Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I want to let you all know that we are NOT planning on finding out whether the baby is a little boy or a little girl. This is something that Flint has always wanted to do and that is really important to him. The planner in me, at first, was hesitant. But, now I am enjoying the suspense. I also feel like it is one thing that I can do for him...in a sense a gift that I can give him, which makes my heart really happy. Rather than knowing tomorrow, I know that I will know in about four and a half months. Right now we are just praying for a healthy baby and the sex is completely unimportant to us! Despite what everyone thinks, it is still fun planning. I am actually working on the nursery and hopefully within the next week I will have some plans nailed down and I will post about it! I will give you a hint...notice the color scheme of this post! We have almost decided on names, too. We have a boy and a girl first name picked out, but no middle names. Flint wants to keep the name a secret, too. Can you tell my hubbie LOVES surprises?!?! I told him he is not going to win every battle, so maybe soon I will share that with you.
Okay...I know I am wearing pink...long story. I did not have anything but a Cowboy t-shirt in which I burned a hole in when I set my Chi on it on my bathroom counter....I know, only I could pull that off! And this pregnant body does not fit in just anything these days. We went to Academy on our way into Dallas, but there was nothing that I liked and I felt was worth spending the money on. SO, I opted to wear my pink shirt. I thought it might help my family and friends spot me on TV!
Shawn Andrews #73...He is still Big Boy, but in much better shape than he was in college! Can't you tell it is him by the way he is standing?!?!
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I hate telling really personal things on the internet...not that I do not love and trust all you, bloggy friends. I think it makes things more real and me more vulnerable. However, I know that many of you are very supportive and are prayer warriors. With that being said, let me just start this story by getting to the heart of the matter. Last week we had a big scare...if gross stories are not for you, stop reading now and skip to the lesson learned part of the story. I started bleeding... not a little. Every mommy-to-be's nightmare!!! Like anyone else would do, I called my doctor. They asked me protocol questions and did not seem to be overly alarmed. I was told if the situation got worse; I was to go to the hospital that night. If it was not getting better by morning and if I started cramping; I was to come in the next day. Well, it got better, THANK YOU JESUS, and eventually stopped. Still the worrying mommy inside of me wanted confirmation that everything was alright and that Little Bit Harris was still cooking away! So, Friday morning before Flint left for Stillwater with the football team, I insisted that we go ahead and go to the doctor. I did not want something to get worse while Flint was out of town for the weekend. So, we went to the doctor. They first checked for the heartbeat. We immediately heard it and that was the most emotional I have been at one of our doctor visits thus far. They then did a mini ultrasound. We saw our little one on the big screen and I was just plain beautiful! I was eventually diagnosed with having had some of my placenta break off. Apparently, I had been "overdoing it". I was then instructed to get in bed and stay there for a few days and after that to take it easy...really easy. Which does not come easy for me. I promise I am getting to the point of my story.
So, I had a few days alone. By myself. In bed. Just me and God (and of course Sophie and Katie, who are my little love bug, puppy dogs!) I did a lot of thinking and praying and praising God. A word that He has repeatedly laid on my heart and mind this fall is "Providence". I did a little research on the word and it's true meaning is:
1. foreseeing care and guidance of God (or nature) over the creatures of the earth. (we will stick to the God part)
2. God when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence.
This word has come up in my BSF lessons several times over the last seven weeks. One paragraph from a lesson a few weeks back said
"God is the God of providence, the God of every circumstance, however great or small. The God who guides the stars also directed the steps of Pharaoh's daughter who came to the Nile to bathe at this spot and at this moment."
This is referring to Pharaoh's daughter finding baby Moses in the Nile, saving his life, and ultimately playing a part in the big picture of Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt.
The lesson went on to say
"we need to trust God in all circumstances, not just the pleasant ones." Just as Moses' mom, Jochebed, did.
"Job knew this and said 'Though he may slay me, yet I will hope in him' Job 13:15."
I have been convicted. I begged and begged for God to keep my child safe. Instead, I should have been praying, "Lord, not my will but thine be done." What a hard lesson to learn. God does not do anything without purpose. This is NOT a new concept to me, it has just become more and more of a reality as I have studied the life of Moses and after facing my own adversity.
