Blogger Men Tell All – April Edition

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Yay!!  My favorite blog link-up is here again!  :D  A monthly post from my man…

Becoming Adorrable

1. What is the last song you listened to?
The Pilot: Church.
Me: That’s not a song.
The Pilot: What was it?  10,000 Reasons?

2. What would you sing at a karaoke night?
The Pilot: (thinks long and hard)  Something from Celtic Thunder.

3. Would you describe yourself as an introvert or an extrovert?
The Pilot: Extrovert.

4. What is one thing you will never do again?
The Pilot: Marry you.
(I’m shocked)
The Pilot: We’re already married, I can’t do it again!
(We both crack up laughing)

5. How do you think [your blogger] has benefited from blogging?
The Pilot: It’s helped you pen your thoughts and opened up your communication.

:D :D :D

He’s so cute!!



You Know You’re a Mom When…


Being a Mom is awesome.  It really is.  But sometimes there are the more unique aspects of motherhood that only a Mom can understand.  I asked a bunch of my Mom friends for help in making this list.  Sometimes you just gotta laugh at what motherhood hands you!  :D  So I present you with…

you know you're a mom when

You Know You’re a Mom When….

1. You rock back and forth even when you are not holding a baby.

2. You don’t care if you have another person’s poop on you.

3. You don’t remember what it was like to shower daily.

4. Hot food, alone time, and shopping are all distant memories.

5. You know exactly how many months it has been since you had a full night’s sleep.

6. When you find yourself constantly saying to not eat objects that are not edible.

7. When fixing your hair is an accomplishment.

8. When you get dressed up, makeup and all, just for a trip to the grocery store when Daddy has the baby.

9. When you will drive around for hours because you are  desperately trying to get a cranky baby to fall asleep.

10. When you sit in the driveway with the car running because the baby just fell asleep and you don’t want to wake them up.

11. You enter any store and head straight to the baby/children’s section.

12. You feel naked if you leave the house without Cheerios and a sippy cup.

13. You think that ringing the doorbell during bedtime/nap time is unforgivable.

14. You know the songs/tunes to annoying baby toys.

15. When you smell something funny and you automatically smell the butt.

16. You find pacifiers, bottles, and/or onesies in your purse.

17. You realize you can count on one hand the times you have actually carried a purse instead of a diaper bag.

18. There is Sharpie on your walls.

19. You have to hide your sacred chocolate.

20. You wash little bed sheets every day.

21. You go through 4-6 gallons of milk a week.

22. Private bathroom time is a thing of the past.

23. Every piece of fruit in the fruit basket has little bites in it.

24. You’ve gotten used to ice cream soup since it always melts while you’re taking care of the kids.

25. You get excited about 4 straight hours of sleep (and your non-Mom friends look at you with wondering pity).

26. You can change a diaper in 4 seconds flat.

27. You no longer wear jewelry but spit up is your new accessory.

28. You say “potty” instead of “restroom” or “ladies room” like most adults.

29. Your one year old’s improved bowel movement not only makes the dinner conversation but is also the highlight of the day.

30. When you can no longer fathom staying up into the wee hours of the morning….on purpose.

31. When you haven’t shaved your legs in so long, your child uses the stubble as a sensory game.

What would you add to this list? :)




My Latest Obsession


You guys.

Paparazzi Jewelry.

I am obsessed.

I was invited to a Facebook party with Paparazzi Jewelry and I was kind of confused and wasn’t really interested.  Then my friend signed up as a consultant and I attended one of her parties.  I was HOOKED.

All jewelry is $5.  Or less.  And the majority of the necklaces come with a matching pair of earrings.  Still for $5.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces…

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Fun bracelet!

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These cute studs are technically for kids…
but hey!  I liked them!  And they were only $1!!

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These are earrings…but I couldn’t get my camera to cooperate
with me wearing them.  haha

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Favorite earrings from Paparazzi!

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My latest Paparazzi necklace that I love!

Paparazzi jewelry

Check out my friend’s Paparazzi site.  Like her Facebook page here to find out about her upcoming parties.  They are FUN, fast paced, and intense!


From Around Blog Land

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The Seven Year Sifter: Keeping Friendships Purposeful Past Their “Prime” – I have read this post a couple times and I know I will read it again.  Friendships and people are intensely important to me and things like growing up and living in three different states so far makes this post so difficult yet so relevant and helpful!

Why Don’t the Guys in my Church Ask Women on Dates? – Important things to think about.

Are we Parenting Imaginary Children? – “When I began to parent my real children, I let go of unrealistic expectations.”

To Moms of One or Two Children from a Mother of Five – I love this!!  So helpful and practical regardless of how many children you have.  I also love it because it seems like in some circles there is definitely the comparison that if you only have one child you have it easy or it isn’t as hard.

