eighteen weeks.

18 wks - mango w txt

Is it just me or did the sweet potato from last week seem bigger than the mango? Either way, baby Leachman is growing like a weed. He or she (man, I cannot wait to not have to say both everytime I talk about it…or say ‘it’…) is now half a pound and 6 inches long…according to my What to Expect app. If you don’t have this app and you have an iPhone and are pregnant, you are missing out. I look at it almost every day to see how big the baby is, posts on random parenting/pregnancy topics, and the countdown to baby’s arrival! Download it if you haven’t already. End commercial.

I came down with a bit of a cold over the weeknd, which was zero fun, because there’s not much medicine one can take while pregnant. Oh, how I missed nyquil. But I am feeling much better now and praying that doesn’t come around again.

We began one of the scariest, most exciting parts of our marriage last week…house hunting! What a grown-up decision…but I guess it’s about time. We are hoping to have a home by Christmas. We shall see…

One week until gender reveal! Stay tuned for the announcement.

pumpkin patch.

Fall is by far my favorite season, so naturally I can’t wait for it to get here each year so that I can visit pumpkin patches, drink apple cidar slushies, and wear cute boots…all of which I got to do on Saturday. We took a trip to our local orchard for some fall fun. It was a beautiful day and we had a lot of fun getting our pumpkins that we will carve in a couple of weeks. Here are some pictures from the day:

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Of course my husband had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch...

Of course he had to get the biggest pumpkin in the patch…

 

And we couldn't forget about baby Leachman!

And we couldn’t forget about baby Leachman!

 

we’re pregnant!!!

Wow, I realize it’s been a looong time since I’ve posted, but you would not believe the craziness going on in our household over the past few months. We not only recently moved, but I got a new job, we went on vacation, AND we found out that we are going to be blessed with our first child in March 2014. We could not be more thrilled to bring our bundle of joy into the world! God is so, so good!

Here is how we announced our pregnancy to friends:

Baby!

We cannot wait to meet baby Leachman!

christmas with the leachmans.

After this past weekend, I am certain that I am blessed far beyond what I deserve. I take for granted how blessed I am to get to spend Christmas with my husband, my family, and my friends. I get to do so in a warm home, full of love and laughter. I get to open presents and eat tons of (very unhealthy) food. I get to be off of work and travel to see my family and in-laws.

I say this, because I know that not everyone has the luxery of these things. There are many homeless, starving, unemployed, broken families out there and I am so thankful that I don’t have to deal with those issues. I pray that those families that do have to go without food, shelter, family, jobs, and love can find peace in the Lord and find comfort in Him. My life isn’t anywhere near perfect (that is for sure!), but I am very fortunate to have what I do.

So, here is a recap of our Christmas vacation:

We spent Fri-Sun at my parent’s house. My sister wasn’t able to come home this year with her husband and sweet kids, but thank God for technology, because we were able to skype with them and see their beautiful faces! On Sunday evening we headed to my husband’s hometown to be with his family until Tuesday. It was great getting to be with both sides of our families and we had a lot of fun.

A few photos from the weekend:

christmas eve eve

christmas eve eve

christmas kitty

pepe loved the bows more than her gift.

christmaseve

before christmas church service

day one – a photo that makes you laugh.

I’ll go ahead and say it now, these blog photo challenge posts may not always be consecutive days, but I can assure you they will at least be my next ten posts. So without further adue…here is my photo that makes me laugh.

DSC_0516I’m not sure why this picture makes me laugh, but it probably has something to do with the fact that my husband is at the bottom of a pile of a bunch of little rascals. I took this picture while we were playing a game called “keep away”, in which you do everything in your power to keep the football while others try to take it from you.

The nieces and nephews were finally able to take down the biggest “kid” playing the game and that was a proud accomplishment to them.

It was a beautiful day for pictures. I love the lighting in this picture and capturing some laughter. You can’t look a photo like this and not smile.

I feel like I’m learning new things about my DSLR camera everyday and I’m loving all of it. I’m looking forward to the rest of the challenges. It really has been fun and educational so far.

The ABC’s of Thanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans! It’s time to stuff ourselves with turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn and of course…pumpkin pie! What a wonderful holiday we get to celebrate, yet every year it gets overtaken by the consumer-hungry day that follows, also known as “Black Friday”. America is funny. We’re funny, because there is a day filled with fighting over material possessions to purchase with money we don’t have, exactly 1 day after a day spent giving thanks for what we have. Contradict, much?

