How to survive the 1st trimester of pregnancy, when you’re a basketball coaches wife.
I was determined.
I am 97.6% sure I am successful.
These are always a winner at holiday parties and I have to wait until riiiiiiiiight before the party almost to bake them, or Josh eats them all!
Here is the RECIPE ( aren’t you a lucky duck?)
1. Heat oven to 325* – oven racks at upper and lower middle
2 cups and 2 Tablespoons of flour (I know it seems like a lot, but I think this is key for fluff)
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda.
3. In a separate bowl mix
1 Cup brown sugar packed
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4. Melt 1 1/2 sticks butter in the microwave
5. Pour butter over sugars and mix well.
6. Add 1 whole egg and 1 egg yolk ( I usually separate the yolk out by cracking the egg and letting the white fall into a separate container moving the yolk back and forth between shells)
7. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla and mix well.
8. Add dry ingredients and 1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips until all is mixed smooth.
9. take 1/4 cup dough at form a ball. break in half and place rough sides up on the baking sheet.
10. Bake until cookies are set around the outer edges, yet centers are still soft and puffy. Around 11-13 minutes. Cool on cookies sheet.
Around April earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to attend a workshop called The Beautiful Art of Balance, created by my sweet friend Shannon Ho. The workshop was Christ focused and had allotted quiet time with God ( which I had been absent from due to my busy ‘I own my own business’ working hours) this specific quiet time we were inspired to be ‘expectant and waiting on the Lord’ for him to speak to us, to be quiet and listen, instead of being full of requests.
I literally couldn’t remember the last time I had done that, if ever.
So I listened to my worship playlist I had created and sat quietly, writing all the thoughts that ran through my head. My little journal soon looked like a jumbled mess, which wasn’t a big surprise, Josh says I’m great at ‘ water falling’. Soon enough the thoughts of ‘The Plan’ starting running though my head. Since we were married, Josh and I have always been on ‘the 5 year plan’, we knew the pressure would be on, both of us being the oldest children in our families to have little ones, and we wanted to make sure our families didn’t get over anxious. ( they did anyway… love you guys!….)
During this quiet time, God kept telling me that it wasn’t my choice, there was never a perfect time to have a child, I needed to give up on ‘the plan’. At first I was hesitant, I’ve always wanted kids but the unknown has always freaked me out a little.What if we have an emergency and a huge NICU bill? What if our house is never cute enough or big enough and I can’t take cute photos of my kids in it? ( yes that was a real worry) What if I literally, never in my life have a body I’m proud of? What if Josh dies and I have to do this alone?
There was no solution to any of these problems, no possible plan I could come up with.
No solution except to be obedient to what God was asking of me. Obedience brings blessing, disobedience brings discipline. I fully believe this heart and soul.
He was asking me to give up my worries, my stress, and my plan, to him.
I put it off. I put it off a week, and felt absolutely sick about it. Josh and I went over it, prayed over it, and finally decided to follow God’s word.
We were now on the no plan, plan, or God’s plan, plan. It was scary, exciting, and nerve wracking.
It took 5 months. That’s all. I knew in my heart the week before we took a test that it was real. We were both super nervous to see the results. Josh even came home from basketball practice early to get our nerves over with! I videoed the reaction I promise, and did so everyone’s reactions pretty much as we got to tell our families over thanksgiving about the new addition to come June of next year.
Through everything though, it still hasn’t really hit me. I mean sure, I’m super crazy tired, am the pickiest eater ever now, and get a little sick every now and then. Seeing the live ultra sound and hearing the heart beat got me a little closer, but it’s just crazy hard to believe that in about 195 days Josh and I will be parents, and get to be constantly entertained by the amazing blessing God has given us.
I pray almost non stop for a health. Lots of my family has joined that prayer now, so I feel better.
So here we go, trusting God to carry us every step of the way.
Please continue to pray for our little family. Pray for health, financial stability, our relationship when my hormones make me cranky, for us to continue to follow where God leads us, and know when he is speaking.
I am so thankful and in awe of the response of excitement that our announcement produced. We are so fortunate to have such amazing people in our lives who celebrate with us every step of the way.
Photos by Amanda Watson Photography
You might have seen a few weeks ago when I posted my little brother Owen’s proposal to Kelcie photos .
Such little cutie pies.
SO this last weekend we went to a new location I wanted to try out, ( it’s good to have family willing to get stickers in their shoes and drive out into the middle of no where for a good photo ) near Guthrie.
I love love love them, the photos, and Oh and Kelc face.
I can’t wait until next December for their wedddddinnnnng!
After many many many videos of other lovely people I FINALLY got it together and made my own video!!
Please take a little watch it’s only a minute and forty seconds!
I would personally like to thank Aubrey Proctor , Spenser Sakurai, and Shannon Ho for donating their time to press the record button and film me while I acted goofy and struggled to get words out right.
I would also like to thank all my friends and past clients who made cameos in the video!
Heidi and Marshall Walker
Lily Venables toes
Paige and Bryce Dunsworth
Josh McClennahan ( my sugar sugar sweet love)
Dylan and Cassidy. Love them. : ) each wedding I shoot there will always be something different that stands out, at the Henson’s wedding I don’t think I’ll ever forget just how sweet Dylan and Cassidy’s relationships are with their friends and family. The photos below where they are being prayed over by their closet friends, and the precious moments before the ceremony with their families get me every time.
I pray you two have many, many, many, blessed years of crazy wild happiness together!
So not only is Whitney English an amazing business woman, she’s also a brilliant connector of people. Whitney introduced Jennifer and I so I could come to Chicago to shoot Stationery Academy. Then Jennifer let me come stay with her in Nashville and shoot this beautiful video portrait and some fun shots of her and her boys!!
When I’m with Jennifer I feel inspired to tackle lots of ideas I’ve always had running though my head. She’s got a head on her shoulders that girl, and I loved hanging around town with her and meeting all the interesting people we ran into in Nashville ; )
If you’re planning a wedding and need stunning custom invitations.
Call her. Right this second!
I was a little creeped out when Stephanie Creekmur picked me up from the airport and started talking to me, not because this was the first time we had met in person, but the fact that we are EXACTLY THE SAME. She laughs with her whole body, and a lot of the way we feel about business things are alike also. We also laughed. All day. I was so tired as we sat at Panera and ate our food. She probably thought I had gone crazy. I think what we got out of the day was pretty great though : )
Thank you SO much Jennifer Faught for introducing us.
Also to read the super kind words Stephanie said about me on her blog check it out here : )
I had the pleasure of documenting these two and the story of how they fell in love. Last night they shared it with their closest friends and family during their rehearsal dinner :) today they become husband and wife!
I cherish you guys! Happy happy life!!!!