Monday, February 6, 2012


"Happy" - Leona Lewis


I can already tell it's going to be one of those days.  No, not a bad day - but the kind where you're not ever quite sure what day it is. 
I'm very much, optimistically hoping that's a good thing for our Monday. Steve is off from work. 
  Because today, we have plans.  

We're turning the next page in this chapter.

Flipping to the next page doesn't guarantee instant results.
We're not expecting an answer today.


It's progress.  It's making a move.  It's taking it to the next level...
It makes me happy.

I could get all emotional and let the words start flowing.  But, I'm not going to at this moment. 
I need to keep this mellow vibe going and save up the emotional energy for the rest of the day.  
My intuition tells me that February will be full of pour-my-heart-out/candid posts.
As well as March, April, May and so on, for that matter.

So, for today, I will say...

I feel good.  I feel unusually calm. 
It's a sign.  A sign that lets me know this journey is ready to move forward.
I know that today is going to be one that will always stick clear in my mind and deep in my heart.
And it hasn't even truly begun yet.
But, like I mentioned in a couple posts back...
you just know.

I raise my coffee cup with a Monday morning toast.

Cheers - to marching ahead...
To new pages that will teach us new lessons.
To a beautiful, so-beyond-gonna-be-worth-it
New step
New day

Cheers - to sperm donors.


Happy Pictures...

A lazy, loungy, weekend morning with the Mister.  Hot coffee and treats while 
we catch up on our shows. 

Discovering new yums at the grocery store.  This is trouble right here...Cold
Stone Creamery now makes coffee creamer.

Glittery nails and Krimpet kitty.

Enjoying a quiet night with the house to myself after mucho cleaning...
Receiving this photo from Steve - letting me know he's happy because
the Giants won.
(yay! a break from sports for a few weeks!)

Welcoming the first of the month with this gorgeous babe and her Mama,
over chocolate chip muffins.

Smiling, even when she's not feeling well.

An entertaining walk and trip to the park with sweetie pie, Noah and Adam.

A homemade lunch date at Jessica's...that turned into one of our famous all day/all night affairs.

Getting picture text messages like this one, from Steve.
That would be Muffin's eyes glowing in the top window...watching Steve come home from work.

Returning the love to Steve, with love from the kitties.

Meeting up with Jen and Sean...

for a much needed reuntied/double date/food frenzy.


Fresh Start Lovin',


Ashley said...

Yeah for first comment!! :) First of all, I love this song... it is one of my favorites. It is so powerful! Good luck today and on this new chapter. It takes a lot of courage to recognize the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. Looks like you guys had another great weekend... and go Giants!!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria!
I like how you are in a positive mood and feeling happy. I am wishing wonderful things for you and Steve. You both deserve to be happy. As always the pictures are so lovely and certainly portray well the feeling of happiness. Have a GREAT FEBRUARY! Lots of Love & Best wishes coming your way.

Maria said...

Cheers to that! Happy. Is. Good.
Tons of love and prayers and I look forward to taking this ride along with you!

Kelsey Harrington said...

Long time no talkie - and it's my fault! I'm sorry I've been MIA. So happy to see that you're feeling at peace and ready to take on this new direction. I am so excited for you and Steve, I can hardly stand it. You look beautiful as ever! xoxo

Gumdrop Pass said...

LOOK AT ALL OF THAT FOOD! YUM!, on to more important things... I'm SO excited for you and Steve and your new adventure. I can't wait to read more about it. Know I'm sending positive vibes and mucho prayers your way today! They should be over Indiana/Ohio now.. they'll reach you soon! But seriously -- good luck with everything! How EXCITING!


mag said...

Time to gear up and start this new chapter! I'm sending all kinds of positive vibes your way today. Is it bad that I want to get you a t-shirt that says "Cheers to sperm donors" ? Oh honey I wish you nothing but the best and cannot WAIT to hear how you're feeling this week.

Also, Cold Stone = rocks me like a hurricane. I'm just sayin.

Aleisha McD said...

Oh my gosh!! I am cracking up over Mag's t-shirt idea!!! So stinkin' funny! You could rock that shirt, girlfriend! Can't wait for this next step on your journey to mommyhood. I'll be here for you through the whole thing. Can't wait! Thinking of you today, and let's Skype again soon. Love YOU!

Moosey Mommy said...

I am so excited for this next step in your journey! Many prayers going up here!

Anonymous said...

I eagerly await the post to come... I feel it!!!!! I do, truly!!!!! THIS is going to be a good year. Hugs and love to you both. Coopy

Our Journey Through This Lovely Life said...

Happy. is. Awesome. I am so happy for you! that coffee creamer looks amazing! as soon as I saw it my first thought is where are my shoes? I must run to the store! haha! and your nails are beautiful! Gorgeous picture of you and your hubby! you two are such an Adorable couple! Have a great week! Much love.

JennRox said...

Cold Stone Creamery now makes coffee creamer?!?!?!! Oh my!

