Food For Thought Friday

Flashback Friday: 2015 Highlights

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Happy Friday, Folks!!

Since we have just crossed the border into 2016 – and I am still writing 2015 at the end of every date…I thought we would do a Flashback Friday…into the past year, and all most some of what has happened with our little family.

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We started off the year by buying our first home together – in Westbrook, ME!

 

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Pier went back to school at USM for a 2nd Bachelor’s.
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It was cold in Maine…
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Really…
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Really…COLD.
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My sweet Grandma came to visit in Maine and met her Great-Grand-Furs…
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Of course they loved her – and she loved them!
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Despite the freezing cold weather and feet upon feet of snow…Maine was/is gorgeous…
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We began fixing up our Maine home…Built in 1901, beginning with this little Harry Potter Closet – under the stairs…
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We began transforming it into…
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…a media cabinet…
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…and slowly but surely…
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…it came together to form this…
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…Here’s the other side of the wall where we placed the plug-ins for our entertainment system…
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…And here is the TV and the first speaker in place…
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…And the finished product. Sweet and very hand Craig installed surround sound in the ceiling, as well, and with my ‘midnight blue’ walls and ceiling, they were completely hidden. (Confession – We miss this little house.)
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I also did ALOT of painting and wallpaper removal…This spot was my favorite to work in…I almost broke my neck on multiple occasions.
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Of course it was also a wonderful spot, as well… It’s where Lucy came to sit and tell me she loved me. ❤
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We spent Valentine’s Day at Home Depot…More work on “Our Old House”
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We visited Minnesota in the early part of 2015.
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And flew back through Boston – Logan…the last flight in before the blizzard hit.
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Craig and I shared about 2 weeks at home – sick as could be. But between the coughing, we really enjoyed the quality time together….#pilotswifeslife
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I began running…thanks to a great area to explore and some asthma running/breathing techniques.
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Craig was really impressed with the green beer I ‘made’ him for St. Patrick’s Day!
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We journeyed to Georgia for Ralph’s 60th Birthday Extravaganza and had an absolute BLAST! Wish we had more pictures, but I LOVE this one of me and my grandma!
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We celebrated Easter…The COLDEST Easter I have ever known – Hence my fur coat!
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Easter (What was UNDER the heavy coats!)
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We spent a lot of time with our Youth Group.
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YM – An amazing group of teens seeking after Christ.
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What a great experience! We have missed them!
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We celebrated Craig’s 33rd with a visit to the beach – Old Orchard in Maine…
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…a trip to our favorite restaurant in Maine – Mulligan’s!
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And the absolute COLDEST baseball game on record – Literally our teeth were chattering! Go Seadogs!
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We came back to Georgia and have enjoyed some great times with family – and getting to know my brother’s sweet girlfriend even better! ❤
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I celebrated my dear friend Lauren’s precious Baby E with a shower and enjoyed time with my fave girls!
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Craig was promoted to Captain – and we couldn’t have been more excited. It was SO well deserved for such an incredible man & pilot.
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I was hired by an awesome company with a lot of FUN people!!
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We celebrated out anniversary in Hawaii!
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And thoroughly enjoyed…
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…Minute.
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We cheered on my Georgia Bulldogs!
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It was Craig’s first SEC Football Experience – and I think he really enjoyed himself!
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We went to MN again – And thoroughly enjoyed some much needed snuggles with our precious niece, Eden.
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We also ventured to the top of the Foshay Tower…
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…it was a great view with amazing company. ❤
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We were blessed to celebrate the baptism of our Goddaughter, Charleigh Mae.
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Miss Charleigh is quite the little angel!
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At work, we had a costume contest of sorts for Halloween. I may have won. 😉
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We enjoyed a lot of time at one of our favorite Georgia spots, Kennesaw Mountain.
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I can’t BELIEVE it, but we celebrated my baby brother’s 30th birthday…Oh my goodness…
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We made Thanksgiving Dinner for the first time ever – on Jonah Day.
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11/29 Turkey! 😉
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We celebrated Christmas with a trip to see The Nutcracker in Atlanta…
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…and also with my precious family. Obviously, we need to take more pictures when we are with my parents!! 😉

What a wonderful year we’ve had!! Farewell 2015! Welcome 2016!! Here’s to our following the Lord wherever He is leading us and standing strong in our faith, no matter what!

Have a beautiful weekend! We’ll see you on Monday!

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What's Up Wednesday

Catch-Up/Catch-All

Today’s post doesn’t fit in any little category…Not Thirsty For Christ Thursday, not What’s Up Wednesday…Perhaps, I should just call today Catch-All Thursday – Because there’s a lot going on with this post-er’s brain today and I’m gracing you with my presence and scatter-brained monologue.