Fatigue is not a Sin – “We need Him when we’re supermoms; we need Him when we’re tired.”

10 Ways I Will be Dealing with this Negative Pregnancy Test – So, so good.

Three Immodestly Dressed Women Walk into Church – Yes, I know, yet another modesty post. ;)  But this one is good!

To the Woman Who is TTC


Dear Mom who is trying to conceive (TTC),

First of all, I want to give you a big hug.  I wish that I could sit down with you right now and just talk.  Or not talk.  Cry.  Pray.  Whatever it is that you need.  I wish I could be there right now.

TTC is not fun.


There is nothing like the tears that fall as you look at another negative pregnancy test or crying in your husband’s arms as you tell him the news.

There is nothing like seeing the news of a friend’s pregnancy on Facebook the same day you knew you were not pregnant.

There is nothing like well-meaning people whose words are like barbs as they say, “You’re still young.” “Don’t worry about it.”  “You can always adopt.”  “So when are you starting a family?” or “When is #2 coming?”

There is nothing that is quite so devastating as TTC.  It can overwhelm you and cut to the very core of your mind and heart.  The lies and fears seep in.  “What if something is wrong with me?”  “I am a failure as a woman.”  “I am a failure as a wife.”

And yet there is nothing that can test and grow you quite like TTC.

I have spent so much time tracking my cycle, studying the calendar, taking supplements, and above all trying not to stress.  And the more I try not to stress, the easier it is to stress.  I think that is the hardest piece of advice.  While there are countless stories of women who have conceived once they let go of the stress of TRYING to conceive… in the world do you let go of such a huge, weighty, God-given desire?

While the pain is real….God’s presence is also real.  Take heart, friend.  Rest in the knowledge that He is right by your side as you look down at the negative pregnancy test.  His arms are wrapped around you and your husband as you cling to each other.  Your tears are not unnoticed.

We may never know why it happens.  Why we have trouble conceiving while others can get pregnant without hardly trying or as the result of a one night stand.  But we can know that we are not alone.  We can take comfort in the fact that it is He who opens and closes the womb, regardless of how much we try or how many supplements we are taking.  Somehow, someway, this is His plan.

It is easy to feel like we are all alone in this.  That there is no one to talk to who could understand.  Every story is indeed unique, but know that you are not alone.  The details might be different, but there are other ladies, probably that you know in real life and definitely in online communities or groups, that you can talk with.  Having support from someone who understands is so helpful.  It is hard to open up and there might be seasons in which you need to pull back and that’s ok.  But resist the temptation to isolate yourself completely.

I am praying for you, my friend.  You, the regular reader who is trying to become pregnant.  You, the stranger who stumbled across my blog.  Whoever you are, and however you found this post, know that I am praying and that I would hug you if I could.  Feel free to email me at lifewithyou1222 (at) gmail (dot) com.


P.S. This is a great post called 10 Ways I Will be Dealing with this Negative Pregnancy Test.

January – March Reading

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Not much reading again, but at least I got a few books in. :)



The Patmos Deception by Davis Bunn (review posted here)


Boundaries in Marriage by Henry Cloud and John Townsend

The Passion Principles by Shannon Ethridge


Currently Reading…

Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery

I Tried Until I Almost Died by Sandra McCollom

So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore

30 Day Shred DONE!


For years I have tried to work out……and I always stopped.

In college, I had trouble working out consistently what with all the papers and assignments due.  Sometimes I was lazy.  When I was pregnant/nauseous/recently post partum it was rough.

But finally….I was able to find my groove.  And I have now finally completed Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred.

Workout and exercise

The answer?  For me it was a mental choice.  I had to reach the place where I absolutely would not allow myself to quit.  I knew I couldn’t say, “I’ll try the first ten days and see how it goes from there.”  or “I’ll give it a shot.”  Nope.  “I AM going to do the 30 Day Shred!”  “I will not stop.”  “I will finish this!”

My motivation came and went.  Some days I had to force myself to press play and do the workout.  Some days I didn’t push myself as much as I could have and I “phoned it in” (to use Jillian’s phrase).

But I did it.  And being able to say “I finished” makes it worth it!  Seeing some more definition in my arms, feeling the new muscle in my legs, having some of my baby pooch disappear makes it worth it, and the energy boost after every workout makes it worth it.

One little tip…..on most days I would turn on a TV show during the workout.  This kept me from focusing on the “I’m going to die” thoughts.  ;)  Usually it was Gilmore Girls, so it was something that I didn’t need to pay a ton of attention too, but it was a bit of a distraction during the workout.

I am super excited to check this off my 101 in 1001 list and I am even more excited about getting in better shape and taking care of my body!