Weekend Recap: God, Baseball, and Food

Hi everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I wish we had amazing adventures to share with you, but our weekend was pretty standard.  Friday night, I received a text from S. telling me that our neighbor and friend had scored decently priced tickets to the Washington Wizard playoff game against the Raptors.  S. wanted to know if I would mind if he went.  I thought it was a GREAT idea.  I'm telling you that me time is JUST as important for men as it is for women.  He came home, changed clothes, and was out in about twenty minutes.  I thought I would do a evening of restaurant dining and maybe a movie on TV.  Instead, I opted to stay home with the kids and enjoy pizza and cheese sticks.  Nothing too wild and crazy there :)

Oh!  I did earn enough Papa John Rewards points for a free dessert so....:)

Saturday morning, I woke up to head to our church for a prayer breakfast.  I'd been asked a few weeks ago to pray for the families, children, and young adults.  I agreed but didn't feel worthy of it at all.  This week has been a very crazy and difficult one with me missing deadlines, being stretched thin, and having short temper.  I couldn't even pray like I wanted to at home and here I was expected to pray in public.  I managed to get up and get dressed and was about fifteen minutes from the church, early for the service or so I thought when my honorary mother called me.  She was already there and told me that I was next on the program.  Here I was thinking it started at 10AM and it started at 9!

Fortunately, for me, the church was having breakfast and my timing would be fine.  I arrived, got a bit to eat, and asked God to have His way.  He did.  I can't tell you anything except He showed up and it was just He and I communing.  I have no idea what was said.  I just know that He was with me and that was so needed!  The entire event was beautiful.  The guest speaker asked us what our reason or excuse was for not being fit spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally.  She then broke that thing down.  I realized that I've been making my own excuses lately and this was just the kick in the pants I needed.

After service was over, I joined S., Bug, Honeybee, and baby A. for Bug's baseball game.  Bug learned a great lesson in sportsmanship.  The parents of the other team heckled the kids on our team at bat.  Bug kept swinging, kept playing, kept doing what he was supposed to.  At the end of the game, Bug's team won.  One of the kids who was also being a heckler looked up.  I expect he thought Bug was going to do the same to him as he'd done to him.  Instead, Bug said, "You guys played a good game today.  It's a hard loss, but you should be proud that you all played hard".  Then, he shook the boy's hand and walked away.  Integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking.  I see you buddy.

Oh!  Speaking of games, can I just pause and show you this cute outfit from Sparkle in Pink that Honeybee wore today.  I know.  I know.  I talk about them quite a bit, but seriously I love their clothes.  I seriously think this is the cutest thing I'd seen in quite some time.  She received several compliments and that was just awesome!


When we got home on Saturday, I made a recipe I'd seen on Pinterest for a Cajun Shrimp and Crab Mac and Cheese by Diedre from .  It was time consuming, but so worth it.  Bug wanted to demolish it that evening, but I made him wait until Sunday after church.

Sunday, we had a great time at church.  Unfortunately, S. wasn't able to join because allergies were kicking his bottom.  The kids and I enjoyed a nice service and then returned home to change clothes before heading to a birthday celebration for friends of the family's children.

We ended up joking about the lies that are told to pregnant women when they are expecting, especially how beautiful they look on days when they absolutely do NOT.

And that was completely it in a nutshell.  Nothing major, but a great weekend with the family and I am looking forward to doing it again soon!

Talk to you all later!


Our 8 month update

Hello everyone!  We hope you are doing well and that life has been joyful for you.  It's been quite busy for us!

Baby A. is officially 8 months old!  The growth that has been shown in the past month is amazing.  She is finally crawling without the jump in the middle.  She is also experiencing some really cool milestones!

Weigh In
We didn't have a doctor's appointment this month, so I don't have an official measurement.  I've done the unofficial hold her and then subtract from my weight.  She's pushing 16 pounds.  Her 6-9 month clothing is getting pretty tight, so we're doing the 9-12 month attire consistently.  She's in the size 2 diapers still, but as soon as we are done with this box, we are so switching to size 3s.

Sleeping All-Star?
Well, for the most part.  She is still going down about 8:30 and is still waking at 7 most mornings.  She did have a couple of hard days because of a new milestone, but you have to keep reading to find out about that ;).

Food is an amazing thing!
So, she is in full let-me-try mood!  She is still getting most of her food from formula, but she gets baby food and small portions of table food.  She still loves cornbread and is love with mac and cheese.  Her favorite treat is Yogurt Melts and Air Puffs.

Any firsts?
YES!!! She is officially crawling. She is also officially teething!  She has a small corner of her bottom front tooth peeking through.  This milestone has caused us quite a bit of consternation because it pains her at times.  With all of the horror stories out about Orajel, I limit it's use and focus on teethers and frozen wash clothes.

Oh, she is also pulling herself up!  

Hi, little one!
Any favorites? 
Favorite foods include baby food bananas and yogurt melts.  She also likes Ritz crackers and will protest loudly if I'm eating some and don't share with her.

