Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sweet Thing

"Sweet Thing" - Keith Urban

Tonight, I reflect on the sweet things in my life...
like compassion.
Thank you.  For your words, your thoughts, your prayers, and all your love 
on my last post. Steve and I are very grateful.

It's a sweet thing...
 Being 8 days past ovulation with not a single pregnancy test in the house. 
 I plan on keeping it that way until I just can't take it anymore.     
I've got about 6-7 more days until I will know for sure.   
*I think I can. I think I can.*

I went for it today.

And had a nice visit with my friend, Vania.
That's my hair she's holding (not a fluffy kitten).

Sweet little changes like this always give me a rush. 

The bangs are back.
  I had them for the first 23 years of my life.  Steve prefers me without em', but he gave me his blessing.  And ya know what, had he not, I still would have gone for it.
It sounds silly, but I've always pictured myself with long hair and bangs whenever I was pregnant. 
Even if I don't find out happy news next week, I'm so glad I did it.
And I was glad Mr smiled when he saw me walk in the door tonight.

Change is good for the soul.

Muffin is good for the soul too.

And so is a dinner date with Vania...
and conversation that goes from hilarious and loudly inappropriate to deep and emotional
over a heavy slice of ice cream covered pound cake.

I've been doing a lot of this lately.  Talking to my stomach.  Yep, I shamelessly admit it.
Every day and night, whether driving, in the shower, lying in bed...I place my hand on my stomach, pray and talk to the baby that I hope is making a home in there.  Steve does too.
And we'll keep it up...for months...years...however long until we meet our baby.

It's more than obvious that Chloe is one sweet little thing babe.

She housed a plate of grits and toast, along with handfuls of mushroom and swiss omelet.

She loved my lucky cat head from Aleisha's sweet daughter.

A sweet trip to the outlets with Kelly and Chlo Chlo.

Chloe, the munchkin of good cheer, sprinklin' extra good cheer for all.

Happy sweet 16th 35th, Mr!

(uh, that dude in the background was a total creeper and wouldn't stop staring at us all night.)



We celebrated this man
last Saturday.  I didn't tell Steve until Friday night that 20 some of our loves would be showing up to ring in his 35th year.
It was a wonderful night to remember.

so serious.

Kurt performed some awesome magic tricks in the kitchen.

muffin says, "party up in here!"

the prize winning photos of the night.

like mother, like daughter

my thoughtful and sweet homemade gift from jen. :)



A visit with sweetheart, Noah, and his Mama before some cleaning was sure to put a smile on my face.


Sweet flowers that keep on keepin' on...

and love that does too.

Last week represented so much for the both of us. 
It was a week of sweet new beginnings.

Happy Weekend. <3

Sweet Lovin',


Kathy Radigan said...

Maria I love the bangs, I also love that you are honoring the picture in your head, seeing yourself pregnant with bangs. I did the same thing when we were going through our difficult path, it felt so much more hopeful and happy to keep images in my mind that were positive. I'm keeping you and Steve in my thoughts and prayers. Much love to you! You are amazing!!

KERRY said...

Sorry Steve, but I love love love the bangs on Maria (we call it a fringe over here!) I really do, you look so pretty and I am loving that white shirt you had on in the first lot of pics!!
I have to say that I lol'd at that pic of you stuffing fairy floss into your mouth, your face is priceless!!
Happy 35th Birthday to Steve!!! Looks like you all had a great night together with loads of good friends :)
That little blondie with pigtails is a gorgeous little thing isn't she!!?
And your friend Vania is absolutely gorgeous too!!
Good luck friend, I <3 you xoxoxox

Tina said...

love the new bangs. you are adorable! and you threw a great party. happy birthday, steve!

Judy Haughton-James said...

Hi Maria,
Very beautiful pictures! The bang fits you! There was a time when I used to wear a bang. All the yummy food is making me so hungry as I have not yet had breakfast here in Jamaica!:) Happy Belated 35th birthday to Steve. Just look at all the wonderful flowers.You are both in my thoughts and prayers and I am hope everything goes fine. Lot of Love, Friendship and Best Wishes always. By the way, I have tagged you in my recent post. If you wish you can have a go at it when you find the time. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

Maria said...

Love the hair!!! I am seriously soooo excited for you that I got all teary eyes reading about you talking to your belly. If it makes you feel any better, I talked to your belly too when I looked at that picture. :) I really did! I was like, "Come on baby! Get cozy in there!"
<3 I can't wait for you to pee on something!!!

mag said...


I hope you have a great weekend... stay away from the tests as long as you can... I look up to you (probably literally as well, you do seem tall), and I think good things are in the works right now.

Keep talkin to that belly!


M said...

SO many great photos as usual...and LOVE you with bangs!!

I love, love, love the self-portrait with the camera...and the holding your tummy. When I was pregnant last summer, I always slept with hand on my stomach. Sometimes I'd wake up that way and hubby would always be surprised that I stayed that way the whole night. It just felt natural to want to protect and hold our baby :)

I'm saying so many prayers for you guys!

