My Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, my love.

I’m obsessed with you.

xoxo,
HP

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Left Out

Feeling left out is the worst. I think it starts out young. Being left out on the playground in elementary school, someone not including you in their group in middle school, not being invited to party in high school. Even as an adult I get hurt when someone leaves me out of their plans that I feel like I should be included on.

This whole infertility things brings about a whole new mess of feeling left out. I know that I am all in my head (and I’m really working on that) but when you are one of the only ones who hasn’t been invited join in on the baby parade, it starts to get really really lonely. I get it, you want to spend time with the people who are in the same life stages as you. But I have to tell you, I am starting to feel REALLY left out. I want to be able to have conversations with my friends about the stages that our kids are in, compare stories, be able to have something in common again.

I am so lucky that I have been able to meet people that are going through the same infertility struggles as me, but if I’m being honest I will be so glad to move on. I don’t want to be left out anymore. I want to be a little bit normal. I want to blend in with the crowd. I don’t want to have any more awkward conversations about not having children.

But until then, we just keep moving forward.

The Lord hears those who cry out, and he delivers them from all of their distress. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted, and he delivers those whose spirit has been crushed. Psalm 34:17-18

xoxo
HP

 

Hope in the Future

Is anyone else utterly exhausted from all of the political messiness going on right now? I have never in my 32 years seen this much division. It’s really tough to see.

Maybe I have lived a sheltered life, maybe I am a bit naive, but I truly do not feel like I have less rights just because I am a woman. I was raised knowing I could be anything I wanted to be, that I could do anything I wanted to do, and I could go where I wanted to go. I was also taught that those things would not be given to me on a silver platter, you have to work for what you want.

I feel sad for the people who feel like we have no hope in our country. The people who feel like because the person they wanted in office didn’t win, all of their rights are stripped away.

We live in an amazing place at an amazing time. Our voices can be heard. Men aren’t out to get you and the president is not your enemy. You don’t have to feel hopeless, God’s got this, ya’ll!!

Ok, I think I’m done. Here is a picture of a baby goat to make you feel better. Enjoy.

xoxo
HP

 

 

New Year, Same Me

I’m going to admit it, I am a big old grump about this New Year. I have never really been into making resolutions, but I am REALLY not into it this year. They never work for me. I don’t like giving things up and I don’t like making a goal to change something because I always end up failing.

Do I want to be healthier? Of course! Would I like to drop a few pounds? Who doesn’t! Would I like to spend more time on things that are important instead of worry about little things? Sign me up!

But making a whole list of things to give up or completely change my life? No thank you. So instead of resolutions, I am making some SUGGESTIONS for myself in this new year.

-hit the gym regularly. We were doing really well at the end of last year, so staying on that plan will be easy.

-eat a few less calories in a day. We love to cook, and we cook a ton. So I am suggesting maybe adding a few more vegetables to what we already cook.

-less guilt about things. If I want to eat a chicken fried steak, I will. No guilt. If I want to have a glass on wine on a Monday after work, no guilt. My suggestion to myself to go to the gym more will help with the guilt!

-pay off more debt. That is our biggest goal this year. We did so good last year, I think we can really make a difference this year.

So there you go, my suggestions for 2017. I pray that this year is the year of more growth, more love, and more adventure. (also more blogging…my last suggestion)

Cheers, 2017!!!

xoxo
HP

Farewell, 2016…

As I sit and reflect on the past year, I can’t help but feel grateful. We are so blessed to get to enjoy so many things. Travel, family, friends. Usually this time of year brings a yearning for more. More than what we did in the past year. More adventure. More travel. More love. More…something.

We aren’t sure what is in store for us in the next year, but I have a feeling it’s going to be amazing. With big, giant, stretched out, open arms we welcome 2017.

With that said, here is just a snippet of what we did last year.

We always start the year out with a fun, fancy pants event for CPs company

We spent an amazing weekend in the mountains skiing, and eating, and relaxing.

one of our many winter weekend getaways to our happy place

I went back to my hometown for Easter…2 hours away. There was a huge surprise blizzard that weekend. When we drove home it was gorgeous enough to get out to the driving range. Love my golf lovin hubs.