Favorite toys are her jungle play mat from Fisher Price.  She LOVES that thing and has used it to stand up.  She plays with it almost daily and loves the different textures on the mat.

Favorite lovies include any fleece blanket.  She likes the way they feel in her hand even if they are on the outside of the crib and she can't wrap in them.

Any dislikes?
She is not a fan of green beans.  She refuses to eat them.

Looking forward to?
Walks in the park
Icecream shop visis
Summer vacations

Weekend Recap: Anniversary Edition

Hello everyone.

It is the end of an amazing anniversary weekend.  Yesterday morning, I woke at the crack of dawn so that my girlfriend could come over and style my hair.  I have to be honest.  I love pretty styles and finished, but I'm not very good at self execution. So, when I called my girlfriend and asked if she could help me looking amazing for our anniversary, she jumped at the chance.  She also did my makeup because...well, honeys I am HOPELESS when it comes to makeup....she did that!

A Letter to my Husband on our Sixth Year Anniversary


Hello my heart,

What an amazing thing it was to wake up this morning and know that we are celebrating six years of marriage together.  I don't take that lightly as our marriage has truly been a journey.  We have walked together through so very much.  There have been these soaring high mountain experiences that took my very breath away.  There have been crushing valleys that left me sitting in parked cars praying for wisdom and direction.  There have been moments of pure passion as I see you walk into the room after a long day, crisp shirt and dress slacks looking ever so handsome.  Moments of absolutely beauty as I watch you play and giggle with our children.  I am so thankful to God for you.  I am thankful that you pray for our family and our children more than you pray for yourself.  I am thankful that you love God so very much and that there is never hesitation in prayer, especially if I call and say that I need you to do so.  I love you, your drive, your tenacity.  While I never pretend to understand every choice, every decision, every moment, I do trust that you make them with the best interest of our family in mind.  I trust that you love us, that you love me.  And I love you too.

It's been a year, my love.  We loved your mother, my mother in love together.  We made sure to address her needs as well as we possibly could.  You did so much more, being there every step of the way.  You are an amazing son.  When she went home to be with Jesus, it was your strength that aided the family.   This year we welcomed a new daughter into the family.  You were wonderful during labor.  You were there, by my side, encouraging me, pushing me, letting me know it would be okay.  When she was born, delivered, and placed in your arms, you looked at her and my heart melted all over again.  You are such an amazing father.

With you I have learned patience.  I have learned grace.  I have learned partnership and teamwork.  I have learned self reflection.  I have learned the importance of me time and the importance of quality time.

Today, I am thankful for six years and pray that God blesses our union and the ministry that is our marriage with many, many more years to come.  And if He chooses not to do that or if our journey goes astray, I will always love you and will always be thankful for you, my husband.

I love you.

Previous Anniversary Posts:

Our 2015 (3 year) Anniversary  | 2015 Anniversary Recap | Our 2016 (4 year) Anniversary |
Our 2016 (4 year) Anniversary Reflection | Our 2017 (5 year) Anniversary

Friday Frazzle: My Week At a Glance!

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Hi guys!  It's Friday!  I'm so super excited about this Friday.  Tomorrow is my anniversary and I'm looking forward to just spending time with S.  It's been a very busy week and I figured I'd share some of my favorites from it. Happy reading!

With baseball season well underway, Bug and I have been going to practice solo for a few evenings.  Saturday, we decided it would be nice to sit down and have a conversation of donuts.  We stopped at Duck Donuts for warm donuts and fun conversation.   I ordered the Beachball (on the right).  S. ordered the Oreo Lover's (middle), and I got a Maple Icing with Chopped Bacon for us to split.  They were all so yummy and we had about 20 minutes of uninterrupted conversation with sticky fingers and full tummies at the end.

One of my good friends recently purchase a new home with her husband.  She is in the process of getting rid of items she no longer needs or items that will no longer work for the decor of the new home.  She asked if we were interested in a new dressed and I jumped on the opportunity.  Honeybee's dresser fell apart quite some time ago with all of the wear and tear a energetic young lady like her gives it.  We were going to purchase a replacement and could find nothing we liked.  We saw this, jumped at the chance, and it is now resting comfortably in Honeybee's room along with butterflies and other cute designs.  I can't wait to share it with you when it's all done.

So you guys know I'm kind of a zombie fan, right?  So, I've been reading the Dangerous Days series by Baileigh Higgins and am getting some interest in the story.  There are some things I don't like (most authors do really tell you the kids get it, it's implied).  But it's a pretty good read for those in the genre.  If you'd like to read the series, I included the link below.  

My sister is amazing!  I came home this week to a box filled with beautiful shoes, dresses, outfits, and headbands for baby A.  It was too cute!  She's just getting started however.  She has a box for the other children coming as well.  I love her and the kids absolutely adore her!  (Look at those headbands!!)

We locked on tickets to an anniversary cruise this week.  I'm really looking forward to this adventure and hope my husband and I enjoy the experience.  I'll be sure to write a recap as soon as I can.

So, there you go.  That's it in a nutshell.  My Friday Frazzled faves.  