Lots of love <3

JennRox said...

La-la-la-looooove your new bangs!!! So cute and flattering for you!

I really hope your baby is signing a 9 month lease in your uterus right now! Lots of hugs, prayers, and happy thoughts being sent your way!

Happy Friday.

Gumdrop Pass said...

Hi Maria!

BANGS! :) I love them on you!!! :) So glad the Mr. gave you the okay! ;)

I love this post -- your pictures always make me so happy! I love seeing all of your friends and family around you -- there's just so much love! <3

I've been thinking about and praying for you and Steve and your future little love! Fingers crossed that the great news in on the way!

I hope you guys have a great weekend! <3 <3 <3

Ashley said...

Maria! Love the bangs! They look so good on you! I recently took the plunge too and got bangs... mine are side swept, though. :) Happy Belated Birthday to Steve; looks like you guys had a blast! The creeper gave me a good laugh in the picture too. :)
I love that cup your friend made, it is so perfect! Thinking good thoughts and sending good vibes your way!
Thanks again for all your support, encouragement and sweet words.

Irish Carter of Dedicated 2 LIFE said...

Oh my, your photos, your bangs, your smile, your friends and family--your life is so filled with LOVE. I so hope that you receive the news you are looking for soon. Your page hollers out how much you love friends and family.

Irish said...

Love the bangs!!! You are so good waiting to test. Just a few more days.... I hope your weekend is great (and that it goes fast)!

Krystyn said...

Love, love, love the hair!! Thanks so much for the kind comments over the past week. I really appreciate your support!!

melodyt said...

I just nominated you for the Versitale Blogger Award on my blog!

Heather Nelsen said...

I love your hair!! It looks great! I know you must be going crazy just waiting until you can let yourself drive to buy a test!! Man! I can't wait to see the next post and hope it is a celebration of great news!! :) Have a sweet weekend with your hubby!

Kristina Torrejon said...

I love the bangs!! Super cute!! I also love how beautiful your heart is! I'm so happy i found your blog and am getting to know you a bit better!

xoxo...praying for you!

~Jess said...

You look gorgeous! Not that you didn't before, but WOW!

Bangs never worked for forehead always broke out, of course the last time I had them was when I was 13.

Keeping you guys in my prayers for amazing news!

~Jess said...

Oh and I think you and could seriously pass for twins.

Rachel said...

I love your new hair! It looks like you all had a great time at the birthday party tell your hubby happy birthday for me. I'm so excited to hear the big news soon :-) I remember how it was to be waiting to be able to POS... LOL.. BIG HUGS

waitingforarainbow said...

OHMYFREAKINWOW I am LOVING the bangs!! You look gorgeous!! Not to mention you're glowing:) you look so happy, and so does Steve!
I think it's adorable that you put your hand on your belly :) You are so positive about all of this, and I love it! Baby loves it too ;)
Looks like you're having just as much fun as always, and eating just as much amazing food as always (so jealous)
I hope your weekend is going great, and that it is followed by some testing, hehe. It's almost time gf! You made it through the 2ww, you deserve to do something nice for yourself... so have the most relaxing, wonderful Sunday, ever!

Kristina Torrejon said...

just gave you a blog award!!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I am thinking about you... It is so hard not to pee on that test. I know! I want you to know that all of us, including Hayley, have been praying for you nightly and want you to have all the luck in the world. I love you hair- seriously love. I had bangs back in high school. I should try it again too. I am not as brave as you,lol. You look fantastic!!!

MrsV said...

So I just realized when I'm trying to comment on your blog thru the link on Facebook it doesn't actually work... :s opps! so for the record I thought I was offering super awesome supportive words lol
Stupid Facebook app!

Well I had wanted to say how excited I was for you guys and wish you a carefree 2ww but it's almost time now! I've been thinking of you guys and sending positive baby thoughts your way :) I actually had a dream you told me you were having triplets lol I responded by laughing in your face and saying good luck with that!
I promise to be more encouraging lol
So I hope time is flying by and not driving you mad, and I really really hope that the next time you do pos its got a giant smiley face :)

Oh and I love your bangs!

Jessica @ TheCrazyChaoticHouse said...

The bangs are super cute. I have only had mine for a couple years and when they drive me nuts I just pin them back:))
And that dude totally looks like a creeper. He is starring right at the camera...weirdo!
Love the goofy picture of you and your mom....cute! And once again love seeing all your pictures, you guys always seem like your having so much fun...such a happy post:)

Cami said...

You look AMAZING with your hair like that!!! Does Steve just LOVE it?! I bet he does :) BEAUTIFUL!!! Inside - and out - always!!
It always looks like you're having so much fun in photos - that you bring a sense of fun and love with you <3

Brittany said...

I love your hair. I want your hair. You are so right, sometimes change is just what we need. And was that mac n cheese on the plate with the steak? mmmmmmmmmm!! That's my weakness!! Hope you and Steve have a wonderful, restful weekend :)

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