Friday, November 28, 2014

I'm Back!

Back in March I decided to stop blogging here, but as time went on I was sad about my decision. Many things have been going on in our lives and some of those things have been extremely overwhelming and they are not things that I want to share through our business pages. 

I also received a message from a reader that inspired me to keep writing. You know who you are... Thank you!

So.. Here I am... I'm back!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Saying goodbye is hard to do....

My head is spinning with all the social media I deal with.  I not only have Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and a blog for our personal journey & life {this one} but I also have Facbook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and blogs for my personal business {Amyri Market} and for my day job {SOLVE Maternity Homes}. Now can you see why my head is spinning?! It's a lot to keep up on!

So after a lot of thought I have decided to say goodbye to this blog and combine my personal with my business. Like I said, It is hard to say goodbye but life is changing {for the better}...

You can now find me here

I hope you will travel over to our new blog and continue to check in on whats going on! Amyri Market is exploding and I am so excited to share it with you!

P.S. You might just see a food blog coming soon too!!!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Family Photos 2013

Better late than never...

This year my good friend Brookelyn Cote took our family pictures. Here are a few of our favorites :)

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Greetings and Merry Christmas!

This year will be our third year in Florida and we often mention to each other how fast it seems to have gone by... Over half of our marriage has now been spent here! 

 Colin is still thankful to be employed by It Works! {the same company that moved us down here} and now makes one or two business trips a month to help manage the global supply chain.  

Jenn uses the alone time to work on Amyri Market and this year has added a vintage item section to the store.  She was also invited to join the staff at SOLVE Maternity Homes and loves the challenge of managing their community relations.  

We now have some of both sides of the family down here with us in Florida and love spending time on the gulf coast with them.  Winston has also had a great year and loves being lazy on the lanai in the Florida sun!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Colin, Jenn, and Winston

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Making a House (or an apartment) a Home: Hanging the Christmas Lights!

The Lights are hung! 

I still think its weird to be hanging lights on palm trees and not having any snow on the ground. I mean come on... I was out in my flip flops and a t-shirt. It was in the 70's today! CRAZY!

Even though we are still in an apartment I am trying to make it a home and do the same things I would do if we were in a house.

This year we have a family right across from us that is in some hard times.  They have two little boys and a baby girl. I am excited to share the Christmas spirit with them. Colin wrapped the lights around their tree to to surprise the boys. I can't wait to see their faces when they come home and see them.

Tomorrow we put the Christmas Tree up :)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The smell of oranges in the air

On the way to taking my hubby to work we passed the Tropicana plant like we do every morning... 

Though this morning the smell of oranges filled the air. Something that we have not encountered for many months. 

Another reminder that fall is here!

In that very moment of realizing the smell of fresh oranges was back for the season was a feeling of 'familiar' and when I feel familiar with something it makes me feel comfort and a sence of home.

Another little God wink that I am home... 

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I'm still into you...

 Six years and going strong and still into him!

That's right six years ago today Colin and I got married! We had no idea what we were 'really' getting into (I don't think anyone really knows what they are getting into when they get married) but all we knew and all that mattered was that we loved Jesus and we loved each other.

It's been a ride to say the least but looking back I would not change a thing! All that has happened has made us stronger and more in love each day! I am truly blessed and thankful for my husband.  I really don't know what I would do with out him. Who would I vent to when I have had a bad day? Who would fix things around the house or open jars for me? Who would love me as much as he does? Who would encourage me not to give up when I have my 'sick days' and feel like I am not going to make it? Who would make me 'Jenn safe' food?!

Can't count the years on one hand 
That we've been together
I need the other one to hold you.
Make you feel, make you feel better.
It's not a walk in the park
To love each other.
But when our fingers interlock,
Can't deny, can't deny you're worth it

Cause after all this time.
I'm still into you

I should be over all the butterflies
But i'm into you (I'm into you)
And baby even on our worst nights
I'm into you (I'm into you)
Let them wonder how we got this far
Cause I don't really need to wonder at all
Yeah after all this time
I'm still into you

Recount the night that I first
Met your mother
And on the drive back to my house
I told you that, I told you that I loved ya.
You felt the weight of the world
Fell off your shoulder
And to your favorite song
We sang along to the start of forever

And after all this time.
I'm still into you

I should be over all the butterflies
But i'm into you (I'm into you)
And baby even on our worst nights
I'm into you (I'm into you)
Let them wonder how we got this far
Cause I don't really need to wonder at all
Yeah after all this time
I'm still into you

Some things just,
Some things just make sense
And one of those is you and I
Some things just,
Some things just make sense
And even after all this time
I'm into You
Baby not a day goes by that
I'm not into you

I should be over all the butterflies
But i'm into you (I'm into you)
And baby even on our worst nights
I'm into you (I'm into you)
Let them wonder how we got this far
Cause I don't really need to wonder at all
Yeah after all this time
I'm still into you
I'm still into you
I'm still into you

Paramore - Still Into You 

Happy Anniversary Babe! I Love you!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Baby Drama - Part Two

I hope no one is offended with me calling this series “Baby Drama” because if you know me and know how much we want a baby, you know that by calling this “Baby Drama” I am laughing and this is a good thing!

In my past baby drama post I wrote about the drama month after month of finding out that I’m not pregnant.

