Archive | August, 2011

What A Year!

11 Aug

The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.  ~Lucille Ball

I will never forget the day I turned 16. When most teenagers are getting excited about getting their  drivers license and having some freedom, I was sitting in my bedroom having a meltdown. Why, you ask? Well, I was so afraid of getting old. Looking back I laugh at that because I was merely a baby, but at the time I felt like I was one step closer to being as old as my parents.

Since that sweet 16th birthday, I have celebrated quite a few more. Some good; some not so good, but sitting here now I am thankful for each and every one. It is proof my mom’s prayers were answered… because I survived to reach the ripe age of 28… Okay, okay 34. This past year has been pretty monumental if I do say so myself. If you would have asked me this day a year ago that I would be where I am, well, knowing what I know, I might have slapped you and never talked to you again, (kidding)

It ALL started August 31, 2010 in lovely Oahu Hawaii. I flew out there to meet my “boyfriend” and his wonderful parents for the USC-Hawaii game. Little did I know my “boyfriend” would become my “fiance” by the end of the night. It was a night I will never forget. I knew my “prince charming” existed, I just didn’t think I would meet him in this lifetime. In that trip prayers were answered and dreams came true.

Once we got back from Hawaii the real fun began; the wedding planning. Although I was married before, I never had a wedding and now I know why. What a crazy time that was. Although my amazing sister did most of the work, just the stress of knowing you have to throw a wedding was enough for me to say VEGAS! However, on January 28, 2011, my daughters walked me down the aisle and at the end waiting for me was my best friend and the man I knew was God’s greatest blessing. Our wedding was by far my perfect wedding. I was surrounded by my family and best friends. I went through a lot to get to that day and it is one that I will treasure forever.

After the wedding came the house. We started looking in mid February and on February 28th, we wrote up an offer on a home that was a “short sale” and prayed for God’s will. Within days we had news from our realtor that the sellers accepted the offer and then it was just a matter of waiting for the bank to also accept. During that time we looked at so many places. It was very tiring especially when we knew which home we really wanted, but the whole time I kept praying for God’s will… not Summer’s. Then in May came the news we were praying for; the bank accepted the offer and we were going into escrow. Hallelujah, we were not going to be homeless. I learned so much during this time about my faith in the Lord and trusting him no matter what. It was not always easy but it was a time where I was able to watch my walk with the Lord grow.

During the time we were waiting for the house came the most SHOCKING news! On April 27th, I took a pregnancy test… then two, three and four, all of which had the same result; PREGNANT. I was very surprised. I did not expect it at all, but was pretty excited, probably more excited for Erik than for myself at the time, but still happy about having A baby. Well, once the shock of being pregnant wore off we were then given news I never thought I could hear twice in a lifetime; I was pregnant with twins…again. I could not believe it. I sat there looking at the screen just shaking my head remembering the day 12 years earlier I was told the exact same thing. What was God thinking? Did he momentarily forget that he already blessed me with twins? It was unbelievable but ask me now how I feel and I am sure you will guess that I am beyond excited to meet my new little daughters and welcome them into this wonderful family of ours and guide them in the ways of the Lord.

Looking back all I can say is what a year! I never, in my wildest dreams, expected to be sitting here writing all this knowing where I came from. See it was not very long ago that my life was drastically different. I was lost and broken but I have a Father who loves me and once I surrendered my will, he gave me his. On this birthday I reflect on his grace that has sustained me not just throughout this past year, but all my years thus far. I am excited to see what the next 365 days holds for us and to read what I have to write in exactly a year.

August 31, 2010

January 28, 2011

Our New Home

Reese Nichole Elliott- Due December 27, 2011

Hailey Rachelle Elliott- Due December 27, 2011


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Double Blessings

10 Aug

I am still in shock that I am having twin girls… AGAIN.

I had a check up with the high risk doctor today and after he checked everything and went through his string of questions he did a sonogram to check on the girls. Immediately, baby A (Reese) was all over the screen. It is like the child knows there is a camera near her. She was head down and very busy doing something I have never seen before… she was sucking her little tiny thumb. In fact, when her thumb came out of her mouth her little head would wobble back and forth until she was able to get her thumb back in her mouth. The Doctor was getting quite a kick out of her and so was I. This child has personality. We have noticed over the last few weeks that whenever we have the opportunity for a sonogram baby Reese is a camera hog. Last time she was showing us how her middle finger can stand up in the air, and today she showed us she discovered her thumb and mouth. It amazes me that even when they are this small, inside the womb, the personality God created them with is already identifiable.

Then we have Baby B (Hailey.) This poor child hardly ever gets camera time thanks to her big sis. She tries, but I swear, Reese will move from where she is to find the camera. It is quite funny to watch. We were able to see her hands and a knee but her legs were blocked by her sister. She is still so cute and something tells me will not be lacking in personality either.

It’s amazing that these two little lives are growing daily in my belly. I don’t really remember all the emotions I had when carrying Ashlyn and Breanna, but I know this time, it simply amazes me. God has blessed me DOUBLE… again. With each day that goes by, in spite of how bad I feel or how exhausted I get, I fall more in love with these girls. I really didn’t think I would ever have two set of twins, I mean who does, but I know that I would not trade this for a minute. As I watch my belly grow, I have to stop and thank the Lord for these two blessings. I know that they are going to complete our family and I can’t wait for the day when I can kiss their precious little faces.

The Gratitude Box

3 Aug

It was a wedding present from my mom; a beautiful, wooden, handmade box. I opened it to find a letter from her explaining that this “box” was to be a “prayer box” for Erik and I. When we had a prayer, worry or concern, we were to write it down, put in the box and simply give it to God.

A few weeks ago I received some news regarding my disability and how much I would get paid while being off work. Immediately, worry flooded my heart. With twins on the way, a mortgage payment and all the other bills that come with life and owning a new home, I began to stress and wonder how we were going to make it. I went upstairs, sat on my bed and decided that instead of writing out all my “prayers,” I would start writing down all my blessings and put it in the box. I would simply thank God for what he did for me yesterday, in the midst of my fear today.

Last Sunday I went to church and opened the note sheet. Immediately, I knew that God wanted to talk to me. On top of the sheet read the words, “What Ever Happened to Gratitude?” From the beginning to the end, I sat there humbled because with every word spoken I knew that  my attitude toward the current circumstances needed to change. I needed to stop looking at the glass as being half empty but half full. I needed to see that sometimes God doesn’t get us to certain places in our lives the way we think he should, but he always gets us there. That is a huge lesson I have learned along my journey, but always take for granted. I have taken for granted the pure and simple fact that he has always provided for me and my family. Even in the toughest of times, he has sustained me and never left my side. That alone, needs to be # 1 on my “What I am thankful for”list. But unfortunately, all the things he has done for me seem to be overshadowed by my fears and worries today.

So, I have challenged myself that for the next month, everyday, I will write down what he HAS done for me instead of what I WANT him to do for me. I know that if we/I walk through life with an attitude of gratitude he will take our faith in the things unseen and multiply it because we are constantly reminded of his blessings yesterday… Today!

PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. “[NIV]
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