True Joy!

There is so much going on on a day-to-day basis ASIDE from all the preparations for baby. So glad that life carries on and someday all this ‘stuff’ will get taken care of and will one day be a part of our past. Stuff like this always comes up at the most inopportune times (Like when a baby is on the way) but I am learning to smile through it and trust in God who is much bigger than it all.

I cant let life’s stresses pull me into a sad, scared trance. I have been there before and it is a void, lonely place. I refuse to go back! There is such a huge blessing on the way and I will not let anything ruin the joy or precious moments ahead for me and my family! I will do what I can and try my darnedest to let go of the rest. That is the only way I will be able to enjoy this life. And a beautiful life it is I might add. God has truly blessed me and my family! He wants me to lay all my struggles at his feet because he didn’t create me to be sad and scared but strong and mighty in Him.  A little deep? Probably… I feel the need to shout it out to scare away everything and anything trying to ruin this joy! I will not be made a captive of fear. I will continue to fight for what is rightfully mine. A life filled with Christ and all the joy and love that comes with Him. Praise God I am not in this life alone!!!

My Beautiful Life

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Almost Ready!

This week marks my 31st week of pregnancy! The end is insight and I couldn’t be more ready to get this baby out of my tummy and into my arms.

Our weekend was pretty eventful. Dustin mowed the lawn with a little help from Danny and I got the garage a bit more organized. I have to be able to fit my car in it this winter now that I will be toting around two kiddo’s. Just a couple more weekends of organizing and well have it done! I also dug out the the crib. It is now sitting in the middle of the garage until I have the time and energy to clean it.

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I also have to get this little freezer cleaned. I am waiting on help from my sister as I am quite limited in how far I can bend and/or reach. A deep freezer is not a place I want to get stuck in at the moment and with my growing belly, it’s a definite possibility!

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Dustin also pulled this out of the garage and placed here in the backyard.

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For those of you who don’t know what it is, its called a disk golf basket. Dustin really likes this new and up coming sport and is teaching Danny how to play. After this went up last night the boys were having lots of fun with it!

There are a couple other essential items I got marked off my list. The car seat is all cleaned and ready. This was Danny’s once upon a time and since its still in excellent condition we will be using it for Eli.

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The cover you see on the car seat is a little something I made. It will be cold out when Eli is born and I want to make sure he will stay toasty warm this winter.

I also got Eli’s bag all packed for the hospital!

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I have three changes of clothes, receiving blankets, spit rages, diaper wipes, powder, and Desitin. … The only things missing are the blankets for the ride home. I haven’t cleaned those yet and probably wont till it gets closer to time 🙂

Along with the blankets I need to clean the swing. Found this at an annual neighborhood garage sale for $20 bucks! If I was to buy one brand new I would spend $60 to $70 bucks at least! So this was a great find.

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Everything works like a charm so I am excited to get this all cleaned and ready 🙂

Last but not least is the pack’n’play/bassinet. Danny Found a way to escape and has tore the whole bottom side out 🙁 I’m hoping I can figure out a way to sew it back together since that is the only thing wrong with it, but, Ill let you know how that goes 😉

We are almost ready for the arrival of little Eli! We are all getting really excited to meet him. Even big brother Danny talks to Eli and asks him to come out and play! These little boys are going to be best friends. I am so eager for them to meet each other 🙂

Hope Chest Memories.

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This is my hope chest. My mother, the wise woman that she is, made sure I had one before I left home. I keep my most important memories in here. Recently instead of a chest of memories, it was becoming a junk drawer. The lid would no longer shut so today I went through it. What a pleasant walk down memory lane. And lucky you, I’m gonna share a few 😉 memories that is!

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This me and Dustin’s engagement photo from the night he proposed. I was so excited to find this!

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Another photo near and dear to our hearts is this one. Without these two women high school just wouldn’t have been the same. On the far left was our high school mentor and administrator and on the far right was is our amazing teacher, you will never find a person more creative or full of life.

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This photo is from our honeymoon in Hawaii! We were at a luau when this pictures was taken. If ever in Hawaii you must attend a luau! I will never forget our 10 day trip to paradise.

Next is a few letters I kept. Okay so its a lot of letters! They range back to when Dustin and I dated, to graduation. It has my wedding shower cards and all our wedding day cards. Also all of my baby shower cards and Danny’s birthday cards! Yes I have them all. Three bags full…

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I went through each and everyone. They are all special but I was obviously running out of room so I kept the ones that I couldn’t part with and got it down to one bag!

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I organized them into sections to keep better track. I don’t know the next time I will read through them but they are something of our past. Documentation of our accomplishments written by people we love and respect.

One thing I was shocked to find was this tiny note. I it wrote the night my Grandpa passed away. I don’t remember writing it but everything else about that night is still very vivid in my memory.

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I was 16 years old. My Grandpa was a very special person whom I still miss today.

On a lighter note I went through all the letters Dustin and I have written to each other over the years. Reading some of them brought tears to my eyes. Nothing brings memories and feelings back like a love letter. I organized them into this…

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“So you always remember just how much I love you!” It says. I have letters I wrote to him and visa versa. The encouragement and love written on those pages will forever be cherished. They deserved a place of their own.

Which brings me to the project I will be working on soon. Our bedroom! I just bought red paint and will be picking out curtains soon! I want our bedroom to be centered around Dustin and I. It will be a quite and relaxing atmosphere where we can go to collect our thoughts and reminisce. I am implementing our wedding colors and will be hanging photos of our favorite memories shared together.

There is much more kept in the safety of my little wooden box but not all memories are meant to be shared. I would encourage you to keep a safe place for your special things. Its amazing what you can forget. Its even more amazing how seeing a picture or note can bring those lost memories back.