What’s Up Wednesday {06/24/15}

Happy Happy Wednesday!
It’s our monthly linky party with my girls Mel and Sheaffer!  
Now, Sheaffer is still recapping The Bachelorette these days, so you’ll catch her recap up today instead of her What’s Up Wednesday post (but you should totally read that too!).  She is so, so, so funny recapping that show!
The last Wednesday of every month, we’re going to answer these questions…

 

…in our What’s Up Wednesday posts.  We can’t wait to go through your posts and see what you guys are up to this month too!  Thanks for playing friends!  Let’s get started…
1. What we’re eating this week…
My kiddos requested burgers and pasta this week, so dinner will look something like this…

…maybe my Bacon & Bleu Burgers

…and my Sweet Onion and Asparagus Pasta.

2. What I’m reminiscing About…
Eight years ago tomorrow (June 25), I miscarried our first baby.  I think about this baby all the time…but especially this time of year.  I was able to carry him or her about 9 weeks…but I know one day in Heaven, I’ll get to spend eternity getting to know this precious child of mine.

3. What I’m loving…

Call me a broken record…but I’m still loving my new Toms flip-flops :).

4. What we’ve been up to…

A whole lot of this :).

5. What I’m dreading…

Today, we have our big appointment at Children’s Medical Center with Ashby.  This is the appointment we’ve been waiting on for months.  Her hand doctor will come over from Scottish Rite and meet us there for the appointment.  We are meeting with a hematologist, radiologist, plastic surgeon and a child psychologist all at one time (along with her hand surgeon).  Children’s is requiring a psychologist be there to tell us if the treatments they are proposing are too much for her.  We are excited about new information and (hopefully) a good game plan…but we’re nervous at the same time because we don’t want to interrupt the happy little life Ashby has right now with treatments.

6. What I’m working on…

Last year I bought a fancy Zoku Quick Pop Maker, but we did not have an easy time making them (they kept getting stuck or else wouldn’t ever harden!)…so, this year, we bought the cheap old-fashioned molds off Amazon and have been making popsicles left and right!  We’re trying all sorts of fun flavors (Coconut Cream Pie was yesterday!)…look for a popsicle post soon!  (These silly kids were helping me make lemon ones on Monday…lots of shenanigans!)

7. What I’m excited about…

That we still have two full months left of summer (my kids start two months from today!).  I looooove having these little people home with me all day.  I am so thankful we still have two full months of summer fun.
8. What I’m watching/reading…

I mentioned this yesterday…but I am officially obsessed with Elin Hilderbrand’s books.  I read The Matchmaker last month and then Beautiful Day this month (my book review is Monday!)…but let’s put it this way, I loved Beautiful Day so much that I ordered four more of her books…
The Blue Bistro
Summerland
The Rumor
Winter Street

…I can’t wait to read them all!  Thank you so much to all of you that kept suggesting her to me!
9. What I’m listening to…


The other night, Smith was like, “Hey mom, did you know that I can sing all of the books of the New Testament?”.  And I was like, uh, no.  And so he did :).  I’ve watched this video like a million times.  This kid is so sweet.  He said his Sunday school teacher taught him.  He also told me that his legs itched and that he needed lotion after the video was over…summer chlorine problems ;).

10. What I’m wearing…
Pajamas and swimsuits?  Those are the first two things that come to mind…except probably not today to Ashby’s doctor visit…that wouldn’t be appropriate :).  I just did a What I Wore post last week.  You can see it all right here.

It’s stuff like this maxi dress
And a few of my other favorite things to wear right now.  Click here to see it all.
11. What I’m doing this weekend…

I’m hoping the weather is nice and that this is my view all weekend :).
12. What I’m looking forward to next month…

We leave for our first official family vacation of five in late July…and we are all so excited!


13. What else is new…
Yesterday,  Ashby was supposed to start wearing her compression garment.  We went to Dallas to try it on and begin wearing it…and yeah, that didn’t go well.  The good news is that we have her big appointment today and we can discuss this situation.  After two months of getting ready for this garment, it kind of all went wrong yesterday.  At least now, I can check this off the “we tried it” list.  Being a mama is hard!  You want to do what’s best for your kiddos and sometimes…the answer isn’t always so clear.

14.  What are we doing this July 4th?

This year, we’re going to have a full day!  We have our town parade that morning, swimming and supper at my aunt’s house that afternoon and then fireworks back in our town that night.  We’re planning on a big day!

That’s our Wednesday!  I can’t wait to read through the link ups below and see what’s up with you today!  On my foodie blog this Wednesday…

…it’s my Easy & Delicious July 4th Recipes!

Have a great day!  Link up below!

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  • Erika Slaughter June 24, 2015 at 9:39 am

    Praying for you guys today!! God has a big lab for that sweet girl!!

