Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Momentous May

I decided to download Timehop this year. I know, I am totally behind the times. But, it seemed like a fun idea and everyone was posting cute things from years past and I thought, why not see what I have posted in the past 11 years of social media takeover? I noticed a major theme this month, more than any other month of the year. May is a huge month. Things happen in May. For me, more than any other month in my life, every year something huge and/or life changing happens in May! Let's take a look, shall we? I'll highlight the major ones.

May 2001: Graduated from High School 
May 2003: I went to Paraguay for 2 weeks on my first major mission trip with Wesley
May 2005: Graduated from UGA!! 
May 2006: Led my first mission trip of 12 people to Sao Paulo, Brazil

May 2007: Led a mission trip of 21 people to Tanzania, Africa
May 2008: Ended my time interning at Wesley, worked full time for St James UMC with Youth
May 2009: Led a mission trip of 9 people to Montenegro
May 2010: I accepted a job in Walkersville, Maryland as the Children's Pastor and Day School Director, I moved in June of 2010. 
May 2011: Went to Stuttgart, Germany to meet my future in-laws! Got engaged in June.

May 2012: Put an offer on our house, went under contract. Moved in August of 2012.
May 2013: Our Missional Community (Windborne Church) started with 6 folks!
May 2014: End my year teaching Pre-K, the very next day we became foster parents to 2 boys.
May 2015: Vacationed at Kiawah Island, came home and took a pregnancy test and it was positive! One year ago today (May 24, 2015) I found out I was finally going to be a mama!
May 2016: Vacation at Kiawah--we have been going there on vacation for 20 years now!

There were a lot of things that happened in between, but y'all, May is intense! I think finding out I was going to be a mama took the cake, but the month of May has been such an amazing, thrilling, busy, full of traveling month in my life! I think I am ready to travel again, it has been 5 years since I have traveled overseas...where oh where is my passport?!?

Is there a month in your life that year after year seems to be momentous? I'd love to hear that I am not the only one!

Monday, July 20, 2015

The wait is over!

Have you ever felt so many emotions all in one day that when someone asks you "How are you?" you feel confused, unable to answer in a short answer, and need about an hour to actually tell them how you really are doing. I am not a fan of small talk. I enjoy long conversations, including real life stuff, asking questions back and forth over coffee that grows cold half way in to the conversation. I crave this kind of life-sharing! Lately I haven't had enough of this and I need it. Tell me I am not alone in this!

The Engineer and I are at a great place in our marriage, and we are contemplating what is next. If you have been around here for a while, you'll know we have struggled immensely in our short 3.5 year marriage with infertility, failed adoption, and my diagnosis with MS. And y'all, that stuff is rough. But knowing I have this sweet man by my side and knowing that Jesus has our hearts and know the plans He has for us, well then I can make it through anything.

And then, all in one day things can change dramatically. Things you have waited for, wanted, prayed for, cried over, pleaded with God about....they just sort of happen. We have never given up on having our own children. We have always tried, every month that I was allowed to try (MS testing forbid us from trying for about 6 months last year) we would try to have a baby. I even started using essential oils on a daily basis, especially the ones that help support a healthy reproductive system and for energy support. Three and a half years of trying resulted in a positive pregnancy test late in May of this year!! We are over the moon and so thrilled at how things have happened and how God orchestrated it all for us! I am currently about 12 weeks pregnant and definitely beginning to show the baby bump!! We got to see and hear the baby a week ago and he/she was just flipping and dancing around with a strong heartbeat! It feels surreal and I still have to remind myself every day that I am pregnant and this is really happening (but then I see my reflection in the mirror and there is no doubt in my mind that there is a baby growing in there! HA!). Baby is due to be here, Lord willing, at the end of January 2016!

Having MS and being pregnant is actually wonderful. Typically people with MS do not experience many, if any, symptoms while pregnant. My neurologist is pretty sure I will stay in remission through out pregnancy. I have been feeling really good and have not had any issues at all with MS symptoms in the past 8 months! I am so thankful! If we can just bottle this up so I feel this great forever, that'd be awesome!! We will just start praying now for after I give birth that MS will stay in remission!

