Sunday, October 31, 2010


Halloween is just not a fun day. I have never really been into the whole dress-up-scare-someone's-pants-off-ridiculous-$50-costume-tradition. Ever. Two years ago today, I lost the greatest man in my life. Don't get me wrong, I am beyond blessed with my wonderful husband, but in a totally different way. My Poppa fought a hard fight against pancreatic cancer, and went to be with our Lord on Halloween night. I remember the long drive back from Fayetteville. Three hours in the pouring down rain. Three long, dreadful hours. I didn't know at this point that he had passed away, but I knew it was coming . . . that it was only a matter of time. He was always my hero. So strong, invincible, amazing. I questioned how this could happen to him? How could he be sick? How could God try me like that? Why did Poppa have to leave us? Earlier in the week, we had all discussed with doctors the illness that Poppa was facing. We had made the dreadful decision to take him off of life support. He was already gone, but it didn't make that decision any easier. What if we gave up too early? What if he was still there and just couldn't tell us to hang on? What if we made the wrong choice? Today, I look back and still have my fears and pain, but more than that I have MILLIONS of wonderful memories. He taught me so many wonderful things, and more than that God taught me wonderful things through his loss.

Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. ~Psalm 30:5

Friday, October 29, 2010

Too Cute . . .

. . . . . . . Not to share!!


Hope that you all have a great weekend! 

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:18

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Downeast Basics Giveaway!

Isn't this a wonderful jacket? I'm imagining it with several of my outfits as we speak! 

This jacket is made my Downeast Basics, and I could just about buy one of everything they sell. There clothes are so cute, and very reasonably priced (which makes them twice as good in my book)! 

Taylor, over at the Undomestic Momma, is hosting a giveaway of this lovely jacket, so go over and check it out!! 

30 Day BC ~ Regrets!

You know, I can't say that I "regret" anything that I've done. I often thing about if I'd done things differently in life, what would be different. Would I be in a better place? Would I be in a worse place?   
I wonder if I had graduated early, would I be done with college right now? But I wouldn't have had so much time with Trey during our senior year. 
I wonder if I had been more focused when I went to college, if I would've made a "career decision" sooner and wouldn't have spent so much time changing my major in school.

I wonder if I had gone to UT or Baylor what life would be like. I wonder if I had stayed at Fayetteville what life would be like. I wonder about many things, but ultimately I know that each and every decision I have made and everything I've been through makes me who I am today.

AND I wouldn't want to be anybody else :)

This really is a tough subject for me, though. My grandfather, my hero, passed away 2 years ago on Halloween after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. I often wonder if I didn't spend enough time with him, if there was something I could've done to change the outcome. If I had been here instead of at the U of A could I have helped him more? I cherish each and every memory with him, but often wonder if I missed out and regret not spending more time back at home while I was in college.

But at the end of the day, God has blessed me with everything that I need, and it is wonderful to watch him guide my life. "He's still working on me . . . to make me what I ought to be" Okay, excuse the cheese of the kid's song, but it is so true.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. - Ecclesiastes 3:11

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

30 Day BC ~ Something to look forward to!

I look forward to being a mommy again. (and again) (and again) ! 

I look forward to being a nurse practitioner and helping those sweet babies! 
I look forward to family vacations and adventures together!
I look forward to watching my kid(dos) grow!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

30 Day BC ~ Dream House!

What Does my Dream House Look Like??

I could talk to you all day about this . . . . 

I dream of something like this. Probably more similar to the first than the second. I love log and stacked stone exteriors, but my house will have a metal roof. The sound of rain on metal could just make me melt. Or never want to leave my house. 

I dream of an entryway that is a combination of the 2 of these. I love the spiral staircase, but I want an open foyer that welcomes you into the heart of our home.

The kitchen would again be a combination of these 3: deep wood cabinets, a large open island with a cooktop, beautiful stone counters, and a picture window

I LOVE the nursery attachment to the master in the first, and the easy garage access to the master in the second, but of course my dream house is WAY bigger :) 

For my dream house (that I will hopefully build soon), my must haves are: 
  • Nursery on (near) the master
  • a shower/bath from the entryway to clean up those muddy boys
  • a staircase greeting you at the foyer
  • A big open kitchen with a gas range, and at least 2 ovens (because everyone knows I'm Betty Crocker) 
  • A big porch for me and my love to rock on ;)

Monday, October 25, 2010

30 Day BC ~ Favorite Bible Verse!

Day 15: Favorite Bible Verse

This one is tough . . . I have several for different seasons and reasons of life. So, I'll share some of my favorites!

Finally, be strengthened by the LORD and by His vast strength. - Ephesians 6:10

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. - Phillipians 4:13
Love...bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. - 1 Corinthians 13:4, 7
For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him - 1 Samuel 1:27

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!- Ephesians 3:20-21

Sunday, October 24, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge: Days 9-14!

Okay, so I got a little behind. But I'm catching up, so that's what matters, right? Go over and visit Katie and join in on the fun!!

Day 14: A picture you Love!

 This was our very first family picture but it really is my favorite. God has blessed us immeasurably and we are so thankful for Ryanne!

