Thursday, September 29, 2011

Group B Strep

This afternoon I received the greatest news and I actually had goose bumps, when I got a text message from my Doctor stating that my Group B Strep Test came back negative. PRAISE God!!
I have been very anxious about this test for a while because I tested positive for this with Landry, and at the beginning when the Nurses and Doctors were trying to find out what was wrong with Landry the Group B Strep became a possible factor. I know that it was not the factor but I still worried about that and had concerns about it. I did not have this with Tyler so it was all new territory for me when I found out I had it with Landry, and I'm beyond relieved that I do not have it with Georgia Kate.
I am once again thankful today for our amazing Doctor who sent me a text message about the test results, so I did not have to wait another week to find out. He truly has been a blessing and really reassured me through out this whole journey that everything is going to be ok, and I do believe that.

He says, "Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Pinterest

I did a little walking on the dark side today and checked out Pinterest for the first time. I have been told that once I start I will not be able to stop.....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Restoring Hope

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my Mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 140:12

October is right around the corner and no longer is it my Birthday month it is now known as Georgia Kate's month! I had my first weekly appointment, and hopefully our last sonogram this afternoon. I am measuring right on target and will be 36 weeks tomorrow! Georgia Kate looks perfect! Her little heartbeat was 132 bpm and she is still head down, and she is measuring right on track and she is also growing. Today GK weighed 6 pounds 5 ounces! I was shocked.... she might out weigh her big brothers! :)
Our Doctor has still been amazing during this journey and as always so reassuring. I am so thankful for him and that he knows our story. His nurse came in to help him during my Group B Strep test, and she asked him if this was my first baby, and he said no 3rd baby. Music to my ears! I had the Group B Strep infection with Landry, and I am praying that I do not have it this time around.
At this moment I feel beyond thankful for this beautiful creature that I will get to call my daughter. I am praising God for his many blessings in our life and most importantly for the Hope that he has been restoring in my life over the past 36 weeks.

Monday, September 26, 2011


It is very hard to believe that it has been 14 months since we said our goodbyes to our beautiful boy, Landry James. I am really missing him today..... I guess it does not matter how many years, months, or days go by, because some days still just really hurt.
After I dropped Ty off at school this Morning I made my way to the gym for some much needed exercise, and Body Pump always seems to do the trick. I can honestly say that this is the first pregnancy that I have worked out fairly consistently, and it has really made a difference in the way I feel. More and more women have begun approaching me and asking me when I am due, or like today two women asked me if this is my first pregnancy, and I simply said no it is my third. They were both stunned by that response. For me it made me feel good because I was able to include Landry, and I knew there would be no more questions asked. I constantly hear how wonderful I look and I am very appreciative of all the comments but all I want is for Landry to be included when I talk or get asked about my pregnancies.
I think the closer we get to meeting our 3rd blessing the more I long for Landry to be here to meet his little sister. I love you, Landry James. Thank you for allowing me to carry you for 38 weeks. those were some of the greatest weeks of my life.

For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Soccer Saturday

Me and my favorite Soccer Player! I am defiantly his biggest fan. Tyler with his favorite Coach and two of his other biggest fans, Ghee and Poppy.

Tyler had his 2ND Soccer Game yesterday and you could already see improvement in our team. It must be the great Coach our team has. :)

Tyler scored his first goal of the of the Season yesterday, and started clapping after it went in the goal. I will always love watching Tyler's face light up. We love our new Saturday routine and have the best time watching Tyler out on the field.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Go Team

You never really know what will catch Ty's interest during a Westphalia Football game. As you can tell from the pictures Ty felt like being a Cheerleader, or a Yell Leader in his case at the game on Thursday! As usual, Ryan's students were so wonderful with him and they even let him be at the top of a pyramid.
Of course the whole time I am thinking.... I hope your Daddy does not see you doing this. :) Thursday night was a great night to be a Cheerleader, because Westphalia WON!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

God's Promise

Last night we were in Westphalia cheering on the Blue Jays Football Team! I received a couple of texts during the game from friends stating that they were spotting a rainbow in Temple. One friend sent me a picture that was absolutely breathtaking. I felt so thankful for these beautiful texts letting us know they were thinking of us, and especially of our precious Landry.
I kept looking up in the sky hoping that we would see one from from Westphalia, but I was not having any luck. After the game ended I was over by the sidelines watching Tyler run up to Ryan, and just as the the two of them were making their way back to where I was standing that is when I spotted "our" Rainbow..... shining bright over the football field. AMAZING!
Tears immediately filled my eyes as I was reminded of God's promise and faithfulness in our life. I was also reminded at that very moment that Landry was and will always be close to our hearts. I am still in awe of that amazing and breathtaking moment.

"And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Philippians 4:7

Moms Everyday

Yesterday I had the honor of talking about one of my favorite subjects, Landry! I was contacted about a month ago from the Anchor of Moms Everyday, a show that airs on one of our local News Stations in our area. I will say I was completely blown away by the invitation and Emily did such a beautiful job with our story.
If you want to watch the two segments then click on the link below and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a video reel, and there are two tabs that will say Landry's story next to the video reel.
I felt very honored and humbled to share our Journey with other viewers. Landry is and will always be apart of our family and I will forever be honored to share our littlest with others.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


With the changing of Seasons it was time to make a special change at Landry's Grave Site. Therefore, yesterday Morning I went and added Fall Flowers to Landry's site. Michael's had all floral for 50% off, so I thought this would be the perfect time to add something special for our Littlest. I was very pleased with how beautiful it looks next to his headstone, and Ghee went and added a beautiful pumpkin that she found for Landry at Hobby Lobby this Morning...... perfection.
I am so thankful for this beautiful boy, and daily I am reminded how blessed I am to be Landry's Mom.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