I’d like to take this time to say what I’m thankful for, Sesame Street style. Here goes:

  • A- Apartment. I’m blessed to get to come home to a warm/cool apartment (depending on the season) every day. It may be small, but it’s all we need for now. Thankful for my comfortable bed I get to lay in every night with my sweet husband.
  • B- Bible. Thankful for God’s Word and the guidance He has gives us through it. Many take it for granted, but I am so thankful I can read my bible without worrying if I’m going to be arrested for doing so. I love digging into scripture and learning more about my faith and strengthening my relationship with the Lord.
  • C- Creation. Of course this is an obvious one. I’m thankful that the Lord created me. I’m thankful for his beautiful creation, such as people, animals and nature. I stand in awe when I see a beautiful sunset or a gorgeous mountain range, because it shows how big our God is!
  • D- Dad. I’m so thankful for my dad and how hard he worked to provide for our family. He spent a lot of time away from us growing up, but I appreciate that now more than ever. I’m thankful for his sacrifice for us. Thankful that he raised our family in a church and showed my sister and I what it means to be in a Godly marriage. Thankful for their 30+ years (sorry, can’t remember exactly how many!) of marriage.
  • E- Employment. I am beyond thankful that I was able to find a job straight out of college. It may not be exactly what I saw myself doing, but I love my job. I love my boss, my co-workers, and our patients. Blessed to work with people who encourage me and follow similar values as me.
  • F- Freedom. Many of us Americans take our freedom for granted. I know I have at times, but I am beyond thankful for all those who have served to defend my freedom. Blessed to be able to worship the Lord without fear and have the opportunity to vote for the leader of our country.
  • G- Girlfriends. I am so blessed to have wonderful, encouraging, hilarious friends. My roommates from college have been such a blessing to my life. I am thankful to have found life-long friends in high school and college. They keep me accountable have shown me what true friendship really is.
  • H- Husband. I have the best husband in the world. I’m so blessed to be married to such a Godly, encouraging, loving man!
  • I- Indiana. I was born and raised in the great state of Indiana. Although I don’t live there anymore, I am very thankful for getting to grow up there.
  • J- Jesus Christ. So thankful for my Lord and Savior. Thankful for his never-ending love and mercy!
  • K- Kayaks. I promise I’m not just throwing this one out there because I can’t think of a word that starts with ‘K’. I really am thankful for the kayaks that my husband and I have. Kayaking is such a fun and relaxing hobby…well, it can be. I love the days in the summer that we spend paddling down the river in our kayaks, enjoying a beautiful, warm day. I love being in nature!
  • L- Love. Corny, I know, but it’s true. I’m so thankful that God has shown me what TRUE love looks like (sending his Son to die for me) and that because of  that, I can love the people in my life.
  • M- Mother. I have the most supportive and encouraging mom ever. I know everybody thinks theirs is the best, but mine seriously is! She sacrificed more than I will ever know as I was growing up and still does! I’m so thankful for her many years of sitting through countless swim meets (God bless her!), driving me all over the place for activities, and providing me with everything I needed, but not always everything I wanted (yes, I’m thankful for that looking back now!).
  • N- Nieces (and soon to have a nephew!). I have the cutest nieces in the world. My sister has to little girls and a boy on the way. Abby is 3 1/2 and Brooklyn just turned 1 in Sept. They are precious and I love spending time with them, though it’s not often due to distance. They are so smart and I love them both so much.
  • O- Ocean. I’m so thankful for getting to vacation at the beach every summer while growing up. My family was blessed to be able to do that and I loved every minute of it. I still love going to the beach when we get the chance. Not much else beats a beautiful sunset over an ocean.
  • P- Pepe le Pew. Pepe is our adorable tuxedo kitten. She has brought us so much laughter. She is a hyper-active, sweet, cuddly kitten. She does some pretty funny stuff and I’m so thankful we got her a few months ago.
  • Q- Quiet Time. I’m thankful that I have time in the morning before I leave for work to spend reading the Bible and having quiet time with the Lord. Also, it’s a blessing just to get to have solitude. So many people don’t ever get a chance to be alone and I’m thankful for the times I get to have a little silence in my life.
  • R- Running. I love to run. I am thankful for the ability to run and exercise. I have recently become a fan of running races, which motivates me to stay in shape.
  • S- Sister. My big sister means the world to me. She is more than a sister, she’s a best friend. I love her and value our relationship so much. So blessed to have been her maid of honor and have her as mine.
  • T- Technology. Though it can be a curse in so many ways, I am still very thankful for the modern technology that we have today. It is beneficial in so many ways. Things like Facebook (to stay connected or reconnect with friends and family), Skype (to see loved ones far away), and cell phones (to be able to get ahold of people when you need to). Thankful for the smart people who created these things!
  • U- United States of America. I am SO blessed to be an American citizen where I am free to believe what I want to believe and be who I want to be. I’m thankful for my country and what it stands for. Most of all, I’m thankful for the men and women who fight to defend all of those things for me.
  • V- Vaccines. This may sound random, but I am truly grateful for vaccines. When I was preparing to go to Kenya a few years ago, I was given 4 or 5 different vaccines. I was able to avoid contracting any diseases while in Africa. I am blessed to have good health. I’ve seen first-hand that so many around the world are not fortunate to have this technology. So many men, women and children in other countries don’t have the opportunity for a vaccine, therefore, making them more likely to develop diseases. SO thankful for intelligent people, working to create vaccines, such as the ones I was given and many others are given every day.
  • W- Western Kentucky University. I’m very thankful for my education and my college degree. I met life-long friends while in college (including my husband) and made some incredible memories.
  • X- X-rays. Ok, I may be pushing it with this one, but it’s one I don’t really think about often, but am thankful to have. X-rays are incredible and we are blessed to be able to have. My dad recently had to have X-rays to see if he needed surgery. The technology is incredible when you think about it. What did they do 100 years ago? Just deal with the pain, not knowing if they needed surgery or not? We are just so blessed to have this available to us today and I’m very thankful for that.
  • Y- Youth. My husband and I lead the youth group at our church. The student in the youth group have blessed our lives more than they will ever know. I am so thankful for this opportunity to serve, while hopefully being a model of Christ for them. It’s encouraging to see them grow in their faith.
  • Z- Zach. Zach is my brother-in-law (married to my sister I mentioned earlier). He is a Navy SEAL and spends a lot of time away from his family. I’m thankful for him and what he has done and will do for our country. I’m thankful for the sacrifices he makes so that I can feel safe and continue enjoy my freedom. I’m thankful for ALL of our troops that fight daily for this country.

