Friday, August 17, 2012

10 Things About Me

1.I will rarely watch a movie more than once.  It's enough for me to sit through a movie as it is, let alone one where I already know what is going to happen.

2. I like to watch The Real Housewives on hulu while I work on orders late at night. And when there are no new episodes to watch I listen to the Elevation Worship station on pandora. The irony of how drastically different these two things are is not lost on me.

3. My brother in law is also my husbands brother. And my sister in law is also my sister.....
I just made that much more complicated than it needed to be. Basically, my sister and I married brothers. My little sister Jacquelin, and Brandon's little brother Brian, met in high school and dated for a year before Brandon and I met. We met one night when Brandon {my husband} came to pick up Brian {his brother} from our house. Brandon likes to tell this part of the story, because I had another guy there with me at the time. We weren't dating, but Brandon likes to say that we were, as if he came in and swooped me away.

4.This is one of my most favorite pictures of Brandon and I. It was just days before we had Mia. I was so huge, but so happy. 

5.I am not that crazy about starbucks coffee.  I wish I was because sometimes the thought of a starbucks coffee seems so "fun" but then it's always disappointing for me. I prefer my own from home.

6. Right after we lost Faith, I was convinced I wanted to go back to school and become a postpartum nurse. I wanted to be able to be in the room with moms after they lost a baby. I wanted to be able to give them a hug or tell them there was hope. Just days after my c-section, I waddled across the college campus to see a guidance counselor about the steps to get into the nursing program. I was determined and just wanted so badly to do something. I decided to go for my degree in psychology and then hopefully my masters in counseling. My hope was to somehow get into the hospitals, with these families and moms. 
It was in the shower one day, after I'd been struggling back and forth on whether or not to continue with school. I'd been going for about a year, but was struggling with leaving Asher, Bella, and Brandon in the evenings to go to classes. It was hard for me, yet I wanted so badly to being doing something with my story. And then God reminded me of the memory box I was given, and the lovie bear inside and after that, it was all I could think about when I looked at Mia's bear. That's really how Project Hope was born.

7. I still use 'Baby Magic' Baby wash on my kids because I love the way it smells so much.  Even on Asher.

8. I went through a phase when I was around 12 or 13 where I only wore skirts or dresses. I didn't like my legs and felt self conscious in shorts. This memory makes me sad and reminds me now as a woman, how dumb my insecurities are. And even though I am still not crazy about my legs, I will wear shorts now just because I refuse to let dumb insecurities {of any kind} dictate my life. 

9. The term "arm candy" or "arm party"...
I don't get it.

10. I used to love to listen to Andrea Bocelli full volume driving around in my mustang before I met Brandon. I also liked to listen to Kenny G while I fell asleep. I have no idea who that person was.

10 1/2. I cut my own hair once in highschool, and had to curl it every day so you couldn't tell how uneven it was. 

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Ok, now tell me something about you.

have a question for me? Ask away. 
I might make it a blog post if I get a few good questions.
Don't leave me hanging. 


  1. I loved this post!! My sister and I also married brothers... I didn't know how I felt about it when I first found out they were dating but I LOVE it now. It makes for the best hang outs because the relationships are already completely established between all of us... my sis and I can just chill together so easily as can our husbands. so. much. fun.

  2. So your kids have double cousins! :] How fun! {I don't have a sister, but have always wanted one.} I'm a new follower of yours, and I just love your posts. They are so encouraging. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I don't know how I didn't know that you guys married siblings. Isn't it the best?!
    Ryan watched about 30 seconds of a Real Housewives with me and I'm pretty sure I lost some respect that day...
    It is a rare occasion when Starbucks gets it "right" for me. I desperately miss the locally owned coffee stands in Washington.
    I didn't where shorts for like 4 years around the same time. Insecurities are so dumb but they still eat me up alive.

    Something about me? I spend way too much time online window shopping. As in, I shop, put items in my cart and then leave the site because I know that I can't buy them. Major waste of time, I know.

