Thanks again to my wonderful friends for their comments it meant the world to me!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thanks again to my wonderful friends for their comments it meant the world to me!
Sunday, March 29, 2009
If any one has ever struggled with infertility my heart goes out to you and if you have any encouraging words for us I open my eyes to your words of encouragement or advice. I do have great compassion for any one that struggles with having a baby. I had no idea until I was faced with infertility issues that it was so difficult to have babies. And if you are walking in those shoes today or in the past I do have compassion for you all. My god bless you soon!
I hope that today's blog allows our friends and family to understand the journey that we have been on for some time and will understand our heartache for the past few years. For the next month Chad and I have decided that we will create a positive environment of great support from friends and family in order to walk through this journey with peace and little to no concern of getting pregnant, because from this day forward it is not in our hands. We can only have faith and hope!
So now I am signing off to come up with a list of things that I enjoy doing on my own as well as things that we both can enjoy doing together.
BTW... you can find a infertility roadmap on the right hand side of our blog page... we have been through a lot over the past few years!
What is heavy on your heart?
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We started our day by waking up early as I could not sleep and Chad was out the door at 6AM to go workout with his Personal Trainer and than he was off to walk in Fayetteville at the Heart Walk. Little did we know that on March 28th we would have snow. It is crazy. It will be cold today and warm tomorrow... that is how it works here in Arkansas. After the walk we had a total of three birthday parties to go too. First we started with Kendall's 5th Birthday and Kelsey's 1st Birthday party... it was great fun at Fast Lanes. Kim and Brad always seem to do a great job with their little ones parties. Kelsey didn't know what to think of her cake so basically played in the frosting and did not eat any of the cake. Kendall had a Barbie cake and she had a lot of her school friends at her party so it was great to meet them. We got Kendall a Hannah Montana microphone set and she loved it! Next stop Gymboree for Jasmine's 3rd birthday party. It was great fun and always great people are at the Soto's parties to visit with. I can't believe that she is 3 years old. She was very polite to all of her guest and she had a great Dora birthday party. It is always great to see friends, even if it is at kids birthday parties.
After the parties we ran a few errands and now we are at home relaxing! It is too cold outside to do anything outside, so we are going to hibernate inside for the rest of the evening.
A few updates:
1. Chad's dad Millard had surgery this morning. Everything went well and he is at home resting. He will begin radiation for the next week for several weeks and we will continue to pray that the cancer does not return.
2. My sister Amie's unborn baby is doing good, they had their ultrasound on Thursday and the babies stomach is growing they just have concerns about the babies kidneys. They will continue to do ultrasounds every 2 weeks to make sure the baby is doing well. Thank you for your continued prayers. God is good!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Here is a picture I took in Cancun Mexico in August 2008. This is the image and memory that I will focus on when trying to relax. Send me your images that you are going to use to relax. I would love to see them.
I wish you and your loved ones a Wonderful Weekend! Take a moment to relax!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
1. Amie's Ultrasound Results - Thursday March 26th is the big day - what will the doctor's tell her?
2. Dentist Appointment - Thursday morning - I hope it goes well and NO cavities and I get a GOOD Report from the dentist!
3. Chad's Dad is having surgery on Saturday to remove cancer from his tongue - WE are both waiting to hear the GREAT NEWS that they got everything this time.
4. My Mom is having surgery on April 1st... yes April Fool's Day... she is having her tonsils removed... OUCH - Everything will go well and she will take care of herself! (Right Mom?)
5. Chad is running in the Hogeye Marthon on April 5th - I am waiting for this day as Chad is so excited and I can't wait to cheer him on... Go Chad Go!
6. Amie and Brian Hansen's son Aidan turns 3 on April 15th - I am waiting for this day as I am so excited to see him! He has changed so much and he loves his AuntieLissa!
7. May 5th - Amie and Brian's Baby is Due - I can't wait to meet my new nephew and see how Aidan likes his new baby brother.
8. July 29th - Two exciting events... Amie and I (we are twins) are turning the BIG 30 plus our little sister Jessyca is due with her baby girl Marley - I especially can't wait to see how Jessyca reacts to being a mommy.
9. So for now that is what I am waiting for!
10. But what I am really waiting for is to hear the news that Chad and I are pregnant... that would be great to hear... all I can do for now is just HOPE and PRAY that we will get the NEWS we are hoping for in the next few months...
