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Dear Embryos

It’s starting to get real y’all. We only have one backsplash  left to paint before things get serious. If you’ve been following along on our journey for a little while, you know that our twins were a result of IVF. You also know that we have been saving for ‘round 2’ which will be a frozen embryo transfer. We’re getting so close to our financial goal, and my anxiety level is through the roof. We know how lucky we were with that first round, and absolutely don’t take it for granted. Knowing that we have two more frozen embryos, it’s easy to hope for a similar outcome… but statistically, we need to prepare our hearts for the worst.

Our Embryos

Ironically, this week is Infertility Awareness week. Because of the shame that often accompanies infertility, it’s something that often goes unsaid. So many women (and men) are living in such pain and despair without anyone to talk to. Let’s make it common knowledge. Let’s not be ashamed. Let’s discuss our feelings and reach out to others experiencing something similar. Let’s be brave women.

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Dear Embryos,

I’ve been missing you. I’m so excited at the thought of being able to meet you and hold you in my arms one day… yet also terrified that something might go horribly wrong. The scariest thing for me is knowing that you might not even make it through the thawing process. I’m so grateful for these medical advancements, and have to remind myself often that we wouldn’t even have this opportunity 20+ years ago. Your sisters aren’t old enough to understand, and we don’t want them to be disappointed, so we’re leaving them in the dark for now. It’s hard to believe that you have a complete set of DNA… a tiny microscopic person. I love you with a mothers love. Be strong little embryos! It won’t be long now.

~Mommy

The Dollhouse {Part 2}

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Good morning friends! My computer has been on the fritz lately, making me nervous to even TRY to compose a blog post... lest it might abruptly go to be with Jesus. But I wanted to at least stop in and quickly show some progress shots on what’s been happening with my childhood dollhouse we’ve been fixing up for the girls’ new room. Last time, we shared how we added the wood-shim roof shingles, added 3 extra rooms, painted everything white, built a stairway leading to the second floor, … [Read More...]

Patching & matching hardwood floors

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Remember that time that we had a wall separating our dining room and living room? I hardly remember either. Even though it’s been less than two years, it’s still hard to remember the room being that closed off. Nick did an AMAZING JOB putting up the load-bearing beam, re-routing the duct-work, framing in the arches and pillar, dry-walling, and mudding. This had been such a long/messy project that when we he was finished... we just left the wood floors this way. It’s been … [Read More...]

Now we’re PROFESH

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We’ve been using this picture as our ‘blog bio’ photo for several years. It’s cute and all, but it’s a selfie we took of ourselves about 10 minutes after we found out we were pregnant. It was 5 in the morning, and we were stupid-happy in this pic. And we love it. But it’s not professional. Also my hair is doing a weird mushroom thing, and Nick looks like he’s a tween. And recently, we’ve had some exciting things happening in the blogging world... and we decided it was time for some … [Read More...]

The sisters… and stuff.

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We spent the majority of our day outside yesterday, and I made a point to carry around my nice camera instead of relying on my iphone for EVERY PHOTO I TAKE. I’m hesitant to admit this... but I haven’t printed a single picture of the girls since their 1-year photo books. I was planning to make a photo book for each girl every year. But then time got away from me last summer. And then I started to talk myself into doing ONE family photo book. I’m just not the scrapbooking type. But I AM … [Read More...]

DIY Dining Room Area Rug {Painted Linoleum!}

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Dear friends... do you want to see something gross? What you’re looking at is the grody cracks in our 114-year-old hardwood floors. I’m not sure if our forefathers installed them with spaces between them because that was a popular home décor trend in the late 1800’s, or if the wood has shriveled and shrank over the centuries. I could probably do a quick google search and find out... but I truly don’t care what the reason is. I just want it to be fixed. However! Being the sentimental … [Read More...]

Wooden Native American Artwork

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{The winner of the Online Fabric Store Giveaway is Christina B... whose email address starts with ‘ellers3447! Check your email Christina!!} With the weather warming up slowly but surely, our mind-wheels have been turning with plans for our veggie garden, tuning up the lawnmower, and thinking about some small landscaping projects. BUT... the ground is still frozen. And the wind has been INSANE. Like blow-you-over-insane. So I’ve been thinking a little more logically about making some small … [Read More...]

Key Lime Bars {Cupcakes w/ Sprinkles}

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I've recently found a bunch of key lime recipes I want to make but I cant find key limes anywhere. I'm not sure what the difference is in key limes and regular limes, so if you know, leave a comment! Lucky for me I was just in Arizona visiting my sister and we were at Walmart and I came across key limes. I was probably a bit too excited and got 36 of them cause they were so teeny. Luckily it was just enough for this one recipe. These are all the things we need... Preheat the oven to 325 … [Read More...]

Acreage Adventure!

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Yesterday was a beeeeeeautiful sunny day here in Iowa. Just as the sun was setting and I was getting the girls’ jammies on, Nick’s buddy shows up with his 4-wheeler for a little fun. Pais and Dell were NOT about to let this opportunity sneak by. It still looks like a tragic barren wasteland here on our acreage... not a green blade of grass in sight. But that’s not to stop us from getting out and enjoying great outdoors AT LAST! I grew up riding a go-cart on my grandparents acreage... … [Read More...]

Refoaming & Reupholstering

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After I wrote yesterday’s post, I just hung my head in shame. How did my life become so out of control that I felt the need to spew my negativity all over the interwebs? Maybe I’m a little toooooo transparent. It was a selfish move... but you guys were so sweet and encouraging. THANK YOU. Since I have a quiet moment (and because writing is therapeutic for me), I’m going to show you a little update we recently did in our dining room. Remember this lovely antique dining set that my Granny … [Read More...]