Wake Up Wednesday: 9.3

Good morning, good morning! I’m back! As many of you know, we have had one heck of week or so. Last week, I was not being lazy – I promise. But I was waking up to a whole new world; I woke up to our brand new beautiful baby girl and an extremely supportive husband. But all things aside, I’m back.

This week has been a life-changing week to say the least, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. This week is the first official week of fall, my favorite time of the year!

Caffeine has a whole new meaning after having a child, and let me tell you, I don’t even mess with the lattes and frilly drinks – I like that coffee blacker than black. Grab your drink, and let’s get to it.

Song of the Week: 

You Say

-Lauren Daigle

This song hits me so hard. (It might be the hormones, but it may or may not bring a few tears to my eyes, especially after this last week and a half). I know that my momma has told me since day one not to let anyone’s thoughts of me affect who I am and how I think of myself, but my husband has been more than  my rock and he does a great job of saying just what I need.

Do you like champagne, if so what is your favorite brand?:

I only like champagne if it is mixed for a mimosa. But wine, now wine, I do enjoy mucho. Stella Rosa – every kind I have had has been good. I especially like the Stella Rosa Black. I also think it is rather affordable, and worth it! It is nice to be able to just sit and have a glass of wine at night if I want.

Bible Verse of the Week:

For You have made me rejoice, Lord, by what you have done; I will shout for joy because of the works of Your hands. 

Psalm 92:4

This verse stuck out to me immediately last night. It truly made me smile to think that God thought that I deserved to bring such a beautiful little girl into this world. Through the trials of the last few years physically, mentally, and emotionally, I never lost faith in Him. He is so good.

Do you treat yourself and your body with respect?:

You know, I thought I had a pretty decent image of my body before I got pregnant. During my pregnancy, I couldn’t wrap my head around exactly what was happening – it was a walk of faith and a feeling like no other.

It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I truly realized that our bodies are temples of God. They are incredible and do so much for us. I now respect my body in a different way and will now treat myself a little differently because of it.

Quote of the Week: 

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”


How emotional are you?:

Anyone who knows me knows I have always been one to wear my heart on my sleeve. I am very in touch with my emotional side. Am I overly emotional? No, but anyone could read me like a book.

Postpartum emotions are a real deal, especially since I was already emotional to begin with. I have always been a deep thinker, and sometimes, I can really get to myself.

How strict are you going to parent?:
I am not sure how one is supposed know the answer until they are put in that situation. But I’d like to think I will discipline my children as needed.

My husband as already told me that he would send them to me to be disciplined so that he can be the “good guy”. He didn’t want his children to not like him. Ha. We shall see how that goes.

Well that’s all I have for today. Our lives have definitely changed, but we wouldn’t change it for the world. Have a great week!


Wake Up Wednesday: 9.2

Good morning – good morning.

We have a few things to reflect on this week. First things first, yesterday was the anniversary of 9/11. I read a post yesterday about how we wish our nation would go back to the way it was on 9/12 (the next day). That was a day that our nation was hurting, and hurting so badly, we pulled together to support each other and show the world that we were unified. Lately I feel like we have been divided, so just take a moment to say a prayer for the unity and strength of our country as we move forward.

Second, the football game this last weekend……….probably was one of the most boring football games I have watched in a while. And although I am an Iowa State fan, I wasn’t nearly as mad that we lost this year. It was an extremely low scoring game. The tables will turn, they always do.

Grab your coffee drink this morning. Mine is coffee black as black this morning; let’s get this show on the road.

Song of the Week:

Lonely Call


This song has got some feels with it, but it’s a good listen.

Would you rather learn fencing or archery?:

I have always wanted to learn to shoot a bow. When I played softball at Iowa State University, the ISU Archery Club always had practice at the same time behind our field.

The Hunger Games movies came out during the last couple years of my college career, and I think that struck my interest in archery. I feel that is something I could be decent at.

Who knows, it might be a hobby I pick up sometime.

Bible Verse of the Week:

Would you like to travel to space or not?:

I, honestly, have no desire to visit anywhere in space. I have never even thought about it – not even in dreams.

I am perfectly content where I am. I do think we could send some of our criminals to another planet and drop them off though. Ha.

Quote of the Week:

How do you encourage yourself through hard times?:

We all face our own hardships – mentally or physically. When I find myself going through a hard time, I always turn to the Lord and pray. That is my first step. I pray and pray and pray.

I also pick a few things I enjoy doing to keep my mind balanced such as coloring, running, and listening to music. I try to do these as much as possible during that time to keep myself in a better mood. I believe having a positive or open mind during a hardship will allow healthy healing and a solid push to make it through.

He will bring you through it! If you have been with me since day one, you know I am very big on believing that for whatever situation I am put in, it is God’s plan and reasoning. If He didn’t want me to go through it, I wouldn’t be in the situation at hand. Give it to Him; lean on Him.

Do you believe you have to go through something to fully understand it?:

I personally think you do have to encounter situations to fully understand them. I think that about every kind of situation.

I think some of the best therapist, counselors, doctors, even funeral directors, or rehabilitation officers are the ones who have been through the most themselves. The way they handled their own hardships might not be the best way for everyone else, but they understand every aspect mentally, physically, emotionally of what someone else might be going through.

I believe that if you haven’t encountered a certain situation that someone else might be going through that you could have sympathy, empathy, or support for someone during their hard times, but they could never truly understand what someone is going through.

That is all I have for you today. Please be kind to everyone; you don’t know their battles and hardships.


Wake Up Wednesday: 9.1

Good morning!

I know it is not technically fall, but as soon as September comes around, it is the unofficial start to fall and football season! My husband and I live for football season; we have a very divided house. This week is the Cy-Hawk series week – a week where we don’t particularly “get along”.

For example, we both (separately) ordered solo cups for the weekend (mine are Iowa State, and his are University of Iowa); I knew they had been delivered. I came home from work to find my package laying on top of the garbage. I took them out, and found them there again after supper.

Grab your coffee drink (it is September, and it is acceptable to drink pumpkin spice if that is up your alley). Let’s get this day started!

Song of the Week:

When I Pray For You

Dan + Shay

I loved this song after I heard the first 4 words. Listen to the lyrics; they are great. It just hits me a little harder because we are expecting our first child, one of which I have prayed for a long time.

What is your favorite tailgating food?:

Buffalo Chicken Dip is my favorite tailgating food.

I am a buffalo chicken fiend, and generally eat it 6 or 7 times per week, but there is something about buffalo chicken dip that I could eat every single day.

 Bible Verse of the Week:

Do you like pumpkin anything?:

Nope – not a bit. I do not do pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin pie (I have had a piece or two in my life but I had a tub of cool whip on top), pumpkin anything. I just can’t do pumpkin, unless it’s carving for Halloween or a few fall decorations.

Quote of the Week:

Do you decorate for fall?:

I usually get a couple of mums and pumpkins to decorate the entryway of our home, but other than that, I don’t typically tear down any original decor in my home to replace it with fall get-up.

What are your favorite things about fall?:

-Football & Tailgating

-Amazing coffee flavors (excluding pumpkin spice)


-Chili season begins

The beautiful color change of the scenery

-Sweater/sweatshirt weather

-Pumpkin patch/apple orchard dates

Honestly, there are so many things to love about fall. It makes me smile to even just think about it.

That’s all for today! Enjoy your day today, and I pray for all of you who have a house divided this week!