It is my most favorite time of year, spring! I feel so lucky to have been born in the spring, I love love love rain, I adore all of the beautiful flowers blooming, the birds chirping, the cool weather, can't it be spring all year? And there has been many a thing going on in my world. First and foremost, we are having a perfect baby girl in September! Currently I am 14 weeks along and cannot wait to hold this little princess angel baby. Most people know this has been a long awaited blessing for us. I will elaborate more on that someday to you all, but for now, we are just so excited!
So that pretty much sums up all of January. It felt like the slowest month, and not telling people was sooo hard when I wanted to shout it from the rooftops! I always had a slight disgust (only slightly) for pregnancy test photos, because, hello, it's a stick you peed on. After I got two positive tests I swear if I would have had a gold plating kit on hand I could have dunked those suckers in. Seriously, they were hard for me to throw away (don't worry, I did though). Did I tell you how excited we are?
In February, I went on a fun little road trip with some of my work gal pals. We stayed in a cozy cabin in Angel Fire, New Mexico and enjoyed all of the dreamy snow that we had been missing back in Oklahoma. We took a horse-drawn sleigh ride, drove the Enchanted Circle which includes Angel Fire, Toas, and Red River, pretended we were fancy by eating steak at a country club, and spent too much money on yummy scented candles. It was a fun, relaxing time! Lots of food was consumed, many naps were taken, and I taught my friends how to make s'mores by our nightly fire.
March has been even busier! Josh and I celebrated our sixth anniversary by lounging around in our pajamas and playing Settlers of Catan. I was in charge of our Women's Ministry Spring Tea and though it was a lot of work, I think it turned out really well and we had a lot of fun! This gift of feeling the need to "collect" random vintage things that my mom has bestowed upon me was only preparing me for an event such as this! And though it wasn't her favorite way to spend the weekend, I definitely couldn't have done any of it without her, or her thrifted tea cups. We made our own warm tea blends, folded napkins into unrecognizable shapes, played croquet, and ate some really yummy treats! I don't know about anyone else, but I definitely feel fancier because of it!
Throughout these last couple of months, a friend and I have been leading a women's Bible study at church called "Seamless" by Angie Smith.
It is a 7 session (six weeks of workbook) Bible study that helps you to better understand the Bible as a whole, why a story is important, how it relates to this other story, and how it all comes together to show God's plan for His creation. I have been needing something like this for a LONG time and though I've been a Christian for almost 20 years now and have even been someone to read my Bible frequently, there was still so much I didn't understand, and have realized there was so much I didn't even know I didn't understand. Just being honest, there are LOTS of things in the Bible that can be very confusing and the massiveness of the Bible itself can be overwhelming. When we picked out this Bible study, I kind of thought, seriously how can she cover the whole Bible in 7 sessions? But you know what, we are on week 5 and I feel so enlightened. Whether you are a new or seasoned Christian, I highly recommend this Bible study, even if you don't do it with a group. The videos are good, but you can definitely do it without them too. It has made me want to study the Bible even more, which as my friend said, is a pretty good sign of a good Bible study.
I bought this journal called "40ish Weeks: A Pregnancy Journal" around 2 years ago when Josh and I first thought that adding a little human to our family sounded like a wonderful idea. Since then I have had it in my nightstand just sitting there, hoping that someday I would get to use it and starting to just feel like I should gift it to someone. As soon as we found out about our little babe, I so ecstatically whipped it out and began journaling. I am NOT someone who has always been a journal-er, although I do kind of consider this blog to be a journal of sorts. Although I do write it for others to read, a lot of it is really just for me to remember trips and things going on in my life at certain times (like this post for example!). For one, I have really bad handwriting in an everyday situation, like really bad. I do enjoy writing, like as in expressing myself, but I don't enjoy the actual physical act of writing. Call it laziness, but believe me, my handwriting is just that bad.Anyways, even though it may take me a bit to figure out what I wrote, this journal is less intimidating. For each week there is just one page provided for you to fill out some notes to remember things like the baby was this big this week, we had our Dr.'s appt, etc. There are also pages dedicated to writing out lists of what foods you're craving, how you told family members and their reactions, questions you have for your doctor, and places to glue in a sweet little picture of your little blob. It has been so fun for me and I think it will be something I cherish for a long time!
Of course, this weekend I am so excited for Easter because obviously, it is so special to remember Christ's sacrifice and that he is ALIVE today! but I also love getting to see my family, I love all of the dressing up in your Easter best, the baby bunny and chickies all around, and all of the pastels(!) and I think that it is okay to be excited for those things too. (Also, even though I've been proud of my pregnant self for eating lots of salads, I been craving sour stuff and I'm pretty sure I can find me some sour Easter candy pretty easily, just sayin').
My 26th birthday is Monday, which I keep forgetting about because I've already rounded up my age for the past couple of months and it's just so busy right now, I guess that's just what happens the older you get! THEN in a little over a week Josh and I are going on an accidental Baby-moon cruise, because you know that's a thing now? We planned it on a whim during a Black Friday Royal Caribbean sale where your second ticked was half off and all of the excursions were 30% off, but now it's turned into a 6th year anniversary, 26th birthday, pre-baby vacation and I'm so excited! 2018, you done me real good so far! These last couple of months have been filled to the brim and I feel full with lovely people surrounding me and so many exciting things happening as well! Thank you Lord for this season of Spring after what felt like a long Winter!
In His hug,
P.S. if you don't have anywhere to go Sunday for Easter, we are having a yummy breakfast at 9:30am at FBC Woodward, followed by what will be a wonderful worship service!