Monday, March 30, 2009
I met many women that I have never met before, and they were all so nice and welcoming to me. They had all worked so hard to put together a beautiful setting and arrangement for us as we celebrated the upcoming weeks. It was such a sweet gesture from everyone.
Let me get straight to the pictures.
Look at these beautiful monogrammed towels that one of the mothers of a groomsman created for us!
The beautiful arrangement of food.
The gift table.
My sweet nephew Jacob with his "brown lipstick."He had chocolate ALL over his face, but was pretty unhappy with me when I told him he was wearing brown lipstick. Isn't he adorable?
This picture is blurry-but it shows the pretty gardening pot my mother gave us! It had all kinds of outside goodies in it!
Us with "The Orlando Family" Bible.
Me in the middle of two beautiful women.
It's time for Not Me! Monday! This post was created by MckMama, mother of 4 small children. Most of you have read my post about her sweet youngest child, Stellan a few days ago. A Facebook group sent the idea to make Not Me! Monday ALL about Stellan.
This week, I most certainly did NOT think about Stellan all during work. He was NOT on my mind for hours on end, just waiting to get home so that I could check on his progress for the day. And because I simply couldn't stand not checking on sweet Stellan, I most certainly did NOT sign up for Twitter texts from MckMama. Now I can know exactly what is going on as soon as she sends it. Because Stellan is NOT on my mind.
I also have most certainly NOT woken up in the middle of the night and think about Stellan. I normally end up falling asleep at my new home for a short while before I head back to my house for the night. When I woke up this week to go home, I most certainly did NOT check out MckMama's page to see how he was doing.
Stellan is certainly NOT in every single one of my prayers.
And now, as I receive a message that MckMama is about to post an update to her blog, I am NOT hitting refresh every 5 seconds in hopes of some good news for this sweet baby.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Stellan is the youngest of the 4, around 5 months old. While MckMama was carrying him, doctors became very concerned about little Stellan's heart. With many trips to the hospital and check-ups, the doctors said that Stellan would not live. A C-section was scheduled to deliver Stellan with many NICU nurses and cardiologists ready to take care of Stellan and his sick heart. However, when Stellan was born, there were no traces of his heart condition. The doctors even stated that if they had not known the circumstances before going into the C-Section, they never would have known baby Stellan had ever been sick. To read all the details and the rest of Stellan's incredible story, check this link out. Stellan's life truly is a miracle.
In the past few days, Stellan's heart condition has returned and is facing serious complications that could be life-threatening. His heart rate has been in a dangerous level of 200-300 beats per minute. The past few days have been pretty topsy-turvey has it goes from bad, to good, to better, to worse, to REALLY bad, back to good, etc. It saddens me to hear about a child that is this sick. To know the relief that my sweet niece was born beautiful, healthy, and thriving was something that can't be explained. It is difficult imagine precious Riley in this situation, there is no way I can understand exactly how MckMama is feeling right now. It makes me realize yet again just how lucky our family is to have such a healthy baby girl in our lives.
What's amazing about this blog is how many lives this family and little boy have touched. During the time his mother was pregnant, followers of this blog wrote Stellan's name in every way imaginable. His name was in sand, snow, paper, food items, candy, rubber duckies, headlights, church signs, McDonald's signs, etc. These photos came from all around the United States and even in different parts of the world. To see a photo of a tribe of women from the Ivory Coast in West Africa to hold a sheet of paper with Stellan's name on it is really something.
Thousands of comments from blog followers have been posted over the past four days to send their words of prayer, comfort and encouragement to MckMama as her son battles SVT. These comments are from mothers telling stories of how they have prayed for Stellan with their 4 year old child, how their children are asking their playground friends if they know Stellan and if they are praying for him too. There are comments from hopefuls with no children, followers that can empathize, and followers like me that have recently learned about this story. One poster even told MckMama "I have prayed these past three days for your son more than I have prayed in the past two years." How amazing is this?
Stellan's life is a miracle because he survived a situation that doctors never would have expected, and was born without a trace of SVT. But his current situation is also his miracle. He's not even old enough to tell it, yet his story is reaching people all over the world. His story is teaching children about God and prayer, and bringing adults back to prayer that have strayed away from their faith. I'm sure that Stellan's story has even put faith in to some that have never known God, and motivated them to learn and know.
I hope and pray Stellan survives this battle for another miracle, so that he can grow and live to tell his story in his own words, and reach even more people the way his MckMama has. His mother's strength is incredible. She talks about son that shows utmost concern and fear, but also peace. We are all human, we all worry even though God tells us to cast our worries upon him. I know this is something I struggle with, and I'm sure many other's do as well. During Stellan's first night in the hospital, MckMama talked about knowing that Stellan's length of earthly life is strictly God's will. She stated that even if God chose to take Stellan at this time in his life, she and her husband would cling to God and know that it was his will. It amazes me that even in the heat of the moment of Stellan's illness, his mother can focus on casting her worries and son's illness upon him and know that God will do what he knows is best no matter what. If you read her messages, it truly puts things in perspective.
