Catching Up

I’ve been a little remiss in my blogging duties lately. Sorry. Life has been out of control these past couple of weeks and try as I might I just could not find the time to sit down at my lap top…I’ve even been neglecting Facebook (a mortal sin!).

First to the unhappy reason why I’ve been so busy. Sadly, my Grandmother passed away on April 26th. She had been fighting Alzheimer’s disease for the past four years and when she broke her hip and had to have surgery the recovery was just too much for her to take. And so, the Lord called her home. In a way her passing is a relief. She had suffered so much with the loss of her memory and now, I feel, she is at peace; no longer scared and confused. The person really suffering is my Grandfather. They had been married for 64 years. Their marriage was the kind of marriage that every person who has ever entered into holy matrimony hopes they’ll have. The definition of true love.

It is breaking my heart to see him in so much pain. I can’t imagine losing my partner, the person I had been with every day of my life for more than two thirds of my life. Can you ever recover from that loss? The grieving process can only heal so much. Their’s was a real life “Notebook”; except that he’s still here. I pray that he will stay with us for a while more. That kind of broken heart is the kind that doesn’t heal with time.

I find comfort in knowing that she is looking down on us and watching over us, especially Mason. Towards the end she had a very
difficult time remembering almost anything, but she knew she had a new Great-Grandson and was overjoyed about it. On Easter, the last time I saw her, she spent the whole day holding, rocking, and singing to Little Bear. I hadn’t seen her that happy in years.

So with all the commotion the comes along when a family member passes away it’s been a bit difficult to find a spare minute. On top of losing GrandMomma and having all the family in town, Mason has decided to be an absolute pickle for the past week! I don’t know wether he is just going through his one month growth spurt (yes, he’s already a month old!!! I can’t believe it!!!) or if he’s got colic but the poor child has not stopped crying for five days straight. I’m REALLY hoping it’s just a growth spurt. It hasn’t been three weeks yet, so I can’t say for sure if it’s colic or not. All I know is that if he’s not eating…which is about 75% of the time…he’s crying. Sometimes he’s crying while he’s eating. I. Am. Exhausted. And to make matters worse, Hubby had to be out of town for work last week. Thankfully he’s back and I have a little respite from the ear piercing noises coming out of my child. Luckily I wasn’t totally on my own last week. I have a wonderful Mom who let me stay with her while he was gone and was kind enough to watch Little Bear for a few hours every night while I got at least two hours of uninterrupted sleep. Hopefully now that Daddy is home things will go back to our (somewhat) peaceful normal routine!

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Induction

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In the hospital and starting the induction process. Hopefully Little Man will be making his debut sometime tomorrow afternoon! Feeling very nervous about labor and the huge change my life is about to take but also couldn’t be more excited about becoming a Mommy. Everything finally feels real…now if I could just get something to eat!

Leave the Cheese and Bring on the (real) Love

I love Valentine’s Day.  I mean, I’m a fan of most holidays but V Day is on my short list of favorites (right after Christmas and my birthday (it’s election day every eight years or so…it counts)).  But Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s idea of a good day.  For a lot of singles it’s a day to bring attention to their singleness, and not in a good way.  For guys it’s a day where they have to live up to unreasonable expectations of gifts that sparkle, or will be eaten in a matter of minutes, or die several days later.  And for a lot of girls it’s a day to be let down, because said guy didn’t deliver enough sparkle, or decadence, or allergy inducing beauty.  All over the world there are women crying today because they’ve been let down in the romance department.  It is, without a doubt, the most commercialized of all the holidays; given a bad name by the big card, flower, and confectionary companies looking to make a buck.  But that is not what Valentine’s Day is about.  It’s about LOVE!!!! Pure, true, uncommericalized love.  And if we all came to realize this fact there would be a lot less complaining about and hating on St. Valentine!

And that’s what I love about this day…ALL THE LOVE!!  Not just the love Hubby and I share, but the love I have for the special people in my life.  Because, as First Corinthians says: Love is the greatest of all.  And it’s important to share that love and spread it around like it’s strawberry preserves.  To me, a perfect Valentine’s Day is surrounding yourself with as many people you love and who love you.  Of course what would V Day be without a little snuggle time with your honey??  Once the sun goes down it’s time for some quality time with the one nearest and dearest to your heart.

This year is an especially special Valentine’s Day.  It’s the first we’ll be spending as a married couple…and the last that we’ll be alone in the house for.  That means lots of quality time, just the two of us tonight.  And nothing says love like a homemade meal prepared together.  Jesse is making his specialty, steak and twice baked potatoes (yum!!) and I’m in charge of dessert.  On our cruise we ate Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.  Since then Jesse has been begging me to make it at home, so tonight I’m giving it a try.  I’m not the best baker in the world so there will be a prayer said before I attempt this…hope it turns out well.  I’ll let y’all know tomorrow!!

Have a good night!!!

Welcome to Polos & Pearls

Welcome to Polos & Pearls!  I decided to start this blog for a couple of reasons.  1) For all of our far away friends to be able to keep up with Jesse, little man, and I. 2) So I have a place to write about all the fun and exciting changes going on in my life.

I’m truly loving the domestic bliss of my life right now.  Jesse and I are getting married this Sunday and we’re expecting a baby boy due this April.  This time last year we were living out of suitcases, traveling all around Europe, and generally living life without a care in the world.  It’s amazing how things can change in such a short time and while life has taken a complete 180 I wouldn’t change a single thing!

I hope you’ll enjoy reading about all the things going on our lives as we take this journey into marriage and parenthood!