Sunday, July 31, 2011

another quick trip...

We headed to Jackson, Mississippi this weekend for my hubby's 20 year high school reunion.  It's funny, I always thought old people went to their 20th, and I don't feel that old! Anyway, it was good and bad.  I got sick on the way there and ended up with a migraine and couldn't go the first night to the events planned.  Gotta love hanging over the toilet and having a migraine.  Slept good though and was able to go saturday.  It was fun and I felt pretty good most of the night! (minus having to squeeze into those spanx!)  Anyway, here are a few pics of us dressed up! We haven't dressed up for anything in forever and it was fun.

I was so thrilled to find a dress I loved! I tried it on at Macy's and couldn't bring myself to pay what they wanted, then stumbled on the exact dress at Marshalls for more than half off!! yeah me!
Me and Lee Anne rocking the pose!
My husband and his best friend!

Friday, July 29, 2011


Another week logged with pics from my iphone! We took a quick trip to the beach this week and it was nice! Happy Friday everyone! Check out Life Rearranged for more Instafriday participants!!
Dressed for first OB appointment...6 weeks and still in my skinny jeans! That will change quickly though!

A trip to our new yogurt place...Mad Swirls with the boys!
Our room with a view at the beach! Awesome pool with a lazy river too!
Some goofy golf on our trip! Logan got a hole in one!
The trip home watching movies!
Pirate party at the beach!

And LOTS of eating!!!

life rearranged 
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Thursday, July 28, 2011


So this pregnancy thing is really great...except when it's not.  I don't do pregnancy well at all.  I was very sick with both of my other pregnancies and knew it was coming when I found out with this one.  Last week I had just very little nausea, tolerable and able to function.  The last 24 hours has hit hard.  I went to bed at 8 last night and woke up sick today.  Spent the morning throwing up until I could get my Zofran in me and some greasy food! (mcdonald's always helps me, thus the extreme weight gain the last 2 times around)  I vowed early on that I would not blow up like a whale this time.  It is so hard when the only thing that helps me feel better is a full stomach of really bad food.  Would it be awful to mention that I had McDonald's for breakfast, Chick fil a for lunch and Waffle House for dinner? Well, I did, and am feeling ok right now.  Hoping for a good night sleep so I can be ready to do it all over again tomorrow.  I know I'm going to be excited eventually, but right now, it is so hard knowing that I was so sick for so long with the other 2.  I am praying continually for strength and peace through this whole thing.  It is all still a little shocking and I'm still adjusting to the idea. 

We had planned a quick getaway before I knew I was preggo, so we went ahead and took the boys to the beach.  I felt ok some of the time but know that I was a drag a lot.  My poor hubby has so much to put up with!  Anyway, here are a few pics from our quick trip!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

another miracle...

God is an amazing creator!  Everyday I marvel at the things around me that show His glory!!
The detail, the color, the beauty, it is all so amazing to me!

And something that is even more amazing to me is that the One who created the flowers and beauty I love and enjoy so much in my gardens, is the same creator who know my thoughts, my desires, my hopes, and my dreams.  He hears my prayers, spoken and felt deep in my heart.  He gives us purpose, direction, and meaning in this crazy and hectic world.  He is the author and perfecter of each of our lives if we so choose to place it in His hands.  What a blessing to know He is in control...and an even bigger blessing to see when He decides to grant miracles to some of us! 
I've written before about my two amazing boys and the true miracles that I feel they are.  My "baby" is almost 6 and I can't believe where the time has gone.  I also can't believe that in the last few weeks, God has revealed some more of His plan for me and for our family!  As you may have read yesterday...God has decided to bless us with another miracle!! I am pregnant and still amazed at the thought!
It took several tests and 2 near panic attacks to adjust to the idea that my joy as a mother would be increased further as I get the opportunity to care for and love another precious human being.  As I took that first pregnancy test, I immediately was given scripture in my heart...Psalm 139 flowed through my mind as tears of joy and fear rolled down my cheeks at once.

