Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Chaos

Between trying to redo a house, Christmas, rescuing puppies and somewhat living out of our car.... I'd say this month has been chaotic. Forgive me. I am anxious to sit and write about our new home, but I. HAVE. NO. TIME.

 Just a little update:
 Painters will finish the inside today (Friday)
We'll move from Starkville on Monday
Appliances will be installed Tuesday - Yipee!
Floor will go down Wednesday and Thursday
We will hopefully stay Thursday night!

We are ready, to say the least. 

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! 

Also, baby Harper is the size of a large cantaloupe (5.5 lbs and 22 inches)! She was a pineapple last week. She is growing really fast. Only 5 weeks and 5 days left. I'm starting to get freaked out/excited. Waiting on February 1st...

Monday, December 12, 2011

New Beginnings

Friday was a BIG day! After a 21 hour semester, Daniel graduated from Mississippi State. 

He was able to finish his degree in 3.5 years - "You gotta do, whatcha gotta do." I am so proud of him for taking a full load during the summer and succeeding in the fall. Both of us are very relieved! The semester flew by. 

Congratulations on... 

1) ...graduating
2) ...a new job
3) ...a new marriage
4) ...a new baby girl
5) ...a new dad
6) ...a new house

Wow. So much is happening.

Yesterday was our last Sunday at Adaton Baptist Church. It was a bittersweet time. We love that church! Saturday Daniel and I made a trip to Oxford to pick up my Craigslist find and visit with our former pastor, J.D. Shaw and his family. Daniel and I have missed them tremendously this past semester. They seem to love Oxford and their new church - you could see it in J.D.'s face. We finally got to see their sweet adopted child, James Samuel Shaw. Now they're a happy family of 6! I hope we stay in contact with the Shaws as we move south. They have made an impact on our lives while in Starkville. 

James Samuel Shaw, Mimi and Annie

Miss Zoe

J.D. and Wilson

Last Thursday, Daniel and I had a doctor's appointment. 
33 weeks

Everything was great and he referred us to another doctor in Jackson. THAT appointment is Tuesday - we're really excited about meeting Dr. Sims. That's right... Dr. Sims. It was meant to be. If anyone knows anything about this doctor, let us know! She's now the size of a HONEYDEW (19 inches/ 4.5 pounds). I'm not even going into my conversation with Daniel. I always make him guess what the fruit is and this one ended with, "Hahaha... oh my gosh. I married an idiot!!!" I was just kidding, but he understood. We are thriled and can't wait to meet her!!! SHE. KICKS. ALOT. 

House: Hopefully we'll close this week and start renovations! Everything is happening so fast. 

We thank you for all of the prayers! Things have worked out better than Daniel and I could've planned. Looking back to June, I thought our world was falling apart. There have been blessings after blessings. To think we're moving out, buying our own house, starting a family and starting a new job - only possible through God. NO good comes from us. Thank you. 

Now off to Crystal Springs for Christmas break. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


(might not be as cool as this kid)

Those are words I didn't think I would say this past June. After leaving my internship at First Presbyterian, I thought a diploma was unreachable. I remember going to the Keeler's house and being so worried about telling them "the news" and not completing my job. Mr. Harper Keeler was so quick to comfort me that night. He reassured me we would get the internship done. That was the first time I felt this would be okay. The internship was obviously the last thing on his and Mrs. Beth's minds. As I have said before, they were worried about my health, the baby's health and Daniel. 

After leaving their house, I had hope about my education. I would finish my degree. I then had to tell my dad, who paid my out-of-state tuition. I talked to my advisor before even mentioning it to him. She thought I could take an incomplete for the summer semester and finish in the fall. That's exactly what happened. I was able to get an internship with Community Counseling Services. Not only did I get an internship, but a paid internship... in Starkville (1/2 mile from our apartment). UNBELIEVABLE. Daniel and I (and my parents) were all thrilled! I started on September 12 and finished TODAY! 

540 hours piled into 2 binders

 I had a meeting at Community Counseling and my final meeting with my advisor, Jan Cooper Taylor. The first one was a breeze, but I was concerned about the second one. Needless to say, it went really well! (Funny story: After finding a parking spot, I realized the meter was good for 45 minutes. I knew I would at least be an hour. So, I walked in The Bakery and had to know someone studying - nope. Not a single soul. What do I do? See a freshman Phi Mu and ask her to put money in my car while I'm in my meeting. I might've embarrassed myself, but it surely wasn't the first time! I got back with 10 minutes to spare - thank you, Phi Mu lady! AND… it was the first time for me to be back in my building all semester. I ran into 2 of my professors from last semester. They looked at me and said, “Have you gained weight?” It was a surprise for them! They later joked with me and asked how we were doing. I really wanted to tweet, “#thatawkwardmoment when you see your professor for the first time being 8 months preggo.” Good times!)

