Wednesday, October 27, 2010

31 Weeks!

I have been terrible this pregnancy blogging about where I am and how I look etc. I guess I have a few other things on my plate! :)  But yesterday Karlena asked that I send her a photo of little miss Karlena growing and I realized that the last time I posted a picture I was 20 weeks! So things have changed just a bit! I had a doctor's appt. this morning and everything is going great - right on track to meet our sweet daughter in about 9 weeks!

And just for fun - here is how I looked at 31 weeks with Elijah...

Have a wonderful day and stay was snowing just a little here this morning and it made my heart sad! :)  I am NOT ready for winter yet!!

Friday, October 22, 2010

No Matter What

The past couple of weeks, overall, have been pretty good. Of course there have been times here and there where I get stressed but the past 24 hours especially have put me almost over the edge. And I will be honest – it is so easy to get on the “why me” pity pot and to room there for awhile.

And isn’t the “pot”, although cold and lonely, somewhere that we can get stuck? How come my husband couldn’t find his dream job in the city where we currently live? How come my 17 mo old all of a sudden isn’t sleeping for hours and hours on end and I am emotionally and physically exhausted? How come I have to worry about the “safety” of my job because of some big things that are happening there right now?

How come…..if I allow it, my list could go on and on. What are your “How comes”?

But I know this negative thinking isn’t healthy and the other day I heard a song that really struck me and I was singing it to myself last night in the wee hours of the morning as I tried to comfort my youngest son. I hope it means as much to you as it does me…

The truth of all of this is that if I didn’t believe and trust that God was with me always….I couldn’t do this. It isn’t by my strength, but by His. So I can say that regardless how things in my life play out – I trust my God and love my God with all that I am. No matter what Lord…..

No Matter What” by Kerrie Roberts

I’m running back to your promises one more time,
Lord that’s all I can hold on to,
I gotta say this has taken me by surprise,
but nothing surprises You.
Before a heartache can ever touch my life,
it has to go through Your hands,
and even though I,
I keep asking why, I keep asking why,

No matter what, I’m gonna love You,
no matter what I’m gonna need You,
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
but if not, if not, I’ll trust You,
no matter what, no matter what.

When I’m stuck in this nothing-ness by myself,
I’m just sitting in silence,
there’s no way I can make it without Your help,
I won’t even try it.
I know You have Your reasons for everything,
so I will keep believing, whatever I might be feeling,
God you are my hope, and You'll be my strength,


No matter what, I’m gonna love You,
no matter what I’m gonna need You,
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
but if not, if not, I’ll trust You,
no matter what, no matter what. 


Anything I don’t have You can give it to me,
but it’s ok if You don’t,
I’m not here for those things,
the touch of Your love is enough on its own,
no matter what I still love You
and I’m gonna need You

No matter what I’m gonna love You,
no matter what I’m gonna need You,
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain
but if not, if not, I’ll trust You,
I know that You can find a way to keep me from the pain,
but if not, if not, I’ll trust You,
no matter what no matter what no matter no matter what

Monday, October 18, 2010

Seven is so sweet!

This sweet boy turned SEVEN this weekend!
He has been messy at times.... (3 yrs old)

He has been peaceful at other times..... (5 yrs old)

And he has made us laugh time and time again. (7 yrs old)

Gabriel - you are a joy to us all. Having you as a part of our family fills us all with such blessings. You have grown and changed over the past several years and have become a boy that we are even more proud of today.  Your dad and I both love you so much and we can't imagine our lives without you. We thank God for allowing us to be your parents! Happy Birthday son!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Spending time in Minnesota

We spent the weekend up in Tyler with Dominic and I wanted to try and find somewhere that we could go to take pictures for our Christmas cards so we ended up at Camden State Park.  We started hiking and we ended up on the wrong way of a very steep and long path. For a time Elijah wanted to walk himself....

The he decided that he wasn't going to cooperate and so dad got to carry him....

And carry him....
And carry him...but overall he enjoyed the view!!

And Gabriel enjoyed the leaves!

I don't want to share the "best" photos with you now because then grandma and grandpa won't be surprised later...but we took a bunch of photos and Elijah cooperated with a couple and I think we have some that everyone will enjoy. We had a fun weekend with Dominic and it is always hard to leave but we have Gabriel's birthday next Saturday to look forward to so hopefully the next week will go fast like the first week did! How did you spend your weekend?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Enter in the “terrible two’s”

Well it is official….Elijah has entered that phase…the terrible two’s. I had a glimpse of it on Monday night. On my first day as a “single mom during the week” I got a call from Elijah’s daycare and he had a fever of over 104…so I had to leave early and go get him and bring him back up to SF to Acute Care. I know that he didn’t feel well but when we checked in at 5:45pm Elijah basically wanted to run and terrorize the place. With the number of sick people in the waiting room I wanted to keep him under control (mistake #1) so I was trying to keep him occupied in the play area and wouldn’t let him leave (mistake #2), this made him quite upset and he spent the next hour – while we waited to get in – screaming at the top of his lungs. It was fabulous. I literally stood with him facing the windows biting my tongue so that I wouldn’t lose it and cry right along with him.

Last night Elijah was, once again, into everything. He has discovered that we keep Pringles chips in one of our cupboards that he has access to. He likes Pringles..but not really for the eating. He would prefer to crunch the chip into a thousand little pieces all over the floor. So he goes for the Pringles again and I knew he wasn’t hungry so I took them away from him and told him “no”.

He proceeded to throw himself onto his belly started screaming and kicking his legs and flailing all about. At one point I asked him if he needed to go to his room. He shook his head no. He gets what is happening….he knows what he is doing and he is trying to play me. I wasn’t buying it last night. So I told him that when he was done he could come and find me and I walked away. It didn’t last much longer.

When I dropped him off this morning he was upset again – wanted to stay in the van and watch a movie. He always puts on a good show for me when I drop him off…makes me feel really guilty about leaving and then apparently stop the second I drive away. Kari at the daycare said that he threw about 4 tantrums yesterday….they don’t last long and they don’t try to control him when he does it – they try and ignore it - so hopefully he will quickly learn that these are not the method to use to get what he wants. He is a smart little turkey but he is testing the waters right now!

I just need to remember his adorable smiles and his laugh at times like this when he is acting out. He is such a fun spirited boy and I know that this too shall pass. Speaking of passing….yesterday he thought it would be fun to poop in his bath in the morning. Perfect! I took a picture of him with my phone and sent it to Dominic with the caption - This is the “I just pooped in the tub look” - He enjoyed that…shared it with several people he was sitting with at his training seminar yesterday!

So that about sums up my first week. We are surviving and are looking forward to a road trip tomorrow to go and spend Saturday afternoon and Sunday with Dominic and hopefully if the weather will cooperate, take the boy’s pictures for our Christmas cards. Maybe I can capture Elijah during one of his “moments”…wouldn’t that make a cute Christmas photo?! Anyways – have a wonderful weekend!!

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