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Monday, February 8, 2016

34 weeks, Showers galore and Maternity Pics...AKA "Catching Up"

I have been a busy, busy woman the last week and half!  But a bunch of things have happened and lots has been going on.  In short....my schedule is very slow to adapt to dating.  Good grief, it is most assuredly for the young!  But a few updates on my Megan.


She is glowing!!!


This was made last week when she was 34 weeks but now she is really 35 weeks....I'm a little behind.

I gave her a baby shower last week and her co-workers gave her one this week.  She got the most beautiful and wonderful gifts.  We have an amazing church family and she has fabulous co-workers.

These are all random from both showers and totally unedited.  But we had a wonderful time at both of them.


I made these and thought they were so cute!!


Megan really hates action shots but oh well.....


She got so many great things!


These two were nursery buddies at church and now their babies will be.  Anna is due 3 weeks after Megan and of course it is with my little man's girlfriend to be!!


All our little mama's to be at the shower.  All are due just weeks within each other.


Savannah loves being a helper!


Before her pregnancy Meg was a runner....Now she can run with her baby in tow!


Now here are just a few of the ton I took for her Maternity Photos.  I looked like a walrus when I was pregnant.  Girls are so much cuter now!


They are going to be the cutest parents ever!



Thad is so excited!  Megan just glows!



They wanted a serious pose....I just love this one!



Can you put this love in a bottle and sell it???


Once again, I am so blessed....Thank you Lord for all your many blessings to my sweet family.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

When you least expect it

I spoke with a dear friend last night at our Bible study...which is gonna be great...last night and she said I was just glowing.  Well I am not pregnant so it must be love!!  Does that not sound so corny??!!  She said that a deep joy was just all over me.  That was just the sweetest thing ever to say to someone.  And you know what?  I do have the most joyous feelings bubbling up all the time.  This man in my life has reawakened things I honestly thought were dead.  And he has woke things up I did not even know were there!  To describe him in a simple sentence is way too hard.  Adjectives just do not do him justice.  In all my life I have never met a man that is such a servant.  He embodies kindness like none I have ever seen.  Not just to me....to everyone he comes in contact with.  Makes this mean girl shrink a little!  He is so thoughtful.  I sometimes run by his house after the gym or after Bible study and he always has coffee ready and sometimes cake....hence the gym.  He lights a fire for me because I like one.  He likes a cool house but suffers the heat for me.  He texts me dozens of times a day just to say he is thinking about me.  He calls me the most wonderful names.  I do not know one woman who doesn't gush over being called gorgeous or beautiful or smile when they hear the phrase, "How is my girl"?  My girl....so sweet.  I know, I know....I sound 15 years old but it has been a very long time and doggone it...I can be gushy!  He does a thousand things for me in so many ways I cannot even begin to tell you.  He listens about my day.  Really listens.  He asks great questions.  He talks.  And talks.  To me!!!  He shares his feelings.  Deep ones.  We both had shattered marriages before and we have spoke at length about emotions that were churned at our divorces and the years prior.  We have talked about a future with each other.  I have really prayed and thought and prayed and thought about this.  We have spoken the "M" word out loud and while no date is set...not even a month...we are talking about it.  The question is not whether or not I can live with this man but...can I live without him?  I could but I do not want to.  He truly completes my life and he says I do his.  We move in a synchronization that is uncanny.  Like we have been a couple for forty years.  We love to cook together and we move in a rhythm that is so funny.  We have so much in common it is unreal.  Other than me liking crunchy peanut butter and him smooth we even like the same foods.  And on that...he is just wrong.  At least we both pick Jif.  Is he perfect?  Nope.  Am I?  Uh...double nope.  He told me the other night that he just didn't want to fail me.  I just smiled and said, "Too bad...we are going to fail each other.  We're people and people fail."  That's sad but it is painfully true.  Only Jesus will never fail us but with Jesus we can be failures...together.  So when I least expected it I have been blessed with such a treasure in this man.  Thank you, Jesus...for never failing me.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

What do I listen to?

