Monday, April 8, 2013

it's official...i've moved


So it's official. I've tried to keep up with two blogs. Really I have. But there's only one of me. I don't know how some people do it, but I so admire the people out there that can maintain several blogs and websites with what appears to be the greatest of ease. Not me.

I will keep this blog around, although I will no longer be posting here. But if there's a post here  that you've loved and maybe even bookmarked, just know that the link won't be disappearing any time soon.

I love you all and I am so grateful for the dedicated friends I have made here. I really hope you will come visit me at joyful project. Find me here.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

life lately


Today I'm blogging at Joyful Project about giving thanks when your life isn't perfect, 
and I've got 7 Steps to a Joyful Thanksgiving

And this gorgeous printable is from these lovely ladies



My newest home on the internet

And with that,
I'm still trying to negotiate having two little spots on the internets to share.
I'm mostly at Joyful Project,
But I still like to check in here from time to time too.

So on to that checking in



Thanks to my friend Larissa,
I got inspired to take a holiday job at Williams Sonoma.
I thought it would be super fun to be around all the Christmas excitement-
and let's not forget that it smells like pumpkin pie all the time
love that.
Here's me leaving the house for my first day.








And then of course, there's the Thanksgiving cooking.
Since I'm working today
{where it'll be smelling like pumpkin pie}
I had to do my Thanksgiving cooking yesterday.

All packed up and ready to go...





We have some super duper yummy potatoes
which don't look like much in the pyrex,
but trust me
they are yumminess

I got the recipe from one of the Men 4 Treasures 
who prepared our Treasures Thanksgiving feast.

{It's our new yearly tradition that the M4T -aka Men 4 Treasures-
 prepare a Thanksgiving meal for all of us, 
the outreach team, the volunteers and the Treasures girls. 
It's a blast. 
We had our celebration last week where I first tasted these yummy potatoes.}




And of course,
my famous garlicky cranberry chutney.
I can't believe that I've spent so many Thanksgivings with the family Flynn 
and still haven't made my cranberry chutney.

I usually bake.
But this year I thought I'd turn the tables.

Can't wait for the feast tomorrow!

How are you celebrating Thanksgiving?
Share in comments.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

believing in miracles



I'm sharing today about how God changed my heart and began to unfold real-live miracles in front of my own eyes. Read the story here.
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Thursday, October 25, 2012

i promise i didn't disappear


I didn't vanish. Really I didn't. I've been doing a bit of a juggling act lately. I've been posting regularly for some time now on my new blog, Joyful Project. But there's more that's been going on too.

And I even slowed down there a bit.

Like I said, there's a lot that's been going on. And through it all, I hold fast to the One who can hold me up when I feel like  can't hold on.



So as I've posted about for some time now, Mr. Handsome and I are still on the journey to baby. And we are now actively seeking fertility treatments. We tried one round of In-vitro fertilization or IVF over the summer and we found out that we weren't pregnant.

We prayed a lot about what to do next. I have hesitated to share the details here. But I have to say that I have found so much comfort and encouragement from others who share their stories that I feel the pull to share ours here. I especially feel a desire to do so because I don't read too many blogs where couples share the decision to take the route that we are taking. And if I can offer just the teensiest bit of encouragement to someone out there, it's so worth it to me.

So like I said, we prayed a great deal about it. We would only proceed with any of this as we felt led by God. But we also had the facts. The odds of a woman getting pregnant at my age {forty-five} are 3-5% with IVF. Not the greatest chance. But our God is a miracle worker, so it's no problem for Him. Still, as we prayed, we felt led to look into other options for us to have a baby.

I have always longed to be pregnant, to spend nine months nurturing our baby in my belly. And as God led us, we followed. Our doctor recommended that we try using donor eggs. That is having an anonymous woman donate her eggs to my husband and me. We then will use her eggs in the same way that we used mine for our first IVF.

Truth- When the doctor first suggested this I wanted to run for the hills. No way did I want to do this! no. way. But then God began to soften our hearts. What has since happened is nothing short of amazing. Now it is so not what we planned at all, but here we are having an opportunity to help a young woman out and she in turn is helping us.

And all this is why I've been a little incognito from the blog here. As we've been in this process, the doctor put me on some nasty hormones. All I wanted to do was barf, and hide in the dark until they were over.

And I kinda did. Well, I didn't barf, I just felt like I had to 24/7. I tried to make the best of it and think to myself, next time I feel this way it'd be morning sickness. But I still went into a bit of hiding. I was also being an emotional spaz. I was spinning out of control at thoughts of the what-ifs. My head was out of control with all the possibilities. Oh the mess! And I never before was plagued with this in the first IVF.

And then something happened last Tuesday. I realized that I was letting my circumstances become my identity. But I am not my circumstances. I am not the details of our legal contract with our donor. I am not the result of this IVF cycle.

I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
I am more valuable than rubies or pearls.
I am a daughter of the King.


And then I was able to breathe. It's been a week now and I feel like I'm back from a journey. Not just back to the blog, but back from the nightmare of what I was in when I let my circumstances take over. I'll definitely be sharing more as time goes on. And I'll fill you in on more deets about the fertility process. There's a lot there to share.

But in the meantime, it's good to be back.



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Thursday, September 20, 2012

you are precious!



Where do we get our value?
I used to think I was worthless.
It's all about where our value comes from.

In today's video, I'm sharing about something that I heard that really shifted my thinking.

What about you?
Tell me what you feel. Share in comments.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

camping adventure 2012




our sweet campsite


we relaxed
we sat by the fire
and enjoyed some great time away from the city




unfortunately i was still woozy from the altitude
so i couldn't join mr. handsome on a hike

so he went it alone while i relaxed and read
but he came back with some amazing pix.

this was his view
on the hike
once he made it to the top

simply breathtaking


sweet happy camping fun

xo
andee


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Monday, September 10, 2012

camping love




we are goin' camping again
packing and prep has begun.
i've even made bodie a special collar.
{so he doesn't get the cute new one dirty}

sweet happy wilderness adventures!
xo
andee



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