Friday, January 17, 2014

0 Apple Pie Oatmeal

Cooking with a newborn is somewhat of a challenge. . . 
so it is always great to find easy recipes that have just a couple of ingredients and that I can prepare while wearing Tess! 
I made this one night this past week and we loved it! Not only is it healthy, this oatmeal is amazing and the leftovers were great the next day! 
(Still haven't figured out how to take a beautiful picture while wearing Tess. . . let alone how to take a beautiful picture of oatmeal! So excuse my I-phone picture!  :-) 

Apple Pie Oatmeal 
1 cup Steel Cut Oats
4 cups liquid (I used milk) 
2 TBS cinnamon
1 apple (skinned and chopped) 
1/4 cup raisins
Put apple, cinnamon and raisins in the slow cooker. Then add oats and liquid. Cover and set to low for 7 hours. (I put it on high and just kept an eye on it and it was probably done in 2 hours or so) 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

6 Tess: Almost 3 months!

I was so thankful for every part of my pregnancy, but for almost a year, I have had no desire to be in the kitchen. 
In the past month or so my old self has been roaring back with a vengeance and I have enjoyed cooking and baking like before! 
I'm having a hard time capturing pictures and writing blog posts of the recipes that we love but I will find a good balance soon and Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box will be up and running again! 

In the meantime. . . 

Someone slept most of the month of October. . . 
Loved spending time with her Great Grandmother Gigi,
 Wished Daddy a happy opening weekend of deer season, 
 Has gone on tons of walks, 
 Turned one month old, 
 Thanksgiving tired her out, 
 So she slept some more, 
 Celebrated being 2 months old, 
 Loves riding in the car, 
 Adores ceiling fans, 
 and is just as precious as can be! :-) 
Our hearts are full of thankfulness!!
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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

9 She is here! :-)

On October 14th, at 41 weeks, Tess made her fashionably late entrance! :-) 
We were so blessed to have Kara Trail from Miroma Photography at the birth to capture such special memories :-) 
Gus and Wrigley already love their little sister! :-) 
We are so in love!
"Though hast put gladness in my heart" Psalm 4:7
God is so good and we are so thankful! :-) 
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Saturday, August 31, 2013

5 Update: 34 weeks

This has been such a busy summer and I am going to get back into cooking, baking and blogging . .  soon. . . but today I am just giving you a little bump update! :-) 

Gus and Wrigley already love their little sister so much! 
We are so thankful! :-) 
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Friday, May 31, 2013

5 What Could It Bee? :-)

We have been dying to know the gender of baby Dains since we first found out we were pregnant! 
So at 15 weeks, we had a friend do an ultrasound scan and we were pretty sure.  . . 
then at 16 weeks we got another scan and then we were really sure. . . 
and at 17 weeks we went to my doctor and he confirmed it! :-) 

I have always wanted to have a fun Gender Reveal, 
but the vendors, and our friends and family made it even more amazing than we could have ever dreamed of! :-)

Enjoy a couple of pictures from the party! :-)  

{My sister in law, Rebecca, has the most amazing writing in the world and is starting her own calligraphy business!}
 
{A precious friend of mine, West, owner of Bungalow Card Company, designed these incredible invitations!}
 {Incredible cookies from a dear friend, Elizabeth of Eggleston's Edibles!} 
Nate getting the puppies ready for the big reveal! :-) 
It is a girl! :-) 
My dad just KNEW it was going to be a girl and made himself a button that he promptly put on the second the dogs announced the good news! 

God is good and knew exactly what we needed. . .
a precious little girl! :-)
Now it is even harder to wait for her arrival! :-)

Vendors:
Chalkboard: Rebecca Dalton
Necklaces: Party City
Invitation: Bungalow Card Company
Banner: (DIY) Supplies from Hobby Lobby
Cupcakes: Crave Cupcakes
Petit Fours: Moellers Bakery
Lemon Tarts: La Madeline
Banana Pudding Parfaits: Porch Swing Desserts
Straws: Cupcake Express
Cookies: Eggleston's Edibles
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Sunday, May 19, 2013

3 Our Journey: Advice


After over a year of walking through the journey of infertility ‘quietly,’ Nate and I feel led to share our story in hopes of providing connection, fellowship, advice, and prayer for others traveling on such a heartbreaking road. 
{start at the beginning here}

ADVICE
As I have said before, so many people have said hurtful things to me or to other friends of mine who are going through infertility. No one was being intentionally hurtful, but all the same, frivolous questions can break the heart of a woman who wants a child of her own.  With that said, I have some advice on the subject. . . 
"What NOT to say" 
* Do not ever ask anyone when they are going to start having children. If they wanted you to know, they would tell you. 
* On the same note, don't ask anyone when they are going to have more children, if they are done having children, or anything remotely close to either of those phrases. Again, if they wanted you to know, they would tell you. 
*When you know that someone is having trouble conceiving, do not say anything trivial like "if you just relax it will happen  . . . " 

"What TO say" 
* THE ONLY thing to say when someone is going through infertility is "I am sorry that you are going through this and I am praying for you." Period. End of subject. Not a word more. 

To precious friends reading this who might be wondering when do I seek a second opinion or go to a fertility doctor. . . 
WHEN TO GO TO A FERTILITY DOCTOR?
That is entirely up to you.
3 months after our miscarriage, I was at my doctor looking for answers. Although we didn't start Clomid at that time, my regular OBGYN was fully ready to prescribe Clomid and to try to figure out why we were not getting pregnant. 
One thing I would do differently looking back is that I would have gone to Dr McKenzie when we were getting on Clomid. We love my regular OBGYN and am so thankful that he will deliver our child, but Dr. McKenzie (or any fertility doctor) specializes in infertility where as a regular OBGYN does not deal with infertility on a daily basis.

God is so good. 
Since sharing our story, Nate and I both have had the opportunity to comfort and give advice to other couples going through this journey and have referred numerous people to Houston IVF and to Dr McKenzie. 
He is faithful. 
I praise Him for the journey and I praise Him for the miracle he has blessed us with. 
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