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Blessings and a Sleepover

Jimmy and I have felt so cared for and blessed lately. Today marks the 19th week of this pregnancy, and we have been given some wonderful hand-me-downs that have our hearts so full! It’s also making things feel so real!

I saw my friend (and fellow blogger/vlogger), Kim on Saturday and she gifted me a huge box of baby clothes and a wrap from her kids, Annabelle and Jackson. I spent some time going through every item and was incredibly overwhelmed by her generosity.

Baby clothes and hat

I can’t even deal with that raccoon sleeper. So cute!

Also, a friend at church asked Jimmy and I if we wanted a used stroller. We were totally on board and offered to buy it, but she just gave it to us. We unpacked the stroller on Sunday afternoon and were super excited about it and all the features. What a blessing. Also, seeing my husband get excited over a stroller totally made my day ๐Ÿ™‚

These gifts have me wanting to give to others as much as we have been given to. It’s just amazing to see the ways in which God has provided for us lately (and always) and to reflect on that.

As for the sleepover, I spent the night at my parents’ house on Friday and had a blast hanging out with my mom and dad. Is that dorky to say? I don’t even care. I’m beyond thankful to have such a wonderful relationship with my parents.

Mother and daughter

My mom was able to feel baby kick on Friday night, which was surreal. Three generations just kicking back on the couch… literally, lol.

We hung out with our dogs (I brought Mavis along), went shopping for maternity clothes, my mom braided my hair, andย I made a pot of black bean soup for my parents to have on hand for the week as a little gift for having Mavis and I over. Of course I had to taste test a bowl to make sure it was good ๐Ÿ˜‰

Black bean soup with lime and cilantro and sandwich on the sideBlonde hair french braided into a ponytailBuff colored cocker spaniel and parti colored cocker spaniel puppy sitting together

Since I can’t stop with the vlogs lately, I filmed one while I was with my parents and I’m so glad I did. I love looking back on old vlogs because there are so many things I forget about. This one is already such a sweet memory to look back on.

Tell me a blessing in your life lately!

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I’m Impressed

I have to say, I am quite impressed with Jimmy’s hair braiding skills! We were waiting to see if any kids would come to our Bible school class at church on Sunday morning, and I asked him to braid my hair while we waited. Totally normal, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Simple braid in blonde hair

I told him that I want him to learn how to do french and fishtail braids next!

Since I’m on the topic of impressive things, I’m just going to keep going! Here’s what else has been impressive in my life recently.

Brown and white parti colored cocker spaniel puppy kissing girl

Mavis has been letting me hold her and pick her up more and more! After she was attacked, I thought she was always going to growl and yelp when being held. It has definitely taken a lot of patience to help her become comfortable and even learn toย enjoy touch again, but it has been worth the wait.

Outer Banks

My parents went to the Outer Banks and ran a 5k in 30 minutes! Plus, I think their selfie skills are pretty impressive ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cocker spaniel puppy, chocolate lab, and black lab sitting together

I was able to get these three chickas to sit together and look at the camera for a picture!

Malcolm and Jimmy took a nap together. Malcolm is usually running around like a wild man, so it definitely surprised us that he sat still long enough to snuggle with his papa!

Jimmy and I were able to get our Christmas pictures and cards ordered. I found a Groupon for portraits at JCPenny, and another for Christmas cards, so I got that all taken care of! Does anyone else love Groupon?

Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is just beautiful. I’m continually impressed by the views of the city every. single. day.

Petco Positive Dog Training Puppy II Class

Last but not least, I’m impressed with Mavis’ obedience! She is doing great in her puppy classes. The trainer has us doing some of our work in the aisles for extra distractions. I even have some footage of her in action near the end of my most recent vlog and on Instagram.

What has impressed you lately?