My friend, Stephanie, issued a challenge over on her blog. To blog from your heart. I love this idea! Honestly, sometimes I feel like I have a put on your happy,brave face whenever I blog, even if brave and happy is the last thing I am feeling. Today I am blogging from my heart.

Today I am thankful its raining. A slow, gentle rain with a cold nip in the air. It is peaceful & serene. This past summer, we had over 100 days of 100 degree weather. And I am glad it is over! Fall is here, and I am excited. Fall brings some of my favorite things to do: go to the tri-state fair, Alex's birthday, Halloween, fall decorating...such a busy - but fun - time of year for my family.

Today I am planning my husband's 38th birthday that is Saturday. He hates making the day a big deal, but I just can't help but want to spoil him. So we are going to go to the fair (he LOVES the fair!) and then to dinner. I still have to run to the mall & the Harley Davidson store, but things are coming together.

Today, I am feeling really conscience about my weight. I struggle so much with it. More than I should. I had lost about 20 pounds earlier this year, and they have been creeping back on. I have started running again, and have set a goal of running in a 5K the weekend of Halloween. I know I need to drop the cokes I have been drinking, but oh its so hard! After this weekend, I am going cold turkey. I just feel so much better without them (once I get through the caffeine withdrawals!).

Today, I am nervous. The March of Dimes is featuring our 'story' with prematurity at their annual black tie event. I talk about what it was like having a premature daughter every day (so it seems) but the idea of them videotaping it, and showing over the news & in front of rich-y type people makes me scared. My insecurities with my weight are playing into my fear BIG TIME. Not sure when they will come to interview & tape us, so the unknown weighs on me as well. We have gone to this event for the past five years - its fun to dress up in a beautiful gown and have Alex in a tux. Just nervous about being so vunderable, you know. The purpose of them telling our story is to help raise money for 'Fund The Mission" - a section of the night to raise money to stay local to help families who have premature babies. I am scared that our story will be a flop, and no one will give.

Today, I am waiting on a call from one of my best friends from design school, Sarah. She is at 39 weeks & about to have her little baby Olivia. She has a Dr appointment right now (she is already at a 4), so maybe she has progressed some this past week. If I can't have any more babies, one of the best things in life must be your bestie have a baby! I cannot wait to love on Olivia & spoil her! I miss having a little girl around here, and cannot wait till Olivia makes her grand appearance.

Today, I am glad that we are hosting a Life Group for married couples for church in our home. I admit it - its a pain to have to clean the house, top to bottom, every Wednesday. But, oh am I so grateful for the ministry that it is being done! Alex and I have a good marriage, but it is so nice to be encouraged to keep respecting and loving each other. It's like a mid-week boost for us. Last night, the message was about (the woman) giving her husband respect even when she doesn't feel like it, and (the man) loving his wife in a way that she can understand. Alex needs respect just like I need love & reassurance. So blessed to have a part of this ministry - even if it is only baking desserts and cleaning the house for it! The joke around here is that I am a 'holy hostess'. LOL

lovely cupcake

And just for fun, here is the link for the cupcakes I made this week. They are amazing!
Have a great day!


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  2. that is AMAZING about march of dimes. what a testament to sweet marcy.


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