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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

25 Weeks

How Far: 
25 Weeks

Baby Cain is the length of a green onion. The exciting news is that Baby Cain's ears are very developed and very sensitive. Now he/she can hear voices pretty well. Yes Baby Cain, that is your sweet brother Dub barking at the neighborhood squirrels. That is your daddy yelling at the TV from time to time. That is me hollering at your daddy to bring some toilet paper to the other bathroom because I constantly forget to stock that bathroom with supplies. 

And I pray your taste in music isn't being developed right now. Daddy makes us listen to random junk in the car. I am sorry. 

How I Feel: 
I hate riding in the car. BUT... we do have an amazing crew going to and from school for the next three weeks! Sleep is my absolute favorite thing in the world. With this being said, class days are hard. Professors don't find napping acceptable in graduate classes.


I had my glucose test this week. I was a little worried about it. I was worried about not eating first thing in the morning. Then I was concerned that the drink would make me sick. I also prayed hardcore about the results. I DID NOT want to fail this and have to take the 3 hour test. I DID NOT want to fail and then have any worries over Baby Cain's health.
The test went fine. I just had to chug the drink. It wasn't bad at all. It really was like a flat Fanta. The waiting for an hour was kinda boring. I brought all my books to read so I filled the time. Then when the hour came, the doctor came in and easily found the heartbeat. Baby Cain was running wild. No surprise there.
UPDATE* I assume I passed the test. I haven't had any call to tell me otherwise. The nurse said no call was a good call.
I also saw a new doctor. I do LOVE my primary doctor. I just will feel at peace if I am familiar with the other possible doctors that may run to the rescue when I am in delivery mode. I didn't have any questions. I did however ask if I could still run. She laughed and said, "Sure! Just don't get too hot!"
When we did lab work everything was perfect. I did however have a slightly low iron count. It is recommended to have a 10. Mine was 9.8. This is GREAT for me because normal (not pregnant) Carley usually sits on a 7. I am not taking iron pills YET. I am still taking iron supplements. Plus, I eat streak and red meat MANY nights out of the week. Coach does not complain.

I also went to this appointment alone for the first time. I HAD to have the appointment in the morning and felt bad if Coach missed practice. It wasn't that bad at all. Plus, I got to have some unsupervised nursery shopping time afterwards.

We scheduled my last 4 week appointment. When I return in July, I will be on the every 2 week rotation. That means it is getting rather close! 

Maternity Clothing: 
For sure. 
I am still wearing my rings, but with the heat and constant sitting I feel like I should take them off soon. I don't want them to be cut off if I wait too late. 

Cravings: 
Anything I don't have to cook. Although, some good home cooked meals are always the best. Coach has done most of the cooking these days due to me finishing school work. Steak is a new favorite. Steak and shrimp. Chicken is kinda WOOF.

Nursery:
Ahhhhh.....
Have you ever heard the phrase, "It takes a village!" Well... that is so so so true!

We are officially the most unhandy people ever. I am a bit nervous about Christmas toy construction in the future. Thank The Lord for amazing friends that come in and save the day!

We have a super wonderful friend that repaired and painted a piece of family furniture. He picked it up, fixed it, painted it, and delivered it the next day. I love it! It is the perfect piece of storage!

Then, we had some ahhhmazing friends that are really family now... come in and put the crib together and hang the window treatments


Best. Friends. Ever.
Because we would have for sure killed each other if Coach and I had to assemble that crib.

Also, during my unsupervised shopping I picked up some baskets, a lamp, some curtains, and ordered the rug. I will pick the rug up next week. (They wanted $80 to ship it.)

I do kinda have some anxiety about the lack of color in this sweet room. I know we will add some color once Baby Cain comes home....

Now I love walking by and looking at a room that is finally coming together.

I have purchased some wall decor. I am going to finish up that shopping this month. The goal is to have the room "finished"  in August. That way I just have to add some gender specific decor once Baby Cain is here.

I should also mention that I booked a maternity photo session. I debated it for 6 months now. I just want some very casual pictures. I am thinking more of family pictures. I won't be displaying a bare bump or anything. Baby Cain's photographer that we will be using for newborn pictures lives on an amazing farm. Her family pictures are absolutely amazing. So I booked a session for the end of August. I almost had a session of pictures with just Dub and me. Thankfully she had the perfect week night opening that would allow Coach to be there and NOT miss practice. Yes.... if you are taking note: Baby Cain has a strict schedule thanks to football season. I also add my BFF to the prayer list because I have a gut feeling that she is going to be on serious Bump Duty come September. In fact, I told her she could come take maternity pictures with me. :)

I should add that I could SO see our photographer being my real life friend. (I see you rolling your eyes Chasity!) She is a coach's wife as well and TOTALLY gets my crazy schedule. She has been AMAZING to work with so far!

