Maternity ~Micah&Jayne~

So I’m slowly but surely getting caught up with all my ‘winter computer projects’…  My computer gave me a number of scares- I mean seriously: praying-to-God-that-it-somehow-starts-again-and-I-promise-I’ll-backup-my-pictures-ASAP kind of prayer. And He answered. PTL. So now I have a new computer and all my pictures are safely on a passport. During that process I realized just how MANY pictures I truly do have-wow- you would freak out at the number so I will spare you! But I am starting the phase of editing and organizing them [amongst many other things] so I may be posting more of my photo-shoots on here. {disclaimer: I enjoy taking pictures and constantly learning new things, BUT I do not class myself as a professional photographer -so look at it through the eyes of it being a hobby and I would love your feedback and any kind of tips!} Last November I had the opportunity to do my second maternity shoot for someone other than family. It was their first pregnancy and all so they were kinda nervous about the whole shoot. But when I saw they brought their guitar with I was so excited!! Plus it really helped to relax everyone and just take our relaxing time to … Continue reading

2014 -The Painfully Beautiful Year

I’m hearing a lot of; “Oh this past year has been the greatest one yet.”    “It’s been the best year of my life.”    “2014 was such a great year, ready for another one!”    “The past year was full of so many good things-welcome to the New Year.” And so it got me thinking…of my past year.. And I couldn’t help it. Pretty soon tears were sliding down my cheeks. This past year was probably the hardest year of my life. In some ways it could almost seem like a ‘wasted year’ with no real big accomplishments to show for. But, deep in my soul I felt a stirring, a peace and a smile through my tears,  gently telling me that those 12 months of difficulty, tears, and pain were not for nothing. They were moments of ‘hands-on teaching’ from my Abba Father. I learned how to speak more kindly and take time for what matters most. I have become more of a sensitive person than I even deemed ‘necessary’ a year ago. And probably even other areas that I’m not aware of. It’s definitely been a year of peeling back those layers and becoming more aware of who … Continue reading

Playmates /post surgery

Here’s who came and saw me today! My 2 adorable nieces…it sure cheered my afternoon just watching them play! And seeing all these tiny dolls and miniature little strollers and swing. And the teeny puppies that stayed ‘magnetted’ to the mama dogs mouth! Aww yes I know I sound like a kid! 🙂 And of course we can’t forget the handsome lil guy, which was trying so hard to be ‘all-boy’ with so much girl-ness all around him! And just a lil update on my progress; since a shower alone seems to exhaust me I just frequently wash my hair in the sink and today I managed to do it alone.                                                      I am trying so hard to not become discouraged…all I want to do is be able to be up and working without getting faint and tired.                                                                             … Continue reading

Run to the Doctor /post surgery

It really is quite strange to not have all those bandages on and actually be able to see what all they did. The worst thing is it feel so unsupported. We still wrap it up with ACE bandages, but with all the gauze gone the brace is so loose and when I walk it really hurts to try and put weight on it. Kinda feels like it is gonna ‘give way’. So I called the Dr and they said we can come upright away and they will adjust it. So as soon as someone could come take my Hubby’s place in the combine he took me to the Dr. I actually just saw his assistant Ms Diane Miller. She not only fixed the brace, she showed us how all the straps work! It’s quite the contraption!! But once it’s all explained, it’s actually kinda easy; but it sure had looked confusing. As much as we hadn’t felt like spending a $100+ out of pocket for the brace, we are now glad it was a requirement. With that not letting me bend and offering support in the right places I am allowed to put as much weight on as I can … Continue reading

2 year Anniversary

So May 19 has dawned again and today has been so unlike any 2 year Anniversary I could have ever imagined.. Life really has changed drastically here with my whole leg still being bandaged up from my surgery 5 days ago. Mornings have definitely been the worse and this morning was no different, me, not being able to get out of bed alone and then when I finally do so with my hubby’s help, sitting in the bathroom in a chilled state of sweat, feeling extremely nauseated, sipping on water to calm my stomach. However, once I have food and more pain prescription in my system things definitely start looking up! Yep, this is pretty much my station, not being able to bend my knee whatsoever. However this Anniversary Day did find us doing something together, my dear hubby hauled me in to my first Physical Therapy visit. Where they took off my bandages for the first time and I got to see my incision with 8 staples and the other 4 small cuts with stitches. It really does look good, but with my queasy stomach I didn’t want to think about it too long. And then we went shopping- (or rather … Continue reading

A Long Sunday /post-surgery

Yep I was hurting pretty bad by this morning! And we agreed that I’ll be taking those pills before bed tonight. 😉 It’s a real chore to get everything accomplished every day. When I’m sitting I can’t move my leg whatsoever without someone else (or me) picking it up and helping it. Getting in and out of bed by myself is not an option. Makes me realize over and over again how very blessed I am to have such a wonderful patient husband! He does a truly amazing job of helping me with every lil thing and I don’t ever hear him complain. When I went to have surgery done it didn’t even cross my mind that I wouldn’t be able to attend church the following Sunday. Yea, I know, I was really naive about it all! But now I’m wondering how Looong I’ll be stuck at home?! We had a message from Santosh Poonen that we’d wanted to listen to, so that helped our morning pass more quickly. My dear Hubby cleaned up the house, vacuumed, and washed the dishes. We had high hopes of getting some visitors all afternoon. BUT. No-one showed up, we were kind of really … Continue reading

