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Archive for June, 2009

conversations at dinner

… with my family are always delightfully chaotic. Everyone talks at the same time and each person is trying to out-funny the person before. Meanwhile, my mom tries to communicate important family information to us (but she laughs because we got our conversational skillz from her in the first place).

In other news, dear sister Caitlin went to St. Louis for the Zoofari and DID NOT return with cupcakes. I repeat – she did not bring back cupcakes. What is the frickin’ world coming to? Not that I needed cupcakes. I mean, I just went for a run/walk today (mostly walk). Must. Lose. Weight.

But the cupcakes would have been delish.

Mmmm.

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what a week!

wheeew! The week is behind me!! Nothing but sunshine and lazy days ahead… well, not really. I have a semi-busy weekend. Frank is working, so I will be doing my own thing.

hmmm… What trouble can I get to on my own?

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puppies smell like cookies

My dear friend Erin makes me smile, even when she doesn’t know she does.

Frank and I took a trip with Erin and John to the town of Nashville. You know, basically my heaven – full of cowboys and country music – ahhh! Love. It.

While we were there, we bummed around the mall a little bit. And the mall had a puppy store where you could go in and test drive some puppies. Erin eagerly dragged us over to the puppy store, promising Frank that puppies smell like cookies.

For those of you who know Frank well know that Frank loves when things smell good. He loves, loves, loves candles and diffusers and incense. Smell is a critical part of his life experience. To find out that puppies smell like cookies probably cause Frank to pause and consider adopting a puppy. If they smell like cookies, what bad thing can come from them??

The first clue should have been that the store smelled NOTHING like cookies. Not even close.

But Frank, trusting Erin who seemed so genuine and sincere in her promise of cookied puppies, looked past the initial smell. He went up to the window and picked out a cute little pug puppy and we were walked into a test drive room to see if we liked the pug.

We sat down on the bench, pug in hand and Frank took a big, hearty whiff of the puppy’s head, expecting Nestle Tollhouse cookies and getting… well, puppy. He looked at me and his face was full of disappointment.

“This puppy does NOT smell like any cookies I’ve ever eaten!” he said, incredulous.

And that, folks, is why we are probably never getting a puppy. Or any more cookies.

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Hope

Considering how I have felt in the past day, I feel that the below verses really are speaking to me. While I am not feeling particularly hopeful that the outcome of what we are going through will be what I want, I know in my heart that the outcome of what we are going through will be what God wants for us. Paul says,

3Not only so, but wec]”>[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. ” Romans 5:3-5

The good news, at the end of all of this I will have more character and hope, right?? Kind of like an old house and everyone loves the charm of old houses. (Except if you have to live in them, they are kind of high maintenance – right Frank?)

“Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.”- Psalm 68:4-5

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Shrinkage

We had another follicle study today to see if I was ready for the HCG shot. Ah, yes, good times.

My follicles actually shrunk.

I wasn’t expecting that. I thought I’d go in and have some huge follicles. Nope. They shrunk from where they were last Friday.

What does this mean? Well, it means that I didn’t get the HCG shot to release the eggs. And that means we’ll have to start from a fresh slate next month with 100 mg of Clomid (instead of 50mg that we did this month). Helllllo crazytown!

As always, this is all in God’s timing. It’s just taking a lot of personal emotional discipline to keep myself focused on Him and His goodness.

Alright. Back to work.

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