I also had a bit of guilt with the cost of said photo sessions. Then my motto came to mind: Memories! Memories are priceless.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

24 Weeks

How Far: 
24 Weeks



Baby Cain, we are 6 months and going strong! 
Baby Cain is the size of an ear of corn.

The best best best part of being pregnant so far is: You move all the time. It is so amazing. Also, now when you move, people can see you! We were sitting on the beach and you started a kicking fit. I should add that The Rays and Coach all saw you from several feet away. Now it is fun to mark what makes you move the most... It pretty much happens when I calm down or get still for a long period of time. I find myself doing things to get you to move more. However, you are totally on your own and only like to move when you feel the urge. Although your daddy feels that it is him that get you moving most when he plays his random music. 


How I Feel: 
Hormones are for the birds! Whew! 
Riding to class, sitting in class, riding home from class.. THEN working at the computer for several hours at a time is KILLING my back. Luckily, we are practicing for Bradley Method birth and a massage is highly recommended. I will gladly take that massage! 
Plus, lots and lots of stretching and exercising helps too. I am reminded with every friend and every piece of literature that exercise is important. I am working hard to keep this up. A few beach trips are in the near future and they will be nice for relaxing. I need to remember that round ligament
 pain is no joke. It kinda sneaks up on you and BAM... takes your breath away.

I am so very thankful for Spark and easy 2 mile runs.

 I also went into hardcore nesting mode. I spent three full days cleaning out the garage and then going through each inch of the house and getting rid of stuff. I had a yardsale early one Saturday morning and then took the rest to Goodwill. Now we are officially cleaned out. Next task... take the blinds down and bleach them. I once thought nesting was a joke. Um... no. SO for real.


Maternity Clothing:
Summers are great for wearing yoga pants and tanks all day. That is pretty much what I have been living in. However, I am still able to throw on a few pre-maternity pieces. I don't do this much because I really don't want to ruin my regular pieces by stretching them out. Plus, they really are not that comfortable anymore. In fact, my most loved Nike shorts that I am know for living in, well... they are just blah these days. Gimmeeee the yoga pants.


Cravings:
Sweets. Any sweets. All sweets.
Junk.
BUT... we went to our favorite restaurant with our BFFs this week. (Mexican) This place has hands down the BEST broccoli dish. I ate a whole plate and then considered asking for more to go. I try and try to make mine like theirs... I just can't. It is so good. (Now I am considering going to get some ASAP now!)

Nursery:
Nothing major happened in this sweet little room this week. However, wait for next week! :)

Sweet Baby Dub:
Oh. Dub. Dub is great. I really have ZERO worry about him adjusting. Which kinda makes me want to start worrying. I mean, I know people worry about their dogs adjusting to such change, but for some reason I have peace about this. I may be wrong. I pray I am not. It breaks my heart to see people giving up their dogs because they can't adjust well to the new addition to the family. I just really don't see that being us at all. (Praying!) I do sometimes worry when he barks at the wind blowing, but then again... Baby Cain is hearing all this now. In my mind I am all like..."Well, that is your BFF... better learn that sound quick!"




Wednesday, June 24, 2015

23 Weeks

How Far: 
23 Weeks
**I am a bit behind on blogging. Luckily I am good at journaling and writing things down to remember. 


Baby Cain is the size of a large mango. 
The facts about Baby Cain are getting pretty exciting. This week Baby Cain can feel me sway to the music. This may not seem like a big deal to some, however in the Cain House... we dance! We dance to Coach's crazy ipod and even more now that he found 90s Hip-Hop on Pandora. Baby Cain can feel the dancing love going on! 



How I Feel: 

We kicked off summer with a day trip to the beach. Living in the south is amazing. You can call a friend and say, "Hey! Let's go to the beach!" I am thankful we have amazing friends that just jump in the car and understand the value of good snacks and great seafood. 