Monday, September 19, 2011


With this pregnancy I have had several issues to work through and one of them is being and feeling prepared for this 3 blessing! I was not prepared for Landry, and that still bothers and haunts me to this day.
Landry was two weeks early, and that was my first shock. Tyler was right on time, so I thought Landry would follow his big brother..... nope. I did not have a bag, clothes, or anything ready for the hospital. There were clothes in his draw, but I don't think they were all washed. Like I said, I thought I would have more time. The next shock came when we found out that Landry had a limited amount of time with us, so of course at that moment I was not thinking about clothes or a blanket for him. The sweet NICU Nurses kept asking about clothes, but I could think straight or think about sending someone to go get Landry some of his clothes. Thankfully, someone went to get Landry's personalized blanket, and we borrowed a outfit from the hospital to put on Landry. To this day I hate that Landry did not have his own clothes, and it brings me to tears that I was not prepared, but then I know deep down that ultimately there was no way to prepare for Landry and our journey with him. Clothes at that moment did not seem to matter.
However, this time around I am determined to be organized and have a bag ready for Georgia Kate.... my heart needs that feeling. Therefore, I am so thankful for the weekend I had. Ryan took Ty to DFW on Saturday to watch ACU play at Cowboys Stadium and then they stayed the evening with his family. Ryan told me that I did not have to go, so I took that as my time to nest and did I ever! I washed 3 loads of Gk's clothes, and her bag is semi ready. I cleaned out numerous drawers and closets in our house, and tackled some major cleaning in our house. I even in listed my Mom's help and she got busy painting three items for GK's Nursery. I offered to help but my Mom would not let me get close to the priming or paint.... she made me wear a mask around our house! :) We love our protective, Ghee. There is still lots to do, but I am feeling a little more prepared and for that I am so thankful. Thank you so much Ryan for giving me and my heart some much needed time to tackle my biggest fear..... preparedness. I love you so much!
The days are going by fast and that just means we are getting closer to seeing Gods beauty in our third child. Beauty from Ashes..........

Sunday, September 18, 2011


Soccer Season officially kicked off yesterday Morning! We were all so excited about Ty's first game and Ty had a blast, so that is all that matters.
Our biggest chose number 8 as his Jersey number so we will be spending every Saturday through November cheering on our favorite Soccer Player!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Junior League Day

Tuesday marked the 20 year Anniversary of the Second Hand Rose in it's current location. That is a huge accomplishment for a Resale shop, so we thought we needed to do something something special to celebrate. Our store got a much needed makeover and even a new sign for the front of the building.
Since our store was looking good we thought we should show it off to the Community. We invited the Mayor and the Temple Chamber of Commerce to take part in our special day. We received tons of publicity and were honored with special presentations and plaques. Of course our amazing League Members came to help us celebrate, so our store was filled with numerous faces that have helped us so much along the way.
Today was truly a day that our League will never forget and I am so blessed that I was able to be apart of it all..... even the dirty work. The Chamber and the Mayor presented Pam, our President with some honorary Proclamations.

Our very own ribbon cutting Ceremony.

Me with Pam. Pam is doing such a amazing job this year! I will have some very big shoes to fill next year.

Pam and I will Mayor, Bill Jones. Me, Stacie, Jill, Pam, and Rebecca. Current President with 3 past President's. I am truly honored to be among these extraordinary women. Tuesday night also marked our first General Membership Meeting, so Tuesday was all about the Junior League! I think most days should be like that! We have a great year in line and I am ready to put on my Volunteer hat and get busy.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A New Favorite

As I mentioned last night, Ty has a new love..... tennis! This new obsession started a couple weeks ago when Tyler noticed two Tennis Rackets in one of our closets. On and off for a couple of days Tyler and Ryan when swing and hit the ball back and fourth for a while in our backyard.
It had been a while since Tyler had mentioned wanting to play, but Ryan brought it up to Ty last Saturday since I would be gone for a few hours and Tyler was all over that idea. Ryan decided to take Tyler to some Tennis Courts that our very close to where we live. Well, ever since Saturday Ty has been addicted and he wants to play Tennis on the Tennis Courts all the time.
Our week has been a little nuts, but we finally had a family night last night for the first time in a long time. Ryan got home last night at 5:30 pm which is a miracle and we actually enjoyed dinner at the table together.... that is also a miracle due to our hectic schedules the past couple of weeks. After dinner we decided to do a family outing to the tennis courts. I must say Ty has a really good arm and swing. :)
It brings me such joy to see Ty smile from head to toe when doing something that he loves; like tennis, football, baseball, soccer.... I am sure I am forgetting a sport but it is hard to keep up.

After a round of tennis these two thought it would be fun to hide from me. I love these two Boy's!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wordless Wednesday- Tennis

Seriously, what sport does this boy not play! We have a new favorite that I will share with you all later, but the past two days have worn me out and I just need a evening to sit and do nothing.

Second Hand Rose Day

September 13th has officially become "Second Hand Resale Shop Day." Yesterday was truly a big day for our league, and I feel so blessed and thankful to be apart of such a amazing League and Community. (More to come soon)

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Little Helper

Tomorrow is a big day for the the Junior League's store! Daddy had to work late tonight so I in listed help from my favorite little helper, Tyler. Ty did really well, and he even helped vacuum! Now maybe I can get him to vacuum our house.
Thankfully, Pam's family came up later in the evening so Ty had some company. Once Ty had Jack and Noah they chased each other all the store, played hide in go seek, and wrestled. :) They had a full evening, and Ty was worn out by the time we left to come home and get ready for bed.
So thankful for Ty and his helping hands tonight..... I might even start calling him our littlest Volunteer. :)

Ty with Jack and Noah! These 3 boys had a great time and we were so thankful for their helping hands tonight.