Bump-A-Date: 29 Weeks!


Today, I'm officially 29 weeks! Things are falling into place, and we have most of the nursery completed. It's mainly just finding a few things for the walls and a nice set of book shelves. So, here's a few random observations....


  • I've decided there are things no one tells you about pregnancy, because they know you'd think twice about it (haha). For me, it has been HOT FLASHES. They are ridiculous. I was in a wedding over the weekend and couldn't put my make up on. I was pouring in sweat, and of course I ended up in tears. Which brings me to the hormonal surges (I HATE THEM). UGH. I do not like being super emotional...just ask my husband. 
  • The pain gets pretty old. I've had round ligament pain, foot pain and hand pain...most of which is brought on by the swelling. I'm drinking lots of water and trying to walk here and there to help. But, man, I could leave this pain in the dust and not shed a tear. 
  • She is kicking up a storm these days! People keep asking if I can feel her yet? Ya'll, she's been kicking like a crazy woman since week 22. Not kidding! She really likes music, daddy's voice and sugar. All which seem to induce the karate chops. 
  • Last night, I finally started sorting clothes! Getting ready to wash and put them away. Eek!

A Life Update...



It's funny how life gets to be so busy, you can't seem to make since of what is going on around you. I really feel like I'm just living to get through the next big event these days. But, I just realized after the next two weekends, we don't have many plans! And the sound of sweet relief and relaxation sounds wonderful. A blessing, indeed!

Baby Evie received a wonderful report at the doctor office this week. She's growing right on track, and is proving to be *very* stubborn like...daddy. ;-) 'Cause I ain't stubborn, ya'll! Basically, we were supposed to get a 4D ultrasound, but she refused to cooperate. Also, can I just say how thankful I am for the world of medicine and doctors? I'm confident in the many choices we have already had to make as parents, and that is truly another blessing in disguise. I realize everyone has different opinions on this, but that's what makes us all unique. Now, we just have to tackle about 1.2 million other decisions for the next 18+ years! Ha.

I've been very overwhelmed with my new business venture with Jamberry. On one hand, it has been SO much fun. On the other, it has also been a HUUUGE step outside my comfort zone. I've already reaped awesome benefits, which has motivated me further. I'm very, very, thankful for the opportunity. I'm also blessed with such a FUN team to work with. These girls are amazing and have taken time to encourage me personally. I'm also thankful for the bloggy friend who have reviewed/shared my business. Ya'll rock!

Our season of trials is no where near over, and there are days we still just hang on. But, I will say, even with all that has been going on He has proven His faithfulness over, and over again. I was looking for an encouraging verse the other night, and I'll leave you with it, hoping that it will bless someone else, too:


Book Review: Dancing With Fireflies & Kindle Giveaway



I received Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter from the kind folks at LitFuse! The story line peaked my interest, so I was excited when my copy arrived. If you enjoy traditional Christian fiction that deals with "tough" topics, I think you would enjoy it too.

Back in her hometown after a series of disappointments, Jade find herself pregnant and homeless. Finding a way to survive by living inside her mothers business and taking on a coffee shop job, she learns to stand on her own. Yet, with her due date quickly approaching, she's convinced she needs to find a husband and fast. The only problem? She has no desire to find true love.

So begins a riveting tale that deals with issues of date rape, forgiving others, and dealing with grief over the loss of loved ones. I highly recommend it!

Also, be sure to visit the giveaway going on and enter to win a Kindle HDX! Click image below:

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Many thanks to LitFuse and Denise Hunter for such a great opportunity.

Setting Goals



My bloggy friend over at A Peek at Karen's World has a cool link up for "Monthly Goals". And considering this stage of life, I think this would be an AWESOME motivation for me. So, here with go with a few personal goals....


  • Finish decorating the nursery for baby Evie!
  • Take weekly dates with Josh. ;)
  • Host one more Facebook party for Jamberry.
  • Finish reading review novels, and start "Sparkly Green Earrings".
  • Catch up on "The Voice".
  • Spring clean the house from top to bottom (I have a feeling this should be sooner rather than later).
  • Walk 1 to 2 miles five days a week.
  • Write advanced articles for Simple Wives
What are some of your personal goals this month?

Overwhelmed



It hit us like a ton of bricks.

A major problem that stares us squarely in the face. There is no easy fix, no quick answers and it has effected every area of life. With each day that passes, I'm overwhelmed by the enormity of it all.

Not to be vague, but honestly, there is only so much sole baring I can do without telling all. I have shed many tears wondering if and when we will ever get our answers. It's enormous, and it feels like the weight of the world sits heavy on our shoulders. I think it has quickly aided to being the most stressful time of our life. But, isn't that just like the enemy? To drown what should be the happiest time of our life with such ridiculous problem(s) that all we can do is shake our head and wait?

In some ways, I feel like I'm praying for a miracle. In other ways, I'm praying just to survive. It has been a test of faith for me personally. I know that He is good. I know that He is able. But, right now, all I see are the storm clouds forming. All I feel, is the ache of wanting it all to just go away. All I know, is the problem continues to haunt us and it has worn us both out.

We just keep pushing forward, hoping for His perfect timing for answers. Even when my soul aches, I know that He is near. He is our strongtower.