What are you Waiting For in your life? I would love to hear your stories... Waiting for things my seem overwhelming but it does give me something to look forward too. Share your stories and I will Hope and Pray for you and your loved ones...
Monday, March 23, 2009
Chocolate milk... I must have chocolate milk each day to get started. It is a great feeling when I have my first drink of my chocolate milk each morning. I look forward to the mornings when I can get up and have chocolate milk. Those days I don't get chocolate milk are rare, but if it does happen it is very difficult to get through the day. What are your morning rituals? Do you have to have the same food or drink in the morning? I would love to hear if some one has the same habits as I do.
Make it a GREAT day!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
With this warm weather it makes me want to be on vacation with warm sand between my toes. Chad and I have had the pleasure to be able to go on vacation for the past three years and this will be the first year that we will not be going to the beach. We have other priorities and we need to stay close to home. I would love to hear if anyone is going on a beach vacation this year. I would love to get some ideas for future trips we may take. Here are a few of our last beach trips: Ocho Rios Jamaica we stayed at the Riu Palace Resorts, Adventura Spa Palace Riveria Maya, Mexico, and Excellance Playa Mujeres Resort in Mexico. All three resorts were all inclusive and great vacations. If you are about to leave on vacation for Spring Break Enjoy and I am so Jealous. Have fun in the sun... I look forward to hearing about your vacation destinations.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday evening Chad and I watched a few movies that I thought that I would share with you... Changeling and Nights in Rodanthe. GREAT MOVIES if you have not seen these movies please rent, you will enjoy them both!
Sunday Moments: Our biggest highlight was going to church and if you haven't read my blog from Sunday please read it was my highlights from the church service. Thanks to all for posting comments. The afternoon I spent cleaning house, doing laundry, and getting dinner ready. Chad spent a few hours running 13 miles to get ready for his Hogeye Run on April 5th, 2009.
It's Now Monday: My morning started with my last Monday class of pilates for the winter season and working in the office for the afternoon. I was able to get home early to take Bella for a walk as it was 70 degrees today in NWA. YEAH SPRING IS HERE... at least I hope so... After our walk Bella and I came home and I baked chocolate chip cookies for a few new neighbors. Shortly after dinner Chad, Bella, and I delivered the cookies to our new neighbors. Yes I do try to bake and introduce ourselves to our neighbors as I think it makes the neighborhood a friendly place to live. And it is a small world, our neighbors that just moved in across the street our from Montana. I am from Montana too. They moved to NWA for Walmart. So if you are looking for a house... stop by Willow Bend Subdivision in Bentonville and take a look we have a few homes for sale! I hope that everyone enjoys the spring weather as I know Bella and I will be on many walks this week.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Now onto a FUN topic shopping! Kelly Stamp's a fellow blogger has asked her blog friends to talk about recession shopping. I thought that I would write a few comments about where I like to shop. First I love basic items they are great to wear year after year. So for basic shopping I go to the GAP. It is a great place to get basic shirts short and long sheelve in any colors and think it can be used year after year so that is some cheap shopping. However I am a HUGE fan of TRENDS I always try to stay on top of the trends especially with seasonal colors. For trend shopping I like to go to Banana Republic, Fossil, and White House Black Market. It can be a bit more expensive, but if I cannot get a least a few seasons of wear I do not purchase. I love these stores because the clothes are high quality and last longer. Now for one of my favorite shopping stops online it is Shop It To Me, http://www.shopittome.com/?refID=salemail This site allows you to view different sites that have AWESOME sales. My final place on the web that I would like to discuss is EYES, LIPS, FACE (E.L.F) http://www.eyeslipsface.com you can get makeup for $1.00! WOW! I have purchased several mineral products and I love it! Happy Shopping!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Bella is the best dog. She has the best personality and has her own routine each day. She is however HIGH MAINTENANCE! It all started in December 2007 when Bella became very sick. I did not know what was wrong with her... all she did each day for about three days was sleep, she did not eat at all. So I finally decided that a trip to the vet was in order. Little did I know that it would be a very emotional week. I remember this week like it was yesterday. Bella and I went to the vet on Monday and they thought that maybe she just ate something that upset her belly so they put her on some medicine and gave me precription dog food. Well that did not work and Bella and I went back to the vet the next day to get some blood work. A few hours later they called to let me know that Bella's kidneys were failing. During