I have another confession. We have not been real happy since we have moved to Waco. There, I said it. Not that there is anything wrong with Waco. It really gets a bad wrap. It is more than that. Flint's job has been a tough situation, we still have a house for sale in Northwest Arkansas, and to make matters worse, we have been stripped of all of our friends and family that we were surrounded by and are being forced to make new friends. I know this may seem caddy and in the whole scheme of life, it probably is. However, I do not feel that HE makes mistakes and HE made both Flint and I to love and to need others- after all, we are called to have fellowship with other believers.
Yep, you guessed it. God is dealing with me again. He promises to never leave us nor forsake us. He promises to provide. I know that He has not brought us to Waco to leave us and I know that we are not here without good reason.
I know that solitude is a gift from God. Through this time He is teaching. I have learned just how fragile life is as I begin to feel Little Bit Harris move and kick around and as I watch my mother-in-law fight for her life. The Lord has shown me that He giveth and He can also take way. For the first time in my life, I have been stripped of that which is comfortable and that which I love. I miss my home, my family, and my friends. However, I have never felt more blessed. I am learning that it is not about my timing; it is ALL about God's timing. I am learning what it means to have complete dependence on my Savior-
I am thankful.
Monday, October 13, 2008
There is proof that I have my degree!!! This is one of the neatest traditions that I have seen... just about anywhere! Every single graduate gets their name put on the sidewalk on the University of Arkansas campus. It was fun to find my name and my parents got to see it, too! What a proud moment! You can also see Flintastic's name in the close up pic. Flint W. Harris just so happens to be the wonderful guy I am married to! Yes, I was married when I graduated from college!!! Also, did anyone else happen to notice that I am just ahead of "Pearline" in alphabetical order?!?!? I am glad my parents went with Rebekah!!!
Oh, how I miss Fayetteville!
I just thought this was the sweetest picture.
Laura and I- I love this gal to pieces!!!
Brad and Laura...cutie pie, lovebirds!
My college friend, Hillary, got married September 19th. She married a wonderful man named Josh. The wedding was at The Lodge on Magazine Mountain, which is ironically in my grandparent's back yard- NO JOKE! I have actually stayed there a couple of times with my family. I rode to the wedding with my bestie, Laura, and her hubbie, Brad. My parents picked me up after the wedding and I got to spend some time with them and my grandparents. I did a horrible job of taking pictures, so I stole (I mean, borrowed) a few of the beautiful bride.
*** Sorry to whomever I borrowed the pictures from...like I said, I did a horrible job of taking snapshots!
Monday, September 29, 2008
Here is a picture of Flint with the tower in the background. We have a little inside joke about the tower. I can't reveal from whom the joke derived, but I can let you in on a little fact... The tower will light up "when they win the national championship this year"!
This is Frank Broyles and Darrell Royal at the coin toss. Two legends!
I must give Texas some props. They were much better tailgaters this go-around and their new stadium was impressive. However, we are still not in the SEC and I miss that! Their stadium was not even full and they are #8 in the country!!! WHAT?!?! Okay, I have one more funny story. We were given tickets by Flint's best friend, Peter. So, of course, we are sitting in the Texas section, which as I mentioned before a) we did not have a lot to shout about and b) we were in the shade. So this was fine by me. We did have three Razorback fans sitting about four rows behind us and a drunk Longhorn fan one row in front of us. Flint and I sat quietly and took our butt whooping, but the Hog fans behind us were cheering their little hearts out! The Longhorn fan was consistently trying to get his fellow, surrounding fans to get more into the game. Without any luck he stands up and shouts how pathetic Texas fans are and that the three Razorback fans were louder than all of them put together! Of course Flint and I loved this and were internally thrilled by the Texas fan's outward declaration! We couldn't agree more! That was probably the highlight of the day!
Friday, September 12, 2008
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."
Friday, September 5, 2008
We hit up two college football games last weekend. Both the Baylor Bears and the Arkansas Razorbacks had their season openers and we made it to both!
It was my first Baylor football experience and all I can say is WOW!!! Not, "wow", like that was an amazing experience. Like "wow", "we are not in the SEC anymore, Toto!" You can look at the stands and tell that football is just not the same here and then you can look at the final score and be reminded yet again! Which by the way was:
To give the Bears some credit, they were playing a ranked team. We will give them a shot at victory again this Saturday night when they take on Northwestern State!
