wednesday letters: you're never fully dressed without a smile

happy tuesday, ya'll. i'm comin at ya live with TWO wednesday letters this week because the last two weeks have been busy, busy, busy!!! i've been working on some really exciting things for my blog recently. i'm pretty stoked about it & we got some exciting news this week that i can't wait to share. but more on that later. i've been plagued by a cold for the last two weeks that just won't quit. we both had to take a day off work today to get rested & try to get better. i've never done that before, so it was a different experience. we're moving on. 

this last week, we had a to make a big decision in terms of baby banks. & since making that decision we have been very blessed. God is good & we are so grateful. one of our cars died on us last week & needed a new engine. our mechanic let us know that the best engine he could find us at an affordable price was $3800. *insert a broken heart & tears of frustration here* we have been working so, so hard to pay off debt (that car in particular) & having it break down & needing to pay more than what was left on it for a new engine was so frustrating. but we need the car, so we gave our mechanic the go-ahead to order the new engine. about an hour later, our mechanic called us back & told us that there was a recall on our specific engine. he said we would need to have it towed to the dealership & that they could help us further. well, we had it towed & then we waited for like 5 excruciating days, prayed a ton & saved our pennies. & yesterday, we found out that OUR ENGINE FELL UNDER WARRANTY. it was so, so relieving & we are so, so grateful.

this week i also had the opportunity to have my teeth whitened at fresh smiles now. it was a really unique experience. if you've been here from the beginning, you know that my smile is well, not all my original teeth. i've never been able to whiten my teeth at the dentist because my dental implants can only be whitened to their original color & it was just never really recommended. even though i've always been kind of self-conscious about my teeth. (you can learn why here, however, if you're not up for seeing pictures of me after some serious facial injury, then maybe just don't read that post) when danielle from fresh smiles now reached out to me & said that her laser teeth whitening could still whiten my teeth to my implants' original color, i thought i'd give it a shot. she uses an organic plant & mineral based whitening gel. it was pain free & super easy. & i loved the results. but i'll let the photos speak for themselves.