The surprise of all surprises + the gift of all gifts

I don't even know how to begin to put it all into words. I don't even know that I fully understand the full breath of what I am feeling ... Have you ever waited on something for years and years and years? Wanted and hoped and dreamed and at then mourned and grieved what you thought would never be? Only to get that very thing that your heart and soul had longed for and given up on? It's a crazy amazing. That's what I keep saying about the complete surprise of coming home from a wonderful spring break to find out that after almost 11 years {123 months to be exact} I was pregnant. {Pause, Deep Breath} If you don't know my story with secondary infertility, you can read more about it in ... Keep Reading

Choose Joy! // The Event Re-Cap

I don't even know how to start this post. In fact, that's probably why it's taken me more than two weeks to even write this post. The night before I was supposed to leave, I laid in bed talking myself down from the start of a panic attack. The thoughts of flying, leaving my boys, traveling to a new place, staying in the home of someone I knew only online and speaking at an event I felt completely unqualified for. I started to talk perspective to myself thinking ... how people safely fly every day; that I am not in control of my boys, God is; new places hold new adventures; {how people travel overseas and sleep in hostels FOR PETE'S SAKE}; an online friend is just the sweet taste of the ... Keep Reading

Choose Joy!

I know things have been QUIET around here this year. I'm not sure what to blame it on other than simply life. Things are good, things are great. February was full of parties (big & small) and celebrations and lots of love. It was also full of sample sewing. Before I could take a breath and welcome in March, I found myself helping my Sweets lay almost 500 sq ft of hardwood flooring in our living room. It looks so lovely and was worth all the work, but it was a lot of work. So here we are, already 6 days into March, but I'm hopeful that I can return to my blog and all you sweet readers. One thing I've been wanting to share here is that I will have the great honor of speaking at the ... Keep Reading

Bread & Wine // Blueberries & Yogurt

How's that for a post title? I started reading Bread & Wine a little over a week ago and I'm almost half way through it. Record breaking reading for me these days {and ... this will make book #4 of summer reads}!! With all the buzz and "hype" around the web, I'll be honest, I was skeptical ... I figured at best I'd get a few good recipes justifying my $2.99 download.Well, this is one of those times when it's so wonderful to be wrong about something. I judged the book by its cover {I mean, I don't even like wine} and couldn't have been further off from what is was about or what it would do to my heart.Let's start with the fact that Shauna, the author, loves food. Not just loves to cook or ... Keep Reading

{Tenderness Tuesday}

Hi guys. I'm back to share the last part of our story of infertility.This post will bring you up 'to date' with where our family stands today, but it's certainly not the end of our story and this is most definitely not the last of my posts on infertility. I'd like to think that in these last 8 years I've gained a bit of wisdom and insight and that is really what is on my heart and what I want to make sure comes through clearly.{Catch up on the story by reading Part 1 // Part 2}So I left off with our hopes of an IUI procedure crumbling before us. Hope is a funny thing in this process. You don't want to loose hope of one day becoming pregnant and having {in our case} another baby. Yet, you ... Keep Reading