Thursday, December 24, 2009

36 Weeks


It's Christmas Eve, and we had another doctor appointment today.  The doctor said that I'm still a good centimeter, but that I'm over 50% effaced.  She felt very confident that Sophie wouldn't arrive on Christmas.  Her estimate is in 2 to 3 weeks our little girl will be joining our family.  I keep telling Chris it will be January 7th that she will arrive. He keeps saying, she needs to come after January 9th since he will be having a youth lock-in on January 8th.  I guess we will have to wait and see when she gets here.  I am getting a little more tired each day.  I think it's because I'm not sleeping well at night and the fact that my body is getting ready to have her.  Chris continues to be an amazing husband by doing as much as he can to help me get my rest.  Heis working his schedule so he can be home earlier in the afternnon after Josiah gets up from his nap.   I am truly blessed to have such a loving and caring husband who truly knows the meaning of servanthood. 

We'll keep you posted on Sophie's progress.  I'll try to get pictures up from Christmas as soon as possible.  Again, we wish you a very Merry CHRISTmas.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

1 cm


I went to the doctor on Friday and found out that Sophie is head down....and I've dialated a "good centimeter."  Chris has said repeatedly that I will be having Sophie before her due date, so we will just have to wait and see.  I have been having LOTS more pressure and have been way more tired.  It's been hard getting around, but we manage.  Chris has been a big help with Josiah, so I'm thankful for that.  It is hard to pick up and carry 23 lbs. 

Sophie's nursery is all done except for the rocking chair.  I've even gotten all her things we will need for the hospital.  Now, I just need to get my things ready.  I guess since I've started dialating the doctors are wanting to see me every week.  So I go back on Dec. 24th for another check check-up.

We can't believe that CHRISTmas is less than a week away.  We are looking forward to having Josiah's "first" CHRISTmas.  I know he had one last year, but he wasn't really interested in all the CHRISTmas traditions and fun.  This year, he has really gotten in to doing his advent chart each night.  We have a little book with a Bible verse that we read and then he has to put a sticker on the path that leads Mary and Joseph to the manager.  He has a lot of fun putting the sticker on.  If we haven't done it by the end of dinner, he points to where his book is and signs "please."  We look forward to the future with Sophie and having a time of advent devotions with the two of them.

Blizzard 2009


Well, we survived our first blizzard as a family.  We got around 22 inches of snow!  This was Chris and Josiah's first big snowfall.  I think it was pretty special that they could experience that together.  Chris worked extra hard outside keeping the walks clear and the car cleaned off--just in case.  He also had to work extra hard because all he had was a garden shovel.  I've yet to let him live down the fact that earlier in the week I told him he should go ahead an buy a snow shovel, and he said that he would get one later.  Well, Friday night, he was out looking for one---and surprise---they were all sold out!  I told him that either he or I will be buying a shovel this week because I'm not going into labor with a possible snow storm and watching him shovel with a garden shovel! 

Josiah enjoyed being outside, but we weren't really surprised by that.  He was enjoying the snow until he tripped and fell face first into a pile of snow.  After that, he wasn't too sure about it. We went back out today, and he was fine with the snow again.  We didn't do too much with the snow except pick up balls of snow and toss them.  I think if he was just a little bit older and I wasn't so pregnant, we could of had more fun.

We are suppose to get more snow on CHRISTmas day, so I hope they are correct and we get to have a white CHRISTmas.   Come back after CHRISTmas to see all the fun pictures we take.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Shower of Blessings


Well, I just got home a little bit ago from Sophie's baby shower at our church.  All I can say is, "WOW!"  Our church family has truly blessed us with showering Sophie.  I feel like we are definitely ready for our little one to arrive.  We were blessed with some adorable girly clothes, diapers, blankets, burp clothes, lamp for her room, toys, changing pad, books, onesies and crib sheets.  We have seen the love our church has for Josiah, and we know that Sophie will be just as loved. 

I'm in the process of washing all of her things.  Josiah was a big helper as I was cutting all the tags off.  A couple of times he threw some of her clothing in the trash bag, but that didn't stop me from letting him help.  One of the ladies gave Josiah a "Big Brother" gift.  A fire truck with lots of buttons that make cool noises.  He has been enjoying it since he opened it up.

