7/18/14

on turning 25. HBD to me.

 


 ^^my birthday last year. At the beach with my entire family and boys. A seriously good, good day. And OMG how was he evvverrrrr that little? stop it.

I really can't think of a better way to celebrate turning 25 than our plans for Saturday. Not real sure what we will do that morning other than clean and pack for the beach. Maybe a yummy breakfast or lunch out with my fellas. That night our church is having a community picnic at a local park. I'm so excited I'll get to spend my birthday night with all my church family just relaxing and playing with our kids. Then Sunday after church, husband and I are leaving our sweet C in some good hands and heading off to the beach with three other couples for a week. It's our 5 year anniversary/ my birthday/ babymoon trip. I'm sure I'll blog it all later. It shall be glorious (that is if I can get over the anxiety of leaving my boy).

24 turned out to be year much different than I had planned and praise the Lord for that. A few of the big things:

-I watched my baby turn one.
-And we celebrated with a big party.
-We were approved for our adoption, made a profile book, and film.
-We waited, and waited, and waited for a birth mom to pick us.
-In February we learned some exciting, family changing news & announced it with a video in April.
-Little Brother became a husband. Totally didn't see this coming when I turned 24, but so so thrilled!
-We then waited and hoped that a BM would still choose us, but come end of May, we were officially paused on all adoption fronts until this coming April.
-We took a family trip to Atlanta.
-We found out our sweet baby is WILLOW GIRL.
-And I closed out my 24th year with a trip to St. Louis with my family & Nashville with my girls.


 This year has been incredibly wonderful. It was a complete 180 from what I had planned. I thought by 25 I'd be cuddling a brown, little baby boy. I'd be outnumbered with boys in my home, and we'd be adjusting to life with two little boys. Instead, I was given more time with just C, a sweet little girl growing in my womb, and the promise of a fulfilled adoption in our not too distant future. I'm so thankful the Lord is sovereign over our lives and His will is so much sweeter, better, and greater than our own. Who knows, maybe by my 26th year next year I'll be cuddling a sweet baby girl and a little brown boy:) Or I'll be adjusting to life with two and starting an international adoption instead of doing domestic. We are so torn as to where the Lord will lead our adoption once April hits. We can easily pick back up with our domestic adoption and simply wait again for a BM to pick us, or we can switch roads and pursue international adoption. Thankfully, we have several months to figure that out. And whatever happens this year, I'm thankful I can trust in Jesus. All I ask for this next year is love and health for me and mine.

Goodbye, 24. You were incredibly splendid to me. I think my 25th year will be the best yet. A little girl to welcome, a family of four to adjust to, and trip to New Zealand in December and a whole lot more of the unknown. I can't wait. Growing older is the best. I don't mind it one bit because it just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter.


7/17/14

RevisionGalsDoNashville

Last weekend a group of the ladies in our church went up to Nashville for a quick one night girls trip. (We greatly missed all the ladies who couldn't attend!!) We had an absolute blast to say the least. We left early Friday (after a stop to Starbucks obviously) and headed straight for Franklin. We ate on the square and shopped around for several hours before heading to the hotel in Nashville and taking a 2 hour nap before dinner. Glorious, it was glorious. I can not say how much I loved how laid back the trip was and that we even had time for all the tired mommas and ladies to catch some much needed extra Z's. We booked a late night dinner at Maggiano's and took way to many pictures (#revisiongalsdonashville) while waiting on our reservation. The next morning after breakfast at the hotel, we headed off to the Opry Mills Mall to spend the entire afternoon scrounging sale racks. It's a little absurd how much we scored on sales! A delish lunch at Chuy's and a little more shopping was done before heading back to Memphis. I couldn't love these ladies more. I feel extremely blessed to do life with them and call them dear friends. We laughed at silly things, had deep convo's on the road trip, and really relished in all the girl time. There were so many women who couldn't make the trip, so we will definitely be making it again next year. I can't say it enough, I'm so thankful for the community I have with these woman and our church. I sincerely urge you to get plugged in to a local body of believers. If you live near by, we'd love love love to have you! We as humans were meant to live in community. We as believers were meant to live in community. The accountability, support, and encouragement that comes along with it is so needed to grow and prosper spiritually.

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7/16/14

Bumpdate: 26 weeks : Round 2




How far along: 26 weeks
 
Total Weight Gain: honestly, I have no idea. I quit weighing myself several weeks back. I'm just focusing on eating healthy and working out 3-5 times a week. I think I've gained maybe 15 to 20, but I can still wear all my regular pants (with a belly band). I'm carrying her so differently than I did with C. She sticks straight out where he was more round.
Maternity Clothes:they are obviously more comfortable, but I'm still wearing a lot of my non maternity clothes. 

Best Moment this Week: The nashville trip with all the ladies from my church. I'll post about that tomorrow!

Gender: It's a GIRL!!!! Willow Ruth Kubler:) See our gender reveal photos here
 
Movement: She used to hardly ever move, well mainly just at night, but now I feel her constantly through out the day.
 
Food Cravings: nothing in particular. Italian, Mexican, and Smoothies always sound good.
 
Food aversions: fried food, heavy meals, red meat
 
What I Miss: nothing really. The last few weeks of this pregnancy have been wonderful (minus the horrible, horrible heart burn, but I really can't complain overall)

Sleep:getting up once or more for the bathroom. And the dreams this time around are completely psycho.
 
What I am looking forward to:passing my glucose test Friday, hearing her heart beat at the appointment. A church wide fellowship with our church Saturday, and THE BEACH NEXT WEEK!!!!

Belly Button:in in in

7/15/14

July 4th in all its glory and million iphone pics

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As you can probably tell, we had a fantastic 4th. Very last minute, C and I decided to join my family on a quick trip to St. Louis. Not all of the Weaver clan got to go, but we still had loads of fun. Six Flags, The City Museum, Cracker Barrel, the road trip, every bit of it was hilarious, fun, and exhausting. We left Thursday, spent Friday at Six flags, and Saturday morning at the City Museum before we headed home that night. Oh, and I forget the pit stop on the way home for Ted Drewes Ice cream. It was the perfect way to spend the fourth (well would have been more perfect if husband had gotten to join along). July 4th is most definitely my favorite non-religious holiday. Cuddling up with C for his first firework show and thinking about the millions of Americans doing that exact same thing that night gave me goose bumps. I couldn't be more proud to live in this great country and couldn't be more thankful for all those who have served and are serving to protect it.