Sunday, October 31, 2010

Bumper Sticker

I hope you all had a great Halloween, and whatever you did, you made a family memory, or continued with a family tradition.  I will post our Trick-or-Treat pictures tomorrow...but for now I wanted to share what I saw on a bumper sticker this weekend at the grocery store. 

"What happens at Bible study stays at Bible study"

My first thought was "isn't that the truth."  How sad!  But really, think about, think about it!  I have been in the "Christian Circle" for many years now, basically my whole 26 years of life...I know how people (including myself) get all fired up at Bible study, church service, church camp, conferences, etc.  I know how good Christian speakers and teachers are at playing on your emotions, oh yes, they are good.  I know what it is like to sit and partake in a really good discussion, when you leave you feel like you could change the world, and you are so on fire for God, then what happens, reality hits, and your fire burns out.  It has happened to me numerous times.  Even right now it is happening to me.  We just got finished with a financial series at church and Eric and I talked about doing better at our budget, giving more, sharing more, doing more with what God has given us.  Have we?  Nope.  But during our discussions with our small group we are on fire to change our finances, then our small group leaves, and we go back to living our nice, comfortable life again.  

So back to the bumper sticker...I have no clue how, what, or why it is still bothering me 2 days later, but it is.  So here is my encouragement to you all (myself included)...don't let what you have learned stay where you learned it.  Like the bumper sticker...don't let it stay in Bible study, get it out, share it, spread it, live it!  You may be the only contact people will ever have with Jesus, wouldn't it be a shame if you wasted that opportunity, if you just let your knowledge stay in one place, and you never shared it with anyone?  I want a bumper sticker that says "What happens in Bible study is lived out in my life." 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

35/36 Week Update

**Taken at 35 weeks 2 days**

How Far Along:  I am 35 weeks and 4 days...I will be 36 weeks on Sunday!

What is Happening:  I figured I would combine these weeks together, just in case I don't get around to doing an official post next week.  I went to the doctor today for my 36 week check, and I saw the nurse practitioner since my doctor is on vacation.  Last week he told me my weekly checks would start happening today, and even the nurse told me today that the chick was going to check me.  So I prepared myself all week to hear them say "yes, you have progressed, or, no, there is no progress..."  All my hopes/dreams were check!  Okay, that might have been a little dramatic, but still...what a let down!  The nurse practitioner didn't feel comfortable enough checking me, and wanted to leave it to my doctor.  So now I have to wait until next Thursday to see if any of these contractions are helping me or are in vain! 

So that's about it from the Lucy department.  This week we have had some really weird weather!  Lots of wind, rain, and coldness!  Yesterday our neighbors leave bags that look like pumpkins, you know the ones people put in their front yard to decorate with...yea, their bags flew by our house and landed 6 houses down!  It has been crazy windy here!  And tomorrow I am getting my haircut!  It has really been stressing me out lately, I know, you can roll your eyes like my husband did when I told him that.  But truly, I need something shorter and easier to do!  So tomorrow I am getting it chopped, hallelujah!  I am so excited!  Until then...have a great day!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Boo at the Zoo!

On Friday our family of three (for just a little longer) went to Boo at the Zoo.  This was our third year going, and this year was the most packed!  I love our zoo, not that I am a zoo expert by any means, but it's big, and even though the parking lot might seem full, at times when you are walking around you hardly see anyone there!  It is wonderful...well, until you get a full crowd on a Friday night, with wonderful, unseasonably warm weather in Wisconsin, and then everyone comes out!  When we went to get off the highway to turn towards the zoo and the line was backed up-still on the highway I knew we could be in trouble!  But nonetheless we made it, and had a wonderful time!  Molly dressed up like a princess...I say like a princess because we decided not to buy a costume this year and let her use some of her dress up clothes instead.  She wanted to be a princess, yet chose the Barbie dress to wear.  But she has no clue who Barbie is, and we told her she was a princess.  So it all worked out!  The only disappointing thing about Boo at the Zoo this year was no cute pumpkin cut-out for the kids to put their heads through!  This year they had a green screen and you could get your picture taken with Spiderman, ummm, no thanks.  Overall we had a wonderful time, and it actually felt good to get out and walk around.

We had a great time and I can't wait to have two cute girls next year to take to Boo at the Zoo!  And of course, they will match or totally coordinate with their costumes!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Very Weak Update

I know I promised a Lucy update this week...and I will, I will...but it is without a picture, I know, throw stones now!  I am just not in the mood to smile for a picture.  Yes, everything is fine, it is just sheer laziness...hey I am totally using the pregnancy card here, I only have 5 more weeks to flash it!

