Friday, April 27, 2012

Crafty And Surrounded By Pregnancy!

 Have I mentioned that there are like 70 pregnant ladies at our church? (that may or may not be a tiny exaggeration) I am surrounded by big bellies and new babies! And these two things make me want to sew. I have been sewing a lot these days.

I started off with nursing covers. Lots and lots of nursing covers. So easy to make! I can't believe people pay $30.00 for these things!

Then I fell in love with making taggie type blankets. Also incredibly easy and I love how personal you can make them.  

Then I got brave and tried my hand at a boppy cover. When I finished I thought I was something else! I was so proud of myself. I made it start to finish in 45 min! Then I looked on Etsy and realized that lots of other people are making these covers too. Oh well, it is still fun to make them as gifts. 

And last but not least, look at these kids? Aren't they precious! Makes me sad to see how big they look in this picture.

Monday, April 23, 2012


We all did it as kids.... and even as teens.... and lets not fool ourselves, we still do it as adults.... 

"I got dibs!"

Now I am not sure if it is okay to call dibs when you are referring to holding a new little life, but I am just covering my bases here seeing as Heather is 36 weeks and 3 days now. Meaning, that baby could come literally anytime! Therefore, I am publicly declaring dibs.

People, dibs is legally binding, just like eni-meni-miny-mo and paper-rock-scissors. Just saying. 

I can't wait to hold this little miracle in my arms for the first time! I am sure there will be tears, and I despise crying in front of people, but just this once I will not care. Not one bit. The anticipation is so intense!!! 

FYI- no that is not Heather's mom. This is our pastors wife. They just happen to look just alike. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012


9 months is a long time to wait, when you are waiting for a baby. However, if someone told you that you had 9 months to live it would feel quite the opposite. Interesting how easily perspective can be changed.

It has been nearly 2 years since Esther and Scott's babies were created. Can you image expecting for 2 years.... and still seeing no due date in sight? I can't. Seems like torture to me.

But God is bigger than this. God has a perfect plan in perfect time.

I think it would be foolish to think that at some point in your walk with the Lord you just stop becoming impatient. Sure you gain contentment and learn to be more patient, but do we really ever stop wondering "when?"? I figure we will stop wondering that the day we take our last breath.

We are still waiting. Scott and Esther are still waiting. The months are flying by and the time line I had envisioned in my head has been skewed, several times. When a new month starts I think positively, yet by the end I begin wondering "when?".

The first step is in sight and I am very excited and yet nervous. Esther and Scott are planning a trip to visit us and while they are here we will be visiting a clinic! I feel like the ball is about to begin rolling and I can't tell you how excited that makes me!

At the same time I am nervous because I know this means doctors will have their say in things. Am I healthy enough? Would I make a good candidate for the babies/baby? Is my anxiety going to put up a big red flag? Will they find something wrong with me?

I'm terrified I have promised something to these two trusting people and it might be ripped apart right in front of them.

It boils down to the fact that I don't want to let them down. I feel peace though, because God brought us together after giving me this calling. His hand is in this and He can see it through.

Pray for us as we move closer to the appointment date and officially embark on this exciting journey!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I am listening to the sound of "learning". Lula Mae at the table working on Spanish and math, Jayce in the living room watching Your Baby Can Read.

When did it come to this?

When did my tiny babies turn into kids?

I feel like I should be listening to the sounds of crying and cooing, not talking and learning.

When Lula Mae was born I thought her turning 4 was "a long way off" and now we are a mere month from it.

After Jayce arrived I felt like his toddler years were a distant future, and yet in nearly 2 weeks he will turn 2.

We are here. We are at those moments that we thought were so far away. It makes me think about how quickly I will be remembering these moments as long past.

I thought that we would be welcoming a new baby when these milestones surfaced, but God changed my heart. He has given me great peace in waiting on a new baby. We want more, but we want to enjoy these precious moments with our first two gifts before that day comes. These precious moments are so fleeting and I want to hold my breath and soak them all in.

When I cuddle Jayce before bed I close my eyes and imagine my boy as that tiny baby he once was. When Lula Mae hugs me I imagine that sweet baby who was always laughing and smiling.

When my babies were born I had trouble picturing them as anything but, now I find I am having trouble remembering them as babies. Funny how time does that, huh?

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

Around here there is no bunny.

There are no baskets filled with eggs and candy.

Easter is completely centered around Jesus. It's a really big deal if you take a moment to think about it.

Our kids get a new book about Jesus or Easter and typically a small toy or craft to make. That's it. I mean, God sent Jesus to die for your sins.... is that not a big enough gift? Exactly.

Happy Easter to all of you! May God bless you and your families this weekend!