(I've got lots of little random thoughts about lots of different things that I want to share today; so, bear with me, as this post will be all over the place.)
First, THANK YOU. Seriously, I have been thrilled with the response to the announcement of my Get and Giveaway yesterday. It is, truly, something I have been looking forward to for a while now; and you all completely blew my expectations for it out of the water. I have had SO much fun reading your comments and hearing about all the different charities and organizations that you are passionate about, and especially the personal stories behind some of yours. THANK YOU for entering and for being excited about getting and giving with me. I can't wait to bless one of you (and a very deserving charity of your choice) next week!!! (If you haven't entered yet, it is definitely not too late - just go here. The contest will be open until midnight on Friday, December 21st.)
Also, while we are on the subject of the giveaway, I thought you might like to see a photo of the cowl scarf Libby made me. I LOVE IT. I am not exaggerating one bit when I say that I might wear it every single day this winter - no, really, I've been daydreaming about all the outfit combinations that will go with it! Haha. One lucky winner is going to get their very own - so we can be twins! BUT, if you just can't leave it to fate, they are totally affordable (around $25.00 + shipping - which is the best I've seen anywhere) and her turnaround time is QUICK (order by Monday and she guarantees delivery by Christmas). If you want one - for yourself or a gift - email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You know you wanna...
|Sorry the quality is so terrible. I took this on my phone before the sun came up!|
Ok, moving on...
I (along with the rest of the world) am pretty much obsessed with Kate Middleton and her pregnancy. Are they the most adorable couple ever, or what? I literally cannot wait to watch her progress through this pregnancy and then into the role of motherhood; but, can you even imagine the pressure she must be under? Those transitions are hard enough without cameras and journalists and speculation (and, here I am posting photos myself); much less the diagnosis of a very rare condition making pregnancy VERY difficult.
Later this week, I am going to be sharing a guest post written by my friend Jessica about her own own experience with the same condition (hyperemesis gravidarum) through TWO pregnancies. It is really insightful and educational, and I am honored to be sharing some quality information about a topic that - up until now - has received very little mainstream attention. Look for that on Thursday.
Shifting gears again...
Shifting gears again...
It looks like our little man will join the ranks of the "tubes" club next month. I haven't written much about it on my blog, but he has had a really rough go of it (8+ ear infections in 8 months, to be exact) and with a delay in speech (no words still) too, we finally reached the threshold. We saw the ENT yesterday and have scheduled the minor surgery for mid-January. Truly, that date cannot come soon enough!! As much as I hate the idea of him having to be put to sleep, etc. I am SO ready for him to feel good and (hopefully) be able to start communicating with us. As always, we appreciate your prayers for wisdom and success with that, and I'd love to hear any stories from your own experiences with a similar situation.
Jeff sent me off on Saturday morning for some "alone time" at the coffee shop. It was much-needed and SO good for the soul. :) On my way, I stopped at our Family Christian Bookstore and picked up two new books:
She's Got Issues by Nicole Unice
and Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman of Chatting at the Sky.
From the titles and descriptions, I probably sound like I'm having a breakdown; but, honestly, what woman/mom/human doesn't struggle with control and grace issues sometimes? I'm really looking forward to spending some time tuning in to those areas and remembering the truths of my faith. I started the first one this weekend, and so far it is really good. Have any of you read either of them?