How far along:  34 weeks 4 days...I went today for my 35 week check-up.  I am sure some of you are wondering why I go just worked out that way from the first appointment, plus Thanksgiving and my due date on a Sunday messes up the whole calendar/planning thing with the doctor's office. 

Weight Gain: Lets just say I have put on my fair share of weight, we will leave it at 30 pounds plus!  But I feel pretty good overall...I have some water retention, but not as bad as it was with Molly.  I am sure having a baby in the Fall versus the Summer (August to be exact) helps with that! 

Stretch Marks:  Yes, I don't see any new ones, but I also can't see past my belly button that is completely black, thank hernia!  But I do have some new ones around my belly button, mainly due to Lucy's position and how she is stretching out my stomach.  But I am not worried, I didn't wear a bikini before and I highly doubt I will wear one now! 

What is New:  Every time I try and put my leg up on the bed to put my socks on...since I can no longer bend over, I get a charlie horse in my calf or my toes cramp up!  Then my feet and calves are sore all day!  Lucy dropped, well, I thought she had already dropped a couple weeks ago, which she did, but now she is fully in position, I mean like I feel like she is going to fall out, and all that pressure, yes, wonderful pressure!  But it makes me feel hopeful that maybe she will come a little early, even like a week early would be fabulous, ha!

What I Miss:  Not having acid reflux all the time, and bending over.  Also, Molly misses sitting in my lap and being carried.  She "understands" but still talks about it all the time.  Usually she will say "you can't carry me because Lucy is in your belly."  Eric has done a great job with making sure she has lap time with him, and he carries her on his shoulders when she goes to bed every night.  That helps with the whole carrying thing. 

Best Moment of the Week:  So don't take this the wrong way, but Eric is not into the whole pregnancy thing, he does not get excited to feel Lucy move or kick.  He is honestly grossed out in a way.  Trust me, this does not hurt my feelings at all!  But we were sitting in bed one night and we were watching Lucy literally turn circles, move every which direction and seeing my stomach literally stretch from side to side.  Even though Eric was grossed out, we had a good laugh about it.  

Other than appointment went well today.  I am still measuring 3 weeks we are all curious to see if Lucy is going to be "big" or if it's water weight, or a combo of both.  It has been a little difficult trying to figure out what to bring her home in, what will fit?!  So I have a 3 month and a 6 month outfit picked out.  I go to the doctor every week now, and next week my doctor is gone, so I will be seeing the nurse practitioner.  Which is totally fine with me.  Also, next week we will see if any progress is being made with all of these contractions that I have been having.  That's really what I am looking forward to.  Not the actual process of it, but seeing if anything is going on! 

Tomorrow night we are going to "Boo at the Zoo!"  I am so excited.  We have done this almost every year we have lived here, except for the first year we moved here.  Molly was only 10 weeks old, so we skipped it.  It's fun to walk around the zoo, they make it kid friendly, not scary and all the pumpkins they carve are amazing.  So hopefully it's not too cold and the rain holds off!  I promise, I will take and share pictures of our time there!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Zoo!

Like I said yesterday, my dad and step-mom came for a quick visit this past weekend.  On Friday we took Molly to the zoo, Eric sadly had to work, but we managed to still have fun!

Then on Saturday we went to our local Farmers Market to buy some more squash and apples.  But not before we stopped at the cute local bakery and got fresh doughnuts!  Then we tried setting Lucy's nursery up, but found with our finished basement the ceiling is too low to get the guest bed down there.  We could get the mattress down the stairs, not the box spring.  So we are switching with a friend who is getting married, and we are getting his full size bed and we are trading him our queen.  Hopefully this swap happens soon because I am so ready to have a room set and ready for this little child.  Happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday Morning Picture Overload!

Hello!  I am, the baby did not come.  But thank you to a reader who emailed to ask if I was still pregnant or a mom of two!  We have 6 weeks, hopefully less to go!  I just got busy with know that thing that passes by so quickly!  Plus, my dad and step-mom came in for a quick visit this last weekend.  I love my family, I really do, but I also love the fact that we have no more visitors coming until after Lucy is born!!  So to catch you all up on some of what has been going we go!!

Lake Geneva-Oktoberfest

 Eric's parents with Molly

Sprinkle Shower with close friends at Olive Garden!

 My fabulous mother-in-law, Beth
These ladies are the best, and mean the world to me!!

So that was all from 2 weeks ago...tomorrow I will share this past week!  Then hopefully I will get around to a pregnancy update!  I go on Thursday for my 35 week check-up, wow!  Have a blessed Monday friends!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

3 years ago today...

