Monday, April 6, 2015

3rd time's a charm???

So last week, we got an email from our agency about another situation with a birthmom that they needed our permission to show our profile (b/c of special circumstances). This is the 3rd time (that we know of) that our profile is being shown. Maybe this will be lucky number 3?? Who knows, but please be in prayer for this sweet mom who is making the most gut wrenching and difficult decision of her life, my heart breaks for her. They will be showing her profiles on Thursday. I have no idea how many profiles will be shown, but I don't think it will be any more than 18, hopefully less, and her baby boy is due in June. We don't know what the future holds, but we know that He has plans for us, plans to prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future. We rely so faithfully on this truth and are so grateful for such a loving Father.

In other news, I ended up getting 2 little stitches in my finger, which hurt like an SOB - but the day after and since it hasn't hurt at all, so I guess that's good.

Although it kinda puts a damper on my weight lifting program that I just started last week. I will try to work around around it and not fall off track... again.

Oh, so exciting!!! I got to go with Delissa to try on wedding gowns on Saturday - so fun! I had only booked sessions with 2 places; David's Bridal and Belle Saison (a local place that had great reviews), praying that she would a) feel like a beautiful princess and b) find THE dress! David's was first and she tried on several gowns and found one that she really liked, funny enough, nothing like what she thought she would like. Doesn't it always work out that way?! Luckily, they would be able to order the dress and address any alterations if needed (what I was hoping would happen since David's is your big box bridal store and homegirl is getting married in, oh you know 2 months!) We went and had lunch and then headed over to Belle Saison (a little late) and all the girls were given special ribbon tags to put on all the dresses they wanted her to try on. They ran out of tags, but my mom spotted just ONE MORE to add to the pile, so the consulted threw it in there. She tried on dress after dress and they were all kind of meh. Especially after seeing her in the other gown at David's that we thought might be the ONE. Finally, she comes around the corner, and I was the first to see her and my jaw hit the ground and tears started welling in my eyes, holy smokes, I just KNEW this had to be the one! She stepped onto the platform and everyone gasped and Delissa started to cry. Y'all she did not cry when she had on any other dress. She looked stunning! The dress was just perfect and oh so flattering! I just knew it was going to be like $2000 or something way out of budget and I was nervous. I told my mom about my fear and she leaned in and said, "that's the one I picked after we were out of tags! It's only $900!". Holy sweet Jesus, are serious?! Most dresses in this place were all over $1500 - so this was a flippin' miracle! Now my second fear.. would they be able to order her a dress in time?! No :( Buuuuuut.... they had 2 sample dresses in the store, one of which WAS IN HER SIZE, that they would sell her at 10% off! WHAT?! This is amazing! AND they also just happen to be running a tax free promotion - SERIOUSLY?! Thank you God, I know without a doubt that this was ALL you! Thank you so, so much for allowing Delissa to have the dress of her dreams! #healwaysprovides Wish I could show you all a pic, but you'll just have to wait until June 20th!

She said yes to the dress!!!

Pumping is going...ok, I guess. I don't know what the norm is for how much I should be producing at this point with only a pump, but twice this past week I made half and ounce in a day - which is double what I was making, so I'm pretty pumped about that! Hopefully my supply will double again next week?? We shall see. I might have gotten half an ounce yesterday too, but I ran off and left my pump at home and spend the whole day in Wimbo at my parents house for Easter :( So, I gave hand expression a whirl, and it actually went better than expected, but my boobs were pretty sore today. One cool thing that happened though, while hand expressing in the car on the way home, I had "sprays" for the first time (that I am aware of) - which was pretty exciting.
only ALL the time! Haha! #boobtoot

Speaking of Easter, here are some pics from Easter week/Sunday, and a few pics from our Bluebonnet mini session with the ever so talented Ms. Becky!

STOP growing already!

Aren't they amazing?! Just love her! If you are looking for an amazing photographer, you MUST check her out:Rebecca Dyan Photography.

I guess I will let you guys know how things shake out next week with the newest baby situation - prayers are always appreciated! Have a good one!


Friday, April 3, 2015

Life Lately...

So sorry for the lack of updates lately! We have had a very busy month! Gosh, where to start??

