Ephesians 3:16-18

I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your
hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is (Ephesians 3:16-18).

Monday, September 24, 2012

The 3d ultrasound

Two Thursday ago our parents paid for us to have a 3d ultrasound of Landry.  She kept her hands in front of her face most of the time, but the ultrasound tech was able to take a few good shots. I'm not going to lie, 3d photos tend to weird me out a little bit, but when it is your own child being viewed, the weirdness is put on a back-burner.  Okay, I'm not sure I am making much sense, but hopefully you get the picture. Pregnancy brain!!!! We think she is beautiful, even if most babies look the same in the 3d photos.  I will admit the most exciting thing about the ultrasound was making sure she was a girl.  She is DEFINITELY a girl. I also LOVED watching her move that little baby mouth!   

This is one of my favorite pictures. 

She looks so peaceful in this picture!

This was her position for most of the ultrasound.  She loves having her hands in front of her face.  It looks like she is saying, "Go away and let me sleep!"

Thank you for allowing us to see our baby. Without you none of this would be possible.  Life would not be possible.  You know all the worries I have been dealing with lately.  Fears and anxiety that have stolen my joy.  I ask that you would swiftly remove all anxiety and fear from me.  I pray that it would have no place in my life and would not be passed down to my children.  I pray that Landry continues to grow and develop.  Most of all I continue to ask that she will have a heart for you and she would love and honer you in all of her ways.  

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Some Belly Pics

At 28 weeks I finally decided to take a few pictures of my growing belly.  One of my favorite bloggers, Emily at amazing grapes, finally convinced me it was time. 

My two year old nephew was attempting to feel his baby cousin move. 

I love seeing my grandmother, Bryce and Landry's great grandmother, in the background of this photo.

These are obviously not belly pictures, but my nephew and husband are so cute I couldn't resist!

28 weeks and counting!
Landry has an amazing dad!

We are some happy parents! 
At this moment I just want to thank you for family and friends.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Happy Anniversary!

I remember Sociology class during the Winter Quarter of 2003/2004 like it was yesterday.  Even before entering the class, my first thought was, "Where will I sit?"  As I entered I heard some Kappa Alpha frat guys say my name.  As I looked over at them my breath was taken away, but the KA's were not who took my breath away.  It was the guy sitting with this group that made me breathless!  He was a tall, blue eyed, unbelievably beautiful person and he had the prettiest smile I had ever seen!  Hmmm.... Where should I sit???? I think I'll sit on the total opposite side of the classroom, no I was sitting with these frat guys I knew because they had a hot friend! I immediately had a huge crush on this guy, but a guy this hot had to be a jerk.  I soon found out he was a baseball player. Oh yea, he HAD to be a jerk.  Jerk or not, he was beautiful and I made up any excuse I could to turn around in my seat and stare look at him.  I am usually not a shy person, but I could not talk to this guy!  I mean he was way out of my league and would never look at me!  I also made sure each and every one of his friends knew I thought he was cute, although I didn't think I stood a chance.   Later I learned that they never told him!  What good friends!  In December of '03 I tried to find the courage to ask this guy to come ice skating with me and some of my friends, but I couldn't.  He rarely talked to me, and the one time he did I choked up.  He asked if I wanted to use his tech express to get a drink and I said I wasn't thirsty!  Come on!!! Seriously! I should have taken him up on that offer!  We went on our winter break and for two whole weeks I didn't get to see his face.  When we came back I expected to fall back into the same routine of turning around and staring at a guy I didn't have the courage to talk to.  Thank the good Lord, that's not what happened.  As class let out he walked slowly behind me and held the door open for me.  I continued to walk out, but of course I tried to make conversation with him or at least eye contact before going back to my normal routine.  On that day he caught me off guard because he asked me on a date.  Hmmm!  Let me think!  Yes!  He started walking off, but I quickly reminded him, he may need my number if we were going to go on a date.  After the date my life was never the same.  He and I spent most of our free time together.  I soon found out that he was one of the shyest guys I had ever met.  His shyness did not last long.  He soon became my boyfriend and more than five years later proposed.  No, he doesn't rush anything, but in some ways, I do admire that quality.  Six years after my breath was taken away by an unbelievable boy, on September 19, 2009, we were married.  I have watched him grow from a boy to a man.  More than anything he is a man who loves the Lord with his whole heart.  He treats me as if I am the most important woman he has ever seen and he continues to take my breath away.  After nine years of being together and three years of marriage he still captivates me.

We were such babies!  Our first date was in January of 2004.

