Monday, January 30, 2017

Fancy Benefit Ball Weekend + a Thank You

Well, I’m happy to say that things are on the up and up in our household!  We had a wonderful, wonderful weekend, and it all kicked off Friday when our prayers were answered.  More on that later…

Friday evening my parents picked up Jacob and brought over pizza since I had pretty much been through the ringer and was half dead by then.  Haha.  They stayed until B got home and the kids and I were so excited to have him home.

Saturday I spent the day cleaning and tidying and catching up on the bunches of things that had gotten neglected during my busy, single-momming week.


We had our benefit ball Saturday evening, so we got all dolled up and headed out for a night of good food and dancing with great friends.  My red dress that I had longed for didn’t end up arriving in time, so I decided to go with the sequins.  I must say, I’ve never worn a sequin dress before, but I felt great in it! 





The ball kicked off with a cocktail hour.  We grabbed a couple of drinks from the bar and mingled with friends, old and new.  The program started at 7 with dinner.  We were seated at a table with my parents and one other couple.  The food was made by the very best chef in our entire city and everything was amazing.  Everyone received a filet and chicken, potatoes, squash and zucchini, and green beans in some kind of amazing sweet sauce.  I was most excited about the filet, but it was a bit too undercooked for my taste, so sadly I only had a few bites of it before giving up.  For dessert, the chef had prepared little chocolate cakes served with whip cream and fresh blackberries and it was divine.



The program ran until a little after nine and then it was time to party.  We refilled our wine glasses and headed back to the ballroom for more mingling and some dancing.  I haven’t danced that much since my brother’s wedding a few years ago, and my feet were killing me by the time we left, but it felt amazing to get out there and let go after the crappy week that I had last week.  We ended up shutting the place down and then it was time to head home since we knew a certain two year old would be creeping into our bed in just a couple of short hours.   









Sunday morning was lazy… we ended up laying in the bed until about 8:45 and then we headed downstairs for breakfast and a little meal prep for the week ahead.

We had lunch with Brian’s family and then spent the afternoon playing outside.  It was pretty chilly this weekend and our crazy children wanted to play outside without their jackets.  Why is it that kids seem to be immune to extreme temps? 







Sunday evening my parents had a party to go to, so we were on our own for dinner.  We ran a couple of errands and then ended the weekend with breakfast for dinner at Cracker Barrel.  B and I got the kids to bed early and he and I spent the rest of the evening binge-watching some shows since he was gone all week last week.





Every bit of the weekend was perfect.

And I want to say thank you so much to all of you who saw my post last week and prayed for us.  I know I was extremely vague in that post, but I didn’t want to say too much until we had more information.  We had a bit of a scare with Olivia last week.  We took her in for one issue and the doctor ended up finding an infection, which lead to another potential serious issue.  The doctor was worried that based on what he was seeing, Olivia could possibly have something anatomically wrong with her kidneys, so we had to take her for a couple of different tests at the doctor’s office as well as a visit to the hospital for an ultrasound so they could take a look.

He gave us some pretty good odds, saying that we had around an 85% chance that everything would come back normal and around a 15% chance that something could be wrong.  Of that 15% chance, there was a 3% chance that it was something extremely serious that would require surgery or a transplant (just NO), and of course, that is all I could focus on all week.  Needless to say, it was a long week waiting to find out, and I had to go through all of it alone since Brian was out of town on business.

I took the day off Thursday for the appointment and Olivia was a total champ at the ultrasound.  She wasn’t one bit amused, but she didn’t scream or cry either, so we called it a success.  And the very best part of this whole story is that the doctor called back first thing Friday morning to let us know that everything is totally normal with her kidneys and that her infection has also cleared!  Our prayers were answered in a big way, and we thank you all so much for thinking of us last week.  God heard all of you loud and clear and for that we are incredibly thankful.




With that, I think this is where our crappy month is going to finally turn around!  Happy Monday, everyone!  My babies are healthy so it’s going to be a great day!

*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.


36 comments:

  1. The ball looked like it was so much fun and you looked absolutely stunning!
    Oh my gosh...sweet Olivia! I am so glad that she is ok. That must have been heart wrenching. Thank you for sharing that you had a prayer request, so we could all pray. Prayer is so powerful. I am so thankful that you had a great weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Heather! It was so much fun to get dressed up. And thank YOU ladies for praying for us this week. God heard us all loud and clear and I'm so thankful! The power of prayer. <3

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  2. Looks and sounds like you are had a great weekend! The ball looks like a blast. Oh Olivia. I'm glad you got some good news and things are better. Hang in there momma.

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  3. What a weekend! Looks like it was one for the books!

    Sweet Olivia! I'm so glad everything is okay!

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  4. So glad you had a good weekend! The ball sounds like it was a blast, and just what the doctor ordered. SO HAPPY to hear that nothing is wrong with Olivia. I can't imagine how tough that would have been to deal with, especially without your biggest support system right there with you. Very glad it turned out to be a ok!