So, here are some pictures of my first Baylor football game! They have a neat tradition, I guess. They have what they call Baylor Line, which is made of the entire Freshman class, that is any freshman who wants to participate. They all get matching jerseys, they run out on the field right before the game starts, and then the football team runs through them. That is the pandemonium occurring on the field in the picture below.
And finally, YAY for new friends! This is Katie. She works in Flint's office and we have become friends. I am so thankful God sent her my way! We have spent lots of time laying out by the pool together!
Baylor played Thursday night and then we loaded up the Tahoe and headed to Northwest Arkansas for a long Labor Day weekend. I did a horrible job at taking pictures. It truly was a crazy weekend...jammed packed. We got in late Friday night. Saturday, of course, Flint had to find a place to park his hiney to watch College Game Day and the LSU Tigers. We headed to Max and Kelly's, whom I do not have a picture of. They made us the most delicious home-cooked breakfast! Seriously, I LOVE biscuits and gravy like any southern girl! We hung out at their house until we met Todd, Heather, and Reese for a late pre-game meal at the one and only Slim Chickens! One of our favorites! The picture below is of Todd carrying Reese to the game! She is so precious and is such a happy baby, however the "over the shoulder baby holder" was not the greatest idea in her opinion! Look at that face, does it not make you laugh!?!? AWWWWWWWWW.....to be back in Fayetteville and to be "home". I have never appreciated Fayetteville so much in my life, and I don't think you truly can until you move away! I am not sure if being pregnant made me a little loco, or if it just felt so good to be home, but The Run-through made me start crying! How ridiculous is that?!?!? Welcome to the Bobby Petrino era.
Flint and I
Flint, Todd, and Bryce
So the game was not so great! The Hogs looked less than impressive, just as we expected. They somehow managed to pull a victory out of their bag of tricks! But hopefully they will improve from week to week. Okay, okay. Flint made me do this!!! This is for you, Jordan! Jordan also works with Flint and was a Delta at Baylor!
It was another wonderful weekend in Fayetteville. Exhausting, but wonderful! We got to see lots of people, but not nearly everyone that we would have loved to have seen. Time just does not permit. My parents made the trip up to see us and to hang out with us. We were not expecting that. THANKS mom and dad!!! We love you guys!
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I have thought about this post for a while. What would I say? When would it be? It really makes everything more of a reality for me. Let me start at the beginning of the story. Flint and I have been married for six years now! I really don't believe that when I say it!!! So, last summer we started to talk about and pray about starting a family. I never want to put time constraints on God's plans, so I wanted to be sensitive to what He wanted in our lives. I have always had a strong desire to have a child of my own, yet I still did not feel the sense of emptiness that many people talk about experiencing. I guess I was at a place of complete contentment with where God had me in my life. However, we both still felt that it was the right time to start a family. So, the journey began last fall. There have been many discouraging months and the harder you try, the journey can even become heartbreaking at times! At the beginning of March, many of you know that the Hubbie and I were separated a lot of the time due to a job change. He was in Texas and I was still in Arkansas. In May, we finally loaded up everything we own and moved down to Home Sweet Waco. The idea of a baby was definitely put on the back burner. We were completely consumed with a new job and getting settled into our new house. It is funny how God works.......He always seems to have a better plan for us than those we make for ourselves!
After a trip to Fayetteville for the 4th of July, I came home and took a test. To our surprise.....................
Yes, you read that right! We are expecting our first baby March 13th and we couldn't be more thrilled!!! I am twelve weeks and I am still shocked when I see that picture!
I prayed for this child and the Lord has given me what I asked of him. 1 Samuel 1:27
Thank you, Lord, for this precious baby! We feel so blessed that you have chosen us to be it's mommy and daddy!
Sunday, August 24, 2008
ONLY One More Week!!! Seriously, ya'll. We look forward to football season starting back the day it ends! Literally, I think Flint goes into depression the day after the National Championship game! We just love college football. If you are from the south (especially the SEC) you know what I am talking about when I say there is nothing else like it!