I've been seeing this Women Connect thing around blog-land lately, but I didn't really think much of it. Just another link-up, I thought. But then tonight as I was catching up on blog reading, I came across two friends who had participated in this link-up. And I found myself clicking over to Becky's blog to see what it was all about. And y'all. I like this one. It's truly about CONNECTING with other women. Becky instructed everyone to kind of identify who they are in the link-up part. I was browsing, and saw things like -
"Blessed but hurting newlywed."
"Warrior. Miracle mama. Lucky to be alive."
"SAHM to one. Struggling with infertility."
"Mama. Wife. Struggling financially."
And I thought... wait a minute. This isn't just another link-up. This is CONNECTING with other women...which is exactly what Becky had in mind. Do you see what I see? Women are struggling, hurting. Some have stories to tell. So that's pretty cool. (Not that they are hurting...that we can reach out! Haha.). I can't wait to go check them all out. To reach out to other women. But first... I'll do my own post for the link-up. :)(Even though i am really, really late on this! HA!)
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I have to tell you. I love blogging. Mainly because of something i DIDN'T expect...the connections I have made with other bloggers. I have gotten close with a few of them. I have a 6+ year friendship with my friend Laura & have met other blogger friends as well. In person. And did we ever connect. More so than with other friends who you meet in real life. I think this is because you already know a lot about each other by the time you meet - you can just get right down to the real stuff. The struggles. The desires. The dreams. The hurt. A few of my blog friends are my BEST friends. That's the truth. And i know - nobody gets that... unless they blog. :)
me & my blog bestie, Laura.
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Well, now i am officially rambling. Here is the stuff you need to know about me...
I waited a long time for the right man. And boy.... did God totally do way above what I dreamed or imagined. We have a very happy fun sweet marriage. I love him. He is my best friend. I am incredibly thankful that I get to spend my life with him!
See? That's how much I love him!
I feel the need to show you a "real" picture now. Haha.
There we go.
We have one furbaby named Fievel. If you do not know how that is pronounced then you have never seen Disney's An American Tail. It's a cute movie & the mouse in it is who Fievel is named after.
This is his "can i have what you're having?" face. ALWAYS BEGGING. It's a good thing he's so cute!
We have no babies. Human ones, I mean. :) This is the deepest desire of my heart & something we have been hoping for aWHILE now. I am in great spirits about it now, but at other times it has been... really really hard. I am 34. But one day I will be a mom. ONE DAY.
Don't I look like I should be a mom? I thought so.
(This is my friend Amanda's ADORABLE baby boy!)
My biggest struggle has always been my weight. ALWAYS. I have done really well, losing 25 pounds...and then have slipped into.... I don't know, depression? ADDICTION? Honestly, am addicted to sweets of any kind. And carbs. By addicted, I mean MODERATION does not work for me! If you give me one chocolate kiss, i want the whole bag... yeah. How is that for honest?
So, on November 15th, i QUIT. i am now almost 15 days sober ... and by sober, I just mean FREE. I am determined to be FREE from my addiction to food. (I hate saying that - it sounds disgusting - but it's the truth.) Anyway. I feel better & the next step is to get my butt back to the gym! I want to lose weight. There are two reasons I want to do this & neither of this is about how i look. #1 - I have insulin resistance & I want to reverse that. I do not want diabetes. & #2 - I want to be a mom. And right now? My weight is what is standing in the way.
That is probably the most I have ever said on this blog about this. It definitely is. So if you want to keep up with that journey, you can read about it here.
My first passion is Jesus Christ. I love him, I am so thankful that I know Him! He loves me. My testimony is basically Psalm 30:11 & 12, "For you turned my wailing into dancing. You removed my sackcloth & covered me with joy. That my heart may sing to you & not be silent. Oh, Lord, my God, I will give you thanks forever." He is so good!
After flip-flopping around for awhile, we (by accident) found our home church when visiting with my parents for Easter. It's ironic how things turn out... my husband grew up there, my parents have been going there for YEARS, and yet i never thought it was the place for me. And it wasn't, at the time. But on Easter Sunday we went there & never looked back. It is our home. And it is awesome to find the place God has for you to grow in your walk with Him & with other people. We have gotten really close with some people there. And we are so thankful.
church friends... mandy & ashley. Love them so much!
My passion is the theater. I love acting, singing & - something i didn't expect at first - stage managing. I have been involved at Baton Rouge Little Theater for 6 1/2 years now. It is one of my most favorite places to be. Stage managing is hard work, but it is SO FUN & fulfilling for me to be involved with a show for the entire process, auditions to strike. Also, some of the greatest people I have ever met, I met in the theater. I am about to run sound for A Christmas Carol. It will take up 1/2 of my December, but that's okay. I enjoy every second. Except when i am EXHAUSTED & at work the next morning. But other than that. :)
That would be me... playing Little Becky Two Shoes in Urinetown, the musical. (Yes, that is the actual name of the play!) MOST FUN SHOW EVER!
I also feel compelled to add the following. I love my sleep, good movies, & coffee. Sleepless in Seattle is the cutest movie ever. The Proposal is hilarious. I love the shows Parenthood, Grey's Anatomy, the Big Bang Theory & Law and Order: SVU. I am obsessed with Mariska Hargitay. I think she is amazing. I love cute coffee mugs. I am slightly obsessed with pens & paper. I love to read...mostly chic lit, but a mystery sometimes is good too. I have a Canon & am learning to shoot in manual... i love taking pictures. Instagram is my favorite app. I am a MAJOR daydreamer. I love my family. My in-laws are the greatest. I am artsy but not creative. Or maybe I'm just lazy. I love my iPhone. I want to have lunch with Beth Moore.
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Okay, so. This post was way too long. But, if you are new here, i hope you enjoyed reading! And if you are not new here, you probably didn't make it through this post, since you probably already know this stuff! Haha. But anyway... i think i will go check out some of your blogs now! HAPPY almost Friday! :)