Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Rett is the limb I never knew I had

When Kraig gets home in the evening, sometimes I go out and run errands or take care of some stuff that didn't get done during the day.  

Sometimes, we all go out together and that's a big help...Kraig is a wonderful help.  But sometimes, when I go, I don't take Rett with me or Kraig.  They get to stay home and spend some time together. I'm so thankful that Kraig loves to hang out with him and be a positive example to him.

But I have noticed, especially that last few times that I went out...I miss Rett.  I miss lugging the diaper bag and the stroller and everything else that comes with us when Rett goes out.  It has really been frustrating me because sometimes I just need a minute to refresh myself and have time to recoup from the day.  So, why am I missing him?

I am a minimalist...I like to think that anyway.  I like things to be made as easy as possible.  I like to carry as little as possible.  So, to miss all of that stuff was real aggravating.  

Then, I got to thinking...well...all of that STUFF that we tote along with Rett is important to making life easier when we go out.  We need snacks, diapers, extra clothes, stroller...we need it all or else it would make for an unhappy time if we have an unexpected situation.  All of those things are a part of my body when we go out.  They are extra "limbs" to make things easier.  I don't know if this is making sense.  But to me...this was a huge breakthrough.  

Although sometimes, I do just need a minute.  I miss my extra "limbs."  I miss Rett coming along and getting to experience what I am doing or meeting new people.  

Again, this is big for me because for a long time, I didn't want to experience all of the baby-dom...I enjoyed the quiet life we lived.  So, to add a baby to all of this has rocked my world.  And as much as I have enjoyed being a mom and figuring it out....I am really experiencing it now.  I am starting to take it all in.  I am realizing that I need all of those extra things sometimes.  I know Rett will make life hard sometimes but at the same time...he makes life fun and exciting...along with all of the things we need for him.

But...this is a big BUT!  When I go out...I can also understand where I could be identified by all of those "limbs."  I think to some degree that is why I miss those things.  And that is not what I want at all.  I am loving this age right now...and where we are in life....but I do not want to be identified by Rett or what we do.  I don't want to have to have all those things with me for people to take me seriously or treat me differently because I have Rett.  Again, I don't know if this makes sense....but what I do want is to be identified by what the Lord is doing in my life.  I want people to see His love and grace through me and how Kraig and I raise our son.  

I realize we are only about 10 months in and I also realize this will probably be a struggle for years to come but my prayer is that I can see the difference in the limbs that make things easier and rather seek to live in the teachable moments for Rett, that he can experience Christ rather than things, that he won't seek "limbs" but to seek what's important through Christ.  I pray that both Kraig and I can be patient and learn how to be the best parents, that we won't need the extra limbs to be important but to lean on His love to figure out how to do this whole parenting thing.  

I really don't have this parenting thing figured out but for me...this was a great breakthrough.  I am now aware of this desire to be identified by Rett and now, I can work on focusing on being identified by the Lord.  

Monday, May 6, 2013


Who needs some Mary Kay!?!?

In lieu of Mother's Day coming up, I am getting rid of some of my stock!  I don't have much so this is how this will work...

If you want something that I have, it will be 25% off (plus tax) and I will deliver by Friday.  Or mail by Friday if needed.

If something needs to be ordered then it will be 10% off (plus tax) and I will place the order on Monday after Mother's Day.  I'm sorry it won't be here by Mother's Day but you will still get the sale and it will be here shortly!

So, this is what I have in stock that is 25% off....

I have 2 sets of the Trial Size of the TimeWise Miracle Set regularly $44.00.  
I have 3 sets of the Satin Lips regularly $18.00

I have some different shades of the Matte Wear Luminous can let me know what shade you need and I can let you know.

I have a few sets of Mary Kay for men shave gel, body spray and after shave!!!  
P.S. Kraig loves it!  So  does my dad and brother-in-law.  

I have a couple single tubes of Satin Hands which is regularly priced at $10.

I have lots of mascara!  The prices range from $10 to $15 so let me know what you are interested in :)

I have lots of samples that we can play around with...

If you need anything else just let me know and I can get it for you.  

Check out my website here

Look forward to working with you!  And Happy Mother's Day!!!

