Christmas Eve With Family

This morning was really great. God has blessed us with friends that are really more like family, and I love it.

After we opened our gifts a day early, we had a couple friends over for breakfast. My friend and I talked about life while our husbands watched Star Wars episode 5 in preparation for going to see the new Star Wars movie on Monday.

Later, we met up with another couple of our friends and went to Sing with them. I laughed way too hard at the car wash scene.

We hung out at their house and played with their dogs while we waited to go to the Christmas Eve church service this afternoon.

I always love going to the Christmas Eve service, and tonight was no different. We saw lots more friends at church and got to catch up with most of them.

Too Long

Tonight we hosted our Christmas party for our small group. It was a good night.

This day always seems to sneak up on me as I anticipate Christmas every year. In the middle of this joy-filled season comes a day that brought so much grief so many years ago. This year marks 17 years since my oldest sister, Kristen, died. It’s so hard for my mind to wrap around that number. Seventeen years means that she’s been gone longer than she was here. Continue reading “Too Long”

Not Debt Free By December

My husband and I made it a goal at the beginning of 2016 to have all of our debt (excluding our mortgage) paid off by 2017.

Although we made HUGE progress by paying off all of my student loans, it looks like we will be coming up a bit short. This year has been full of unexpected expenses, but thankfully we have been able to pay cash for most of the things that needed to be done because of the way we had been handling our finances. Unfortunately that meant that sometimes we couldn’t be as aggressive with student loans as we wanted to be.

I am not discouraged though. At least not anymore. Continue reading “Not Debt Free By December”

Puppy Pile

I have a dog. She’s a Golden Doodle named Scout, and I love her to pieces. But my favorite breed of dog is the Great Dane. Let me just tell you how much I love Great Danes.

I don’t know when it started, but somewhere in the course of my life, I decided Great Danes were the cutest little *giant* sweeties I had ever seen, except that I had never actually seen one in real life. Continue reading “Puppy Pile”

My Heart Tonight

My heart has been restless lately.

I’ve been trying to do too much with too little time and I haven’t been taking time to just be still with the Lord. Even my time with Him has had some sort of agenda. So tonight is just going to be me spilling my heart out on these (virtual) pages so that I can look back here in a month and see how God used this time. Because He always finds a way.

I still have so many mixed emotions about what the doctor told us 2 weeks ago. I don’t feel excited about getting pregnant again…at least not right now. And I don’t know if I will be excited if/when it comes. Pregnancy for me the first time was bittersweet. I am not scared that we will lose another child, I just know that if there is a next time it’s going to be really hard, and that doesn’t excite me. Continue reading “My Heart Tonight”

Answers

Our appointment on Monday finally gave us answers we have been looking for…hopefully!

Before we went to Iowa City, our doctor was thinking that I either had uterine scarring from the D&C I had after Leeland was born or a pituitary tumor the was producing too much prolactin, preventing me from having a cycle and making it impossible to get pregnant. Continue reading “Answers”

One Year Blogiversary!

It’s official! I have been blogging for one whole year!

I’m really proud of myself. I didn’t blog every day, but I met my goal – to post 100 blogs within the first year.

In honor of this anniversary, I have a request to anyone that sees this post (even if you don’t see it until next year!). Would you share with me in the comment section which blog post has inspired you or encouraged you the most? Or tell me which is your favorite! And then, Continue reading “One Year Blogiversary!”

Divorce Hurts

Man. My heart has been heavy the last few days.

It seems like every time I get on Facebook I see that someone is getting a divorce. I know that what I see isn’t anywhere close to the number of people worldwide that are experiencing divorce, and it’s just been making my heart ache.

Divorce hurts. Regardless of when, how, or why it happens, it hurts. It hurts even when Continue reading “Divorce Hurts”

The Family Chronicler

There are some technological advances that I think are completely useless, some that I think are awesome, and some that have nearly ruined human interactions. And then there is Shutterfly.

I’ve always been someone who liked to reminisce. Of all my siblings, I think I spent the most time huddled over photo albums looking at days before I was born and memorable moments from my childhood. So much can be learned about a person from looking through their old pictures. Continue reading “The Family Chronicler”