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Fresh Starts

I know it’s been a while since my last post, but I wanted to say that I am so grateful for the responses from friends. I am thankful that I could share part of my story, so that others can know that they aren’t alone.

Anyhow… There have been some tough times with Mom and Dad in the past few weeks and a few amazingly hopeful signs. I seriously believe that God is doing some hard work on everyone in our family. Who knows, maybe through some tough times there can be some healing. I look forward to seeing how it turns out.

In the frozen north, we aren’t so frozen anymore. 70 degrees and sunny! We worked all day yesterday to reorganize the garage, get E’s big boy room ready and generally get our act together. This weekend we’re having 5 trucks of dirt delivered so we can finally get some grass growing. This will be a great summer once all the hard work is over. Right?

At my last checkup we heard that Charlie Brown is doing well. My Dr. says “he’s kind of on the big side” but what else is new? We’ve been talking with E more about babies. I asked him, “E, what do we do when a baby cries?” His answer? “Hug and kiss them.” It could be worse, right? We’ll see what he really does, but it’s pretty sweet for now.

I gave my official resignation to Zion the week before Mother’s Day. I’ll be resigning when the baby comes in September, and staying home with my boys. It feels good, but I’m also really surprised at how much I’m questioning my effectiveness in ministry over the past 8 years. There are groups meeting to decide what to do next, and I’m working overtime to not take their comments personally- but WOW- it’s hard. It will be an interesting transition, but I am so certain this is what I should be doing.

So we’ll see what God has planned for our next big adventure…

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Time to Grow Up…

A couple of years ago I read a book by the very hilarious and snarky, Jen Lancaster. The book was called, “Such a Pretty Fat” and it chronicled the author’s journey through dieting, personal trainers, and getting healthy. At the end of the book she summarizes the things she’s learned and says– It was time for me to grow the hell up and realize that I can’t do whatever I want, eat whatever I want and still be healthy.

I’m there. It’s time for me to grow up. I’ve lived my whole life without really making the connections between my actions and the results. I’ve somehow tricked myself into believing that some people are just thin & healthy, and others… well… aren’t. It must be in my DNA. Right?

That’s just a big lie I’ve been telling myself my whole life. The things I put into my body and the things I do (or don’t do) with my body are directly tied to what I look and feel like. I know– you are probably thinking– DUH! We learned that in like 2nd grade health class.  Well, I learned it to. I have lots of  head knowledge about nutrition, exercise and general wellness. I have friends who are great examples of wellness. I just keep making excuses for myself, as if I were the exception to the rule. And OBVIOUSLY… I’m not.

I’ve always known the right answers. I know what it takes to maintain a healthy weight… but I’ve never actually put things into practice. I’m sure I’ve thought that I was just too far beyond repair. I’m no longer willing to buy into that. I’ve got to take steps toward a healthy life– that work for me. I’m not going to subscribe to another program or count every crumb that I eat. I am not going to trade points just so that I can cheat and go back to my old ways.

I am actually going to employ my own common sense. I have the knowledge… I just need to stop playing the game and change my attitude. I need to stop the game of justifying, bending rules, and cheating a system. I am finding that changing attitude is a lot harder than I thought. For me, it’s even harder than changing behavior. I can change my behavior… for a while… but since my attitude is still that of a 9-year-old who just wants ONE MORE COOKIE, it never sticks.

It’s time to grow up. It’s time to take responsibility. It’s time to invest in my own health & wellness. So… my first steps?

1. I joined an online gym. I actually enjoy the workouts (gasp!) and it’s something that fits into my life.

2. I am eating waaaay more fruits and veggies. Trying to get in 8-10 servings a day. I am not there yet, but on my way.

3. Trying to eliminate sugar. This might prove to be difficult. I am an addict.

4. Keeping up on my spiritual life. I want to be a better steward of this life and body that God has given me. I don’t want to lose sight of that.

We’ll see what else happens as this new chapter unfolds.

Also… for all of you who don’t know… baby #2 is expected to arrive September 3rd! Great motivation!

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Updates I’ve forgotten about

I was roaming around the house and realized I hadn’t posted any updates with photos of the nursery. It is adorable if I do say so myself. We’ve had fun adding things to it to get ready for his arrival. Now we just need a baby! (Any time now would be great…)

The best part is that almost everything in the room have been hand-me-downs. The crib was bought from a friend-of-a-friend for a steal, the dresser is something Andy brought into our marriage, the lamps I got at a garage sale for $5, the curtains are re-purposed shower curtains… I love it.