This was the first week that I had to head back to college to finish my degree. This means a 2 hour car ride to class in the morning. Then sitting for 6 hours in class. Then a 2 hour car ride home. When I get home I am beat. I usually hit the bed and don't get up until I hear the alarm and hit the snooze five times. However... I am getting it done. Three weeks and I will be finished! 

I am still running. The heat is going to be the game changer. It is HOT! I am so thankful for AdvoCare's Re-hydrate. It keeps me going. Dub really loves the runs too! After a long run, yoga helps stretch things out. Yoga is my new favorite! 

Maternity Clothing: 
The thought of pants with buttons or zippers gives me chill bumps. No thanks. I am loving yoga pants and tanks! 

Cravings: 
Food. Y'all for real. Food has never taste so good to me. Any food. All food. Sweets and more sweets! I could eat anything and everything. 

Nursery: 
I cannot wait to share this room! The closet may have NOTHING in it... But the other things are falling into place. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 

Dub is absolutely the best. We have been told several times that he will hit the back burner once Baby Cain comes but I pray daily that we just become Cain, Family of 4! I am so excited to see him as a true guard dog. This is a position he has already worked hard to fill. Just ask the FedEx man. 

Friday, May 29, 2015

22 Weeks

How Far: 
22 weeks 

Baby Cain is the size of a spaghetti squash. 
(I am actually a week behind. So today I am 23 weeks.) 


This week on May 21st, Coach and I celebrated our 4th wedding anniversary. Being married is my absolute. favorite. part of life (so far.) In four years I feel like we have conquered the world. I mean, 4 years, two jobs, three houses, some dreams came true, and now a sweet little Baby Cain. We celebrated with a day of school, then a doctor's appointment to see our sweet little babe. 


At our 18 week appointment we had our anatomy scan. Everything was perfect, but it was in the morning. After my daily 1/2 Spark, Baby Cain was very Carley and the doctor could SEE the heart perfectly, but we just couldn't capture the perfect picture for our file. So being the amazing doctor she is, she ordered another ultrasound for four weeks later. Everyone loves seeing their babies! So it happened to fall on our anniversary. Best anniversary ever. No worries, Baby Cain has a beautiful heart and was SO much bigger! We saw some VERY large feet. I was thinking it when I saw them, and the doctor confirmed. Large feet= fine with me... Just puhleasssseeeeee have your mama's head circumference! 
Everything was wonderful with the doctor as well. All labs look good. I was nervous about my weight gain, but she told me it was fine and not to worry one bit. I did however decide to kick the brownie habit. I also gutted our pantry of all junk. Back to the real world!

This weekend was perfect. It was filled with family and friends. Saturday morning I spent the morning with my mom walking around the mall that I miss so much. I also bought some much needed new makeup. Saturday night we attended a friend's beautiful wedding. It was nice catching up with some friends that I haven't seen since high school. 9 years ago. Then we made it to the last two sets of the Swingin' Medallions concert so Baby Cain could attend their first SM concert in Athens. Your MIL may be a Fan aka groupie if you walk in and the band says: Baby Cain is here! haha. First concert as well as first stage appearance. Sunday was spent by the pool and Monday we came home. 
Perfect weekend. 




How I Feel: 
Round ligament pain is here. Back pain is here. Both are very manageable and nothing to get worked up about. Stretching helps. Yoga helps. Believe it or not, running helps too. Hormones are my biggest symptom. I could cry... and cry some more. Then punch people. I try to keep that under control. 

Other than that, I feel great. Summer is officially here, and although I am a nervous wreck about not working summer school, it is nice getting stuff done around here in the morning, and then hitting the pool and sunshine in the afternoon. 

Maternity Clothing: 
Yes. Yes. Yes. 

Cravings: 
Haha. This is funny. 
I would eat JUNK all day. BUTTTTT..... I don't. However, I did have Mexican twice. It was SOO. GOOD. Also, while we were by the pool I just wanted something sweet, cool, and not junk. Well, I ended up eating a ton of pineapple and peppers. I think all weekend I had about 7 plates like this. I guess it is better than brownies! 

Nursery: 
We weren't home very much this week so no progress was made. 

But we finally have the chair finished and some time can be spent in there now. 


Sweet Baby Dub: 
Dub lays his head on my lap usually when we are in the bed or on the couch. Poor brother was kicked in the head and was NOT TOO sure about it at all. It really freaked him out. So naturally... we laughed our heads off. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

21 Weeks

How Far: 
21 weeks. 


