5 Lessons of Hope…Even When It Hurts

This time last week I was sharing about my recent miscarriage. It honestly feels as though much more time has passed.

The rollercoaster of emotions has been very real, and as I run the gamut between sorrow, anger, grief, pain, peace, comfort, fear, and disappointment, hope is also making its presence known.

I can’t pinpoint all that I’m feeling at every moment, but I’m certain that these 5 lessons are ones I don’t ever want to forget.

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Miscarried Away

*To my precious pregnant friends, or anyone else for whom miscarriage is a trigger, please refrain from reading this post if you have any inkling that it will upset you. I appreciate your love and support, and regardless of what I’m going through know that I rejoice with you.* 

Inevitable Miscarriage

As I signed my name at the bottom of the discharge paper, my eyes fixed on those two words. I held myself together long enough to make it to the doors, but as soon as the wind hit my face the tears came hard and heavy.

I couldn’t think, I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t process a thing.

I couldn’t believe this was actually happening.

It wasn’t a dream. It was my harsh, cruel, and excruciatingly painful reality. 

We had lost our baby and my heart was shattered into a million pieces.

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PB & J Waffle Sandwich

As I mentioned in my previous post, we’ve been enjoying a lengthy Christmas break around here. This is my first year having a school-aged child, and with my pre-kindergartner returning to class soon I’m preparing to get us back into the swing of things. 

I pack my daughter’s  lunch every day, and to be honest I’m usually at a loss for new inspiration. However, thanks to Smucker’s Fruit Spreads and Jif Peanut Butter Spreads, I’m putting a new (and simple) twist on the classic PB & J sandwich!

Who’s ready for peanut butter jelly time?!! Hahahaha! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist. ;))

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Why Being A Girl Is Awesome

When do your children return to school? My preschooler doesn’t go back until next week, and while a few of the days have felt extraaaaaa looooong, lol, I’ve been experiencing the greatest joy in watching my daughters interact. 

Lily is fiesty as ever and most certainly a terrific two 😬, and my Alex seems so mature!!

They keep growing up on me and as much as I protest they don’t listen! Ha!

This age yields lots of matching outfits (I will hold on to the twinning for as long as I can), and our days are chalk full of interesting conversations.  

Inspired by these adorable and empowering dresses from Princess Awesome, tonight’s bedtime discussion was fueled by the question “What makes girls so awesome?”. Here’s what my 4 year old had to say!

Disclaimer: These dresses were received free for my review, but my love for them is completely genuine!

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Scrumptious Snacking With Post® Shredded Wheat

We’re a few days in to the New Year and I feel like it’s finally sinking in. 

Sure my Christmas decorations are still up (I can’t be the only one, right?), but my hubby and I did some goal-setting and planning, our daughters are bouncing off the walls, and I feel like a stuffed pig from all the holiday food I devoured! Everything is right with the world. 😉 

As fun as it is to indulge in all the some of the goodies, feeling like a stuffed pig isn’t actually the long term goal. Lol. So I went grocery shopping and did some quasi-meal planning to make sure we re-establish some healthy habits!

Thanks to Post® Shredded Wheat, I tried a new recipe for homemade snack bars and they turned out great!

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