2017 in the Rearview, 2018 Ahead

So, 2017 was a weird, but good one.

 

It’s so easy for me to lose track of time and before I know it, things that happened weeks ago, feel like they were months ago, or worse, years ago.

I lose track of milestones, blessings, tragedies…everything.

The Christmas before last, so 2016, Mountain and I were talking. We were getting more worried about our not growing family. Another testament that I lose track of time- I thought we’d be trying for 3 years, turned out to be more like 4 1/2. Anyway, we said, if we’re not pregnant by next Christmas (2017), we’re going to adopt. I am so glad the road went this way. I’m so excited for the opportunity to love a baby that is outside anything I can imagine. Two things- don’t put God in a box. He doesn’t need one, He can break all those barriers so putting Him in a box is a limit on your faith and that’s not how He works; & I’ve asked God to make me love like He does, like He wants me to, and I think He is. It’s hard, at first, to imagine being a family with kids that I didn’t birth, but that’s the point, right?!

From March to September we had tried medications, which we were leary about anyway. I took 50 mg of Clomid for two cycles which triggered ovulation, I got a positive pregnant test in July, then a few more the week after, mixed with negatives. I was told it was a chemical pregnancy or early miscarriage, but I’m still not sure. Either way, as naive as this is, we had prayed for a sign that we should continue trying, that we should even be parents, etc, so that’s what it was. The Lord really does care. The next cycle, we upped the dosage to 100 mg, but that came with some unwelcome side affects- chest pains, shortness of breath, dizziness. I have had breathing issues in the past and it wasn’t really something I wanted to toy with.

We had discussed adoption before, but not in depth and we didn’t really know what it entailed. We started that process in November. We have completed the classes, filed all the required paperwork, made changes to our house, set up pack n plays, cribs, swings, carseats, etc. and are just waiting on a call.

So, other haps for 2017 were that I didn’t make it to Texas, between work schedules and sickness it just didn’t happen, but it’s going to this year! We did a few house projects- redone the master bath, revamped the master bedroom, had a garden, went on a short vacation to Pembroke, VA where Mountain Lake Lodge is- such a cute little getaway and such kind people, look ’em up! God let me see His hand in some local friends and some Instagram friends get pregnant- total miracle babies. These girls had been trying for YEARS with no success and are no either pregnant or just had their sweet gifts. How sweet is God to give me a hope like that. He doesn’t have to, but He did anyway.

Does anyone else pick a ‘word of the year’. I feel unsettled about this, but my word as of right now is ‘fearless’. Turns out I’m afraid of everything, so overcoming that is a necessary goal I think. I don’t want to raise kids to live in fear, I want them to be confident yet humble, feet & hands for Jesus. So, it’s about time I be the thing that I want my kids to see.

Y’all pray for us! We feel severely under prepared for babies, but we want it so much!

Thanks for checking in! Share your word or your 2017 review with me below or on Instagram!

 

 

Master Bedroom Update

This post does contain affiliate links. I was compensated to write it, but the opinions are entirely my own. I would NOT push a product I don’t love.

I am so excited about this post. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve had a master bedroom that makes me super happy. I wanted something farmhouse-y, but slightly industrial mixed with a little rustic traditional. Does that even make sense? That’s what my style is. A mix. Some days I could change my whole house to bohemian and not even blink. You can’t put me in a box. I like it that way. Butttt it does make my style a little wonky!

So this is what we started with.

[This was last Christmas. I love to see how things evolve over time- decor styles, techniques, photography skills, etc]

We used to have a lot bed, with mismatched other pieces of furniture. Then the bed broke. Word to the wise- don’t try to move a log bed, or any bed for that matter, with the mattress and box springs still on it. The pegs on that bad boy will break right off. So, then we had a bed on the floor with all matching log style other furniture. This is what the log style dressers and nightstands looked like.

I had enough of that. Well, not until a sale happened. Black Friday’s online goods are my jam! So, before I get to deep in details, here’s the redone look.

The headboard is from Wayfair. This was my black Friday buy. I love the level of cozy this brings to the room. I already had the flannel sheets from Cuddl Duds that I bought at Kohl’s [not on black Friday] and the coverlet and shams from TJ Maxx.

The next MAJOR upgrade for this room is the furniture hardware. I got these cup pulls from Hickory Hardware. Click [here] to go to their website. I couldn’t handle the log style handles any more. Bring on the industrial farmhouse! I love them sooo soo much. They changed the whole look of the pieces/room.

Well, thanks for stopping by. If you have any questions about the room, email me [here], Instagram me [here], Facebook me [here].

 

 

Mommin’ Expectantly

I’ve been thinking lately of all the ways God has been changing me, I’m hoping in route to being a mom.

So, this time 5 years ago, I thought I was ready for kids, and that was so naive of me. How little was I ready. And I know, we’re never totally ready, but the Lord saw fit for me to be changed before I get that honor. I was selfish, oh my goodness was I selfish. Let me change that-man, can I be selfish! I still struggle with it and I don’t think that’s a great attribute for a mom. Especially one that wants several kids. Selfish with time, space, energy, funds, and on and on. I wanted to sleep when I wanted to sleep and shop when I wanted to shop. I mean, I always took care of things that needed done, but I just had a priority for things I wanted to do.

I had too much ambition. Now don’t get all feminist on me, I don’t mean that’s bad, I just mean that I want to be a mom first and foremost, but I got tangled up in how much I wasn’t living out my dream. I had to make a place for raising kids because I want to do that, not a nanny or school.

