Wednesday, October 23, 2013

HOPE SPOKEN

Today I'm linking up to connect with some of you Hope Spoken ladies. 

(Umm hey. I'm super awkward in front of the camera. Proof here.)

Well hello there. I'm Cory. Wife to the greatest man, stay at home mama to 2 littles: 
James (3.5) & Evelyn Grace (almost 2) 
We love Jesus & the ministry of Young Life where we lead at the high school we both graduated from - the same high school where my husband is a teacher. I love to create, drink coffee & thrift. I hate ketchup.

--Something that I'm a little timid or nervous about for the Hope Spoken weekend: I'm lit-er-a-leee so excited that this is a difficult question for me. I mean, it's always a little nerve-racking meeting lots of new people (& meeting online friends in real life) so there's that. Plus, I'm like a mega crier so there is always the chance that I burst into tears at the most random/inappropriate times. But, I think the thing I'm most nervous about would be letting the weekend pass without real reflection & letting it not affect me deeply. I don't want to waste this amazing opportunity to learn, grow & reflect. 

--Something that I am hoping to take away from the weekend: As a stay at home mama & teacher/coach's wife the winter can be long & hard. I am looking forward for a long weekend filled with truth & my besties. I'm excited to learn, grow, connect & be refreshed. 

--Something fun/random about myself: I got married as a baby 20 year old...barefoot. 

If you're heading to the conference, leave a comment & introduce yourself! Can't wait to meet all you girlies in a few months!
xoxo

Monday, October 21, 2013

HOORAY IOWA!

Apparently in our little family trips are best planned in just a few days. I think it all started with our wedding & honeymoon all planned & set in less than 4 months. Every other trip since has been a spur of the moment spontaneous getaway. A few years ago we headed to Chicago in a days notice. This summer we planned a trip to Orange Beach in just a few days. Last week we got a message from Dusty's sister asking if there was anyway we could travel to Iowa. Seemed just like something we needed, so we said yes, let the details fall into place & headed off. 


A quick stop at the cutest little town in Iowa for a stretch & a latte. 


Corn & windmills for days.


Dusty's sister is the pastor of a sweet little church & they live far away from everything in an old parsonage. It had so much personality & was the most beautiful country Iowa setting.



Greeting cousin Anderson as he got off the bus from school. These cousins love each other like crazy.




We spent a day with Dusty's sister & fam until Dusty's parents showed up the following day. We didn't tell them that we were coming in town & it was such a fun surprise. I wish I had taken pictures or a video of them walking in & seeing us all there. 

The main event of the long weekend was the baptism of my two precious nephews.






The WHOLE family.


This is the best we got of our family. Wouldn't be too bad if Evie wasn't attacking grandma.




This was such a great trip for us. The kids did marvelously in the car on the way there & back. We had such sweet time with family & Dusty & I had such good time talking & connecting. This was a much needed time for our family & we are very thankful that we were able to make the trip. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

LOSS

I planned on sitting down tonight & writing a fun post about our trip to Iowa over the weekend. While it was a great trip & I can't wait to share about our time with family & all our sweet pictures, I cannot ignore what is on my heart tonight. 
Today is pregnancy & infant loss awareness day. I've wanted to push it aside all day long, but it's important that I process what is going on in my heart. Next week should have been the 4th birthday of our 1st baby. While I only carried this child for 9 weeks, it will forever be on my heart. 
You can read a little more of the story here. 


So tonight I am thankful for my two sweet healthy babies tucked in their beds. I'm so thankful for the hope that I have in Jesus even in the midst of hurt. 

He will cover you with his feathers, & under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield & rampart.
Psalm 91:4

>>Also, thank you all so much for your response to my last post. It was good to be real & share what is going on & so good to hear from you all. What a blessing that we aren't in this battle alone?! xoxo<<

Monday, October 7, 2013

FOG

The last few weeks have been HARD. I feel like things have been stirring, changing, difficult for a while now, but fairly recently have they really surfaced. I feel stuck, chaotic, sick. The Lord has revealed some pretty deep idols in my life. Things like control, the need to be productive & useful, the idol of what I WANT my parenting/life to look like. These are not easy things. They are normal things for what, I believe, most mothers deal with, but they are not things for me to just accept as normal & leave be. While I feel like I'm walking around in a total fog as every aspect of my life falls into complete chaos, I'm choosing to be thankful.


It's not easy. I would rather ignore the promptings from the Lord & just continue doing life MY way. But, I am thankful. Thankful that God is using this parenting thing to break me down, to chip away at idols & the control I feel like I need to have over my life. While I walk through this, I will continue to be faithful, cling to truth, call out to God & allow Him to change me. In the midst of the chaos that is so difficult for me, I will focus my thoughts & walk through the fog. 
I'm not sure if any of this even makes a lick of sense. It honestly doesn't even make perfect sense in my fogged up mind. I just want to be real. I want to write down the hard things, because I know the faithfulness of the Lord & how sweet it is to be reminded of the past. So, instead of some cute pictures of my kiddos today, you get the raw real truth of my heart. 

"You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you."
Isaiah 26:3

Friday, September 27, 2013

THE WINNER & A SALE!

The winner of the infinity scarf set is...

Kathleen Hansen
Congratulations Kat! Email me ASAP to get your winnings!

Thanks to everyone who entered & for all your kind words about the new scarves. If you didn't win today, but would love a scarf for yourself or a little one how about a little sale?!




Remember lots of the toddler scarves are one of a kind & cannot be restocked. There are also ONLY 4 of the dark green aztec scarves currently available! Happy Friday shopping friends!




>><<

This upcoming weekend is shaping up to be REALLY full. I hope to be back soon with some life updates. Some tough things, but some incredible ways the Lord has been providing.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

TODDLER SCARVES & A GIVEAWAY

 >> Toddler sized infinity scarves are in the shop!<<

So much cuteness. Head over & check them out. Lots of fabrics are one of a kind, so grab the one you want ASAP!

>>She's in the middle of saying, "SO pretty mommy!"<<

Also, because you all are so good to me, I'm giving away a toddler & adult infinity scarf set - one of each!



***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***
Giveaway Items: 
Black & White Buffalo Check Flannel Infinity Scarves. One adult & one toddler size ($30 value. US residents only)

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Giveaway ends Friday 9/27 at noon. Winner chosen via random.org & announced soon after.