Baby Cain is the size of a banana. Wouldn't some banana bread be delish? That's what I think about these days. All the time. 

How I Feel: 
My back is starting to hurt. I am going to get a massage when school is out. I am also going to get the OK from my doctor. Yoga would help for sure, so this is motivation to do it. This weekend I felt... huge. I legit was uncomfortable. I have 19 weeks of more huge-ness so I only complained to Coach. In fact, I cried. Then I cried some more. I quote, "I am going to sit at the hospital for 19 weeks." Coach: "Yes! That is a wonderful idea! That will make you so much more comfortable!" 
He's so helpful. 

I also struggled this week with my ummm... brain. 
Somehow I paid my car payment three times. Yes. THREE. TIMES. 
Number one customer here! 
Coach would like to think it is pregnancy brain, but for the record... no. I have always been like this. 
I also cannot find my keys. I have had to use my extra set. 
Again: struggle. 

I woke Brandon up Friday because I couldn't stop thinking about getting an IV. I think it is known that I really really really want a natural childbirth. Reason: I have never had pain medicine before. I have also never had an IV. I know I will get an IV no matter what, but I am starting to worry about it. 

I am also worrying more and more about Baby Cain being lactose intolerant. 

I blame hormones. 

I will end by saying: I really feel great. Sunday I wore a new favorite dress. I will be wearing it to the three weddings and graduation we have this summer. I felt pretty in it. It may have been the leopard wedges I wore. (to church only.) 

Baby Cain finished a 5k with a great group of running friends. It was a Glow Run on Friday night. I was worried because I have been running in the morning to avoid the heat. However, the weather was perfect! I was also kinda worried that I would have to walk some. There is nothing wrong with walking at all, I just... like to run.  It was a bit different running in the dark! Our group had fun, and I look really pregnant from the side!! 





Maternity Clothing: 
Everything. I don't even pretend to try to wear real things now that it is hot. 
I did research for some maternity running shorts: $54 a pop. Nope. 

Cravings: 
Not having to cook. I eat dinners I don't have to cook. Other than that... eeehhhh. Somehow I have to convince my in-laws to do Mexican this weekend. It will be nearly impossible I am sure... but some good ole' Jefferson Mexican will be wonderful. 

Nursery: 

The chair was in a million pieces. So... a million words were said. 


Baby Cain, I am sorry that we will never be able to assemble any of your toys. Ever. We promise to teach you how to run, break down film, and hit a curve ball.... but we cannot put your toys together. 

I also ordered the. absolute. perfect. pillow. 

No worries, just for decor. But... I Baby Cain had to have it. 

Ohhhhh.... and Sweet Sweet Daddy FINALLY decided to put some input into the nursery. He requested we hang this Bible verse on the wall: 

Proverbs 23:13

He's so serious. 


Sweet Baby Dub: 
Just being #DogNamedDub



Monday, May 18, 2015

Why I Can't Be a Stay at Home Mom

This post has been on my heart for years. It wasn't until a few months ago that the thoughts became a reality when I actually became pregnant. So the birth of this post was in the works. (Slight pun intended.)

Please know that these are MY thoughts and only MY opinions. I have MANY amazing, breath-taking friends that are role models to me in all their mommy ways. I have some of the most Godly friends ever, and I strive to love like them daily. They are some of the most jam up amazing stay at home moms in the world. And hey... I was raised by one of the best SAHMs ever.

This post is why I, personally, intend to go back to work after the birth of our child(ren). I know it will be a very unpopular post. I am OK with everyone not agreeing with my feelings. I just ask that you respect my opinion and don't email me with an anonymous comment that is full of hate. Just hear me out.

I fully understand that it is nearly impossible to make opinions and claim strong feelings on such a topic while Baby Cain is still inside of me and going to work with me daily. I 100% KNOW that it will be nearly impossible to send my sweet baby to someone else for the first time when that time comes. I have chills thinking about how that time will be here before I know it. The reason for this post in writing so early in the process is because I KNOW I will need to reflect on my feelings when that time comes. I KNOW I will need to remember the WHY.

I should also say that these current feelings and opinions would without a doubt change in an instant for any medical reason, or any reason at all that meant Baby Cain (one, two, three, or twenty three) absolutely needed me full time.

Here are my feelings on why I intend to go back to work.

