Ok. So we’re exactly one week from the beginning of Spring, which means while it’s technically still winter, one would think it would begin to warm up around now, yes?


The forecast is calling for NINE INCHES of snow beginning tonight and lasting all day tomorrow.

The rational side of me says I’m supposed to be annoyed by this, and I’m definitely not opposed to Spring. But come on- a snow storm? Those are the best!! So while I wish it were warm, if it HAS to be cold? At least we’re going to get snow out of it :). (photo below is a self-portrait from our FIRST snow in our first home!)

Virginia snow storm | Abby Grace Photography

Last week was rough. There’s no two ways about it. I’d called over to our fertility doctor to schedule our first round of fertility treatments, and after a few roundabout calls to the doctor + our insurance company, we came to find out that our insurance providers will not be covering any of our treatments. So from here on out, we’re on our own. To put it mildly, I didn’t handle that news very well; if you’ve ever had to pay out of pocket for anything medical, you’ll understand just how devastating that news can be.

So for now, we’re proceeding anyways and are hoping and praying and TRUSTING (well, I’m trying my best to trust) that God has a purpose for this, even though we can’t see it yet.

I know Monday Mash-Ups are usually lighthearted and fun, but it just felt disingenuous not to share that, since it’s such a glaring thing in our lives right now.

And now to lighten things up a bit with lessons learned/events that transpired over the past week!

  • Real ramen is SO MUCH BETTER than ramen noodles in a packet! See, I didn’t know there was any other kind than the Top Ramen variety (you know, the packets that are LITERALLY $0.25/pack?) until my brother mentioned having the authentic kind a few weeks ago. So we went out on Thursday night for some legit ramen, and folks? It was mind blowing. I cannot believe I’ve allowed those 25 cent packs to taint my perception of what true ramen glory is. NEVER AGAIN, Top Ramen!
  • Unless I get really hungry and it’s the only thing in our pantry that takes .5 seconds to make. But even if that DOES happen, just know that I’ll consumer those cheap noodles in full awareness of its inferiority.
  • Things you do when you’re driving home at 2am and have stopped at a 7-11 for a Red Bull & a banana: drop the banana peel in the parking lot and laugh maniacally about how Princess Peach will slip & slide all over the road next time she drives by. (MarioKart was a large part of my childhood)
  • We saw Table 19 yesterday and it so good. Anna Kendrick was brilliant, as always, and it ended differently that you’d probably think at the beginning of the movie. I might go back again before its out of theaters!

I finally got to see my favorite band EVER in concert this past weekend! I’ve loved Mae since 2005, and I don’t know why it took me so long to make it to a show. But I did, and I made sure to buy tickets for their show at the Norva (Mae’s home venue), which made it all the more incredible. And all I have to show for it is a crappy iPhone photo, because I decided to leave my Canon at home to make sure I was really being PRESENT, instead of focusing on getting legit shots for my blog :). No regrets.

Mae at The Norva | Abby Grace

Monday Mash-Up

March 13, 2017

  1. Jean says:

    Glad to hear your proceeding as planned with the fertility doc. Also glad you got to see your favorite band! And that you are excited about the snow you are about to get! Love ❤️ you!

  2. Karen says:

    Great blog. It is better to be real when there is an elephant in the room.
    Glad you and I are looking forward to the snow!
    And Mae, I remember being the parents that housed Daphne Loves Derby stay in our basement and how excited to go to school to tell everyone!
    Love ‘ya, girl!

  3. Chris B says:

    Where did you do get super yummy ramen?

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