happenings...and almost 20 weeks

Happy Monday!

We had a lazy weekend compared to last weekend. For the 4th, Mat smoked some Boston Butts. They were so good, and I was so impressed with Mat's smoking skills. The guy has got it going on. I for sure married up!

boston butts

We invited some friends over, and we had a ball! We got to meet our friends, Ken and Sarah Lovett's son, Luke, who was adopted from the Ukraine earlier this year. We are so happy he's now at home with his mom and dad! Mat and I bought Luke some sparklers, and we think they were a big hit with the little guy! We also got to see the Rices-- Adam's been gone to training for the past six weeks, so we were so happy to welcome him back to Louisville where he belongs! :)

everybody on the 4th

first sparkler

the lovetts

We had a TON of food, including these guys. It only took one of them to clear up my sinuses.

jalapeno poppers

And Meg also sent me a pic of this baby girl on her 3rd 4th of July. If this doesn't scream America to you, I don't know what does...

EPG cupcake july 4

In other news, we seem to have a new creature grazing our yards. Meet Black Cat, and no-- he/she doesn't have a name, because I haven't been brave enough to venture into his/her personal space and see if he/she is a he or a she.

Black cat

In Baby A news, I will be 20 weeks tomorrow. I go to the doctor on Wednesday morning to find out if this little person inside me is a boy or a girl. I honestly have NO clue as to what I think it is. I know most moms have a hunch, but this mom is completely clueless. Most everyone has said girl except for my mom, Mat's parents, and just a handful of others. Everyone else (the majority) has said girl. We will be completely happy and excited for either, especially because this is our first.

Here is the ONLY photo I have of my pregnancy bump. I believe this was made (while I was sitting on the couch with Mat) when I was about 18 weeks (2 weeks ago)...

Baby bump 18 weeks

It has definitely grown since then! Trust me.

We have VBS at church at night this week, then on Sunday, we're loading up and headed South...way South...to the Gulf Coast. It's been almost 2 years since I've smelled the salt water and put REAL seafood in my mouth, and I cannot tell you how excited I am. My year+ spent living in Mobile was all I needed to fall COMPLETELY in love with the Gulf Coast, and I am beyond eager to return to where my heart is the most content. I am so glad Mat also shares a love for the ocean and for the Gulf Coast. We are two peas in a pod.

Unless you live by the water, you won't know what this means, but before Mat and I were married, and when he was in Mobile, he would say, "I just need to see the water." I didn't really get it then, but after living in Mobile for a while, I completely get what he's saying now. Sometimes, it just does my little heart and soul good to "see the water." And I'm not just talking about loving the beach. I'm talking about needing to see the water.

Not only will seeing the water be great, but I can't wait to "introduce" Baby A to the water. I just know that I will feel he/she move when I get my first glimpse of the Gulf. :) I am thankful for family who makes a beach trip possible for me year after year.

Enjoy your day!

Oh, and P.S.- just so you know, we will be doing a "gender reveal" thing with family Sunday night. After that, I know Mat and I will let everyone know what the baby is. Follow us on Twitter or check our FB pages if you're dying to know! :)


  1. I agree with you about needing to see water. I am way past the point of needing to see water. Hope yall have fun at the beach! Can't wait to find out what you're having!

  2. I loved all of this! So exciting to read about your wonderful life. Enjoy the water! :-)

  3. There are SOOOOO times I need to 'see the water'! I'm about 10 minuets from Lake Michigan, and, while it's just a lake, it has that same expansive feeling of an ocean, which just makes me think of our Father. I love the water :) Enjoy!

  4. I almost didn't recognize EP...she has grown so much....but just as beautiful as always!!