  • Justine June 24, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Shay! I will be praying for peace, wisdom and guidance for Andrew and you as you attend today's meeting for Ashby. She is just precious….I can only imagine how your mama heart feels wanting to do what is best for her health and her little spirit!! 🙂

  • Lauren McGreevy June 24, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Love hearing what your sweet family is up to! I will pray for Ashby as y'all go to your doctor's appointment today. Whenever you're feeling sad that she has to go through so much just remember how blessed she is to have this medical care and a sweet family! Have a great day 🙂

    Lauren
    http://www.postgradinprogress.blogspot.com

  • Katie Paladino June 24, 2015 at 10:38 am

    I love Elin Hilderbrand she's def the queen of the summer read! I've read every book and Blue Bistro is one of my faves! FYI Winter Street is going to be a trilogy so don't be disappointed if the end feels abrupt!!:)

    Also lots of prayers for sweet Ashby!!

  • Anonymous June 24, 2015 at 10:39 am

    I hope all goes well for sweet little Ashby today. Get a sleeve for all of you and wear it at the same time Ashby has to wear hers. Eventually she may wear it without a problem. Praying for you all today!

    Lindsey

  • Tara G. June 24, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Cedarmont Kids have several CDs out that sing books of the Bible plus a lot of those classic Sunday School songs. My kids loved them when they were younger. Prayers today!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} June 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    GO SMITH! Prayer for Ashby, the doctors, and y'all today! And I can't stop laughing at Erika's comment. I've never heard of God having a big "lab" for anybody, but I like it. 🙂

    • Erika Slaughter June 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Hahahahaha!!!! I clicked back over here to make sure my link up went through and just read my comment! Who knows? Maybe God has not only a PLAN but a big ol lab with her name on it. Haha!

  • Valerie Cox June 24, 2015 at 11:18 am

    Prayers for Ashbys big appointment! I always cling to Romans 8:28.

  • kimm atwood June 24, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Praying for you today

  • Lindsey June 24, 2015 at 11:22 am

    You are such a fun mom! I can't wait for the Popsicle post, my mom always made us Popsicles growing up:) Good luck today!

    http://www.brushingourwaythroughlife.blogspot.com

  • Macy Strozier June 24, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Kensington's face when y'all were making the pops, love it. I'll be praying for you today. Remember God Has a plan for y'all. Smith is so adorable and cute. Your dad is probably very proud of him.

  • Narci June 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Big prayers for y'all today!! Give that cute girl a big hug from me!! Xoxo ❤️

  • cristina villalba June 24, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Prayers for your family and especially for sweet Ashby! ❤️?

  • Elizabeth June 24, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Shay, I am praying for you and your family to have the wisdom and knowledge to do what is best for Ashby and your family. Please keep us updated so we can have specific prayers for the Lord!

  • Darcey June 24, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Yay so glad you're back! I have a morning ritual of starting my day by reading your blog with a cup of coffee in hand 🙂

  • Christene Demers- Rowland June 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Praying for you all today.

  • Courtney June 24, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Whoa…coconut cream pie popsicles?!?! That sounds amazing. 🙂 And I'm loving those cute pink stripey shorts in your TOMS pick. Can you share where they're from?

  • Lindsay Otis June 24, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    I love that maxi in your what I wore post! The video of Smith is just TOOO much, so precious!

    http://www.lindsayotis.blogspot.com

  • Caravan Sonnet June 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    First, thank you so much for this link up! It's so fun to read everyone's posts!! 🙂 Second, my heart goes out to you mama as you walk through this difficult road with having a child with medical issues. As a lady struggling with health things, I know that it is honestly most difficult on my parents and my sweet mama more than even me a lot of the time. Watching someone you love have to deal with pain is never easy. Praying for your appointment and that things go well today and in the upcoming months.
    With Love, Rebecca

  • Rebecca Jo June 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    That video – so cute! I need to learn that song myself 🙂
    I'm going to have to Amazon right now & check out those books.

  • Anonymous June 24, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Prayers for your family while on a mission to get what's best for Ashby. Where did you get the pink shorts and navy tank in your flip flop pic?

    • Jennifer June 24, 2015 at 1:29 pm

      I am wondering the same thing. Those shorts are sooooo cute!!!

    • Wendy B June 24, 2015 at 2:15 pm

      I would love to know where you got the shorts too :). They look so comfy!
      Prayers for Sweet Ashby!!!

    • Mix and Match Mama June 24, 2015 at 4:41 pm

      Those shorts are from Target! I bought them last summer, but I do believe they have a similar version this year too!

  • Amy S. June 24, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    Yes, please share info on the pink stripe soft shorts!

  • Elizabeth June 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Big Prayers for Ashby and your whole family today!

