Baby Countdown Is On! 10 Weeks

baby countdownI feel like I’ve been pregnant forever.

Mainly because I found out in January, so I’ve been pregnant the whole year! But now I’m getting into the home stretch: I have just 10 weeks left!

When I was in college, we were on an academic quarter calendar and each quarter was 10 weeks long. In some ways they seemed long, but in reality, those weeks went by in a flash.

So basically, just like I had one quarter of Psychology 101 or Journalism 133, I’ve got one more quarter of Baby Prep 101 left! And that FREAKS ME OUT! I have 10 weeks left to get ready for the baby.

I still have so much to do! And what if he comes early? I may have only 8 or 9 weeks left. Literally, only God knows.

I am so excited….and only feeling slightly overwhelmed.

Baby Boy Nursery Ideas

Now that we know what we’re having, it’s time to start thinking about the nursery.

The previous owners of our house had a little girl and they painted her bedroom pink. We immediately decided to leave the pink in hopes that we would eventually get pregnant – and then we would have a 50/50 chance of having a girl.

Well, we’re having a BOY, so bye-bye pink room!

Our little girl theme would’ve been pink princess. I know, so cliche, but I loved the idea of pink, lace and tiaras everywhere. I hadn’t thought too much about what I would want the boy theme to be so I went to Pinterest for inspiration…and found A LOT! We narrowed it down to a few. Continue reading

Marriage Stuff: Turning Toward Him

By the time my husband arrived home from work, I was already in sweats, curled up on the couch, blanket draped over my lap, three episodes deep in a Keeping Up with the Kardashians season 1 marathon. I’d planned to order a pizza and relax in that spot for the rest of the evening.

So when Joe got home and asked if I was hungry, I was fully prepared to suggest a medium pepperoni pizza for two. He had other plans, “how about something out of the box?” (No pun intended.) He suggested we go to a local restaurant/bowling alley.

Ugh, I immediately thought to myself, now I have to get dressed.  Continue reading


I’m really excited to be unplugged for a whole week — completely off the grid. I don’t know what anyone else is doing and no one knows what I am doing.

Our current society demands we be connected 24/7 but what does our constant connection do to our every day lives? If my face is buried in my phone, there is no time to think, imagine, create or even just be. And worse is when I’m with someone else and glued to my phone. Sometimes being “connected” really means being disconnected in reality.And it’s not just social media. I love the news and on my phone, the news keeps coming: breaking, entertainment, politics, lifestyle, random — all of it floods my notifications and emails. It’s a constant barrage and I have to read every bit of it. Continue reading

Because That’s How Men Are

The shirt

I can’t tell you when he got this shirt for me, but I remember vividly that he did.

He hasn’t bought me very many clothes during the course of our relationship, but that’s because I’m the shopper in our marriage. He did however buy me two shirts while we were dating. Maybe it was a birthday or Christmas or Valentine’s Day or Just Because, I’m not sure. But I know he got them for me and I cherish those shirts. I am always getting rid of clothes but I wouldn’t dream of giving away a shirt Joe bought me. Every time I see it in my closet, I remember his gift. Continue reading

Cheers to Three Years!

Joe and I just celebrated our anniversary!

Joe and Alissa HenryIt has been three amazing years since we tied the knot! A lot has happened between then and now, but we still feel like newlyweds in some ways. Then again, considering the fact that we’re going for 60 years, we ARE still newlyweds.

We normally celebrate our anniversary out of town. For our first anniversary, we stayed in a nice hotel in Troy, Ohio. Last year, we stayed in a cabin in Amish Country. This year, because of my injury, we decided to do something in town and low-key. Continue reading

We Survived the Car Accident! God Is Good!

Alissa and Joe at HospitalReunited with my phone and finally home! God is so good!!! He protected us from what could have been a fatal accident.

As most of you know, after work on Wednesday night, Joe and I were involved in a multi-vehicle car accident caused by a semi-truck driver. When our car flipped, I didn’t know what to think. All I could do was cover my head and call on Jesus. I am so thankful to be alive. I am so thankful that my husband is alive (and that he walked away unscathed!). I am so thankful for the complete strangers who saw the wreck and rushed over to help us. A few guys pulled Joe out of the car and, because I couldn’t move, others calmed me down and waited with me until the paramedics arrived! Those people – whoever they are – deserve the very best in life and I hope they get it. Continue reading