Thursday, November 6, 2014

High Five for Friday!

What a quick week this has been!  The weather here in KC has gone from cool to warm back to cool.  Which means I've gone from boots with scarves to flats with cardis and back.  No complaints here!  So here are my top five things from this week.  I love a good list!

1.  This song by Lauren Daigle is my new fave.  Every time I hear it I stop and meditate on the words.  Give it a listen, put it on your playlist.  I hope you love it as much as I do. 

2.  How cute are these bowls?  They are just everything I can't get enough of - cute, little, colorful.  I didn't buy even one! 

3.  Addicted!  My sweet coworker, Leslie, got me hooked on this stuff.  We keep it in our desk drawers at all times.

4.  Last weekend, Matt and I went to the Hovey/Wilson house to celebrate their Happily Blended ceremony.  Maggie and Patrick got married in Vegas in October but had a special ceremony for the kids last Saturday.  The ceremony was just for them but they had a reception afterwards and did all the things the kids wanted.  The little girls wanted white dresses and wedding cake, the big girl wanted flowers, and the boys just didn't want to wear dress pants. 

5.  This is a good news/bad news kind of thing.  Monday morning my small group leader (and dear friend) called to let us know that our group is disbanding.  Attendance has been waning, people have moved, people have switched churches, it's been a tough season for us.  These people were with us through most of our infertility stuff, there for our loss, and have become such an important part of our lives.  So it has been discouraging and sad the last couple months to be the only ones there or to only have 3 or 4 people there.  It was really wearing on our leaders.  I know the friendships I've formed will last. So that's the bad news. 

The good news is The Carry Camp.  This  is a new ministry for women living in the land of infertility. They have devotionals, blog posts, scripture, and small groups. I wasn't sure about small groups. But after some prayer I felt like I should sign up. I am so glad I did. I already feel such a sense of community.  Wouldn't you know that the email from my small group leader came the same day as the phone call about our group at church. I am so thankful for this new community. 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

High Five!

Another busy week has gone by. I can't believe it's already November 1!

1.  Looks like it's going to be a cold snowy winter. 

2.  Matt and I had dinner with his family at Katie's new restaurant. Walker is a cutie!

3.  The Royals didn't win the series but it was sure exciting. It was great to see so many positive stories coming out of KC and so many people rooting on our team. There's no beach here but KC's a pretty great place to live. 

4.  I think I've figured out knitting. Don't ask me to do any other stitch, though. 

5.  Yesterday was Halloween. I had lunch with a friend that's moving soon and helped Maggie decorate for the "Happily Blended" party. Then Matt and I went to his friends house for their haunted house, the Layton Family Asylum. They go all out. It was a bit much for me. I hung with the moms and little kids trick or treating then watching Nickelodeon and cooking shows after. But here's Matt helping. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Vegas baby!

At the beginning of October I took a very quick trip to Las Vegas for Maggie and Patrick's wedding. I left Thursday morning on a 6am flight. I flew United and loved it. Leg room for days and cozy seats in comparison to other airlines.  No snacks though so I learned to have something to munch on longer flights.  I had a layover in Phoenix. Check out those mountains!

After a short flight I was checking into my hotel by 10am. I stayed at Harrah's on the strip. The desk clerk was so nice!  She was able to get me checked in six hours early.  

My room was just right. The bed was comfortable and big. I do wish that the bathroom had more light but it worked. 

There was a very cute little food court downstairs so I headed down for some lunch and a treat. Macarons!

I took a short nap and a shower them met Maggie and Patrick to head to the spa at The Mirage.  We met Autumn and Kevin there. The boys went off exploring while Mags and Autumn had their hair and make up done. 

I couldn't afford to get anything done so I just watched. Until the stylist came by and told me that the girls were paying for my hair.  Many tears of gratitude were shed. We went to Autumn and Kevin's room to finish getting ready. 

Then time for the reveal!

We jumped in a limo to take us to the chapel. 

Limo lights. 

The ceremony was wonderful!  The pastor was great. The staff really had it down!  I think it was called Chapel of the Little Flowers.  The photpgraphers wee great so I only have this one photo of me and Autumn from the ceremony. 

We went back to Harrahs for dinner and some dancing. It was so much fun!

On Friday I woke up starving so I got ready for the day and went to the first place I found for breakfast. Guy Fieri's restaurant. It was really good. 

But my lunch was definitely the best!  I found Sprinkles Cupcakes. I had to get the famous red velvet with cream cheese frosting. Hands down the BEST red velvet I've ever had! 