Three years ago today my little family arrived in the state of Wisconsin to work at a church we had only been to once, to work with people we only met once, and to basically live in a foreign place, alone.  But we have not been alone...God has been with us every step of the way.  The moment we walked into The Ridge on our first day we felt welcomed, we felt warm, we felt at home.  And it pretty much has been that way ever since. 

I was telling a friend last week that when we moved here I was so frazzled because Molly was just 8 weeks old, and we had been living out of a cooler and sleeping on a mattress on the floor of our house while all of our stuff was packed on a moving truck, set to be delivered to our new home in a couple of days.  I also was so spiritually dry, and so hurt by people who claimed they loved Jesus.  I know people are not perfect, trust me, I am living proof of that.  But words and actions cut deeply, and leave you bitter.  That's where I was when we moved here.  Bitter, hurt, and lonely.  I was so excited for Eric.  Up here he would have chances and experiences he would have not got else where.  But I lived in a little cocoon for awhile and totally played the baby card.  Then little by little I began to feel love again, love from people who were just trying to do life one day at a time with this Jesus guy, just like me.  People who tell you how it is-which was very hard for me to get used to at first!  But I have come to appreciate their honesty and their willingness to be real.

I would say The Ridge helped heal me, and restore my faith in people again, but really it was all God.  However, God did use The Ridge to help me find him again and to leave my spiritual desert.  Clearly, I don't have a peachy-keen, hunky-dory kinda life...but who does.  I still have times of loneliness, frustration, and asking God, "why did you move us here?!"  But truly I love it here, this is my home, these people are my family, and I feel honored and blessed to be on this journey with all of them.

Happy 3 year anniversary in the cheese state!

 Molly at 8 weeks!
  These were taken literally on the day we moved here...
all of our furniture was in the middle of the living room!

Although we have lived here for 3 years we are NOT converted Packers or Badgers fans...we still are loyal to the Steelers and The Ohio State Buckeyes!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Catching Up...

Wow, oh wow...where did the last 5 days go?  We will start with Thursday...I had lunch with a fabulous Pastor's Wife (PW)...she is awesome!  We were at the restaurant for almost 3 hours...and Molly did great.  I felt bad for taking her, but had no choice, and she did wonderful.  Praise the Lord!  Usually she can't last that long!  It was so good to talk with this particular PW.  Even though Eric has preached at her husband's church a couple times they have always been gone, so we never got to talk.  But this time was wonderful!  We barely talked church, which is a welcomed blessing, and we really talked about being moms, our kids, our husbands, and life.  I could go on and on, but I won't :) 

Then poor Molly fell asleep in the car on the way home, and when we got home I carried her in and laid her down.  Then I had to wake her up like 20 minutes later to go to my 33 week check-up.  But she did fine at the dr's considering my apt's last like 3 minutes!  And all the ladies there just love her, and give her suckers!  The one chick scheduled all my appointments for me so I didn't have to worry about it each time.  Then when we went to schedule my last one we were discussing what my doctor would want me to do, and she looked at the computer again and then proceeded to tell me "oh, he is on vacation when you are due."  What?!  Then I just started laughing.  She probably thought I was nuts or something, but my doctor had just got finished reassuring me this labor/delivery would be much, much better than the first time around.  And I told him I was going to hold him to that, and then to find out he is on vacation, nice!  I really don't care who delivers Lucy, that does not bother me one bit, but I found it funny that he went on and on about how different this time will be.  Guess I will take notes for him since he won't be there!

Then we toured the hospital that night.  I think all 3 of us were a little overwhelmed and Molly was way over tired!!  She did not make it through the 25 minute tour, her and Eric ended up in the bathroom a couple times having some conversations, and then finally they went out to the car.  So I took the tour basically.  I am so not ready for this delivery thing.  Trust me, the pain is not what I am scared of, I am totally fine with the drugs :)  It's the whole process and what not.  I am still traumatized from Molly, and shudder to think about it this time around.  Prayers for peace would be fabulous.  I know child birth is supposed to be beautiful and euphoric, it was not for me, so I have a hard time with people's highs from childbirth.  Sorry to offend anyone...I am just uneasy with the whole idea right now. 

Needless to say the hospital is nice, and I am sure we will have a pleasant experience there, apart from the whole labor/delivery thing :)

Then my in-laws came for the weekend!  They arrived on Friday morning and left this morning after we went out for breakfast.  We had so much fun with them, and I always hate to see them go!  Eric and his dad golfed on Friday, and Saturday we went to a cute little lake town, Lake Geneva, for the Oktoberfest-family friendly!  Molly rode a pony and jumped in a bounce house.  We toured the lake on a boat tour, and walked around.  By the end of the day I was number 1 extremely hot!  Did anyone else have unseasonably warm temps this weekend?  Oh my word, it was so hot here!  And number two...I felt like I had already given birth, I was swore everywhere!  But we had fun, and then came home and made pizzas for dinner. 

