Friday Faves!!

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Friday, y'all!!!  I am in the BEST mood today because today is my last day of school before Thanksgiving break and this is the first year we get an entire week off of school for Thanksgiving!  WHAT!?  I'm SO SO excited!!

I plan on working on a gift guide or two for y'all over the break!

Since today is Friday, I'm sharing a few of my FAVORITES with y'all!

 We put the Christmas tree up on Monday because I put it up around Veteran's Day every year.  Christmas is my FAVORITE and the decorations make my house feel so joyful and merry!

 As soon as I saw this photo this week, I immediately saved it to my phone.  I hope y'all thought of me when y'all saw it too because you know my obsession with the royals and specifically, Megan 😍  She is #goals.  And because I really am so obsessed, I listen to the Royally Obsessed podcast every Thursday morning and y'all should too 😜

 My sweet friend Maribeth brought me a gift to school on Tuesday and said she'd been holding it until we got matched!  It was the cutest hooded bath towel and wash rag that matched the gown that we used to announce our adoption!  It was the sweetest and most thoughtful gift!

I love that my sister works from home now because we can meet up after school on random week days to grab coffee together!

I got Nordstrom's Christmas catalog in the mail yesterday, so the next few things are items that would either work as Christmas gifts or gifts for yourself ha!

I've learned that these colors look great with blue eyes and I really want to try Charlotte Tilbury make up.

I hate to admit this, but I don't own a pair of holiday pajamas and I also don't own a pair of matching pajamas 🙈  I thought these were so cute and the price tag isn't bad at all--plus, these could be worn all winter long!

I also wanted to share this sweater with y'all!!  I bought this during the 2017 anniversary sale and it's a favorite sweater.  It's now 40% off!!  I do wear it with a cami underneath to school because of the back.

Aaaaannnd a FAVORITE song for the week!

Alabama vs Mississippi State

Monday, November 12, 2018

Before I get started with today's post, I'd like to thank my favorite Veterans for their service!  My dad was in the Air Force and was stationed in Italy for two years (which is why my sister and I grew up knowing a few Italian phrases, and my older sister actually got to live there!), and my Popo, my dad's dad, who was in the Army and fought in Korea.  It is because of their sacrifice and dedication that I can enjoy the freedoms I have!

Saturday morning Dustin and I were up early and out of the house by 6:30am to head down to Tuscaloosa, my alma mater, to watch Alabama play Mississippi State.  I'm never excited to get moving that early on a Saturday morning, but for this, I was ready!  

We try to go to at least one football game a season, so this was our game for this current season.  The game started at 2:30, but we got to Tuscaloosa early so we could walk around campus, eat on the Strip, and get in the stadium a little early.

We met up with my coworker and parked at their RV spot and hung out a little.  Then Dustin and I headed to campus.  We went to the Ferg (student building) where they've expanded it since I graduated.  I wanted to walk around the Supe Store--which is now HUGE!!  We found the baby section and I almost bought a UA onesie for the baby 😍😍

We walked over to the Strip because I wanted to eat at Buffalo Phil's (my favorite place in college to eat and where I ate at least once a week), but it was 10:45am and the line was already out the door, so we walked over to Glory Bound Gyro to eat.  Then we walked across the street to the Houndstooth to hang out until we were ready to walk to the stadium.

 Didn't we have awesome seats?!  Because it was Veteran's Day weekend, they honored Veterans throughout the game.  SOCOM Para-Commandos jumped out of helicopters into the stadium before the game began to bring in the flags and the game ball.  It was amazing to watch!  The Million Dollar Band also had a great show dedicated to the Armed Forces.

 We sat with my coworker and her husband (Hi Eve!) and notice how bundled up Eve and I are.  When I checked the temperature for Tuscaloosa that day, it said the high was 47 degrees.  It felt much colder where we were sitting (in the old press box area), and the wind coming in from behind us was freezing!

 Dustin, the rule-breaker, was so excited to be there!

Toward the end of the game, the temperature dropped down to 33 degrees and I was SO COLD!!!  I'm using two blankets in this picture!  

Alabama won--ROLL TIDE-- and we had a great time!!  Thank you, Eve, for letting us sit with y'all!


Friday, November 9, 2018

 We have some fun news!!!

We are MATCHED!!!

I honestly can't believe it!  Half of me is so excited and the other half is still in shock.  Our sweet, precious baby will be joining us in February!!

Dustin and I found out last Friday, so keeping it a secret has been the hardest thing ever--and now I'm so glad that I can talk about it!  Sabrina, our consultant, called me at school during my planning to tell me, and after I stopped crying, I jumped in my car and ran home to tell Dustin...who happened to be off work!  Except that he wasn't at home and I had to lie to him to get him to meet me in a parking lot haha!

We took these photos at my sister's house and literally two minutes into taking these pictures, Dustin...

...lost the "B" and Rachel took these in the midst haha!  

I asked on IG for any questions and I got A LOT!!!  I won't be able to answer all of them (some things we are keeping private), but I am going to answer as many as I can!

Will you find out the gender/do you already know the gender?
Okay, this was literally asked by 20 people and I laughed out loud because my small group asked me this a million times yesterday!!  We knew the gender when we said yes to presenting to this birth mom, but we're not sharing yet!  I've always wanted to have a gender reveal party, and we'll have one in a few weeks.

Do you get a maternity leave for adoptions?
Yes!!  I would take off the rest of the year if I could afford it ha!

Will y'all have to travel out of Alabama?
We will!  For ICPC, we're told to plan for 10-14 days out of state, so basically if anyone wants to let us stay with them for a few days to save money, we'd appreciate it 😜😂

Will you get to be at the hospital when the baby is born?
That's the goal!

Is your church or family throwing you a shower?
This always makes me feel so awkward because the people who bring up showers are the ones who have done so much for us already and I don't want anyone to think I expect a shower at all....because I don't!  But I have had a lot of people talk about throwing us showers, and it just reminds me that we have so many people who support us and this adoption!

Did you cry so many happy tears?
I'm still crying haha!

What are specific ways to pray from this point forward?
I really appreciated this question!!  First, please pray for this expectant mom and her heart.  I'm so thankful that she's choosing life for this baby.  Adoption is born out of brokenness and I pray that her heart is comforted by God and that she knows she is loved!  Please pray for her health and this baby's health for the duration of her pregnancy.  Also, please pray for Dustin and I to continue trusting in God and His sovereign plan!

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