Monday Morning Musings | No. 41

Popping Champagne - Ashley Brooke @ashleybrooke

The Sweetest Weekend

It really was just the sweetest weekend. Late Friday afternoon we received a call from our Oncologist letting us know that the pathology report from Ryan’s surgery last Monday was clear (read here to catch up on our story!). We burst into tears! To say it was the happiest day would be a complete understatement. We pretty much cried tears of joy for the next 24 hours. And to make the news sweeter, 3 of Ryan’s brothers were in town along with their families, so we were able to celebrate and “group hug” all weekend long. 

And just when we thought we had cried all the happy tears we could, we walked into church on Sunday morning, our first time back since May, and the little kids had made Ryan a big poster and sang him a little “Cancer Free” song, so we cried yet again!  (watch it on my highlights, it’s the last 2 slides here!)

To be honest, neither of us have really wrapped our heads around the pathology report.  With so many ups and downs during our cancer journey I think it is still sinking in. Not to mention we still aren’t quite done yet, with daily radiation on the horizon. It’s a lot to process, but thankfully all good things (praise Jesus!)! I’m sure I will have more to say about all of this later, but for right now I’m all out of words. 🙂

 

5 Things I’m Loving 

Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

My favorite show is back!! If you haven’t watched season 1 of Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, you need to stop what you are doing right now and start it!

Seriously, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. The sets are amazing and don’t even get me started on the costumes… they are EVERYTHING. Also, if you loved Gilmore Girls, you’ll love MMM – it’s the same writers! Albeit, it’s a bit (or a lot!) more crass than Gilmore Girls, but nevertheless, worth it. Please tell me you’ll watch it!

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New Favorite Staple

I picked up this blouse on Cyber Monday and it has quickly become a new go-to! The peplum is very flattering, the material keeps it’s shape, plus the buttons down the front are functional! It’s currently 50% off, under $45, and worth every single penny! I’ll be wearing this one all year long! 

Notes: I have it in a size 4, could have most definitely gotten it in a size 2, but I like a looser fit! (see it in action here

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One Day in December

I finally finished my last book Small Admissions over the weekend (I’ll write a book update soon!) and immediately ordered One Day in December! I’ve heard rave reviews about this one, plus, I love a good seasonal book. Have you read it yet?

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The Perfect Pink Polish

Essie just launched their new Gel Couture collection and the colors are AMAZING! This is the first collection in a long time that I would wear every single color in the collection.  They are so, so pretty. The 6 new colors are perfect for an array of skin tones, but the Gossamer Garments is my favorite! It’s more of a sheer, so be prepared for 3 coats, but I promise you’ll LOVE it!

Also, if you didn’t know, pair the Gel Couture color with the GC top coat, and it will stay on for two weeks (without a light!) it’s amazing! HIGHLY recommend!

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Christmas Pajamas!

If you haven’t gotten your Christmas pajamas yet, now is the time!!! These are 50% off right now and oh-so-cute! I love the candy canes, so festive!!

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20 Comments

  1. December 10, 2018 / 10:11 am

    So happy to hear the news about Ryan! I ordered One Day in December from Book of the Month and it’s getting here today. So excited to read it!

    briana | youngsophisticate.com

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:24 pm

      Thanks Briana! Aslo, yay! Book Club! 😉

  2. Patricia Haddad
    December 10, 2018 / 10:39 am

    That is just the best news ever!!!! If I was there I would give both you and Ryan a big (((()))) hug. I will keep praying to keep the good news coming!!! 🙂

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Patricia! Means the world!! xoxo

  3. Mackenzie Praytor
    December 10, 2018 / 1:50 pm

    So, so happy to hear such positive news about Ryan. Keeping you both on my prayer list!! xo

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks Mackenzie!!! xoxoxo

  4. Jane H.
    December 10, 2018 / 2:47 pm

    I don’t even know you and Ryan but I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes! Great news to hear on a Monday! Just lifted me up.

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Jane, you are the sweetest!! xo

  5. Sally Shaw
    December 10, 2018 / 6:10 pm

    Wonderful news! Rejoicing with you!

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:23 pm

      Thank you, Sally!! xx

  6. Erica
    December 10, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    Ashley,

    I’m so happy for Ryan’s good news! You two are so cute, and I always look forward to your posts! You made my day today with your happy update!

    Erica

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 10, 2018 / 6:26 pm

      Awe, thanks Erica!! You are the sweetest!! xo

  7. Paige
    December 10, 2018 / 9:19 pm

    I don’t know you or Ryan personally, but I’m overjoyed to hear the good news. I cried when you first posted about his diagnosis and I cried again with joy reading this update. But God. Amen and merry Christmas!

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 9:44 am

      Oh Paige, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much! xx- AB

  8. Melissa
    December 10, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    Lovely news!! So thankful to God.

    xoxo,
    Melissa

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thank you so much Melissa!! We are so thankful! xx – AB

  9. Molly
    December 10, 2018 / 10:08 pm

    So happy to hear this!!!! Cannot believe those sweet children singing – so incredibly sweet. co Tonuong to pray for y’all the whole way through the journey. Praising God for the good news!

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Molly, I know!! It was just the sweetest day! xx – AB

  10. Lori
    December 11, 2018 / 11:40 am

    PTL for the good news!!! I just started One Day in December and I’m really enjoying it. MMM is on my watch list while I’m off over the holidays.

    • Ashley Brooke
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 9:43 am

      Thanks Lori!! Also, yes One Day in December is so, so good!!

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