A Summer Dress and Some Baby Ears

Welcome back from the weekend! How was yours? I wanted to share two things with you real quick!

Firstly, about this dress. It’s one of my latest Amazon procurements and I absolutely love it! It’s great for summer- super lightweight and roomy. It’s pretty much the ideal out-to-dinner-while-at-the-beach dress because it’s not form fitting at all, yet very seasonal! You have room to enjoy your food, if you know what I mean! If you’re any shorter than I am (chances are good on that), you could probably belt it, but with my tall frame, I’m pretty sure short dress patrol would give me a citation if I brought that hemline up any more! Now would be a good time to share that I purchased a medium. Large would’ve worked too.

And did I mention it has pockets? Oh, and that it’s under $20? Oh, and that it comes in six colors? You need this dress, girlfriend!

This amazon dress is under $20 and comes in six colors!
This amazon dress is under $20 and comes in six colors!
This amazon dress is under $20 and comes in six colors!
This amazon dress is under $20 and comes in six colors!
This amazon dress is under $20 and comes in six colors!

// dress // similar purse // Chuck Taylors // shades (not available in this color anymore) // earrings from here //

The second thing I wanted to share was a very quick update about my little sweet-cheeked sidekick here! As many of you know, quickly after Dempsey was born in November, we found out that he had profound hearing loss in both ears. (( You can read more about our journey under the Dempsey’s Ears category. ))

We have confirmed that Dempsey has all the anatomy to support cochlear implants, so we are definitely getting some of those in the coming months! Right now, we are continuing with his little hearing aids to keep his auditory nerves stimulated. We don’t have a hard surgery date just yet, but we have recently begun checking off several of the boxes that have to be checked in order for him to get implants. Things like hearing tests with and without hearing aids in a sound booth, a speech pathologist observing him and asking us a bunch of questions, and us being presented with boat loads of information about the implant companies.

As I sit here and type out (and reflect on) everything we’ve learned and done over the past month or so, it’s a tad overwhelming. But honestly, because of God’s goodness and grace, we have continued to feel very at peace about it all! I’ve gotten a little panicky or overwhelmed with the magnitude of what all it means to get cochlear implants for our baby on a couple of occasions, but that’s been so temporary, I can hardly remember those times!

God has given us such great manna each day. He knows just what we need on a Monday. Enough, but not too much. Then Tuesday comes, and we get our manna for Tuesday. Again, it’s enough but not too much. Learning to walk with God through all of this has been so joy-giving. When I find myself worrying about the future (because of course my mom brain goes to bullying in school, how mean kids can be, what Dempsey’s dating life will look like, what he can potentially pass on to his kids, and all that junk), THAT is when my heart starts to race. That passage in Matthew 6 about how the birds never worry about what they’ll eat and how the flowers never worry about what they’ll wear, yet God takes care of their needs each day. And how much more important are we to God than birds and flowers? I’m so comforted by that wonderful, simple truth. And I’m reminded that worry has no place in my head!

We are gonna continue taking this journey day by day, looking for all the good we can and continuing to ask God for the amazing peace he’s supplied thus far!

And when I do find myself worrying out loud about if girls will be scared off by Dempsey’s implants when he’s ready to start dating down the road, Price is always quick to remind me that those implants are blessings because they’ll scare off all the shallow chicks before they ever get too close! ha! I love my husband (who I’ve been married two for TEN YEARS this week, btw)! He also reminds me that Jesus could come back tomorrow, which will have made all of our worrying a complete waste of time! Thankful for him! 🙂

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Go and have a great day, won’t ya? Thanks a million for stopping in! XOXO!



  1. Brenda Kemp May 20, 2019 / 10:47 am

    I worry about those shallow girls with my grandsons all ready! They are perfectly healthy. I think that is a mother or in my case a grandmother thing! LOL

    Your husband is very wise ! I am so proud of both of you and your wisdom in this situation.
    Dempsey is perfect and I am sure will be smart like his parents. Love you all❤️❤️❤️

    • Laurel at THE HIVE June 4, 2019 / 10:18 am

      Thank you so much for the continual encouragement, aunt Brenda! We love you!

  2. Brandie Ducrest May 20, 2019 / 11:01 am

    Dempsey is so precious and I love that you are sharing this journey with us all. I am so, so bad to let my mind get way too far ahead of the present. The what if’s can really mess with my head if I let them. When that happens to me, I remember Exodus 14:14. For the last few years my mantra has been “Be still.” It’s a good reminder for lots of situations, but it helps to ease my worried mind. I hope it helps you too.

    • Laurel at THE HIVE June 4, 2019 / 10:18 am

      I LOVE that, Brandie! Great scripture and great reminder. Be still. I’ll have to start telling myself that more often! 🙂

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