Thursday, April 24, 2008


Matt just emailed this to me.... just a little chuckle for ya :)

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

2 more weeks!

We get to go in for our anatomy ultrasound in just two weeks. I'm so excited! I really don't care if it's a boy or a girl, I'm just so excited to know one simple thing about our little baby! One step closer to meeting him/her!
I've been thinking about closing the name polls for a while because we've decided against most of them, so there's really no point in having them available for vote anymore. :) Besides, how many more votes could we POSSIBLY get? We'll put up a new one in a couple weeks when we know the gender. Ooooh so close!! How on earth do people wait 40 weeks to find out?? 19 is long enough!! :) And just because it would be perfectly ironic, our little turnip will probably be shy and cross his/her legs or hide behind the umbilical cord the whole time anyway. ;) So I shouldn't get my hopes up so high. haha.

The name results were:
Gabriel Jude with 21
Rowen Micah & Aiden Micah both with 19
Wyatt Aiden with 13
and Ezra Paul coming in last with only 10

Evelyn Grace with 25
Gracelyn Joy with 22
Adie Grace with 19
(People like grace!)
Elisha Joy with 13
and Amabell Claire with a whopping 7

Friday, April 18, 2008

It's a Boy!!

Just kidding. :)

My mom did the needle on a string test with me - the needle says it's a boy. So there ya have it. ;)
We'll "confirm" the results via ultrasound May 7th.

In case you're unfamiliar with this pregnancy old wives tale, here's the procedure:

Get a sewing needle and thread it. Attach a pencil to the needle by poking the needle into the eraser. Hold the string just above the expecting mother's left wrist. Wait for the needle/pencil to stop moving and then start again. If it swings up and down the arm, it's a boy. If it swings back and forth across the wrist, it's a girl. Scientific, eh?
I've seen a few different versions of this test out there, but this is what my mother did to me!! Has anyone else done this? Were your results accurate? Enquiring minds want to know.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sale Pending

...I'm not even sure where to begin.

Well, maybe at the beginning.
When we first decided to buy a house, we didn't think we'd be able to find anything we could afford and also love. We called the Realtors that everyone in my family has used and just left it up to the Lord. There's no harm in looking, right? The first day we went out looking, Al & Barb (the Realtors) showed us a little condo that was not yet on the market and was going to go for a really great price- the owners wanted it gone ASAP. Well, it was perfect for us, and we were able to get into our first home! Lickety split- just like that. It was such a huge blessing in many ways.
Now that our next huge (yet little!) blessing is on the way - we decided to sell our lovely little home and simplify as we adjust to life on a single income. We've been told by many who "know," that the market for "first time homes" (i.e. as inexpensive as they come) is much better than the general market lately. So we had our hopes up that it wouldn't be too difficult to sell before the baby gets here. (September!) However, we weren't really mentally prepared for what happened this week.

We put the condo on the market on Friday.
Two couples came by to view it on Sunday.
They both made offers.


Last night, five days after putting the house up for sale, we finished the final negotiations with couple number two and signed the papers. a.k.a. we sold it.


For exactly what we wanted to sell it for, too. They want to close June 9th, so that gives us a nice 7 weeks to figure out what we want to do now.

We are so humbled by the Lord's favor- we just sat at the table last night staring at each other saying, "what did we do to deserve this?" The question is of course rhetorical- we did nothing. We deserve nothing. We are so dumbfounded that He would continue to show us blessing after blessing that there really are no words to describe it properly. We both confessed that we've been "waiting" for the bomb to drop one of these days- you know- for something terribly horrible to happen because life isn't supposed to be this easy. Just to have Him, each other, food & shelter would be a very blessed life indeed- but to be surrounded in loving families, to have an incredible marriage, a fantastic & thriving church family, a beautiful home, great jobs, to have gotten pregnant so easily, and now to have sold our home with such ease..... it just doesn't all add up. So we are humbled, grateful, and blessed almost to the point of disbelief. Almost. :)

To the rest of you out there in the home-selling process: know that we have been & will continue to be praying for you! It'll happen!!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Second Prenatal Appointment - what a blessing!

