Friday, August 9, 2013

My Six Questions

My friend, Sarah, tagged me in a recent blog post... I was instructed to choose six questions and then answer them.  Since my blogging has been sparse lately (to say the least), I figured this would be a great opportunity to get back in the swing of things!

1. My favorite beauty secret or product:

This little tube of amazing-ness is my go-to beauty product.  I've been wearing this under eye concealer for YEARS.  But ever since infertility meds have bestowed upon me some awful discoloration under my eyes, I've developed a whole new love affair with this concealer.  If I go make-up-less, I still always sport this under eye concealer.

2.  A personal trial that I've had to overcome:
Infertility, infertility, infertility.  The only thing is that, clearly, I haven't overcome this trial... yet.

3.  A current dream I'm hoping to achieve:
Becoming a Mom.  And buying Nick one of these for his car:

I can't stand these signs, but Nick has always said (pre-infertility) that he would absolutely buy one for his car someday.  At this point, if there really is a baby on board one day, then I'll appease Nick.  I'd do anything for there to be a baby on board!

4.  Who inspires me?

My Nana.  She is the best.  Honestly, just  My Nana is kind, caring, strong and funny.  She has always been a part of my life, and I am so, so lucky.

5.  My favorite picture and why:
My honeymoon pictures are my favorite pictures that I have.  Why?  Because, that's the very last time I can remember being truly happy.  We didn't wait long after we were married to start trying to expand our family.  After my second or third failed IVF (I can't remember which one), I went around my house and took down almost every single picture that I had framed or hanging up.  My heart was (and is) so broken that I couldn't stand to look at photos of myself with a genuine smile on my face.  Photos that depicted my happiness just killed me.  They kind of still do.  It's hard remembering a time of true happiness, because it's been so long since I've felt that.  I've slowly started putting pictures back up around my house... but it's still hard to look at them sometimes.

6.  My favorite part about marriage and what I've learned since becoming married:
My absolute favorite part about marriage is sharing every single thing in my life with my best friend.  My life isn't just my life anymore.  It's our life.  I could write a novel about how Nick is the best husband in the world (and I'm sure he could write a novel about how I'm the most difficult wife in the world!).  I think the most important thing I've learned since becoming married (and since having been faced with infertility), is that we will not let anything break us.  That we will always be there for one another.  And that, at the end of the day, if it ends up just being us, we are still really lucky... lucky to have each other for ever and ever.


Unknown said...

Well said! Thinking of you Aubrey!

Monique said...

I love this post! I have been glancing at your blog now for a few weeks! This is first time I commented! You are such a beautiful person. I wish you well.

Gypsy Mama said...

Your are just so gorgeous!!!!

I'm glad your marriage is so strong. Infertility really makes things tough, but when we make it through, I think our marriages will be stronger because of it.

I hope you are able to put your pictures back up soon, and also add to them pictures of your baby :) xo

the blogivers said...

1. I have always shelled out the money for my Mac under the eye concealer, but now that we are on such a tight budget, I'm glad to have a more affordable recommendation - will have to try out the Neutrogena stuff when I run out.

2. I disagree - I think infertility is a trial you are overcoming on a daily basis! You get out of bed and put on your big girl panties (pardon that annoying expression) every single day, and THAT is something! :)

Amanda said...

umm, so I'm going a little off topic here, but your ab muscles are SICK my dear... I'm not sure I've ever looked that good in a bikini, but if I did, it was 10 years ago. You are GORGEOUS!

And I'm REALLY hopeful that Nick get's to put one of those ridiculous signs in his car! Kind of cracks me up that he wants one, but I'm all for it! : )

Suzanne said...

You are absolutely beautiful and I love the smile on your face in every one of these photos.

Infertility is a true test of strength and resolve and with an amazing husband by your side and the will to get through this, it will happen and you will become that much better of a mom.

I cannot wait to see your smiling face looking down at your baby!! It's a comin' for sure!

Team Harries said...

You are such a beautiful lady, it makes me sad to hear how much this trial has captivated your thoughts and stole your joy, but so glad you have such a loving and wonderful man to stick by your side! So thankful for that!1

Emily said...