Easter lunch with my favorite little bunny.

We took a super duper fun Texas road trip to Fredericksburg/Austin. We drank our way through Texas wine country and fell in love with it. Below is our stop in Luckenbach.

drinking some German beers in Fredericksburg.

pit stop at some wineries

got a little wild in Austin….and got some tattos

spent an awesome dallas weekend with friends at the Dave Matthews concert.

made some amazing new friends…and celebrated them getting married.

took a 10 day vacation and soaked up every second of it

played quite a bit of golf…and improved (kind of)

enjoyed so much family time

turned 32….(yikes)

threw an awesome 30th birthday party for my main man

celebrated Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg! Prost!

Enjoyed lots (and lots) of Texas Tech football.

Took a holiday trip to sunny Florida. I can’t recommend Clearwater enough

Wrapped up the year enjoying the Christmas season with everyone I love.

 

If you made it to the end of this….way to go! I know it was a long one. Honestly I could have added so much more. I love having this little space as a personal journal. I place I can go back and remember all of the amazing things we’ve done, and how far we have come.

I hope that the new year brings so much more. I’m ready to step out of my comfort zone.

Bring. It. On. 2017.

I hope you all have an AMAZING new year.

xoxo
HP

 

 

The Most Wonderful Time

I LOVE CHRISTMASTIME. I LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME. I LOVE CHRISTMASTIME.

The lights. The glitter. The snowmen. The trees. The smells. The weather. I love everything about it. I tried not to rush through Thanksgiving this year. I tried to wait, but I didn’t. I was just too excited about it this year. I got my trees up, my mantle put together, all of my fun decorations put out! My shopping almost done! There is something about this time of year that brings me so much joy!

We had a great Thanksgiving full of food (LOTS OF FOOD), family and football. We are blessed to live close to both of our families so  we were able to spend quite a bit of time with both.

Also, our Red Raiders beat those Baylor Bears and put the cherry right on top!

With all of that said, this time of year brings out other emotions. We are coming to the end of another year. Another year older. Another year of dreams not coming to life. Another year of waiting. It’s bittersweet. I know that there are so many of you that feel the same way. Wanting to be so happy, so joyful. But there’s still a tiny space inside that is longing to be filled.

My prayer at the beginning of this season for all of us is Peace. True peace that comes from the one who promises us the desires of our hearts. True peace that passes all understanding and a hope that gets us through each day. There is no time to be sad during the holidays, we have Christmas movies to watch, people!!!

I hope everyone has a great week!!

xoxo
HP

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 34:4

 

 

Savor

Do you ever feel like you are just in a funk? The kind of funk where you can’t put  your finger on it, but you just feel….meh? You’re not necessarily depressed, but also not really on top of the world?

I’m somewhere in middle right now. I can’t quite figure out why. Is it because it’s SUPPOSED TO BE FALL, and we are still hovering around the upper 80s? Is it because I am in a little bit of a burn out season at work? Is it because we’ve made some changes and some friendships are no longer a part of our life?

Could be a combination of all of those!! God has been calling us to be still for quite some time now. We are in a season of being on the shelf. We know that we are growing, we know that we are changing, we know without a doubt that He has amazing things for us.

But guys, I’m ready for a little movement. A teeny little spark to show me that something is happening with work, or growing our family, or anything at all! I changed my hair color last week hoping that would help a little…it didn’t.

Just when I start to feel sorry for myself, God jumps in with his sweet reminders. I received my TCC mug exchange gift in the mail over the weekend. My sweet new friend sent along a book called “Savor” by Shauna Niequist. I started reading it immediately and realized that each day that I have is a gift in itself. A chance to find something good in each situation. A chance to Savor each moment. Guys, life is good. My husband is good. My family is good. My world is GOOD.

So today friends, let’s savor. (it’s Friday so that should be a celebration in itself)

Have a great weekend, pretties!!

xoxo
HP