Dr. Taylor and Anna Brantley at spring commencement

Needless to say, the meeting went REALLY well! Dr. Taylor and I talked for an hour and a half about my 2 VERY DIFFERENT internships and what I learned. Both were great experiences! Daniel and I made many connections at First Pres and will return shortly! The church has reached out and helped us along this journey. I could not be more thankful for that opportunity. Community Counseling targeted a completely different group of people. In the beginning I was quick to judge- I'll admit. My attitude was, "Why don't these people get jobs? They're living off the government. Blah. Blah. Blah." My view slowly changed. I had to remind myself some people weren't given the same chances I was given. They weren't raised with educated parents. They didn't HAVE an education. They had children for more money, because someone told them it was okay. It's a vicious cycle. My eyes were opened to a new world. A world where money is viewed differently. Family is viewed differently. Values and morals are viewed differently. Unless someone wants to change, you can't force it. Lesson learned.

client at the elderly home- lookin' sharp

Robert, from Inverness, called me Mary Sims 1,000 times a day. I got used to my new name quickly. 

Mr. Charles sings in a Motown band every Saturday night in Columbus

Mrs. Earnestine asked me at least 3 times a day, "Are you... Are you..." Yes mam, I am! "Oh well, good! Is it your first?" Yes mam. I'm young. "Oh wee. When is the date?" February 1st. "February? I had a girl in February. I had 2 girls, no boys." That was our conversation... at least 3 times a day. I miss her!


Miss Annie and Miss Ruby (program manager) playing Bingo. Miss Ruby taught me so much. She expected a lot from me. I'm going to miss Starkville Manor and Miss Ruby in the spring! She has a wonderful heart. 


group in action

singing Christmas hymns

 Upon the end of my meeting, Dr. Taylor talked on a serious note. She was glad to see me finishing my degree at Mississippi State. Back in June, I had so many things going through my head. "Do I finish my degree? Do I find a job? Do I work part-time and do research? We won't have income. Daniel's in school with 21 hours. He can't work. What am I supposed to do?" She told me that an education was SO important these days, but I wanted to take responsibility for myself. I wanted to work and support Daniel. It was a sense of independence. I'm so glad my parents and Dr. Taylor persuaded me to finish. It was a great feeling to turn in my portfolio. Not only was it paper in a binder, but something more than that. I accomplished my goal. What I thought was impossible, just became possible. Thank you, Mom, Dad, Keelers, First Presbyterian Church, Community Counseling, faithful friends, Daniel and baby Harper. It's a relief, but also a reminder that anything is possible with God. 

Remain faithful.

Monday, December 5, 2011


Happy Birthday, Daniel! 

You're finally 22. We can celebrate being the same age for 4 months! Harper and I love you very much! 
(Now finish exams so we can move)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Madison Avenue

Here it is folks...


We have been waiting and offering for a couple weeks to find the perfect house. I was counting on finding out yesterday, but no word. When I came in from work today, I asked Daniel the latest scoop. He ignored the question and continued to sing country songs with the computer - hilarious. I just knew we got the house, and he was hiding it from me. Nope. Hadn't heard a word. As we were talking about it, his phone rang. It was his dad's office. We both took a deep breath before he answered. I could hear every word his dad was saying. The first ones were, "Well, I have some bad news." I put my head down. He continued with, "They took the other offer..." Daniel and his dad then started from square one, "Where do we look?" They got off the phone and Daniel immediately told me, "You know what... the Lord provides. We will find a place to live." I knew that in the back of my head, but I responded with, "I know........ but we need to be settled in a month." He called a rental place in Jackson and as soon as he hung up his dad called back. His immediate words were, "You're never going to believe this. They took your offer." Daniel and I were amazed. It seemed surreal (or like April Fools Day). We were in shock. I was SO HAPPY! Although it looks like your great grandmother's house, it's nothing paint can't fix. Hopefully it will close quick so we can start repairing it, haha. It's also so close to Daniel's work. The house is on Madison Avenue in Madison, Mississippi - so safe and so convenient! 

Thanks to everyone who asked and offered to help! I can't believe we're in this situation. If you would've asked me a year from now where I would be, I would not have guessed this, but... it's a beautiful life.

Thank you, Lord for always providing. I need to remember to praise you in the storm and in the "good times". "Rejoice! Again, I say REJOICE!"

Monday, November 28, 2011



Daniel and I left Friday afternoon and headed south! We could not be happier. I don't think we slept Wednesday or Thursday night. He was geeked up about hunting and I well... just don't sleep anymore. Saturday morning, Crawford, Mr. Danny and Daniel went hunting in Crystal Springs. Daniel's dad conveniently has (roughly) 100 acres of land behind his house. Daniel misses the woods more than anything! Later that afternoon, he killed a deer! I was so happy for him (even though it was 80 degrees). 
Daniel Harper Sims, II

Also on Saturday, the BCS went haywire. I enjoyed watching the underdogs pull it out all day.  Mississippi State got murdered by Arkansas. Murdered as in painful to watch. LSU beat the snot out of Ole Miss which was the most enjoyable part of the day. Daniel kept asking me why I was watching it and I said, "It's so sweet! I could watch Ole Miss play like a junior high team any day." 

