awards and randomness.

My thoughts have been scattered recently. I don’t have a full post with direction and after sitting on that fact for over 2 weeks, I realize that my posts don’t have to be perfect, nor do they have to have a lengthy point. So today I simply bring you some randomness and a TTC update – and with it I will hopefully break out of my no posting rut!!

While unintentionally away, I was nominated for 3 blogging awards, so fun! I gotta admit, I felt like dancing around like the dad from Christmas Story shouting “I won, I won, I won!” I mean, blogging love feels like I a warm hug, so thank you to these awesome ladies who thought of me.

My friend over at Tales of a Twin Mombie nominated me for the Liebster Award and instructed me to answer the ten questions she created as part of the nomination. Since I have a few other questions to answer with the other awards, I picked my favorite 5 questions – here you go!


What led you to start your blog and how long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in the spring of 2012 (which seems like yesterday and an eternity ago, all at the same time) simply based on the fact that I felt called to share our story and struggle with others. It took a while, in fact I had the website registered for almost 6 months before taking the plunge, but am so glad I did. It has blessed my life SO much. In fact, in a few more posts, I will be celebrating my 100th entry! Whoa!

If you could recommend a MUST READ, what would it be and why?

I am a READER. Anyone who knows me can attest to that. My books are well loved, often dressed in crinkled pages as a result of being dropped in the bathtub or tossed into a purse. So to narrow it down to ONE must read!? I can’t image. But one of my favorite books to read is Blue Bistro by Elin Hildebrand. There is something about her writing that I love (her older work especially) and I am a foodie too, so this is a perfect blend of all things great. Another recommendation of a good book that you can laugh and cry (okay, bawl) to is Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah. Oh and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. Actually anything by her is fantastic. For Christian books on infertility I highly recommend Hannah’s Hope by Jennifer Saake.

I better stop now. If you ever need a book recommendation though, just shoot me a message and I would love to make some suggestions.

When you are feeling stressed out, what is something that almost always works to calm you?

Quiet time. This most typically can be fulfilled in a coffee shop, bookstore, or bathtub. Introverted time to myself, preferably with a tea or latte, a journal and a Bible, refills my bucket and calms me down.

What do you admire the most about your husband?

I could go on and on! But simply put, I admire his cheerful attitude and his ability to see the glass even more half full than me. He rarely has a down day, is someone who just wakes up chipper and ready to embrace the day and will never let himself sulk into negativity. He reminds me of the positives and blessings on tough days and has such an optimistic spirit. He is the BEST. (Plus he is a stud, so win win!)

What is your guilty pleasure? Something you shouldn’t indulge but just have to sometimes?

French fries and real sugar lattes. Both of which don’t go with my eating habit changes so it’s been a little tough.


The other award I was nominated for is the Sunshine Award which is an award granted by fellow bloggers to whom they feel bring sunshine to their lives. How sweet and special! These ladies at Team Ricci and Waiting for Baby Bird gave me this award and with it, several more questions to answer – here are a few!

What is one of your favorite quotes?

I have been finding myself scribbling down quotes and reminders lately and posting them around my kitchen. While I have many favorite quotes, here are two are my scribbles from last week!



Where is your favorite vacation spot?

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Every spring Josh and I are blessed to be able to vacation with his family and have fallen in love with our home away from home each year. This year will be our 10th year down there together (more for Josh) and its one of my favorite, relaxing spots! Plus they have a STARBUCKS so it’s pretty much perfection.

Provide 5 RANDOM facts about yourself. (Is it sad that I had to recruit Josh to help me with this? My mind drew a complete blank.)

  • I am becoming an awful text and email responder. I typically don’t love phone calls. The older I get, the more I value one-on-one, face to face time with people (preferably over a caffeinated beverage) and less and less the technology version of them.
  • I love coffee mugs. Each one tells a story of where you got it or who gave it to you. Josh on the other hand doesn’t love all my coffee mugs since our cabinet is out of room and he has had more than one come crashing down on him.
  • I am an introverted morning person. I don’t like to talk for at least an hour after waking up. In fact, Cali and I typically don’t acknowledge each other until we have both been awake for quite a while. I will wake up an hour earlier than Josh on the weekends simply to have my quiet time before his energy explodes.
  •  I don’t like to be spooked or startled intentionally and when scared, I will immediately begin crying. Josh has learned this the hard way as he loves a good “BOO!”. Please do not see this as an invitation to scare me either. It does not go over well.
  • Having fresh flowers in my house is a must. I love flowers.

Now I would love to pass along the love and nominate 3 girls whose blogs I just love and whom are creative and beautiful authors! Check them out!

Girls, all you have to do is mention who nominated you and answer these 5 questions to help your bloggers get to know you better!

  1. Do you have any furbabies? If so, share a picture and tell us about them!
  2. What is your favorite warm beverage to drink? Do you have a favorite coffee shop spot?
  3. What is your favorite Bible verse?
  4. Tell us about how you met your spouse.
  5. What would your perfect day look like?

