Well, I'm 14 weeks along, and I must say that I am so thankful that God has given me an "easy" pregnancy so far! :) I haven't had any real problems with nausea or anything like that, and I'm really starting to get a little energy back. Jeremy has been great to help me around the house, and stuff, so I'm thankful for that, as well. :)
We've settled on a nursery theme, as it will be the same for boy or girl. We're going to use vintage amusement park/carnival theme. I knew none of the bedding I was finding at baby stores was going to work, so I saw something in my Architectural Digest magazine that got me rolling down that path (originally vintage carousel, but it changed a bit), and we've found a site that does custom bedding that has a fabric collection that is perfect! I've already gotten prints for the walls (need to take those for framing) and a couple of accessories. Next I need to figure out what furniture I want. I'm probably going to look at consignment places. I hate to spend so much on furniture that will be used for such a short time! I'm not completely sure I want everything to be part of a matched set, anyway, so that would probably work out great. :)
We really haven't talked about names much. We'll have an ultrasound at the end of July to determine gender, so I figure we can start the name talks then. We have a few that we've liked for a while, but we'll see.
We're going to San Diego for vacation July 15th, and we are very excited. Even though we've been aggressively paying off debt, we decided to take a break and a vacation since we don't really know when we'll get to go again. :) We'll be home the 19th, so it's a long weekend, but I can't wait!
I have a prayer request. For those of you who haven't heard, Mickey Suttle, a member at Eastside in Baytown was admitted to the hospital this weekend with swelling on his brain. I don't think he's any older than late 40s, and he has at least a couple of masses in his brain. He'll be having a biopsy later this week. He's in St. Luke's in the Medical Center. If you know Steve and Pat Fontenot (Steve is the preacher at Humble), this is their son-in-law. I've known Mickey my entire life, and this family is very, very special to us. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.
So, I didn't realize that it had been so long since I posted here. So much has happened!
On April 17, we found out that I'm pregnant! So, I realize that some huge changes are coming our way. :) We've already been wittling down the budget so that we can have everything we owe paid off before baby gets here (except for our house). :) I'm slowly working my way through the house organizing and cleaning out. So far, I have really only gotten to my closet, but I have lots of lists for things I need to do (things to clean out, furniture to move, things to buy, etc.). I plan to clean out under my bathroom counter this weekend so that I'll at least be finished with one room. When I cleaned out the study a couple of months ago, I had put all the decor stuff we haven't used yet into the guest room. Guess I'll need to get to some of that in the next couple of weeks, too, since we'll probably have some company next week.
I'm currently 10 1/2 weeks, and my due date is December 12. Our little kumquat (that's the comparable produce to the size for this week - I get an update each week) is growing nicely. We had some concerns initially with my thyroid issues and some other hormone-related things, but everything seems to be on track for right now. We will definitely be trying to find out the gender when we can in a few weeks. :) If you know me at all, you know I'm a planner. :)
So, that's pretty much what is going on in our lives right now. Funny how it can consume right away. :) I don't really "feel" pregnant yet, so I've been lucky to only have the exhaustion issues and no sickness. And don't doubt for a minute that I don't think God every day (usually multiple times daily) for that! :) I just can't believe how blessed Jeremy and I are. One of my big fears was that my hormone issues would prevent us from getting pregnant when we were trying. I think God was trying to send me a message to remind me who's in charge because it was quite a surprise. :) What a fun way to find out it turned out to be, though. We're so excited.
Thanks to everyone who've already offered words of encouragement and congratulations. We can't wait for our little one to meet all the beautiful people in our lives!
Howdy, everyone! Jeremy and I are going to be in Chicago the weekend of January 1-4. I looked up churches in the area, but I wanted to see if anyone knew of any in the downtown area. We'll be staying near the Magnificent Mile, and we won't have a car, so we'll probably be taking a cab to services. Anyone know of congregations in the area? Thanks!
"My God is so BIG,
So strong and so mighty,
There's nothing my God cannot do!"
We sing this song with the kids in Bible class and at Vacation Bible School. I now kinda have this running joke with a few of the girls about this song because one day when little Abby was in the car with us and I was driving, I started to launch into a tirade about another driver but Tracy reminded me there were kids in the car. So, instead I launched into singing Abby's favorite song..."My God is so big..." I now use it all the time to try to help me control my road rage issues. It's really, really hard to be mad at another driver when singing this song. Not to mention picturing all the little ones singing it.
Anyway, this song has run through my head all day. Not because I've been driving all day, but because the words ring true and deep in my heart today. My dad, who's not been faithful for the past year, went before our brethren at Humble and confessed his sins and asked for forgiveness. I know this was a truly difficult step for him to take, but he did it! I knew he couldn't ignore God's power and grace forever. He has a long way to go and a lot of questions and things to work through, but our God truly is BIG and mighty. He softened my daddy's heart, and answered many, many prayers. Please continue to remember my dad and us as we try to encourage him.
Today is my dad's birthday. I know it's silly and it has nothing to do with his actual birthday, but he truly is a brand new person today. Praise God for washing our sins for us!
I love you all!
EDIT: I forgot to let you all know the other good news (though not near as important as the above). :) We have a new son! He and Windy are already best of friends. Hehe.
I never realized how much less stressed I would be about my "home life" just by planning to not eat out during the week and cleaning. I know, I know. It's sad. However, since Jeremy and I have started the daily cleaning schedule I put together for us, I never have to worry about "when am I going to find the time to clean the house". Since we've pretty much stopped eating out during the week, I never have to decide what we're going to do for dinner on my way home. I already know!
For anyone struggling with finding the time to do silly things like clean your house (hehe), I highly recommend doing a little each day. I realize everyone does not have a husband who is necessarily eager to help out with these things, but even if I did it by myself, I think each day I could probably be done in less than an hour. There's no ambiguity on what needs to be done (the schedule is posted on the refrigerator), so Jeremy even does some things before I get home. It's great! We have company coming this weekend, and I know that all I have to do "extra" is dust and vacuum the guest room and the game room and clean the guest bath (which I could do in about 45 minutes by myself). Yea! The best part about the schedule is that we don't have to do anything on Wednesday, Saturday or Sunday. :)
So, Wednesday is our new taco night. We've had them the last two weeks, and I'm looking forward to having them tonight, too. We don't really get tired of them (at least not so far), and it's an easy thing to fix before church services, especially when I'm teaching and trying to get there even earlier. I've also tried to plan ahead with dinners for other nights, without putting the pressure on myself to do a meal list every week. I like to plan ahead that much, but if I only give myself that way to plan out my week, I end up getting discouraged if I don't find the time to get it all together and buy everything on my grocery list. So, I've tried to just make sure we're stocked up with several kinds of meat (and everything else, of course) and take it a day or two at a time. It's great! So, for tomorrow, I'm thinking I'll thaw a couple of chicken breasts, and make some sort of pasta dish with the chicken and have the broccoli I got at the Farmers' Market. Yum. :)
Okay, that's all happy, so I don't want to talk about anything else. Yea for singing night tonight! I hope everyone is having a great week!
P.S. Tomorrow is Jeremy's birthday. He'll be 29. We're going to celebrate his last year of youth (hehe) by going roller skating on Monday. Yea!!!