 In other news, Sunday was quite pleasant! Sally Beth Allred's wedding shower was in Brookhaven, then Daniel's parents took us to Sal & Mookies (Daniel's favorite place to eat... ever). Monday we headed to Louisiana! Oh, how I loved being home. Tuesday we ventured to Baton Rouge to register and do a little shopping for ourselves. We registered at Babies R Us and Oh Baby! That was 100,000 more fun than doing a wedding registry. I felt like I was doing a wedding registry yesterday (probably because I was!). We were exhausted from looking at all the 40 different car seats, strollers and bottles. It was time to go home. 

Jaye Marley showing us around Gurley

Talmadge's cows


after a long day of baby girl shopping
Baby's palette colors - I'm not a huge pink person, but I want to incorporate a light pink.

Daniel and I just laid around Clinton until Thanksgiving day. Our family tradition used to be watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I still watch it, but it's not the same. I can remember dad calling us for lunch just as santa made his appearance. I was probably 5 inches from the T.V. at my grandmother's small house. Memories. We had a large spread at Paula Sue's then headed to my dad's house. We all celebrated his big 5-5 and Thanksgiving dinner. Baby girl Sims got pushed to the back-burner on Thursday. I ate too much. Way too much. I guess that's the perk of being pregnant, no diet. I really enjoyed Thursday with the family. It made me anxious for Christmas break! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Robert Miller (brother-in-law) and Riley (oldest sister)

3's company

George Taylor with a dead squirrel ... Clinton.

Happy 55th Birthday, Pappy!

comparing stomachs with John Preston

On the road again... to Brandon. Friday we celebrated Thanksgiving with Daniel's mom's family. Yes, 4 Thanksgivings (if you count Friday night at Daniel's dad's). Another reason why I will NEVER get divorced. You know me, I don't mind traveling, but... it's a lot. I have a feeling it's going to get worse when baby gets here. We'll deal with that when it comes. Anyway, we ate (again) then watched LSU beat up on Arkansas. THAT was fun. By the way, is Bobby Petrino still crying? That was a true class act... not. I'm ready for the National Championship! As I was reading twitter, I came across a Nick Saban quote from 2003, "Anyone that doesn't win their conference has no business playing in the national championship game." We'll just beat Alabama... again. Geaux Tigers! 

My entire family went to the game. We headed north - welcome to marriage :) Here's a picture of John Preston cooking a hog for the Arkansas game.

This is a rare occassion. Geaux Tigers!

I love it.

Saturday we came back to Starkville (after ordering baby's bedding and Daniel going hunting)! We had planned on going to the Egg Bowl, but it was rainy. A storm was coming in, and I would much rather watch it from our couch. So that's what we did. Unpacked then cooked. The game was as expected. MSU beat Ole Miss 31-3. I wasn't a fan of this year's Egg Bowl. I'm going to leave it at that, because I could be really negative. We did win, so "Go Dawgs."

The week was perfect. Daniel and I have SO MUCH to be thankful for. 

1) Family

Our individual families and our own. We are so happy! This is nothing what we thought it would be, but life is wonderful right now. God has guided every step. I can't wait to have a family of our own!

2) Friends

Where would we be? I got text messages on Thursday telling us how thankful we should be for our little girl. It warmed my heart to have friends that care. I was taken back by the thoughtfulness of them. Thank you!

3) Roof

We are thankful for a place to live in Starkville and future housing. We should know today if we got the house in Madison or not. I'm patiently waiting on Daniel to walk in from class. We'll see! If not, it was not supposed to happen. We're content.

4) Baby Sims

This is not #4! We are praying she is healthy! She kicks often and is a constant reminder of God's grace. We love her so much :) ...just don't come early in case we do get the house, hah!

5) God loving husband

I am amazed everyday by Daniel. His love for the Lord and his love for me is breathtaking. I have all the confidence in the world he will biblically lead our family. Of course, we're not perfect and the "real world" is difficult to follow Christ, but I know Daniel will succeed. It's been enjoyable to watch him take responsibility and encourage me to read more. I am so undeserving of a husband like Daniel. He knows what's best for us... even if I do want to buy everything for a house/nursery. 

I can't count all of them! We are thankful for so many things! I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I'll admit, it was hard to get up for work this morning. My last official day is tomorrow! Who's excited??? This girl. 

Baby girl Sims is the size of a head of lettuce (18 inches and 3.2 pounds). I'm currently 30 weeks and 5 days. She'll change sizes in 3 days. February 1st is right around the corner. Sleeping is beginning to be my enemy. 

a gift from Gina Sharp

I couldn't resist.

Have a great week! Going to pick Daniel up from class. Counting down the days until we move out!