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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Here is our Peanut!!!

Isn't he precious! I just think he is beautiful, I can hardly wait until he comes out to play. It's been a lot of fun telling friends and family today. I even called my sister and her family in France.

This picture does not show "the goods", but I think it gives all of you a good idea of his size. He's only 10 ounces right now, so there are plenty of pounds to put on. I guess that goes for both of us. Ha!

We are still working on names, but we'll let you know when we decide. Blessings to all of you, and thanks for your prayers thus far. God is good.

I Told You So!!!


I love it when I'm right! Everything looks really great, he has all 10 fingers and toes, two arms, two legs. He's healthy and still growing. The only thing mentioned was that the placenta is low, so they are going to check in two more months to make sure the placenta has raised. My doctor told me that there is a 97% chance that the placenta will raise, if it doesn't it means I can't have a vaginal delivery. So please be praying that the placenta does raise, but praise be to God for everything looking so great. He is beautiful. Pictures will follow.


Monday, November 21, 2005

What Are We Thankful For?

I thought I would list some of the things that I’m thankful for. There is no reasoning to the order of these. That would have been much too difficult. Blessings.

I’m thankful for my home and the security it provides our family and those who enter it.
I’m thankful for my husband who loves all of me, flaws included.
I’m thankful for my Christ-centered parents and my upbringing rooted in faith, hope, and love.
I’m thankful for my closest girl friends that are sounding boards, encouragers, and prayer warriors.
I’m thankful for the hard times and struggles I have endured, and have yet to endure. They are the pieces that make my heart what it is.
I’m thankful for our country that allows me the freedom and the voice to proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and I hurt for those who are dying for theirs in other countries.
I’m thankful for the gift of life, and this peanut growing inside of me.
I’m thankful for my church home.
I’m thankful for my cell group.
I’m thankful for music, and how God has gifted me to express it.
I’m thankful for Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream.
I’m thankful for my health.
I’m thankful for the five tall trees on our property, they are beautiful.
I’m thankful for breath, especially since I’ve been struggling with my asthma these last 2 weeks.
I’m thankful that I never have to do anything on my own, because even if I don’t feel God working in my life, I know He is working in my life.
I’m thankful for sweet nieces and nephews, and the brother’s and sister's who give them.
I’m thankful for the elderly, because they do hold a lot of wisdom.
I’m thankful for my Monday night girls.
I’m thankful for mountains.
I’m thankful for blue skies and rainy days.
I’m thankful for old musicals and the timeless songs from them.
I’m thankful for men like John Willis, Ragan Price, Mark Lewis, Wayne Barnard, and Gary Halford.
I’m thankful for women like Margaret Davis, Evelyn Willis, and Jo Pennington.
I’m thankful for good books, that all seem to be inspiring good movies. (Have you seen the holiday movie lineup?!)
I’m thankful for my salvation, and the freedom I have in Jesus Christ.
I’m thankful for holidays that serve as a reminder to be thankful.

Let me know what you are all thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

A Sweet Story

Here’s a story that I believe to be worth sharing with the world. It really helps define the sincerity of my husband, and it also further supports why he is just so darn cute.

Last month I left town for a few days to go visit my brother and his family in Missouri. Jason was left alone to fend for himself, meaning: all meals, laundry, shopping, cleaning the house for our cell group, among other things. He is more than capable of doing all of these, and it doesn’t surprise me when he wants to go above and beyond the call of duty to take care of things that I would normally do if I were home. Trust me, this does not end up in disaster. With that said, I need to explain some key points before I go any further.

Every Fall and Spring there is a large consignment sale in Dallas. The sale is Divine Consign and is a huge deal for mothers in the area, because it’s all second hand children’s items. The Divine Consign sale has everything: children’s clothing, toys, bedding, furniture, you name it. Its’ owners are two women who we happen to go to church with. So, out of the kindness of their hearts they donated all of the clothes that did not sell in this Fall’s sale to Project Mercy (a ministry through Farmers Branch Church for hurricane Katrina victims), and all clothes would be free to any hurricane families in need.

Okay, let me explain what happened. The church opened their doors to invite all of the hurricane families to get their free clothing, to their disappointment only two families showed up. The women who organized this started calling everyone they knew, and clothing would be sold at around $0.25. We got the call, however I was out of town. Jason could not allow me to miss out on this opportunity. So, with a bag of quarters in hand, Jason headed to the church to face the madness of women ransacking through all of the clothing. He had a blast! Since we don’t know what we are having yet, he got half boy clothes and half girl clothes. Plus being the man of great persuasion that he is, Jason was able to involve some other mothers to help him with sizes etc. Jason walked away with close to 80 baby outfits that day and he paid a total of $14! I’m not talking about some clothes that some baby threw up on either. It’s Ralph Lauren, Baby Dior, Gap, and it’s all so adorable. I know some of you are doing the math and 80 outfits do not add up to $14. Jason ran out of quarters, and since he purchased so many clothes they did not make him pay the difference. I could hardly believe it when I came home Monday night and there were piles of clothes sitting on my guest room bed. Jason beamed with pride over his great accomplishment. What husband would brave aggressive mothers to find a bargain that his wife was going to miss out on? Isn’t he sweet?

Monday, November 14, 2005

Four Months and still growing...

Some of you have mentioned that I need to take pictures of myself while I'm growing a lot in these following months. I will try to make every effort to show a month by month growth from now (4 months) until the 9th. I'm happy to say that I am finally showing though. What a relief!


Sunday, November 13, 2005

It's been a long time....

I’m finally putting another post out. Sorry to all of you who have been subjected to my old post for nearly two weeks. I actually did create a post not very long ago and something malfunctioned with our computer and I lost the whole thing. I was livid! Partly hormonal I assume, or at least I’m going to use that excuse as long as I’m pregnant! Ha!

These last two weeks have been filled with a lot of life circumstances, which certainly keep us on our toes and our knees. Our weekends have consisted of a lot of commitments, but good ones at that. Jason and I had a wonderful experience last week at the wedding of Ryan and Julie Christopher. Their wedding had a lot of heart and soul put into, and their efforts really paid off. The Lord was glorified and my heart was touched by what they share. This couple is courageous and I can hardly wait to see what the Lord has in store for them.

Update on Peanut:
My last appointment was on the 1st of this month. I decided to go ahead and have the AFP test. AFP or Alpha-Feto Protein test can help diagnose if there are birth defects early in a pregnancy. While it’s not mandatory that I do this, I really wanted to. There are so many things that I don’t know, and I like taking all of the precautions with our first child. We did get the results back, and the screening showed no abnormalities. So we are thankful for that.

My next appointment is on the 29th and this is when we will find out the sex of our peanut. I can hardly believe it’s almost time to find out! This whole time I’ve been thinking it’s a boy, which in this case I’m wavering on names. Jason and I both like the name Carter, but I’ve always thought a biblical name would be really special. I love Luke, or David. I really think Jason is praying for a girl, and if that is the case I’m going to have my hands full! I can see it now…the moment she asks for a pony, Jason will begin drawing blue prints of where to put the stable and trough in our back yard! We are both sold on the name Caroline if it’s a girl. I don’t know what it is about the name, but it sure is sweet and I’ve had it picked out since I was about 15 years old.

I started feeling some movement last week, which is really weird. It feels like gas. I know that sounds gross but not all of this can be glamorous. I keep wondering what peanut can feel. I’ve been doing a lot of singing lately and I wonder if the vibrations are like a good massage chair. What do you think?