What's Up Wednesday

Today, I'm linking up for my first What's Up Wednesday with Mel, Shay and Sheaffer

This link up is the last Wednesday of each month and answers the following questions plus a bonus question each month.  Here goes.  

What We're Eating This Week
Greg and I had every intent to grill a lot this week but we have thunderstorm chances every day so that's going to change.  Today, we are having French Dip Subs.  Later this week includes Crockpot Ribs, Tacos, we are hoping to have a small fish fry over the weekend. 

What I'm Reminiscing About
I've been thinking a lot about mission trips lately.  Several of our friends are raising support to go tell the world about Jesus.  I'm so excited for all of them and to hear their stories.  It has made me think of the mission trips I've been blessed to be a part of.  

What I'm Loving
I am loving the long days.  Monday night we were home from the baseball game at 8:15 and it was still light out.  I feel like I can get so much more done in my day with just those few extra hours of daylight.  That is by far the best part of summer.  

What We've Been Up To
Monday night we went to see the Durham Bulls.  We love baseball and we love going to games together.  We had perfect weather the entire game and the Bulls won.  We are most definitely ready to go to some more games this summer.  

What I'm Dreading
We have already had several 90 degree days in May and that is not really normal.  I'm not looking forward to a summer filled with 90 degree weather especially as this Baby Bump grows.  I see lots and lots of water in my future.  

What I'm Working On
My projects for the next few weeks/months are to get Peanut's room ready.  We know what room is going to be the nursery and that means there is some cleaning out to do.  We have to take the things in the closet and reorganize them to go somewhere else and sell some of the furniture that is in there.  There is quite a bit of Pinterest looking as well to see how to make that room perfect for Peanut.  

What I'm Excited About
We find out whether Peanut is a boy or girl on July 2nd.  We can't wait!  It seems like July 2nd is a long way away but we know it will be here soon.  Do you think we will need lots of pink or lots of blue?  

What I'm Watching/Reading
I have been reading Melanie Shankle's newest book, Nobody's Cuter Than You.  I LOVE it!  It is a great book on friendship.

I feel like I've been watching the same thing forever, but sometimes you just have to watch FRIENDS.  It never gets old, the jokes are consistently funny.  It is the best show to watch as you are working on other things.  

Greg and I have been watching a lot of the NBA playoffs too even though both of our teams are not in it.  Sad day. 

What I'm Listening To
I have been listening to Christy Nockels most recent album.  It is fantastic.  If you don't have it, go to iTunes now and download it.  It's called Let It Be Jesus.


What I'm Wearing
Currently I am wearing clothes that still fit.  I'm not sure when this little Baby Bump is going to force me to go shopping.  

What I'm Doing This Weekend
We actually have nothing on our calendar.  We have been talking about some outside projects that we want to do at the house, so there will probably be a trip to Home Depot in our future.  I have a blast watching Greg's mind work as he thinks of home projects.  You can see the wheels turning.  

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
 June is Promotion Sunday at our church and that means we get to meet all of our new crazy 6th graders.  It is always so fun to watch those same 6th graders when they move up to 7th grade and see how they have changed.  We are also getting new co-teachers.  Great things happening in our Middle School Ministry at church.  

What Else Is New
 We had a Memorial Day Cookout with our Middle School small group on Sunday and we had a science theme.  We had a blast and found lots of fun science projects to do.  They were all super easy and a lot of fun.  I think they would make some great summer activities for any of you with little kiddos at home this summer. 

We had homemade lava lamps, tornadoes in a jar, Kool-Aid Slime, Mentos in Diet Coke explosions,  and a fun layered drink that was later named the Gummy Worm.  

June Question:  Favorite Thing to Grill In June
I love to grill veggies.  I think grilled corn on the cob is delicious.  We have plans to grill lots of squash, zucchini, peppers, and onions soon. 

