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Wednesday
Aug282013

baby update

We got to go see baby again at a detailed ultrasound on monday, so detailed we could even see the little heart beating! She showed us all the different parts, and when it came to the legs I was trying really hard to look inbetween... But I definitely couldn't figure it out! Here they aren't allowed to tell you the gender at an ultrasound, the results have to be sent to your dr and then they give you a call. So I'm very anxiously waiting to find out!!

Right now I'm feeling girl... so we'll see! 

Monday
Aug262013

What no eye has seen

 

 

this morning i came across this verse in 1 corinthians 2:9 “what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what god has prepared for those who love him” that verse gives me an excited feeling! and it reminded me a quote from c.s lewis' mere christianity that our pastor read on sunday that i just love!

"god will invade.

but i wonder whether people who ask god to interfere openly and directly in our world quite realise what it will be like when he does. when that happens, it is the end of the world. when the author walks on to the stage, the play is over.

god is going to invade, all right: but what is the good of saying you are on his side then, when you see the whole natural universe melting away like a dream and something else – something it never entered your head to conceive – comes crashing in; something so beautiful to some of us and so terrible to others that none of us will have any choice left?

for this time it will be god without disguise; something so overwhelming that it will strike either irresistible love or irrestistible horror into every creature. it will be too late then to choose your side. there is no use saying you choose to lie down when it has become impossible to stand up. that will not be the time for choosing; it will be the time when we discover which side we really have chosen, whether we realised it before or not. now, today, this moment, is our chance to choose the right side. god is holding back to give us that chance. it will not last forever. we must take it or leave it."

you can watch the sermon here if you like.. 

 

(If you left a comment and don't see it anymore, I didn't intentionally delete it. I accidentally deleted this post bumping buttons on my phone without realizing. I reposted it this morning but the comments are unfortunately lost) 

Thursday
Aug222013

threads

I kind of jumped the gun on Fall this week! We had a couple rainy mornings so I made hot chocolate, threw on my coziest sweater, and declared it fall. But I definitely spoke too soon, this outfit bit me in the butt later when after my dr's appt David and I walked down to the beach for dinner and I was dying of heat sitting in the sun at our favourite sushi restaurant. Whenever fall does decide to come I will welcome it with open arms, but for now i think shorts are a better choice.

Sweater: Thrifted Eddie Bauer - This sweater actually has a tiny blood stain on it from one night in Minneapolis when David and one of my my best friends (Tegan) husband's bands were touring together. Tegan and I had spent the night sitting behind the Merch booth and when her husbands band was playing I decided to let loose and start to dance a little crazy. Tegan quickly came running down a bench and jumped off to join me.. butt the ceilings in clubs can be slightly low, she smacked her forehead on a metal beam and it knocked her right to the ground, I turned around there was tegan half fallen over half dancing with a face covered in blood. A rather horrific sight! We ran to the bathroom to clean her up. She had a pretty crazy gash for quite some time, but everything was all right. So, that is the story of this cozy sweater... 

Necklace: H&M - I bought this yesterday because we have a wedding this weekend. I didn't want to spend the money on getting a new dress, so I decided to get a necklace to spruce up an old outfit. 

Sunglasses: Ray Ban

Jeans: Urban Outfitters BDG Twig Jeans - These are my favvv, fit great, never stretch out, super skinny. I now have to wear them with an oh so trendy belly band because baby is growing and they are no where close to buttoning up. 

Bracelet: Thrifted - Shown in last weeks post... and probably every post to come, my staples.

Rings: Etsy

Sandals: Thrifted Franco Sarto

Saturday
Aug172013

roots and branches

 

Posting a verse a week was one of my new years resolutions. I did it for a few weeks and then life got crazy and some of my other blogs started to consume my time and majority of posts on This Ones For You got pushed to the side. But, I'm going to attempt this again. It may not happen every week, but I'll do my best. 

Romans 11:16b-24 "...if the root is holy, so are the branches. If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.”Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Consider therefore the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness. Otherwise, you also will be cut off. And if they do not persist in unbelief, they will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. After all, if you were cut out of an olive tree that is wild by nature, and contrary to nature were grafted into a cultivated olive tree, how much more readily will these, the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree!"

I love this entire analogy. But the words that stick with me throughout my day are "if the root is holy, so are the branches." To me it is a reminder to everday be concious and intential of where I am rooted, remember what I am working for, and living for. And when you live with God as your root it will effect who you are in your decisions, thoughts, words, actions, and passions. You can't help but be consumed by it. I can't think of any better feeling.

Tuesday
Aug132013

Week 19 

(please dont judge my feathered lamp... it's from my childhood bedroom)

Well I've reached week 19, the belly is growing a bit... But it's definitely not an obvious baby belly yet. Crazy that its almost half over! We get to find out the gender in the next few weeks and I'm sooooo excited!! 

The first 18 weeks have gone a little like... 

This week I have started to get back to feeling like myself. June & July were such crazy months, and not just because we were busy, I am realizing now that I was super hormonal. It's funny how (at least with me) When I'm being taken over my hormones I never seem to clue into the fact that thats what is happening... I just genuinely think that everyone around me is completely unreasonable! Last week one night I was trying so hard to be in a good mood and I felt like I was on drugs, I had no control! I wanted to enjoy my time but my female mind would not let me. This when I realized that all the crap thats been going on in my head the last couple months was because I am pregnant and there are tons of crazy hormones happening. Yay Girls! 

I have needed a lot of sleep, I can't believe how tired I have been! By about 9:30 every night I'm fighting my eyelids. I could probably fall asleep anywhere at anytime throughout the day.

My boobs have multiplied by 10! To be honest I'm a fan of small boobs, so I'm not really enjoying bursting out of all my tops. But soon I'll have a jumbo belly to balance it all out.

My Jeans no longer button up, at least not for long, they always end up un buttoned where ever we go. 

I haven't really had any cravings I don't think... I had every possible food aversion, mostly hummus, sweet potato, quinoa, green peppers... Oh man I'm making myself sick thinking about this phase, I have to stop.. But basically I'm so happy to finally be able to eat everything again! 

....And a little hello from these guys.

 

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