Well... we bought a house! The whole thing was such a whirlwind, a beautiful, amazing, proof of God's provision, whirlwind! So 2 houses went on the market on the same day, in the same neighborhood (one we had looked at before and really liked), so we went and looked at both a few hours after they went on the market, and were prepared to make offers on both that evening. They were both AWESOME homes! One was about $30K more than the other, but both within our budget (sort of). With the exception of needing to close off the formal dining into Jason's office at some point (when we need the extra room for a nursery), it had EVERYTHING on our list: master down (if a 2 story) - check, 3 secondary bedrooms - check, open concept kitchen, dining, living - check, trees in the backyard, check, hardwoods downstairs - check, half bath - check, flat driveway - check, walking distance to school, check, walking distance to pool, check. AND even extras that weren't on our list like completely renovated kitchen that included the fridge - check, huge covered patio with built in grill - check, walking distance to a neighborhood park - check, amazing neighbors with kids - double check! So we put in an offer for over asking, because for reals, this house was priced too low and we really wanted it!, their realtor talked to our realtor and asked for our best and final and told us that we were one of 5 offers, so we went a little higher to what we felt comfortable with ($15K over asking), and BOOM, they picked us! Total God thing! A day or 2 later someone came in with a cash offer for more that what we were paying - whoa! Speaking of cash offers, we didn't end up making an offer on the other house b/c the same day it went active someone offered cash for it - where are all these ppl getting this cash?! Anyhoo, we went and looked at the house on like Feb 12th, put in our final offer on the 13th, and were approved later that day (I think). Yay! From there things went super fast! We closed on the 6th of March and moved in on the 20th! Crazy! So yeah, we've been busy packing, moving, and *still* unpacking!

Our lender gave us these cute little cards to mail out - how cool is that?!

We literally pinch ourselves everyday b/c we cannot believe we got this house! And the previous owners... so cool - nicest people ever! They were the original owners and now they have become friends! Praise God! He always provides! We are just so lucky that it was His will to provide us with this home! We love it so much!

Let's see, what else... oh, we were presented with another birthmom situation (also on February 13th), we thought it would be pretty cool to get a baby and a house on the same day, but we learned our lesson and did not get our hopes up AT ALL. Y'all, so much better this time around! I was not crushed, disappointed yes, but I did not spend the rest of the day crying and being sad when we got the email that the mom chose a different family. It was for a baby boy due... get this... March 20th. I could have gotten caught up in everything again feeling like it was fate, but I didn't do that, instead I gave it all to God and told Him to let it be His will. And it was. It just wasn't us. And that's ok.

Max is playing soccer again, he had his first practice this past Tuesday! And of course... there was no coach...again, so Jason kind of got nominated to coach...again! Luckily he's a good sport and I think actually really enjoys it ;) I think Max is pretty excited to have daddy coaching again too!

Apparently the girls on the team overulled the Sharks for the team name #godolphins

Emma started gymnastics today (Friday), and can we just take a minute to talk about the obscene amount of money gymnastics is?! I mean really?! They are 4 (and under) and they run on a trampoline and do front rolls on the ground, do we REALLY need to charge $70 a month for that?! Luckily, a friend told me about a hidden gem/gym (you like that play on words? hehe) that was only the bargain price of $40 a month (which I still think is ludicrous but whatevs), so today was her first day. She totally loved it and the coach was fantastic with the kids! Bad thing is, Max loved it too :/ Sorry little buddy, you picked soccer and there is NO WAY I am paying $80 a month for front rolls and trampoline jumping. Maybe next season.

Oh yeah, and lest not forget... this happened last night...

awesome. I was cutting some floral wire (finishing up a wreath for a sweet friend) and I guess my poor little knuckle was just in the wrong place at the wrong time :/ I knew right away that it wasn't good, I immediately applied pressure with my other hand and *really* didn't want to look again. Seriously thought about how long I could logistically hold my finger before needing to use my hand. It didn't bleed a whole lot and honestly didn't even hurt all that much (except the peroxide, that hurt like an SOB). Jason went and got me some steristrips and we bandaged it up as we discussed if it needed stitches or not. Naturally, I posted it to FB to gather medical advice from all of my friends (none of whom are doctors, or even nurses for that matter - #winning). The consensus was a) lather some snake oil on it (not really but I swear EOs just don't seem to work for my family, but don't worry I still buy them and attempt to keep in trend with everyone) and b) go to the doctor, that S needs stitches. Awesome. So Jason just detailed for me what will happen in the event I need stitches, and I just threw up in my mouth. Please God don't let them stick a needle in my open wound! I'm apparently a giant wuss. And yes, I did have a massive surgery 4 and half years ago, wherein they opened my abdomen, took out 2 humans, alot of blood, a uterus (with placenta attached) and who knows what else, and stapled me all back up, but this... I want no part of this! Remember scissor safety friends! That's my PSA for the day! My appointment is in a hour, we'll see how this all shakes out. Wish me luck!

I'll try to update more later, b/c there are other updates to be told! Happy Good Friday Y'all - Remember the one who gave it ALL for YOU!