Friday Favorites: Memorial Day Weekend

Happy Memorial Day Weekend everyone!  I'm ready for this three day weekend.  It is time for Friday Favorites with Andrea, Erika and Narci

Baby Registries
Earlier this week, I wrote about getting help from all of you Momma's out there on what the best prodcuts are to register for.  I've received some great feedback.  Thanks.  Greg and I went to Babies R Us on Tuesday and just began our researching process.  We had a blast but were a little overwhelmed too.  We know that everyone's suggestions will help us narrow some things down.  

We have two Memorial Day Weekend cookouts this weekend.  One on Saturday and one on Sunday.  I'm in charge of bringing desserts to one of them and of course I'm torn.  I've narrowed it down to three recipes.  I think I want to make two.  Of course, they are all Mix and Match Mama recipes.  

Last night, we said see you later to our friends Micah and Emily.  See you laters are always so bittersweet.  You are always excited for people to begin new adventures but sad to see them go at the same time.  Our farewell party was at Jubala Village Coffee.  If you are anywhere near Raleigh, check it out.  It's delicious and a great atmosphere. 

I hope all of you have a wonderful three day Memorial Day Weekend.  We plan to enjoy our day off with some baseball.  Bring on the hot dogs and peanuts. 

Fear, You are Not Welcome Here

There is this four letter word that has been a part of my story from the beginning.  What is it?  It's FEAR.  Fear has been a reality in my life for years.  I remember vividly as a child hearing EVERY noise in the house at night.  I always thought that someone was breaking in.  Ask my parents, it's true.  There would be nights as a teenager that every bit of who I am wanted nothing more than to get out of bed and go sleep in my parents room.  Fear was my life.  Sadly, that has not changed much.  You can ask Greg.  It may not be every night, but often I will wake up in the middle of the night and thought I heard something.  Greg will say something to the effect of it is just the wind or it is the house settling.  That still makes no sense to me but that is another story.  Greg's favorite is when I think I see a spider in the room.  I think it is the huge spider and Greg will respond with it is pitch black in this room how do you see a tiny spider?  I then try to calm myself down and go back to sleep. 

As I got older Satan took the fact that I am a fearful person and used that even more in my life.  In my early 20s my biggest fear became that of a fear that I would never be able to have children.  How that came about is beyond me but Satan took that fear and ran with it.  Fast forward a few years to when we find out about Baby Harrison.  There was this burst of joy in me that said Satan you are wrong and this fear will not win anymore.  He quickly got to work and planted the fear of well what if this baby doesn't make it.  

Every time we have an appointment there is this little part of me that is hoping for the ultrasound right away just so I can hear that precious little heartbeat.  This past week when we went to our doctor we were there for 2 1/2 hours.  That little ultrasound did not come until the last half hour.  I was on pins and needles the whole time.  

I know that I should probably have been listening to what the doctor and nurse were telling me but all I could say to myself was Satan you will not win.  You have already been defeated and I will not let you take my joy from me.  This little baby is loved and prayed over daily.  I am not going to let fear win and I am going to take each day as a gift.  I am tired of living in fear of everything.  It's miserable and it is not worth it.  

God has created me with a purpose and He has everything in His hands.  There is no need to fear.  

Today, I will pray and proclaim these verses.

Isaiah 41:10
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Psalm 34:4 
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Baby Help!

To all of my Mommy friends, I need your help.  I know in the coming weeks we will begin the process of creating our registry for Peanut.  There are so many and my so many I mean too many options out there. 

What has worked best for you?  What are the things that we NEED, the things that make life a little EASIER, and just great things to add to a registry.  

I'm curious to know if certain things worked better for a boy rather than a girl.  I'm new at this and I'm trying to see what will make this a great transition for us.  I know that everyone has their opinion on THE products to have and that there will be difference of opinions.  I'm taking this as a guide and a resource to use in the future.  

