Wednesday, March 5, 2014
We are tickled to celebrate Jackson in every way possible. What better way to celebrate than a baby shower? I grew up in South Arkansas and lived there until Russell and I married. My hometown church threw a baby shower for Jackson and it was so fun, sweet, and beautiful.
A close family friend, Kim, hosted the shower at her gorgeous home. When I walked in the dining room, I was just floored! Everything in the house was decorated so special and with Jackson's nursery theme in mind. :)
When I saw this cake, I almost teared up a bit. So special!
Jackie, Lauren, Kelly, and Mama
Pretty packages all wrapped up!
Even more precious decorations
Look at this Peter Rabbit carousel? They let us take it home and it's sitting in his nursery now. Just adorable!
Love this beautiful quilt! We will definitely put it to good use!
It was great to see my sweet friends, Haley and Brittany! They mean so much to me!
And I just adore sweet Emily. I was so glad to see her home from college for the weekend!
Emily and Kim, mother and daughter. They are so fun and I love them lots.
Mama and Kelly!
Me and Kelly. Memories definitely come to mind when I attended her baby showers when she was pregnant with Logan. So special and fun.
Heather, Angie, and baby Zachary!
The proud grandmothers
Lauren is such a wonderful niece! Can't say it enough.
Russell came at the end to help load gifts in the car. So glad he could come help!
Heather, Kim, me, Camille, Terri, Mary, and Janet.
Love all of these ladies so much! Thank you all so much for everything. The shower was just incredible.
We had a short but very sweet weekend. The shower was such a celebration of springtime, but the next day in Bentonville was frigid...and that's a total understatement. Hey, spring was good while it lasted. Hope we actually get a spring. :) I am sure we will. Spring and Fall are my favorites!
We will continue to get Jackson's nursery more in order and can't wait to show it to y'all!
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14
Monday, March 3, 2014
I am finally updating the blog today and so glad to share about my cousin, Mary Catherine's wedding! She got married on February 22nd. We got to stay with my sister, Kelly, and brother-in-law, Eric, so that was also fun and so good to get to catch up with them.
Kelly put together this adorable basket for us. She even added a Peter Rabbit coloring book for Baby Jackson to use once he is older. :) Too fun. That's what I call "little happies." So sweet.
And look at these pretty pink tulips!
Russell and I attended the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner for the wedding. I was just so tickled to catch up with my cousin, Jennifer. It had been too long! The dinner was yummy and decorations were really pretty too.
Saturday afternoon, Russell, Kelly and I went to Pickles and Ice Cream, a baby boutique, to pick out an upholstered glider for Jackson's room. We enjoyed testing the chairs out and browsing around the store, too.
The wedding was Saturday evening. I helped with the guest book and also read a few scripture verses. It was so great to see family and friends.
Here are the love birds! John Michael and Mary Catherine are just so sweet together. I wish I had gotten more pictures of them together.
Russell took this right before the big wedding. Ann Marie, Jennifer, Mary Catherine, Betsy and Bill. Too sweet!
Daughter and Daddy dancing. My uncle, Bill was such a proud father of the bride. :)
The wedding cake!
Me and the beautiful bride!
Eric, Kelly and Lauren at the reception
Deena and Mama catching up.
Russell and I. I just love him!
Lauren and Logan. Love this picture.
Me, my cousin, Brooke, Mary Catherine, and Emily! We loved helping out at the wedding. Mary Catherine is so special to me and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.
I have found the one my heart loves. Song of Solomon 3:4
Monday, February 17, 2014
We had a sweet and special V-day and I hope y'all did too.
We took this picture after dinner on Friday night. Russell's hand is on the left, mine is on the right. And as you can probably tell, it's a heart on my tummy because of sweet Jackson. We are so in love with our baby already and so in love with one another, of course. :) Here's what happened on Friday.
I went to good ole Chick-fil-A for a valentine breakfast. I just had to get the heart shaped chicken biscuit. It was the perfect way to begin the day.
Russell surprised me during his lunch hour and had lunch at home, but he also had a pretty bouquet of red roses for me. He's too sweet! I was so glad to see him during lunch.
We enjoyed opening our valentine cards from our precious family.
Do y'all like the random Valentine bear on the table? HA! He kinda takes over the table, but oh well. Y'all know I am a kid at heart, so I love bears. :)
This was our 8th Valentine's Day together since we started dating. Love him lots!
My sister, Kelly, made these pretty cards for us! She used heart stamps and washi tape. Have y'all heard of that? I need to get some from Etsy so I can test my craftiness! :)
Dinner at Table Mesa was delicious. I ordered a "Shirley Temple" and loved it! The restaurant had an optional V-day menu and we totally took advantage of it.
This was my dinner, chicken blonde. Very tasty. Dessert was even better. If you live in the NWA area, I very much recommend trying Table Mesa. So good.
We had such a special time together. However, we do not need Valentine's Day to remind each other of our love for one another. It's just fun to celebrate together.
