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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Family Reunion 2015

Every summer my family goes down to Burnet, Texas for the annual Neff Keller Reunion. I am a Neff. That's my maiden name. It's called the Neff Keller Reunion because a Neff and a Keller got married way back when, and the rest is history! 

It's such a fun time because we get to see family that we rarely see and have a fun weekend of hotdogs, hamburgers, pina coladas, and fun in the sun!

What was even more fun was being able to take this little love bug with us.

Last year she was still on the inside.

The weekend was a blast. Raegan got to swimming and meet so many people who have been praying for her.

She wants to walk so bad!

Such a great weekend with family! Can't wait for next year! Maybe we will have another baby to take with us! Who knows? I know y'all have been dying to know about IVF #2. Still keeping it a secret ;) Ha! Sorry!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday Happenings

Now it's time for my favorite part of the week! It's been a few weeks since linking up, but I love my girls Karli and Amy, so it's time to link up again ;)

We celebrated Memorial Day with family and friends this weekend. We are having a lot of rain here though. So it was more like reenacting Noah's Ark all weekend.
My look

Rae's Look

We went to visit our Papa (Raegan's great grandfather) on Tuesday. He sure loves his Raegan and we want to spend as much time as we can with him.

We just got Raegan's new teether in the mail and to say Raegan loves it is an understatement!

This mama had a MUCH needed girls night out with my baby boot camp girls last night! We went to a local winery and enjoyed some vino and pizza!

Kyle works half days on Fridays, but most of the time he ends up working the whole day, BUT today he came home by 1pm! It was so amazing to have the whole afternoon with him. So we had to go to the park and enjoy this break from the rain.
I forgot a bow for Raegan. Don't judge please :)

Hope you have a great weekend!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Trend Spin Link up- Dressed Up

Happy Tuesday! Today I'm linking up with a couple of great ladies and showing you how we like to dress up! I love a good maxi dress. In Texas it's hot. Like REALLY hot! And a maxi dress is so nice to wear because they are flowy and cool! And cute! And Old Navy has the best prices! I snagged this maxi for $25! What's your favorite way to dress up? Show us and link up below!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Real Moms

A blogger friend of mine, Meredith, wrote a blog post that really struck a chord with me and she graciously allowed me to write a version of her post to fit what has been on my heart.

She is a twin mom and she wrote about how she's noticed lately twin moms' feelings of "isolation" have turned to a feeling of "superiority" to singleton moms since they birthed 2, instead of 1. How snide comments like "It must be nice to only have one..." or "You think that sounds like a bad day..." insinuates a twin mom is better, stronger, and more loving than other moms. (even if it wasn't intentional).

And I began thinking. The same thing happens with moms who had to take to infertility treatments to have their children {raising my hand}. Our feelings of "isolation" have turned to feelings of "superiority" since we had to endure so much to have these children. For many of us, we waited years and years to have a child. The longing and wanting of that child{ren} was and is strong. Stronger than anything we ever wanted. Possibly even more so than our naturally conceiving friends. 

I have sat silently listening to "friends" say terribly, hurtful comments like "Are you sure you don't just want to take 1 of my kids?" or "I totally understand how you feel. It took us 4 months to get pregnant." These comments hurt. I know they do.

But on the other side, I've also heard comments like "It must be nice to get pregnant in 2 months..." or "You think you had a hard time conceiving..." almost making it sound like we are superior to the moms who conceived naturally.

Please know, I'm just as guilty. Thinking, feeling, and saying the exact same things as my fellow infertile sisters.

No one doubts the difficulties we have faced. I've never met anyone who has heard my story and said that I've had it easy or they wished they could go through what we went through. No, they always grab my hand and give me a squeeze as if saying "I'm so sorry". These gestures and comments drive some women crazy, but I don't think we're allowed to have it both ways. 

We can't get upset at someone for making comments that may or may not have been made in malice and then turn around and make comments that may insinuate that we are better, stronger, or more deserving of our baby because of our struggle.

Bottom line: All moms love their children something fierce and deserve to be a mom.

Having to do infertility treatments didn't make us moms - having kids did.

We're all real moms.

No matter how we go there.