Wednesday, April 24, 2019

What's Up Wednesday ~ April 2019

It's been a while, Friends! I took a blogging break over Holy Week and even though we celebrated Easter at the beach this year, our hearts are still heavy over the loss of our best friend to stomach cancer earlier in the week. I'm so thankful for the time we got to spend with Brad before his passing and I've been spending time with Leigh this week as she traveled with her family to the beach last week, too. There is so much I could say about our sadness, but in a way, I feel as though it's not my story to tell. I'm still trying to work through my own emotions and just be there for my best friend. My heart is just not in to blogging right now, but I wanted to document some things for our family scrapbook, so here is an abbreviated version of What's Up Wednesday.
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What I'm Reminiscing about || Like I mentioned, Wayne and I celebrated Easter and our 24th anniversary at the beach. It was absolutely perfect! Beach hair, raccoon eyes, crop tops, cell phones in our back pockets, and all! Alise invited her best friend to go, so Wayne and I shared some moments alone which included Easter sunrise services on the beach. What a gorgeous morning it was! I already miss our long walks on the beach where there was a plethora of shells. I've never seen so many! PSA: The cabanas on the beach are not SPF-proof. Only my face is a living testimony to that fact. Thank goodness for MAC Foundation!
What I'm Loving || I recently discovered the Happy Color app and I love it! I "colored by number" most of the way home from the beach yesterday.  It is so relaxing and a nice change from browsing social media and Pinterest. 

What We've Been Up To || Alise went with her class on their last middle school field trip earlier this month to Dallas and had a great time at Six Flags, Dave & Busters, the Dallas Library Observatory, and doing facials with her favorite teacher! Oh, with the exception of leaving her purse at the hotel. Thank goodness for honest people still in this world! Her cash, credit card, air pods, and new retainer were still in the purse! She also managed to come down with a sinus and double ear infection so we were in the doctor's office on the Monday after they returned with fever.
Two days after getting a shot and antibiotics, Alise was on the track with her relay team and they came in third place in the district meet! Wayne and I really wanted her to sit out, and so did her coach, but she was determined to run and not let her team down. #proudmamamoment
What I'm Dreading || I've come to the conclusion that I need to find a new OB/GYN. After fifteen years of my all time favorite doctor holding my hand and literally walking me through life, and hard circumstances, and childbirth, it's time. I waited over four hours yesterday and still did not get to see her. I realize that the dreaded m-word is knocking on the door and I think it's time that I found a doctor that no longer delivers babies and is devoted to more of a gynecological bed side manner. It is going to be so hard to find another doctor that lives out the standard of care that I've had with Dr. S, but with a broken heart, I'm going to try. 

What I'm Working On || Marking things off my spring bucket list! One Friday evening after we dropped Alise off at a friend's house, I spotted my first rainbow of the year! I was reminded of the Bible verse in Jeremiah 29:13 that says, "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." Rainbows have always had a special meaning for me and on that particular evening, it had been raining off and on and I was searching the sky in all directions as Wayne drove. This beauty brought a huge smile to my face! I spotted another one at the beach this past weekend! 
What I'm Excited About || We are SO excited for our friend, Brooks, as she becomes the new head women's basketball coach for mine and Wayne's ala mater! She comes by way of the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!), which is where we met.  Oh, how I wish Stephanie could have played for her! Our friend, Hannah, had that opportunity at Bama. Brooks is a fantastic coach with a winning record and smile, and we just know that she is going to do great things for ULM. Congrats, Friend! Can't wait to support you on the court! 

What I'm Watching/Reading || We have been binge watching the new season of Bosch, our favorite crime/detective show based on the series by Michael Connelly. I love his books even though the Netflix series tends to be much slower paced. I struggled with finding a great book to read at the beach and finally decided on The Summer House by Jenny Hale.  I haven't finished it yet.

