Time changes things

IMG_4228.PNGIn a little over 11 weeks, this guy and I will hit the little milestone of 5 years of marriage. In no more than 13, we’ll become parents for the first time.

It’s mind blowing the exciting and wonderful things that have happened in five short years, the scary and difficult that have made those same years quite long.

I’m sure it’s the fact that life will soon change, again, for us that is causing this early nostalgia….. But, either way, I’m looking forward to the goodness I believe God has for us in both our roles as parents and becoming better spouses suited for each other within the next year.

Life can change so quickly. Sometimes by choices of our own (like when we say “Yes!”) and other times we have no control over. It’s scary for sure because whether we choose a life change or one is forced upon us, we can never know what’s coming around the corner. We can’t plan all things out. We don’t always “get what we deserve” (which is insanely good… Can we say ‘grace upon grace upon grace’?)…. Life can beat us down and wear us out. These are the moments, the bursts of time that can grow us the most, mature us, and prepare us for what’s next.

But, it can also surprise us with the sweetest, most valued experiences and circumstances ever imagined. These are the moments we dream of, we work hard for, that make life feel life a fairytale. We sit back and bask in the goodness of life, of God enjoying the fruits of our labor, the benefits we’ve worked hard to attain.

I’m sure this is kind of a weird post…. I’m just can’t imagine adjusting and possibly fearing such a huge forever life change. A life change that will be full of the hard and challenging and blissful and more than enjoyable.

You just never know how things will shake out, ya know??

We just have to be brave, trust God with our fears, hopes, and dreams believing that His plans and ways for our lives are greater than our own. Roll with what comes, be flexible, and willing to do what’s hard & uncomfortable. It all works out well in the end, we just have to be patient enough to get there.

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mocha kid magazine!!!

So, I’m pretty sure you guys have seen this pretty little face…..

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At any rate, IF you by chance haven’t, let me introduce you to my real life friend, Christin McQueen, the founder & creative mind behind Mocha Kids Magazine, the photographer of my maternity pictures, and mother & wife of the cutest little chocolate family you ever did see.

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She was introspective/kind/supportive/etc enough to ask me to share our full story of our journey through infertility for MK Magazine! I was, of course, excited & honored, then terrified and challenged in so many ways to do so!
So. So. So. I’m ELATED to announce that our story is featured in the 3rd edition of MK Magazine that can be found, read, and bought HERE!!!!!

Thank you so much, Christin, for caring about me enough as your friend & this issue to see that our struggle was not an isolated one. I’m glad that you saw a way for our story to be used to help many other women & families walking the same journey! xoxo

Want to see more of Christin’s work??
Look here!!
IG: christinshootspeople
Facebook: Mocha Kid Magazine
Website: christinshootspeople.com

See ya there!!!!

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week 26

Our 26th week started off so well with a doctor appointment and was then highlighted with our friends’ wedding!! I think the wedding was one of our last “big” events before the girls make their appearance, so it was nice to get all done up and enjoy our friends as just a husband and wife… you know, before we add the titles (and responsibilities) of mommy and daddy!photo 4-2

How are we feeling??!?!?!
Things are getting increasingly uncomfortable, but thankfully not to the point of misery!!! Switching positions, laying on my left side, or sitting with my legs a bit wider (eek!!) gives these babes a bit more room and space to reposition themselves.

What’s going on with the bump?!?!
Well, apparently it’s “small” but my babies are BIG. lol. Because of our twin pregnancy, we are considered high risk so we visits a Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor every 4 weeks. So, at our appointment last Wednesday, she was shocked at my “tiny” belly but our babies are weighing in a a few ounces heavier than they could at their gestational age! Which is surprising – I have no idea how they’re fitting in my belly! One is 2 lbs 2 oz and the other is a flat 2 lbs! They would generally be hitting 2.2 Β at the end of the 28th week. I have no idea what I’m eating that’s causing them to pack on the pounds, but! I’m grateful that God is allowing them to be consume all of my calories. Lord knows, mama doesn’t need..well WANT… the extra cals landing anywhere but the belly!!

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(Loving my husband’s Paul Fredrick tie!!! His black Swarovski crystal cuff links were pretty nice, too!!! Check out their site – they have a both clean, crisp dress shirts & ties as well as more colorful, patterned ties that would definitely add personality to your man’s outfit!)

So, how areΒ youΒ feeling?!
Gooooooood…… tired….. pumped about shopping for the rest of our baby needs from the couch…. anxious to get this nursery completed…. enjoying my babies move, but ready to have these little legs, butts, and shoulders outta my ribs!!

Anything else?
We saw one of the girls yawn on ultrasound and it was literally the cutest thing ever!!!! She yawned and then settled like the had the hardest day imaginable! She’s the mover and shaker, so maybe she was a little tired!!! She’s also the 2 pounder so apparently burns the cals her sister’s able to keep on!!

From mommy….
Hello girls!!! You’re in my ribs right now and quite settled I must say! I’ve noticed that you like music and will move and dance when you hear it – not surprising considering who your daddy is! The consensus is, one of you looks like your big cousin, Ari…. I think the other looks like Daddy! We shall see!! I’m getting more and more comfortable with the idea of you coming in December…. You may, you may not… but, after recognizing that the end of December we’ll be “full term”, I’m not too upset anymore!! I can’t want to see your sweet faces!!!! Keep baking, keep stealing, I mean utilizing all the food mama’s eating…. I want you so healthy and chubby when you make your appearance! Your crowns are waiting…

– mommy

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