You’re Welcome.

Someone Several of you have reached out to me, oh so sweetly, and said you miss the regular posting on this blog. I can’t tell you how much that warms my little heart. Thank you for the love and for sharing it with me! Sometimes the day just gets away from me…Ever happen to YOU? 🙂

So to catch you up on the Lifestyles of the Not-so-Newlywed Lefebvres, we shall begin with Minnesota. You all know we traveled to Minnesota for the baptism of our beautiful Goddaughter, Charleigh Mae:

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Miss Charleigh is so adorable! We are so excited to watch her grow up and honored to be her ‘spiritual parents’. If you haven’t had a chance to read about the absolute miracle that Charleigh is, go back to this post to read Dani’s story!

While in Minnesota, we also got to spend time with our beautiful little niece, Eden:

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Isn’t she just precious?? I’ll give you one guess as to who bought her that shirt… 😉 It might just have been a Georgia grad and her husband. 🙂

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Miss Eden particularly liked her Uncle Craig – She just couldn’t take her big beautiful eyes off of him – I don’t blame her! 😉

We took some fun family shots will we were up north, too:

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We also made a trip to the Foshay Tower in Downtown Minneapolis, which is an especially special spot since that’s where Craig’s grandfather proposed to his grandmother. #swoon

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While we were there, we found this vintage photo:

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And decided to re-create it, with a modern touch:

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I don’t think it’s half bad! 🙂

Since we have been home from Hawaii and Minnesota, our enormous moving truck from Maine arrived – We are officially completely in Georgia! Although, in our tiny rental house, we are overgrown with boxes now and have completely filled one room from floor to ceiling with boxes, not to mention the entire garage, all the closets, and one POD – which is now at the storage facility. I just keep telling myself…In less than a year, God-Willing, we will be alllll settled down in one place.

We celebrated a little bit by returning to the restaurant Craig and I went to on our third date…

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I’m so glad we made it past that third date…not our best. 🙂 I truly married the most amazing man in the universe! #sorryladies

And when we haven’t been busy, we have been thoroughly enjoying the arrival of our treasured bikes from Maine! Yay!!

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We did 16 miles this past Sunday, in under 2 hours. Not bad for the ‘non-serious’ casual bicyclists.

And I’ve been baking/cooking, too:

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I made this lasagna from scratch (well, the noodles came from a box – but otherwise…) for Craig to take on this week’s trip. I just love to cook! I wish I had more time to do it and more calories to devote to eating the food I make!!! #alas

And this past weekend, Craig finally got to join my side of the family for University of Georgia Homecoming to enjoy his first ever SEC Football experience and Georgia game! We had an absolute blast!

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Mama & her BFF from Law School – in deep legal discussion, I’m sure! 😉 #precious20151017_164651

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And us! 🙂 (Notice the super enthusiastic man behind us… #photobomb)

And in other news, I spoke last night to a beautiful group of women at St. Francis Catholic Church in Cartersville, Georgia. Honestly, I just love love love sharing my faith journey with other people! If you are part of a group you’d like me to speak to, just send me a message! You can visit my ‘website’ here for more information, and links to some recent events.

Well, I think you’re now all caught up with us. 🙂 I promise to be better at blogging in 2016. I’m excited to put all of our suitcases away (and boxes too, soon!) and begin to nest again, as we get fully settled back in Georgia.

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TTC Tuesday

Dani’s Journey: My Victory Over Infertility

TuesdayGood Morning Folks,

We have a special special treat for you today! One of my dearest did us the honor of authoring a guest post for this edition of ‘Thank You, Jesus! Tuesday’ and boy, does she have a powerful journey to share!

So…a Looooonng while back I was asked to share my experience with infertility and how waiting on the Lord was a challenge. I’ve been married 3 years this November and when we were married I wanted a baby like “yesterday”!

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However, there was a button on pause for us. I had been on the Depo-Provera shot for 3 injections prior to marriage to help with my hormonal imbalances, but this caused my pituitary gland to essentially “turn off”. With this crucially important gland not functioning, my body was not able to create the proper hormones which make uterine lining, ovulation and proper mucus.

The doctor’s rule was I couldn’t be considered infertile until I tried naturally to conceive for one full year. I can’t put into words how hard it was to know that for one year “all I could do” was pray. Sounds silly that I was disappointed by this, right? I didn’t feel that way at the time.

