Tuesday, June 3, 2014

(Photo copied from Mix and Match Mama

In April, I started writing down a few goals that I want to accomplish during the month.  It was kinda fun to work toward them and see them come to reality (some of them, anyway.)  When I started, they were mostly exercise or weight loss goals but in June, I'm adding a few extras!

1.  Walk or run 30 miles.  There are 30 days in June, so I thought this was a reasonable goal.  I'm training for a 5K in September, so by the end of the month, I'd like to be running over a mile.

2.  Read ONE book!  I know this sounds funny but since having Reese, I haven't read any books other than toddler ones!

3.  Send 5 cards to random people.  I love getting mail!  And, I love cute notecards.  I'm going to brighten someones day this month.  I have several older ladies in my Bible study group that are really special to me, I'd love to let them know their Christian walk is inspring to me!!

4.  Spend LESS time on my phone, and more time playing with Reese.  I'm declaring the evenings and weekends, "less phone time" at the Pierce place!  I want my sweet girl to know she was the center of my attention!
5. Celebrate my baby turning TWO!!! I can't believe I just typed that!!!  The last two years have pasted SO fast!!!

 I can think of many more things I was to accomplish, but I think I should start small!!  I'll let ya know how I did in about a month!!!

Monday, May 12, 2014

The road to State...

McKenna's spring baseball season ended with a bang this year!!  We went to State the first time in school history in the Fall 2013.  We were so excited!  We actually weren't expecting to go back to State this Spring because the playoff road is much harder.  We dropped in the rankings toward the end of our season, so our Region was a little tougher.  We won Districts then proceeded onto Regionals.  We were up against the #7 team in the state, and ended up getting beat the first time we played them...since it was double elimination, we had to come back the next day and beat them TWICE!  And, we did!!!  It was so awesome!  Our boys dung deep and showed ALL heart in those last games!
McKenna at bat in Districts against Bennington
Getting some coaching instruction from Coach Cartwright on third.

 Our boys showing off thier District plaque.
We have a very small team, but they have played together since they were 3,4 and 5 years old.  There's not a team around that has a stronger bond than these boys!
McKenna and his bud Trevor, these boys are actually cousins but are better friends.

During Regionals, Reese made friends with the opposing teams son, this was too cute!  She lead him around for 3 days and he did exactly what she wanted to!

Regional CHAMPIONS!!  So proud of these kids!

To say we are proud of this kid, is an understatement!  He is 17, he works for Clint, feeding, working in the hayfield, and working cattle.  He maintains mostly A's in his grades, ( I think he has ONE B) , he takes care of Reese when I need him too, without griping!  He does not hesitate to talk about his faith with anyone, he's a great athlete on the field and the court.  We love him so much and enjoy watching him play sports so much!  He's a great encourager to his teammates and loves competition!
Congrats Coach!!!
The morning we left for State, Reese wanted so bad to get on the bus!
The Boswell Scorpion baseball team 2013-14

We got a fire engine escort out of town, I guess you have to be from a small town to understand!!!
Announcing the starting line up at State

It was a tough way to end the season, but we are so, so proud!
We are sad to see such an amazing season come to an end, and we'll miss the Seniors something fierce!  We love these boys!!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

SUYL - Infertilty

I'm linking up today with Kelly for her weekly SUYL series.  Infertility is a hard one.  Its definitely a word that defines many, yet each individual person is different.  It's a broad topic.

