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

 

 

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Be the Light

 

Do you ever feel like you’re just over it? Like you just want to be done with all of it? Like you just don’t understand why you have to go through all of this?

Confession, that’s how I feel.

I. don’t. want. to. freaking. do. this. anymore.

I have been patient. I have searched. I have waited. I have told my story. I have been strong. I have been weak. I have been honest. I have been joyful. I have been sad. I have been at peace. I have been anxious.

I just want to be me again.

The past two days I have been questioning so much. What am I doing wrong? Why us? What did they do right?

You know what else happened the past two days? I have received the same answer on two different occasions. And this is what it is:

“You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill that can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on a lamp stand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16

I am here for a reason. I am in this season for a reason. I have to shine His light.

I have one of my favorite verses printed out and taped to my monitor in front of me, just in case I need a reminder that He is working.

“Now to Him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine, by His power that is at work within us. To Him be the glory in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21.

He’s working. He’s got this.

Amen.

I hope you guys have a great Monday!!!!

xoxo
HP

 

GRACE

Hello, everyone!! Welcome to Tuesday! If you had yesterday off, happy  4 day work week. For those of us who had to work…we made it past Monday! Way to go!!

I just wanted to share a word today that has been on my heart lately. GRACE. I feel like sometimes I am lacking in this area. I feel like I am always praying to have more grace for people in my life, especially being on this infertility journey. Some people just don’t get it, can I get an amen.

I have to preface this post with telling you guys how extremely blessed I am to have the support system that I have in my family. My husband, my parents, my brother and sister in law. They are so amazing with me and do everything in their power to try and understand my emotions. And for that, I am grateful.

The grace I am trying to muster up is for other people who don’t quite get it. I can’t blame them, they just don’t know how I am feeling. I look around and it seems that everyone just keeps getting what I long for with no problems. I know in my heart that people struggle with different things. No one has a perfect life. But on days where I feel like I can’t find the strength to put one foot in front of the other…I forget logic.

We have all read posts and read funny jokes about what people say to someone battling infertility. Don’t you just wish you could pass our flyers to people educating them on “what not to say”? Mine would sound something like this:

What not to say to someone unsuccessfully trying to have a baby:

  1. Are you doing it right? guys seriously, someone asked me this before. I had no words.
  2. I can just look at *enter name here* and get pregnant. Really? good story. Please do tell me more about that. I enjoy hearing how easy it is for you.
  3. I know someone who tried for 10 years, and then bam, they got pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, hearing success stories does help sometimes. But when I’m on year 2, and you tell me about someone that tried for 10 years, that does not make me feel better. It actually gives me more anxiety…so…thanks for that.
  4. You want to take one of mine home, they are driving me crazy. No. I don’t. Thanks for asking.
  5. Maybe you should relax, go on vacation, stop thinking about it. Oh wow, I didn’t think of that. Maybe I would have saved so much time and money if I had done that in the first place.

There are plenty more, but you get the gist. I KNOW in my heart of hearts that people are just trying to help. This is where grace comes in. I just nod my head and smile and say my rehearsed statement, “I know it will happen, it’s just not our time yet. Everything happens for a reason.”

I don’t think that infertility is talked about enough. No one has a clue that it’s such a big deal. Why is it such a secret? Why do we tip toe around it? I know for me I just don’t want to make people uncomfortable by talking about it. The strange part is people have no problem coming up to me and asking me when we are going to start having babies. Why is it OK for them to ask me such a personal question and not OK for me to tell them we are having trouble?

GRACE. I will just keep repeating that to myself whenever I feel like spewing at them. When I feel like people are just a little too insensitive. GRACE. 

Amen.

Whew, this one was a long one. Thanks for sticking with me today! I have a feeling I am not the only one who struggles with this!! I will say a prayer for grace for all of you too 🙂

Have a great one, pretties!!

xoxo
HP

 

 

Thankful

Hi Guys!!! I cannot believe it is already Thanksgiving week. November flew by! 

I can’t help but reflect on the year and realize how thankful and blessed we really are. If you follow this blog very closely, you know I love a good list. So, here is my Thankful list!!!

  1. So very thankful for my main man. CP, you are the chips to my salsa, the lime to my beer. The cheese to my pizza. Seriously, though. Crazy thankful for you!

2. My family. Life is just better with them.

3. My friends, who keep me grounded and sane, and filled with wine when they know I need it. So blessed by the old, and new friendships that God has placed in my life. (not going to add pics of them without there approval…just imagine how beautiful they all are)

4. The best nephew in the whole world. For real.

5. My gal, Piper. We seriously lucked out with this one. She loves her naps, her snacks and cuddles. #shegetitfromhermomma

6. Thankful for my Lord and Savior, who forgives me daily and never fails. For His grace, and mercy and continued blessings in my life. For giving me peace that passes understanding. For giving me all of these things that I am thankful for.

7. and I am thankful that I have this little space that I can come to when I need to vent, cry, laugh or be completely random and silly. I am thankful for each of you that visit me regularly. I pray for you guys daily and I hope that you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving! See you guys next week!!

xoxo
HP

Peace that Passes Understanding

Hello my lovelies!!! I hope everyone had an amazing week!

After my last post about my week from “you know where”, I have to report that things did not get better. I ended up getting sick on Thursday and Friday. Awesome. The good news is I got a few days off of work and binged on some Parenthood. Gotta look at the positives people.