Day 13: Goals
  • To be a more dedicated and faithful worker for God
  • To be a nurse practitioner
  • To become a Mommy to more sweet babies
  • To be a better wife to Trey
  • To volunteer more
  • To devote more time to Ryanne and helping her learn and grow
  • To begin a career that I can be proud of
Day 12: What you Believe . . . 
I believe . . . .
. . . that God brought me here for a reason and has a purpose for my life
. . . that God will never give you more than you can handle
 . . . that I am destined to have more children
. . . . the Lord has blessed my family and I immensly
. . . I can do all things through Christ!!

Day 11: Favorite TV Shows
  • NCIS
  • Criminal Minds
  • Sarah's House
  • Divine Design
  • House
  • World's Strictest Parents
  • The Little Couple
  • Sister Wives (while it lasted) 
  • Undercover Boss
Day 10: Something I'm afraid of
I'm afraid of only having one child
I'm afraid of disappointing myself, my husband, and my kid(s). 
I'm afraid of not living up to my potential.
I'm afraid of not graduating college. 
I'm afraid of not fulfilling God's purpose for my life.

Day 9: A Picture of Your Friends
So this is probably corny, but Trey is my best friend. I'm sure Ryanne will be, too. Well, actually she already is. I like my friends to be submissive and quiet so I can be bossy and controlling ;) Ha! Seriously though, Trey, my Mom, Trey's mom, Holly, and Lacey are my best friends. I don't have pictures of the rest of them . . . so you'll just have to feast your eyes on this one.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Ryanne's Room!

This is Ryanne's room and I absolutely LOVE it! 
 This says "Princess: Daughter of a Heavenly King"

 Her room from the door. . .

 Again (These are from when we moved into the house, so it has since been invaded by several new toys and the bouncy thing at the bottom has left) My Dad built the toy box for her. I was going to paint it, but I'm waiting for now.

 This is above her changing table, and just too true.

 The window . . .

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Tuesday's List: Fall Fashion

Fall Fashion: What to Love and What to Hate
Let's start with what I HATE
Lingerie as outerwear . . . I mean really? I don't want to see your under-roos. Don't get me wrong, there are a [small] select few who it looks smokin' hot on, but the general population - definitely not. I don't want to encourage the world to let me see there underwear. I see enough of it popping on of tweens too tight blue jeans. Boy, do I sound old and crotchety. 

Leather Clothing:  Well, you see, leather was cool. WAS cool. But it's not anymore. Leather shoes are fun, and so are leather purses, but in between my shoes and my purse on my body: NOT. GOING. TO. HAPPEN. 

 Lace: simple, elegant, beautiful . . .maybe it's me getting older but I am in love with the lace trends

I'm also LOVING the rich reds and purples this season. (Not these specific outfits so don't go thinking I've gone crazy) I love the deep colors and the vibrancy they bring to my glow in the dark frame.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Top 2 Tuesday!

Top 2 Favorite Old Pictures!

I love old pictures. I could sit and look at them forever. My top 2 favorite old pictures both involve my grandpa who passed away on Halloween of 2008. He was {and still is} my hero. Every day I think about him, and miss him dearly. He taught me so much, and just can't wait until Ryanne is old enough that I can tell her all about him!!

This is Poppa and Me when I was a Toddler driving the tractor! Little did I know that there would be MANY more tractor driving experiences in my future ; )

This is both my Granny and Poppa with me at my high school Graduation.

And just for grins and giggles, I'll share this one. I often wonder where Ryanne gets her sassy-ness from and then I remember this picture! Maybe she does have a little of me in her, after all!

30 Day Blogger Challenge: Day 8!

Day 8: A Place You've {Not} Traveled To . . .

I'm not a traveler. Don't get me wrong, I would love to be one, but the opportunity just hasn't presented itself. I've been to Missouri and Texas on family visits, and went to Disney World as a child with my aunt and uncle. I've been to a handful of places through school, and to rodeos and such with my husband, but no fabulous vacations. No vacations, at all, really.

So I'll share with you somewhere I want to go! My husband and I never took a honeymoon, but one day we will :) Haha!!

I dream of going to Bora Bora (among other palces)

 . . . . WHEN I go, you better believe I'll be posting about it, so check back later!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 7!

My Favorite Movies . . . 

I thought I would share some of my favorite movies, but let me warn you - it's Sunday and I'm not an overachiever today so I'm not linking to the synopsis or anything fancy like that, but if you're curious - google it! They are some great movies! (Obviously, if they're my fav!) 

  • Sweet Home Alabama*
  • Knocked Up
  • The Blind Side
  • Life as We Know It
  • Legally Blonde *
  • The Back Up Plan
  • The Notebook
  •  Wedding Crashers
  • 27 Dresses 
There's probably more (well, I know there is) but I'm tired of typing and I think Ry just woke up. I can't wait to see all of your favorite movies!!! 

. . . . And I leave you with this picture from the Blind Side
Because I love this scene. I watched it over and over. Trey says Sandra Bullock's character is just like me (and the sad part is I think he's right)

Have a great Sunday!


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