Clint and I were married in 2000.  He had two adorable kids when we married, we were a little family from the beginning!  For many years, I was content with being a step-mom, my career had taken off, we built a beautiful home, and our son had come to live with us full time.  It wasn't until about 2008 that I began to have the desire to have a child of my own.   I assumed it would happen instantly....oh, was I wrong,
After trying for a year, I visited with my ob/gym about my concerns.  She immediately put me on clomid.  I completed 4 cycles with no success.  My Dr. assured me everything would be ok, just be patient, yadda, yadda.  I began to question the level of concern she had and after much consideration, I changed doctors.  Toward the end of 2010, I visited my new Dr.  Instantly fell in love with him!  The first appointment he spent well over an hour reviewing my history, the lack of lab work I'd had and he had a game plan by the time I left that day.  I immediately had lab work done, apparently Clomid thins the uterine lining and lab work and ultrasound is very important to monitor this.  I was scheduled for an HSG.  I so nervous about this exam, I am an X-ray technologists and the HSGs I'd participated in we're not pleasant!  Luckily, the day I had my exam, a friend was the tech in my procedure room, it was not bad at all!  I was relieved!  And my results were perfect, clear, open Fallopian tubes!  I went ahead and did two more cycles of clomid, no success.
So, fast forward to Fall 2010, I met with Dr. Rodriguez at Presbyterian in Plano, Texas.  After several tests of myself and Clint, it was decided IVF would be our only option.  We were given less than 5% chance of conceiving on our own.  In March 2011, I began the medication....I can't exactly recall my exact dosages but I know I took four shots a day for 15 days....my ovaries responded very well.  On retrieval day, they harvested 20 eggs,  we were very pleased, Dr. R was pleased.  We did a 5 day transfer of two embryo.  The two weeks following were  pure torture!  I wasn't exactly surprised that our results were negative, I just had a gut feeling.  We were devastated, none the less.
In May 2011, I had the "failed cycle" appointment, what a name!  I cried the entire time we were there.  It was awful.  But the advice I received that day, changed my life!
Dr. Rodriguez suggested I do something to shock my body.  He suggested a strict diet, reduce my sugar and carbs and he also began me on the medication, Metformin.  I don't have PCOS, but we were tricking my body into regular ovulation. Over the next 4 months, I lost over 30 pounds and exercised like Jillian Micheals!  I felt better than I had in my whole life!  I ran my first 5K in September and after meeting with Dr. R, we were set up for another cycle of IVF to begin in December.  With this schedule, I was to start birth control for one month in October.  I was 10 days past my regular period start day, I really paid no attention to anything except the tugging on my heart saying, "wait."  Clint and I spent much time in prayer about each step we took in this journey, but I kept this "feeling" to my self.  I had come down to the very LAST day to start the pills. I reluctantly picked up a pregnancy test to take, though I knew the result would be negative... So I thought!
To say I was blown away to see the two pink lines was an understatement.  I could not believe what I was seeing.  God was showing off big time, His timing is perfect and He showed us He was in charge!
Kodi Reese Pierce was born on June 12, 2012.  While I could go on about what a perfect little girl she is, this post is about the journey...a journey that doesn't end the same for any of the participants.  It's easy for people that don't go through this pain to give advice or suggest options.  The main idea is that it's painful, expensive and has no guarantee.  The biggest thing I try to encourage people going through this is to have faith in HIS plan..for some its to have a precious baby, for some its adoption, and for others, it's to remain childless.  Whatever, the plight that's yours, understanding the reason behind it only will only be guaranteed with HIM.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Just a few more days....

With the hustle and bustle of Christmas upon us, I just had to sit down and share some of the happenings around the Pierce camp....

First and foremost, we truly are feeling the blessing of Jesus Christ this season.  We are extremely grateful for our families health and happiness this year.  We are excited to watch the excitement in little Reese's face as she opens her gifts.  She loves to point out Santa in all the books and movies around, and she loudly exclaims "Ho Ho Ho" when she sees him.

We were hit hard with a major ice storm about a week and a half ago, we were without power for six days, thank goodness my parents had power after 3 days at their ranch, so we spent the night with them those few days.  My Mom and I were talking one day and I told her I couldn't help but think God was telling us "Hold up people, this season is about ME!"  Had we not been iced in, for sure we would have been running 60,000 different errands getting shopping and baking done.

We had Christmas with my sister and her family this past weekend.  Oh, what fun we had!  Of course, everyone watched Reese tear into her packages!  This only led to confusion afterwards for the poor girl, I had to keep a close watch for the gifts still under the tree, she thinks she should open everyone!!!  We ate, laughed, watched football and volleyball and ate some more!  My Mom made the Southern Living holiday cake, the Red Velvet Cheesecake cake, yeah, THAT one!!  It was fabulous!!  She is such a great cook!

Red Velvet-White Chocolate Cheesecake

Now, I must finish my wrapping!  Merry Christmas to all!!!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Enter THIS give-away!!!!!

Check this give away out!!! On, second thought...Don't, I want to win it!!!  I could totally finish my Christmas shopping with this card!!!!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Guest posting!

Hey ya'll!  I'm guest posting today over at Stafford Stories...Melissa is doing an awesome series on working moms!  Hope you enjoy!!!

And, just because she's cute......

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Huggies Rewards

For all you mama's out there.....Do you keep up with your Huggies Rewards points?  (the little yellow sticker inside the wrapper of the diapers?)  I am a coupon/reward card junkie, so I started saving all the little stickers on the diapers and entering the codes in on-line.  I glanced over the reward catalog a time or two, and saw several things I wanted.  This week I got an email with awesome news!.......they now offer diapers as a reward....CHA-CHING!!!  This girl is now cashing in!!!

P.S.  You can get rewards from wipes too!

Check it out on Huggies.com

...I was not paid to write this post. (though, it would really be nice!)

HUGGIES® Little Movers Diapers Big Pack (available in sizes 3-6**)

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Points: 1000