My Little Girl

At our wedding, I danced with my dad to “My Little Girl” by Tim McGraw.  That song has always left me with a soft spot.  If you’ve never heard it, you can listen to it here. I thought it fit perfectly for my dad and I.  Specifically this verse:

Someday, some boy will come and ask me for your hand.
But I won’t say “yes” to him unless I know, he’s the half
that makes you whole, he has a poet’s soul, and the heart of a man’s man.
I know he’ll say that he’s in love.
But between you and me. He won’t be good enough!

I am not trying to say my Dad doesn’t love Paul, he does. He gave Paul his blessing which is a big deal if you know my dad.  He knew Paul was perfect for me, but I also know that if my dad had any doubts he would have easily told him “No”.  Without him saying so I think this is how he felt when he gave me away, and I think every dad feels that way before they give away their daughter.

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So while I was working, I had music playing and this song came on.  I couldn’t help but smile thinking of memories of my dance with my daddy.

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As I was listening to the lyrics it hit me, soon this song could define how Paul feels about our daughter.  I just started picturing this little girl running into his arms, because I just know she is going to be a daddy’s girl.  It makes me so excited when I imagine watching Paul play with our daughter.  This perfect little girl that we haven’t even met yet.  So this verse came on, and so did the waterworks… (which isn’t abnormal these days when I think about babies, or giving birth, or things we will get to do with her!)

When you were in trouble that crooked little smile could melt my heart of stone.
Now look at you, I’ve turned around and you’ve almost grown.
Sometimes you’re asleep I whisper “I Love You!” in the moonlight at your door.
As I walk away, I hear you say, “Daddy Love You More!”

I grew up with a dad who drove me nuts sometimes, but I never once doubted how much he loved me.  I knew he would be there for me in an instant.  He gave the best hugs, and he’s probably the reason why I love to cuddle so much.  He gave me advice (sometimes it wasn’t always asked for, but he did it anyways… and maybe I didn’t listen when I was young, but I remember it all today).  Every little girl deserves a daddy like I had, and there is no question in my mind that Paul will be that dad for Aubrey.  Just that thought alone, makes my heart swell with joy. I am so thankful for a dad who taught me what to look for in a man, and I am so thankful that God brought this man into my life at the perfect time.  I am so incredibly thankful, that Aubrey gets to grow up with not only an amazing Daddy, but an amazing Grandpa.

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Pinterest Perfect Party

This past weekend was EVENTFUL!  Literally!  Paul and I headed up to Tallahassee on Friday, where we met our friends for dinner.  Then Saturday morning was my first baby shower, that night we headed to an engagement party, and on Sunday we headed to a gender reveal party!  So much excitement for one weekend!

On Saturday morning,  my sister hosted a baby shower for me with some help from my mom and a couple of my friends.  When I walked into her house, I cried… on more than 1 occasion.  I think the tears were triggered, because 1.  This is happening.  I am really having a baby, and I never thought I’d see the day where someone was throwing a baby shower for me!  2. It was perfect.  The entire house looked like a party you see on Pinterest, but it never works out that way when you do it yourself.  The pictures don’t do it justice, because these are off my iPhone, because I’m just too impatient to wait for my sister to send me the pretty ones.

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Let’s pause for a second to admire this cake… have you ever seen a more beautiful cake?!  My brother’s girlfriend has become the family cake baker/decorator, because I mean obviously she’s good at it! Not to mention, once we cut into the cake, she had each layer a darker shade to match the outside of the cake.  Perfection.

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Now that we’ve admired the cake, let’s take a look at this onesie.  My sister is the crafty one of the family.  I draw stick figures, she makes things.  Lots of things that are always adorable.  So I saw this onesie, and I thought she bought it from a store or off Etsy… No, she made it.  Of course she did.  So I see the onesie, and I cry.  Again. It’s a little hard to read, but it says, “This little light of mine”.

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Paul and I received so many amazing gifts for Aubrey, and we were so blown away by everyone’s generosity.  We are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives, but I think Aubrey is even more lucky, because she isn’t even here yet, and already she is loved more than she knows.  We cannot thank everyone enough for everything!  We love you all!