This is a post about items for the registry.  I'm really hoping for Moms to answer who are in the middle of this stage themselves.  My Mom has given me suggestions but she also said that she hasn't had a baby in 20 something years so the things that she used have been modified and changed some.  

Thank you in advance for all of your help as we prepare for Baby Harrison!

Show and Tell Tuesday: Momfessional Moments

It's Show and Tell Tuesday friends.  I'm linking up with Andrea of Momfessionals for all of the Momfessional Moments in our lives.  Let's be honest, Peanut is not here yet so I have no idea what my Momfessional Moments will be.  I really was not going to do this post but then I thought about what patterns I have now and how that is about to multiply here soon.  Here goes...

I'm a list person.  There is nothing I love more than having a list of things to do and checking those things off each day.  I have a feeling that my list is going to get shorter in the coming months and the main thing on that list will be to keep my kid fed and alive.  That will at least be true during the newborn and baby stage.  

I tell Greg often how there were times growing up that we would have a chocolate chip cookie for breakfast and maybe a Coke too.  I see nothing wrong with that.  I know sometimes Monday's come and that will just be a necessity.  I have a feeling that for me a few cookies and a cold Dr. Pepper might be breakfast.  

Last night, Greg and I were out getting a few things at Kohls and we both made the comment that we are ready to meet this little baby.  We quickly interrupted that statement with what in the world are we saying.  We are not ready.  We are in the last few months of being able to do whatever we want when we want.  I mean we decided this week to do two things this weekend that we would probably have to think through a little more once Peanut arrives.  

Momfessional Moments are about to become a reality for me and I'm excited to see what little things I do to stay in survival mode and still have time to do things that I enjoy.  

What are your Momfessional Moments?  Write them down and link up with us.  Some of the other posts have me cracking up.  

See you on June 2 to see what childhood Emily wanted to be when she grew up.


Summer Bible Studies

Summer is a great time to try new things.  I feel like I always have more time to do things that I enjoy when summer rolls around.  I like to try new books, new home projects, and new Bible studies.  

There are three Bible studies that I wanted to share that would make the perfect Bible study for your summer.  Two of them are through Lifeway and the other is one with Jen Wilkin and the Flower Mound Women's Bible Study.  

Lifeway announced today that they are featuring two studies this summer online!  You can read the full article here.  Both of the studies they are offering are 7 weeks.  What a great study made for the summer!  One is Seamless by Angie Smith and the other is What Love Is by Kelly Minter.  

The third study that I think would be a great fit is a study on Ruth. This study is meant to go for 8 weeks.  The workbook for this study can be found by clicking on the image below.  It is not very long and can be printed at home easily. 


Let me know if you and your friends take part in any of these studies this summer! 

Friday Favorites: Summer Edition

Summer is fast approaching.  I'm ready for more grilling, the beach, baseball, and lots of friend time.

Today's Friday Favorites are all about how I plan to make the most out of my summer.  I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci who make great hosts for Friday Favorites.  

Let's Grill
For Christmas, Greg got a lot of grilling items.  We are ready to make full use out of those Pampered Chef items.  We have used some of them but not all of them yet.  

Skewer Rack

Grill Basket

BBQ Vegetable Rack

I see lots of kabobs, grilled corn, and who knows what else in our future.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Greg and I both love our baseball.  There is nothing better in the summer than a hot dog, peanuts, and some baseball.  We plan to go cheer on the Durham Bulls a lot this summer. 

Beaches and Friend Time
The summer is not complete without making a trip to the beach and to spend time with our friends.  I know we will have cookouts and spend time just enjoying the summer. 

I'm sure our summer will include a weekend trip or two and some work on the nursery for little Peanut.  

Summer is almost here!  Time to make the most of it.  Happy Friday everyone!

Forcing Myself to Say No to Target

Let's be honest...this girl loves going to Target.  I could walk up and down every aisle and take hours.  For Greg's benefit and for the sake of our budget, I do not do this very often.  I have to admit though that this overpowering desire to do this has only intensified since we found out about Peanut.  I want to look at all of the clothes, all of the strollers, baby bedding, etc.  I have to tell myself no and it is so so hard!