Then these words once again filled my heart...

Psalm 139 (New International Version)

  • 1 O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.
  • 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 
  • 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 
  • 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD.  
  • 5 You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me. 
  • 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
  • 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?
  • 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
  • 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  
  • 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  
  • 11 If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,"  
  • 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
  • 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 
  • 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, 16 your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! 
  • 18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand. When I awake, I am still with you.  
  • 19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God! Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!  
  • 20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name. 
  • 21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD, and abhor those who rise up against you? 22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies. 
  • 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  
  • 24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. it is with joy and faith and trust that I move forward day by day, marveling in the wonder of being blessed with...another miracle!

Friday, July 22, 2011


WOW!! The last week has been crazy!!! Here are a few updates via my iphone camera and the great app, Instagram!  I'm also linking up with Life Re Arranged, so join the fun!!!

I had the wonderful pleasure of spending the day with Jordan, a dear friend's daughter that I haven't seen in years!!! I'm her "ra-ra." I was a huge part of her life when she was born and the first few years and then distance just kept us apart.  So good to reconnect, shop, and have some girl time!!
We got rain!!! 3 days of it!! FINALLY! everything looks so good now!
I will never get tired of looking at or capturing sunsets!! God sure is amazing!
...and speaking of God being amazing, this next Instagram has been waiting for the right timing!  God has been working out His plan for us and...

...we have baby #3 on the way!!!!!
YEP! God has decided to bless us again and we are thrilled! (well, still a little shocked) but overjoyed that there will be 1 more Marble send from Heaven for us to love and nurture!!!

Don't forget to stop by, blog hop, and link up!!!! Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

my boys...

I had the opportunity to get the boy's pictures taken with a local photographer that I LOVE at a great discount for a fundraiser.  Here are a few of my favorites.  Hope you enjoy.  Check out Christy's website for more great pics!

exciting day today...stay tuned!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday...

Not doing so good on taking pictures...will try to do better. It is always in the back of my head though, to try to step it up and not go to the grocery in sweats!! Thanks to The Pleated Poppy for such a cool idea and go check out her amazing blog!!

I am thrilled to be wearing shorts for the first time in years!! Loving being 22 pounds lighter! I couldn't believe when I went to the Gap and tried clothes on!! I bought a size 6!!! NEVER happened to me before! EVER!! The shorts were on sale at the Gap, Tank from Forever 21, Cami from Forever 21 also, Volitle zebra flip flops at Shoe Carnival but attention, they have them at Marshall's for $19.99!!! That is SO not what I paid!

Have a great rest of the week!!
Don't forget to link up!!!

pleated poppy

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Show us your life...

The title of my blog is Marbles from Heaven because my boys are true miracles.  We were told that we would not be able to conceive without help from modern infertility treatments.  After TONS of prayer we conceived not one, but 2 babies with no help except from the Lord!! Jackson is my 7 year old and Logan is now 5 1/2.  I really wish I had had a blog back then...will have to dust off the journals and prayer books!!

Baby #1

So with the first pregnancy I will never forget taking that first, then second, third, and yes, fourth pregnancy test!! We had a prescription for Clomid on the fridge.  Had been to countless appointments for blood work and ultrasounds of my follicles.  We had seen month after month of negative ovulation on the predictor kits and countless negative pregnancy tests.  I would have boxes of pregnancy tests from the dollar store under my bathroom counter for the just in case I was late.  I remember working several of my 12 hour night shifts in a row this particular week and watching the calendar for the what if month of maybe being late.  My last shift of the week ended and I went home and collapsed in exhaustion.  When I got up to pee at around noon something inside told me to take a pregnancy test.  I got one out, you know the drill...set it aside and waited.  Still so tired, I glanced at it, threw the negative test away and went back to bed.  When I got up around 3 in the afternoon, I happened to look down in the trash and notice a faint blue line where I had not seen one before.  My heart raced.  Could it be??  I dug through the cabinet desperate to find another test...none.  I couldn't believe it.  I couldn't get a hold of my hubby who was in anesthesia school at the time and scheduled for a late night.  I finally got him and told him to please go to the drug store on his way home...he was fine with that since we had been through this so many times before.  He bought 2 double packs.  I took, one, POSITIVE, started crying.  Took the second, POSITIVE, crying turned to sobbing...3 and 4 were positive too!!  Both my husband and I wept together as we couldn't believe God had given us a miracle!!! I started making phone calls that night...told the girls at work when I got there, we shouted from the rooftops because we had been trying for so long!! It was awesome!! My mom was in Louisiana and we were living in Kansas City so I called her right away and she started crying immediately!  We rejoiced together on the phone!

