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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Maternity Pics!




 

 

Happy Thursday, gang!  You've asked for it, so here it is...my big 'ol belly at 36 weeks.  These pictures were taken by one of my best buds, the ever-talented Sarah of Sarah Elizabeth Photography a couple weeks ago after one of my baby showers, which she also co-hosted.  You may also recall a fun photo shoot she did for me last year over here.  Holy buckets, what a difference a year makes!

It was about 85 degrees the day of this baby shower - crazy stuff for a mid-October day here in Minnesota, and I couldn't have asked for a better day!

Speaking of baby showers, I hope to find a little time to post some pics of the wonderful and incredibly thoughtful baby showers that have been thrown for me to help kick start our journey into parenthood.  Time is short these days, and I'm constantly on the go wrapping up work before my maternity leave and nesting like a mad woman when I get home at night (last night was itty-bitty baby clothes laundry night...this is probably the only time I will be excited to do laundry...ever!), but I still hope to share some fun pics with you from the past couple of months.  My husband and I have literally been showered with kindness and blessings from our families and friends, and we are beyond grateful!

In other randomness, Fall has always been my favorite time of year, so I'm super excited for my little peanut to be a Fall baby.  I will be 38 weeks tomorrow, and while my due date is November 4th, I'm holding out for a little October baby.  Although, everyone else seems to think she'll arrive a good week late, which may very well be the case.  Stay tuned!

In other exciting news, my sister-in-law Jenna is pregnant too, and my husband and I were thrilled to find out the other night that Jenna and her husband are having a little girl, too.  Yahoo!  To see how Jenna planned an extra special gender reveal, head over to her blog Eat Drink Pretty today.  It's good stuff, folks!

And with that, I wish you all a wonderful day.  Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Yes, I'm still wearing heels at 9 months pregnant.  A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!

Ciao!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Update Time

Hi gang! I feel like I've started every (I use that term very loosely) post over the past few months with something about how it's been awhile and yada...excuses, excuses, but this time I have to admit that it has seriously been way too long, and I've been getting some grief lately for not updating my blog, and rightly so.  In the words of my husband, "Update your blog, damn it."  Okay, okay.  Geesh.  Apparently, there are some sweet peeps out there who stop by from time to time, and for that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

And...so here I am. 

Putting words into writing is something that has always come fairly naturally to me, and yet I'm not quite sure where to begin in explaining my absence.  2011 has been a whirlwind...a knock my socks off, blow me away with goodness and yet kick me square in the pants kind of whirlwind.  You know what I mean?  It has been a remarkable year in so many ways, and yet it has definitely had its challenges.

Just last night I was journaling, and rather than pouring out my challenges or heartaches, I found that all I could do was count my blessings and thank God for the many blessings and incredible opportunities that He has brought into my life over the past year.  As with any good and wonderful thing, the road to today has not always been easy, but I credit a GREAT, BIG God with an intricate knowledge of exactly what I need when I need it for the smile on my face and the joy in my heart today.  Nuff said.

Shall we start from the beginning?

As most of you who follow my blog know, my husband and I purchased an older home together at the beginning of the year.  We rolled up our sleeves and dove in head first with seemingly endless renovations.  Meanwhile, we took on the responsibility of being landlords for each of our previous homes that we were unable to sell in this market.

It was a massive leap of faith and a journey of prayer that had been years in the works, and when I really take the time to pause and think about it, it's still hard to fathom how all of the little details came together to create a complete picture.  Have you ever been there?  On the far side of something that seemed like such a huge challenge...just wondering, "How did we ever get all of that accomplished?"

I don't think either one of us could have foreseen the wonderful opportunities that would present themselves, nor could we have foreseen the blood, sweat and tears it would take to embrace them.

My husband is the hardest working guy I know, and even for him, there were times when he wanted to throw in the towel (heck, there were times I wanted to throw in the towel) but then I would gently remind him that the greatest successes in life don't come without their share of setbacks and failures and that we needed to persevere.  AND...so we pressed on and created a new home that we both love and can call our own.

Then...in the midst of it all...

We found out that we were going to have a baby.  A baby!  While I cannot deny that I feel this little one is heaven sent, and I already love her beyond imagination, this discovery was still a little bit of a surprise.  I've always loved surprises, and I'm one of those people that just sort of rolls with it, but the concept that we were really now going to be responsible for this precious little person was overwhelming.

Once again, it took some hard fought blood, sweat and tears for my husband and I to fully grasp that we were going to be parents and understand that the stronger we are as a team, the better prepared we will be to raise and nurture our precious, little girl (soon to arrive!).

Time and time again, I thank the Lord for giving me my husband, for giving us both a fighting spirit - the fight to overcome and face the unexpected and to learn to love more than ever by whatever it takes.  I've been reminded over and over that I am married to my best friend and my perfect match, and yet like all of those married couples who have gone before us, we have truly had to fight the good fight and hold on tight for the ride.

In the midst of all of the changes on the home front, I have also taken on a new a position at my full-time job as well as had a major office move, so all-around 2011 has in essence been a year of change.  Major change.

...Which brings me to why I've fallen off the radar a bit with blogging.

Over the past few months, I've chosen to take a break from blogging (hopefully, not for long!) and from taking on new projects here to work on...well, to work on the type of family I hope to create.  Some people balk at the idea of balance, but I've always found that I thrive beneath it's serenity.

Balance.  It really is a beautiful thing.

So, what have I been up to?  Well, I've been cooking a little more in my fabulous, new kitchen (gosh, it feels good to have that project under our belts).  I've been going for walks with my husband and our dogs, I've been reading anything and everything that sounds like a good read to me, and I've been busy preparing for my daughter to arrive.  Oh, I can't wait for her to arrive!

Would you like to see a sneak peek of the nursery in progress?  As a disclaimer, it's totally not finished, and the pictures aren't very good, but, hey, it's something right?!




This is just a sneak peek.  There are lots of things that still need to go on the walls...some of which you can see sitting on the floor!  One other thing to go up is the name banner I created to go above the crib.  The name is a surprise, so that will have to wait until she arrives!  I promise to do a full post once everything is finished along with all of the fun details.

Just last weekend, my husband and I took a long weekend trip to New York City (a first for both of us), and after all of the madness of this one, crazy but wonderful year, we just enjoyed each others' company.  We explored new sites and just allowed ourselves to simply be together.  It was perfect.

Would you like to see me and my belly at 34 weeks pregnant?  I thought a photo op with the big lady would make me feel less huge. ;)


I will be 36 weeks on Friday, and I'm officially counting the days until my little peanut arrives!  Thank you for stopping by, and I wish you all a blessed day!

Ciao!


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