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Friday, December 9, 2011

Baby Showers!

We have been so blessed to have 3 baby showers and have gotten everything we need! Here are some pics!

Donna and I

Cynthia and I

Shower at work





Sunday School surprise shower!!


He is doing his job...

He’s a man. Just like you. He breathes in and out, sleeps, eats, laughs and He comes home to his wife and children each day. They want to keep it that way. Point a gun at him and you take away a husband, father, son, brother, man.

When he pulls you over, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he writes you a ticket, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he pulls you out of a burning car on the side of the road where no one else can hear your cries, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he risks his life to keep you safe, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When his wife lets him walk out the door every day, leaving his family to protect yours, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he works overnight so you can sleep in safety, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he crouches behind cars with an assault rifle looking for a madman, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he pulls over your son for driving drunk, HE’S DOING HIS JOB (& keeping other people alive).

When he arrests you for drug use, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

When he’s hunting you because you broke the law, HE’S DOING HIS JOB.

HE’S DOING HIS JOB

Thank a police officer for DOING HIS JOB today, because he might die for you tomorrow…

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Gatlinburg weekend!







Here are a few pictures from Tennessee. It was such a fun week!


It's a GIRL!!





We went to Gatlinburg with both of our families for the Bristol race. So we found out on Monday and had to keep it a secret until Thursday night! It was fun being the only ones who knew what the baby was! We couldn't believe that we were really having a girl.  We were both prepared to hear the words boy! When she told us we just looked at the screen in disbelief. The tech was like...So yall are very quiet. I finally said...Are you sure? So she checked 3 more times!  We are so exicted to say we are having a girl!!!

Baby Belly Pics!


6 weeks
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12 weeks
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16 weeks
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20 weeks
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26 weeks
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30 weeks
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Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Anniversary!




Happy 5th Anniversary!
I can't believe it has already been 5 years! Where does the time go!? I am so thankful for a loving and godly man in my life. He is such a wonderful husband and is going to be a great daddy!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Noccalula Falls Camping Weekend!

This past weekend Matthew and I went for a little camp out. I haven't been to Noccalula Falls since I was little. It was a nice get-away for a few days. It was a little hot, but it is the middle of July! We got there Thursday night and unpacked everything and then built a fire for smores! Friday morning we got up and cooked a big breakfast...biscuts, sausage, bacon, and hashbrowns! We relaxed the rest of the morning then ate lunch and headed to the park. We hiked down to the falls and walked around the petting zoo and rode the train. It was burning up! So we headed back to go swimming before supper. We had huge hamburgers!! It was so yummy!! Saturday morning we got up and cooked another huge breakfast. Then we just hung out and went swimming and played some cornhole. I didn't want to come back at all!! It was nice being with just us! We also came up with some baby names and talked about different parenting ways we like and don't like. Here are some few pics!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

You are a masterpiece....

"The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him and seek Him." Lamentations 3:25

I am still in awe of His goodness and His mercies. I am so thankful of all the many, many prayers that have been lifted to heaven these past two-ish years for our family. God is so good!!!! We will get to meet our little blessing and miracle in mid-January!!!
I do not want to take this time for granted and want to enjoy and be in every moment. We have so much to be thankful for every day!
I pray daily for a couple of special friends that are going through the same thing we have been through. It can seem that is is no light at the end, but there is, God is your light.
We cannot believe that in 7 short months our lives are going to be changed forever! I can't say it enough.....GOD IS SO GOOD!!!!

"You are a masterpiece, a new creation He has formed. And you're as soft and fresh as a snowy winter morn. And I'm so glad that God has given you to me. Little lamb of God, You are a masterpiece."

Friday, May 20, 2011

Easter and Mothers Day!

This us with our mom...
Easter with Lillee and Ellee


Blessings

This is a song that has touched my heart in so many ways. Please stop and take a moment to listen to these words.


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Razin Kane

Tommy had a concert at the Razin Kane May 5th. It was awsome!! We had such a fun night and there were tons of people there!!


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sailing through the storm...

Lord, I am worn from the weather, the raging waves
that beat against the life i awaken to each day.
I know You are good, and You will never forsake,
but it is hard to see You working, in the waves great wake.
So to the Lord I will lift my voice, calling out in my time of need.
I cannot navigate this ship alone, so to You, o Lord, I give the lead.
Lord, hear my prayer, I cry out in distress,
The waves of the storm seem never to rest.
Yet I know You are the Master of the waves,
And into Your hands I commit my life this day.

"Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distesss. He stilled the storm to a wisper, the waves of the sea were hushed."
Psalm 107:28-29

His grace is greater...