I was too spoiled. I wanted what I wanted and I couldn’t see anything outside of that. Sorry Charlie, you’re outta luck.

The Lord fixed all that. I couldn’t believe how easily, too. If you turn it over to Him, he’ll take care of it! I prayed and was just open to what He was doing and He’s fixing it all.

He’s turned my attention to other things though. I never realized how much I didn’t know about raising kids until I watched my friends and family. I have such good examples.

My own momma is a woman of great softness and selflessness. She would get herself into trouble to help me and she has taught me so much about compassion and true submissive love.

My mother-in-law is, as my husband says, tough as nails, in a lot of ways, she raised my hubby and his sister and that in itself is an achievement. She is also frugal, she could pinch a penny and make it scream!

One cousin is confident in her approach to things and how she talks about the Lord with people inspires me, she is truly a people person, something I would like to be better at. She is also active, as far as involved with what her kids are doing, even day to day activities, she’s always taking them somewhere to be part of something.

Another cousin is disciplined and steadfast in her children’s disciplining. Two things I desperately need to work on. She makes decisions and controls her every whim and thought, she is in complete subjection to the Lord. Being a good disciplinarian doesn’t sound so great at first, but I mean that she says what she means and means what she says but you can tell it comes from a place of love. Another quality in her I’m grateful to be able to witness is her unwavering commitment to her husband and children, it’s inspiring to be around something so real.

An aunt has shown me flexibility in being a military wife, with constant moves and raising kids in the middle of it all. Her organization is what made me an organizer! She could pack 20 pounds of sugar in a 5 pound sack, not even joking! She’s quite a woman.

Church friends- they’re always striving to be better for Jesus and you can see that in their children.

If you have female friends around and you’re waiting to have your babes, just look around, maybe there’s a lesson in a friend. You’ll have to be open minded and have an open heart, but it’ll be good for your momma heart. And either way, you can always refer to the best place for guidance of any kind- your Bible. Us, infertile myrtle’s are in good company in there. Read about Rebekah, Sarah, Rachel, or Hannah- God knew infertility would be a thing, so He put it in His book and I love Him even more for that!

Thanks for being sweet to me and checking out my post today!

 

Blue Pear Farms Products

This is a sponsored post in that I did receive product in lieu of money, but all opinions are my own, as always, I would not recommend something I don’t love!

Hi there friends!

Now, keep in mind, you won’t be catching many beauty related products on my blog, but this was worthy!

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. Major blogging slump. We’ve been focusing on some changes happening so a lot of design/blog/everything else, has taken a back seat.

I wanted to come on here today to tell you about my friend Dana’s [her Instagram here] products [Etsy here]. She has some of the best facial scrubs and masks I have ever used!

Please forgive how the labels look, they look so good when they arrived, but I wanted to use them a while before writing a post, so the labels have gotten wet and crinkled.

A little background, I have had acne since I was 14 and it doesn’t seem to be letting up. Since we’ve started trying to have a baby, I haven’t been able to take anything for it. It has in recent years transitioned from regular ol’ horrible acne to adult acne, focused mainly around my nose and chin.

I was so happy when Farm Momma Jessica [here] introduced me and some other girls to Dana [here], she’s so sweet, y’all go check her out! She send me a couple of jars of her products to try.

First off, I love the names! The first is Barn Scrub and this stuff is capital A, amazing! It contains coconut oil, Sodium Bicarbonate, Organic castile soap, Apricot oil, Jojoba oil, Camomile, Rose hips, raw sugar, cactus seed oil, rose oil, and calendula. Now, I have no idea why all these work together so well, but they do! I think maybe it’s the sugar in it that makes a gentle exfoliant on your face. It’s not like those junky scrubs I buy in store that have those big beads that are so rough on my skin!

The second is Farm Mud which is equally as good as the Barn Scrub, but I don’t use it as often. [Dana has provided instructions for use on the container]. It goes on thick and has a sinus clearing quality to it, but I’m not exactly sure of the ingredients of this one [Dana has a list if you want to know]. Both leave my skin feeling so smooth and make up ready- I usually use my Barn Scrub on Sunday & Wednesday’s at least because that makes my makeup lay nice for church!

Anyway, go see Dana and order ya some!

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

 

$100 One Room Challenge- Reveal!

In case you haven’t been following along, this challenge is hosted by the lovely Erin [here]¬†from Lemons, Lavender and Laundry. It runs for 4 (or 5) weeks, depending on how long the month is, and each week, on Wednesday, we post our progress. This is REVEAL week! I’m so excited to show you my finished product!

Check below the post for the links to other bloggers who did the challenge with me!

This was before.

So, all the blue went away. New shower curtain, new paint, stenciled roses on the big wall to the left in the photo above. New shelves for beside the vanity, moved around a few hooks. Wallpaper was originally in my plan, it had large watercolor roses, but I didn’t realize how expensive wallpaper was when I made that plan. Maybe in the future, but it just wasn’t going to work for this challenge. Also, I wanted one new rug runner from the door to the tub, but that was also outside my budget so I kept my, not really old, rugs.

Here’s the break down of how I used my $100.

White Waffle Pattern Shower Curtain- $9.98

Sherwin Williams ‘River Rouge’ Paint- $25.00

Silver, White and Pale Pink Paint- $0 (already had)

Rose Stencil- $16.95

Shelves from Hobby Lobby- $21.99 & $17.99 but 50% off= $19.98

TOTAL: $71.91

AAAnnndddd without further adue, here’s my finished master bath.

What do you think?

If you have any questions, shoot me an email, find me on Instagram [here] or comment below.

Remember to check out the other blogger reveals below.