I hope to get the pictures downloaded in the next few days.  The next 7 weeks are definitely going to go by very quickly.  We have a nursery to finish and bags to pack and a little boy to continue to love on plus Christmas and Chris' birthday.  I would much rather the next few weeks go by quickly than slowly--I might regret thinking that!  Laughing

Until next time...take care and enjoy this CHRISTmas season!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Snow, Snow, Snow


Well, we are having our first snowfall of the season.  It is 4pm and it's been snowing since about 7am.  It's been snowing pretty consistently, so we have quite a bit of the white stuff.  We did bundle Josiah up and took him outside for a little stroll to get the mail.  Mommy had a hard time finding a jacket to button up with my big ol' Sophie belly.  I wasn't too cold because as Chris put it, "You have a built in heater."  Josiah looked like a marshmallow man with his winter jacket on--I will be posting pictures at some point today. 

We've had a pretty lazy day.  We started off this morning by having a family breakfast of pancakes as we watched the snow falling.  Then we played in front of the fireplace.  I was able to get my Christmas letters in the envelopes--now we just need to seal them--I think I was pass that job off to Chris--all that glue CAN'T be safe for Sophie! Laughing  Then we had some baked potatoes for lunch with all the fixin's and then took a nap.  We will probably hang out and play some more before we make Calzones for dinner.  Good think I'm pregnant so I don't have to feel bad about eating all this good food.

I was supposed to have a baby shower today, but because the snow came earlier than expected we thought it best to let everyone stay in the safety of their home.  If church isn't cancelled tomorrow then we will just do after the service.  With all this snow, I'm praying that Sophie's day of arrival won't be filled with a big snow storm.

Everyone is doing well though.  Josiah and I have had a bit of a stomach bug since last weekend.  No fevers or anything, so we're thankful for that.  I'm doing much better, but Josiah still has his moments when things aren't settling very well.  He's been in great spirits and still full of energy, so I guess he isn't too bothered by it!

I can't believe we are only 7 weeks away from our due date.  Chris has started some painting.  He primed Josiah's room yesterday and plans to paint it on Tuesday, then paint Sophie's room on Friday.  We got her bedding yesterday and still waiting for the changing table to arrive.  So before much longer we will have her nursery all ready for her arrival.  I will try to get Chris to take a picture of my belly, so you can see the growth that she is making.

Well, I should get going--Josiah has figured out how to take the knobs off from our cabinet, so I guess  I need to go do a little more supervising before he destroys something serious! Laughing

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Thanksgiving 2009


Well, another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and we have so much to be thankful for.  God continues to bless The Greenwood Family beyond our wildest dreams!  We are pretty much settled into our new home and getting ready to celebrate our first Christmas in our new place.  This will be our first Christmas where we won't be traveling to see family.  With Sophie's arrival being a month away, traveling wouldn't be much fun. 

Josiah continues to grow more and more each day.  It is so much fun watching him learn new things.  He continues to understand more and more about his world around him.  His vocabulary continues to expand along with his signing.  He is such a joy to our lives and knows just when to be silly when we need a good laugh.  God has truly blessed us with a wonderful son.

Sophie continues to grow within.  She is so much more active than Josiah was in the womb.  It makes me a little scared of what she is going to be like outside of the womb! We have ordered a few things for her nursery--bedding and changing table, so her room will start coming together.  The church is throwing Sophie a baby shower next weekend.  It is so nice to see the support of the church and their excitement for the newest Greenwood.  Josiah is already loved tremendously by them, so we know Sophie will be, too.

I want to take a minute to write the things that I'm thankful for and will try to get Chris to do the same later.

Sara's List:

1. My Salvation in Christ

2. My wonderful husband who goes above and beyond what most husbands do.

3. My children--the ones we are already blessed with and the ones that the Lord still has out there for us.

4. My church who is such an encouragement to me and my family.

5. My extended family who is there when we need them.

6. Our new home where we can gather as a family and find safety and security in this busy world and where we can do ministry to those who need to see Christ.