I have cabin fever.  I haven't killed anyone ... yet.  But I have managed to eat like I was a pregnant grizzly bear getting ready for hibernation.  Being snow/iced in is no fun.  Whatsoever.  I miss my kids.  I miss my grandbabies.  And...happily...I miss my boyfriend.  I still dislike that word but since I am pining away like a 17 year old it kinda fits.  I was just trying to watch my church service on its new livestream but this dinosaur cannot seem to make it happen.  I got it for about 5 seconds but now the little arrow circle thingy is just spinning away.  Erica is so wrong....technology is trying to get me.  It is not my friend. So I thought i would share a little of what i am getting ready to share Wednesday night when our new ladies Bible study starts back up for its Spring session.  Spring?!  I am looking forward to that, for sure!

What is your name?  What do you come to?  Who is talking about you?  Who are you listening to?  You and I have an accuser.  the Bible says in Revelation 12:10 that Satan is accusing us before God night and day.  You hear that??  Night and Day.  All the time.  He has an audience with God and just stands there accusing, accusing and accusing.  Satan is the father of lies.  He will lie to you about who you are.  What you are.  Funny....Satan never yells at us.  He whispers....in your ear....you're a failure...you're a bad mother....you're useless....unloved....unlovable.  He tells us that we are not pretty enough, skinny enough, smart enough, have no talent, have no wealth (not just money).  He might not can make us bad or mean or evil but he can make us....busy.  So busy.  Never a second to slow down.  To rest at the feet of HIM. The I AM.  Jesus.  Who is the Truth, the Life, the Way.  Satan wants us to find ourselves lacking.  To think that all the other women around you are better than you.  Have it all together.  Are not living in a pit like you are.  Satan whispers that we do not matter.  That you cannot possibly do anything for Jesus.  He reminds you of all your sins.  All the time.  He whispers your secret sins that bring us so much shame and despair.  Strange...like most lies they are peppered with truth.  Because, you see, without Jesus so much of what Satan says would be true.  While Satan may tell you that your name is failure, God calls you something entirely different.  Child of God, His heir, daughter of the King.  God says you are loved....unconditionally...while we are yet in sin!  God calls us fearfully and wonderfully made and precious in his sight.  We are more than conquerers.  We are overcomers.  That same verse?  Tells us the rest of the story.  Our accuser does not win this war!!!

"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for our accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down" - Revelation 12:10

Satan is jealous and he hates you.  He Hates You.  He wants to strip away our position in God's eyes.  Christ reigns and the enemy is cast down.  Who do you listen to???  What name do you turn your head to??



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Answer to your name.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Milk Sandwiches Anyone?

So they are calling for a major snowstorm to completely blanket us with snow, sleet, freezing rain and plain old rain this weekend.  If you live anywhere in the south you know what this means.  Major milk and bread alert.  I do not get that at all.  As a lifelong southerner I do not drive on snow, ice or the like at all.  We just ain't feeling that around here.  Schools close, churches shut down and Lowes Home Improvement stores are sold out of all shovels, ice melt and generators.  Do people not keep those things for future use??  So with this all in mind I watched this again and just had to laugh.....I love being a Southern gal and this is just too true from a Yankees perspective!




Truth

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Weeks 30 & 31

Megan is coming along just beautifully.  She is just as cute as a bug!!!  I always loved being pregnant.  Feeling my sweet baby move was like harboring a secret that was just for me.   That tiny baby was just mine to hold and caress and whisper too.  I didn't have to share anything about the baby.  But Megan is not liking being pregnant very much.  She thinks she is fat.  She is struggling with reaching and breathing and all kinds of things.  But I think and her sweet husband thinks she is just gorgeous.  Every photo I take she only sees her "double" chin.  I am thinking that after she has this little man she is going to see how precious and beautiful she is carrying that tiny miracle.



Here she is at 30 weeks...I think she is just gorgeous

She tells me I have to say that because she is my daughter.




