Thursday, November 7, 2013

Hello Baby || Week 13

Dear Baby,

We are now entering into the second trimester, which makes us 1/3 of the way done and even closer to getting to meet you.  Last night, I dreamt that I was holding you in my arms.  You were so beautiful and were smiling in your sleep.  I kept looking at you thinking, You are  mine.  When I awoke, my arms ached to hold you and I couldn't go back to sleep, instead I lay there smiling and thinking about you.

Yesterday, your daddy and I heard your heart beat for the first time - it was so fast; swoosh, swoosh, swoosh...  I wish that I could hear it again and again.  Our God is such an awesome God.  He knew the exact amount of time it would take for you to develop, and it amazes me that at just 13 weeks your fingerprints are even developed!  It reminds me of the verses in Psalm -

For thou has possessed my reins; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise thee for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret,
and curiously wrought in the lowest places of the earth.
Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in they book
all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, 
when as yet there were none of them.

I love you with all of my being and cannot wait to meet you little one.


PS Your favorite thing to eat for breakfast is cereal with almond milk and you enjoy sucking on jolly ranchers during church and long car rides.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

a year full of happinesses...

It is so hard to believe that it has already been one year since my Mr. Wonderful swept me off my feet and made me his Mrs.

I will never forget that first moment I saw him standing on that bridge - so dapper and trying to contain his excitement.

I remember while getting my hair done that morning, my hair dresser - who had just been married a month prior - giving me some advice.

Throughout the day make sure you stop yourself, look around, listen, and breathe in your surroundings.  Your wedding day will go by in a blur and before you know it you will be walking back down the aisle a married woman!


So that is exactly what I did.  I enjoyed my wedding day to the fullest.  I looked around, I listened to each of the songs I had picked since I was a teenage girl, and I savored each moment throughout the day.

Before I knew it we were kissing and being introduced as Mr. & Mrs. Jack McDonnell!

It was beautiful and wonderfully perfect in every way and I wouldn't have changed one thing about that day.

But that was not the end of our story; it was only the beginning...

We honeymooned in Florida and had a wonderful time.

Before we knew it; it was time to head back home and get settled in as husband and wife.

I know we have been married a year now, but I still feel as though I am on the honeymoon and I still have stars in my eyes.


God has been so good to us.  We have been able to remodel a room together, photograph ten going on eleven weddings, go on our first vacation, and become expectant parents!

A year ago I didn't think it was possible to love another being any more than I did at that moment.

But I have discovered in the last year that the day I married Jack the love I had for him was just a fraction of what it is growing to be.


Dear Jack,

I never knew it was possible to be as happy as I am now.


I never knew that marriage could be so wonderful - that God would fulfill my every dream in you.

You are my better half - you know exactly what to say to make me feel better or when to just listen.

You are a wonderful husband and you make me want to be the best wife I can be with the Lord's help.

I am so excited to see what God has in store for us in the upcoming year.


I know that you are going to make an excellent daddy and I cannot wait to raise our baby with you.

Happy Anniversary my dear, I love you!

Forever and Always,
Your Nicole

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