7.  Being able to be a stay-at-home mom after 10 years in the making.

Chris' List:

1. the opportunity to learn more and more about the wonderful woman God has blessed me with.

2. the wonder of being a dad to a terrific little boy and a soon to be out of the womb little girl.

3. the chance to finally be full-time and be able to focus on giving my life in full time ministry.

4. the honor of being entrusted to help lead and guide members of the next generation by their parents.

5. the amazing friends who continue to encourage and support us in so many ways.

6. the wonder of the God-man and Savior of the world, Jesus Christ.

Well, I guess it is time for me (us) to go.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Ordination Weekend



Well, we FINALLY have Rev. Chris Greenwood as part of our family.  It has been a long journey, but know God's timing is perfect.  I will be honest there were times when we were frustrated and even questioned if this is what we were supposed to be doing, but now that we are here when know that it is.  Things have fallen into place over the past few months God has confirmed this is what we are supposed to be doing.  The service on Sunday afternoon was very special.  There are some pictures in the November album that capture the moment.  We are so thankful for the support and encouragement of our church.  They really out did themselves in making this day extra special for Chris. 

We had a fun weekend with all of our parents.  Josiah LOVED having his grandparents here playing with him and holding him none stop.  I was a little worried that today was going to be a little difficult with him not having constant attention, but he has done a great job!

Today we went to Pumpkinville as a little family.  We got to see all kinds of animals and even got to pet a few.  There were some fun slides that Josiah and Daddy went down while Mommy captured the moment.  The two boys also went into the bounce house and had a fun time.  Josiah had a hard time standing up with his socks.  His feet kept coming out from under him, and he thought it was absolutely funny!  Again, there are plenty of pictures to enjoy in the November album from our trip to Pumpkinville, so take a minute to enjoy them.

Not much else is going on for the Greenwoods.  We are going to enjoy our down time for a little bit before the holidays come and then the arrival of Sophie.

Thanks again for ALL the prayers lifted up on our behalf over the years.  They are greatly appreciated!

Friday, October 16, 2009

All Moved In


Well, we are all moved in and almost have everything in place.  We just have a few things that need to be stored, but we are just trying to figure out where to store them.  We have so much space that we don't know what to do with ourselves!  We have a few more curtains to hang--and purchase, but  those are things that we can do over time. We also need to get a rug for the playroom, but again it's not something we need to do right away--even though Mommy would like to get it done. Smile We hope to start hanging things on the walls this weekend.  I have a few things to do to organize--bathroom medicine cabinets, but again that isn't high on the priority list. 

Josiah has done a GREAT job transitioning to his new home.  He LOVES all the space and the stairs.  He has gotten to be such a big boy in just the last week since we've moved.  He is now  eating what we eat and has picked up more baby signs.  He can now do "drink please", "down please", "thank you" along with the other ones he already knows.  We haven't been as diligent with his reading program because of unpacking and not having the TV set up yet, but we plan on getting back on track.  Josiah's comprehension has really improved.  We can ask him to do something or go get something, and he understands what we are saying.

Sophie continues to grow and is getting really active.  We are 26 weeks today, so we only have 14 more weeks.  I know this time will go by quickly.  Chris has his ordination service on November 1st, then Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here before we know it along with Chris' birthday.  We have some church activities to fill in over the next few months, so we know  this time will go by fast.

I hope to take some pictures of our new place this weekend and download them, so come back in a few days to see our new home.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

3 hours of P & P


Well, I decided to wait and see what my results were before I posted anything.  I took my glucose test almost 2 weeks ago.  I found out a week later, that the results were borderline gestational diabetic.  So yesterday, I went for the three hour glucose test.  I got to the hospital around 7:45am and didn't leave until 12:00pm.  After peeing five times and being poked in the arm five times (P & P), the results came back saying that everything is fine.  I will admit I was some what concerned since gestational diabetes and adult diabetes run in my family.  But many prayers were lifted up on my behalf and God was listening.  I just praise Him for having the results come back with good news.  I am a little bruised from all the poking, but other than that I'm doing fine. 