We are really rejoicing in the Lord about this pregnancy and know this baby is HIS! We are so thankful for the many who have prayed for us and with us through the years for a child! We both were made to be parents, and I cannot wait to be parents with my Engineer! We know what infertility feels like and the wait and wait and wait that we had to endure. In my first ultrasound they found a large cyst on my left ovary and a smaller cyst on my right ovary and could fully diagnose me with PCOS from those images. I knew from the symptoms that this was the cause of our infertility, but this confirmed it. We are so blessed that an egg made its way out of one of my ovaries!! Only God can make things like that happen when there are things blocking the path! He always makes a way! He is so good! We are so thankful!

I understand Hannah's heart from the Bible. How she wept and prayed for children for years, and then one day everything changed and she was pregnant and had a healthy little boy named Samuel. And she praised God for the blessing of the child. I also identify with Abraham and Sarah who never felt like they would have children, and how she laughed when God told her she would have a child! I have laughed more about this pregnancy and baby than I have cried! I love how God has given us His word in order to identify with people and know He understands our hearts, our pain, as well as our joy.





27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

My new favorite thing!

I have researched and read about this for almost a year now. I did not want to jump into this without knowing a little bit of everything. I think my husband is amazing for listening to me ramble on about this and that. It is true. I have consumed the Kool-Aid of Essential Oil mania! I fell in love with Young Living Essential Oils. And I want to tell you about it...because they have helped me so much! Now, I am not a doctor, but I do know from my own personal experience that Young Living Essential Oils have helped me!!

Most of you know, I was diagnosed with MS last September. I was experiencing many symptoms before my diagnosis, but we weren't sure what was going on. I started looking into the oils and other ways to improve my life (supplements, yoga, diet, etc). I drastically changed my diet last year and began the Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle. Many of the mamas talked about the oils and supplements. So, I started researching as much as I could! I wanted to know the details, what they helped with, how to use them, etc. I started seeing a few friends post about the oils, specifically Young Living and so I began asking questions and I bought my first oil: Peppermint!



I always dilute my oils, mostly so they last longer and because oils like peppermint are considered "hot" oils and need some diluting for sensitive skin. I dilute using coconut oil or olive oil.

The next oils I bought: Thieves, Lavender and Cedarwood. Lavender and Cedarwood are very calming and help me relax (always dilute cedarwood, but lavender you can put on "neat" or straight on your skin without dilition). I use Thieves on my feet every single day! I work in a public library and you just never know what kind of germies are around! I love knowing that I am protecting myself without using harsh chemicals!

And I knew I couldn't stop there, that I wanted a diffuser and I wanted more oils! So, I saved for a month and bought the Premium Starter Kit! Y'all. It is THE. BEST. DEAL. EVER. $150 for 11 oils, a home diffuser (a $90 value), a starter kit for sharing, 2 samples Ningxia Red, and 10 samples to pass out to friends/family. It is the best ever! So many oils are included and you get a 24% discount on oils for life! You never have to share, or you can share away and build a business! It is one of the best companies out there, and THE BEST for essential oils.


So, as I learn more I will share with you all here. I am amazed by the oils. They help me so much! I also think it is important to share with you all that just because I am using the oils doesn't mean I am not listening to my doctors. I will continue to use my MS meds and give myself an injection 3x a week to hopefully slow in the progression of this disease. I will continue any and all tests that my doctors need me to do. I just know the oils have enhanced my quality of life and bring me better health and wellness. They are not a cure or a substitution for my other medicine, and they do have to be reapplied frequently for maximum results. I have been feeling better for the past 2 months, and I thank the Lord for that, my MS meds, and the oils for helping me! It feels so good to be healthy! 

I believe and trust in Young Living oils because of the promise they see as their calling: "Seed to Seal". From the seed of every plant to the seal of every bottle, there are incredible standards in place that they do not compromise. EVER. No other company says that. No other company makes that kind of promise and sticks to it. So, I trust them for me and my family!



So, that's what I am learning. I am constantly researching and building my knowledge on the oils. I would love to have some of you local people over for a class. If you would like to know more, let me know! I would also love to share my discount with you! I get a 24% discount. I am placing an order this Friday, February 20th. So, let me know if you would like to try something! I pray blessings and wellness over all of you!

Much love!!



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