I'm sure many of you have heard of the lovely Ashley of Little Blue Boo and her battle with cancer, if not you can read all about her courageous fight here in her Cancer Chronicles series. I love Ashley, she is an amazing and strong woman and I pray for her every day. Her story has struck me to the core as she is my age and is also a momma to a little girl my Noah's age yet she radiates nothing but joy and calmness in what I can only imagine is pure madness when your body is at war with itself. Right around the time that Ashley was diagnosed with cancer (choreocarcinoma from a miscarriage gone bad) I became pregnant with our number 4. I just couldn't believe it. It's hard to think that from such joy can come such shear pain....one minute a baby the next minute cancer.
She is so candid with everything she is going through and I am so grateful that she decided to share her journey with all of us. Her story has had me in tears one moment (this video gets me every time I watch it) and then laughing the next, how does she do that? Her motto has been, "Choose Joy" and she really does live it...I love this motto and feel like I live my life this way too. There is no need to let the bad rule your life especially when there is so much good out there. I always like to look for the bright side in things...an eternal optimist I guess! Last week I finally received my official Team Ashley t-shirt 'Fear Will Not Rule' in the mail and I was so excited I have been wearing it every chance I get! Stephanie Corfee designed it and you can read all about it here...not sure if they will be printing more of this exact one or not but anything you buy from Team Ashley will go to help Ashley pay her medical bills, we're talking 100%, every penny counts! So if you feel so inclined...go buy something now!
And here I am, 25 week belly and all (joy!) :-) Team Ashley doesn't do maternity wear so I just bought a medium and thought I'd stretch it out a bit, that way once baby is here the mid-section will have some extra space for that post-baby belly flab, lol!
Side view anyone?
For those that are wondering, we still haven't opened that darn envelope. I know, I know...we are so weird.
It's fun to take wild guess though, right? This babe's heartbeat is always around 150 and so far no heart burn (crossing my fingers!) I haven't had any major cravings yet and have been loving my protein...cheeses, chicken, fish. What does that mean!?! That baby likes to eat I suppose!
On another joyful note...I have been thoroughly enjoying my Cuppow a whole lot lately. I saw it a while back on Pinterest (follow me here if you want!) and just had to have it. Can I just tell you it is such a super duper awesome invention! Love!
Now I can take my at-home glassware (mason jars rule our home) with me on the road. They only make one size that fit wide mouth canning jars currently but I have heard they may be making one for regular mouth canning jars this summer. Sweet! Hopefully they will work with the 1/2 pint jars making them the perfect reusable sippy cups for my kids!
Hope you are all having a lovely start to your week.
I'll be back tomorrow with a uber-delicious recipe you are sure to love!!
We'll talk soon!