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My niece, Kennedy, might just be the best present helper.  She was so excited to rip the paper off, I don’t even think she ever saw what was wrapped.  She just loves tearing into the presents.  At one point, my sister said, “Kennedy, let Auntie open her present okay?”.  Kennedy looked right at me, and in the sweetest voice said, “MAY I help you open the present?”… Not can I, but may I!  There is no way I can say no to that!  That little girl is just adorable.

I’ve mentioned before that 3 of my friends in Tallahassee are also expecting.  I think it is so exciting that there are 4 little summer babies all due within 2 months of each other!   Here are three of us, but Whitney had already left and we missed the photo op!  All three of them are having little boys, and Aubrey is the only little girl of the group!  It’s so fun getting to experience pregnancy for the first time, with 3 other first time moms.  I just wish we lived close to them all again!

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It was such a beautiful and fun baby shower.  I couldn’t have asked for anything more! It was so great to see all my friends in Tallahassee, and to celebrate the precious little girl growing inside of me!  Thank you so much to everyone!

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Again, iPhone picture… I couldn’t wait for the real one ūüôā

Turning Our House into a Home {Part 1}

When Paul and I got married last year I excitedly packed up all of my things and moved into his house. ¬†He bought his house about 4 years ago while he was in school, and while it was a great choice for him back then, the house was not purchased with the intentions of a family. ¬†It was a great purchase for the college bachelor he was at the time. ¬† The house is on the college side of town, it isn’t in the best area, and our “neighborhood” (if you can call it that) is a little sketchy for lack of a better word. ¬†Our initial plan was to live there while we looked for a new house to buy; however, lately¬†our plan does not seem to be lining up with God’s plan for us.

2014 has been rough on our bank account to say the very least… we are barely 6 months in and Paul and I have had over $8,000 in unexpected expenses!! ¬†From a tree falling on our house which led to tree removal required by our Homeowners Insurance, to medical bills, vet bills, escrow shortages, computers being replaced, car accidents and the list keeps going. ¬†As you can imagine these events have done nothing to help us save to buy a new house, but it is a testimony in itself that we have made it through each of these without going into debt. ¬†As frustrating as this year has been, Paul and I are learning A LOT. ¬†We are learning from each other, about each other and ourselves, and we are learning HUGE life lessons from God. (I can post more on this later, but this really is a whole post on it’s own).

This being said, recently Paul and I decided we should just try to list our house and see what happens. ¬†If it takes a while to sell its okay because we aren’t in a rush. ¬†If it does sell quickly we can go rent somewhere until we find a house we want to buy. ¬†So I reached out to my sister’s friend who happens to be a Realtor to discuss everything, and it was a really large dose of “you are not ready to buy a new house yet” from God. ¬†Our initial plan was to list it “As is” with hopes of an investor purchasing it and preventing us from making costly repairs while trying to buy a new house. ¬† Then we found out about the house that just sold next door… Our new “comp” in the lovely world of real estate. ¬†This house sold for much less than the asking price (and much less than we wanted to list ours for), it has a relatively new roof, new A/C unit, etc, etc. Basically all the things we wanted to avoid replacing on our house, and it just sold for much less than we hoped it would. We were SO frustrated! ¬†We both want to move. ¬†This is not the neighborhood or the side of town we want to be on, we need more room, the house has ZERO storage and I could go on.

So that brings us to where we are today. ¬†For anyone who isn’t trying to listen to God, all these “house” things may seem like a small series of frustrating events to get through, which they are, but Paul and I also know¬†these events are God teaching us a few different lessons. ¬†We are going to learn to be CONTENT¬†and THANKFUL¬†in the house we have, because after all at least we have a house. ¬†We will be working on our house over the next few months to get it ready for the market (i.e. replacing the roof, replacing¬†the insulation, yard work, curb appeal, etc.) ¬†We will be PATIENT while we follow the path that God is laying before us, and while we are waiting we will turn our house into a home. ¬†We do not know what His plan is for us, but we know His plan is ultimately better than ours.

 

“For I know the plans¬†I have for you,‚ÄĚ declares the¬†Lord, ‚Äúplans to prosper¬†you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11