I have written this post many times and every time I read it back I re-upset myself. I have learned that my own strength cannot carry me through, God has to give me the stamina I need. I know God's plan is far greater than my own.
A week and a half ago it was time for us to take a pregnancy test. So I decided when I got off I would run by the store and pick up a test and take it the next morning. I was at work for about 2 hours and I started feeling crampy. But I pushed it off and tried not to think about it. About lunch time I went to the restroom and reality set in. I stayed in the bathroom and cried and prayed and asked why.Matthew brought me lunch and I sat and cried. People would ask me questions and I cried. Needless to say it was a miserable day. Each month for the past year it has been disappointing to get a negative, but this time was different. We had put so much more time and energy and money in, it was like a reality check. I know He was telling us that it didn't matter what all we had put into it, the miracle will come from Him. He is able to the impossible, we have to believe it!
So we are doing another IUI on Thursday. I have been trying extra hard to not worry about tomorrow and just live in His day every moment and be thankful for that. We are not promised tomorrow and I don't want to spend time worrying about things that I have no control over. He already knows what my future is and I have a peace in knowing He is in control!
"And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." 2Corinthians 9:8
"Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be whole and complete, lacking nothing." James 1:2-4

Friday, March 25, 2011

Pondering thoughts...

This past week I had my 2nd ultrasound for a follicle check. I go back on Monday for another and she said that I will probably get my hcg shot too. So this week we will be doing the IUI I am sure. I am so nervous, but very excited!

A sweet friend recommend a book for Matthew and I to read. It's called, Hannah's Hope. I am so thankful she shared with me about this book! I am only on the 3rd chapter but I feel like I have such a connection with Hannah! It's really amazing to think that a girl, two thousand years ago felt the same way I do today! I have learned that God had the desire to create new life. He created us in His own image, with many of his attributes, so it is no surprise that we have the same desire to create a new life! So how can it be selfish or wrong to want this? I know I don't deserve this and He doesn't owe me anything, not even an explanation of His choices. God sees the big picture from beginning to end. I can only see my little piece right now. I have struggled the most with jealousy. It seems every time I go to the store or get on facebook someone else is having a baby."A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." Proverbs 14:30 When I read this I felt shameful for letting myself and the devil root so much jealousy and envy in my heart.I felt bad about asking why or how can a girl who is not even married have a baby. She doesn't even realize how much of a blessing it is! But God allows"unloved"women the gift/trial of pregnancy to demonstrate His love to them. Just as God may want to use my empty arms to bring me closer to Himself, god may challenge another woman i don't feel "deserves" a baby with such a gift so that He can ultimately remind her that He is still God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Announcing...

Matthew's brother, Tommy Staggs, has announced that he is now a member of SSM Records, new country group, Demetree! They are working on there first album now and their first concert is March 31st at Silverado's in Nashville! So watch and listen for this new group! It's gonna be awsome!
We are so exicted for Tommy, Kelly, Will and Ella and what God has instore for them! He has worked so hard to get where he is!



I left feeling...

Exicted...Overwhelmed...Nervous...That I hope I made the right decision...

I went back to see Dr. Malizia yesterday. We got all my blood work back and she started going over what to do next. She has given us 3 options. I am still going back and forth on two of them. We are going to do an IUI ( intrauterine insemination ) this month. We can only do 3 cycles of these though. But she did say it raises our chances 50%. I just hope we're on the right side of the 50%! Our insurance doesn't cover this procedure, but I know our God will provide for us financially and mentally that we are making the right decision. I quess I am going back and forth with this because I just want to make sure we do every little step possible before doing something really big! My other option was surgery. She would make sure everything is ok and fix it if it's not. Like endometriosis, she could take it off, or if a tube is blocked she would open it. But, it is elective and it's surgery! Another concern, Harold is having knee surgery next week so I will be the main surgery person to make sure everything is covered and running smoothly. I know as we get closer to ovulation we will be at the doctor every morning for at least 3 days. So I am just praying for peace and a knowing that His time will show through to where we will be able to do this. If that makes sense. We serve a mighty God and I am so excited to see what is to come!! We have some wonderful friends and family that are praying for us. I cannot begin to describe the peace and the love I have felt these past few months. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

Our trip to Nashville!

For my birthday this year, Matthew got us tickets to see Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith at the Ryman in Nashville. I love and grew us listening to both of them so it was so great to see them together!! It was a awesome concert!


We left on Monday after our doctors appointment and got there around 4. We had dinner with Tommy, Kelly, Will and Ella at a BBQ place called Judge Beans BBQ. It was featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. It was sooo good! Tuesday morning we got up and had breakfast a Pancake Pantry in downtown and just walked around. I think we went to 20 boot stores! We say 3 doors down shooting a music video in one of the ally ways. It was pretty neat to stand there and watch! We went to the Charlie Daniels Museum and stopped by Tootsies. We then headed to historic Franklin. It was such a beautiful day to walk around and see the sights. The concert started at 7:30 and I had made dinner reservations at Union Station.


Wednesday we checked out and headed to the Grand Ole Opry. We walked around the hotel and got some ice cream. The mall still isn't open so we went to the bass pro shop. Can't pass that up! Above is a picture of us at the hotel.

There were Elvis' everywhere in Nashville! I got my picture made with at least 4!

Before we left to go on our trip we went to our first doctors appointment at Alabama Fertility Specialist. We saw Dr. Malizia. She is so nice and listens to our concerns and takes her time. We left there feeling excited to see what the next step is!



Friday, February 25, 2011

SUYL...Things I make!

