Posted by: purestjoy | June 9, 2013

I am 28 weeks now.  It is hard

I am 28 weeks now.  It is hard to believe that in 12 or so weeks, there will be a little one in my arms (Lord willing!)  I finally have the office cleaned out, so it is ready for the crib, changing table, and rocker.  🙂   I also have finally (sort of) registered.  If you ever want to be really overwhelmed, take a step into a baby store.  But you have to go into it thinking about getting things for YOUR baby. Out of the 100 bazillion things, what is the best one?  What things will you really use?  Are there some superflous things that will end up being the lifesaver?  We have been SO blessed that my husband’s brother and sister in law are lending us A LOT of stuff. I am very glad I didn’t have to think about those things. 🙂 

So far about 90% of the people that have said anything think that Baby H. is a boy. It is rather funny to hear all their reasononings. One thing I do know is that they definitely get very active at 11 at night and during preaching (radio or church). 🙂 

I took the Gestational diabetes test on Thursday, should know the results by tomorrow.  I am really hoping that I passed. If i didn’t. .. I really dread the next 12 weeks of eating 😛   Speaking of eating, yes I still get nauseous. This weekend has been especially wonderful in that regard. 🙂

Psalm 139

13 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.[a]
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.”

Sometimes I get a little freaked out thinking of all the responsibility of being a parent, of guiding a little one … what will their personality be like? What will their passions be? How can be guide them to be the best that they can be? And then I think of the above verses and I remember that God knows it all … so pretty much, He will guide us because He knows it all already. 🙂

Posted by: purestjoy | March 20, 2013

Google. I am ANNOYED with you. You took away my reader. You *said* it would be July 1. But you apparently are a big fat LIAR. 😛 😛 😛 😛 So if any of you have any good options for readers, let me know. Because I’m lazy and don’t want to have to check all my blogs individually.

In other news, I am also annoyed with Orbitz who will not book our tickets.  “Not able to complete booking at this time”.  REALLY NOW?! Why show it then? Ya punks. OO…..I think Kamy is using a different website and getting it for cheaper. SO TAKE THAT, ORBITZ. HAH! 😛

Pregnancy isn’t making me grumpy at all. It’s just STUPID WEBSITES.  (ahahaha 😉 )

We were gone this weekend to North Carolina to visit family. That was fun! Though I really need to learn more Arabic then just insults. hah. 😉  WENTE MAL OMUK, YA EB NIL!  (sorry for all those I have offended just now)   It was so good to see his family and to meet aunt and uncle visiting from afar off 🙂  Even though I couldn’t converse much with them. 🙂

I would like a milkshake right now. Would you please be a dear and get one for me?  Thank you muchly.  The baby appreciates it.





Posted by: purestjoy | March 6, 2013

And then there were three…….

Life just keep right on trucking along! Yes, I am pregnant! We are expecting a little on around August 29, 2013. It would be awesome if they were born on that day since that my parents anniversary, but we all know that rarely does that happen! 🙂

I have been having quite a bit of morning sickness. I am 15 weeks today, and while it has definitely gotten better, I still have days where it’s like I’m back to square one. But, on the upside, I know that that means that everything is going well. Being on the computer and reading makes it worse for some reason. I truly do wish I could read, seeing as I can’t do much else! 🙂 And did you know that throwing up a lot makes you more suspectible to broken blood vessels in your eye? I found that out as well! All the fun stuff that nobody really tells you about…pretty much I am sure because everybody experiences pregnancy differently. 🙂

Another thing that has been really fun is all my different friends who are pregnant around the same time as us….though there has been one miscarriage, which was heart breaking. 😦

Kamy has been wonderful — cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc. Don’t let him tell you that he can’t cook because he is quite the master now! chicken or steak, he’s got you covered!

And with that, I shall pop on out again. Hope all is well from wherever you sit in your corner of the world!

Posted by: purestjoy | September 19, 2012


I am married.

I highly recommend, if you get a chance, to get married. It is rather nice! 🙂   The wedding was INSANE (So glad you only do that once!)  But it was amazing being surrounded by those I hold close to my heart. 🙂  The honeymoon was wonderful. (Italy, what’s not wonderful about that?)

Life isn’t really slowing down yet.  That does happen, right? 😉    We finally got furniture today.  It has been an ordeal, but it will be so nice to be able to relax on something other than our bed or a folding chair.   Life is slowly coming together in bits and pieces. One of these days everything will be unpacked, thank you cards will be written, and all the stuff that life consists of will be in order. But until then, we are having fun admist the chaos! 🙂 

Posted by: purestjoy | April 4, 2012

Up until this point in this life, I had thought more about songs for my funeral than for my wedding.

Well, that changed yesterday. 🙂   The man that makes me laugh,who “gets” me, who challenges me in my walk with Christ, the man that can set my heart a flutter, a man that lets me be downright just idiotic with him one minute and lets me ask a deep question the next, the man who passionately lives for God, the most imperfect man that is perfect for me, got down on one knee and asked me if I would marry him.

