Friday, March 1, 2013

Satisfied in You - Psalm 42

For several months, this Sing Team album has been on repeat in our home. Anytime that I want to sing at the top of my lungs, and PRAISE Jesus, I turn this album on. Oh! Great is Our God! and God has been speaking sweetly to me through these songs that are full of His word. Eleanor loves singing and dancing to it too :)

Recently, Satisfied in You (based on Psalm 42), has ministered directly to my heart. 

/let my signs give way to songs that sing of your faithfulness/
/let my pain reveal your glory as my only real rest/
/let my losses show me all I truly have is you/

God has been growing and teaching our family a lot during the past months. Through our losses he has revealed that all we truly have is Him. 

In early November we found out we were expecting baby #2! We were ecstatic and shared with our family immediately. We planned to announce baby #2 with this cute family photo (one of my favorites, from our sweet friend Siraya!) 

The day before Thanksgiving I started having some light bleeding (sorry for tmi!). Our midwife instructed us to go to the ER. I was hoping that it was nothing, and we were sure that an Urgent care would be just as effective (with an ultrasound machine) and less expensive.

We got to the Urgent Care and were seen almost immediately. Unfortunately, there was only one doctor in, and he was THE most awkward man ever. Dwight. Just as awkward or even more so than Dwight from the Office. Not exactly the most comforting doctor haha. He wasn't very helpful but basically said it could be a miscarriage, nothing, or an ectopic pregnancy. Bah! He referred us to an ultrasound office but there were no available appointments until Monday due to the holiday. 

We picked up Eleanor from the Sager's house (thanks for watching her!) and and decided to head home and rest. As soon as we got home I had more bleeding and decided to call the midwife again. She said to head to the ER immediately. Our sweet friends came by and took a second shift in watching Eleanor (which ended up being 10ish hours long!). We drove to the ER, sat in the waiting room and were admitted within thirty minutes. 

After basic urine and blood testing, and 2 1/2 hours of ultra-sounding, and more waiting in a room (shared with a crazy old woman) we were given news that we had an ectopic (tubular) pregnancy.We were both ready and expecting the worse...but it was hard to hear. I had to have a chemotherapy drug to remove the pregnancy and to make sure my tube didn't burst. I am so thankful that we went to the ER when we did. I wasn't experiencing any of the normal pain or symptoms from an ectopic pregnancy, and I probably would have just assumed we miscarried. 

Did I mention it was the day before Thanksgiving? And that we were MOVING the day after? Bah! It was a crazy/busy season. Obviously you can tell, as it's been 4 months since I last blogged!

I apologize now, if this is the first you're hearing about this. It's been a challenging season and I'm just now able to write out what happened and how we're doing.

God has been so gracious to us. He really is our only rest and all we truly have. We mourn the loss of our child, but we set our hope in Christ.
Romans 5: 3-5
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Thank you Jesus for your deep love for us! :) We were super encouraged and blessed by our community, family, and friends who surrounded us, made meals for us, cried with us, and prayed with us (over and over again!)

Thanks for reading such a long post! Now, I feel like I've got you up to speed ;) and I can update the blog now and again. I am excited to share etsy shop/sewing updates and more news. Obviously an Eleanor update is in order too :)

much love,

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies for Fall!

To celebrate the Fall weather that has finally arrived in San Diego (72 degrees and cloudy!), why not bake a batch of these tasty pumpkin, oatmeal & chocolate chip cookies? Just go ahead...and bookmark this recipe (or pin it!)...they are super delicious and my husby's favorite. Ryan would love for me to make these year round, but for some reason I can only bring myself to make them during here there are! Enjoy one (or two!) with a glass of milk or hot coffee!

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
created by Megan Mullen

1 Cup Flour

3 1/2 Cups Rolled Oats *added 1/2 Cup from first recipe edition
1 Cup Butter
1 Egg
1 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup White Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla
1 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1 Cup Pumpkin (canned or fresh)
2 Cups Chocolate Chips
A dash of pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.)-use more for "pumpkin pie" taste

Mix all dry ingredients. Set aside. Mix wet ingredients, slowly stir in dry ingredients. Bake at 375 degrees for 9-12 minutes or until golden brown.

love love, 

Monday, October 8, 2012

headband & hooter hider winners!

and the winner of this beauty is:
Megan Knight!

and the winner of this beauty is:
Erin Moffit!
Thanks to all of you who participated last week and who supported my shop opening! I appreciate all the love and encouragement!

Bri-I promise to have an update soon on little E, who is not so little anymore! :)

I'll also be updating on the Red Door women's retreat from last weekend and all that the Lord was teaching and speaking to come back soon!

love love,

Thursday, October 4, 2012

giveaways for the weekend!

Here's your final chance! the beautiful, handmade, crocheted, bow headband/ear warmer is still up for grabs! Enter below to win!
And the final giveaway for this week is from another sweet, dear friend, Lindsey. Back at home (Washington for Lindsey) they call these "Knocker Blockers," but here in Southern California, we call them "Hooter Hiders" or I guess...nursing covers? Lindsey has been making these for quite some time and you can always count on one being gifted at a baby shower. She has great taste in fabric and makes these with lots of love :) She might be opening up a shop on etsy (I'll keep you posted) but for now...she's just making them for go say hello and meet her ;) This fabric is the same as the "Plum Waffle" car seat canopy that's in my etsy shop!

To enter to win either the headband or the hooter hider ;) please leave a comment below with which one you would like and what you'll use it for (ie. gift for a new mama, headband for my sister, etc.) The drawing will end on Sunday evening at midnight (PST). Winner will be announced Monday morning!

Thanks so much for checking out my new Etsy Shop and sharing the love this week! I really appreciate all of your support and encouragement!

Tomorrow we leave for a women's retreat with the ladies from our church. I'm looking forward to spending time in the Word, worshipping God with these ladies, and enjoying some quality time with them. I'm sure there will be more to share on Monday! Happy Weekend!

love love love,

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

a winner and another giveaway!

and...winner is...
(selected by
Melissa Nickerson!
Congrats! I will email you the details.

To continue with celebrating opening my Etsy Shop this week, we have another giveaway!  
My sweet friend Alysia is just starting to sell her cute crochet items through Instagram and via email...I didn't even know you could do that with cool! She's been crocheting for as long as I've known her (probably longer too!) and she is super talented. She even made Eleanor a beautiful turquoise and red baby blanket (which I LOVE!). I love that her items reflect her style while also taking in to consideration the person she's making it for. She is a great friend from my church community and another Proverbs 31 woman, working with her hands and taking care of her family! She just had her third baby in June! Three under thirty...and looking fabulous! :)

Today we're giving away a cute headband/ear warmer specifically made for this giveaway! It's a new style that she recently started making...a cute bow incorporated in the middle of the band...with two colors. This is perfect for the cooler days (that are hopefully coming soon!) in Fall and Winter...I'm crossing my fingers for San Diego ;)
the prize!
If you'd like to see more of Alysia's products you can find and follow her on Instagram: @seetheartinme or you can send her an email at Right now, all of the items are made to order (one size, fits most) contact her if you have something specific in mind! The headband/earwarmer is $12 plus shipping.

Two ways to enter the giveaway today:
1) To help get my Etsy shop going, check it out (please!) and let me know in a comment below, what is your favorite car seat cover.
2) bonus point- If you're on Instagram, go ahead and follow @seetheartinme and let me know which is your favorite color combo.

Giveaway closes on Thursday at midnight (EST) and the winner will be announced Friday!

Thanks so much!

love love,

p.s. a regular What's for Dinner? post is coming soon! :)
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