Shew, I have a LOT to be thankful for…and that’s just ONE thing per letter. I could have listed multiple things for some letters. God has blessed me in so many ways.

So, before you start listing off all of the many things you WANT this Christmas, start by listing off all of the many things you HAVE! Be GRATEFUL and give THANKS. Maybe that will change your perspective a little. 🙂

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” -1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

5k results.

If there was ever a proudest moment in my life, it was on Saturday morning when I ran a 5K. I know what you might be thinking…”Geeze, she’s humble”. But I’m not talking about being proud of myself. I’m talking about my DAD! My dad ran track in high school, but has not run competitively since then. Saturday was his first road race ever and he ran it in 40 minutes and 13 seconds. He finished 3rd in his age division and received a medal after the race. His goal was to finish the race in under 40 minutes and while he barely missed that, him finishing the race and doing as well as he did, is enough of an accomplishment in itself, in my opinion. He was pleased with the results and, of course, his family was as well.

the front had the race logo on it and the back had his place and age division.

He said after the race that he plans to run the entire 5k in December when my whole family does one in Gatlinburg, TN. He has been working so hard for this and I can’t wait to see his future results.

Right before the race (about 8:15am) it poured down rain. My hometown had not had rain for about 6-8 weeks according to my parents so it was a bittersweet moment, because they needed the rain, BUT at about 8:28 it stopped raining and we started the race. It barely sprinkled once around the 2 mile marker and the rest of the time was pretty pleasant…a bit humid, but not bad. After we crossed the finish line, we posed for a picture and a minute later it was a torrential downpour. We had to move under a canopy. Is God good or what for holding off that rain for the EXACT time of the race?!

my dad, an official 5k-er!

I’m just so unbelievably proud of him for setting these goals and for working so hard to achieve them. He is such an inspiration to our entire family and I’m very encouraged by his determination and perseverance. You have one very proud daughter, Dad. Thanks for being my hero. I love you!

mamma mia.

Happy Mother’s day to all of the wonderful moms out there, especially the one I call mamma.

wedding day.

I don’t think I have a bigger cheerleader, better friend, or more supportive person in my life than my mom. I’m not saying my other family members and friends aren’t those things, but when I think back to all the years of her raising myself and my sister, I know for a fact my mom sacrificed more than I can ever imagine. She truly put herself last when it came to her baby girls. She was at every sporting event, every play, every musical; every big moment in my life, she was always right there by my side. I’m so blessed to be her daughter and I seriously thank God as often as I can for giving me such a loving, caring, sacrificial, hard-working, Godly woman for a mother. What a great example she has been for her children and it will only be echoed (I pray) as I try to raise my future children the way she did. And that same great example is seen through her marriage to my dad for over 30 years. She’s my hero and she always will be. Thank you mom, for putting up with me for 18 years at home and still putting up with me 6 years later. I love you.

Of course, I made my mom a collage flower pot, too. She loved it!

flower pot #2

for the love of pizza.

Originally I had no intention of making this delicious homemade bacon-cheddar pizza in the shape of a heart, but it kind of just worked out that way. I was rolling out the dough and my circle was looking more and more pathetic; it started to make the shape of a heart. So, I went with it and made the edges more defined and pointed at the bottom. It turned out tasting just as delicious as a normal circular pizza, just interesting size pieces when cut. I thought it was funny and my husband found it cute so I thought I’d share just for the fun of it. I’m quite proud.

Speaking of cooking…I had to share these pictures I just got from my sister from Christmas. My niece got a play kitchen and I am a newlywed and new to cooking, so we both received aprons. Isn’t she just the cutest?