My momma didn’t raise no fool. I said Yes

And now the girl who thought she would never get married ….THAT girl is most happily surprised by love. 🙂

Posted by: purestjoy | February 21, 2012

Menu Plan

As many of you know, I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants person. So, while I do generally try to do a menu plan .. if something comes up, I just let it go. 🙂  I mean, seriously if a friend wants to do dinner, who am I to say, oh no, i must eat my chili tonight! 😉 Or if my schedule gets whacked out and I’m not able to fix something ..I’m not going to beat myself up.  But, this is to help me with grocery shopping & with varying my diet somewhat (I try to differ on what meats I eat so I’m not eating the same meat all the time…and also watch out with my other foods because I don’t want to develop another allergy!)  and also show you that I can in fact, eat quite well and yummily. 🙂


Breakfast – nothing

Lunch — out to eat (if you must know, Hardee’s low carb hamburger 😉 )

Dinner –– Tilapia with coconut oil & lemon pepper seasoning, potato wedges & peas


Breakfast – coconut flour muffins

Lunch –  lunch with friend                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Dinner –  Turkey quinoa meatloaf  (w/o onions)


Breakfast: Eggs & Canadian bacon

Lunch:  tuna melt (tuna salad made with canola oil mayonnaise) and gluten free bread made from scratch (       SO thankful for the bread machine that I got from a friend!

Dinner:  Vegetarian chili (w/o onions and w/o black bean soup), and served with gluten free bread.


Breakfast: Eggs & Canadian bacon

Lunch:  leftover meatloaf

Dinner:   Chicken pot pie (trying out a gluten free pie mix that I’ve had for awhile)     This also is using my own chicken broth and gluten free flour.  Soo….a little more effort on this one to make it me friendly. 🙂


Breakfast : Coconut flour muffins

Lunch:  Leftovers

Dinner:  Dinner with friends


Leftover day!  Yay!! 😉


SNACKS:    Rice cakes with laughing cow cheese.   Cheese slices with deli meat.   Cinnamon Chex cereal. 🙂

It’s hard to believe that it’s February, and actually, almost the end of February already.  Is that even possible?   This year has flown by SO fast. It’s kind of insane and just a good reminder to once again, slow down and be purposeful in every moment.  It seems that the past month I have been going at breakneck speed and I look up and all of a sudden, a month has gone by.  

There is a post going around on pinterest that I would do well to remember, “Once she stopped rushing through life, she was amazed how much more life she had time for.”  

Sometimes it’s hard when circumstances come up that are mostly beyond your control (which is what had happened for about two weeks of this month.)  But it also was a good reminder to me because due to some poor choices that I made regarding my time in previous weeks, it made it more difficult for me.  So always be ready.  Always make the right choices.  Like, right now.  I shall get off the computer and actually go get ready for work. 

I haven’t forgotten my menu planning thing, btw.  Lord willing, I will sit down later on today and figure out what my menu and post it on here … and then (earth shattering here) actually GO grocery shopping. Will wonders never cease?  😉  

Posted by: purestjoy | January 21, 2012

“Finally, brot…

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ”  Phillipians 4:8-9

Just a reminder to me to not FOCUS on the bad things.  This is not saying that bad things don’t exist.  They do.   This is not choosing to ignore them.   Sometimes we can’t.   But this is a reminder that we don’t have to think & dwell  on these things.  I know this verse can be taken in lots of different ways.  But it hit me this week that this is also so very true when it comes to negativity.  Ever noticed how when you are negative how down you get, how irritable you are, how you then begin to just be depressed?  Somebody mentioned in Bible Study how sin starts with ungratefulness … and that is SO true.  

What in my situation is good?  Not the bad things, but the GOOD things (again, not saying that there aren’t bad things).  It is not just being optimistic.  But it is CHOOSING to think on the good things, on the pure things, on the lovely things, on the excellence things.  Look for the things worthy of praise and think on these things. 🙂   

This is a huge reminder to me.  God isn’t praised in our negativity.  We are constantly complaining about our circumstances, when we are constantly complaining about others, when we are just constantly complaining — how is He getting the glory?  When we complain, do we draw others to Him in that? When we are looking at others and seeing the bad in them and focusing on their faults, is that causing us to love them more  — or less?   


Posted by: purestjoy | January 6, 2012

Clarence, feel the warmth of laughter!

It is an absolutely beautiful day in January.  The sun is shining.  It is neither too hot nor too cold. I am at friend’s house,helping her out for a bit and the prospect of a nice White Chocolate Mocha awaits me in the near future. 

I love January.  I love the new beginnings. I love the “freshness” of it.  A chance to start over again, to recommit yourself to whatever, to reevaluate.  I just love it.

I love where I am right now in my life, on all levels. 🙂  Sure there are niggling “worries”, but the future looks very bright.  God is good ALL the time.   Iam thankful for the hard times.  I am thankful for the good times. I am thankful right now that I am in one of those good times, though I know it won’t always be like this. 

I have learned in whatever state I am in, therewith to be content.     I am enjoying this state right now very much. I don’t want to rush it.  I don’t want to be looking at the past. I don’t want to worry about the future.

I just want to be content. 🙂 

Posted by: purestjoy | November 8, 2011

My recent life in a picture.

My recent life in a picture.

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