Your #6 made me tear up! Great reminder indeed, and I'm glad you never forget that. Beautiful wedding photos!

Anonymous said...

First things first: Aubrey, you are one hot mama-in-waiting! It was so fun looking at all the photos of your gorgeous face (and body and wedding and wedding dress lol). Gosh, it breaks my heart that you are sad to see a genuine smile on your face in photos. But - I know what you mean. I just can't remember the last time I was truly happy ... content. I was watching "Say Yes to the Dress" last night and wishing life could be that carefree again, pre-wedding and pre-infertility hell. Thank you for sharing that about marriage, too. Wow, so true. Girl, one day you are going to have one heck of a bump and your proud hubby will ride around town with that sticker we all currently dread. Praying for you all the time.

Erika said...

Ummm...your honeymoon abs are ridiculous. It's a good thing you are normally wearing shirts or else I'm not sure if we could still be friends. ;) Thanks for the concealer recommendation, too!! I have a concealer-buying addiction, so it's always nice to hear about good ones!! Love you girl, praying for you often, and always hoping for you.

none said...

I second this! I am sorry to hear how infertility has affected your life but I am glad you have such a wonderful husband by your side!

Sally said...

Holy smokes you look awesome in your honeymoon swimsuit pics! Dang girl! And I looove your wedding pics....your veil is so perfect!

Looking forward to when you put that sticker on your car :)) Glad you & Nick have each other to get through this journey.

Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

Wow! I absolutely love this post. Seeing you and Nick so happy warms my heart! You're such a beautiful bride. My grandma is my everything so that pic of you and your Nana is probably my fave.

Caravan Sonnet said...

Hi Aubrey! I just discovered your website through a friends and this is my first post that I have read. It was such a lovely post that I can't wait to go and read more about your story. I am so sorry to hear that you are struggling with infertility! As a gal struggling with health issues I can only empathize with this extremely horrific road you are currently walking. I am your newest follower and can't wait to read more of your story! You have already inspired me today!
:) Rebecca

JenS said...

I love that picture of you and your Nana!
I am also going to try that concealer. I always have dark circles and have never really found anything that helped cover them.

Aramis said...

First off, holy abs lady! If I looked that good in a bikini I would never have taken those photos down! Second, please don't buy one of those signs. They're second in annoyance only to those stick figure families that everyone seems to have now. I might have to fly to Boston and vandalize your car for you. ;)

Risa said...

Beautiful pictures! And agree, with the above comments, I totally have a chic crush on you. You are BEAUTIFUL! By the way, I have that same concealer!

Sillymama said...

I just love seeing your gorgeous pics! They show you are beautiful on the outside and your words show you are beautiful on the inside.

Amber said...

That picture if you and you Nana is absolutely beautiful! Love it. Also live the rest of the pictures too. You are one gorgeous girl, that is for sure. #5 just breaks my heart for you, that you are so sad and have a hard time looking back at happier times. I hope that the future holds lots of lovely memories that will make you happy!

Katie Jeanne said...

Beautiful pictures! You have a way with words :)

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love that picture of you and your grandmother. So sweet!!!
I'm so glad you have such a happy relationship with your husband. I feel the same way about mine and I couldn't be more thankful.
p.s. I use the same concealer!

Heidi said...

I've seen your name thrown around in many blog posts in my blogging world and I have popped over a few times but I figured it was due time I start following your journey! A girl can always use another amazingly strong blogging friend!

I love your pictures! The vail you wore in your wedding is gorgeous! And I am going to check out that concealer. I haven't found one I like yet, thanks for the recommendation!

Sarah said...

What a beautiful picture of you and your Nana. Just gorgeous like all of the other pictures! And helllloooo perfect bikini body! :) Thanks for playing!

Em said...

Okay, um...I cannot get over your abs! I literally zoomed in on both photos. Ha! Then I read Erika's comment and had to laugh because I felt the same way! (-:

To keep myself from sounding completely creepy, I will also say that the pic of you and your Nana is beyond precious.

But really...those abs.


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