Monday, December 8, 2008

He asked me to dance...

This week marks 7 years that Skip and I have been together.
I never thought the tall, good-looking cowboy at the dancehall would be the man that I would wake up next to every morning. The man who makes me happier than I ever imagined I could be.

7 years ago we met through friends at a dancehall. When he finally asked me to dance, we knew things would never be the same. A month later we were in love. 3 months later he was deployed to Iraq. 4 years later we had the most amazing wedding day. Now 7 years later, I still love to dance with him every single chance we get. You can bet we'll be dancing together when we are old and gray.

I LOVE MY HUSBAND! And I can't wait to have his children. We are so blessed!

Here are a few photos of us from the early days...







Monday, December 1, 2008

Turkey Day


I love Thanksgiving! Food, Family & Football! It doesn't get any better than that!
This year we attended the UT- A&M game in Austin on Thanksgiving Day. We had lunch with some good friends, then went to tailgate. We shared a few beers with our favorite Aggies, Lauren & Jay Warren. (too bad they had to lose!) At halftime Skip and I went to see our names in the Texas Exes Life Member records. (we were so proud!)
Then on Friday we traveled with the Lietz family to see the Elmores in Hamlin. We ate way too much and had a great time.


We have so much to be thankful for!!!!




Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Photography Business

Most of you know that I've been trying to grow my photography business. I've set up a very basic website... so far it is just a simple blog. But check it out!

http://dragonflyphotographybychelsea.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 24, 2008

Late Night Ramblings

I'm feeling down again. And since only 3 or 4 people read this blog, I figure I might as well use it for some honesty. We've been putting on a front, saying we are having so much fun "trying." But the truth is, trying to conceive is stressful and heartbreaking. We started out relaxed and enjoying ourselves, saying "it will happen when it happens." Nine months and a miscarriage later, it is harder to be so blase about it. We want a baby too badly to "relax and let it happen." I'm feeling particularly down because I saw a note on my calendar that said "20 weeks." I'd written it when we were pregnant... it means that if I hadn't miscarried we would be halfway through the pregnancy and would already know the sex. It was tough to see.

I pray, I read, I do everything the books and the doctors say. By now I am a fertility expert. An expert that can't get her body to cooperate. Skip shouldn't have to hear things like ovulation and cervical mucus. We DO still have fun trying to make the baby, but it is heartbreaking each month that we don't get pregnant.

All of you love us and want to help, and I love you for it. We hear things like "sometimes it takes a year or more," but I don't want to wait anymore. We hear "relax and stop thinking about it, then it will happen." sorry... impossible! We hear "so and so had a miscarriage and then went on to have 2 beautiful children." While this is often true, it doesn't actually help until you have that healthy child. The hardest is "God will give you a baby when the time is right." This is the hardest because I know it is true and I know it should give me peace. But I am struggling with my patience.

I want our first baby so badly that I start to feel sorry for myself. And I hate that... I'm not that type of person. First of all, I have the most amazing, blessed life! I am too blessed to be stressed! Second, I know deep in my heart that we WILL have happy, healthy children. Third, I have no right to be sad... my miscarriage and 9 months of trying is nothing compared to parents who lose their children at 3 months, 3 years, 13 years, 30 years. People out there are hurting more than I am, and I pray for them. Then again, thousands of unwanted babies are being conceived every day. If only Skip and I could conceive out of desire alone!

If you are one of the few that read this, please don't feel sorry for me. I honestly don't want pity, but I want to be honest with myself and the people who love me. I want my future children to know how badly I wanted them. So just tell me that you love me and that you can't wait to meet our beautiful babies!

I think I should say my prayers and go to bed. I'll thank God for you, for my wonderful marriage, for my health, for all of the blessings in my life, and for the miracle that is procreation. Thanks for "listening" to me share my heart.

Friday, November 14, 2008

We Know We're Cute.

A photo session on the ranch for our Christmas cards.








You gotta admit, we are adorable! 3 dogs and 2 horses cooperated!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

You Can't Choose Your Family...

But I would have chosen mine!
We recently had a visit from the Lietz-Elmore clan! They were in our neck of the woods to see even more gathered family... Cooks mainly. But Philmo, Zach, Skip and I skipped the family reunion for the UT game! (terrible, I know... but it was so fun!) In the group photo you will see Phil, Zach, Uncle Randy, myself, Skip, and Ma, Papa Don, and Deb in the front. I love these people!

Friday, October 17, 2008

A Life Well Lived

Sad news in the Hughes-Kane-Lietz family. My grandfather, Guy Hughes, has passed away. Grandpa battled cancer for many years but decided he was ready to meet Christ. He was one of the best men I will ever know. He served his God, his country, his family, his community, and his church. Grandpa led men in prayer during wars, and brought lost, imprisoned men to prayer through his KAIROS prison ministry. He was 81 years old and deeply loved his wife of 56 years. He had a huge heart, was a big Longhorn fan, and he enjoyed traveling the world. Grandpa was the heart of a large and loving family, and he helped make each and every one of us a better person.

A song by Emerson Drive called "A Good Man" describes him well...

"(He left) a legacy of love and laughs and honesty behind (him)… (He) lived a good life, loved a good wife, and always helped someone in trouble... He was a father, brother, neighbor and a friend. He was a Good Man."

It may sound trite, but the very best way to describe Guy Hughes is as a Good Man. The very best man. And he will be missed.





Tuesday, October 14, 2008

OU STILL SUCKS!


