I really was not bitter when I made this. Promise. I was just being funny. Just finding humor in the situation. That’s all.
Thank goodness for Spencie. At least I don’t have to play alone.
I am so excited to share an awesome read with you guys!
I actually was contacted about this book several months ago and was waiting on pins and needles to get my hands on a copy. I was finally able to read it for the first time yesterday and it did not disappoint. This book was beautiful. Meaningful. Uplifting. Inspiring. I read the whole thing in one sitting.
I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s the synopsis:
Olivia Spencer wants to be a mom more than anything else in the whole world, but years of infertility have wounded her soul and placed a strain on her marriage to Michael. Now, Olivia finds herself wondering if the life she has built will even survive.
Allison Campbell is a recent high school graduate who discovers that a moment of excitement has led to an unplanned pregnancy and an overwhelming heartache.
As the lives of these two women touch, we see that deep love can pave the way for sacrifice, and we all learn the true source of hope and healing.
I loved the parallels between characters and the beautiful way in which each woman's story intertwined. Olivia’s character resonated with me so strongly that at times it felt like I was reading about my own life. The characters may be fictional, but the emotion behind this book is very real. I truly connected with the characters through their heartache and rejoiced in their triumph.
I actually had the opportunity to meet the author at last years FSA. Jennifer Ann Holt is as sweet as they come. She is giving away a signed copy of the book to two individuals, and a singed bookmark and Delivering Hope magnet to five individuals. There are a few ways to enter:’
Delivering Hope will be officially released on February 8th. I’m dying for you guys to read it so we can discuss!
Today I’m missing this place:
And these people:
It’s funny how a just a couple of weeks ago I was wearing short sleeves and basking in the California sunshine. Now I’m wearing two pairs of socks, bundled head to toe in flannel, and watching a grey drizzle out the window. Sigh… I’ve never been the biggest fan of winter.
But editing these photos made me so happy! Sunshine’s always just around the corner.
I had the pleasure of meeting Keira through blogging. Though we have never met in person, I have grown to love this girl so much. It wont’ take long for you to see why; she’s such a sweetheart! Keira has been a wonderful support to me through our adoption journey. She is one of those people that is very other-focused. She is always asking how we are doing and what is going on in our lives, even though she has a lot going on in her life as well.
I asked Keira to share a little bit of her story with all of you:
From the first date that Steve and I went on I knew he was a keeper. He opened the door for me, took my jacket and was a complete gentlemen. He's always treated me with love and respect and is genuinely looking out for me. There are times where I seriously have to pinch myself because I always am thinking how did I get so lucky? Steve is my best friend. my better half and my eternal companion. We work hand in hand at everything and I'm grateful it's been that way from the beginning.
Steve and I found out last year that we have infertility. It was a big gulp to swallow. We had always thought that when we were ready to have children we would have children! We tried multiple procedures to help us get our lil' one but none of the tests worked. After prayers and discussing all of our options.We both decided that Adoption was the next right step for us.
The process can be overwhelming at times, but we know that its all so worth it when we as a family can be sealed together in the temple for the eternities. Infertility has helped me to gain a better understanding of God's plan and also of my own worth. Adoption is such an amazing and humbling experience. We both know that we won't be getting just any baby, but we will be finding our baby through this process.
I wanted to share Keira’s story with you for a couple of reasons. One, Keira is an amazing person and has a beautiful perspective on life. And two, I wanted to help Keira and Steve spread the word. Spencer and I have been so blessed by friends who have shared our story and our information. We have seen miracles in our life because of so much wonderful support. Could you please offer your support to my sweet friend too?
Here is their family blog. Please stop by and say hello!
When we were in Califo for Christmas, my adorable sister, Chelsey, took some photos of us. This one is one of my faves. It’s definitely going up in the nursery, which is turning out really cute, I’ll have to share photos soon!
In the meantime, here is the tiniest little sneak peak of my latest quilt and puppy trying out the crib: