Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter 2011

Easter is a holiday that I always look forward to and this year was especially exciting with a 2 year old in the house. The fact that our Savior was willing to die for us gives us the best reason in the world to celebrate - we are able to freely come to God! I want Cayden to understand and celebrate the joy that we share as Christians. We had lots of fun activities planned over this Easter weekend.

Collin had good Friday off and we enjoyed hanging out as a family. We made and decorated Easter cookies.

We had a quick run in with our neighbor who decided that good Friday would be a nice day to replace the fence between our house and hers WITHOUT TELLING US. The nice thing is that it's the Cadillac of fences and she's not asking us to pay for it but it's a little shocking to go in the backyard and have no fence on one side! I was in shock and not happy at all but I got over it once I realized there was nothing I could do about it - our fence was already torn down! Our fence is stained and the new fence sticks out like a sore thumb in our backyard but we can stain it if we want. The whole thing ended cordially and we're still on good terms with our neighbor but I think that she got the picture that no communication is not going to fly in this neighbor relationship.

We went to the good Friday service at my parents church that night. My dad was serving the Lord's Supper so it was neat to be at their church for that. Cayden did great at their nursery. I wasn't sure how it would go since it was a new place but he walked right in and didn't cry or anything. He didn't even turn back to look at us! Awesome.

Saturday morning, our little threesome met up with the Simpson's little threesome and we headed over to hunt some Easter Eggs. Cayden was more interested in looking at all the kids than getting candy. I think all the kids everywhere overwhelmed him. Those things make me laugh. They're over in less than a minute and some parents treat it like a contest. There were so many moms picking up their kids and pushing their way through the maze of children, grabbing as much candy as they could. Poor Cayden felt a little trampled but he got over it afterwards when mom opened a kit-kat from his Easter basket. Ha!

After a brief stint of playground time, we went to eat with the Simpson's and then came home for nap time. We had planned on doing another Easter Egg hunt that afternoon but decided to skip that and do some activities at home with DeeDee and Pawpaw. My parents came over and we colored Easter Eggs, I baked for the next day's festivities, and we made Resurrection Rolls.

Cayden enjoyed playing on DeeDee and Pawpaw's new Ipad.

After an excited little boy looked through his Easter basket on Sunday morning, we headed of to church to celebrate our Risen King!

Cayden LOVES this Elmo toy. It has gone everywhere with him since he got it Easter morning. Maylee has one and Cayden loves it so I knew that an Elmo of his very own would be a big hit.

Church was so good. I always love the Easter service. Seeing sweet little kids dressed up in hats and pastel colors makes me giddy. I love the excitement from the Easter service. As believers, we have so much to be excited about! The music was sooo good. (Steph, if you're reading this, tell Steve that he did a great job - I was blessed and encouraged by it!) Cayden was singing praise and worship songs on the way home from church and it about made my heart melt. We got home from church and took a few pictures. We didn't feel like messing with the timer on the camera to get a whole family shot before we got out of our Easter clothes.

Here's me at 18 weeks, 3 days pregnant with our second child.

Someone was pretty excited about his Easter candy!

After we changed clothes, we headed over to my parents house to spend the day. After naps, Cayden was excited to learn that he got another Easter basket from DeeDee and Pawpaw.

And he got a very cool doctor kit. It has a pager that goes off and a stethoscope that makes noise.

I think he likes it!

Cayden got a giant bubble wand so we had to go outside and test it out. Fun times.

My mom totally outdid herself with Easter dinner this year. She blessed me because all I had to do was a dessert, deviled eggs, and homemade rolls. She did everything else and it was sooo yummy. She made a tangerine glazed spiral ham and oh-my-word...I really liked it. We still have some in our fridge but it will be gone very soon!

