Monday, November 3, 2008

Our Crib

This is where we the party will be happening all night long...
Little Bit Harris officially has a bed on the way. I fell in love with this crib way back and knew I wanted an iron crib. I am so excited about it.
***This is not the exact picture of the crib. I could not get the pic to download of the one I picked out. But they are very similar. And of course, this is not our nursery; this picture is off of the website.

Stay Tuned!


This time last year, Flint and I were soaking up some rays and enjoying some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. Really, if you ever get the chance to go to Jamaica...GO! It is amazingly beautiful and the people are so incredibly nice. We went for our friends', Veronica and Omar's wedding. They are from Jamaica, so it was an authentic I will never forget.

This was the view from my lounge chair. Well, either this or the beautiful pool with the waitstaff bringing out cool, damp towels and the best pina coladas I have I ever consumed! Bummer, huh?!?!
We like to live like the locals. We went to this little dive off the side of the road to have some "real" Jerk chicken and fish! DELISH!!! It was here that I fell in love with breadfruit. Unfortunately, you can't find it in the States. This is a pic of our hotel. It was gorgeous!!! Too bad the only pic I captured was one with an afternoon shower rolling in.
Flint and I at Veronica and Omar's Rehearsal Dinner. They were so gracious to invite their friends who made the trip from the States. It was perfect. Authentic island food and a beautiful night view if the harbor.
Flint and his former Arkansas athlete...Tyson Gay. Ever heard of him?!?! He is good friends with Omar and Veronica. They all ran at Arkansas at the same time.
This was the inside of the church. How precious and quaint is it?!?!
Flint, Kim, and I at the Reception. Kim's hubbie is VCB's trainer and they are our friends, too. This was the most beautiful wedding reception I have ever been to. It was an open air ballroom and literally feet from the ocean. The reception was at sunset, so the pictures do not do the view justice.

Our last day in Jamaica. I could go and never come home!
Oh, I need a VACATION! I want to go back. Maybe in 18 years?!?! Since Flint can't get away from work during football season, I will relive our trip from last year!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Wonderful Day

We just got back from the doctor and everything was wonderful! We saw our little one moving around all over the place and we saw the strong pumping heart! Praise the Lord! I started tearing up just marveling at the little miracle! Now, we just have to hold tight until March. I can't wait to hold Little Bit in my arms.
We do officially have a new due date...
March 11, 2009!
That was not far off from the March 13th date we were originally given, but it sounds so much better than Friday the 13th!

I decided I would share this very fun giveaway, even though I think you should give me the prize if you win!!!

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The prize is a cute piece of Stella & Dot jewelry. Is this bracelet not way too cute?!?! I love it and there are tons of other cute pieces you can see on her blog.

Monday, October 27, 2008

A Big Day

Tomorrow is our big ultrasound! We are so excited to get to see the little one. It is the closest we will be to Little Bit until March rolls around and then that little sweetie will be in our arms! Of course there is always anxiousness about this appointment. You mommies out there know. They check to see if everything is growing on track and is developing properly. So, if you think about us, please pray at 8:00 in the morning. By the way, thank you all for your concerns and sweet comments about everything last week. It means to world to me! I wish we could go out one and one and have coffee together. But unfortunately, there are lots of miles between us.

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 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.

Monday Night Football

I know this post is long overdue, but in honor of Monday I thought I would post some pics of our experience at Monday Night Football. I was given some tickets back in September from some sweet friends, so Flint and I got to go to Dallas and watch our Cowboys take on the Eagles! We had a blast! First of all, we had seats on the fourth row, right behind the players' families, behind the Cowboy bench, and right in front of the cheerleaders...Flint was excited about that! What a good game it was! And to top it off, we got to see several former Razorbacks in action...Felix Jones, Ken Hamblin, and Shawn Andrews! Flint said I would not see a more exciting regular season game. Yay, the Cowboys pulled off a victory!

This is the hole in God's stadium, so God can look down on His team....
I always tell Flint that God does not play favorites and only a Texan would make something like that up!
Flint and I
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?!?!

Tony Romo in action
Felix of my favorite Razorback players!

Ken Hamblin on the left...a former Hog!

The Pre-Game

What a fun Night we had!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008


I wish I were writing about a trip we took to Providence, RI to see the leaves change to vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold. Or writing about our trip to Providence Hospital, here in Waco, to take our birthing class. Oh no, God has been working in the lives of the Harris family in much greater ways.

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.

God's Providence.

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.

God's Providence.

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-

God's Providence.

I am thankful.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Trip Home to Fayetteville

As I mention in the post that follows this one, I made a trip back to Arkansas back in September. It was a great time. I got to spend lots of time in the car with Laura and Brad, I got to go to Hill's wedding, I got to see my parents and my grandparents, I got to go to Fayetteville (home), I got to see the Razorbacks get beat up on by Alabama, I got to see some of my Bible Study girls at college ( I am still in denial), and I got to spend some quality time with my dear friend, Mindy and her family! It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend.
The Hogs taking the field.....

they might not have come out of the locker room had they known what was in store for them!!!
Me and My Daddy. Mom let me have her ticket so she could watch from an air conditioned place!