 Here is the picture from my scrapbook page with me holding 2 tests and my husband holding the other 2 while I'm on the phone with my mom!!

So, Baby #2

After being blessed with one miracle, we never dreamed we would get 2!  I'll never forget the week after Jackson's first birthday, I was still nursing and very irregular with my cycles.  I just had a hunch and took a test, I couldn't believe when it was positive!! I wrote a poem to my hubby and waited until he came home from work.  I asked him to check the mail and had put the poem in the pile.  I set up a video camera and let him find the poem and he read it and was SHOCKED!  It was priceless...really wish I could find that poem...Will keep looking!!

And so God is writing the story of our family...

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Friday, July 15, 2011


hope you have a great weekend and link up with Life Re Arranged!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Am I the only one?

OK, so Jackson lost a tooth this week.  He was SO excited about the tooth fairy coming.  (note to're the tooth fairy!)  The boys get ready for bed and my hubby gets called into work.  Bummer.  I get everyone to sleep, tooth tucked perfectly under pillow for tooth fairy!  I check email, take a bath, wait for sleepiness to hit since I'm a wimp and hate going to bed with my hubby gone.  I say to myself over and over "get the tooth!"  Check on boys, still tossing a little, back to my room to putz a little more.  Climb in bed to watch T.V..."go get the tooth".  2 am, Hubby comes in from hospital, I don't hear a sound.  Fast forward to 6am...
Jackson comes dragging into my room, huge frown on his face, shoulders slumped, "mom" he says in barely a feeble whisper..."the tooth fairy forgot me" (insert tear rolling down cheek) HORROR gripped me immediately and I tried not to panic.  "Sweetheart, (I said softly and lovingly) maybe she is really busy and knows you sleep late and just hasn't made it here yet! Climb in bed with mommy, it will be ok.) As I grab my cell phone and discretely 911 text my hubby who has crashed in his scrubs on the couch...TOOTHFAIRY ALERT!!!! MONEY IN MY PURSE IN THE CAR!!! ASAP!!!! all with one hand hanging over bed as I try to comfort my heartbroken 7 year old.  Superhubby comes to the rescue ( I won't admit how many times he has!) and replaces tooth with 5 dollar bill.  Jackson falls back to sleep until 7:30.  When he wakes up I tell him to go check his pillow to which he replies, " I don't want to, she forgot me!"  Ouch, another pang of mommy guilt.  "Come on baby, I'll go with you!"  Walking to his room he starts to say something as he reaches for his pillow..."it doesn't matter anyway, it's...(lifting the pillow) it's MAGIC!!! SHE CAME!!!! (insert jumping up and down and waking up little brother with astonishment!!) And I got 5 DOLLARS!!! (attempt to relieve some of the mommy guilt with inflation!)  Proceed with a fabulous day of bragging and buying ice cream with the said tooth fairy money! Whew, that was close!!

Please tell me, I'm not the only one that has done this!!!

Friday, July 8, 2011


Once again, I have yet to do a mid-week post! But hey, the summer is going great and we are having fun, so here is my weekly check in per my iphone pics with the fabulous instagram app!

What a week! Food, Fourth, Family, Fun, Toothfairies, boating, swimming! Awesome!

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