I have recently opened a shop on Etsy. It's called HopefulLove Boutique. Here is the link...
http//www.etsy.com/shop/juicyhot

I have only a few things right now. But check back in about a week and I will have more added. I am still in the process of making things now. Feel free to let me know if there is a certain holiday or patteren you would like. I will be happy to make it for you!

I will ship for free if you let me know you saw me on Kelly's Korner!

If you want to look a few post down on my blog I have written why I have started doing this and there are a few pictures to look at also! I hope you enjoy looking around!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy Birthday Eve!!

This past weekend we went on a short trip to Gatlinburg with my parents. It was so much fun and we were so glad to get away. We ate at lots of yummy places, like the Pancake Pantry. It is on of our favorites to go to.
We went to the mountains and had lots of snow ball fights! It was so much fun and people thought we were crazy I am sure!

Yesterday, for Valentines day, Matthew took me to work. Then he washed my car for me and picked me up. He told me to get ready when we got home. He said my mom was cooking dinner and we were going over there. It was such a nice surprise to see Steven, Ryan, Reba and Katie come over to celebrate! This is my last year in my twenties and I am a little sad. I don't know why, I never thought I could be so glad to be where I am at today. Even though Matthew and I are going through some struggles trying to have a baby, our relationship has gotten stronger each day and for that I am very thankful! Matthew got me a strawberry cake from Edgars. The top is from the fair this year...Monkey's Riding Dogs!! I loved it!!
I also got our quilt yesterday too! It is all the pieces of fabric people signed a little note to at our wedding. So, almost 5 years later...I finally got my quilt made!! I love it and it was a great surprise!!
I have started my Etsy site and have a couple of items on it. It's just table runners right now, but I've got more things in the works. I named it HopefulLove Boutique. Hopeful that one day we will have a child and we will love this precious miracle and we know that God loves us so much that he want everything to be according to His plan...Perfect!! The money we get for these will go toward helping pay for any infertility treatments our insurance is not going to cover. We know God will provide for us and we want to use these as a testimony of our faith.
It has been almost 2 years since we've started "trying" to have a baby. When I look back I wonder, how in the world did we make it this far?! But I know how...it's because we serve a great and mighty God!! We go to a new doctor on Monday and I am a little nervous. I don't know why, we've been doing fertility treatments for a year now so I am used to getting blood taken every month and hearing the good or bad news from the month before. I think I am nervous because I feel like we are starting over. Hopefully once we talk to the doctor and tell her our concerns I will feel much better. After our appointment we are leaving to go to Nashville. So it will be good to not have to deal with questions or anything for a couple of days. I don't mind talking about it anymore, it's just the first couple of days I don't want to talk about it. That may not make sense but it does to me. Matthew and I are spending every moment we can together as a couple because we know one day it will be hard to do that!

We have so many friends we are praying for and and family that is struggling with different issues right now. Its so hard to remember all of them so I am going to start a prayer gates page to where you can post things you want others to pray for and vice versa. But for now if you want to just write a comment on here or email me I would be happy to pray for whatever! We all need prayer every single day! Through the past couple of years we have had so many people praying for us and I know that is how we made it through, so I feel lead to be prayerful for others.



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Where to start...

Happy New Year!!

Everytime I sit down to write about something I get distracted and before I know it, it's time for bed or I've fallen asleep on the couch! Soooo...we've had so much going on that I don't know where to start!

I can't believe it's already February! Even more shocking...I can't believe I am fixing to be 29!! We have a little get away planned next weekend to gatlinburg with my parents and then we are going to nashville the next week to see Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith at the Ryman!! So these are sorta birthday/valentines day vacays!


We have also taken a new step in trying to have a baby. We will be seeing a infertility doctor on Feb. 21st. I am exicted and scared all at the same time! I got our packet in the mail telling us what to expect and I've been doing some research on IVF. I am trying not to worry about it because God knows our needs and what is best for us. One day at work, I had an amazing realization. I know it was God-sent! I am going to be starting a small business on the side to help with the cost of all the doctor visits and whatever else we may have to do. It's going to be called "Hopeful Love Boutique". I am making table runners, placemats, napkins, ribbon blankets and whatever else ideas I come up with. I have made a couple of table runners already. I am going to put them on ETSY. I am so thankful that God is allowing me to share our story and help others through all this. It is complicated to put into words on here, but God is so amazing!!
Here is picture of one of the table runners I've made.




Matthew and I had an opportunity at church to share our testimony on stewardship. I really didn't want to do it at first because I hate talking in front of alot of people. But God calls us to step out of our comfort zone and do something we normally wouldn't do. I am so glad we did!! It's so amazing how God has used us to bless so many and they have blessed our lives as well. Like I said though, it's too complicated to put into words on here, but I will never forget it!

"Happy are the people who know the joyful shout; Lord, they walk in the light of Your presence." Psalm 89:15
Tommy, Kelly, Will and Ella came down for a short visit a couple of weeks ago. Kelly and Will went to Auburn for the campionship celebration so Matthew, Tommy, Ella, Reba and I hung out for the day...