Sophie continues to be very active.  She has started playing the game of kicking back after I poke at my belly.  Daddy tries to play the game, but she won't play with him--already giving him a hard time! Smile

On Friday, I will be 30 weeks, so we will have around 10 more weeks to go.  I know the time will go by quickly with Thanksgiving and Christmas approaching.  We will be staying in VA for the holidays as I'm starting to get to the point where I'm really uncomfortable.  Some of our good friends from NC will be joining us for Thanksgiving, so we are very excited about that.  We will have a quiet Christmas with just the three of us.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

A little scare


This week, we had a little bit of a scare.  OK, so I was a little scared and Chris stayed cool, calm and collected.  Monday night, I started getting some pretty bad cramps in my back and front.  I took some Tylenol and laid down, and I started feeling a little better.  Tuesday, I got up feeling better, but not 100%.  As the day went on, I started getting more cramps and some pressure, so I called the doctor. They wanted me to come in, so they could check me out.  I was a wreck because I was so worried that there was something wrong.  When I got there, the doctor did an internal and found that everything looked fine, but she wanted me to be on bed rest for the rest of the day and to limit my activities on Wednesday.  Chris was supposed to have a meeting at the church on Tuesday night, but he came home to take care of me and Josiah.  I've said it many times before, "How did I get blessed with such a wonderful husband?"  I would try to get up and get something, and he would banish me back to the couch and bring it to me.  Since Wednesday, I haven't had any more problems and Sophie is kicking and having a great time.  We don't really know what caused all this, but feel it might have been from all the traveling and packing of boxes.  I praise the LORD for keeping Sophie safe and letting everything be OK with her.  I'm so thankful that the doctor didn't just blow it off and was very reassuring about things looking great and encouraging to call back if I continued to have concerns.  We are counting down the weeks until Sophie's due date--16 more weeks, but 13 more weeks until we are safely out of the woods.  Continue to pray that everything goes smoothly with this pregnancy and we don't have any more scares.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Trip to MA


Well, we have arrived back from MA, and we are very excited because passed his last exams!  Smile 

Chris and I left on Thursday and drove part way.  My mom was kind enough to come up to VA to watch Josiah, so we could have a weekend away.  This is the first time since Josiah has been born that we have gone away together and will probably be the last one until 2011.  Once Sophie gets here it will be back to nursing again, which means no overnight trips for me.    We drove to Sterling, PA and stayed at a Bed & Breakfast.  It was nice to have our living room area right beside a brook.  We were able to open the sliding doors for a little bit to enjoy the bubbling sounds.  Chris eventually got cold, and we shut the doors.  Chris was in heaven because they had cable, and he was able to watch a little college football.  Chris surprised me with a massage when we got there, so it was very relaxing evening for the two of us.  We went out to dinner that didn't consist of trying to get in and out as quickly as possible.  We have a pretty neat story about our dinner experience.  Our waitress came over to get our drinks.  When I told her I wanted water, she lets out this BIG gasp.  I was a little taken aback by this, but then realized that she saw a big black bear come out of the woods into the field right near where we were sitting.  There were some good ol' boys that came out of the kitchen, and they estimated that the bear was close to 500 lbs.!  It was absolutely amazing and breath taking to see this bear in the wild.  The photographer in me wishes I had my camera, but I take moments like that as a special gift from God for me to enjoy in my mind.  Friday morning we got up and drove the rest of the way to MA.  We had a great dinner and worship service that night.  Chris was on the candidates who preached.  He did a great job preaching God's word and quite a few people shared with him how blessed they were by his sermon.  We stayed up a little too late Friday night watching TV--as you can probably tell--we don't have cable!  Smile  Saturday morning was the big day when Chris had to answer questions from the floor of the presbytery.  He did an AWESOME job communicating his convictions and God's calling on his life.  After he got done answering the questions, we had to leave so they could have any discussion and vote.  Just before they called us back in, we heard loud clapping from the sanctuary--we knew then that he was voted to be ordained!  We are so glad that this two-plus year journey has FINALLY come to an end.  On November 1st, we will actually have his ordination service where he will officially receive the title Reverend.

