9.30.2011

Quick Photos

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Happy 3rd "Quick Takes" Anniversary to Jen - be sure to stop by and thank her for hosting this awesome carnival!

1.  This is me with the block of coal that the Mountaineers all touch when they enter the stadium at the end of the Mountaineer Mantrip before each game.


2.   A WVU Tribute to September 11, 2011.  Clock wise from top left:  A sign using the 'flying WV' saying Mountaineers will Never Forget 9/11/01 with 2 State Troopers Saluting during the National Anthem; A 'flying WV' in front of the American Flag on the scoreboard (was displayed numerous times throughout the game); A Tribute to Chris Gray, WVU Quarterback who lost his life on 9/11/01 - he worked for Canter-Fitzgerald;  The Color Guard's flags during the pre-game show; The blank scoreboard and video board during the moment of silence; The Mountaineer after leading the team onto the field with an American Flag.  It was a great, proud day to be a Mountaineer.

3.  Cassie and me at ESPN College GameDay!  Did I mention ESPN College GameDay came to Morgantown?!?!

4.  Pictures from ESPN College GameDay IN Morgantown.  Again, clockwise from top left:  One of my favorite signs from the day; Kirk Herbstreit and Lee Corso on set; the view of the crowd behind us; the view of the crowd in front of us.

5.  Our contribution to the WVU-LSU Tailgate.  (If you would like to think I made it, go right ahead - ha!).

6.  Even the Goodyear Blimp wore it's Gold'n'Blue on it's FIRST EVER trip to Morgantown!

7.  The Pride of West Virginia, The Mountaineer Marching Band, in the shape of the state of West Virginia.  C'mon now, that's impressive - WV isn't exactly a square :).

Have a great weekend!

9.29.2011

Thankful Thursday


This week, I am thankful for...

  • leaves crunching under my feet while I run with Sara.
  • looooong conversations with good friends.  Yes, I'm talking about you Mommy Moonhead.
  • blog posts that describe how to create codes for blog buttons.
  • Creighton Model NFP!  I am now the proud owner of green, white, red, and yellow stickers.
  • a beautiful handmade rosary for our Goddaughter M.  Thank-you so much Melanie!
What are you thankful for this week?

9.28.2011

Blogger Meet Up Anyone?

I am heading to the Philadelphia area for a Theology of the Body Course the week of Oct. 9 - 14 (The Man is not going, so you can stop planning to rob us of all the fancy things we don't have ;)).

I'm spending Friday afternoon with a friend in the seminary (Hi Cody!), but I wondered if any of you live over that way and would like to meet up for dinner before I make the drive back home - say around 6:30 or 7:00 on Friday, Oct. 14?

So, check your calendars (but really, what could be more important than meeting me? - ha!) and let me know if you'd like to meet up.  (Maybe email would be better???  RebeccaWVU02 at gmail dot com)

Also, those of you who are close to Philly, Cody is in the Ardmore neighborhood, can you suggest a yummy place to eat that is maybe somewhere near there?
{Geez, as I get ready to hit publish, I am totally nervous that no one will want to meet up.  Yes.  I am super-mature and confident - ha!}

9.26.2011

Checking In

Just stopping by to say I'm still alive.

Yes, I was up at 4:30 am to be at GameDay by 5:30am.

Yes, I took a {very} short nap (45 min, an hour if I count my falling asleep while I watched the ND-Pitt game).

Yes, I (and The Man too) arrived at our tailgate spot at 2:30.

Yes, I stayed until the very end of the game.

I have TONS of pictures to upload and share!  (I tried to get 2 blog posts to publish from my phone, but apparently 62,000 people within 150 yards of one another all trying to use their cell phones at the same time creates some network problems.  Imagine that - ha!)

Sunday was as long and busy of a day as Saturday and today I half-way went back to work (meetings here in town and lunch with my boss instead of all day in the office).

But, all-in-all, Saturday was amazing!  The long day was worth it and even though we didn't win the game, it was an amazing day to be a Mountaineer!  Losing to the #1 team in the country isn't anything to be ashamed of...and the facts that our Quarterback threw for over 450 yards and wasn't sacked once are HUGE building blocks for this young team.

And the cherry that is just waiting to be put on the top?  There are lots of rumors and talk about WVU going the the SEC.  While that means playing the likes of LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, and company every year, it will take a HUGE step closer to the possibility of a National Championship for WVU someday!

9.23.2011

Quick Takes


1.  21 Hours until I meet my friends to head over to get a spot for ESPN GameDay (yes that will be 5:00 am).

2.  25 Hours until ESPN GameDay starts broadcasting...from MORGANTOWN!

3.  28 Hours until Lee Corso makes his picks, and don's his Mascot Head.

4.  31 Hours until the grills are fired up and tailgating commences.