It was a great Easter and I hope you had a nice weekend reflecting on what this holiday is about and spending time with loved ones.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

18 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 18 Weeks
Size of baby: About 5.6 inches - the size of a sweet potato - and weighs around 6.7 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 4 lbs
Maternity Clothes: I am wearing mostly maternity at this point. My
pants/shorts/skirts are all maternity and most of my shirts/dresses are too. I feel like my bump has really grown the last couple of weeks.
Gender: We will find out on May 2nd (@ 19 weeks, 5 days). Only 12 days to go!! I am so excited to know who/what this sweet little one is. Cayden is constantly saying "baby tummy" and patting my stomach - it warms my heart! Eager to start calling this baby by name.
Movement: Feeling random small movements pretty much daily. Excited for them to get stronger and more frequent!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. I am struggling with sleeping on my back and
tummy. I am a big tummy sleeper -- got a pregnancy wedge last week and that is helping some. As soon as I get comfortable, I have to get up to pee; Ha - the joys of pregnancy!
What I miss: Other than the aforementioned sleeping situation, I don't miss too much right now.
Cravings: Still not craving much. I remember being really hungry with Cayden, but with this pregnancy, I have yet to reach the starving-all-the-time stage. And I have to eat small meals because I feel AWFUL ROTTEN if I eat too much. I have trouble figuring out what to eat for lunch everyday because nothing really sounds good to me.
Symptoms: I am a lot more achy with this pregnancy. I didn't notice any aches or pains until the end with my first, but this go around I am already having random back pains and lots
of achiness through my mid section. I still have my doubts if what I am experiencing is round ligament pain, but whatever it is - not what I consider a fun time.
Best Moment this week: Cayden has been SO sweet the past couple days and I am enjoying those moments because with a 2 yr old, who knows how long they'll last!

As you can tell from the above picture, I chopped my hair off. They say you shouldn't make any rash hair decisions when you're pregnant but I just got fed up with my long hair. It had gotten SO long - about half a foot was cut off! Although my stylist cut it about an inch shorter than I wanted it, I like it and am enjoying my summer 'do! We are gearing up for Easter around here and are so excited to celebrate our risen King this weekend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011


“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left.

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited Me in, I needed clothes and you clothed Me, I was sick and you looked after Me, I was in prison and you came to visit Me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? When did we see You a stranger and invite You in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see You sick or in prison and go to visit You?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.’

“Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe Me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after Me.’

“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help You?’

“He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’

Matthew 25:31-46

I love my husband. I am blessed by him. God uses him to grow me, teach me, encourage me, love me, and more often that I would care to admit, humble me. One such instance was last night. He came home from work like any other day. I was in the kitchen making dinner and after he hugged Cayd and I, he asked me how long it would be until dinner was ready. I told him it would be a little while and he asked me if I could quickly whip up a sack lunch. He then explained that he saw a man, potentially homeless, on the side of the road with a sign that said he was out of work and needed help. He had given him $4 from his wallet but came home with a heavy heart wanting to do more - obviously the Holy Spirit at work. I put together a sandwich and some things to go with it while Collin searched for a cold, unopened bottle of water from our fridge. Without finding one, he commented that he would just stop by a gas station and pick one up. I immediately froze. He was going to buy this man a water? Couldn't he just buy his own water out of the $4 Collin gave him? We are saving all of our extra money right now to go towards vacation. Who knows what this man is going to do with all the money he got from panhandling all day anyway. Can't we expect him to get his own water? I am ashamed to admit that these were my initial thoughts.

Collin left to take this man dinner and I stood over our stove, pounding out my frustration on some innocent mashed potatoes. I began to pray. And immediately, I was overcome with regret. How could I be so upset over a $2 bottle of water? I was overwhelmed at my selfishness. At the ugliness of my heart. So humbled at the sacrifices that have been made for me despite how completely undeserving I am. Collin came home about 15 minutes later and began telling me what happened. He took the man, who he learned was named Michael, the sack of food and they talked for a couple minutes. Michael is a fifty-something year old man who is out of work right now. Collin and Michael, who professes to be a Christian, prayed together. Collin said after the prayer, Michael was crying and when Collin hugged him, Michael held on for a long time. This broke my heart. The poor guy just needed a hug! I learned in Psych 101 in college that as humans, we need to be hugged 7 (at least I think it is 7...) times a day. I wonder when was the last time that anyone lovingly embraced Michael.

