Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Never Say Never

Gods Dreams for your Life are MUCH BIGGER Than Your Own
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sassy Mahogany Wives Foundation Making Strides for Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast cancer has taken the lives of many beautiful women that I have been blessed to know and countless others.This disease has stolen the lives of 4 of my aunts and more recently a cousin of mine. Because of this, I am always feeling my boobies. I check them at least once a month and most of the time while I am laying down watching TV. I was told that I have really dense breast, therefore this disease can sneak up on me and hide under all of the fatty tissue. I’ve always been the type of person to be a part of the solution and not the problem. That’s why I walked in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event. Not only was this an opportunity for SMW to join the community in fighting back against breast cancer, it was also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing this terrible disease and save more lives.
I signed up for this walk only three weeks ago and we formed a SMW team. We missed the deadline for the custom T shirts they were offering, however I picked up these pretty pink shirts from Michaels (one of my favorite craft stores) and asked my FIL to customize them for us. This was all done a few days before the walk.
We created a world with less breast cancer and more birthdays!
We were so excited to be a part of such a wonderful experience. We walked 5 miles and it took us 1 hour and 10 minutes!!! I initially thought it would take us about 2 hours but when we got moving our only focus was to finish this walk. I was truly moved and inspired by all of the women wearing pink and all of the survivors surrounding us. I felt really good after the walk, however the next day…OUCH! I don’t know who I thought I was speed walking like that, but my body hurt. Thank goodness for Mr. and those wonderful massages I feel like myself again.

My Beautiful Step Daughter Jazmen was a SMW that day. :-)

I believe that one day, breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone’s life.

Please feel your Tata’s…

Monday, October 18, 2010

Faith Shopping

I get so many emails with words of encouragement, support and mounds of information from all of you. One of my lovely readers introduced me to the concept of faith shopping. Faith shopping is exactly what it states. Shopping and believing with all your heart and soul that your blessing is coming and acting on FAITH. To be honest, I struggled with this concept as I was told that purchasing items before your third trimester is bad luck. I know this is an old wives tale, however this is a tale that has been embedded in my mind and therefore I strongly believed. I mentioned the concept of faith shopping to a few friends to see what their responses would be and they actually loved the idea. They thought it was a sweet and meaningful gesture and what better way to lift your heart and spirit than by taking a leap of faith. I mentioned it to Mr. thinking he would say...yeah Cuckoo, however his response was totally different. He thought it was a nice idea but did believe you need to have some limitations. He said if I came home with a crib and bags of clothing then, uhmm yeah, he would take me to the hospital to get my head examined.
Mr. and I went to Target last weekend because he had a meeting with someone and I just went along for the ride.  I love Target!!!  While he was in the meeting I decided to do a little faith shopping; however, when I got to the baby section this was not as easy as I thought it would be. It was very hard for me to pick up anything because the feeling just wasn't there. Whatever I was looking for or trying to find I didn’t see it. So I kept perusing all of the items going up and down the aisles and being mindful of my time because I knew Mr. would be ending his meeting soon. I still took my time and would pick things up, examine them and then place them back because apparently that wasn't the item. So I came to the last aisle and stumbled upon this little plushy stuffed animal. It was the cutest little thing to me; and then I saw "Wind Here" and viola the tune almost every child will grow up on. Rock-A-Bye Baby was playing and his little neck starting gently moving. This was it! This was the item that really brought a lot of joy to me. Just as I picked up the item Mr. was calling telling me his meeting was over and he was waiting for me at the front. I purchased the Giraffe and made my way to the front entrance where Mr. was waiting. Of course Mr. wanted to know what was in the bag and when we got in the car I showed him my purchase, the first purchase for our mini B&B. He asked who is that for and I said our child. He smiled and we drove off and on our ride home the giraffe would play part of Rock-A-Bye baby as we rolled over a bump. I continued to smile. When we got home I wrapped the Giraffe in tissue paper and place him back in the bag and in our spare room closet. That is all the faith shopping I will do and all the faith shopping that I think I need. That little Giraffe may be small or minute on the outside but to me he symbolizes faith, hope and courage.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Our Mini B&B update

I just wanted to update you on our progress with our mini B&B.  I went to the doctor yesterday and he wants to put me on Clomid. Clomiphene is used to induce ovulation (egg production) in women who do not produce ova (eggs) but wish to become pregnant. Clomiphene is in a class of medications called ovulatory stimulants. It works similarly to estrogen, a female hormone that causes eggs to develop in the ovaries and be released. Of course it has its side effects such as vomiting, blurred vision, headaches, breast discomfort and vaginal bleeding to name a few.  Oh and it also increases your chances of having multiples!!!  Since the ectopic my cycle has gone haywire. What used to be a very regular cycle has now taking on a mind of its own. Sometimes Aunt Flo rears her ugly head and sometimes she lies dormant.  So I understood his reasoning for recommending the medication, however  I am not too sure as to how I feel about this right now.  Besides doing the baby dance we have not really put too much effort into conceiving at this point.  I am not charting my cycle or taking my temperature.  For some reason I just feel like it will happen when God is ready for us to conceive and carry our little one to full term. I have faith and believe that everything happens for a reason.  Mr. is older than me by 6 years and he is obsessed with having a son but doesn't put any pressure on me or us for that matter.  I just see it in his expressions around other kids or while watching TV etc.  Me on the other hand wouldn't mind having a little princess in our home. So I am weighing my options and doing research right now. Still trying not to really think about it or even stress over it for that matter.  I just wanted to get your thoughts and your take on Clomid.  Do you know of anyone who has taken this medication and if so was it a multiple birth? Did they experience any major problems while taking this medication?