Coach John McDonnell getting recognized. He announced his retirement right after Flint left for Baylor...Flint actually knew long before that and I think it had somewhat of an influence in his decision. Flint had the privilege of working with Coach Mac for four years! He has the National Championship rings to prove it! Coach McDonnell is one of the most genuine and nice people I have ever met. He and Flint got along perfectly...they both loved breakfast so they would meet up and go together.

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!

Hill's Wedding

The Lodge on Mt. Magazine
The Bride and Groom. How beautiful is this picture?!?!
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 I said, I did a horrible job of taking snapshots!

Etiquette Dinner

Flint had the freshman etiquette dinner earlier this semester. This is probably all the training in table manners some of these kids ever receive! They went to a nice local restaurant and had dinner. Two of Flint's favorite and hanging out with his athletes!

I do not know the guy on the left. Flint is (obviously) in the center and Robert Griffin is on the right. Robert is the best thing to happen to Baylor football since...well, maybe ever!!!

Flint and Romie. I think Romie is cute.Flint and two of his tennis players.

Monday, September 29, 2008

A Long Season

It is going to be a LONG football season for our Hogs! We made the quick jaunt down to Austin on Saturday and I should have just gone shopping! The game was (just as we anticipated) miserable!!!!! We were dominated from the opening kick off! The only good thing was that our seats were in the shade...Thanks, Peter! The Lord knew this pregnant woman could not stand the sun, the heat, and a defeat! Just as Flint and I always do, we still had fun being together. I captured a few pics that I will share.

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

Walking on Water

Please Pray! This is my first hurricane experience! I made Flint go to the store with me last night to make sure our pantry is stocked (not that it wasn't already) with food in case we needed a couple of days supply, batteries, bottled know, staples!!! Flint thought I was loosing my mind, but everyone else in town had the same idea as me! Since we live over 200 miles inland, we really do not know what to expect. Either way we want to be prepared. As of right now we are expecting up to 70 mile per hour winds and lots of rain. I really do not know what that means, I just know I hate storms. We have so many friends and family members in Houston, Galveston, Lake Charles LA, and the surrounding areas. For some reason, no other hurricane has hit home like this one. Lord, please be with us!!!
I am reminded of the disciples out on the lake during a storm. Jesus told Peter to get out of his boat and walk toward him. He was testing Peter's faith. As long as Peter kept his eyes and focus on Jesus he was safe from sinking. When Peter looked away at the winds and the storm he began to sink. But Jesus, none-the-less, swept Peter into the safe embrace of HIS arms. This passage has become a lesson that I meditate on just about every day. We studied it last year in depth in my BSF class as we were studying the book of Matthew and ever since then I can't quit thinking about it. I LOVE this story and it can be applied to difficult times as well as daily life! We often see the distractions of this world and take our focus off of what is the most important thing we have to cling to- JESUS! All HE wants us to do is to have faith and HE will take care of the rest! How comforting!!! Suddenly, I can take these verses literally...we are about to experience a big storm. But, I know Jesus will hold our hands and keep as safe!
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."
"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."
Matthew 14:25-33

Friday, September 5, 2008

College Football Commencement

How Lucky are we?!?!

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:

Wake Forest 41 Baylor 13

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.

The Baylor Line One of my cell group girls that I have been with over the last six years, just started school at Baylor! It is so wonderful to have an old, familiar face down here! Meet Jessica! She is, in Rush terms, "super cute"!!!
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!?!? 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.

This picture is just funny to Flint and I because, for those of you who do not know, Jeff Long is trying to get rid of EVERYTHING that says "Go Hogs". Yeah, good luck with that, buddy! Keep trying to get rid of years and years of tradition! Does he not know what happens when you make Razorback fans mad? They will fly banners over the stadium with bad messages about you! Notice that spectacular Razorback in the middle of the football field! It is about time?!?! Houston Nutt did not want it. Now we have joined the modern days of football and have our mascot painted at center field and it looks AWESOME!
Flint and I
Flint, Todd, and Bryce
(both were two of his closest friends in college and they are still great friends)
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

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow!

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

One More Week!!!

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!
Sadly, we are not in Fayetteville this year to cheer on our Razorbacks week after week, but don't you worry. We will still be cheering loud and clear from down here in Big 12/Bear country! We are hoping to make it to the season opener this weekend. I can't wait!

Friday, August 22, 2008

What's not to Love?!?!

There are SO many things to love about the Olympics. I love watching athletes live out their dreams. Most of them are not even in Beijing pursuing a metal, they are just there because they have worked so hard. You have to appreciate that! I love hearing the heart warming stories. You may have heard about the swimmer who was in a car accident and had to have her leg amputated. She is still in Beijing competing! Or maybe the 30 year old Romanian gymnast who went back to gymnastics to save her little boy's life! She is also in Beijing competing...against 15 year olds!!! Like I said...I love it! Here are just a very few of the highlights and what has been consuming us and keeping us up late over the last two weeks!!!
Michael Phelps...need I say more!
Veronica Campbell-Brown repeating her title in the 200 m

Shawn Johnson

Nastia Liukin

Women's Beach Volleyball
USA defeating the French in the relay
The Redeem Team

Watching President Bush interect with the athletes!