The annual Lietz get-a-way to the Red River Rivalry in Dallas was especially sweet this year! We had a fabulous time with our big gang of family and friends... and our dear Longhorns beat the crap out of the Sooners! Hook 'em baby!
The guys played in the 21st annual OU weekend invitational golf tournament, we all got heartburn from Fletcher's corndogs, and washed it down with lukewarm, overpriced fair beer. The football game was obviously the highlight, but we also put in an appearance at Humperdinks and celebrated our victory at Gilley's in downtown Dallas. Life as a Longhorn is OH SO GOOD!






Wednesday, September 17, 2008

New Family Member

That's right, 2 humans and 3 animals in a doublewide just wasn't chaotic enough for us. Meet our new baby, Abbie! She is two months old and we rescued her from a shelter. Her one blue eye and one brown eye just tore at our hearts and we HAD to bring her home. She is a cow dog... We think she is primarily Catahoula, but she may also have some Australian Shepherd or Blue Heeler in her. Hondo & Sydney are both cities... so we stuck with the theme and named her after Abilene. Hondo is annoyed with her biting his tail and ears... but rolls his eyes and is patient. Sydney is in heaven having someone to play with and they are wild together! Lucchese the cat is not a happy camper... but then she never was! We know you will love Abbie just as much as we do!




Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An Angel in the book of life wrote down our baby's birth, and whispered as she closed the book- "Too beautiful for earth."

I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. We are so very blessed. Skip and I are doing well, and still very positive about the future. Things will all work out!
And it is amazing how many shared stories of your own miscarriages... it has given me strength. I have also gained strength and inspiration from Lauren & Jay Warren. Abigail taught me some important things right before I needed to know them! God bless that baby girl and her amazing parents.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Everything Happens for a Reason

Dearest Family & Friends,

We are sad to share the news that we are no longer pregnant. As is common in 25% of pregnancies, we have miscarried. It was nothing we did or didn’t do, it was just a chromosomal abnormality. God didn’t mean this child for our arms.

We are heartsick, but we believe that God has a plan. I know we are meant to be parents, and we look forward to many healthy children! (okay… 2 or 3, Skip got nervous!) The doctor gave us the okay to start trying again soon, and we DID like the trying part! (oh my, my grandma and my pastor are reading this!)

So… while we are sad for the moment, we know that wonderful things await us as parents. We thank all of you for your love and support. Please keep us in your prayers and think positive thoughts for another positive pregnancy test in our future!


We will keep the blog to post updates, and we will be back with a flourish when we are expecting again!

Monday, August 18, 2008

An Angel in our Midst

I need a moment to request prayers and to offer thanks to Christ for the blessing of Abigail Jane Warren. Abigail is the daughter of some friends, Lauren Lea (Magin) and Jay Warren. She was born with Zellweger's Syndrome and graced this earth for almost three months. But in this short time, AJ brought an abundance of love and blessings to all of those that she touched. She was a happy baby that could only be described as beautiful. She was truly meant to be an Angel, and we were just lucky enough to meet her before she ascended to her heavenly home. Please offer prayers for the Warren family, and join me in celebrating this young, blessed, miraculous life. Abigail will forever be loved.



These are photos of Girl's Night with Kristin, Lauren, Abigail and I. I believe Kristin and Lauren to be two of the strongest, bravest, most amazing mothers that I know. But strong as she is, Lauren could use your prayers now. Join her in celebrating her beautiful daughter's life.










Monday, August 11, 2008

O'Douls Ain't Too Shabby!

Well, we started Week 5 at the coast on a couple's trip with some friends and had a great time! I sampled an O’Douls or two… pretty good! The beach was super fun and I still feel great… I just nap a lot!



The past week has been full of sweet comments, emails, phone calls, hugs, and cards from dear friends and family congratulating us. We thank each and every one of you for sharing in our joy. A few people deserve some extra special thanks for their kind giving:
“Aunt” Kristin K- gifted us a pregnancy book (I have already devoured these and will continue to do so!)
“Aunt” D’Ann- baby’s first Longhorn pacifier! Hook ‘em! (baby will be attending many games this year because Skip and I got season tickets!)
Sissy (my mom)- a pregnancy book and a pair each of teeny tiny pink and blue booties!
“Aunt” April- a Longhorn bib and some adorable cowboy boot booties
“Aunt” Candee- an offer of some hand-me-down maternity clothes for the work place- yay! And a beautiful handmade gift card that the coast gang all signed. (check out www.greipumpkin.com for amazing stationary, custom invites, and photos!)
Aunt Shannon- Cousin Benjamin & Cousin Julia’s crib, changing table, and various other items that will become family heirlooms!

We are so blessed!

Along with the well-wishes, come the plentiful advice, instructions, and personal stories. Well-meaning people that we love inundate us with “you must do this,” “this is the only thing that works,” “get used to this,” “you can no longer do that,” “just wait until this,” and of course “my way is the only way!” We do love to share this with everyone, but we believe we’ll do it our way! :-)

During this week, our baby will develop a brain and a heartbeat! This photo of a baby at 5 weeks is too cool not to share! (it is only the size of a sesame seed!)
Thanks again for sharing in our immense joy. You are yet another gift in our blessed life!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

We're Pregnant!

That's right... Pregnant, Preggo, With child, In a delicate condition, Knocked up, Expecting, Marinating, About to pop, Preggers, Preggy, Up the duff, On stork watch, In the pudding club, In the family way. Or to say it another way... the rabbit died, we have a bun in the oven, we conceived, and there will soon be a baby bump!

Sheesh! We are both overjoyed. It is early yet, I am only 4 and half weeks. Daddy-to-be is very excited and nervous. I am feeling great so far. My first ultrasound will be August 29th. We will be due around April 12, 2009. More info to come! God answers prayers!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Two of a Kind, Workin' on a Full House


Perfect song huh?!?! I LOVE IT!


We hope our kids are as cute as some of our favorite munchkins...







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