What I'm Wearing || My best friend recently had a Cabi party and I must have been out of my mind for ordering a thicker sweater for spring and summer here in Louisiana, but the rhinestone buttons had me as soon as I saw them. They reminded me of some clip on earrings my grandmother use to wear to church. I bought several other pieces that day, but this is the only one I've had time to photograph in time for this post.  This entire outfit is a walking Cabi ad. Ha! The poppy leopard cami is from a few years ago and I bought the matching woven heels last season.  Absolutely love how this outfit came together! 
What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month || We are celebrating Baby Girl as she turns the big 14! It's been a difficult month raising a teenage girl, but I am so grateful to be her Mama. I pray everyday for the grace and strength to walk through this stage of life. There are fun days filled with lots of laughter and then there are days filled with tears and feeling like I'm ready to pull my hair out! My moma tells me all the time that I'm "paying for my raising," but I swear I never acted like my kid does. So thankful for friends who hold me accountable and lift me up when I need it most! You know who you are! 
Laura
Laura

Hi there, I'm Laura, I'm the happiest wife, the loudest cheer mom, and the craziest girlfriend you'all ever have, I'm a Southern Belle living in a Southern world!

15 comments:

  1. How I love to see your thoughts back here my sweet friend! I know the days have been hard but your grateful and graceful heart is so precious to see! I absolutely love the beach photos, I think those belong in a frame for sure! And the picture of Alise with the girls and the facemasks, so stinking cute! I cannot believe she’s going to be 14 next month! You are the best mama and I love you!

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    1. Thanks, Love! I adore you, Friend!

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  2. Happy 24 year Anniversary to you and the Mr.
    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. Cancer is ugly and brings so much sadness to us all. Praying for you and his family. We have a 14 year old and what a difference a year has made !!! Lots of puberty going on in our home. Happy Wednesday !

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    1. Thanks, Tammy! Let's continue to pray for our kids!

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  3. I was thinking of starting Bosch, glad to hear you like it! My daughter just turned 14 in April. I think I like this age so far, although I dread it turning to teenage angst! The beach sounds like it was lovely and I love the rainbow!!

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    1. I think you will like Bosch, even though it can be rather slow at times. You should try reading the books, especially if you enjoy reading.

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  4. You look positively darling in your Cabi outfit. We had a Cabi outlet for a while and I bought a few things, but it closed...it always smelled super weird. We think it was the dye in the clothes­čĄ¬. I literally stopped reading as soon as I saw the Color App and downloaded it. LOL #squirrel I'll have a ball with that. I know you're still grieving and for that I'm so sorry. Is she the one you're going to Nashville with? Love you!!! XO

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    1. Yay! I hope you like the color app as much as I do. Have fun in Nashville next week! I'm going with my friend, Jennifer, in June. We're #ballermoms!

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  5. That's the bad thing about travel - all the germs in the air. That's awesome Alise pushed through though & did an awesome job in her track meet... that saw a lot about her personality. PRESS ON GIRL - PRESS ON!!!
    I keep holding off downloading a color app because I know I'll be obsessed ;)
    Glad you had a wonderful trip... I just loved your Easter morning pic... that's the way to celebrate!

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    1. I so agree! The Easter sunrise we got to witness was absolutely gorgeous! It was so beautiful to celebrate such a wonderful day on the beach!

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  6. Girlfriend, I have not been to a Cabi party in ages but you are the bomb dot com in your outfit! I love that sweater and those shoes!!!
    That picture of you and Wayne is so awesome and I love the one of all 3 of you - what a great idea - getting a beach photo!
    You have been busy and so blessed!
    Love you bunches!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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  7. That looks like a great way to spend Easter. Sorry to hear your daughter sick and left her purse behind on vacation but it sounds like she had a great time.

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  8. Happy Anniversary - and how fun to spend it at the beach. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  9. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband Laura. It looks like you all had a great time at the beach. I enjoyed looking at the photos and hearing about what is going on in your life. Take care and have a great day.

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  10. Happy Anniversary! I always remember that we're anniversary buddies, although y'all have a few years of marriage on us. I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of your friend. Stomach cancer is just the worst - my uncle passed away with it in 2011. It moved so fast. I know you will be the best support for your friend. <3 That 8th grade year can be a tough one. For us, things leveled out a little in 9th grade and then alot in 10th. These girls!! Take care - thinking of you.

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