Sorry to be so longwinded today guys. Baby Stellan has been in my thoughts for a few days now, and I thought I would share them with you all. Have a wonderful day.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
1. I have NEVER gone into Target and spent less than 30 minutes there. I usually go with a goal in mind, with a few set things to pick up. But who in their right state of mind can POSSIBLY pass up the 1 spot? Or going to check out some awesome flip flops? I absolutely love Target's card selection, so even when I go for cards, I spend 30 minutes. I read all kinds of cards, even for occasions that I have no need to even be looking at. I check out their awesome stationary, the boxes of cards, invitations, you get the idea. Never, ever-let me repeat-EVER believe me when I say I am just going to run to Target "really quick." Even when Jason and I went to pick up a plunger, we ended up in the garden section. Who knows? However, I now have my idea for number 2.
2. I have NEVER been embarrassed by Jason's crazy antics until "Target Plunger Day." Jason is the kind of spirit that will dance down the aisles at the grocery store, test out the new bikes at Wal-Mart, etc. I love that about him, he makes life so full of suprises. Usually, I join in with him. However, on "Target Plunger Day," I could have crawled under a bush.
A couple of Sundays ago, I was curled up on our couch with a book and blanket, ready for some reading and a much needed nap. Jason comes into the room to announce that we needed a plunger. Oh dear, here we go. So, off to Target we go. We go straight for the plunger section, and there is one with a "pretty handle." (Clear with a decorative circular top thing, instead of that yucky wood that looks rotted after a few uses.) *Disclaimer-ABC Family was also airing every single Harry Potter movie this certain weekend.*
Anyway, we grab the plunger and Jason INSISTS on being the one to carry it. Ok, fine. I wasn't quite sure what the big deal was, but ok. I wanted him to come to the garden section with me to look at these lights I want to put around the sidewalk. As we are walking, he says "Wait stop." He jumps in front of me to face me, takes that freakin' plunger and uses it like a sword and taps both of my shoulders. He then goes on to say "I knight thee, Princess of the Poo Poo wand." KNIGHTED ME in the middle of freakin' Targer with a stupid plunger. My face turned bright red, and that was all it took. The plunger was now a magic wand that did anything he wanted. He pointed it at people and cars (once we got to the parking lot) and said things like "Be GONE! You gremlins!"
At one point, I grabbed the "wand" out of his hand out of pure humiliation, and it broke my nail. He laughed malicously and said "The wand doesn't like you. It chose me, not you." His wand later turned into his magic broom as he "flew" to the car.
Sigh. I really didn't want children immediately after the wedding, but I'm afraid I may have to reconsider so that my silly husband has someone to play with.
3. I have never seen the movie Old School. I know, I know. My boss says I have no street cred because of this.
4. I have never gotten over my fear of the dark. Seriously. I think that walking around the dark automatically sets you up for people jumping out at you.
You try it now! What are some things you have never done?!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
I actually chose not to participate in Not Me! Monday for the sadness of MckMama's sweet baby Stellan. An 8 month old child that was believed to die in the womb due to heart conditions was born perfectly healthy. Yesterday, his heart rate jumped up to nearly 300 bpm. The doctors and nurses have had extreme difficulty lowering baby Stellan's heartrate, and his condition is becoming more severe and scary. I have continued to check the status of sweet Stellan, but sadly, no good news yet. MckMama's miracle baby is a baby that beats the odds of the doctors, and I hope and pray he does it again.
I'm bummed out today. I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want a vacation. I really do love where I work, who I work for, and who I work with. We joke and have fun and it's not always a serious "work environment." We work very hard, but we also have a great time together. We all get along really well. The days we don't get along? Rather than gossip about each other, we just tell it to the person's face. I remember working at my last job where it was CONSTANT gossip, bickering, and absolutely no humor. I am extremely lucky to have a job in this economy, especially a job that I enjoy on most days.
Of course there are bad days. Of course customers are stupid sometimes. Of course I make mistakes. I understand that and know that bad days make the good days worth looking forward to. And at my job, the good days outweigh the bad. But right now, even though most of the days are still very good, I feel like I need a break. My batteries need to be recharged.
Sadly though, my vacation doesn't come until our honeymoon in May. We only get a certain amount of vacation time, and I am using a large majority of those days for the wedding and honeymoon. I really hate to use any days before, because then I will be halfway through the year without any vacation time left. Which means no extra time to take for the holidays, in case of sickness, or family emergencies.
Sigh. I don't know what's wrong with me today, I'm in just one of those moods.
