Camping with Friends

Two weeks ago Jamin and I had the opportunity to hang out with a couple of our friends we rarely see. Not only did we get to hang out with them, but we camped and spent 3 days together! Jamin lived with Derik for almost 7 years before we got married, and Derik is married, too, so it’s so fun to do couple things with them!

I’m all for tent camping, but I hate being hot and sweaty, so if I’m going to camp in the summer, it needs to be in a camper. It just so happened that Derik’s parents have an RV and wanted us to take it for the weekend. Continue reading “Camping with Friends”

Trail Ride

There is a bike trail near our house that I really like. It’s about 10 miles one way and goes between our town and another.

The trail is surrounded by farms and natural beauty and has a couple bridges, but it’s the canopy of trees that makes me love it so much. For most of the 10 miles, there are beautiful shade-providing trees with branches hanging out over the trail.

It reminds me of Tennessee. Specifically, the part of Tennessee where my dad lives. I can picture it now.  When I was little, we would drive from the airport in Nashville or Huntsville, and the trees hanging over would be the first sign to let me know we were getting close to home. When I got older, I recognized other markers, but any time I see trees hanging over a road or a trail, I think back to when I was little, I think about Tennessee, and I think of my dad. 🙂

A few days ago, Jamin and I did a thing that we like to do every now and then. We rode the 10 miles, had supper in the other town, and rode back home. It was so fun. I love being married to my best friend!




5 Year Anniversary

Jamin and I celebrated our 5 year wedding anniversary on Friday! I can’t believe we’ve been married for 5 years!!! It has definitely been a roller coaster, but there is no one else I would rather go on this roller coaster with than my best friend. He is my favorite gift!

Friday was spent driving to Decatur, Illinois to perform a play of sorts at a church there. On Saturday, we drove the 5ish hours back home. About 30 minutes into the drive, I looked on Facebook and saw a post from a place called Brown’s Oakridge Zoo. They foster all sorts of baby animals, and for less than $20 you can hold them! They posted that Saturday would be the first day to hold their newest baby – a Continue reading “5 Year Anniversary”

New Orleans Part 3: Our School at Blair Grocery

Part 1 HERE & Part 2 HERE

Wednesday and Thursday (June 14 & 15) brought our group to the lower 9th ward to a place called Our School at Blair Grocery. A former New York City teacher moved to the area about 10 years ago and purchased a bunch of vacant lots and an old grocery store to start an urban garden as a means of getting kids off the street and giving them something productive to do in the summers, while improving their health at the same time.

When we got there on Wednesday, Turner (the former teacher), showed us around. Some of the students worked with him to sort through the fruit and vegetables for the compost pile. Every day he gets a load of food from a grocery store that they would normally throw out. Some of it has gone bad and goes straight to the compost pile, some of it goes to the goats (if they like it, because goats are surprisingly picky), and the fruit that is still good gets eaten by Turner and the kids in the neighborhood. Sometimes that is all they will eat in a day. Continue reading “New Orleans Part 3: Our School at Blair Grocery”

Good News From the Doctor

My doctor called on Friday to talk about the results of my HSG test. He, along with the PA who gave us the immediate results, was very surprised that my right fallopian tube was open. When they finished the surgery back in February, they couldn’t see the opening of it at all, so they were convinced it would be blocked, but it wasn’t!

He asked what we wanted to do, and I told him that our biggest goal in all of this was for me to be healthy, and I feel like we are finally there – or as close to there as we will be for now. My body is having cycles without any hormonal assistance, and now we know that both tubes are open. There is healthy tissue on the left side of my uterus, and there is somewhat of of healthy tissue on the right side that leads straight to the open tube. Continue reading “Good News From the Doctor”

Hopefully the Last Test

As we were sitting in the waiting room, I looked at my hospital wristband where it said, “26yr.” I told my husband I could remember being 16, and at that time 26 seemed so far away. It arrived quite quickly, though. He said, “I bet this isn’t what you thought 26 would be like.” He was right.

My life has not at all been what I expected. I don’t really know what I expected it to be like, but I know this isn’t it, and I’m sure I’ll still be saying the same thing 10 years from now.

It was about a year ago that my doctors started doing tests to figure out what was going on with my body. First they thought it might have been a tumor. When that couldn’t be confirmed, they referred me to the University of Iowa Hospital. They did more tests and figured out that I did, indeed, have Asherman’s Syndrome as a result of a D & C. Continue reading “Hopefully the Last Test”

New Orleans Part 2: ARC of Greater New Orleans

Monday (June 12) was our first day of service work in New Orleans.

I was really excited because I knew that my team would be going to a place called ARC. ARC provides employment for adults with disabilities, and they help the environment by recycling Mardi Gras beads. I was told we would get to work with the employees sorting and repackaging beads, and we would learn a little about Mardi Gras in the process.

We were a little late to get to the warehouse in the morning because we couldn’t find it. We stopped to check the map again and eventually realized we were parked right next to it; we just couldn’t see that it was on the other side of a fence. Continue reading “New Orleans Part 2: ARC of Greater New Orleans”