Thursday, June 11, 2015

Ten on Ten

Ten on Ten :: June 2015 Edition

1. Morning reading
2. Sibling bonding time
3. Happy face
4. Snack time
5. Treat time
6. Trying on a new shirt
7. He's growing up so fast
8. Laundry, my Everest

Didn't get all ten photos snapped, but it was fun to stop and notice the little things in life throughout the day. Can't wait to do it again next month!

If you want to learn more about Ten on Ten, hop on over to Rebekah's blog and check it out

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hi Everyone

It's been ages since I last posted! Okay, I'm exaggerating just a tad but it definitely has been a long time since I've updated ya'll on life. Yeah, I'm super sorry about that. Honestly the emotional challenges of being pregnant after loss was really hard, and I just couldn't think of much else to talk about. Thankfully I was able to blog about my experiences over at Pregnancy After Loss Support, so if you have a little time you can check out some of my posts.

If you've left comments here and I didn't respond, please forgive me. My heart is still invested in this little blog; now that I'm in a different phase of life I want to get back to blogging more often so I can continue to connect with you.

Many of you already know but for those that don't know- our little baby girl arrived! 11 weeks ago, which is kind of hard to believe that's how much time has already gone by. Her name is Zoe Grace and she is all kinds of cute.

Am I right? *pats self on back*

Derek and I feel so blessed to have her in our lives. Toby loves her so much and Zoe feels the same about him; at least I think she does. 

Life with two littles to care for has been pretty great so far. Of course there are those moments when Toby is laying on the floor screeching/whining, Zoe is in one of her many baby-perches whilest crying, and I'm shoving as many chocolate chips as humanely possible into my face. It's not always pretty, but it's my life and I love it.

Anyways, I'm back to blogging. Again, I'm super sorry for being away for so long. Feels good to be back!

Friday, January 9, 2015

PAL Friday Blog

Well, we're getting closer to the home stretch with this pregnancy- 29 weeks and 1 day. It's been quite the journey. Any mom will tell you that pregnancy can be rough; pregnancy after a loss is really rough. I'm so thankful, though, that I've had lots of support from family and friends who have prayed for us, and been willing to let me share my anxieties and struggles. 

Another thing that has been helpful has been blogging as an outlet for the thoughts that swirl around in my head. I was so touched to be asked to join a wonderful group of women over at Pregnancy After Loss Support that share their journey of trying to conceive after a loss, pregnancy after loss, and parenting their subsequent children after a loss. It's been a privilege to read other's experiences as well as have a chance to share my own. I blog every Friday (mostly!) so today I wanted to share the link with ya'll. If you have a minute, take a gander. 

Happy Friday everyone! We're getting ready to kick off a weekend of festivities to celebrate Derek's 30th birthday- whoop whoop!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year Winter Wonderland

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season filled with love and laughter, and of course yummy things to eat. After a busy holiday time we decided to keep our New Year's Eve low key; we had a few friends up and played a really fun game. Then- surprise- we got snow! It's super rare to get snow in Tucson, but it was a real treat getting snow on New Year's Eve. The next morning the snow was still covering everything so Derek went out to capture some of the leftover beauty. This was also Toby's first cognisant experience with snow; we had another snow storm a couple of years ago when we first moved into our house, but Toby was only about 10 months old and probably doesn't remember much about it. Well, he got to make lots of memories this time!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Fun

A few weeks ago Derek and I took Toby to the Marana Pumpkin Patch. It was our first time visiting and I think it's safe to say that we will definitely be making it a yearly tradition- so much fun!

 "Hay Mountain" (sort of an inside joke for those of us near A Mountain)

A little size comparison. Baby was about 16weeks here.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sharing Our Story

Today Derek and I took part in a wonderful opportunity to share our story about pregnancy and infant loss.

We were able to join Derek's dad, Randy Carlson, on his radio show Intentional Living and talk a bit about our journey as well as offer some encouragement to anyone who's going through the challenges of life after loss. 

With it being Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, Derek and I have been talking a lot about ways that we can do our part to break the silence and encourage others. We're hoping and praying that God used us today to encourage others, and offered some helpful thoughts for anyone out there that has been through loss. If you want to listen to the show you can use this link. Sorry in advance for my mousey voice! 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Remembrance Day

It's been a long time since I last posted. To be perfectly honest, I just didn't have anything to say. But I'm here today because today is close to my heart and I couldn't be silent.

Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Actually, the whole month of October is, but the 15th is seen as the international day to remember the little ones that have gone too soon. I didn't know this day existed until Zuri passed away. I had been sort of looking forward to today as it provided a chance to feel connected with other bereaved parents as we all take a moment to remember our children. Now that the day is here there are so many thoughts that are swirling through my head...

I miss my babies
Thank you God for the time that You gave us with them
One day we'll be together again; I'm looking forward to that day
You will always be loved, my little ones

The scripture that keeps coming to my mind that is bringing so much comfort is from Isaiah 25:8, "He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces...". This life is temporary, but on the days when the pain is just too great, I rely on the Lord who is my strength and my refuge.

If you are looking for some ways to remember your little ones today here are a few ideas:

- Release balloons 
- Make a donation in honor of your child
- Perform a Random Act of Kindness in honor of your child
- Plant a rose bush, tree, or other plant that will make you smile whenever you look at it

Tonight Derek and I will be lighting two candles to join in the Wave of Light

In an effort to do my part to break the silence and raise awareness for this day, I just want to encourage those out there that might know someone who has gone through a loss. Whether the loss was recent or some time ago, it's okay to let them know that you have not forgotten their children. We are called to "rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn". 

Be blessed, friends. 


As most of you already know, via our Facebook post, Derek and I are excited to share that hopefully our family will be expanding again. There is hope in the midst of this difficult journey, but being pregnant after a loss is a journey of its own. Recently I was asked to join a wonderful group of ladies who share their experiences with pregnancy after loss, so I'm also blogging weekly over at Pregnancy After Loss Support, feel free to check it out. But don't you worry, Hippy Momma followers, I'll be sharing my journey here as well in the next few weeks. Until then, I just want to say thank you for all the love and support that you have poured out to us. It means so much to know that we are not alone in this.