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Monsoon of 2009

This time roughly 4 years ago - Kraig and I were married.

We got married May 2, 2009.

I don't know if you all remember that like we do.  Granted, it was our wedding day/weekend so we won't forget but it was also the weekend the monsoon came through Chickamauga.

Much like this weekend.

On Thursday before the wedding, we got word that the weather was going to get really bad.  Now, we (I) wanted to get married outside!!!  We didn't buy flowers or things to decorate the church with because we WERE getting married outside.

When we heard how bad the weather was going to be...we had to make the tough decision to move the wedding inside.

It poured all morning long, much like let up long enough to get some pictures outside but not much.  Once we left and headed to our Bed and rained the rest of the weekend.

Here are some wonderful pics from that weekend!  I loved how it turned out.  I was pleased with everything.  Even without flowers and big decorations.  We had a blast.

My Gran and I at the reception.

The full wedding party.

Leaving before the rain started again.

The church decorations.

Last but not least...the MONSOON...

They say if it rains on your wedding day, you'll have a blessed marriage.  I don't know about that but 4 years in and I love him more and more everyday.  I am so thankful that the Lord chose Kraig for me.  

He is my favorite.  :)

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Just a little update...

I guess let's start out with who you really care about :)


Monday, Rett was 10 months.  Where have the days gone?!

He's gotten so big.  I love it but I sure do miss the days where he would let me snuggle him to sleep.

So, let's see...

We had to go to the doctor for a followup from his 8 month checkup.  They were concerned he isn't gaining weight like he should.  Talk about stressing a Mommy and Daddy out.  Well, he's fine.

He is healthy and active.  But he's still not gaining weight.  In 2 months, he didn't even gain a pound.  SAD!  And it's not for lack of trying.  I am still nursing but I have added in baby foods at 2 meals and lots of snacks so either he's just going to be little like his dad and mom OR because he's super active, he's just burning quicker than I can feed him.  Either way, he's not on the unhealthy range...just in the "keep an eye on" range.  We are thankful either way for a fun and active little guy. We have to go back again next month to see if he's gained or lost., on Monday...HE SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT!  He has for the last few nights now. (last night not so good but we won't discuss that)  I'm hoping that it catches on and he will continue to do so.  I feel like a brand new mommy - getting all that sleep!  I have forgotten what a full 8 hours will do for ya!  He also cut his 8th tooth Monday.  He's had an eventful week.

He crawls!  EVERYWHERE!  He can pull up and will turn around, stand and then fall to the ground.  He can walk along the couch or surface he's holding on too.  He can high-five.  He can wave when he wants too.  He is all around a happy baby.  He'll go to anyone unless he's tired.  I guess we should start practicing stranger-danger!  Maybe later.  He's just a friendly little one.  We are still quite smitten with him.  He definitely keeps our attention.

Well, if you can't tell, I'm touching a horse in this picture.  Rett didn't want anything to do with him.  I still don't think he ever touched him.  I guess he'll stick to dogs.

We got a new water bottle for him.  He likes to chew on it more than drink water.  That's ok.  He gets some and that's all that matter.

He knows where the tupperware cabinet is and loves to play with them all at the same time.

Since it's been so nice, we go out and sit in the sun.  He hates the grass.  But likes to eat it...go figure.

He's helping his Daddy study his History.

We got to go visit some friends at Gordan Lee for their proms.  Rett loved all the shiny dresses and pretty flowers!!

We love bathtime!!!

He likes to sit backwards in his stroller!  I guess he likes to look at me!  :)

Let's see what else....

Kraig and I are playing softball with the church league.  We are enjoying it.  :)

We are getting ready to go visit our family in PA at the end of the month.  Super excited!!!

We are gearing up for a busy summer.  School is almost out for Kraig so we are just finishing up school, baseball and a graduation this year!!!  WE are super excited!  

I guess that's it.  We have been pretty busy but nothing major has been going on.  We are just enjoying the weather and spending time together.  

Don't forget to get your Roo cup!

Go enjoy this pretty day!  We are about to go out and sit in the sun!  :)

Stay cool...
~Ashleigh and Rett