Weekend Recap: It's starting to feel like Spring

Hi everyone!  It was a pretty interesting weekend.  Friday evening (when let's face it, the weekend actually begins), I got off work and rushed home to take advantage of the beautiful weather!  I mean it was 80 degrees with a breeze!  No way I wasn't going to take advantage of that!  Once I got home and Bug finished his chores, I loaded up Bug, baby A., and Honeybee and took a walk around our neighborhood.  Bug met up with one of his friends from school and they took their skateboards and rode off to the park while I walked to catch up later.  I love that he's growing up so well and doesn't always need Mom's watchful eye.  While he and his friend rode their boards, we did a bit of this..

Honeybee LOVES the slides.

S. asked me if we’re ready to adopt again and I said….

Hi guys! I apologize for being off the blog for a bit. It’s been sort of cray in my world with work obligations, home obligations, hoot just life. I wanted to spend some time playing catch up, was drafting a post for review, and then this conversation happened. Afterwards, I debated sharing it, but writing has always been peaceful and healing to me—there is no reason it shouldn’t be now. So, let’s share, okay?

The other night I was lying in the bed reading a book when S. walked in and asked seemingly out of the blue if we were ready to adopt again. I looked up slowly from my tablet and said “I don’t know”. Guys, I honestly have no idea why I answered that way because truth be told his asking was just a confirmation of the ache that has been on my heart recently. I’ve been thinking more and more about adding another blessing to our family, but I felt firmly led that we should be a forever family to an adoptive child. I believe it so sincerely that I actually spoke that when asked by an associate last week. I spoke that I would love to adopt again, AND that I hoped God would allow us to add to our family twice more before He decides our quiver is full. That things has held me with an intense yearning even as I love and nurture our little ones. There is a part of me that wonders if there is a child who needs a mommy to read to him or her at night, to be tucked into warm sheets, and bake cookies…to kiss owies, and to show that the world is not all evil and neglectful and that loving parents and people do exist. I am so ready to start. 

BUT, I am equally terrified. When the idea dropped in my heart, I spoke in my mind “Really, God? Are you sure? I mean, baby A. is only 6 months (at the time). Honeybee and Bug are a great deal of responsibility to boot. Are you sure this is what you want? I think I want the same, but is that hormones or is this really real?” The feeling hasn’t gone away ya’ll and I am not sure it will.

So, what does that mean? It means, in all honesty, that I don’t know if we are ready, but I am willing to take some time to figure it out. I plan on praying and seeking God’s face on this earnestly. A child is way too precious a gift and too huge a responsibility to enter into flippantly. It isn’t all easy and the adoption journey can be draining. But I think that’s where I am leaning and, if S. is asking, then it means God has been speaking to his heart as well. Let’s see what God says.

Keep us in your prayers.


Friday Frazzle:The Golden Rule & My Friday Favorites

Hi guys!  Can you believe it?!  We made it to Friday!  I am SO thankful!  The weatherman tells me that it's supposed to be a beautiful 70 degrees outside today.  I'm hoping I will be able to close up shop early and get outside with Honeybee, baby A, and Bug and enjoy it for a bit.

Today's Frazzle focuses on the golden rule.  Specifically, Matthew 7:12..

So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. (Matt. 7:12 NIV)

It's not a hard rule to follow.  In fact, it's kind of easy when you think about it.  Unfortunately, it seems these days it's harder than ever for some people to follow it.  Take yesterday.  A colleague and I have a lunch system where he pays for lunch for both of us one day, I do the same the next or the vice versa.  Sometimes he drives to the place and picks it up, sometimes I do.  It just so happened that yesterday was my day for picking up lunch.

Easter 2018- Part 3

Sunday.  Sunday morning, I woke very early and rushed to get showered and dressed, ready to get out the door on time.  I had a confidence bursting moment when the original white dress that I had in my closet, the one I've worn two to three times a year because of its beauty and fit, did NOT fit at all.  The baby weight that I've been working on has dropped, but not enough to zip over that high back fat.  So, I had to switch into the same white dress I wore last year..when I was 5 months pregnant and huge.

Easter Recap 2018- Part 2

Hello everyone. Thanks for stopping by and reading our Easter 2018 Recap.  We had a beautiful celebration as a family.  I pray you and your family enjoyed the same.  I shared here our interesting start to the Easter holiday with Bug's injury to his arm and our Good Friday service experience.  Hopefully, you'll follow along with our Easter Eve and Resurrection Sunday services.  There are a couple of links on this page.  They are not affiliate, just links to where you can find some really cool stuff.

Easter Recap 2018- Part 1

Hello everyone.  I hope and trust you all had an amazing Resurrection Sunday and a great Easter celebration.  Yesterday really was a great day, even if it did start off wonky for me.  God came through and reminded me that I needed to drop some of my control and comfort zone issues and get with the program because, seriously you guys, I was not exactly exhibiting the virtues of a Godly woman.  That was until I got to church and the Word starting flowing and the Spirit of God touched and agreed...okay, I need to start from the beginning.