Leslyn's Lovely Life: December 2013

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: How things went.

So I was going to write something really sentimental about this year and how it's flown by... But then I decided I wasn't going to waste time and just get to the good stuff. :) I decided to put things in categories to describe how successful I was in achieving my goals.


- I didn't reach 1,000 blog followers via GFC. But you know what? I've gained about 200 new friends, and I wouldn't give any of you up for the world. :)

- Run a half marathon- I trained, and waited too long to sign up for one. Then we moved... And then as I was about to sign up for a half marathon, we found out that there was a little Baby J. So I'm thinking that I will start running after Baby J arrives. That should help me lose the pregnancy weight.

- Go on one unplanned trip with the hubs- We went on a planned trip though... So that's better than not having any kind of adventure!

- Reach my goal weight... Yeah, that didn't happen. And I will have to postpone that one for a little while longer. But I've realized that I can make healthier food choices that will set me up for success later on. It's very convenient that I'm craving fruits and veggies during this pregnancy.


 -Read the Bible more... Yeah, I might have read it more than I did the year before. But you know what? In this "category", there is ALWAYS room for improvement. Always.

- Shop less- the first half of the year, I was KILLING it. Then I got a job at J.Crew. A lot of the things I purchased were on super-sale for me, so that worked out. So the amount of money I spent on myself was significantly less. But I wish I would have resisted the urge to buy a few of the things. Lesson learned: Don't work in retail if you want to stop buying new clothes.

- Spend less time on my phone- Yeah, I spent less time on my phone. But I want to cut back even more... Instead of grabbing my phone as a default when I'm bored, I need to do different things that get my brain going.

-Read 20 books- I read 18.5 books. And of course, I waited until the very end to start the classic books. I had every intention of reading them in the past few days, but decided that family time was more important.


- We tried a TON of new recipes this year, and it was a blast! I love finding new recipes. So much so that I hardly ever repeat recipes. So maybe I should try to come up with several "go-to" recipes that we can always have.

- We bought a house. And we love it so much. And my bff's boyfriend lives two doors down from us, and we're going to have so much fun with our new neighbors. :) We. Can't. Wait.

- Get an amazing job- to call my job "amazing" would be an understatement. I have never been in such a wonderful working environment in my life. I am so blessed to have such an incredible group of colleagues, and I seriously work with the best students in the world. I never want to leave this place.

- Wash my face before I go to bed- sure, there were a few super late nights where I felt that sleeping was more important than washing my face, but I would say that I washed my face 95% of the time. This is a major upgrade from NEVER washing my face.

- I finished my master's degree with a 4.0. It was tough, but reading that final transcript was SO rewarding.

Well, overall, I would say that I did a pretty good job. 9/13... That's pretty good. Tomorrow, you can read all about my 14 goals in 2014.

How did you do this year? Let me know! :)


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

The one I've been waiting for.

"You're going to need to start fertility treatment if you want to get pregnant."

I sat in shock at the doctor's office this summer. Some weird stuff was going on, and I figured I should go in to find out what was wrong. After all, DJ and I were ready to start a family. Never in a million years would I have thought that we would be dealing with infertility.

I told my doctor I needed to talk to my husband about it before we made the decision to start the fertility treatment. We prayed about it, talked it through, and didn't feel a peace about it. The more we talked about it, the more we thought "God is bigger than this problem. If it is in His will for us to have a baby the traditional way, it will happen." We knew that we wouldn't be without a family forever. We have both always felt called to adopt, so we began talking about our options.

Month after month, I took a pregnancy test, and it was always negative. I felt disappointed, hurt, alone, and I questioned our decision to forego the treatment.

Fast forward to my birthday, November 9th. I had been sick in the few days leading up to it, so I had been feeling weird anyways. The morning of my birthday, my husband told me to use the Neti Pot. I made sure we filtered the water (because Mom sent me an article about people dying of a brain eating amoeba, all because they used bad water in their Neti Pot. Thanks, Mom). Then we went about our day, celebrating my 26th birthday. We were having such a blast. Then, my head started hurting and I felt funny. I lost my appetite. I thought "This is it. I'm going to die on my birthday because of a brain eating amoeba." Again, thanks Mom. We went to Wal-Mart to buy groceries for my birthday dinner, and as DJ was checking out, and I said "I'm just going to get a test." The whole time, I'm thinking "Leslyn, you're stupid for wanting yourself to feel disappointed on your birthday. You JUST took a test a week and a half ago. And it was negative. It's going to be negative, like it always is."Apparently, as my husband later told me, he was thinking something along those lines as well.

