Update: Helping Hands-1st Edition

Wow.

What a wonderful and long journey it has been with my Helping Hands 1st Edition embroidery hoop fundraiser!

So many thoughts and emotions from start to end.

And even now as I’m updating y’all, it’s all coming back to me after finishing up 6 months ago.

I still remember my anxiety, nerves, and doubts before sharing the kickoff. I was so so scared it would not be well-received or people would somehow lash out and just hate Helping Hands, its message, and me

But the feeling I remember most and what kept me going was the very first person who reached out to me about getting involved: Kristina

She didn’t know it at the time, but I was so overwhelmed with gratitude and love that this basically stranger wanted to be part of something so dear to me. 

I guess in a way it was like validation that okay this is as good as you think it is in your heart and people see it too.

And before I knew it, all 10 hoops were reserved!

Then came the real work.

I mean look at how precious they came out to be! La la loved each person’s

“1 letter change”.


It took a much longer than I intended and even longer to send these babies to their forever homes due to COVID-19.

But just as rewarding if not more to see and hear how much each person loved their custom embroidery hoop!

I sent each hoop with a personal letter but I want to publicly declare my love and utmost gratitude to the 9 beautiful human beings (you know who you are!) for believing in me, in my mission, your absolute patience, your donation, but most importantly your giving hearts because y’all were able to collectively raise nearly $1,000 for Global Dental Relief and its mission to provide free dental care to children all over the world!!

Like what?? We did that ^^^ guys! *Happy Dance*

And a little too for making this girl here just the happiest. 

&& Big thank you to those who couldn’t contribute directly but still encouraged + supported me along the way and shared Helping Hands with their loved ones to get the word out!

I’m still taking reservations if you’d like to be part of this small but impactful circle of ahhhmazingness or know someone who does or would simply like one of these sweet embroidery hoops for themselves.

By the way, they make a lovely baby shower gift!

As always, thank you for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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Life lately according to my celly

As I was looking back on photos from the past two months, it occurred to me how much has happened and how busy we’ve been!

In only good ways too!

And these don’t nearly show all of our shenanigans. Loads of hubby and family time and I’m loving it. 

The next two months don’t show any signs of slowing down and I’m looking forward to it all. 

I’ve been putting my phone down more often to soak up more memories and be in the moments. I’ve noticed positive differences and don’t plan on stopping any of that either.

It is Fa Fa FALL y’all!

My most faaaaavorite time of the year!

DIY Copper pipe kitchen pulls

I love a good DIY.

And this one by WeLoveHome is soooo good!

I’ve been itching to replace our kitchen knobs and pulls for quite some time now and just never found ones that really “spoke” to me.

Until I laid eyes on these. 

What’s crazy is I love copper and pipes, which are both used throughout our home already. 

Aaaaand I had copper pipes from a previous DIY for my sister’s baby shower just laying around so it worked out so well!

I didn’t really expect to share at first so not many before photos were taken. But you get the idea of how blah they were.

And B O O M! Afters!

Such a simple design change with significant impact that’s much more our esthetic and style.

Right?? Aren’t they perfect?!

Fell in love right away. 

As I mentioned earlier, they match the rest of our kitchen and house too. We made these open shelves and copper pipe pot bar our first year. And yes, we do use those pots! They are not just for decor.

Please excuse the mess on the kitchen island. Hah.

And that’s all folks!

Fairly easy to moderate DIY (shout-out to the best husband), so check it out and GO FOR IT if you’re on the fence. You know you reeeeeally want to anyways! 

Thanks for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

Khangology: Fourth Edition

*Ask him a question*

Not now Julie, I’m trying to watch an educational video.


I love you with all my heart.

 No wait, with all my cells.


Me: Khang, wake up…

Khang: Not now, Jet Li is teaching me the 16 points of contact.


Every morning and every night…I tell myself how happy I am to have you in my life.


*While folding clothes*

These are the “heartbroken socks”…they lost their partner.


*While laying in bed*

Khang: Let me get your foot, baby. 

Me: Why? 

Khang: That’s my way of “holding” you.


Me: You don’t write me poems anymore like you used to.

Khang: I still do. It’s called “gestural poetry”.


Bonus!

L: Auntie Uyen? 

Me: Yes, Nephew L. 

L: Your name sounds like “Win”.

Me: Exactly.


Me: I need privacy. Auntie is going to change her clothes.Please don’t open the door(no locks). 

L: What is privacy? 

Me: I need to be by myself.

L: For boobies?

Uncle and Auntie T-rex

Sometimes life can be a blur.

Though lately, this pandemic has slowed my life down significantly and produced very precise highlights in time. 

After the first three months of abiding to North Carolina’s “stay-at-home” mandate and pretty much leaving once a week to buy groceries down the street, Khang and I cautiously decided to visit our nephews near the DC area.

I remember hesitantly hugging both nephews and my sister/brother-in-law. It felt like a very unknown gesture that seemed so out of practice.

But we hopped right into it as “Uncle and Auntie T-rex” (major kudos to Khang for giving us such awesome monikers!) because with young and active little boys…you gotta keep up! 

This pandemic has heartbreakingly cost unmeasurable lives and still is affecting our world in ways I feel will not be fully understood or uncovered for decades to come.

Some days I feel like I am okay and other days, I have no words.

And y’all, I am not on the front lines or deemed “essential”. So I will not even begin to unjustly try to imagine what it’s been like for those from grocery store workers to healthcare providers or the sacrifices they have made and continue to do at this very second. 

The optimist in me always trying to push through has shown how the “gift of time” has been given to me and Khang. 

I kind of touched on this here during our first 10 days in.

To put it short, our week-long visit with our nephews really changed us

I do not know if they will remember it 10 or 20 years from now, but I know I will

I cannot recall when I realized I wanted to marry Khang. It just kind of happened over the course of time. 

But knowing for sure when we wanted to grow our family. Well that happened during this trip to DC. We realized we want to try sooner than later. 

Babies are cute, don’t get me wrong. 

But as they get older. Gosh it’s the best in my opinion! Their personalities shine through and you appreciate that they have their own little thoughts and opinions. And their avid enthusiasm to learn and soak up information is just the sweetest and most rewarding feeling because you played a tiny part in it. And when you don’t, you are the proudest ever because they learned it all on their own

I know being an aunt is nothing compared to being a mom. Not even close, but I accept I will not know until I become one. 

However, I will always remember that being an aunt, their Auntie T-rex, is when and how I first realized I was “ready” to be a Mom.

Here are a few photos from us at the Strawberry Patch, which we used to make homemade strawberry ice cream and mixed cocktails. Such delicious summer treats!

Just to be clear, “sooner” for us is still a few years out. But even so, we practice Natural Family Planning (NFP) and that has always put us in the mindset of “having a baby is a blessing” at any time. 

So actually what was the main point of this blog??

Khang and I are closer to growing our little family and well, I am just the happiest thinking about it all.

Thank you for reading and following along

with me,

Jules.

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