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Hi, I'm Andrea! Our little family of four lives in South Florida and leads worship. We are here to share the love of Christ and live life together. We're learning a lot here and enjoy looking for opportunities to grow. Thanks for listening and coming alongside us!

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Happy 26 Weeks! || Thankful Pregnancy Update



I hope that you all have had a restful and blessed Thanksgiving! We were able to make a trip a few hours North and joined up with family to celebrate and enjoy time together. I'll spatter some photo memories in this update ... to keep you interested and let you know how things are progressing ;)
How far along? I'll be 26 Weeks in the mornin' :)
What's baby up to?
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Our baby has sweet eyelashes now, and the Lord is crafting his or her eyes, which will soon start to open.

Total weight gain/loss? Right in stride with 1st pregnancy -- I've gained about 15 lbs so far

Maternity clothes? Wearing proudly :) Liking my "belly band" which helps give me the confidence I need to bend over to pick up my son without sharing skin with the world. 
Sleep? I'm a great sleeper. Yes. -- but my bladder is not. My husband = the best. He hangs with Marshall and allows me to catch a few more winks when possible, because he's wonderful. 

Best moment this week? Family time together -- time. ahhh. my greatest love language = quality time :) I've had the best few days! I'll give you some visual aids ... watching the sun rise over the ocean, finding pretty shells, reading books, cooking, eating, talking ... joy!


Symptoms? Ouch. my back :( I gained quick pounds this month which knocked me a bit out of whack. I've been doing some simple exercises and stretches along with PanAway essential oil -- which helps... but nerve pain is mean. I looked back on my midwife file from the first time around and was surprised to see that my back pain began at 15 weeks then. So I count myself #thankful. but pained none-the-less. #worthit

Food cravings? I like to eat. yep. Thanks, thanksgiving :)
the men of the kitchen
Food aversions? Acidic foods are starting to be noticed, sadly. 

Gender? Still waiting until our next ultrasound -- sorry for the torture, guys!

Labor signs? nope, I'm glad for that!
"Ready go to beach, Mama" ... catch phrase of Thanksgiving
Belly button in or out? Yep it's out ... remembering a kid thinking that my belly button was the baby's noes last time! Oh goodness... here we go again :)

What I miss? Feeling totally "me" and pain free. But hey, I'm still having a great life!

What I'm looking forward to? The sweet interactions yet to come between baby and Marsh :) Seeing my husband snuggle with a tiny one again ... and holding that little darling for the first time!

Bump Picture::

Comment Below, because I'd love to know:: What were some highlights of your Thanksgiving?
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Monday, November 24, 2014

Currently || Vol 01 ||


Currently is a fun little share time of what's currently going on in our lives!! This is my first post in the series, I hope you enjoy :) I will be sharing my posts on a Currently link-up with other bloggers to gain new ideas, perspectives and build community!
Thinking about || how this little baby kicking inside of me right now has and will have an impact on our family dynamic. I'm wondering about demeanor, appearance, unique traits and personality ... and I'm thinking about our family that is now made up of four people! amazing. and I'm thinking, goodness I'm feeling stretched!

I'm Reading || the book of Proverbs [which was one of my November goals], The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst -- and actually whipped out my journal yesterday -- hopefully I'll do that more often, I do miss that :)
I'm Listening to || well... this kinda goes along with reading, but on my walks I'm listening to the audio-book (read by the author, which gives it so much more) Sheila Walsh's The Shelter of God's Promises
 and am learning and gaining new perspectives as I stroll :)
Watching || Pentatonix! They won the Sing-Off back when Josh and I were in college, so we've been following them for awhile! Are you a fan?
Marshall asks to listen to them every morning -- and gets in the rhythm doing as many hand-motions as he can figure out!
Thankful for || Our wonderful community of friends here in South Florida, the life our Savior Jesus has given us - to love and serve, being able to call family in Arkansas when we cannot be together, being healthy and provided for, the ability to give to others!

Looking forward to || THANKSGIVING!!! Seriously the best :) It will be our first Florida Thanksgiving, and we will spend it with some family! We'll be traveling a few hours north to celebrate with Josh's grandparents and uncle. Looking forward to the joys of being together, plus this recipe!
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Fern Forest Nature Walk - Fall Family Bucket List


Oh friends, we found a treasure of a place here in South Florida! We had several people tell us about this nature walk/retreat and decided to make a morning of it and enjoy ... Fern Forest
our family! despite his forlorn face, Marshall enjoyed it, I promise :)
we've got snacks and a stuffed alligator
there's a dazed smile for ya
our new friends who enjoyed the nature-walk with us!
I loved the variety of plants and moss! It was so relaxing and enjoyable to walk through the woods as a group, lingering, chatting and strolling along.

 Some parts were more marshland and others were more forest-like. When we stopped to take a couple of pictures, the little kiddo over here decided to throw his water-bottle off of the landing. Unfortunately, we were in the swampy area.

 Thanks to my dear old husband and our fun-loving friend -- the bottle was retrieved ... long-stretching arms, stomach laying, foot-holding and sticks can be thanked as well!
the men pictured in victory with said water-bottle 
 And here is a bit more beauty and close-ups from our nature walk that is sure to be easy on your eyes :) Enjoy!

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