That is it in a nutshell! Hope y'all have a fantastic week!
But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day! If you have been to Walmart lately, then you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Friday, February 14th is Valentine's Day. There are balloons, bears, flowers, etc. everywhere! I do like balloons and flowers and even bears, but it looks like V-day madness in there, y'all. Just a little side note. :)
Today I am sharing some "Throwback Thursday/Flashback Friday" pictures with y'all. I have probably shared these before, but they are some of my very favorite pictures.
Valentine's Day 2008. Our first Valentine's Day as Mr. and Mrs. Price. We were very much newlyweds and Mr. Price sure made me feel like a princess. And still does to this day.
Now, on to the real "flashback." Think all the way back to the 1950's. Poodle skirts, Elvis Presley, and evolving trends.
Here are my Mamaw and Papaw Jordan with their six boys. Daddy is in the picture on the far left. Look at those bow ties and vests! Love the vintage valentine's, too. Precious love.
I am very much partial of any adorable pictures of my sweet parents. Here are Kathy and Jerry, Valentine King and Queen, circa 1966. I cannot say enough how cute this is.
Fast forward to 1990. I keep posting this every year because it's my favorite. I always say that Daddy was my very 1st Valentine. He always made me feel so special and he showed even more love to my mom, which showed me how a husband should treat a wife. I get kind of nostalgic around this time of year, so I like to share these special pictures. Throughout high school, I never really dated much. I tried hard to follow God's will for my life, even then. I believed that God had "the one" picked out for me long before I even met or heard anything about Russell. But I am so glad I waited for him. Mama and Daddy sent me flowers a few times on Valentine's day during high school. So sweet.
I am so happy I met Russell. He was always the one God intended me to marry. When we met, I was 19 years old. Russell and I knew early on that we would marry and we have been crazy in love ever since. I call Russell my lifelong valentine. Best friend for life.
Next year will be even more special because Jackson will be here! I hope that he will be as sweet as sugar and someday (way down the road), sweep a girl off her feet and make her feel just as special as Daddy did and Russell does. That's the plan. HA!
Jesus is my ultimate valentine. He gave it ALL for me and for YOU! He loves us unconditionally, and that is REAL love. The definition of love. GOD IS LOVE! I cannot thank my savior enough for all He has done for me. Thank you, Lord.
Thanks for reading this long story, but it was on my heart. Hope y'all have a wonderful day. Make someone smile today. If someone doesn't have a smile, give them one of yours. Spread the love, y'all!
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 1 John 4:16
Monday, February 10, 2014
If you are looking for a fun Valentine breakfast to make for either your adorable kids or your sweetie, this is the one to make! One of our very favorite things for breakfast is The Pioneer Woman's egg in the hole. We make it on a regular basis. I'm sure once our sweet baby is born, I won't be cooking it as often because it's not exactly what you call healthy. But, I consider it a joy making it for anyone special in my life, and you should too. :)
I found these precious cookie cutters at Target a couple of weeks ago and thought they were perfect to use and so cute.
Here are the ingredients. Click the link above to follow the recipe from Ree Drummond herself.
Just choose the right cookie cutter or biscuit cutter and get to cooking!
Done! Isn't it cute and oh, so fun?
This was my breakfast the other day, so I didn't add bacon on the side. This was quite enough for me, myself, and I. :) So there you have it, y'all. It's the simple things. Go make this yummy breakfast for someone you love....and for yourself. You'll thank me. Happy Hearts Day!
A person's steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way? Proverbs 20:24
Friday, February 7, 2014
Throughout this pregnancy, I have been so incredibly thankful. I am still so thankful for this miracle. At the same time, my heart aches for those of you who are longing, aching and desperately praying for a miracle of your own. I am praying for y'all for sure. Some people don't realize how difficult infertility can be. It can be wretched at times. These pictures described my heart fairly well.
This summed it up for me in one sentence. Ever since I was very little, I wanted to be a mommy. I truly believe motherhood is a calling for me and always has been. I know some of you may feel exactly the same way.
I also found quite funny posts, like this one. "How rude!"
Sometimes while going through the journey of waiting for a baby, you feel like this. People sometimes asked us, "So...when are y'all gonna have a baby?" I know for sure that some people did not mean anything by it at all. But at the same time, I wanted to say, "Oh, I know exactly when. It will be on November 5th at 3:45 a.m." HAHA! I know some of you can relate.
If I did not have my faith and trust in the Lord, it would have been much harder for us to wait.
This verse in 1 Samuel brought me much comfort because it's so authentic and true. Coming from a faithful follower of Christ.
Psalm 5:3 was probably my favorite because the Lord kept bringing it to my mind and heart soon before we found out the good news in August. :)
There is definitely hope! Don't lose hope! I want y'all to know that if you are going through infertility, my heart goes out to you. I am not going to forget about you. Those of you who have shared with me your longing to be a mother, whether through email, or if you are a personal friend of mine. I am praying for you!
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26