They are starting to get their nursery together.  

                                          


I love his crib and his bedding.  the walls are a light gray and they painted the old hardwood floors a darker gray.  when it is all finished I will take some better photos.



She has her first baby shower this weekend and she is so excited.  Megan is just such a blessing to me and I thank God for my sweet girls every day.

Friday, January 15, 2016

It's Not Goodbye

Today I said, "See ya later" to my dearest friend and sister...Kelley.  She and her husband Billy sold a ton of their belongings and are moving to the mountains.  They have a small cabin there that is just peaceful and perfect for two.  Billy retired a week ago and they have been planning and praying about this for a very long time.  For the first two months they are going to be with their children and grandchildren in Pennsylvania and Ohio.  So to say that I am laying on the floor in a fetal position wailing is a slight understatement.  I am so very sad.  I know this is what the Lord has for them and there is a new and exciting ministry for them in the mountains but.....it is all about me....isn't it??  I told her I was fine and she cried.  She said, "Don't cry" so I started crying.  We hugged and cried and hugged.  Then she gave me her pot lids.  She totally forgot to take them to the cabin so she has to come back to my house and get them.  What a great plan!!! She is coming back home (yes, this is her home she says) for our birthdays.  They are just two days apart and I have never looked forward to a birthday more.  I really just cannot put into words what she means to me.  I have dated her and Billy for about five years now and this is just like a horrible break-up.  She has been my partner in crime (literally....I will explain that someday...maybe) my confidant, my complete and utter listener when I am ranting, my sister in every since of the word, my prayer partner, my traveling buddy, my TV partner with shows like The Voice, The Walking Dead, American Idol and a few others.  We read the same books.  Do the same Bible Studies.  We think alike.  We both love the same stuff/  We spent many hours floating in my pool just talking and talking and talking.  WE both promise that we are going to call and text each other every single day.  And you know what???  We will.  Because you see, this is not a real good-bye.  It is just a see ya later.  The best part is....we get to spend eternity together.  I am just sure as I can be that in heaven our houses will be side by side.  We will live in a neighborhood that houses Sandra, Angie, Tracy, Brenda, Sherry, Heidi, Ellen and a slew of others that we just love to pieces.  I believe with all my heart that God loves us all that much.  To stick us together in heaven so we can worship Him together.  So this isn't really good-bye at all.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Going To War

We had our monthly womens' meeting at church last night.  One of the things we discussed was our upcoming Bible Study that will begin next week.  It is Priscilla Shirer's newest, "Armor of God".  I cannot wait!  Going over the introduction with the ladies last night ignited a desire deep in my soul.  We are at war.  Full-fledged, battle strong, hand to hand combat...WAR.  The enemy is real and very present in this world.  He wants your kids, your man, your parents, your friends, your church and he wants you.  The things that the enemy desires for us are simple.  He only knows a couple of tricks but they work.  Sometimes they work really well.  He wants us complacent.  He wants us dissatisfied.  He wants us bored.  He wants us to have time on our hands.  He wants us wrapped up in the world.  He wants us distracted.  He whispers lies to us all day long.  And guess what ladies??  We listen to them.  We even believe them.  He is crouching at the door of our homes just waiting to slither in a crack.  To pounce on us and take us down.  To tell us what we want to hear.  to tickle our ears.  Truth sometimes is hard to take.  To listen to.  To believe.  We are at war.  We must put on our armor.  Every single day.  Because let's face it....by the end of most days we (I) take it off.  Somewhere along the day I throw my helmet of salvation down and start doubting my God.  Somewhere during the day I drop my breastplate.  I lay my shield down and have no clue as to where.  That shield?  It is the key.  It will block the fiery darts that the enemy throws at us.  Do you how many it will block?  The Bible says all.  You hear that??  All of them.  100% of those darts are blocked.  We just have to have our shields ready.  I don't know about you but I am so tired of letting Satan win battle after battle after battle.  I am girding up for war....are you?