Saturday, January 18, 2014

Gentle Breezes Pt. one

Today Madre & I left  home & headed to beautiful Wimberley, Texas.  We decided to go bed & breakfast route instead of hotel, because we really wanted to just getaway and relax.

To say that I am glad that we chose a B&B is an understatement.  This place is absolutely beautiful.  It's a cute one bedroom, one bath (with a HUGE jacuzzi tub!!!), full kitchen, living rom, an amazing porch, and a large yard.  In fact, I believe the owner said it is on over 100 acres.

We arrived this afternoon, just after 3pm, checked out the house, and went to the store for dinner necessities. When we back, I grilled steaks (my first time ever grilling!!! Thanks to Stephen for talking me through how to set up the charcoal and all that!), made baked potatoes, and snacked on some homemade guac! Basically, we're eating anything and everything this much for my eating healthy this weekend!

While I was barbecuing, sunset happened, and WOWZA! Our God is an AMAZING ARTIST!

 a pretty little flower. :)

 These are the sconces they have out on their porch.  Isn't it the cutest?!?
These two guys are the goat dogs.  Their job is to make sure the goats stay where they are supposed to stay.  (They have a ton of goats).
This is Rudy, their friendly pet dog. He's the sweetest & makes me miss my Penny Sue. 
And this was my first ever grilled steak.  Half of it looked like this (perfect in my book). The other half was wayyy too done. Oh well, you live and learn. :)

Excited for tomorrow as we plan to hike around the property, take pictures of scenery (have I mentioned I LOVE my camera that my inlaws got me?), and explore Wimberley. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Long hair!

Because of the Molar Pregnancy, I got all the extra hormones and symptoms of pregnancy, including hair growth. I straightened my hair this morning and couldn't believe how long it had gotten!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Shearer Family Christmas

With the busyness of the holiday and my sister & I both traveling on Christmas and with my mom & I both having bronchitis over New Years, we just celebrated Christmas with my side of the family. We ended up having an Italian Christmas last night with my mom's amazing homemade lasagna, fettucini alfredo, and Kasey's delicious homemade cheesecake (which I totes need the recipe for, dude!).

Here's a couple few bunch of pics from our evening together. Most are of the cutest nephew in the world. :)


cookie & lasagna face :)

Christmas Tree

little present opener

look mommy! present!

Texas Tech mug! yes!!

Stephen got bath and body works!
(or at least a box from there)

What was really in the BBW box

silly little girl cat

sock monkey PJs for Kasey

bunny on a rope.

All in all, we had a great time celebrating together. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Due Date

Today is my due date. Or was my due date. It's a date that I've been dreading since, well, June 7th, when I found out that I had a molar pregnancy.  This past Sunday, I had a major breakdown.  One of those crying so hard, nose running & becoming clogged, eyes puffy and red, hyperventilating breakdowns. I think Stephen was shocked.  I know he definitely wasn't expecting it.  One second I'm great, the next, a big blubbery mess of snot and tears. yum.

So prior to today, Stephen and I decided we would NOT be at home today, we would go and do fun stuff, try to keep our minds off of the fact.  Both of us were off of work, thankfully, so I got to sleep in late. :) Getting up early sucks.  We ran some necessary errands, then went to Olive Garden for lunch. So yum.  I could eat their salad all day every day. I would've rather had hospital food, but I know that's not what God had planned.

After lunch, we decided we wanted to go someplace and play video games...well, like arcade games, not like playstation or xbox.  So we googled arcades in Corpus Christi and it said there was one in Sunrise mall. There's not. There's like nothing.  While we were searching for an arcade, my obgyn, Dr. Glazener, called and said I would NOT have to have another procedure.  (She had called on 12/23/13 and said that my oncologist, Dr. Mahmood, recommended a procedure where, TMI ALERT, she goes up inside me and searches around to make sure everything with my uterus is ok.  Dr. G didn't want to do it because she said it's very invasive and high risk for hemorrhaging. She said she was going to get in contact with a specialist at a Gynecological Cancer Center in San Antonio and should be back to me in the next few days.  Needless to say, I am SO thankful the specialist said it wasn't really necessary unless my HCG levels go up again).

After the failed arcade search, we went home to take a nap and watch some Big Bang Theory. For dinner, we decided to venture back to CC and go to Gattitown! Of course they have games! and endless Icees.  Except when we got there, the Icee machine was gone, the buffet had like three nasty looking pizzas and some old looking pasta.  So we just played games.  It was so much fun just hanging out together and playing, not thinking about what we would've rather been doing (having a baby).  We ended up going to Quiznos for dinner and just talking about the plans God has for us.

We don't know what plans He has for us, but we know that Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose." (ESV). So whatever God's plans are for us, we know that they're good.  We don't understand why we couldn't have a baby this time.  We don't know why I had to have a d&c and chemo or why we have to wait.  But we're trusting in Jesus. We're trusting that the Creator of the world knows better than we do.

Stephen, thank you for loving me the way you do. For helping me to see that God really DOES have better plans for us. I love you and am so very thankful for you. You're my favorite. <3

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy birthday, Cole!!

Today is Cole's 14th birthday!  Despite feeling my feeling crummy (though much MUCH MUCH better than yesterday), we went over to the Strealy's to celebrate with him.  I love that his birthday is 1/1/2000, so whatever the year is, that's how old Cole is!

Cole's delicious cookie cake

He looks thrilled

love the butterfly candle. :)

"I got your back."

"How to pick up Chicks."

Cole is in love with Ariana Grande

He got moneys!! 

Happy birthday, Cole! We love you so much and are blessed to call you our brother! 

New Year's Resolutions

Every year I make New Year's Resolutions, and by February (or Jan. 3rd, don't judge), I've broken them.  This year, I'm sure would be the same if I made "New Year's Resolutions."

Instead, I'm going to make three life changes over the course of the year. In order to do those life changes, I'm going to have to make some sacrifices, change some things, and be motivated to do so all year.

1. Spend time DAILY with Jesus.
     That's easy enough to explain, spend time with Jesus.  Whether it's by reading the Bible or a devotional book, listening to worship music, or praying, I want to spend time with Jesus every day!

2. Become healthier!
     That's not going to be a hard one because right now, all I do is eat crap and sit around.  I want to be healthier for me, for my husband, and for my future kids. It has gotten to a point where I'm unhappy with how I look, how other people see me, and how my clothes fit.  How am I going to become healthier? I don't know yet. Eat less crap, do less sitting. 

3. Drink Water!!!
     This kind of goes with number two, but it's on it's own in my book.  I drink too much sweetened stuff and not enough water.  I know I get dehydrated easy & that's not good. I have several different water bottles, and over the course of 2014, I plan to use them over and over and over again!

Ok, so those kind of are Resolutions, but if I really think about it, they're Life Changers.  Spending time with Jesus can obviously change a life, but so can becoming healthier and drinking water.  So here's to life change in 2014!

What are your Resolutions/Life Changes

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Eve

It's New Year's Eve! 

 Since Stephen & I met, each New Year's we've spent together has also been with youth at Lock-ins or at Winter Retreat.  I was so excited that this year's Winter Retreat is scheduled for January 2-4th, so we would get to celebrate New Year's together.  I imagined an evening out, dressed up and going to dinner and a movie or a party, or hanging out with friends.  Instead, we're at home because I have bronchitis, a fever, and asthma issues from the bronchitis. Yay. Not. The important thing is we're together, eating Whataburger & watching movies. 

Looking forward to a healthier 2014!