Since this note has so many negative aspects today, let's end on a happy note! FortCox is heading out of Kentucky late tonight/early tomorrow to visit her hubby after two long months of separation. Her husband has joined the AirForce, and he had to leave for training just 2 weeks after their wedding. He is graduating this weekend, which means 4 days for her to reunite with her husband! I know hardly any of the jargon of the military or AirForce, so I tried to explain without any of it. However, if any of this information is incorrect FortCox, let me know and I can correct it. If any of you other readers want to know more details, head on over to her blog and check it out! Pray that she has a safe trip, wonderful weather for graduation, and a spectacular 4 days with her hubby.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I'm so ready for a vacation. Jason and I will be going to the Riviera Maya for our honeymoon, and I CANNOT wait. We will be on the side of the island that has some dangerous tide, so our resort has a man made beach/lagoon instead of the real thing. Which actually works well for me. I'm a lover of calmer water, and a lounge chair instead of the sand. I love walking on the beach, and viewing the ocean from my room, but I'm much more of a pool girl!
How can someone not be in heaven at a place like this?! It's an all inclusive resort with 7 restaurants, 2 snack bars, and as many tours of the Mayan ruins that you can manage to fit into your week! We hope to go to Tulum and Chichen Itza.
And Chichen Itza:
There are a few others that we hope to squeeze in as well, but the tours only run on certain days and times and some tend to overlap. I've never been to Mexico before, so I am SUPER excited about it! I was originally nervous that we had procrastinated way too long to get our passports, but thankfully they arrived in just 3 short weeks. So we should be good to go! We will be flying out the morning after the wedding, and spending 7 glorious days in the sun!
Jason's brother Victor gave us a wonderful wedding present by allowing us to use his frequent flyer miles to make our trip. All we had to pay were the taxes on the seats, so we got two tickets to Mexico for $120!! Not too shabby! It was a huge help from Victor, as the cheapest flights we could find were nearly $1300. We are also using my grandparents timeshare exchange, which allowed us to save the money on the room and only have to pay the all inclusive fee. All in all, it's still a fairly expensive trip, but I feel like it's going to be so well worth it. Once we nosedive into really caring for our home, working, and starting a family in the next few years, I don't see us finding the time to get away and take a trip like this for quite a while. Might as well act on it while we feel like we can!
Speaking of spring fever, it's currently a man's Christmas. Yes, ladies, I'm talking about March Madness. You can kiss your men goodbye until April as they are starting their love affair with ESPN and CBS.
Now, don't get me wrong. I like basketball, I really do. I enjoy going to games, and watching some on television with my Dad and fiance. But only when it's a team I really like and support. Of course, I'm a huge WKU fan, also a Louisville Cardinals fan, and am "marrying into" being a University of North Carolina fan. But that's pretty much where it stops. Sure, there are a few teams that I am interested in how they do that I'm not a fan of, but that doesn't mean I want to watch every minute of every game.
I can't seem to comprehend the concept that they can sit in front of the television from 10am to 10pm watching EVERY single game that comes on during these few weeks. What's the craze? You never watch Purdue and Northern Iowa on TV during the regular season, why is it a MUST SEE during tournament time? Who knows.
However, I do plan on having my rear end firmly planted on my beautiful couch in my beautiful new home at 8:55 tomorrow evening. Let's GO TOPS!!!!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Third and finally for this post, I absolutely LOVE The Confessions of a Shopaholic. My sister and I began reading these books years ago, long before a movie was ever thought of. As she became more addicted to the series, she would let me borrow her copies and we began to share the addiction. They are completely shallow, girly, HILARIOUS books. It's so funny to read about Rebecca Bloomwood and the crazy situations she finds herself in. My sister and I went to see the movie this past weekend as a part of her birthday celebration. The movie is completely different from the books. In fact, the movie combines a lot of the mishaps from the first two books, so I'm hoping for a sequel! Isla Fisher is such a talented actress, and so funny! She represents Rebecca Bloomwood exactly the way I would have pictured her being from the books. Get your girlfriends and go see this movie!
Well, that's it for now! :)
Jason and I are about 2 1/2 months away from tying the knot!! We are getting so excited to continue our lives together and endure all the new changes in our lives. Let me tell you, it has been an INCREDIBLE year, and I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for us. 2008 brought us together as an engaged couple, we welcomed my gorgeous niece Riley to the world, and graduated from college!
2009 has a LOT to live up to! So far, I'm impressed. Wedding plans are going fairly smoothly, and we just bought our first home! I must say, our first home is more than I ever could have dreamed of. I find myself sitting in the middle of a room, any room, in our new home just in awe that this piece of land is OURS. Well, not really. In fact, it belongs to the bank for the next 30 years, but you know what I mean ;). I'll add pictures of our new home and introduce you to the wonderful people in my life as soon as I get the hang of using this blog site!