Vegas is over the top. You could never leave your hotel. But you have to so you can see the extravagance that is Las Vegas. The food choices are endless. The shopping is like something I've never seen before. Designers I've never heard of before. Below are some pictures from my sight seeing. 

This is an escalator!

I caught the shuttle to the airport at 2:00.  I got some good reading material and my preflight peanut M&Ms. 

I don't usually look out the windows for too long but I couldn't stop. The landscape is so different than anything we have in the Midwest. It was beautiful. 

 I was home by midnight.  It was a quick trip but really good. I'm so happy I was there for Maggie's wedding. But I was so happy to get back to Matt and Pickles. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

High Five for Friday!

1.  I just had to buy us new shirts to celebrate our Royals being in the World Series after a 29 year drought!
2.  Mom and Dad were in town for Evalyn's baptism. 

3.  The star of the show!  Such a happy girl.

4.  I know this photo is blurry but this is what a 2 year old who likes to have clean hands does at church.  He saw big 2nd cousin Nora stick her hand in and thought it was a great way to wash his hands. 

5.  I have about 30 of this exact same photo on my phone.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Our fourth anniversary

On Wednesday Matt and I celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary.  It was a great night!  We made anniversary French toast, coffee drinks, and watched a movie at home. 

Here we are in the obligatory anniversary selfie. 

This is what happens when we try to get Pickles in the shot. 

The fourth anniversary is flowers and fruit. 

Matt gave me this beautiful floral arrangement. I thought they were real but they're not!  So pretty!  He also gave me some tropical fruit koolaid mix. 

How sweet is this card?

I gave Matt a man bouquet. 

It has golf tees in the vase with fruity candy and guy stuff taped to dowel rods.


Friday, September 26, 2014

High Five for Friday!

1.  Last weekend we babysat Jack and Evalyn. It was tons of fun!  Matt was a champ. I have never been prouder of my husband. Jack woke up crying for momma and Matt read him stories until he fell asleep. Evalyn had her shots a couple days before and we think that's why she was fussy. She did not stay asleep all night like normal. He held her and loved her. Check out this picture. She loves her Uncle Matt!

2.  Tuesday was one of those days where I had more planned than hours in the day.   I woke up late, missed my before work plan to pick up free shelves and had to get them after work.  I was supposed to have one new cavity filled and one old filling repaired. As they were numbing my mouth the lady said I had an infection. Sure enough an X-ray revealed not only an infection that will need a root canal but another cavity!  A big one!  Ouch!  I then had a haircut and as I was thinking about my cruddy day my stylist turned the chair and said look out the window.  There was a rainbow that was so clear it was amazing. But it was just a huge polka dot of a rainbow. Beautiful reminder of God's glory!

Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:16 NIV)

3.  Have you ever put apple slices on a grilled cheese?  You should!  Sprinkle a little cinnamon on there too. You won't regret it!

4.  Wednesday night we had an amazing experience at small group.  They had no idea I have posted about our loss.  Unless they read this and I forgot I shared Vaughan-tastic Life with them. Anyway, they decided to pray over us and for our future family.  We just felt great and so loved by our friends and our God. 

5.  I had a proud dog mom moment today at the vet. People in the waiting room were oohing and aahing at how cute and good she is. Then she didn't want to get on the scale. But when I told her to sit she stayed.  Yes!  Then we went back for her shots and she did great. Of course the vet loved her!   Sweet Pickles!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Devastated and Blessed (part three)

So, where does this leave us. 

We are blessed...

We can get pregnant.  We had not been given good chances of getting pregnant on our own.  But now we know it can happen.  We have hope.  Hope is a powerful thing.  In fact, that's what I call our baby, Hope.  It's helped me a lot to have a name on my heart.  A name that means more than just a name. 
Another favorite -

This experience just proves the power of prayer.  If you have any doubt about the power of prayer this story is proof that prayer can lead to healing.  When people pray to God, He hears them.  I was told that it could be months before I had my energy back.  It was two weeks.  Two weeks and not months and months!  Physically, I am good.  Emotionally, I am good.

Do I have ugly cry days?  Oh yeah!  At least once a month.  It's not pretty.  But ultimately God is sovereign and His plan is perfect.  We both know that God has a great plan for our family. 

So, that's where we are.  Trusting God's plan and living in hope.  We have the best friends and family.  We love you so much and thank you for your prayers, love, and support.

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