Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Our Easter

Honestly, Easter kind of snuck up on me this year. I feel bad that I didn't do as much with the kids as I always plan.

I even may or may not have almost forgotten to read them some of their favorite Easter story books...

Although, the real reason for Easter is always talked about in our home.

Despite the pathetic lack of planning, we did manage to cram some fun stuff in a few days before and hopefully my children were none-the-wiser that their Mama is one big SLACKER!

Eggs were dyed and dad rejoiced every time one broke...
Cause that means he gets to eat it!

Hard boiled eggs are his FAV!

Our huge collection of plastic eggs were rinsed off and counted to prepare for our annual "morning egg hunt."

And baskets were stuffed with goodies and placed in their spots to greet them on Easter morning.

Easter morning went well and surprisingly smooth. I have a feeling some dear ladies were praying for me and my sanity that morning.;)

I did manage to buy everyone new dresses/shoes or whatever else were needed and off to church we went. The feeling of holiday in the air and a special presentation waiting for us to see.

The rest of the day was spent quietly. Our children played outside and Hubby and I watched from my favorite green chairs. They laughed and played and hubby also planted some new blueberry bushes. We discussed our spring garden and named a big fat bee that lives in our azalea bush.

Link the cat lounged in the screen porch... tired from all the hunting he did of all the bugs he can't catch from being locked in the screen porch...

And Little P learned to climb UP the slide in nothing but her diaper. We all gathered around her as she climbed up and threw herself down laughing the whole way.

All in all the day was so GOOD.

Really good.

A day I wanted to capture in a mason jar and never forget.

How was your Easter Sunday?



Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Behind The Baby

Its been a long and emotional day... all good though.
Our sono went well and we are SOOO happy to announce that in 20 more weeks we will be welcoming a 


To our family. How sweet is that??? Our count will now be 5 girls and 2... TWO boys!

Hubby was ecstatic. He may or may not have hollered out loud, fist pumped, punched the air and declared his love for the ultrasound tech. He audibly praised God, squeezed my arm and hollered some more. It was a happy moment for us. And for a brief few moments, in a world dominated by social openness...
It was beyond special to share it just between us.

Although, just like I said in my earlier POST, I felt like I was just confirming what I already knew. For my long time followers, your all are well aware of my history of pregnancy losses... so when I first saw those 2 lines confirmed on Christmas Day, I was already setting myself up for loss. It wasn't until the next day that for a brief 7 seconds, I heard a stillness in my soul confirm that I would keep this baby and it would be a boy. For those split seconds, I had complete peace and confidence. 

I came out of the room and told my hubby what just happened...not wanting to say it was "God." NOT because I didn't believe it could happen, but because I am a firm believer in not throwing "God told me..." around. As women, (myself first on the list) I think we are too emotional and sometimes get the two confused.... Only to be proven wrong and be labeled "the wacky holy roller." 

You wont catch me in casual conversation claiming God spoke this and that, after all, before I put words in HIS mouth, I am going to be darn sure they are HIS words, make sense?

Anyway, whenever fear crept in, I prayed that I would use that moment as comfort and deep in my soul, I just knew I would be holding a son this summer.

Today's day of joy for us was shadowed by many other thoughts and emotions as well. As I saw my healthy baby bounce around on screen, I had the faces of many women close to me on my heart who are currently struggling to be where I am, right at this moment. Friends who visit infertility clinics instead of OB's, Ladies who are on bed rest from just losing their precious baby and other friends who are still emotionally healing from their losses as well.

I prayed that they too, could be where I am one day soon.... sooner than later. Although, I am desperately thankful that as of today... right now... I closed that season of my life. I hope I can be celebrating with them.

But today, we will be doing our own celebrating. Pizza and eggplant parmesan from our favorite Italian restaurant. My cell phone has not stopped going off from all the good news on Facebook, Twitter and text messages and I am soaking it all in. I am so thankful to be able to share another blessing with so many people....

and a name??

Caleb Benjamin of course.




Today is the day of the big sonogram reveal.

Im so excited but at the same time, I feel as if I'm going to just confirm what I already know. I have never been this confident before in any of my other pregnancies but this one is different. 

I'll have to explain some other time...

After we definitively find out.

Hubby took off of work. Partly due to sickness and partly due to the big appointment.

Either way, all bets are made and we are ready to finish up this second half of pregnancy...

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Stay tuned....




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