To Joey, With Love

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This year on my birthday I wanted to go to a movie. That isn’t terribly unusual because I LOVE movies. The movie I wanted to see however was a bit different. I wanted to see To Joey, With Love. It is a documentary about a couple, Joey & Rory Feek. They are a Christian, country duo who documented the last 2 years of Joey’s life. She passed away last spring from a fight with cervical cancer. I knew it would be sad. I knew I would cry. I knew it was a little unorthodox to do on a day that is usually about being happy. But I am so so so glad that I went. I followed along with Rory Feek as he posted about his wife getting the news that she had cancer and that she decided to stop treatment. I cried when he posted in his blog about knowing they were near the end. I cried even harder when she died. But what made this movie something I wanted to see was that through it all this couple had hope and optimism. Not necessarily that she would beat it because it became clear that she wasn’t going to, but hope that this story would be used by God for a greater purpose. I want to be like that. I want to remember that my life is not my own. It is to be used for a greater purpose. One that I probably can’t even see right now.

SO…..on October 6th there is going to be another screening of this movie. If you can, go see it! It will touch your heart. The link to the website to find out ticket information is here. Just click. If you want to read Rory’s blog, This Life I Live, just click.

I won’t pretend that I was their biggest fan before I read about her cancer, because I wasn’t. I honestly only knew one song of theirs. But now I know something even greater about them than their music. I know what kind of people they are and that they love Jesus. That’s really all I need to know.

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I Quit My Job

What???? I did what??? Yes, you read that correctly. I quit my job. I have 1 week left. It will be a big change but one I am very excited for. First, I get to be a full time mom. That has been my dream basically my entire life. Second, I get to help my husband grow his business. I watched my parents work together on their business and now I get to do the same. Third, I am going to be giving more attention to my photography. I am focusing mostly on births because that is where my heart is. I have loved doing weddings but the world is full of incredible wedding photographers. There is a growing need for birth photographers and I love it. I am so excited for this next phase in life.

And a picture, just for fun!

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Hank’s Baby Shower

A few weeks ago I got to host a baby shower for my cousin Tori and baby Hank! I couldn’t have done it without my sister’s help. She was responsible for Hank’s big brother Wyatt’s shower as well. You can take a look at that one here. We went with a fishing theme and I thought it came out really cute. It was a fun afternoon and we all got to go eat dinner together afterwards. We don’t all get to see each other as much anymore so anytime we all get to spend together is so special. The most exciting news though is that as you are reading this I am taking pictures of baby Hank! So, happy birthday Hank! We love you so much!!

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Farm Life

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No I do not live on a farm…had you for a minute thought didn’t I? Joe’s grandparents live in a small town in Southwest MO and his family has dubbed the place, “The Farm”. It is probably one of my favorite places we go. Everytime we go it is always so much fun. Lots of laughing and LOTS of FOOD!!! It also means we get to see his family more often than we would if the farm didn’t exist. It is a great meeting place for a weekend visit. This past weekend we all made the trip out there. The boys left on Saturday for opening day of trout season in MO and the girls stayed  back and enjoyed a lazy weekend. It ended up snowing all day on Saturday so we stayed tucked in the house watching movies and eating yummy food. And of course…passing around baby Jack!! Hannah is in town which is the biggest reason we planned a visit at the farm. Jack needed to meet his great-grandparents and his uncles! It was so sweet watching Joe hold and play with Jack. He isn’t much of a baby person but he warmed up to Jack pretty quickly. And he got a little practice in before our little girl gets here. Jack and baby cakes will be 6 months apart so I can’t wait until they are both able to play together.

We watched Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s Cinderella…the old Lesley Ann Warren version of course.51QJVY2EBFL

I was introduced to it by my aunt when I was young and she got it for me for Christmas a few years ago. I had no idea my mother-in-law loved it too until our trip to CA! So of course I packed that with me.

We also watched the movie Mom’s Night Out. I saw this movie for the first time last week when I was invited by Valerie to a Girl’s Night Out at her church. They watched this movie and had popcorn and snacks.

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This movie is really great. Not only is it funny but it has a great message. And I would argue that the message in it isn’t just for moms. I’m not a mom quite yet and I certainly don’t have to juggle multiple kids like these women have to do in the movie but it is a good reminder that we are who God has made us to be. And we can’t expect to be any more than that.

Now for the fun part….the pictures of Jack!! IMG_0566

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Jack has gotten so big since our trip to CA. He talks to you and smiles at you. He is so much fun!! Getting snowed in for Saturday wasn’t too bad with this little guy around and by Sunday the main roads were all clear so none of us had any trouble getting home.  If you know me you know I am not a fan of winter. Once Christmas is over, I’m ready for warm sunshine! It is snowing again today but I’m hoping after this we are done!! Bring on the warm weather!!!