I also wanted to say thanks to all those who remembered our should-have-been due date last Monday. I was so blessed by the amazing kindness of those who checked in. And thanks to a sweet somebody, we even received these beautiful flowers from our babies.

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I also received some beautiful jewelry handcrafted by my friend Martha. One of my favorite things are these tokens she designed. They are filled with some of my favorite verses, words of encouragement and symbols of hope. She has an Etsy shop filled with gorgeous work and is currently saving towards her 5th IVF cycle, all while dealing with being the wife of a deployed husband and mother of a heaven-held daughter who left this world too soon. Here is the link to her shop – I urge you to check her out and support a great cause!


Lastly, a small TTC update – I have been experiencing some weird pains and symptoms since stopping IVF and have been trying to track that and determine what may be normal, what may be from PCOS, what may be from my body working to try to heal itself, and what isn’t right. The other day I decided it would be best to check in with my OB just to check things out. We don’t have many answers yet but I was able to get in and have things looked at. We were able to, for the most part, rule out really scary things like cancer, fibroids, tumors and polyps and I was thankful that my labs and ultrasounds didn’t show anything of immediate concern. She did express a little unease that one of my ovaries was swollen up about 30% larger than it should be and that there’s a cyst that’s just a bit larger than normal. While we don’t know for sure if it’s what’s causing the pain, we will keep an eye on it for the next 4 weeks and rerun some tests then. It has all been placed it in His hands and we are feeling comfortable with the game plan. We haven’t really talked about it with anyone simply because we really don’t know much and it’s just a small web of unknowns. I share this with you simply to ask for prayers for healing and wisdom and still, would prefer not to talk about it.

Well, for not having a lot to say, I certainly filled up the page! How about I don’t wait 2 and a half weeks to post again. Mkay, I’ll work on that. Until next time!

13 thoughts on “awards and randomness.

  1. Elisha says:

    First of all, I read your random facts and every single one of them sounded like me. I am not exaggerating! Secondly, after I did IVF, my body went into serious out of whack mode. I was told the added hormones messed me up more and it would now take longer to “level out”. BLECK! I wish I had known this BEFORE I did IVF. oh well! God is my healer and everything will be okay :) I’m believing the same for you too :)

    • chels819 says:

      Ahhh we would be such good friends!!! And thanks for letting me know you had similar experiences!! I know He is so capable of doing far more than we can imagine!!! Xoxox!

  2. Tales of a Twin Mombie says:

    Loved learning new things about you! I am an avid reader as well, so I intend on adding them to my list on Amazon! I’m obsessed! Hannah’s hope is an amazing read..I would recommend it too. As for the pain going on, I will be praying for you! Much love and well deserved on all of the awards <3

  3. amywales121 says:

    I love Francine Rivers soooo much! She has a new book coming out in April/May, I am so excited about it! I’ll have to check the other books out you recommended! I love to read! I’ll be praying for you and your husband for wisdom and clarity as you navigate through this part of your journey!

    • chels819 says:

      Thanks so much for the prayers Amy! And the tidbit about Francine Rivers newest book! I looked it up online and am SO excited! I had no idea! Thanks for the thoughts and comment! Xox!

  4. Olga says:

    Hi, there! I am always checking to see whether you’ve posted anything new! Love your writing! Just wanted to add that Kristen Hannah is one of my favorite authors as well! I loved The Winter Garden and Home Front (they even made a movie on that one!), now I need to read the Firefly Lane!
    Hang in there! Praying for you and your family!

    • chels819 says:

      I was JUST thinking about you the other day!! How are you??? And I loved both of those too! I didn’t know they were making a movie of Home Front! Fun! Yes check out Firefly Lane, it’s a great one!!! :) So good to hear from you! As always, I’m so thankful for your support and thoughts!

  5. Elena Ridley says:

    Congrats on your two awards!! It’s so nice that the blogging world does those types of things!! I hope that everything goes ok after the pain you’ve been experiencing. I found your blog thru Dreaming of Dimples I think and I’ve been following you on Instagram, I’m a fellow infertility sister going thru 3rd round IUI this weekend. Just want to pass some support and prayers to you on your journey!!

    • chels819 says:

      Thank you so much!!! I am so glad that our paths have crossed, both here and on IG!! I am praying for your IUI and am thankful to be a part of your journey now!! Sending you lots of baby dust!

  6. TheWordofANerd says:

    Aww sweet friend you made me laugh and you tugged at my heart strings all in one post. My hubby and yours are very similar I like quiet mornings while he wakes energize and ready to talk about everything. He also likes a good boo and I totally hate it. I’ve gotten him back a few times. I hid under my desk and scared him something good. Know that you are in my prayers daily. I am believing good things and complete restoration for you! Xo

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