Saturday, July 30, 2011

5 months

Happy 5 months to our precious little girl...
"Your sun will never set again,
   and your moon will wane no more;
the LORD will be your everlasting light,
   and your days of sorrow will end."
Isaiah 60:20

5 months in Heaven
July 28, 2011
We love you and miss you everyday sweet Hadley!!

In Christ's Love,

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

What Women Fear

I cannot wait to get  my hands on this book...

I just pre-ordered should too!!!

I can't tell you how much Angie Smith's book, I Will Carry You, meant to me during those first few weeks after losing Hadley, and I cannot wait to see what God shows my heart with her next book.

Isn't it so true what the trailer says?  Fear is such a battle for women.

It is one of the things I struggle with the most.  I could sit here and list my fears and it would most likely be my longest post ever...

Instead, I'm going to PRAY hard and POUR myself into His word.

Look for more posts in the future about this book...I hope it will challenge you to look at what fear is doing to your life and how God simply loves us too much for us to be afraid.

In Christ's Love,

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

To pee or not to pee...

To Pee!!!!!

I haven't updated since Saturday because we celebrated my brother's 18th birthday on Sunday and have been working hard on potty training!!  Potty training is going VERY well.  We are using the 3-day potty training method and so far I have nothing bad to say about it.  Briley had one accident the 1st morning and since then she has told me every time she needs to go.  I feel like it is going way too well but maybe she will just be one of those that gets it right away?!?!  Either way, I am very proud of her!!!  Here are a few pictures of celebrating Uncle John's birthday and from our first successful pee-pee in the potty!!  Sorry...this Mom likes to document everything :)

 Happy 18th Birthday Uncle John!!
 Meeting her friend Emma!!
Sweet girls!!

Potty time!!
Saying cheese for our 1st successful trip to the potty!!
Have to flush.......and wash our hands!!

Time to pick out a sticker for our chart!!

On Day 2 you are allowed to leave your house for an hour so we went up to my school to drop a few things off and we made two successful trips to the potty while we were there!!  We came home and added more stickers to her chart right away!!

Here's hoping we can keep it up!!

In Christ's Love,

Saturday, July 23, 2011


One day last week I told Briley we were going to have a picnic....I had picked us up Chick Fil A (what else) and laid out a big beach towel in the living room for us to eat on while we watched a little Mickey Mouse.  I remember my Mom letting us do this when we were little and I always thought it was such a special treat to eat on the floor with my family and watch movies. 

She loved it!!
We have already had another picnic since this one :)

In Christ's Love,

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Midweek Randoms...

I love summer.  Our week so far has been the perfect summer fun.
 This week we have...

Been on the lake riding the new family jet ski!!

Taken Briley to see her first movie, Winnie the Pooh!!  She did pretty good, only got up a few times and lucky for us we had the whole row to ourselves so we let her wander just a bit.  She keeps talking about Pooh and Tigger!!
(Don't you love her m&m chocolate face?? We had to get her favorite candy for her first movie experience!!)

We also had a fun swim playdate with great friends!

I also have accomplished two more "pins" this week.  This website can sure make a not so creative girl feel pretty crafty!!

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Even in this heat I am loving our summer!!

I have to share one more thing before I end this post.  A couple weeks ago I linked up with the blog, Still Life With Circles, to complete the Right Where I Am project.  You posted the numbers of days, months, years, etc. that you were from your loss and how you were handling your grief at that time.  You can read mine here.

Another blogger, Jack, who lost his second child in March, also linked up with the project.  He did something amazing from this.  He read every single entry in that link up (160) and created this beautiful piece of artwork from it...
You can click on it to make it bigger.  Here is an excerpt from his blog about the project...

"This piece is dedicated to the 160 babyloss parents who took part in Angie's epic Right Where I Am project (as of July 18) and to all of our babies that were lost. It is also dedicated to the thousands of faceless parents around the world that lose babies every year (some 30,000 in America alone). I originally joined the project because I wanted to soak up as much as I could from everyone who has gone before us. And as I feel Margot slipping away from me as the days without her trudge on, I felt like this was a way for me to be close to her and to honor her death. So, I read and read and read, all the way up to last night, when I read and filed away the 160th post in the project. "

I zoomed in on my excerpt in the below picture.  It's funny I only read through it once and was able to find mine immediately.  My writing is in the black box along with Hadley's name at the bottom.

 Isn't that amazing?  When I feel so incredibly alone in my grief I'm going to read this and remember I am definitely not alone.  Not only is GOD with me but other baby loss mom's and dad's are right there with me as well!!!

Hope your week is treating you well!!

In Christ's Love,

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pin this....Pin that

I'm sure most of you have heard of the new website that is making ladies of all ages swoon...Pinterest of course!!

I love that all of your ideas can be categorized for you and you can search and steal pin other people's ideas.

I am finding ideas for...
our home, 
crafts I wish I could do, 
classroom ideas, 
party decor and food, 
photography shots, 
holiday decor,
adorable outfits for B and me too,
 ...just to name a few!!  It is super addicting and I'm having to pace myself and only let myself "pin" once a day.  

So I thought it would be fun on this Monday to show you my latest pins...

Dry Erase Board made with glass frame and scrapbook paper

Magazine holder in bathroom cabinent for flat iron, curling iron, etc...why didn't I think of this??

Love this for B's can find these already made at Hobby Lobby!!

Would love to do this in a deep red to match our living room
Source: None via Melissa on Pinterest

Yes I'm crazy and already thinking of 3rd birthday party ideas for Briley :) Love these!!
Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Can't wait for Christmas this year!!

If I had style...

Love these teacher ideas!!

Few ideas for Briley Ann...

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Isn't it so much fun??  If you aren't "pinning" I HIGHLY suggest it.

I have to share my first "pin" that I completed.  It doesn't look as pretty as the picture (taken with my phone) but I tried right?!?!

Pin idea
Source: via Melissa on Pinterest


Happy pinning!!!
(not sure why my font is so big...that is blogger for ya!!)

In Christ's Love,