 What fun memories we have made so far!  From College baseball...

to minor leagues 

He proposed in September of 2008!

We were married on September 19, 2009

Our baby girl will be here in December of 2012.  That is unless she comes early :0)

I can not imagine a more wonderful husband!  I am so thankful for sociology class in 2003.
Today I want to say a special prayer for my husband.  Thank you so much for placing him in my life.  You knew I was going to need this particular man in my life.  God I thank you for the day this man handed his life over to You.  I am more than thankful for that day!  Thank you for calling him and for adopting both of us into Your kingdom.  Thank You for Your son who made it possible.  Thank you for the years we have had together and I pray we will have many, many, many.... more years together.  I pray that we would glorify you in our marriage and we would always point our children to the cross.  In Jesus name amen. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

What is today?

I just realized today is Wednesday and I thought it was Monday!  Crazy!  Since retiring at such a young age (that sounds much better than quitting) I rarely keep up with the days.  How could I forget what tomorrow is?  We will see our little Landry Faith in 4d!  Thanks to her grandparents, we will have a cd and dvd of our precious baby!  I do think the 4d ultrasounds are amazing and we will ewwww and awwww over the pictures, but she will be wayyyy cuter than any ultrasound could possibly reveal!  I can't wait to find out how she is doing.  I want this ultrasound more for a check up on Landry than anything.  We haven't seen her since I was 17 weeks pregnant and that is just too long!!!!  Mommy isn't so great at all times, but little baby girl's movements get me through.  My favorite thing right now is sweet little movements, even when they keep me up at night!  I love to watch her move around.  It makes getting little to no sleep worth it.  I have told her I would rather see her active in the day time, but she just doesn't listen.  I first felt her move at 17 weeks, which was the same week we saw our little girl.  We may be in trouble, because most of her movement has been from 2 to 4 a.m.  I am very excited to see our baby tomorrow!  It is a day I don't want to forget!

Baby girl at 17 weeks!  Maybe this time she won't be so shy and she will show us more of her little face :0) 

Thank you Father for the sweet little kicks and movements I have been able to feel recently.  Thank you for the gift of a child.  Thank you for creating life when I didn't believe I would ever be able to conceive.  I pray that you will keep her healthy and most of all I pray she will have a heart for You.

Monday, September 10, 2012

My Siblings

I have been given many gifts I am extremely thankful for and my siblings are no exceptions.  I am told by my dad that as a child I would pray, "God will you give me a sister, brother, another sister, another brother, another sister, and another brother..." My dad said at times he would have to stop me and say, "Okay that's enough." I am now 28 years old and have not one, but five younger siblings. I am the oldest of six!  I waited many years and each sibling is special to my heart.  I thought of three of them as my babies, because they are much younger than me and I often was given the privilege of babysitting.  I changed diapers and wiped away tears from their eyes when they were babies.  Now that they are grown I still wish I could wipe away their hurts, but I know I cannot.  

I still remember how they used to look up to me.  I thought each of them were mine and they do continue to hold such a special place in my heart.  I cannot imagine life without them.

Each of them have surpassed me in height, but I continue to be the "big" sister and they are my babies

You each took my breath away the day you were born. I will never be able to describe the love I have for you all.

 I love my sisters

This was my wedding day and I was told that it was my day to relax, but the way I relaxed was to take care of my sisters.   

Baby brother, when did you grow up?  You were always my sweet baby boy.  I packed you around as if you were my child....
...and then you grew taller than me. I could no longer pack you around, but I love you just the same!

Morgan and Tyler I love you very much.  You came into my life when I was a selfish teenager and I do wish I would have taken more time for you two.  I am thankful for the time we have now.  I am thankful for each of you.

I thank You for sisters and brothers.  As a child I prayed for many and that is what you granted.  Each of them are special to me.  I thank You for your grace and mercy. 

Sunday, September 9, 2012

My sister and new header

Friday night one of my sisters, Morgan came to visit.  She is an amazing girl to say the least.  Currently she is writing a book that will hopefully be published soon!  The girl has talent!  It has been nice spending time with her, because as we get older we seem to become so busy that we barely catch glimpses of family except on Holidays.  My heart has longed ached to spend quality time with family lately so I really appreciated the visit.  While she was here she created a new header for my blog.  I have no very little talent, therefore I would NEVER be able to create a header for myself.  Thank you Morgan for the weekend and the new header!

Morgan and I with our younger sisters at my wedding three years ago. We really do not take enough pictures!

Thank you Jesus for sisters!