I wish you love and luck on your upcoming journey. oxox

Kari said...

I'm sending you all the vibes I have!! (But I bet you already know that! ;) )

And your husband has a great taste in football teams to cheer for. ;) Be sure to tell him that as a Colts fan, I fully support him. And tell him that I went to Super Bowl village over the weekend...and then read him the players I saw! hahaha

I hope the next few months are AMAZING for you guys with lots of new (and great!) chapters!!

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

Love the picture of you and steve. You two are so cute:) Hope things went well for two today, good luck sweetie. Glad to hear your in a happy place. take care and looking forward to your next post.

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

Love the picture of you and steve. You two are so cute:) Hope things went well for two today, good luck sweetie. Glad to hear your in a happy place. take care and looking forward to your next post.

Cami said...

I love you and your amazing attitude!!! I will be praying. God is faithful and it will happen...unfortunately it might just be in His time - and who knows when that will be. But I have faith and am happy you do, too!
I love all the photos you take :) Wow..that coffee creamer looks/sounds delicious!!

Thanks for being so amazing and letting your light shine!!

<3-Cami from First Day of My Life

LaVonne @ Long Wait said...

Love your happy post. Great pics. Those are great things to share.

I had a great Monday too. Found out our baby is a boy today. We are very excited.

I am visiting from the Monday Mingle blog hop. I hope you have a great week. (BTW, I love the blog background!)

Brittany said...

Ohhh Maria, I am SO excited for you and Steve! I just know God has great things in store for y'all. I cant wait to keep hearing about your journey :)

All that food looks DELISH!! I love me some sweet potato fries!

Danielle said...

im standing behind you on this...i wish you the best luck. let me know if theres ANYTHING at all i can do. sending you all my good luck (not that much realistically but take what i got!!!)

Mrs. E said...

Yay for a happy day =) You already know how I feel, but just wanted to say again that you have all my support whenever you need it! You're amazing and so strong. I'm so happy for you as you take this next step in your journey! xoxoxoxo~

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

Such sweet photos! The cat eye looking down on Steve made me laugh. I never thought I'd be a cat lover, but you're turning me. :)

I'm so glad to hear you feel peaceful and good about things. Your amazing attitude is contagious! You have my love and prayers for your new journey.

jas said...

I love that song! Best of luck to you :)

Tara said...

I just saw the commercial for that Coldstone creamer! I wonder if it's good in hot chocolate? I'm a new follower from the Tuesday hop. Feel free to follow back at :)

MrsV said...

I hope you had a good Monday :)
I'm so happy and excited for you and Steve <3
And of course as always love the photos ;)

Stephanie @ Blonde Highlights said...

You do deserve to be so happy pretty girl! :) I hope February brings you many MANY happy times (you and Steve and the kitties too!)

On a lighter note... I do not know how that creamer doesn't make every single person in the world happy! HEAVEN! I'm looking for it in my grocery store TODAY! :)


waitingforarainbow said...

My Marriiii-iiiii-iii-iii-aaaa(lol I'm sure you've heard others sing that brooks n dunn song to you, but I just had to) I'm happy for you. I'm excited to watch this journey un fold, and watch your dreams come true. I'll be with you every step of the way... In a different state. But still, it counts.

Once again, loving your pictures! They always make me so hungry though. The picture of muffins eyes in the window is kind of creepy! Hehe you have yourself a little watch kitty. And the kitty in the sink is adorable! Awwwww!

More than ever I'm looking forward to your new posts! what an exciting year 2012 will be!
<3 ya girl!

Kim Brison said...

Following from the hop on GFC..looking forward to getting to know you! -Kim

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I need you to be in my life! You are such a motivator. Every time, I read your posts, I get a high! You deserve the best. On an unrelated note, holy moly, I need that creamer! You might have stated but where did you buy it? Love the pictures too girl!

KERRY said...

Hello my sweet Maria! Lovin' the new look you got goin' on round here :)
Awesome pics again, so cute to see your little kitty cats eyes at the window and how adorable is that little girl friend of yours!!
Good luck this month, I am sending positive vibes and loads of love to you as always xo

Andrea said...

Chickie's and Pete's! Ah memories (I lived in Philly for ten plus years, dang I miss home!)

I'm brand new to the blog (from Thirsty Thursdays) so I'm going to have to back up and read some back posts to get to the mysterious thing of which you speak! But if mellow is where you need to be, I hope you can curl up with a good book, a quiet moment, and peaceful nap.

Miss Vhaving said...

I am so happy I want to come over and hug you! Your post touched my heart with every magical word. I wish you the best this month and all the ones to come. Keeping the good vibes going helps me focus on my side of the world. Thank you for sharing your stories.

Lisa's Loft said...

Hi, I'm a new follower. I read your blog and find it truly inspiring. I look forward to getting to know you better. Please come by and visit me sometime. Have a great weekend.

Jordan Marie @ said...

goosebumps.. good luck.. my thoughts and prayers are with you. i love you! <3xojo

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