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Tuesday Talk #32: Motherhood

I celebrated my first Mother's Day this past weekend. So many thoughts and emotions! From the time I could hold a baby doll, I've wanted to be a mommy. In some ways, it feels like it took forever yet in some ways I can't believe the moment is here.

As I stood for the first time as a mom for the Mother's Day blessing at church on Sunday, I had tears in my eyes.

Our little one kicked and twirled happily inside of me and it was obvious to others that I was a new momma, but my heart was also remembering our first baby. Would I have still stood up for the Mother's Day blessing if baby #2 were not making it's presence known to others? Would people have still honored me as a mom?

I thought of so many of my friends struggling with infertility. The ones who have miscarried multiple times. The ones preparing for surgery. The ones still waiting on their first positive pregnancy test despite years of treatment.

I thought of the years I spent before marriage with PCOS, wondering if my body would be able to conceive a child. My own surgery. The wondering and the waiting. The months after our miscarriage. The new diagnoses. The grief and the hope and the fear and the grace.

I thought of my single friends who would make amazing mothers. The ones waiting on God to send their future husbands into their lives.

I thought of the women I've served at work considering abortion and those who have chosen it. The ones who called us back afterwards with regret and sorrow. How were they feeling on this day, these silent grieving mothers?

And so even as I taste the deepest joy of being the mother of two precious souls, of our beloved Ignatius in heaven and our precious little one growing in me, Mother's Day is still bittersweet for me. I rejoice in being able to celebrate motherhood of both our babies for the first time this year but I hurt for the women who struggle with the day.

And somehow that's okay. As women, we are created by God with the complexity to experience these multiple emotions at once. Grief and gratitude. Sadness and delight. Weeping yet rejoicing.

So wherever you were this Mother's Day-- whether you were mourning the loss of your mom, aching for a child of your own, in the throes of mothering a brood of littles, or simply basking in your family "rising up to called you blessed"-- know that you can feel what you need to feel. Whether it was joy or sorrow, you have permission to feel it. Then look around at the women around you and whatever their situation, feel with them too.



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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tuesday Talk #30: Sweet Nothings and a Recipe

It's hard to believe two weeks ago we had several inches of snow on the ground!! Now we're enjoying sunshine and warm breezes and everything in bloom! It was wonderful to get prayer time on the porch this morning with a cup of tea while the birds chattered (probably because the squirrel was eating their food!).

My days are still hit or miss with how I feel physically, but I'm learning to adjust to that and it's probably good practice for when we'll have a newborn in the house and schedules are out the window. Slowing down in life has never been a bad thing for me, so I'm enjoying the lighter schedule and hopefully will see some spiritual growth as well.

Last week I sat down with a pile of cookbooks and browsed through them. While I'll always be a Pinterest fan, some days I get tired of scrolling through all my recipes on there and just want to flip through a good, old-fashioned cookbook! So I did! And I flagged all sorts of oldie but goodie recipes to make in the coming month. What's your favorite way to plan meals or find recipes?

And as a bonus for visiting me today, here's a healthy and easy salad recipe I've been enjoying for lunches lately. It's packed with protein and tasty, tangy crunch.

Simple Bean Salad

1 bell pepper (any color)
2 cans of garbanzo beans
1 package of grape tomatoes
1 cucumber
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

Chop the veggies, rinse the beans, and mix all together in a bowl. Mix the oil and vinegar in a separate bowl then pour over veggies and beans. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill in fridge and allow those tasty flavors to marinate together! So simple and very modifiable. I like to add extra tomatoes and extra red wine vinegar. :)


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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday Talk #29: An Update

Good morning, ladies!

I'm finally emerging from what's been a crazy month! Medically, I've had some discouraging lab results again and even my providers are somewhat stumped with why my progesterone won't rise despite two increases in treatment. Please keep me and baby in your prayers, that my levels will rise and that baby will stay in there until full term! Every week, baby's chances of living outside the womb get better and better, but the thought of preterm labor scares me greatly. Our little one has been so showered with prayers and grace this pregnancy and we feel it! So grateful to all those on earth and in heaven praying for us! Because of the treatment, I have felt quite yucky. Nausea, fatigue, indigestion. Kind of a throwback to the first trimester. I've noticed improvement the past few days, so perhaps my body is getting used to the treatment! We'll see...it's truly in God's hands and I know He loves both me and baby and will take care of us!

With the whole Murphy's Law things, it makes perfect sense that the month I feel bad physically is the month we are way overbooked in our schedule! There have been several times this month my hubby and I looked at each other and said, "how are we going to get through this??" But God is so good and provided the strength and grace we needed to be faithful to our commitments, find rest in between them, and grow closer together because of going through the craziness together! (Although next month we are purposely keeping it very minimally scheduled.)

Our craziest week turned out to be one of the most blessing-filled. We had two nights of my workplace fundraiser banquet (where my husband was the emcee), and three days over an hour away as presenters for a marriage prep retreat for engaged couples (and had to drive home each day because of two other overlapping events!!). Despite some early mornings, some pregnancy carsickness (you've truly reached a new level in your marriage when your husband holds your hair back while you throw up on the side of a country road...which I can laugh about now...), we actually experienced so much grace through the week! The speaker at my work fundraiser was incredibly inspirational (Matt Hammitt from Sanctus Real), and we met some great new friends at the marriage prep weekend and were able to counsel a few of the engaged couples through some different issues they were having. When the whole week was done and we found we were still alive, we grabbed some pizza and the new Star Wars movie (so late to the game, I know) and had an impromptu date night in and reminisced how God had worked through the week in our lives and in others'.

We have a few more things this month, including a wedding this weekend, but our schedule is slowing down and the weather is warming up! It is absolutely gorgeous and I can't get enough of the blooming trees and flowers and sunshine and birds!

What are you up to lately? Give me some comment-love with your highs and lows of the month.


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