I did, however, make it home for an incredible weekend with my family.  It was Halloween weekend, and my nephew was the most adorable UPS delivery man you have ever seen. Don’t believe me? see for yourself.

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Model status for sure. I will not apologize for being an obsessed aunt.

Moving on…

This morning I read a post from he is greater thanShe literally took the thoughts right out of my head. The past 2 months I have felt an overwhelming sense of peace about where we are in our journey. Not to say I haven’t had some down days, but all in all I am in such a good place. I know that it is not from anything that I have done, it’s all from God. He has blessed me with a peace that passes all understanding, because I absolutely do not understand the reasons for this infertility journey we are on.

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I pray peace over all of you today! No matter what you are going through or where you are in life, I am praying for you!

I hope you have have an amazing weekend!!! Happy November!!

xoxo
HP

Marriage Getaway Weekend

Hi guys!!!!

We made it back from our Marriage Getaway with a serious case of the blues. We have such an incredible time each year, but coming back to the real world it the pits. I just have to keep telling myself that if we lived there all the time we would not appreciate it as much. (even though I don’t think that is true)

Anywho, I’ll give you a quick recap of our weekend and show you some pics to make you super jealous of how gorgeous this place it.

We left Thursday morning with two other couples and headed to Colorado Springs. We started a tradition two years ago of stopping at the Broadmoor for lunch and a little exploring. Spending a few days there to relax and play golf is definitely on our bucket list. (Well, the golf part is on CP’s bucket list)

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After lunch, we headed to the castle. It’s called Glen Eyrie, and it’s located in the Garden of the Gods. Right when you pull in you feel drastically lighter. The air, the beauty, it’s like none other. We spent the next 3 days resting, reconnecting, hiking, playing games and learning more about how to have a healthy, lasting, fulfilling marriage, the kind of marriage that God wants us to have. With our past year of heartache, we really needed this weekend away together. It really put things into perspective. God used this weekend as a time of rest and healing.

If you ever get the chance to get away, I would highly suggest taking advantage of this place. They offer marriage getaways through out the year. Getting away for your marriage is one of the best things you can do. We were able to connect with each other, as well as other couples who want to grow their marriage as much as we do! It’s an incredible feeling.

I could go on and on about it, but I will just show you a few pics from our weekend. I hope you all have a great Tuesday!!!

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                       We have arrived!!!
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               The view pulling up to the Castle
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                    Sun’s up Gun’s up!!!!
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                         Hike Day!!!
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                  Love this view of the rocks!
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                                          My boo 😉

If you guys want more information about this place or the marriage getaways, don’t hesitate to email me about it! I am happy to share all that I know!!

Peace Out!
HP

Monday Rambling

Happy Monday, Pretties. I haven’t shown up around these parts in about a week or so…so I figured a random list of what’s been happenin’ would be ok!

  • School started today. I haven’t had a first day of school in 8 years. wowzas…I feel old. I have to admit, I LOVE seeing all of my friends little babes in their new school clothes ready to start the year. My nephew also started his first day of “school” today. I wouldn’t be a very good aunt if I didn’t show how freaking adorable he is in his outfit. He’s such a stud.

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  • We went to the lake this weekend for some much needed rest and relaxation! I swear I will never get tired of going there. Also, like good little Texas road trippers, we stopped to take a photo next to a giant long horn. You are welcome.

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  • Doing life with this guy is fun. He’s the bees knees. (mustache and all) Also, matching fishing shirts are where it’s at!!Featured image
  • I went in for my progesterone test on Friday, and everything is PERFECT!!! Yay!! One week to go.
  • Speaking of one week to go, a little bit of anxiety has set in. I am going to try my hardest to not be too stressed out this week. I will keep you posted on how that is going!!

Praying today for peace!!! I know I can’t do this on my own!!

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Have a fabulous week, my friends!!!

xoxo
HP

Now…we wait!!!

Well, we did it! We made it through our IUI on Sunday! Without sparing TMI, numbers that needed to be high were SUPER high and everything looked really good! It was a little bit uncomfortable…I wasn’t really expecting that. But all in all I feel really, really good about it!

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The good news is I had (practically) zero side effects to the Clomid or the trigger shot. That was the part I was worried about the most.

Thanks so much to everyone for your kind words, prayers and support. This community of ours is really something special 🙂

I hope everyone has a great Tuesday!! Here’s to a quick and painless TWW!!

xoxo
HP

First Appointment…

Well, our first appointment for this month’s IUI was yesterday, and it was a SUCCESS. Everything looked great, and we are on track!! I’m feeling really excited about it! Prayers for our peace and continued excitement would be appreciated! I don’t want to go into this stressed out and worried…like I normally do things 😉

I also started Clomid for the first time ever last night. I don’t feel any side effects, but if you guys could enlighten me on some things I should be prepared for, that would be so helpful!!

Tomorrow we leave for Dallas to visit our best friends and their teeny new 2 week old baby. I can’t believe I held out two weeks to see him, it’s almost time!!! Get ready for  some serious snuggles baby Cash!!!

Before I tackle Thursday, I wanted to wrap up with a verse that I studied this morning in my quiet time.

“I will bow before your holy temple, and I will give thanks for your unfailing love and faithfulness, because your promises are backed by all of the honor of your name.” Psalm 138:2

He won’t fail us, not today, not ever!!

I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!!

xoxo
HP

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