Major Discovery /post-surgery

Finally. Last night was my first night of sleeping through the night without having to take pills, matter of fact without even as much as waking up!! It was super amazing to wake up and discover it’s 7:30 AM and I had just slept all night. I made a major discovery yesterday, when my husband wanted to leave in the afternoon to go to work and my sis came to stay with me. This was my discovery: “This recovery is going to take a LOT longer than I expected”! Yeah, I know, I didn’t say it was a good one.. It’s just that these pills that I’m taking really do have side affects, which I didn’t expect until I was having different issues and got smart and read up on the papers they sent with the pills. The main ones that I have bothered me are: dizziness, itchiness, nauseous, constipation, and sleepiness. The worst by far is feeling nauseous all the time and not being able to get up without feeling lightheaded. Drinking water and eating crackers to keep from puking. Painwise: it’s very tolerable most of the time but I can tell that something is different in my knee … Continue reading

My Surgery

The long awaited day, May 14th, a Wednesday. finally arrived. I really had no idea what to expect, but I was so ready to get this surgery done! My hubby and I arrived at Murray Calloway County Hospital in plenty of time to get registered and find our waiting area by 6 AM. My Dr. has privileges at this hospital and does his surgeries there. Turns out he had more than 1 scheduled for 6 AM, so I got to be the one sitting in the waiting room for over an hour. Turns out they had problems getting the other lady’s IV started, thus making the delay for me even worse. The nurse was really sweet and I soon forgot my agitation over the long waiting… First things first, they needed to take a pregnancy test just to make sure that I’m not pregnant. I was pretty sure I wasn’t but I had told my hubby, just watch, after alll this time spent waiting for my surgery. I’ll be pregnant and then they won’t do the surgery! But I wasn’t. I was taken back into a room, the nurses had me change into a gown and got my IV started, and double-checked all the proper information … Continue reading

Work in Progress!

Hello, I am so glad you are here!! 🙂 I feel like i should apologize……but just as I don’t like to apologize for a messy house I don’t wanna apologize for a messy website. It’s just a work in progress, and look! yer special, you got to see the progress! 🙂 just like in your life- to get a final beautiful person/habit, there must be a journey, a chipping, a work, =progress, and its not always pretty, but it’s necessary! So if you stick with me to the end–I promise you, not only will you get to see a beautiful chapter {not the ending} you will get to know more about me and my {journey} =progress in this thing called life. where lots of beautiful things take place. and sometimes those things we would call hard, difficult or {ugly} which again is all our progress, to the final.

my new watermark!

check out what i designed 🙂  what do you think?

Poppy Seed Bread

ahh you must needs try this delishously moist bread.. check back for the recipe!

delicious fudge

today i am letting you know i specialize in making fudge! life really is so much sweeter with chocolate 🙂 If you are interested in purchasing any check out our website Amish Sweets.

A Gentle Prodding…

I worked for a few months (July 19 – Dec. 20, 2012) and it just wasn’t working for me, too long hours! During that time i was with my sister during the birth of my niece, it put a whole new perspective on my lil world! When I saw the support she got from her husband, my heart was filled with compassion for young girls that have to go through that pain as a young girl with no husband or possibly even family at her side, I could not imagine! And the thought of them having an abortion rather than facing all that scariness alone whirled in my head…. Someone needs to be there for them!! And lots of people thought that me watching a birth would scare me out of becoming pregnant, well, I don’t really know why, but it didn’t, yes it looked crazy painful, but the miracle of it excited me. And it took away some of the ‘unknown’ for me and just put a passion in me, I would stand through that again with anyone just to give them the support to make it through! I just figured it would affect everyone that way, that they … Continue reading

About Me

For a few {ok, alot of} fun facts about me: Don’t ask me to talk much in the morning until I had my coffee {black}, unless its a White Caramel Mocha from Starbucks. I have a tendency to push important jobs to the back because when I do them they have to be done right, & in an organized fashion. I can get something done very quickly, but for true satisfaction all the details must be covered. Being outdoors, especially in flowerbeds and the garden is one of my favorite past-times. Also I love sunning and swimming-there is absolutely nothing quite like soaking up the sun and sweating it out. [this crazy girl says, the more heat the better!] Summer is my favorite season {obviously}.  Pink is my go-to color, red also does quite nicely. White chocolate or caramel candy {or pretty much anything sweet} is the bomb! Full Moon are the best times of the month. Horses and anything cowboy is sure to attract my attention and money, they are such elegant creatures and I wish I could ride one. Christmas is my all-time favorite holiday, Valentine’s day follows. Birthdays [and now Anniversaries] are so super important to me, don’t … Continue reading

