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Hello November! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

free November 2017 calendar for desktop

Hello November! Hello to a free November 2017 calendar of course. It’s available for you to download today (sorry I meant for it to go up yesterday… but I’ve been pretty sick and wasn’t paying attention). But hello season of thanks and giving! I am so very excited for the holidays!

First off- thank you all for the support after I shared the story of our miscarriage. It was deeply healing and moving to feel the outpouring of love from all reaches of the internet. My husband and I had waited until we felt whole enough to post our story- but the onslaught of love and grief others poured out for us helped soothe and heal the ache beyond what we thought possible. There is absolutely nothing on this earth like being surrounded by those who have experienced your pain and feel your grief. Again I say- if you have gone through a miscarriage or any sort of loss- please feel free to reach out to me. I’m happy to talk about it or just listen. No one should go through that pain and sorrow alone.

Besides that- work is good. Life is lovely. My hubby and I just got back from a trip to New York City (my very very first time being there). It was absolutely fantastic. I’ll try to write up a whole post about it- but won’t promise anything (sorry). Speaking of NYC- my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the attack this week- I can’t imagine that horror and fear and grief. ❤️

free November 2017 calendar for tablets and phones

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Sometimes the Narrative Breaks You

Our Miscarriage. Surviving Through Mourning and Comfort.

My husband and I lost our first baby in a miscarriage.

In September- I stood numbly hugging my crying husband in a room with an ultrasound machine and two large monitors displaying a still image of our child- still and quiet without a heartbeat. Only a few moments before the ultrasound technician had whispered apologies and told me I could get dressed- that she would bring us to our doctor to talk about our options. My first pregnancy miscarried before I could even hear my baby’s heartbeat.

I carried our tiny little child for eight weeks- the doctor said it measured 7 weeks old but had no heartbeat. She informed me softly that I had miscarried. She gently, but forcefully told me that it wasn’t my fault- that there was nothing I could have done. I just nodded numbly. She then told me what I would experience next- something incredibly similar to labor. She would give me meds that would help my body finish the process- the process of losing my baby.

I didn’t start crying until the door to the doctor’s office shut behind me- and I desperately suppressed my sobs with shaking breaths until I got to our car and the door was shut behind me. I didn’t want to mourn in front of eyes that didn’t know. My husband held me tightly as I sobbed.

I suppose that is what marriage is all about. I was able to hold him tightly in comfort while he cried in the ultrasound room. He was able to hold me in return while I sobbed in our car.

In August, after a little over seven years of marriage, I had found out I was pregnant. Completely and utterly shocked, I had ungracefully called my husband while he drove into work early and blurted it out over the phone. I was pregnant. I could hear him trying to process what I said and I repeated myself several times before he started laughing. Through his laughter, he commented on how unromantic my approach to telling him was.

We were going to be parents. He was going to be a dad. Our baby would be due in the spring.

I was tired and nauseous for three weeks straight- then I started getting light cramps. Nothing major- but my innate anxiety got the best of me and I was a nervous wreck. Everyone told me comforting stories of similar experiences and told me I was fine. Then three days before my first doctor’s appointment, I saw some blood… and something deep down inside my heart told me something was wrong. Continue Reading →

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Hello October! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

Hellooo October! Hello to a free October 2017 calendar of course. It’s available for you to download today. I’m holding up on my promise- a new calendar every month.

Not to be cryptic, but my husband and I have had a really really difficult month. I’ll explain everything in a couple days- promise. I just need a full post for it- it’s not a quick update kind of thing.

Work has been good – busy but good. We had lotsa fall weather this past week and I love it. I wore my new pair of riding boots and pulled out all my sweaters and thick scarves. I do need to take down my summer wreaths and put out our fall decor. I’ll try to do that in the next couple of days. :) I do have pumpkins for your devices. I may not be a pumpkin spice latte person- but I love a good picture of pumpkins.

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Hello September! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

free September 2017 Calendar - Desktop Cover

Hellooo September! Hello to the usual freebies- a free September 2017 calendar of course. It’s available for you to download today. As promised- I will always try to have a calendar freebie for all of you even as the rest of my life is über busy.

Nothing particularly new- work is moving along at its super sonic speed/busyness. We just finished up a big family wedding last weekend that was amazing- I did all the hand lettering for the signage, worked on the centerpieces and decoration for the reception, and did the bride’s makeup. It was a big big big family event- everyone pitching in.

With the wedding all wrapped up and a light at the end of the tunnel for our crazy pace at work- I’m all about the deep breath of relaxing fall air. I do know that the leaves don’t really start to change completely until October (at least they don’t here in Colorado)- but October gets Halloween. So September is getting all my favorite beginning-of-autumn feels. :)

free September 2017 Calendar - iPad and iPhone

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Hello August! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

free August 2017 calendar

Hellooo August! Hello to my usual freebies- a free August 2017 calendar specifically. It’s available for you to download today. I may be swamped and not posting as often- but I will always try to have a calendar freebie for all of you. :D

So work is still busy busy- as is my general personal life. Baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, family in town- etcetera etcetera. Things are great though! Our backyard is done and beautiful- a clean, grassy, clean slate (next year we’ll plant some more greenery and trees).

Anyone else have the feeling like August is like the Sunday of summer? Poor August- school starting and all those summer-is-almost-over vibes. While I’m personally rather excited for fall- I understand the summer is sad to see go for many (but I’ve gone on about that a lot – lol).

free August 2017 device wallpaper

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Hello July! Downloadable Calendar Freebie.

How in the world is it July already? Sorry, this didn’t go Friday- technical difficulties abound I guess. Anyway- hellooo July! Hello freebies- a free June 2017 calendar specifically. It’s available for you to download today.

During the month of June- work got a little bit crazy. I love my job. It’s best when it’s busy and the work fills all the hours in my day and the work day goes by quickly- but I’m having to go to a lot more meetings currently which is a weird adjustment. Headphones in while a creating something cool in Photoshop is my happy place- and meetings obviously don’t allow for that. I pretty sure I’ll adjust- but it is an adjustment.

On the personal front- our back yard is now under construction! Woohoo! Our rotted-out deck is gone and is all the overgrown weeds and such! I’m so excited. They have the form for the patio built- the concrete will be poured Monday. Then we’ll get the new sprinkler system and all new sod laid. *blissful sigh* So so so excited.

Fourth of July is just around the corner as is my hubby’s birthday (July 3rd). We are heading into our nice long weekend! Now I’m not a water person. I’m a horrible swimmer- but if you give me a pool float, a cocktail, and promise not to splash me I’m all about the pool. Sunnies, sunscreen, and some out speakers- perfect summer day.

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