so looking forward to getting to know her more and read her blog! Make sure you stop by and share the love.


1. If you missed out earlier this week, I am heading back to school this summer! I am so excited about getting on with a new career path of nursing and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I've been in limbo land for a few years now, and finally deciding on a career shuts down that nagging little voice in the back of my head.

2. Juliet went on the potty yesterday! Now I realize that this is only interesting to those few readers/bloggers that have little people too. I also know they are probably the few that would understand that I'm pretty bummed that I was at work when it happened. Oh, the things you never thought you'd be excited about until you became a mom.


3. I found the most wonderful old window at an antique shop in town. It has the quote "Be still and know that I am God" and it's the perfect addition to our living room. Now if I could just get my husband to hang it up for me...

4. I am working on meal prepping to try and make our lives a little more simple. I LOVE cooking, but really only at dinner time and I want to have healthy stuff easily available for other meals. It's definitely baby steps right now. My fave meal prep this week? Overnight oats! Check out my Instagram for the recipe.

5. Were finally putting in our tile flooring into the laundry room this weekend. Do you see a pattern with our projects here? Yes, it seems to take about 10 times longer than we originally planned. Today I will be busy getting the rest of our laundry done so we don't have to move quite so much stuff out of there. Stay tuned on Instagram and social media for pics!

Be sure to check out yesterday's (late!) post with a little bit about what is going on with us and why the blog hiatus was necessary.

How has your week (and last few weeks) been? I'm excited to be catching back up with all of you!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

When You Lose Again + An Update on My Word of the Year



This year has been a roller coaster of emotions. When I chose Trust as my word of the year, man did I not know what I was getting myself into.  

I feel like I've been pretty open with my life around here, including my miscarriage and the feelings that left me with. I wanted to be open and let other women know that we have to be there for each other. 

But what happens when you have another miscarriage and life gets a whole lot messier? 

I originally had planned on sharing this soon after it occured, just like I had with the first, but I just lost it. Like, "stopped functioning and barely got through the days" kind of lost it. 

So many women have lost 1 pregnancy, but multiple pregnancy losses? That starts to put you into your own category. Words like "specialist" and "hysteroscopy" get thrown around and your head just may start to spin with thoughts that maybe just maybe you won't feel another life moving around in your body again. 

Yesterday, after multiple blood draws and a couple uncomfortable procedures, I've been told that I'm physically fine and that we should try again in another month.

That simple idea holds so much fear, and yet so much hope. I guess that's all you can reall do; trust. I've prayed so much in the past month since we lost our second  little angel baby, and I know that God has a plan for our family. I feel that He's telling me that our family isn't done, but that doesn't mean that I know what the future holds.

So, right now, I will trust in my Lord and lean on him as we navigate this murky water, even with all the sadness and pain that goes with it. I will trust even through the days that I don't want to get out of bed, or the days that seeing a brand new baby or a pregnant friend brings me to tears even though I'm so happy for them. 

Because that's what I said I'd do this year, although I didn't know it would be quite this hard. 

Monday, April 20, 2015

And I'm Back!


Hey everyone! I hope my little hiatus from the blog doesn't mean that I have lost all of my wonderful readers.  

So much has happened in the last month, especially in the last two weeks that I just really needed some space and time to sort all of these things out. It's definitely been a necessary break, and I'm excited to come back to you all with some great content. 

Now, let's catch up a little bit. 

1. I started a new workout routine with P90x3 this past week and it's really helped get me out of the rut I've been stuck in. I'm sore, but I feel like I've got so much more energy now and I'm loving it! 

2. I've been searching and contemplating what I've wanted to do with my life for a while now. I've never really been sure as to what my "calling" was, and even though I love blogging and don't plan on giving it up, it doesn't pay the bills. As of last week, I'm officially scheduled to start prerequisite work to enter an accelerated nursing program!  I can't begin to explain how excited I am, or how good it feels to finally have a direction in my career path. 

3. We're really working to get our house decluttered and organized, so I'm excited to be sharing more of that process with you in the upcoming weeks! 

4.  I'm going to have a little bit more of a lax schedule when it comes to the blog because I don't want this to just be another task. I love getting to share with you all so I want to bring you the best content I can. That means as of right now my post schedule will be Mondays, Thursdays, and of course Fridays for H54F. I may post on the other two days if I've got something wonderful to share with you, but it won't be a regular thing. 

5. That being said, this week will probably have more posts because I've got a few things that have really been on my heart lately.  Things that have been going on with our family, an update on my word of the year, beginning meal planning, and surviving toddlerhood. 

I know that's a whole lot of stuff, so I won't go on to overwhelm anyone with the rest of my mundane life. :) 

How have you all been? I'd love to catch up with you

Friday, April 3, 2015

High Five for Friday



***BLOGGERS: We're switching things up some here at the link-up, so be sure to read the note at the end of the post***

Welcome to H54F hosted by Tif at Bright on a Budget, Katie at Cup of Tea, Della at Della Devoted and I. We're so excited to have you here today!


This week's featured blogger is Sarah over at Coffee and Glitter. I've followed Sarah through the link up for a while now, and I've loved getting to read all here posts! I especially love her recent post about Easter Decorating, some of which are actually very similar to ones I posted a week or so back. Head over and give some love to Sarah.

And now for some H54F goodness:

1. Juliet is now cheesing for the camera and it's just about the cutest thing ever. I love that she knows what it is, I'm just surprised we will get goofy smiles so soon!

2. I'm seriously loving my Ava Anderson skincare line. I never thought that I would finally find a product that would clear my skin up as much as this has. I can't wait to share more about it in the next few weeks! 

3.  Jay is turning 31 this Monday and I've got a fun surprise Saturday planned for him. We're going have a fun day at the zoo with baby girl, then dinner and some fun in the evening with just the two of us. Check out Instagram to see all the fun this weekend. 

4. The temperature has been so much warmer here the last few days which I love(especially since it snowed earlier this week), but it's pretty much rained nonstop. I'm trying to just be happy that it's nicer, but man it would be nice to get Juliet outside without a ton of mud in the backyard. Soon enough I suppose! 

5. We've got daffodils peaking out beside our house already! I love the little yellow flowers, and I feel like it just brightens up our whole house. I'm excited to plan the rest of our flowerbeds and get all kinds of  pretty colors going on in front of the house this year. I love this garden planner I found on Pinterest for just that! 


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mixcups: A New Way to Take Your Coffee

I'm really excited to be sharing probably the coolest coffee related service I have found so far: Mixcups. 

On the most basic level Mixcups is a company that sells a variety of K-cups that will be delivered directly to your home. 

But here's the clincher: 

They have created boxes of a variety of different type of K-cups (ya know, a mix of cups) that you can choose to have ordered and sent to you. Decaf, regular, flavored, even tea varieties. So really there's a choice for everyone.

My favorite thing about this company? You can order the monthly mix box subscription, so you will always be getting something new to try. My box had a variety of regular and flavored coffees, 30 cups in 10 different varieties.

If you love the coffee (or tea!), you can order a full carton of your fave K-cups from Mixcups, which I love because it always seems when you find something that's a specialty that you you really enjoy it's ridiculously hard to find for purchase again.


I will definitely be ordering a Mixcup box soon! Both the decaf and Tea Lovers boxes seem to be calling my name.

Are you a K-cup lover? Head over to Mixcups and check them out! 

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