Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Arrows in our Quiver - Molly

In case you don't know us very well, my husband and I both come from relatively "large" families. Neither of us grew up feeling like we were in large families as we had other larger families to compare with.

I think it is safe to say that we both envisioned a family on the larger side when picturing our own offspring!

When we found out that we were expecting our first little blessing (Molly), we were overjoyed. We had struggled for quite some time to get to that point (read those blog posts here, here, and here) and this was an absolute dream come true.

My mother struggled with "morning" sickness throughout her pregnancies, so I assumed that I would do the same. Except...mine was different. I quickly went downhill and what is normally manageable nausea became debilitating misery. If you think I'm exaggerating, ask anyone I came in contact with over that 9 month period. ;-)

It was discovered that the apartment we were living in was probably mold infested. Mold is a huge Lyme flare trigger for me, and at the time (2011), it was not recommended for pregnant women to take long-term antibiotics. I think things are somewhat different now as far as the recommendations go, but I would probably still make the same choice.

I moved in with my parents (bless them) and ended up needing to quit my job. That part was heartwrenching for me. I loved my job and the people I worked with! Patrick worked nights and we barely saw each other. 

Finally, at the end of my pregnancy, I saw a small reprieve in my daily nausea, pain, migraines, etc. Very small - I still threw up every day of my pregnancy with Molly.

Patrick and I moved into the house next door to our church and he began to work from home. It was a stressful time, but looking back, it really was the best change to our situation and I will always have special memories from bringing home our first baby to the house next door to where we met and married! 

The rush of hormones in delivery did exactly what my Lyme doctor hoped that it would - quelled the flare up and pushed me into a wonderful nearly 2 year remission as well as fixing the nerve issue that I had suffered with in the first two years of our marriage. Although labor and delivery with Molly was very difficult, these two health victories and the sassy, chunky baby made it all worth it! 

Part Two forthcoming.....and I promise it won't be like, 8 months from now. Really. I promise.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A Princess Tea Party

Anyone who knows me knows that I LOVE birthdays. I love planning parties around a theme, and frequently forced my friends to dress up - well into our teenage years - for my birthday parties. I would still do it, if they wouldn't boycott it altogether. 

Guess what, friends-who-poo-pooed-my-theme-parties? I have a kid now. 
HA HA HA, jokes on you, you thought I was going to outgrow the elaborate dress-up parties but noooo....it has only gotten worse!

So without further ado - Molly's 3rd Birthday: A Princess Tea Party!
A HUGE thank you to Amanda for photographing everything for me!

The Tablescape: Paper Flower Arrangement from Party City, Plastic Teacups with Straws and Lids from Amazon

Food: Cutout PB&J Sandwiches, Fairy Fruit Wands, Macarons*

Cupcake Decorating - Cupcake Crowns from Hobby Lobby

Cake by Katelyn - Topper from Hobby Lobby!

Molly got a little overzealous with the pink sprinkles.

Our Little Family
* Macarons: Katelyn and I have tried a few macaron recipes, but they are all either confusing or they did NOT turn out right. I found THIS RECIPE and it worked amazingly well! We still had to play around with it a little bit, but once we got in the swing of things, they came out so cute (and yummy)!

P.s. We did have guests at this party - it was actually a "friend party" for Molly - but out of respect for, you know, not putting other people's children's photographs on the Internet...I haven't included any pictures of them. :-) 

P.p.s. My sisters are Disney Princesses fo' REAL. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Static on the Radio

Tap, tap...is this thing on?

Well... I apologize for going M.I.A. after my last three posts. Something that I hadn't really anticipated was the overwhelming reality of, "What next?"

When you write and share something so personal, a little Pinterest recipe round-up post just doesn't seem fitting as a follow up!

I have many thoughts swirling around in this head of mine. I am actively pursuing more stories of women who have dealt with issues that are not easily discussed among your average weekly Bible study or prayer group.

 I have a handful of ladies who are currently working on writing their stories, but I don't want my blog to solely become a place for difficult-to-share stories, so the lighthearted posts will return..just not yet. 

If you have a story of God's faithfulness that you would be interested in sharing, even anonymously, please send me a message on Facebook. 

I have some ideas for some kind of devotional at some point, but don't hold me to that because I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M DOING, OK!? ;-)