So much life took place in our family during July from exciting once in a lifetime moments that have turned into some of the most precious memories, to the passing on of one of our closest family members that we still miss everyday. When we think about it all, it’s really hard to comprehend that all of it took place in only a 30 day time span. It feels like for such life changing events each one deserves it’s own designated time and season, but that’s something God has been teaching us about lately. Seasons intertwine in the course of life to make up a complex, yet beautiful story and that it’s okay to be overwhelmed with joy over one event and extremely sad over another.
Family Visit with Aunt B, Uncle Doug, Emily and Savannah – At the very beginning of the month we had a great visit with our Uncle Doug, Aunt B, Savannah, Emily and a couple of their friends Rory and Emily Tusick. They came up on a Friday evening which just happened to be my moms birthday so we were able to have a fun little pizza party and celebrate together! On Saturday my cousins and their friends went to spend the day at Kings Island while my Aunt, Uncle and I all got some really great quality time in with each other, my mom and Mawmaw. It was a really great summer visit but definitely wasn’t long enough. Let’s face it though with a family that loves to be together as much as our, they never truly are.
Richard and Megan Came to Visit – During the beginning of the month a couple of friends we went to school with at UK came to visit and see our new home! We had a great time catching up with Megan and Richard who now live in Louisville. They came up for a dinner with their sweet puppy Milly, which Kirby and Dixie loved meeting. They all had such a great time playing together. After dinner we introduced them to the wonders of our favorite local ice cream parlor, Graeters, for dessert and watched some near by fireworks to start the beginning of our 4th of July weekend!
Morgans Wedding – This 4th of July was an extra special one because we were able to witness Morgan, one of our dearest friends from Lexington get married! We met Morgan along with a handful of some of the most amazing, loving, caring, Jesus following married couples we know at the church we went to while we were living there. During the first few years of our marriage we saw these wonderful friends of ours at least two to three times a week between going to church and bible study together as well as just hanging out. Their friendships had such an impact on our life while we were down there and are still impacting it to this day! Even though most of us have moved away to pursue God’s call on each of our families lives (I guess that’s what happens when you have a bunch of newly married couples as friends in a college town) we still keep in touch regularly and still see each other for breakfast for the first Saturday of every month (I guess thats what happens when you have friendships that are bound together by the Holy Spirit!) 🙂 Even though we are all so different, and share some many diverse strengths and weaknesses, the common thread that brought us all together still remains and has kept our bonds tight, our love for Jesus, His message and His grace purposely walked out through His Holy Spirit within each of us.
Mawmaw – There was a lot of different experiences this past month that pulled out a multitude of emotions in our family, one of the most emotional ones being Blair’s Mawmaw going to be with Jesus. Not a lot of people knew this before she passed on because it was very difficult to talk about since we were so close to her, but she had been diagnosed with AML Leukemia about a year ago. Up until the beginning of July she had hit a plateau in her health and it wasn’t until things started to go down hill that her health started to decline, but when they did it was sudden and fast.
When we moved back about a year and a half ago we began spending every Tuesday evening with her. She was the most generous woman. If someone she knew and love needed something she didn’t hesitate to do whatever she could to assist them. She loved to give and that is what she did with her life, she gave. She didn’t globe trot around the world or hold high esteem in a super fancy career. Her life wasn’t the feature of a glossy magazine and she didn’t receive awards for the work that she did but it was the most genuinely, beautiful, fulfilling life because it was a life lived for loving others. She never passed judgement on those around her. She could have cared less if the person sitting next to her was the President of The United States or not. She saw people as equals, and she treated each person regardless of their life accomplishments all the same, with kindness and compassion. She taught us both so much about what it means to live genuinely and because of these lessons learned she will always be one of our most favorite people we ever knew in this world as well as one of our greatest influences in life.
Finding out what our Sweet P is – There was a lot that went on this month, but by far the most exciting, joy filled moment was finding out that our little Sweet P is a Sweet SHE!!!! We had our 16 week ultrasound but decided to wait and find out with a family and a few close friends in the area by hosting a gender reveal party! It was so difficult to not look inside the little yellow envelope with a big black question mark on the outside for the entire week leading up to the party, but were so glad we postponed our in-the-moment wants for that thrilling moment to share with those closest to us! Finding out that we have a daughter surrounded by those that love us all the most was definitely a memory that we will cherish our entire life!