First of all, let's completely remove finances from the topic. Would it be very hard to raise a family, run a household, and live exactly (or better) than we do now on one income? Yes.  However, I KNOW it can be done with discipline. Without a doubt it can be done and is done by so many people I know and love. They are all rock stars and truly amazing in my eyes. With this being said, I will remove this from the equation. Finances are not an issue, and absolutely NOT the reason for this post. So again, finances are not the reason.

I am a teacher. When I went to kindergarten, I fell in love with school. Kindergarten was my first ever school experience because my mom was a SAHM. I loved school. When I went to third grade, I fell in love with teaching. My teacher was the absolute best. I remember it like it was yesterday. She said, "I will teach you how to multiply, and you won't even know you're multiplying." That year I mastered my multiplication facts without even trying. She was the absolute best. I don't see a watermelon without thinking of her still to this day. (This was her fave and classroom theme.)

I have always loved school. I have been the kid that hates to miss school, and would be there every single day. I would NEVER sleep the night before the first day, and I look forward to returning from Christmas break. When I was in middle school I remember thinking, "How can I go to school forever?" Coach would say that I have done pretty pretty darn good at this... I know he feels like he is always editing my papers. Ha!

Here is a little background knowledge: Now to jump to my late high school and early college years and enter the love of making money. (Promise to keep finances out of this... hear me out.) I have always had a job. Working concession stands, umpiring, babysitting, camp counselor, Kitchen Collection, JCrew, afterschool, working for a mechanic, and then finally, teaching. I have always worked. Always. When we first started dating Coach would be all like, "We can never go out on a date because you are always working!" Many many times he would pick me up from Kitchen Collection to go out to eat. He would even pick up a few umpiring games so we could hang out together at the field. (Has anything changed?) I have always worked.


Now I know 100% that I am exactly where I need to be. I am where God wants me to be. I am fulfilling my calling and using the talents He gave me in the classroom. I was made to be a teacher.

I am going to return to my classroom in November because I NEED to know that I am using my God given talents. I NEED to feel the accomplishments of student's growing and learning. I thrive to see student growth in data. I just need that feeling of accomplishment to be who I am. I run off of success. I am kinda guilty of thriving off of seeing others be successful.


One of my (many) favorite parts of my marriage is that we are both in the education field. That is who makes Coach and Carley... Coach and Carley. I know when I need a push, or a pat on the back.. my husband gets it. I NEED to keep this connection. Many of my friends are also in the same field. We have a bond that is formed from our classrooms. I NEED to keep this connection. I NEED to be Carley. I absolutely cannot wait to be Mommy. I pray daily that I never EVER forget who Carley is. I fear forgetting who you are is the reason behind so many problems today. (No way/ no how saying all SAHMs forget who they are...) My point is that Carley thrives on being a part of many things, being a part of success and growth. Carley needs that.

Tonight at dinner we were discussing our philosophy on teaching. (Do normal marriages do this?) My philosophy is that I have an active role in growing our society's future. I want to make sure we give children an education that will help them grow into leaders. Our society SO SO SO needs some strong active members! I want to be part of that growth! In my classroom I know I have a part.

Just the other day I told Coach I was hanging on by a thread and I was going to take a day off. He laughed and said, "Ha! That isn't you! You'll go!" I went. Even on the most stressful days, I personally NEED my classroom. I should probably note that I am posting this at the end of the school year. Every teacher, administrator, and student is a wee bit frazzled. The end is near. The much needed break from academics is just what we all need to come back refreshed and ready for another year of growth.

Now, let's add the other part of my job: Being Coach's wife, and being a coach myself.

Remember when I said I love seeing others being successful? I can't put into words the feeling I get when I see a kid run across the finish line and check their arms where they will find their personal best time and then check the clock... and when it hits that they just KILLED a PR. Gah. Favorite. Feeling. EVER!! Or when a girl makes a lay-up on a fast break and puts our team up by one with a minute left to go in a game. OR EVEN BETTER..... when I watch my husband on the field fulfilling HIS dreams. Being a part of these moments... well.... best. part. of. my. job. If I leave coaching, I will miss. miss. miss. miss these feelings. I NEED these feelings. I NEED to see this growth and success of others.

Our busy schedules are prayed about daily. We pray we never do too much that it keeps us from being 100%. I pray that Baby Cain grows up seeing us working hard and giving our 100%. I pray that Baby Cain sees Mommy and Daddy using the talents God gave is in a positive way. I pray we pass the drive to want to work on to Baby Cain.