And then there is all the OTHER stuff that has been generously gifted to us. The clothes, the toys, the gadgets… even Rupert seems to like it.

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So I got that goin’ for me, which is nice.

My mom visited for two weeks and it was a great visit. We didn’t do much, just hung around the house, went grocery shopping, did regular stuff. It was nice. Andy is concerned that our house won’t be clean anymore because she’s gone. He’s probably right.

However, since she left on Friday I have been going nearly insane because she was a great distraction from the GIGANTIC ticking time-bomb that is my womb. When she was here I had things to do, someone to drag around town with me… and now I am left here to sit and wait. Tick. Tick. Tick.

Is the baby coming now?     How about now?     Maybe now?

The bizarre thing is that it’s not as if I have nothing to do. There are plenty of things to do. In fact, I have LOADS of junk to do at work. However, in quiet moments at my desk I find myself searching Amazon.com for that cute humidifier that looks like a penguin. WHO AM I?

So I suppose I am trying to focus in these last few weeks until D-day. Aside from not being ready at work, I am so ready for this baby to come. I want my body back, he’s big enough to get his own.

Other ways I’ve found to waste time and distract myself… last night we watched Caddyshack and The Usual Suspects– but of course while we watched I was making a taggy baby blanket (kind of like this).

I am a freak.

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Growing pains.

They are getting harder to see.

The countdown is getting more intense. 8 weeks to go. It has gone so quickly. I am still remembering the feeling of terror when the line showed up on the test. Now I’m ready (as I’ll ever be). This is a good time in our lives to become parents. Andy is getting more nervous as the days go on. I think I’m calming down. I’m not even scared of the whole labor/delivery thing. I’m not thinking it will be a picnic or anything, but I believe I have a handle on what it will be like. And really, what am I going to do at this point? It’s coming, like it or not. 🙂

Work has kept me very busy as of late. It’s a good thing, because otherwise I’d keep cleaning, sewing, and rearranging furniture obsessively. At least I can use my “nesting” energy to get some stuff done. By the end of the week all the bedrooms will be just about complete. We’ve been rearranging them, getting ready for Mom to visit in a few weeks and, of course, getting ready for baby to come. I’ll post pictures next week when they are all done.

Andy and I are getting serious about picking names. I would give you our top three… but that wouldn’t be any fun now would it? We have three that we both like, however, Andy really likes one the best and I like another the best. I suppose one of us will have to give. We’ll decide when we meet the little guy.

Well, I’m off. Gotta keep an eye on my toes before they disappear altogether.

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Internal Organ Indulges Its Extroverted Side

I just want people to know that pregnancy is kind of gross. Don’t let those baby food/formula/life insurance commercials think its this beautiful, soft, sweet, wonderful experience. I mean, I guess it is. But most moments involve something weird happening in your body.

Have you ever imagined what your kidneys feel like? I don’t mean what they would feel like if you held them in your hands, I mean have you ever been aware of your kidneys? Do you know what they feel like in your body? Or your liver? Or your spleen? Take a deep breath, close your eyes and locate the feeling of your kidneys working. I hope that most of you have been blissfully unaware of these important organs. However, it is pretty disturbing when you become painfully aware of your uterus. All of my life it has been this wallflower, hanging out in the background, silently doing its job. Apparently when you are pregnant it is the uterus’ time to shine. It goes from the wallflower to center stage. I am seriously concerned that my body can actually change this way. Hopefully all of my other organs will not indulge their need for extroversion. Can you imagine? One day your kidneys bulge out of your back and every time they filter your blood they make a loud slurping noise. Ewww. That’s gross.

But pregnancy is beautiful. Riiiiight.

Actually, I can’t complain. I have had a very easy pregnancy. No pain, no sickness, its pretty awesome. I am, however, convinced that I will give birth to a 19 pound baby. Can he really get any bigger?!

In other news, we had a great holiday weekend. Pretty decent weather, a nap in a hammock, three barbecues, and sleeping in. I really couldn’t ask for more.

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27 weeks

Just an update on my ever expanding waistline.

And one of “the boys”. It was a nice day to play around the yard. Can’t wait to get grass growing…

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