5.  34 Hours until the "Mountaineer Mantrip"

6.  36 Hours until Kick-off.  (8 pm on ABC!)

7.   And all the nerves in my body that are raw, the butterflies in my stomach that have been fluttering since Monday, and every ounce of gold'n'blue blood I've got is praying that in 39/40 hours I'm singing Country Roads with 65,000 or so of my closest friends.

Let's GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Mountaineers!!!!  Beat LSU!

Have a great weekend and be sure to visit Jen for more Quick Takes!!!

9.22.2011

Thankful Thursday

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This week, I am thankful for...

  • God's perfect timing.
  • Lunch yesterday with Sara and sweet sweet Julebug :).
  • Mountaineer Football.  LSU comes to town this weekend.  And ESPN GameDay too!  Let's GOOOO Mountaineers!
  • Fall.
  • The Man.
  • Hope.
  • Your 'Thankful Thursday' comments and posts.
What are you thankful for this week?  I can not tell you how much it lifts my spirit to read and pray for the things in your life that you are thankful for.  Please either leave them in the comments or write your own post.  I'm working on the 'real' coding for the button, to grab it for now, just click on the link right underneath and then save the picture or URL and insert it :).

9.21.2011

Normal

*This is long.  It is the perfect example of this IF roller coaster.  I started writing it feeling one way and, well, you'll see...

Normal.

Two rounds of blood tests.  Pre and post peak.  All normal.  Right down the middle normal.

Estradiol.
Progesterone.
FSH.
LH.
DHEA.
Insulin.
Glucose.
T3/T4.
(And a few more I'm forgetting.)

All normal.

What's not normal?

Having a se.men analysis done - and having to explain how we want to get the sample.
Having to decide when/if to do an HSG.
Wondering just how much the HSG will cost.  And how we will pay for it.
Sitting in the parking lot of the doctor's office for 15 minutes crying.
Waiting to hear back from a Creighton Instructor for a couple of weeks.

Pure honesty?
I'm getting really scared.

Not so much of the not-having-a-baby part.  I'm just sad about that part.

I'm scared that we've now crossed the line of what my midwife (who I love) is able to help us with.  That we are now into the world of REs.  And specialists.  And doctors who we've never met.  And doctors who've never heard of NaPro.

I feel so isolated.  Again.

Admittedly, part of it is my own doing.  I'm choosing not to go with one of the Creighton Teachers here in WV (there are 4) because of my new job.  I need to keep my professional and personal lives separate.

**At this point, my phone rang.  It was the Creighton Instructor I was waiting to hear back from.**

And now?

I'm still scared.  But I don't feel quite so alone.  I feel like the feeling of being at a dead end this morning is gone thanks to an unexpected alley.

Before this call, this was one of my hardest days on this IF journey so far.  And now?  It is one of the days I have felt the most hope.  No, I don't have any more answers than I did this morning.  But I do have a plan.  Or at least the beginnings of one.

I honestly didn't know that I could have kept up all that I was thinking in my head before this phone call.  And God Bless E., as I completely broke down while talking to her, she shared her story and provided just one more glimmer of hope.  One more example of how God can work miracles.

So, instead of facing a world of REs, doctors, and specialists who know nothing about NaPro, we are jumping in with both feet to the NaPro world.  And instead of feeling completely overwhelmed and more scared than I was even willing to truly admit, I feel ready.  Yes, I'm still scared.  Yes, I will still pray that I never have to set foot inside a NaPro doctors office.  But, I am ready for the road that is laid out for us.  Even though I can't see every twist and turn and detour, I'm ready.

9.18.2011

ESPN College GameDay


IS COMING TO MORGANTOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

LET'S GOOOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!!!!!

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011.  8:00 PM.  Vs. LSU.

LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MOUNTAINEERS!!!!!!!!!!

ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY IS COMING TO MORGANTOWN.  PLEASE SOMEONE PINCH ME.  WAIT NO, DON'T.  THIS IS A DREAM COME TRUE!!!!!

IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE A MOUNTAINEER WHEREVER YOU MAY BE!!!!!!

9.16.2011

Quick Takes


1.  Once again, I find myself shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find out that some of you are not only NOT football fans, but that you do not understand the game either.  What do you possibly do with yourself on Saturdays and Sundays in the fall?  And what do you have to look forward to all spring and summer long?  Seriously, I'm asking.  I can't imagine it.

2.  In hopes that it is only because you were severely neglected led astray as a young child, I have a gift for you :).  A couple of years ago I wrote a series of 3 posts about How to be a College Football Fan, so for Quick Takes today, I'm going to give you the links to those posts.  You're welcome!  (And lest there be any confusion, these rules work for Professional Football too.  Some of the rules are different, but you'll get the basics.  You're welcome.  Again. ;))



5.  How to be a College Football Fan, Part 3.  (All about what happens when the rules get broken!)

6.  And because I love you all so much, and I know you are wishing I'd write about something else dying to know more, I am working on a Part 4 for next week!

