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It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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I love Christmas time.  All things about it.  The music, movies, making gifts, decorating, baking… I just love it all.  Harlan does his best to contain my love for this season to it’s appropriate time frame (even though he’s fully aware that I watch Christmas movies year-round).  I’m not allowed to set up our tree until Thanksgiving is officially over.  But you can bet, as soon as that leftover turkey is in the fridge, I’ve got White Christmas playing and decorations are on their way up.  One of my favorite parts of the decorating is our Advent calendar.

When Baron was first born, a friend told me something that really stuck with me.  When your kids are grown, they’re not going to remember gifts you bought for them.  What they remember is the things you do together.  It’s so true.  So we choose to spend time together making memories and coming up with our own traditions.

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4 months late…

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So, I’m not always great at keeping up with blogging… Exibit A: this is what I did for Valentine’s Day this year. Yeah, it’s now June. For our readers with a Y chromosome, Valentine’s Day is in February. So I’ve really dropped the ball on getting this posted in a reasonable amount of time. Oh well. I wanted to post this anyway because it was a really fun night and I thought it might help inspire someone else out there if you’re trying to come up with a creative date idea. Keep in mind – this is to be fun and silly, not overly romantic. So if you’re looking for horse-drawn carriages and flowers falling from the sky, you’re not gonna find it here.

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Our Birth Story

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(A quick note: I realize this is a very long post, but it was important for me to tell this story and work through it. It’s been a very therapeutic, healing process to open up about the joys and the challenges of our birth story. With that in mind, while it may be long, this was more for me. Even so, if you decide to venture through it, I hope you enjoy our story.)

Letting Go

For me, Baron’s birth was a lesson in letting go. Not one thing went according to plan. Harlan and I were married for 3 years when we decided to start trying to conceive. Like everyone else, we assumed that it would only take a couple of months. But after 2 years, and no pregnancy, we had basically given up. We started looking into adoption. We didn’t want to spend a lot of money on fertility treatments when that money could go toward adopting a baby who needs a home. In the mean time, we were still talking to our OB, Dr. Tatum, about why I was unable to conceive. At this point there was no explanation – I just wasn’t ovulating. I won’t lie, I was heartbroken every time I took a pregnancy test and it was negative. It was really hard for me because I had 8 friends who were pregnant around me. It seemed as though every time we heard from one of our friends, it was an announcement that they were having a baby. I really wanted to be happy for them, but it just seemed so unfair. In September 2010, Dr. Tatum gave us a prescription for Clomid – a medicine that’s basically supposed to kick-start ovulation. We weren’t sure if we even wanted to take the medicine. At this point, we were pretty set on the adoption. We had finally let go and realized that the whole situation was completely out of our hands. We were thinking, there must be a reason we’re not getting pregnant. There must be a baby out there who God wants in our lives. So we just held on to the prescription and never filled it.

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Could it be??

October came around and something seemed different. I had gotten my hopes up too many times, so I really didn’t want to convince myself that I might be pregnant, just to have my heart broken again. But as the month went on and I couldn’t shake the feeling, I decided to take this extra pregnancy test that I had left over from before. I knew (from lots of test-taking) that you’re supposed to take the test first thing in the morning. So I was going to save it for the next morning. At 3 am on October 20, I was awake and couldn’t stop thinking about it, so I finally snuck to the bathroom, hoping not to wake Harlan. I sat there staring at it for the whole testing time, watching a 2nd little pink line slowly appear where I’d never seen one before. I couldn’t believe my eyes. After all this time, my first ever positive pregnancy test. I kept thinking, I must be reading this wrong… But it’s pretty basic. Not a lot of room for error. Eventually I went back to bed and hid the test so Harlan wouldn’t see it. Of course I couldn’t sleep after that. I kept getting up and using my phone as a flashlight to check and make sure the pink line was still there. I decided that come a reasonable hour in the morning, I’d go buy another test and make sure this one wasn’t faulty. I didn’t want to tell Harlan till I was sure. Well, I bought a two-pack which resulted in two more positive tests.

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Drawing Baron

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We’re in Midland for the weekend visiting Mamaw and Papaw (Harlan’s parents). When we’re at home, I spend most of my time busy with work or whatever project I’ve got going at the time. So today I decided to just relax and enjoy my beautiful boy. I’ve spent the majority of the day in the recliner with Baron asleep on my chest. After staring at him for a while thinking about how beautiful he is, I was inspired to draw him. Harlan brought me some paper and a pen and I started drawing for the first time in a long time. I get so busy with all these random creative projects around the house that I don’t make time for art anymore. Continue Reading

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Our Little Firecracker

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Baron is very excited about his first 4th of July.  His Mamaw bought him a couple of Old Navy flag shirts to commemorate his first Independence Day, but unfortunately, Old Navy doesn’t make these for itty babies.  One of the shirts is 6-12 mos and the other is 12 mos.  So by the time these would fit him, it would be time for the 2012 flag shirt.  And that just won’t do.  He needs to show his patriotism now!  So, mommy steps in with her sewing machine.  I’ve altered many clothes in my day, and figured this can’t be that much different… just on a smaller scale, right?  It worked out pretty well, and was quite easy, so I thought I’d share the steps with you all in case any one else is interested in giving it a go.

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