 

Jack Attack

Last Wednesday I got up bright dark and early and made my way to the airport. I boarded a plane and flew to sunny Southern California. Boy was it beautiful. I’ve been before but never when it was 27* outside at home. We had perfect weather for the 3 full days we were there. We landed before 10 am CA time so we had the majority of the day there. That is the advantage to the crazy early flights. We landed and headed to Camp Pendleton to see my sister-in-law Hannah, brother-in-law Jared, and baby Jack. We spent the first day just staring at him. I kid you not, we couldn’t stop watching him! Every silly face, every sound, and every time he opened his eyes was captivating. Babies are such miraculous things and a true testament to our amazing Creator. We got in lots of snuggles and naps and headed out to eat dinner. After dinner, we were pretty tired, not to mention my body thought it was 2 hours later than what the clock said, so I was in bed by 8:30.

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 We got Dave to hold the baby!

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I think he was a little unsure about all of the aunties that showed up to hold him…

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He got used to us very quickly though

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That is his poop face…

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I woke up on Thursday at 6:30. Go figure, my few days to sleep in and I still get up at the same time. Well, technically I did sleep an extra 20 minutes. Thursday was more of sitting and staring, and for me, reading when it wasn’t my turn with the babe. I asked lots of questions about what Hannah likes and about breastfeeding and her delivery. I want to get as much info as I can before it’s my turn! Thursday night I met up with my mom’s side of the family, Monte and Karen. I haven’t seen them for an extended amount of time in at least 4 years so dinner was a must. We met and ate at one of my mom and sister’s favorite places, Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. They were a little bit jealous that I got to eat there. The food there is amazing so if you are ever in Southern CA and see one….GO!!! It was great getting to catch up and hear about the CA family.

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 Not to worry….the plate in front of me is a shared plate. It had spaghetti, lasagna, and ravioli. We also had a huge meatball and a cheese pizza. Yes, there were just 3 of us.

Friday we went to IKEA! Jack’s first big shopping adventure. He did great. Hannah carried him in her Ergo and we walked the whole store. There isn’t an IKEA very close to us at home so when there is a chance to go you take it. We went bowling that night which was of course a lot of fun. It was cosmic bowl and let me tell you, my in-laws are great bowlers. They were smoking the rest of us. After bowling we went back to our little house on the beach and played Yahtzee which was also a lot of fun.

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He was dressed up for IKEA. He even wore blue and gold.

 Saturday morning was the tough part. We had to go back home. It was definitely hard for Hannah and my mother-in-law, Glenette, to say goodbye. BUT we will get to see them again in 1 month so now we have something to look forward to!! It was a wonderful trip and I’m so glad I was able to see where Hannah and Jared live, see the base, and of course meet Jack. That little guy has no idea how much he is loved and he’s only 3 weeks old. This trip was definitely one that was full of laughter. There were a few times I laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Getting to sit and stare at Jack definitely has me wondering what our little babe will look like. We learned that Jack makes funny faces, especially when he is about to fill his diaper, he has chicken hair when he wakes up (just like his Uncle Joe), and he is definitely one of the sweetest babies you will ever meet. I can’t wait to see him again!

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 Getting in one last snuggle!

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 That chicken hair….just like Joe.

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All the Nothum girls with Jack.

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Girl’s Weekend

This past weekend 2 of my friends who live out of town came to visit. We don’t all get to see each other very much so we spent a lot of time together this weekend. We started with dinner at Shogun where I found some fully cooked, shell fish only sushi rolls! Ok….so it’s really just a roll, no sushi because of the fully cooked thing but it sure hit the spot. And true to NWA form, it was called the Pig Sooie.

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After dinner we went to Paint With A Twist. They provide the canvas, paint, and instructions. All you have to do is paint! It was a lot of fun although from a few of the pictures you would think we were very angry. I’m definitely not a painter but I like my picture more now than I did that night. I would recumbent going if you are looking for something fun to do that you haven’t done before!

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See….angry. Actually, just really concentrating.

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On Saturday I went to a wedding for another dear friend. Diana and I met in high school when we cheered together and it was such a privilege to get to watch her get married this weekend. And it was so much fun to catch up with two of my other fellow cheerleaders, Emily and Jess.

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After the wedding, I met up with Ana and Kim and we saw Into the Woods. We ended the weekend with our traditional Sunday morning brunch at Cathy’s Corner. If you are in Siloam you MUST eat at Cathy’s. Best breakfast you can ever have. It was a wonderful weekend of friends!

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It’s That Time Again…

BACHELOR TIME!!!!! The Bachelor started on Monday and as we all know…I love this show. Yes, it is dramatic. Yes, it is generally somewhat pointless. Yes, it is probably a waste of 2 hours. But I can’t help it. I’ve been hooked from season 1. The best part is my sister-in-law, my parents, my husband, and most of my friends all watch it too! So this season we stepped it up a notch. We filled out a bracket.

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(Go ahead, roll your eyes….you know you want to) We filled out the bracket before the show even started so mine is pretty much destroyed already but my top 3 are still hanging in there! If by some chance you are interested in a recap check out Sharleen Joynt’s blog here. She was a previous contestant on the show (the dreaded Juan Pablo season) so she has some insight into how the show works and provides a good recap.

Happy Wednesday!