  4. that was fun !
    and all sooooo you :)

  5. Yay for Real Housewives! :) The picture is really cute :)

  6. when my boys are all grown on up i plan on going back to school and becoming a counselor. i feel the same way i want to tell people there is always hope and hope will lift you up if you just let it. when my youngest is 20 i will be 40.
    i bathed my boys with baby wash and shampoo until my oldest was probably 7 and he said "i'm not a baby and i want to be like daddy." tears.


    1. thats enough to make any mom cry Kelly. Sheesh!

  7. I completely relate to both #1 & #2! Movies are just too long to sit and do nothing. Also Real Housewives is my guilty pleasure that I don't like to own up to.

    Something about me...Back in middle school right after the first Lord of the Rings movie came out I thought for sure I'd marry Elijah Wood one day. I thought it would be so cool because we would have the same initials, EJW. I used to get these ridiculous celebrity crushes growing-up. Thank goodness I'm over that now!

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  8. So, I used to listen to Kenny G as I was going to sleep. What a weird thing to have in common...

  9. Yep.. Kenny G. Love him.
    And agree on Starbucks. It's always hit or miss. HOWEVER... their salted caramel hot cocoa around Christmas time... best thing ever. Every single time.

    Fact: I play Christmas music while I clean my house. It makes me more productive. True story.

    Fact: I use the johnson's pink lotion on my kids every day. And apply extra before we go somewhere (like church) where they'll be in someone else's care :) a baby that smells good gets treated good is my motto.

    Question: How do you prepare your coffee? What's your favorite nail color? What is your favorite book? What is your favorite candle smell?

    And that's it. :) love you!

  10. Great post!! Love these 10 things about you! So fun! I am not a Starbucks fan either, and I prefer home coffee with my Chemex, which makes the best coffee. Have a wonderful weekend! xo Heather

  11. you are gorgeous. LOVE this post.
    i enjoy only certain things at starbucks. iced tea or coffee frappe light...the new lime refreshers are the jam...with a pump of coconut added :)
    the arm candy biz is lost on me, too.
    and? i have seen kenny g live :) #love

  12. That picture is fantastic!!! I loved being pregnant, right up to the very big end!

    I totally feel the same way about Starbucks, I want to love the coffe - but I don't. I agree with Hannah though, the cool lime refresher pretty much rocks : )

    I love that you share the conflict in what you are watching. I have a bunch of guilty pleasures - I get super sucked in to Keeping up with the Kardashian's...

    Love this list!

  13. Found your blog courtesy of AShley at The Vanilla Tulip, and after reading just a little bit, had to add it to my favorites list! Great blog and adorable family. I can totally relate to your insecurities about your legs. I have always had the skinniest legs in the world, and was always teased about them as a kid, which of course, has carried over into adulthood. I refused to wear shorts or dresses for the LONGEST time!

    Question for you---what is your favorite thing to do with your kiddos?

  14. My Granny's sister married my Papa's brother. Guess that happens more than you would think. So, please tell me you know Wedding Song by Kenny G. I used to listen to that at bedtime and dream of my future husband. {Nerd alert}

    I watch the King of.Queens everyday at 5 & 5:30 and again at 11. Seen every episode 100 x but I laugh like it's the first:)

    Me? I am currently on shorts strike. It's better for everyone involved.

  15. oh laura, i swear, we have so much in common it's scary!
    {except for the sister marrying a brother thing going on there}
    wait, do you watch housewives on your computer on hulu?? or on tv?
    we just got hulu and i didn't think they offered it on tv.
    and i completely get the irony because i'm in the same boat. i can feel
    the holy spirit kinda telling me "seriously?? for reals? you're watching THIS?" lol

    just walking into the starbucks cafe has me going into caffeine shock.
    i prefer to make my own at home as well :)

    can you tell us what a typical day is like for you (if you haven't already)?

  16. It was great to learn more about you! That's cool that you and your sister married brothers!


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