Now the baby drama just got even more drama filled…

I have always had extremely painful periods and have a long family history of this and early hysterectomies.  In the past two years, the pain has gotten worse and twice now the pain was so bad that I passed out.  So, off to the doctor we went to make sure that everything was okay…

My family doctor said that it sounded like endometriosis and she ordered a transabdominal and tansvaginal pelvic ultrasound.  Yes, not going to lie this was a bit awkward! The findings from this were that I have two uterine Fibroids and multiple small ovarian cysts that are consistent with age.  (Way to rub it in that I will be 30 in a few days! LOL!)

What scared me the most about this was that I had no idea what any of this doctor talk meant or what was really going on in my body!  To add to it all, my family Doctor was not giving me the right answers AT ALL!  They went from “this could be causing a problem with getting pregnant” to “if you are trying to get pregnant we would not remove these” WHAT THE HECK?!?!?!?

Then it was off to the OB to get a second opinion that opened a whole other door and so many more questions…

My OB said that the uterine fibroids and cysts were not the problem, but more than likely it was endometriosis AND through talking more about the struggle with my hormone imbalance and viewing my charting for the past 9 months (thank youLeslie for sharing charting with me!) he didn’t think that I was ovulating.  Apparently, ovulating plays a HUGE part in getting pregnant... HAHAHA!

This then lead to LOTS of blood work.  I am still waiting on my final blood work to come back which will tell us if I am ovulating.  If I am not ovulating they will put me on meds to help me start and if I am then we talk about surgery and going in to clean everything up….
So there it is! Colin and I have both been struggling with this. I have had many painful days and many depressed days.  It has been frustrating to get our questions answered to only turn around and have 20 more questions to ask…

BUT we know that God has got this!!! Please pray for us and our Doctors.

Colin’s Notes:

As a husband, the desire to protect my wife from pain and hurt is very strong… although I have not had to deal with the crippling pain in my abdomen that causes vomiting and loss of conciseness; I have felt completely helpless when Jenn goes thru that pain.  In my almost six years of being a husband, nothing has bothered me more than not being able to help Jenn go a whole month without crippling physical pain or, (more recently) the emotional and reoccurring pain of not being pregnant month after month.

As a testament to how wonderful and loving Jenn is, she is almost always the one to remind me that everything is within God’s plan for our lives and that even though we don’t know every detail we have faith that he loves us and wants the best for us.  I am constantly in awe of her quiet, inner strength and even though our family has not grown in members since Winston arrived, there is absolutely more love.

Our prayer is for God’s blessing in our lives, a complete and sustained health for all members of our family, knowledge and inspiration for our doctors, strength to endure hardships, and wisdom to slow down and enjoy all the wonderful things that are already in our lives.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Baby Drama!

That is exactly what it is BABY DRAMA! Sleepless nights because I’m hoping, wishing and praying that I’m pregnant. Getting ready for work in the morning and starring at your stomach wondering if I’m putting on weight because I’m pregnant (or hoping, wishing and praying that I am) or just putting on some pounds because you I am eating more. Why am I eating more?!?!? Yeah…like I said BABY DRAMA! Oh and don’t even get me started on how many times a day I look, study and analyze my charting that I have been doing for 8 months now….

This month was another let down… Not pregnant… I’m not even sure how to explain how hard finding out month after month that you are not pregnant. For me it’s devastating. There are so many times that I cry myself to sleep or the times that I ball in my husband’s arms. All I want is to be a mom. The Lord has already blessed me with being a wife so why can’t I be a mom yet?! I know all things are in His timing, but come on now! Can your timing and mine timing be on the same schedule for once!? I have been waiting YEARS for this (and please do not sit here and tell me I need to see a fertility doctor, the next person to say that to me is going to be sorry!)

Did I mention that this post is going to be very real?

When I was in Michigan this past May I went and saw my Natural Path, which he told me that my adrenals where stressed and not working properly therefore it was bringing my thyroid down which was throwing off my hormones…. And why I have not been getting pregnant.  I also have an auto immune disorder (a thyroid disease) and many food allergies (gluten, dairy, soy, corn & nitrates/sulfates). Gluten causes infertility as well as your thyroid not being leveled. I also come from a line of women that all had early hysterectomies and experienced terrible and sometimes horrible periods which have not been easy for me as well. So yeah, I have a lot again me BUT it is all fixable! It’s just going to take time that I don’t have the patience for and LOTS of prayers.

I have some testing this week that I have been putting off because I was 99% sure I was pregnant, but now that I am not I’m going forward with the testing. I’m a bit nervous about it but at the same time trying not to consume me.  

Hoping, wishing & praying that next month this will be a completely different blog post, but until then (as my dear friend Leslie said…) I need time to regroup and heal.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Making A House (or an apartment) a home : The Roll Out Pantry

So I'm sure you have seen this on Pinterest (or at least some version of it)....
This is PERFECT for apartment living! Especially with us having an extra person in the apartment (my brother-in-love is moving in with us).
So, my AMAZING husband made me one!!!
And of course Winston tried to help....
If you have the room for one I highly recommend you make one! Like I said there are several tetorails on how to make them. The best part is you can make them any size!
I am one happy organized girl!!!!