I was impatient and frustrated and sad as the months passed with no period and therefore, no possible pregnancy. After a year of marriage, I was ready to get into that doctor’s office and “DO” something! At first, I was put on hormone medications to hopefully, kick-start my brain into producing the hormones naturally. Oh how I prayed to God that He would make this work! I wanted Him to give me instant results, as my heart was aching for a precious baby.

After many long talks with God, I still didn’t understand how He could put such a strong and deep desire in my heart for a baby, but was making me wait. I knew that I’d have a baby someday, but what I didn’t know was when or how my child would come. My doctor was confident that I’d be able to have kids one day, and this kept me on the path to get pregnant.

After almost six months on hormone therapy my periods started!!!!! I was ecstatic! I was praising God for His miracle that now pregnancy was a possibility. Although I got my period back, it was not consistent. I had an ultrasound done to see if I was ovulating and I wasn’t. After finding out this information, I was devastated and found myself once again asking God why? It seems silly now to me how I went from happy bliss towards God to disappointment so quickly

I began praying more often but wasn’t truly letting go and letting God take over. For the next 3 months, the plan was to start taking a medication to help me ovulate and then to plan conception. For two years I had been crying regularly and couldn’t understand why God needed me to wait. After all, He was the one who put this desire in my heart…

After two of the three months passed on this ovulation medication, I was a complete mess. I was sick and tired of feeling helpless and disappointed! I mentally, emotionally and spiritually could not handle it and fell to my knees in prayer. I made the decision to stop the treatment to get pregnant and to let God take over.

This was HUGE for me! I had been trying to do this for months but always had one foot in and the other out. I now had to trust God completely that He had a plan… and sure enough, He did! I had continued to track my cycles but had no more medical intervention nor did I have that heart, heavy with disappointment. I stopped the medication in April of 2014 and conceived in September 2014! The Lord had answered my prayers and given me that baby He promised! 🙂 

Within days of finding out I was expecting, I then knew why I had to be patient for this gift. I was very sick with hyperemisis gravidarum until week 16, followed by migraines that could knock a full grown man to their knees. Both conditions caused hospital visits due to pain, dehydration, blindness, etc. I was pretty much bed ridden from week 4/5 to 21. It was awful.

Then, the migraines, vomiting, and blackouts let up. I found out at week 22 that we were having a girl!

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I knew it all along but was always told “you never know”. I was so happy and once again, thanking God!

Little did I know that just a few weeks later, what I thought was my turn for the best became my turn for the hardest. At twenty-seven weeks along, I developed gestational hypertension. The following week, I was admitted to the hospital for 3 days due to high blood pressure and water retention. Within days of coming home, I went into kidney failure with Pre-Eclampsia and was told that without immediate intervention I would lose my life and my baby’s.

My daughter was born at 29 weeks to the day at 2lbs 7.2oz. She was a fighter, but I became more ill after delivery and ended up with Post-Eclampsia. It was days before I pulled through and could see my own daughter!

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I still had a long road ahead with our stay in the NICU and my own recovery to health. But because of my faith and reliance on God, I was able to handle the situation.

He knew if He prolonged my waiting for a child,  I would eventually surrender (I’m very stubborn) and rely on Him wholeheartedly – and I did. Without His timing I would not have been prepared mentally, emotionally or spiritually. God gave me a peace when I had to deliver her. I was not concerned with anxiety but had faith it would all be okay. “God’s got this!”, I thought.

Each day I prayed for something new of healing with my daughter and every day each prayer was answered! God is amazing and works miracles!!

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Because of His timing, I’ve gained patience, understanding and have learned humility! These were all my worst traits before, but now, they are my best! God knew what He was doing when He had me struggle with infertility. He was teaching me and preparing me for His bigger purpose…His bigger plan.

For anyone struggling with a desire of their heart they know the Lord placed there, rely solely on Him for it. He placed the desire, and will fulfill it one way or another. It may not be the way that you expect or take the you on the journey you thought you were prepared for, but He has a bigger plan for you than you have for yourself.

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He says He has a purpose for you and a future! (Jeremiah 29:11) Take a moment today to reflect on what it may be that you are struggling to let God take control of…now try to think why? If you keep it simple, then the answer is simple – because you are not ready. But thankfully, He knows when you will be, and He’s preparing you! 🙂

In Christ,

Dani

Wasn’t that a beautiful story of God’s grace and love? Keep this one in your pocket, or on your bookmarks bar to uplift you when you feel like His Promises aren’t for you. They are. Remember, God doesn’t play favorites. (Acts 10:34) Craig and I are the proud Godparents of this amazing miracle, and can’t wait to share pictures from her baptism this weekend!

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