the few days Bella lost 15 pounds... it was unbelieve that she could lose this much weight in such a short period of time. WOW is all I could think! Why was this happening? The doctor's were not sure why Bella's kidneys would fail at such a young age. Bella at the time was only one. Bella was immediately put on dialysis to help improve her situation and more testing. Bella ended up staying at the All Pets Animal Hospital for three days before they determined that she has Addison's Disease. I also forgot to mention that Chad was out of town during this whole ordeal. I was on my own making decisions that I thought that I would never have to make. Each day I went twice a day to the vet and spent a few hours with Bella crying as it was horrible seeing her that way. But once she was able to eat and drink on her own she got to come home and that day finally arrived on Friday afternoon. She had a bandage on her front paw and we spent the next few days getting her back to normal and ready for the holidays. BTW Addison's Disease is a serious illness involving the adrenal glands. Bella's adrenal glands do not produce enough Cortisol to regulate the conversion of protein and fat into glucose and Cortisol to tell her body how to react to stress. Bella now takes a shot every 30 days called Percorten-V and she takes a Prednisone each day. Not only do we have issues with Addison's disease Bella just recently has lost some of her hair on her back side. As a result we have had a skin graph completed in Oklahoma where we have since learned that she has seasonal allergies. She now is taking Melatonin twice a day to help with this issue and for now it is working... YEAH! As I look back over the past two years of Bella's life it amazes me what we have gone through... lots of money and heart ache, but at the end of the day our lifes would not be the same without Bella. Here are a few pictures of Bella from a puppy until now. So to all the dog lovers out there I know how you feel when your dog gets sick. Take care of your dogs as it is always great coming home and they are always happy to see you! I will continue to share our journey with Bella to all my New Blog Friends.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Saturday we took a drive to Mountain View to go through the Blanchard Springs Caverns. What an amazing experience. It was beautiful and very interesting to walk through the caves. If you are down in Mountain View please stop by and visit... you will be amazed! Here are a few photos and a bit of history on the caves. http://www.fs.fed.us/oonf/ozark/recreation/dripstone_tour.html
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Little did I know that everything would change... Jason managed to break two peoples heart. I am not sure what Jason was thinking. It truly was a historical moment in Bachelor history. I felt so sorry for Melissa and was not liking Jason at ALL! How could he not only do that to Melissa, but to her family and his OWN family... what about TY? Oh what reality TV does to me... I am not happy with Jason and it is disappointing that he would do what he did, but it is his life and he has to make the best decision for himself. I truly hope that he is happy with Molly and that both of their dreams come true. However if I were Molly I would not take him back so easily and I hope that she takes the time to decide with her mind and her heart what the right decision is for her. My one question to the Bachelor would be when will we get future updates on Jason and Molly and what is next for Melissa? For now I will have to wait until tomorrow night.
If you are reading this and you have not watched the Bachelor yet, I am truly sorry :)
Most of you know that I work for a toy company called Funrise Toys. They are starting the Ultimate Gazillion Bubble Photo Contest. It will run through July 20, 2009. So to all my friends and family if your kids or dogs LOVE playing with bubbles, take pictures or video and submit it at the following link... www.funrise.com/photocontest/
So now let's discuss the Bachelor! Should Jason pick Melissa or Molly? I think that the BEST Girl for him is Melissa! I have loved them as a couple from the beginning! I am so excited to see the show tonight. So what I really think is going to happen is DeAnna will come and speak with Jason and he will tell her that it is too late! DeAnna will be heart broken and Jason is such a nice guy that it will upset him... that is why he is crying on the preview. He will ask Melissa to marry him, but he wants to do it the Gentlemen way and ask Melissa's parents for permission. They will have a private moment without camera's and Jason and Melissa will be engaged! YEAH! I hope I am right! Enjoy the show!
Jason pick Melissa...
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Refrain: I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone; I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.
I must tell Jesus all of my troubles, He is a kind, compassionate Friend; If I but ask Him He will deliver, Make of my troubles quickly an end.
Tempted and tried I need a great Savior, One who can help my burdens to bear; I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus: He all my cares and sorrows will share.
What must I do when worldliness calls me? What must I do when tempted to sin? I must tell Jesus, and He will help me Over the world the vict’ry to win.