Zeke Isaiah.

You want to know something weird? I should still be pregnant. For another week at least. My original due date was January 22nd. But here we are, a week before my due date with a 2 week old baby! All “thanks” to high blood pressure, just like my pregnancy with Knox. And let me tell you, that’s not the only thing that caused deja vu to my pregnancy with Knox. 

Before you find out the gender of your baby [IF you find out] lots of people will ask you how similar your pregnancies feel or if you have some idea as to the gender of your baby.

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Snap Snap Snaps and Singleness.

So you’re twenty-something, [or thirty-something] and single. And as much fun as Taylor Swift’s song, “22” makes it sound, you are just NOT happy. Most of your friends are either married, engaged, or seriously dating the guy they’re expecting a ring from any day now. 

You’ve faced that bittersweet phone call time and time again, where the high-pitched voice of your bff excitedly tells you that in T-a year or less, she’ll have a new best friend, and one that’s a boy.

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Learning How to Wife // Cleaning

Last weekend, Stuart and I went to Family Life‘s marriage conference, “A Weekend to Remember.” A few couples from our church all decided to go together, and it was really fun. Stuart and I attended our first “Weekend to Remember” 6 months into our marriage, so this experience was a lot different. Back then, we were figuring out all the “newness” of marriage and living life together, such as communication, daily forgiveness and grace, how best to love each other and what true intimacy means. 

Now that we’re 3 1/2 years in, all wise and sage in the ways of marriage, we realized we were still in the process of learning, you guessed it: communication, daily forgiveness and grace, how best to love each other and what true intimacy means.

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It’s Been a While…

You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been slightly MIA from blogging lately. There’s a very good reason for that. 

NESTING. 

It’s serious, guys. I was a little critical of what exactly went into the whole nesting “thing,” but it’s for real. I am NOT one of those people who normally loves organizing or cleaning, but it’s like someone else has taken over my body and all I want to do is organize, clean, and prepare our living space for our little man.

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Lake Pleasant.

Lake Pleasant

Last week Stuart and I celebrated our 2nd anniversary. We were blessed to be able to go away for a few days to Lake Pleasant in northern Indiana. We had an amazing time simply relaxing together, reminiscing over the past year, and dreaming of what’s coming in our future…as well as paddle boating, canoeing, fishing and eating some pretty fabulous meals.

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Two.

Two years ago I became the luckiest girl ever when this stud became my husband:

Stud Husband

And from that day forward life has been a RIDE. The absolute best ride of my life. Marriage is definitely not easy, but it’s so worth the hard times and challenges you face because you have someone who’s always willing to fight for you. I can be pretty darn stubborn at times, and Stuart has learned the best way to push when he needs to, and give me space when I need some.

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Quiet Weekends.

Cozy

This weekend I had one of those “life is definitely changing, and I think I’m ok with it” moments. Stuart and I really didn’t do much…Friday night he made dinner for his sister, Jessica, and me. It was fab. Saturday, we went to CrossFit, and then just relaxed the rest of the day. Yesterday, we tried a new church and I took a long, wonderful, perfect nap with Stell. 

We made two new recipes this weekend…a new pork tenderloin rub Saturday night that was AMAZING, and yesterday, a new rosemary chicken crockpot recipe for after church, that was tasty…but next time will need some extra “umph.” And that’s the gist of our weekend.

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Happy Birthday to my STUd.

Today is my guy’s 28th birthday. It’s crazy to think I’ve only known him for 2 1/2 years, but in that time, we met, our pastor convinced me to go out with him, we dated, got married, and started this crazy journey of Cru staff life. I’m so thankful for him in so many ways, but some of the top reasons are:

  • He kills the spiders and cleans out the mouse traps for me.
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