I live by this: "Be strong and courageous; for your work will be rewarded." 

The final word: 
Be where God wants you to be to glorify HIM. That is different for so many people. Not one person should judge you for where you feel this place is. Just whatever you do, do it 100%!

Romans 12:6-8 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
1 Peter 4:10-11  Each of you has received a gift to use to serve others. Be good servants of God’s various gifts of grace
source: http://biblereasons.com/talents/

Love love, 
C^2 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

20 Weeks

How Far: 
20 Weeks. 

Baby Cain is the size of a mango. A sweet, sweet mango.

I made a BIG check on the pregnancy goal list this week. I ran my way through the first half of pregnancy. Despite the "Good luck with that!" and the "I wanted to be active too... but I didn't. You won't either!" and the "Just wait... You'll give that up!" I made it. Now I just get the "Is that safe?" and "Are you harming your baby?" and my favorite, "Your baby will come out crazy like you!"

Thanks. Thanks for the motivation. 

Pictures are a bit different this week. I wanted to celebrate being at the half way mark of meeting sweet Baby Cain. Plus, this was a super amazing week with lots of details that need to be remembered. 


How I Feel: 

I'm still feeling 100% awesome. Just for the record: My lower back started hurting some this week. I usually HATE pillows. (Who am I?) This causes me to kick my pregnancy pillow in the floor. Well, now they thing is a must have. I think it helps my back. We also spent 2 nights away from home in a different bed and I don't think that helped. I just really love my bed. 
Some good yoga helped my back and now I am back to feeling great. (Motivation to keep up the yoga goals.) It is also getting HOTTTTTTT here in the south. My car said 97*. It kinda has me worried about how I will make it through June, July, August, and praying to make it til the end of September. Thankfully I have a pool friend with a pool. ;) 

I believe I can officially say: I. Have. Lost. My. Mind. 
This week I was really motivated. 
I made some lists. 
First, I made a list of all the supplies I want to be sure to have on our registry. I also wrote brands that I have spent some time researching. (Hours of research.) 
Then, my list making needs were not fulfilled. So... I made some more. 
I made a list of what I want in my hospital bag. 
Coach's hospital bag. 
Baby Cain's hospital bag. 

Reasoning: 
I hate packing a bag in advance and then needing something from that bag. To avoid this situation I plan to purchase extras/ travel size things to go in these bags. That way I can have the bags in the car and not NEED anything while they wait to be needed. Type A, much? I also needed to make the budget work to buy said things.... ah the envelope system. 
I feel crazy when I put my reasoning into words. 

not done yet.... 

Then I prepared a list of names and numbers to give my BFF for when I go to the hospital in case it is needed. Let's face the facts: I pray for a natural delivery. My husband is a coach. He could be coaching when I go into labor. My family lives 4 hours away from the hospital. A list needed to be made. 

Again... crazy. 

Maternity Clothing: 
Yup. Yup. Yup. 
I still wear my old shoes.. ha. 
This is my favorite dress, with my favorite shoes. On my favorite day.



Cravings: 
Just food. I sure do love food. 

Nursery: 

The perfect chair is here. I will be having my daily reading time in this chair. To ease all the nerves: We decided on a rocker... that can turn into a normal chair. We both win. 

I also booked Baby Cain's newborn pictures. For those that think this is too soon: The photographer that I fell in love with only books 4 sessions a month to remain flexible for due dates. We grabbed the last opening for September. So now I sleep better at night knowing the perfect photographer will be making precious memories of our newborn babe. Priorities folks. 

Sweet Baby Dub: 

He officially became the perfect dog this week. He is 100% in his own bed and I LOVE IT! I'll just wait for my diamonds, Coach. 


This weekend was Mother's Day. I have never felt more loved and excited to be a mother. My sweet friend sent me my first ever Mother's Day card in the mail. After the tears I thanked God for our friendship, the road that brought us together, and then again for the path that we are now on.I love you, Crystal!  God is so good. 
Then the weekend became even more perfect with the time with family on the lake, by the pool, a service at Southside, and then lunch with family. Baby Cain was given lots and lots of love. 





Coach also gave me my first ever Mother's Day gift. It was perfect. I fell more in love with him when he said, "You need one. Yours is full of writing." Ha. Yes. So true. 
Gah, I can't wait. Absolutely cannot wait.



We are also reading this:


It's amazing. I am going to make a post all about this plan soon.