We probably will wait until we find out gender before we do the bulk of our shopping and before we create our registry but who knows.  That could still be a little while and I'm not sure how long I can contain my shopping fun.  

We did buy two used dressers yesterday and Greg's project will be to get them ready for Peanut's room.  My brother is going to be building a crib for Peanut this summer so we might be done in the furniture department for Peanut!  Yay!  My project is to take the room that will become the nursery and organize it.  I have to figure out what to do with the few furniture pieces in there and clean out that closet.  
This is the type of crib we are thinking.  It is so pretty!
My favorite baby project right now involves finding ideas on Pinterest.  My Aunt sent me a link on Pinterest last night about finding the items that you need for your baby.  It was a lot of fun.  It asks you a series of questions to best determine what you will need for that little bundle of joy.  Check it out here

We are always looking for great ideas for our first little person.  What are your best budget friendly baby ideas? 

Happy Tears

Sunday was special.  I think I ended my day with quite a few happy tears.  I am still in amazement at the blessing that was Sunday for me.  Greg made sure to celebrate Sunday as my first Mother's Day.  No we have not met little Baby Harrison, but that little baby has already stolen the show at our house and in our family.  I know that many people probably think it is silly to celebrate Mother's Day when you haven't met your baby yet but I am so glad we did.  

Baby Harrison, you are loved.  We think about you every day and are constantly imagining what you will be like.  We wonder if you will have Daddy's musical ability, if you will have Mommy's stellar vision, if you will like sports like Mommy and Daddy, who you will look most like, and so on.  Every day I am reminded of how special you are and how I am so ready to meet you.  

Your Daddy and I are ready to see how you have grown these past few weeks when we go to the doctor this week.  We love our little Baby Harrison.  See you Friday Peanut!

Friday Favorites: Pregnancy Cravings

You know what day it is!  It's Friday and that means link up with the Friday Favorites gals!

I am so thankful it is Friday.  These last few weeks have been crazy at work and I'm ready for some rest.  I think the weather is going to help with that.  Apparently Subtropical Storm Ana is coming this weekend.  Lots of rain means lots of naps.

This weekend we hit the 12 week mark with Peanut.  I have been feeling so much better these last few days and having more energy.  Hooray!

One thing I have noticed is the different cravings that have already begun.  

My top three are below.  What have been some of the early pregnancy cravings for all of you?  

 Gatorade has been the one drink that I have wanted everyday.  It might be because it helps to hydrate after feeling so nauseous.  Who knows?

 I love toasting unfrosted strawberry pop-tarts.  I have never really been a big fan of frosted pop-tarts.  I know, I'm weird.

These are the number one craving people.  I grew up eating Shockers and now they have a new name and they have stolen my heart all over.  Try them, they are tasty.  They do have a sour bite to them. 

A Whole Mixture of Emotions

I am still in shock most days that there is a little person growing inside of me.  I have been asked many times how I'm feeling.  My answer could be different at any moment of the day.  Greg and I are thrilled to welcome a new little person into our lives.  We are over the moon to become parents, but that does not mean that we are not scared, overwhelmed, nervous and every other emotion you can think of.  

This is so new for us and we are taking this journey one day at a time.  It is true that you are never truly ready to be a parent.  We know that we could probably be a little more mature, probably be a little more established, and obviously have a little more financial security but that is not the point.  The point is that in this moment the Lord has called us to be parents.  All we can do is to trust and do the best we can to give this little baby all that we can.  We know that God has called us to do this and that He will provide for us.

How are we feeling?  We feel that Peanut has already rocked our world and that we are anxiously awaiting November.  These are sweet times for our family and we are so thankful for everyone who has encouraged us and celebrated with us so far.