Kenton County Fair – We went to our very first fair of the season, and this time it wasn’t for the rides, it was for the food! Okay, okay, you caught us.. it’s never really for the rides anyways.. it’s always been for the food! lol As luck (and pregnancy cravings) would have it Blair has been having a hankering for all different types of fall foods, especially Carmel Apples! It’s July though, so the only place we have been able to find them is at local fairs. Even though we only were able to ride one ride just to be able to get that Carmel Apple made the trip with our friends all worth it! Were planning on going to the Boone County Fair this Friday with some friends as well to get the next Carmel Apple fix in, at least until fall time actually comes around and they start selling them by the bulk in our local grocery store! 🙂
National Ice Cream Day – Another random pregnancy craving Blair has been having is for Watermelon, and all things Watermelon flavored, including the Watermelon Sorbet for Graeters!! She still can’t stomach the humongous chocolate chips in Graeters ice cream but the sorbet and other fruity flavors have really been hitting the summer ice cream spot, especially on National Ice Cream Day when you can go to your local Graeters and get a scoop for $1.45 to celebrate!!! Which is exactly what we did that evening as a spontaneous late night date night treat!! We actually ended up getting double scoops because they were cheaper then just buying one! God only knows if the new found love for Graeters Seasonal Watermelon Sorbet will return next year or if Blair will be back to her old favorites (Mocha and Black Raspberry Chip) but we will definitely be headed out to Graeters for another ice cream date next year on National Ice Cream Day, only that time around our little Sweet P will be with us outside of the womb, rather than inside of it! 🙂
Nursery Renovations – A lot has been happening by way of baby this past month! We found out that our Sweet P is a Sweet SHE! We have officially chosen a name, and no it was not nearly as painful to decided on one together as so many said it would be. And we started renovating the nursery! Well, correction. We chose the paint colors, and we also put together a Pinterest/Inspiration board… but Matt is the one who has been diligently bringing the vision we have for our little Princess P’s room to life. 🙂 He has been working every single day he has off for the past to two weeks in some way, shape or form to prepare a special place in our home for our daughters arrival in December. Literally, the night after we chose a paint color he had the entire room painted the next day! Since then he has replaced all the old outlets with new, tamper and childproof ones. He’s installed a dainty, feminine chandelier we found on sale at Home Depot, along with a dimmer switch so we can choose the best light setting when we go into get her in the middle of the night for late night snuggles and feedings or wake her up in the morning instead of automatically blasting her with bright lights right away. Matt’s also been working on refinishing an old dresser to use in her room as a changing table/dresser!
It’s been so fun for me to come home each day and see the new progress that Matt’s made on her room! It’s like a little surprise waiting for me each day when I come home from work. 🙂 When I think about all Matt’s preparation it makes me think about how God says in His word how He’s preparing a place for each of us who know Him in Heaven to come home too one day just like what Matt is doing for our daughter here on earth right now. It’s such a good living example of a fathers heart for His children and how much a daddy (earthly and heavenly) love their children enough to prepare and anticipate their arrival the moment they find out they’re coming home.
Hanging out with Hollie – Towards the end of the month Blair was able to get together with one of her best friends from childhood, Hollie. After High School Blair moved to Lexington and Hollie went to Columbus for school, and then Pittsburgh for her career. They hadn’t really been able to get together much in the last few years because whenever they both came home they were both so busy with catching up and keeping in touch with family. That is the beauty about moving back to your home town though! You get to spend time and reconnect with all of your old best friends, especially when they move back as well! 🙂 We both don’t know why Blair thought they would only need a few hours in the afternoon to catch up as these were the same two girls who literally would spend all day on the phone together when they weren’t with each other during the summer or school year. They practically moved into Starbucks for the entire afternoon and into the evening reminiscing about the past, bonding over the present and anticipating the future!
Much love & prayer,
Matt & Blair