7.  Happy weekend, Let's goooooo Mountaineers!, and be sure to visit Jen for more Quick Takes!

9.15.2011

Thankful Thursday



I am thankful for...
  • Chai Tea Lattes
  • Magnificat
  • The Sacrament of Marriage
  • Babies!  (Yes, Hebrews, I'm talking about you :))
  • The Man
  • Lavendar linen spray
  • The fact that when you google NFP and WV you get something {that I hope and pray} is useful now!
What are you thankful for today?  I would like to give thanks for your thankful intentions too, please write your own post or leave your intentions in a comment below.

Happy Thankful Thursday!

9.13.2011

A Year of Grace



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For a year now, I have been praying for the grace to handle and accept whatever it is that we are going to face as we try to have a baby.  It was last September that we decided it was 'time;' that I started to let myself plan, and hope, and get excited.  Yet, somehow, I just *knew*, and from the very first time I prayed for a child, I have also prayed for the grace to handle whatever comes our way, well, gracefully.

At some point along this road, my prayer for grace has taken precedence.  Yes, I still pray for a baby, but it has become secondary.  I want to walk this journey with faithful grace.  I want to remember that I have a beautiful life and an amazing husband.  I don't want to look back in 10, 15, 20 years and wish that I had lived the life I was gifted with instead of wishing for a different one.  Daily, I remind myself to not lose sight of all that I do have while I pray for something more.

In some ways, I feel like our road is just beginning again.  We are getting ready to learn to chart using Creighton. We are on the waiting list to see Dr. S. in December or January.  We are waiting for the results of a second round of blood tests.  And I find myself praying so hard that none of these things have to happen.  That they are 'plans' made in vain; that God is laughing at us {again?  still?}.

In other ways, I am already weary of the road.  (I feel pathetic saying that.  There are so many of you who have been waiting for so long and here I sit whining about a year.)  I truly did not imagine it was possible to go through the range of emotions that I have gone through, let alone to go through them every month (maybe I have the emotional range of a teaspoon?).

So many things have helped me along this road - all of you, those of you who know me in real life, and the music you are listening to are just some of the things.  The songs on this playlist have become the soundtrack to my life.  They are almost like friends who have comforted me along the way.

Even though I *knew*, I still hoped.  Now I know and I still hope.  Sometimes it is the hope that ultimately causes the most pain; but most of the time it is the hope that keeps me going.  And it is in the hope that I know God has answered my prayer for grace.  Moving forward, I will continue to pray for His grace and for His mercy.  I will remember to appreciate and live the life He has already blessed me with.  And I will continue to pray for a baby.

9.11.2011

September 11, 2001

Photo from here.
You'll Never Walk Alone
When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Tho' your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on, walk on
With hope in your heart
And you'll never walk alone.
~Rogers and Hammerstein, 1945, Carousel

Remember those who died;

Honor those who sacrificed;

Never forget;

And never walk alone.

9.09.2011

Quick Photos

Happy Friday!  (It gets here so quick when Monday is a holiday :).)  This week, I give you 7 signs that football is here :) - in pictures.  Have a great weekend and be sure to visit Jen for more Quick Takes!

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9.08.2011

Thankful Thursday


Last week, taking a moment to reflect on and remind myself that I have much to be thankful for helped me to feel so much better, but what really made me feel better was getting your comments about what you are thankful for.  It was an honor to pray for each and every one of your praises and I'd like to continue the tradition.

Last week, Donna at What if God Says No even wrote her own post too!

This week, I am thankful for:

  • a good poncho
  • football (even if it does last for 7 hours)
  • my family
  • Watermelon, Honeydew, and Cantaloupe flavored popsicles
  • living in a place with all 4 seasons
What are you thankful for this week?  Please share your thankful intentions in the comments so that I can give thanks for them as well.  And if you write your own post like Donna did, please leave a comment letting us know so we can stop by.

Happy Thankful Thursday.

9.07.2011

Wordless {Mostly} Wednesday


Rae (from No Wealth But Life) and Me!



Kali.
Mei Mei
Nan, Me, and Mom.  Eating the best. ice cream. ever.  (Mine is in my hand, just behind my Nan).  Nan is 82 - doesn't she look AWESOME!
The game never resumed.  After.  7.  hours.  Yes, I stayed.  C'mon, you're not really surprised are you?
Bruce Irvin.  #11.  Sack-master-extraordinaire.  Huge.

9.04.2011

Game Day

Kali and Mei Mei are ready!  Are you?

Let's goooooooo Mountaineers!