Well I my second prenatal visit on Friday- it was great! It was pretty quick but everything is looking awesome. They took my pulse, BP, and weight, and all are looking good. (I've gained 6 pounds! This is the only time in life I can be excited about gaining weight- haha) My doctor did a bunch of research on my bone disorder and found out that in the one study that's been done, my risk of C-section is only about 48%, which I'm super excited about! It sounded like before it was going to be inevitable. So it's double the rate of most women, but at least we've got a chance for a normal delivery. :) She thought we'd be able to go full term without scheduling anything and just see how it goes during my labor, unless it's looking like the baby is way too big ahead of time. She also was not concerned about my slipped vertebrae, she said if anything changes (pain, numbness) I should call her right away, but not to plan on it affecting my pregnancy at all! That's great news! I've just been waiting to hear "bed rest all summer..." haha.... so you'll find me by the pool instead. ;)

I got to hear baby's heart beat for the first time- it was SO loud and sounded like a horse's hooves galloping away! I've heard before that that's what it sounds like, but I didn't really get it. Seriously, it was like hooves on pavement. So weird. :) My DR smiled when she found it and said it sounded fantastic, steady and strong. We scheduled my anatomy ultrasound (when we'll get to find out the sex!) for may 7th - I'll be 19 weeks, and my next prenatal for may 28th - I'll be 22 weeks. wow, already that close to the half way point! What a blessing this pregnancy has been so far. :)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

For Sale By Owner

Ready or not, here we go!

Matt posted the house for sale on the internet this morning. Please be praying for us!! We're okay with whatever God wants for us- it'll just be a matter of finding out what that is. :)
Coming in June, Matt will be the sole provider for our soon-to-be-expanding family and we'd like to make the most financially wise decisions possible as our budget goes under a drastic over-haul! I'm so excited and nervous and... well... exhausted just thinking about it. :)

Here's some pictures we took last night to make the "take-ones" - it was dark before we got to the front of the house and the camera battery died. Maybe better luck today :)

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

funny words

Do you ever say something and it catches you off guard a bit? I worked with two year olds for a long time and they say the funniest little words (because they truly think that's how they're said...) and lately I've been calling things by their two-year-old name. For example, yesterday I asked Cooper if he'd like some bloccoli. I haven't heard that one in a long time. And then I couldn't stop saying it, instead of broccoli, for the rest of the day. Bloccoli, bloccoli....
The other day I had "cranch" with my carrots. Mmm.... cranch. But you have to say it in a paranoid/angry maner like my little two year old did. As in... "Noooo!!!! NO CRANCH!!!!" (he wasn't a fan of any dips or sauces... hehe) The other one that keeps coming out of my mouth lately is logurt. I love a good logurt for breakfast. hahaha.... Oh yeah, I think i'm officially losing my brain.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

3 month belly!

32", 104lbs


Well, there it is! my ginormous belly. And it's only going to get ginomouser. Like how my guts are poking out through my stomach muscles on top there? Not that you can see my stomach muscles, for heavens sake. Those have been hiding since high school. haha.
And my posture is terrible. Straighten up, girl! Put your shoulders back! I'm almost tempted to make Matt take my picture again. hahaha- poor guy. I'm all "you're too close, no not that way, the other way, no no, too close. Too far. Okay, now do it again. I need some to choose from." (pregnant ladies, I swear.) ;)
He wouldn't be too surprised, however. I haven't exactly been able to make up my completely emotionally stable mind, lately. Cry, laugh, panic, cry again, laugh some more, and.... go to bed. zzzz.......
It's exciting to be officially in our second trimester now that we're three months pregnant. 14 weeks today! Time is flying. I'm going to blink and we'll be half way there!
Well, I'm off to sew some pillow cases. That's all I have for now. :)
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