Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Marriage, Babies & Bliss

My bloggy friend Leslie from Pampers, Play Dates, and Parties tagged me in a Marriage, Babies & Bliss post. I thought it would be fun to give it a whirl and take a trip down memory lane. I tag any blogger who wants to give it a try. Let me know if you do it. I'd love to read it! Here are the questions and my answers:

1| How did your husband pop the big question?
I may or may not have kind of asked him. The first time Mr. Hubs said, "I love you," I said, "Do you love me enough to marry me?" And then, it was kind of like, Hey, let's get married! When it came time for the official proposal, he bought a rock and asked me to marry him. Mr. Hubs isn't the take me on a scavenger hunt, spell things in rose petals kind of guy. He actually asked me to marry him while we were in the car. He was so nervous that he dropped the ring in between the seat and console aka the black hole-better hope your hands are the size of a baby if you're going to reach anything space. Don't worry, he found the ring.
This is the bleached blonde,  Nelly thumping, lacrosse playing, long boarder that I fell in love with.  This is a picture of Jeremy after he took a fall on the long board.  He had his roommate snap a pic before heading to the ER.  Guess he's always liked blood and guts!
2| What are the three most surprising things about married life?
Hmmm...this is a tough one. I can't really think of anything that has really surprised me. I'm a lucky girl, and my husband treats me like a queen. We grew up pretty quickly and have been through a lot in our 12 years together. I was just finishing up my bachelor's degree when we got married, and Jeremy was just starting his. We've experienced A LOT of schooling, cancer twice, living in four different states, infertility, and adoption. I guess those things make us strong and give us perspective. So...I guess my biggest surprises were the cost of medical school, the cost of board exams, and the hours residents work!
Medical School Graduation | May 2009
3| How did you find out you were pregnant for the first time?
We adopted Stella in November of 2009. Our online profile was posted in May. On June 26th, I received an email with the subject  I would like to get to know you. It was from THE most amazing woman/birth mother, and the rest is history!
Stella and Daddy meeting for the first time.
4| How did you choose your baby's name?
I always liked the name Stella...even before it was cool (again). Before we even thought about starting our family, I told Jeremy the name. He hated it! He thought it sounded like a grandma name (probably because it is), so I thought the name was off the table. When we found out about Stella, I really wanted to name her Charley. Jeremy was afraid that everyone would call our daughter Chuck but knew how much I loved the name, so he agreed. Of course, I couldn't go with a name that he didn't love, too, so our next options were Kendall, Campbell, or Reagan. One day out of the blue, Jeremy said, "What about the name Stella?"  
December 2009 | Brittni Schroeder Photography
5| Describe where you see yourself in 10 years.
Ten years...in ten years, I just look forward to being settled. We hope to be living in the west, closer to family. Mr. Hubs will, hopefully, have a great job that he loves, and I will, hopefully, have an Audi Q7 and house that I love (kidding...totally, kind of kidding).  We want to adopt again, so in ten years, we hope to have two children.  I still want to continue to be a stay at home mom but will most likely have more time to volunteer, design, and maybe go back to school. Stella will be 13 in ten years, so I really don't want to think about it much more!

6| Describe how you find bliss using words and/or images.
September 2012 | Brittni Schroeder Photography
September 2012 | Brittni Schroeder Photography
September 2012 | Brittni Schroeder Photography
Cuddle Time | December 2009
Fake Mustaches | December 2012
Drumming | September 2010
First Golf Clubs | May 2010


  1. Thanks for sharing! My husband's name is Jeremy also. I LOVE the name Stella. I wanted it for one of my girls, but I had to compromise with hubby too ;-)

  2. Cute post! I love the stories and the pictures you posted. Thanks for sharing your stories. I would love to hear more about your adoption of Stella. What a beautiful family you have.

  3. Thanks for sharing, that was fun to read

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    1. Love it all! well...except for the bloody picture :)

  5. You're so cute! And how crazy that Charley, Kendall and Reagan were names on my list too! We are like the same person.

  6. Thanks for playing! You have a great attitude about everything, and a beautiful adoption story. Love the pics of your beautiful angel, especially the napping one. So precious!

  7. Haha girl you crack me up!! Definitely LOL'd more than once. First of all, love the story of your proposal... beats any corny, flower petal, scavenger hunt fluff. Secondly, love dem platform nude pumps in the fam picture (I just bought myself a pair). Xx


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