About my Blog

I started this blog for 3 reasons which will tell you a lot about me. #1. Documenting. Important details, Journaling or a diary, Taking note of ‘happenings’ has always been of great importance to me, I don’t know how many journals/tablets/diaries/notes you would find should you dig through my ‘packed-up boxes’, but it would be alot! Ever since I was around the age of 12, I documented things, it wasn’t always consistent, but if someone wanted to know when we had a big day of freezing corn last year(or anything random)-it was probably me they would come to to find out when that was. So my goal here is to document any important things that take place in our life together -however big or small- whether it be personal, about us, and as we begin our family. Through writing and pictures-fun things that I don’t want to forget. I want it to be a treasure chest filled with memories and love recorded to be pulled up at any time. And lessons learned through hard times to see God’s faithfulness. I would like for my children to be able to browse through it and be blessed! Family is so very important to me and I always want to make that … Continue reading

Our Story [by julia]

The first time I met Dan was in January of 2007. this will be updated later 🙂

My Story

Wow, every night that i snuggle in beside my hubby, i think, am i really married to this guy?! and i’m still so in love with him? and i grin and get all warm fuzzies n give him a tight squeeze just to make sure he is actually there beside me, and also because i want to take advantage of every day we have together. life is short and i don’t want to live with or create regrets. everyday is a gift and it’s been one of our greatest keys in our happy marriage-opening every moment as a beautiful treasure. {honesty & patience are 2 more very important keys!} Looking back, I smile. As a young girl I so desperately wanted to get married and depend on my husband to take care of me…I dreamed and prayed for him many a night, even before I knew his name.  As I matured into a young lady and in my relationship with God, i really felt Him calling me into ‘something’ – and as it  turns out it was something[s]! At this point i was like, no….this whole marriage thing can just wait, i’ve got some things to do and so i … Continue reading

Our Wedding Day [part IV ceremony/reception]

We were blessed with a beautiful {hot} day and had our ceremony outdoors. And then {for the sake of my mother’s sanity} we had our reception in the community building-it served quite nicely. I just wanted to include a few of the highlights to give you an idea what took place 🙂 Photo credits go to Gingerich Photography.  we had fun being ‘stuffed’ in here while we waited for the guests to arrive.. meanwhile the bridal party was exiting the motorhome and FINALLY ‘almost ready’ to walk down the aisle 😉 there is ‘something’ about this picture that spells __________?  a special time of dedication prayer with our parents..I wanted to do something to symbolize our marriage…but not the ordinary like candles, sand, rings, etc….. so i started searching, and when I came across God’s Knot I just knew this was it! So absolutely perfect for us and how we view our marriage and want to build upon it! we are One! Now for the reception highlights… [thanks to my friend Judith for snapping this photo, i don’t have any of the building..] delicious food…amazing help that prepared it…they sang a few requested songs for us..the lively buncheveryone:) some details around our table … Continue reading

Our Wedding Day [part III bridal party]

This is our bridal party. If I may be partial i think we had the best and most fun bridal party ever..they did an awesome job of just being relaxed, going with the flow, laughing and just have a wonderful time together, we have many special memories with each one of them personally and to see them all come together and blend in making us all one big happy family-or so it seemed! I still laugh at some of the jokes and great moments we had while taking pictures and then when we were eating dinner.. 🙂 Plus our photographer, Brad did an AWESOME job of making us feel relaxed and capturing the moments! So without further ado, our lovely peeps:   the guys…   the girls… our miniature bride and groom…Amy. She’s Dan’s niece. such a sweet lil cutie-pie! Reece. he’s my baby…..i started babysitting him when he was just a wee baby and he’s always had a bit of my heart! my lil man.  Angela & Alayna. my twin nieces and our shy lil flowergirls.. Leah. my matron of honor and my dear sister. When it comes to sisters I really could not ask for a better friend and … Continue reading

Our Wedding Day [part II family]

    The Miller [bride] Family   The Hostetler [groom] Family Now here are some different family shots from the bride’s family: …with bride’s 8 siblings……Bride with her 4 brothers… …my mother & her 5 daughters… …mom&dad and their 9 children, i ges that means they accept Dan into the family:) …with my 11 nieces & nephews (minus 1 who was still well hidden inside Leah at the time:)…with my parents… …my Mom&Dad …me&mom <3 {she is the world’s best mother and I am so blessed to be her daughter&friend! …us with both of our parents.. …us with ALL of our nieces n nephews combined:) maybe someday we’ll have a family that big;) hey! He comes from a family of 13! hehe 🙂  different shots with the groom’s family.. …with his brothers, i realy don’t know WHY I was in this picture?!……groom & his 5 brothers..this is one of the most priceless pictures E.v.e.r. …with his 7 sisters…  …us with all of his 12 siblings…can you imagine the fun&fights growing up in this household?! …with his family {immediate+step siblings only} this was only 5 months after Pop had died… we missed you… …with his niece & nephew… …Dan’s mother… …ugh, i love this picture! mother&son… again, … Continue reading