We checked out, went home. I took the test. It was positive.

Wait, what?

My heart started pounding uncontrollably. I fumbled to find the "instructions" from the test
(because every test is different)- and mine was DEFINITELY positive. I grabbed the test, ran into the dining room where DJ was standing.

"It's positive!!!!"
"Wait… WHAT?!?!?!?!"
"IT'S POSITIVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"HOLY COW!!!!!!!"

We both FLIPPED OUT. I cried like a baby, we hugged, it was just great. I drank two more giant glasses of water so I could take the second one.

It was positive too.

We went to Target to grab another test, just to make sure that we weren't losing our minds.

And y'all… It was positive too.

Those months of waiting were some of the most challenging months for me- trying to remember God's goodness through it all, waiting on Him, trusting in Him… It was not easy at all. But looking back on it, God waited until the perfect moment. It was the best birthday present. Oh… and get this… The baby is due on DJ's birthday. :)

I can't begin to describe to you how thankful I am that God gave us this little blessing


To my amazing friends who have been trying for a baby, or who can't have children- I love you. I am praying for you.  I know how difficult it is to see that negative pregnancy test over and over again. I know how hard it is to be completely happy for friends who announce they're having a baby. Up until last month, that was me. Please know that I am praying diligently for you every day, sister. God is good,  His plan is perfect. 

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Monday, December 9, 2013

A story to start off your week….

Hello, friends!

Before I tell you this story, I need you to understand something. When I tell stories, most people say "Oh, Leslyn, you're exaggerating." And then I somehow find a way to prove that I am, in fact, not exaggerating when it comes to the stories that I tell. I have also been notorious for being told "Leslyn, this would only happen to you." And that statement couldn't be more true. Okay. Just needed to get that out there.

As many of you know, Arkansas has experienced some inclement weather this weekend. Some people were saying it was going to be the worst ice storm we've seen in years, bla bla bla. So I thought to myself, "Self, you probably need to get to a place where the weather won't be as bad." So we packed up the car after the hubby got off work on Thursday, and went down to Monticello (where we used to live, and where his parents live).

The great thing about their house is that they have a bunch of land, so the pups can play and run around like crazy. They stayed outside most of the time, and we brought them in to warm up every so often.

Well, Saturday afternoon, we picked up Chip (the dachsund/yorkie… or Dorkie) to play with him, and we noticed that his stomach was crunchy. Of course, I went into panic mode, and I thought his intestines burst and that he was on his death bed (I have the tendency to think dramatic thoughts… I just don't say them out loud). He wasn't as playful as usual, and it really worried us. We decided we would call the vet first thing Monday morning. We put the pups in their crates that night, and went to bed.

DJ's dad woke us up in the middle of the night, and said that Chip was making some really strange, loud sounds downstairs. So DJ walked downstairs, and looked in Chippy's crate to see what was going on. He noticed that there were tiny rocks all over his crate.

And then he realized it….

Our stupid dog ate rocks. And pooped them out.

That's why his stomach was crunchy.

So poor DJ had to dump the poopy rocks outside, put Chip (who smelled like the poopy rocks) back in his crate, and brought the dogs upstairs to sleep in our room.

Sunday morning, I checked on Chippy. The crate was completely COVERED in poopy rocks. Again.

I've never seen anything like it, y'all.

And I, the sacrificial, wonderful spouse that I am (haha….), volunteered to clean out the rocks this time.

It. Was. Disgusting.

Meanwhile, Chippy was out rock-pooping all over their front porch. I cleaned it up too.

It was a mess.

Later on, we realized that DJ's dad dumped oil from his fish fry in the gravel drive in front of their house, so Chippy must have thought "Hm… This smells AWESOME. Let me eat the fishy rocks!"

I hope that poor dog learned his lesson and never eats rocks again.

Have a happy Monday, folks.


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