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  5. So glad to read that everything is great with Olivia!!! Such an answered prayer! And glad your husband is back too! Looks like a super fun weekend with him!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  6. Oh I'm so happy that everything is okay with Olivia - I can't imagine what a stressful week that was for you! Happy you had a great time at the Ball too! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  7. First off, I am so glad that everything is OK with Olivia. The waiting part is oh so hard.
    Second off, I loved the sequin dress! You looked fabulous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Danielle! I was so glad to get the good news before the weekend... I don't think I would have enjoyed the ball Saturday night if things were still up in the air. And thank you!! I'm so glad that I went with the sequins, too. They made me feel so glamorous! ;o)

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  8. I am so glad Olivia is okay! What a relief! That must have been so scary to be thinking about that all week and trying to care for the kids on your own! The benefit ball looks like so much fun! I love the sequin dress!

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  9. Oh my goodness, I am SO glad to hear everything is OK with Olivia. I can't even imagine how scared you must have been waiting to hear.

    You looked amazing in that dress and the gala looked so fun!!

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  10. I am so glad to hear that everything is alright with Olivia. How scary. Also, the ball looks like so much fun and I love the sequin dress. Glad you had a better weekend.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenna. We are glad that she's OK, too.

      And thank you! I loved the dress, too. Sequins are just so much fun!

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  11. I am glad everything turned out alright. I did say a prayer for your special intention last week. Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you so much, Mel. That means a lot to us. You can never have too many people praying for you in situations like these. <3

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  12. Oh my goodness! What a scare you had... I would not have been able to focus on anything else all week either. I am SO glad she is ok!!! Whew! Now you can relax!! You look gorgeous in that sequin dress and it looked like a fun evening out!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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  13. I know Lauren that did the ultrasound she is amazing glad to hear all is ok!

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    1. I didn't know you knew her! Such a small world! She was SO great with Olivia so I know that helped the whole process tremendously!

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  14. First of all, I'm SO happy to hear that everything with little Olivia is okay! God is good!
    Secondly, you two looked great, Lindsay! And I'm so glad you guys were able to let loose and have fun, especially after your crazy week. Big hugs my friend! Hope you have a better week, this week!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

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  15. I don't know how I missed that something was going on with Olivia but I'm so so glad to hear that prayers were answered and she is ok! What a tough thing to go through when B was away. You looked fabulous for the event and I'm glad to hear you had a great time. I'm sure it was the perfect celebration after hearing the good news <3 Beautifully Candid

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  16. Oh my gosh. I got soooo worried about Olivia. I am soooo glad that she is ok and her infection cleared up. My stomach dropped as I started reading the part about her tests. I hope your mommy heart is doing better this week. The ball looked like it was a lot of fun. LOVE your dress. So glad that you had a great weekend after the crappy last week you had.

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  17. So glad to hear Olivia is okay!! The ball sounds like so much fun and a great way to release a bad week and celebrate good news!

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  18. God is so good, I am so happy that everything turned out OK with Sweet Olivia! I literally think it is a parents worst nightmare to worry about the health of their children. And can I add that you are one stunner in sequins girl! You and your man had to of been the most beautiful couple there!

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    1. Yes He is. I'm so thankful for all of your prayers! And yes, health issues with your children are BY FAR the worst thing that you can ever go through. We've had our share between these two little nuggets, but fortunately everyone has come out stronger on the other side. We are so very blessed.

      And thank you! It was so much fun getting all dolled up!

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  19. You look killer in that dress!
    I am so happy to hear that Olivia is okay. Appointments like that can be so so scary.

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  20. Such a bummer that the dress didn't arrive on time but you looked so pretty in the sequin one. I think it worked out perfectly. So very, very happy to hear Olivia is great. I know just how nerve wracking those kinds of things can be.

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  21. So glad everything is ok with Olivia!
    That dress is stunning and you rocked it!! Have a great week :)

    Jen
    jpabstfitness.com

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    1. Thank you, Jennifer! We are so glad, too!

      And thank you... it was so much fun wearing sequins!

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  22. Great pick on the dress and yayayaya for all being okay with her!

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  23. First of all..holy moly girl! Nothing is scarier than a possible medical problem. The waiting game is also so hard. So glad it all turned out okay! Second...there isn't much better in the world than good genes and you got em! Your mom looks gorgeous! So glad you guys had a fun night out!!

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  24. I'm so incredibly happy that Olivia is alright. What a scary week you guys had. It's just the absolute worst worrying and waiting...the worst. So happy prayers were answered! And, I'm glad you guys were able to just relax, celebrate and enjoy the weekend. You looked gorgeous at your event!

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  25. I am so glad your sweetie is all better but what a scare for you! The ball was a great way to celebrate and relax a bit and you looked lovely!

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  26. Your dress is gorgeous!! What a fun night!! So scary about Olivia! So glad all is well!! Phew!

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  27. What a wonderful weekend! Your dress was absolutely beautiful. That is so scary about Olivia but I am so glad that everything is okay with here now.

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