  • dresselfamily.blogspot.com June 24, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    prayers for all of you today.. i think Most of your readers have a bug spot in their hearts for Ashby so lots of prayers going with you to that appointment.
    I'm also sorry for your loss , it's never ban easy thing, but I agree 100% you will raise that sweet spirit in the next life. xxx
    love that maxi dress on you.. it's darling and love that you are living in swim suit and pj's.. I hide under the table and quiver when I need to wear a swim suit lol
    have so much fun xo

  • Leslie June 24, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I love your outfit in pic #6! Where is it from?

  • Suzanne @ Life is a Mix June 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Prayers that things go well at Ashby's appointment today!

    I am loving the book recommendations. I am looking for some easy Summer reads and the Elin Hilderbrand recommendations look right up my alley!

  • Astleigh H. June 24, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    This post sounds like summer and a whole lot of awesome! I hope you all can get things figured out for your sweet girl during her appointment today. The Lord will work it all together beautifully one way or another! And I totally understand what it feels like to reminisce on a miscarriage; I miscarried at nine weeks with my first pregnancy too. And one of the biggest ways I coped was knowing I would get to meet my sweet baby in heaven one day and that's such a sweet promise. You sure do have a lovely family!

    -Astleigh @ http://www.hillcollectionblog.com/

  • Rebecca June 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Prayers for Ashby's appt first! This is silly, but where did you get your pink striped "sweat" shorts that you're wearing w/ your Tom's flip flops? They're so cute & look comfy! ☺️

  • V @ X-tremely V June 24, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Looks like a wonderful June and great month ahead! Thoughts and prayers are being sent to Ashby and your family! How sweet is that video of Smith!

  • Dawn June 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Will be praying for you guys today! Hope that the appointment will go well and you will have a clear plan for sweet Ashby.
    Can't wait to hear about the books and the Popsicle post- I've been obsessed with making Popsicles this summer too! Hugs to you!!!

  • Jennifer Brown June 24, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Prayers for your girl. I would love to know about those striped shorts. They look so comfy!

  • Kelsey Mann Peacock June 24, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Glad you all are having such a good summer! I will definitely have to check out some Erin Hildebrand books! Good luck with Ashby's appointment 🙂 I hope they give you all a great game plan that works for you all and miss ashby!
    Kelsey
    http://www.thepeacockroost.com

  • mel @ the larson lingo June 24, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Praying for Ashby's appointment today!!
    And, Smith is just too cute!

  • Katelyn Sloan June 24, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    Will be thinking and praying for you and sweet Ashby. Have a great rest of your week! xo

  • Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld June 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    Prayers for you guys today. I'll be thinking about you.

    June 17th was five years since I miscarried my first baby. Ever since that day, June 17th has been the hardest day of the year for me. It was the worst thing I've ever gone through, but I now truly believe that everything happens for a reason because we were blessed with a healthy baby boy shortly after that, and then a healthy girl just 16 months ago. I wouldn't want it any other way and I'm so thankful now for the way things turned out. :o)

    <3 Linds

    lindsayssweetworld.blogspot.com

  • Melissa June 24, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Good luck today! I'll be thinking of you all and hoping for good news about Ashby's treatment plan going forward.

  • Whitney @ Work it Mommy June 24, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    I'm looking forward to your popsicle post, yum!

  • Caitlin June 24, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    What kind of Popsicle molds did you end up getting that are working great??? 😉

  • Elizabeth Birenbaum June 24, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I hope your appointment went well today and that you get the answers that you are hoping for!

    Also, just wondering… what kind of popsicle molds do you use? Will you share in your popsicle post? I want to make some this summer with my son and would like a recommendation of one I know will work 🙂 Thank you!

  • Courtney June 25, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I think Smith really looks like your hubby in the pics you posted today. Also, I need some potty training advice from all your mama readers out there, so maybe that could be one of your "Talk Amongst Yourselves" topics. Pretty please….

    Thanks a ton, Courtney in MI

  • Leslie Seror June 25, 2015 at 4:48 am

    Hoping Ashby's appointment goes well!

  • Jeanette Garofola June 25, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Sending prayers for your family! Where are Kensington's teal and red flower dress from? And Ashby's ruffle outfit? They are so adorable and different from the stuff you find in stores. Thanks!

  • Jen June 25, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I loved the matchmaker, winter street, and the blue bistro, but I just read Summer people by elin H and was not impressed. It wasn't as good as her other books! Just thought you might want to know 🙂

  • Alexandra Jane July 20, 2015 at 2:28 am

    Hi Shay!
    I just started a blog and would love to be a part of your link up Wednesdays. Its such a cute idea and a great way to meet other bloggers! Thanks 🙂
    https://thealexandrajane.wordpress.com/