Collin told me when he got home that he was convicted from a passage in a book that he is reading right now. The book is Radical by David Platt and in this particular passage, David is talking about how he was preaching on giving - he's a pastor - and how a very wealthy man from his congregation came to see him one random day. He told him how he'd been thinking about everything that David had been preaching about and he had gotten really mad about it. But the more he thought about it and prayed over it, the more he was realizing that David was right. So, he began giving away a lot of his money, properties, etc. He made a comment (I'm paraphrasing this so excuse me because it's not exact) that he was pretty sure that when he reaches those pearly gates and stands before the throne, that God's not going to say to him, "I wish you had kept more for yourself."

Wow. Powerful words of truth that I definitely needed to hear. Lord, forgive me for my greedy, selfish heart! Rid me of myself and get me out of the way so that I may be useful to you. To love others. To help them financially. To feed them. To hug them. To bring them to You.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

17 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 17 Weeks
Size of baby: About 5.1 inches - the size of an onion - and weighs around 5.9 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 3 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Some maternity, some not. Most of my pants are maternity because they're just more comfortable. Shirts/dresses are a mix of small maternity and regular. I feel like my bump has really popped out this week!
Gender: We will find out on May 2nd (@ 19 weeks, 5 days). Only 19 days!!
Movement: Feeling random small movements periodically. Excited for them to get stronger and more frequent!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Not too much these days, maybe sleeping on my stomach and back. Just happy to be feeling better!
Cravings: Not a whole lot. I have eaten 3 ears of corn on the cobb over the last week and have loved it. I wanted a baked potato with bbq in it over the last week and last night I really wanted pizza with pineapple and canadian bacon. I would love to have some Cream Soda too. Basically, mostly stuff that is bad for me :)
Symptoms: My symptoms have calmed down this week. As long as I don't let myself get hungry or haven't eaten too much in one sitting, I haven't felt sick. Woo hoo! The only really annoying symptom has been what I guess is round ligament pain. Well, and the constant having to "potty".
Best Moment this week: Feeling better!

We have tons of things going on right now and the weeks seem to be flying by! The weather has been great so we've been enjoying going to the park and spending time outside. Trying to enjoy it before it's so hot and I get huge!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

16 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 16 Weeks
Size of baby: About 4.6 inches - the size of an avocado - and weighs around 3.5 oz
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gained 2 lbs
Maternity Clothes: Some maternity, some not. Most of my pants are maternity because they're just more comfortable. Shirts/dresses are a mix of small maternity and regular.
Gender: We will find out on May 2nd (@ 19 weeks, 5 days)!
Movement: I have felt quite a few little flutters over the last few days. So exciting!
Sleep: I'm so tired that I sleep pretty well. If it wasn't for having to get up and pee multiple times in the night, I would sleep great!
What I miss: Having consistent energy. And I'm starting to get to that part of pregnancy where it's not comfortable to sleep on my stomach and I'm starting to miss that. I'm doing this modified leg hike move and that is sort of working for now. And I would LOVE a corn dog.
Cravings: I am starting to get my appetite back - thankfully. Not really been craving much but I'm sure it's coming. This doesn't count as a crazing but we had Benbrook Grill for dinner last night and the fried zucchini that I had tasted sooo good. Might have to be having that again soon!
Symptoms: I've had a bit of a set back this week. Had to run to the bathroom a few times thanks to my friend morning sickness and have been feeling tired. Also had my first emotional hormonal breakdown yesterday. My poor face is still getting in on the pregnancy action by breaking out like a 13 year old. I also recently started having what my doctor thinks is round ligament pain. I never experienced it with my 1st pregnancy so I wasn't sure what it was. Fun times.
Best Moment this week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat via doppler today. It makes all the icky feelings over the last week so worth it! The doctor had a hard time finding it today and it totally freaked me out until she did. She eventually did and said that the delay was because the baby was moving around like crazy. The doppler was making weird noises and she said that noise was the baby kicking. I couldn't feel the kicking right then but how cool! Pregnancy is such a miracle.

The doctor answered all my questions today and cleared me for vacation in several weeks. Everything is going great and I'm so thankful for this precious baby!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Have I mentioned...

how much I adore these two? Also, I think Mac's are pretty rad.