Yesterday one of my friends threw me a Sprinkle Shower with some close friends, and Eric's mom was able to go.  We had a great time, and we also ate way too much food!  I will share pics tomorrow! 

Then we had a nice evening at home with Eric and his dad building me a mantle for our fireplace. 

Today it was back to the daily :)  However, I must be nesting at work since I have all the lessons written, planned, prepped, and all supplies ready for every Sunday in November.  Wishful thinking probably, but I want to be prepared in case Miss Lucy makes her debut sooner rather than later.  Too bad we aren't this prepared at home!  Our goal this week is to get things around, and get our crib out of someones basement, ha!  It's funny how the second time around you (well, at least I am) aren't high strung about having the nursery all together and perfect.  With Molly I literally had everything to go at like 6 months, and my bag was packed for the hospital, waiting at the door.  Now I think, I will just tell Eric what to bring when he goes home, ha!  Oh well...back to work...I am trying to crank out all of December's lessons!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

32 Weeks, WOF, and a Cute Pic of Molly

Today you all get a hodge podge of a start it all off here is my Wisconsin best friend, Carrie and me at the Women of Faith conference.  We unfortunately didn't get to sit together, she sat with our church and I sat in the volunteer section, which was probably for the best...we would have talked the WHOLE time! 

 Then me and my mom at the conference...
 Molly looking all grown up and cute before church on Sunday!
 Now onto my weekly report :)
How far along:  32 weeks and 3 days...I go tomorrow for my 33 week check up

Feeling:  I feel pregnant, I know, very descriptive, but I just do...sometimes I feel fabulous, and other times I just want to lay on the couch and not move.  But overall I feel pretty good.  I am still sleeping pretty well, and I only get up once to go to the bathroom, some nights I don't even have to get up.  We go tomorrow night to tour the hospital, since this is a new place for us.  I delivered Molly in Cincinnati at a nice hospital, and this one here I know won't disappoint.  But it's all becoming real oh my word, I could have a baby in 7 weeks, wow!  I am learning that when I start to feel anxious about life with 2 kids, working 2 days a week, trying to nurse, etc, I just stop.  There's no need to worry about it now!  I plan on taking it one day at a time, and we'll figure it out, hopefully! 

Contractions:  Yes, and yes...I had horrible braxton hicks with Molly from about 29 weeks on, maybe earlier, and this time is no different.  Sometimes I wonder if Lucy is just moving hard, since there is not a lot of room in there, or if it's a contraction.  My plan to do something about it is when they hurt really bad and I can't breath.  I know, so prepared, but there is no use in my mind always going to the doctor or hospital for false alarms :)

Other than that we are working away at finishing some of the last of the outside projects before winter hits.  The first year we moved here we had snow in October...hopefully not this year!  My in-laws are coming this weekend and they are bringing our changing table with them.  Eric and his dad made a changing table to match the crib someone gave us when Molly was born, and lets just say after 3 years, it needed a tune up.  So Eric's dad took it home with them after their last visit to make some adjustments and reinforce some areas.  Then next week (hopefully!) we will tear our guest room down and set up the nursery!  Don't worry I will share pictures with you all once it is set up! 

Saturday, October 2, 2010

A little now...more later...

This week has been crazy, but in a great way! Like I mentioned before, my mom is here visiting. She leaves tomorrow morning, but Eric's parents are coming this next weekend to visit. So Molly won't have to wait long to be entertained by some new people!

One of the reasons my mom came this week was because we went to the Women of Faith conference. On Thursday we volunteered at the conference, which allowed us to receive free tickets to the conference on Friday and Saturday. We organized all the will call tickets, and we had a good time just talking and working. Then we went to the conference last night and all day today. Well, most of the day 8 month pregnant body could not handle sitting for 8 long hours! Plus, the chairs were not that comfortable!

This was the first year the conference came to Milwaukee, and they plan on coming back. This is fabulous, since I won't have to travel any where to go, and more importantly...this area needs this! So desperately the women of Milwaukee need to hear about Jesus' love for them, and experience community with other believers, especially women!

So last night we enjoyed the comedy styling of Anita Renfroe and a concert from Mandisa, be jealous, oh yea :) Did I mention for volunteering, our tickets were in the front row?! Mandisa practically touched me, okay, so maybe not, but I totally could have got a high five if I wanted to...I am just not moving that fast these days. Today we enjoyed a concert from Steven Curtis Chapman, which I bawled through the whole thing, and we heard amazing speakers. I will be back with some pictures...but for now I need to go to bed and get prepared for church tomorrow! Have a great night and fabulous Sunday!!