Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Home Stretch

Words literally can't describe the gratitude Garrett and I have felt over the last 7 months! I can't describe it because we've never experienced this kind of love before. We've been on the receiving end of so many prayers as well as blessings. As many of you know, we began this whole journey to have a baby in January and we're still a few months away from it possibly becoming a reality, but through it all we've experienced the most genuine kind of charity.

Through our GoFundMe we've been able to raise almost $5,000, which is so incredible and totally unexpected! Having said that, a couple of hours after we started our GoFundMe we were approached by Abbey Kyhl who wanted to take it a step farther. With the help of Jesse and Kimberly MooreAshley Sylvester and I'm sure lots other people, Abbey put together this fundraiser for us. Abbey is an unbelievable photographer and she has an even bigger heart. Jesse and Kimberly are probably the cutest and most talented videographers I've ever meant. And Ashley is incredible when it comes to hair and make-up! Really... go check out her page. Anyway, Abbey and these wonderful people wanted to put together this fundraiser with the hopes of helping us raise enough money to pay for this whole process.

So here it goes! With the help of everyone sharing things on Facebook and raising money #GarrettAndChellceeGetABaby, Abbey will be doing a "GIVE AWAY" to people who donate to our GoFundMe! For every dollar that you donate you will be enter to win a $500 GIVE AWAY for anything Abbey Kyhl. So that could be family pictures, wedding pictures, engagements, anything! You can check out the details at http://akstudiodesign.com/2014/08/garrett-chellcee-get-a-baby/

To kick this fundraiser off, here are a couple of things to check out. The video explains our story and the pictures.... Well obviously they show off Abbey's amazing photography and give you a preview of the quality and style of photography you will get when you enter for the give away!

Our Story:


Chellcee and Garrett from modern-atelier on Vimeo.














Thursday, August 7, 2014

|| Counting My Blessings ||

 "There are a few select moments in my life that I can pinpoint and know for sure that God was looking out for me. Today was one of those moments. As I hydro-planed at 80 mph and lost control of my car the only thing I could think of to do was pray and so I did. I prayed for what felt like hours and seconds all at the same time. An impact of that strength in that location should've injured a regular person but should've done much worse to someone with my heart condition. I walked away with a sore leg, a blistered hand and a spilled Dr. Pepper. I'm certain this wasn't by chance and I know My Heavenly Father protected me. I'm happy to be alive and healthy. Life is a beautiful thing. I don't share my testimony enough, God lives and loves.

David's words from some of my favorite scriptures are resonating with me today:

The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer;
The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence."


          - Garrett

Wow, has it been one of those weeks! As many of you know, Garrett got in a little finder bender.... Well, that's kind of an understatement. Garrett got into a pretty serious accident. He's just fine though. He survive with only a burnt hand from the air bag and a deep tissue bruise from the door of the car. The car however... is totaled.




Right after accident
 

Couple of hours after accident
A week later


For those you who follow the blog know that Garrett has a serious heart condition that effects his aorta. He had to quit playing basketball in 8th grade because doctors said his aorta couldn't handle any hard blows to the chest or aggressive playing. He's been told his whole life that if he were to be in a serious accident and be hit with the air bag, he would most likely died because his chest can't handle that kind of a blow. So you can only imagine my anxiety and fear when he told me he totaled the car. He clearly shouldn't have made it out of there alive but here he is with only minor injuries.

It's experiences like this that remind you what your most grateful for. And I feel like I have so much to be grateful for right now! Not only for Garrett's protection in the accident (which I'm most grateful for) but for several other happenings in our life. At the beginning of July we moved across town to a new ward, new house, new area... Lots of new things. We now have wonderful land lords! A wonderful townhouse that we love. And a fantastic new ward. With everything that's happened with the accident we've able to upgrade to a better car for our family and we've been able to pay off our other car. On top of these great new things, we've received our cycle calendar for IVF and we continue to make progress with that! It's so incredible to see the Lord's hands in your life and just when you think you can't handle the load, the Lord reminds me how blessed we've been.

Over that last year we've had some trying times and I'll admit we're still going through trials, but the blessings that we've experience are exponentially better and continue to out weigh the weight of the trials. Really, the only way I can describe our situation is BLESSED!

FYI:

IVF Cycle Calendar (YAY!)-