We are glad to have this behind us, but our next big hurdle is getting ready to move into our new place.  The moving will be so much easier than the ordination--Praise the LORD!  Please take some time to look at the pictures from our weekend and Josiah's 15 month pictures that my mom took while here.  By the way, he did great.  My mom said that he didn't get whiny or fussy the whole time we were gone.  From the sounds of things, she didn't give him much down time to miss us!  Smile

Please keep us in your prayers over the next few weeks as we continue with our daily responsibilities and prepare to move.  Josiah will be having his 15 month check-up, so we are praying that there won't be any concern about his weight.  I will also be having my 24 week check-up with Sophie.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

It's Official


Well, it is official.  Chris has been hired full time by the church to be in charge of the youth and small group ministries.  His first day is today, and he was really excited to be going to one place for the day.  He had offered to drive buses for the school where he used to work, but they have fewer students needing transportation, so they don't need him.  He did offer to be a sub bus driver, so they said that they would keep that in mind. 

Our next big hurdle is the presbytery meeting at the end of the month.  It will be held in Springfield, MA, so I'm really looking forward to seeing some fall colors!  I've heard that the leaves are already changing!  Chris has one more interview that he is still waiting to be scheduled.  Hopefully,he will hear from them some time this week.  My mom is going to be coming up to watch Josiah for the time we are gone.  Mommy and Daddy are going to leave a day early so we can some time to ourselves.  This will be the first time that I have left Josiah over night, so it is a big deal!

We have started packing our things and will be moving to our new place the beginning of October.  I'm so looking forward to not having someone living above me anymore.  The 3am and 4am wake-ups are getting pretty old!

We bought Sophie her first little girl outfit yesterday when we went to Target.  There was LOTS of cute little girl things, so it was good that I only came out with one outfit!  Smile

Well, we will keep you posted on how things are going.  The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy, so we ask that you continue to cover us in your prayers.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sophie Sugai


Well, we had our ultrasound today and found out that we are having a girl!  Her name will be Sophie Sugai.  Sophie comes from Chris' great-grandmother.  Sugai (pronounced Sue Guy) is my Japanese grandmother's maiden name.  My due date is still on track, so it looks like Sophie will be joining our family around January 22, 2010. 

We have had a lot of exciting things happening in the Greenwood family.  On Sunday, the church will be voting to make Chris full-time.  We will also be moving at the beginning of October.  God has already blessed us with an awesome place to live that will make Chris' commute 15 minutes!  One of my friends from my MOPS group emailed me last week to see if we were interested in renting their townhouse since her and her husband will be moving into their new home.  Our little family went to see the townhouse yesterday afternoon and after discussing it, Chris and I let my friend know we are interested.  It has 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms.  The kitchen has been remodeled with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  There is a finished basement where Chris will be putting his man cave and University of Tennessee decor.  I will have a room on the main level that will be my craft room and the kids will be able to have their play room there, too.  The master bedroom is bigger than any of the rooms Chris and I have had since we've been married.  There is a deck right off the master bedroom, and I've already called dibs on it being Mommy's special place.  The master bathroom has a whirpool tub and seperate shower.  The kids will each have their own room and they will share a bathroom.  There is TONS of storage which is a HUGE blessing.  We are getting all of this for less than what we are paying now, so God is truly blessing the Greenwoods!

We are heading to Massachusetts at the end of the month for Chris' ordination, so please be in prayer for safe travels and that Chris will be accepted for ordination.  Also, be in prayer as we get ready to pack and move to our new place--that the transition will go smoothly for all of us.

Friday, August 28, 2009

19 Weeks


Well, I'm almost to the half way mark!  G2 has been moving more and more each day.  G2 stays pretty still when I'm playing with Josiah.  I don't think the baby is used to having Big Brother climb all over.  Might need to get used to it because Josiah is an active little boy.  We go on Tuesday to have an ultrasound.  I've been waiting for this since we found out we are expecting.  Hopefully, G2 will cooperate and we will find out what we are having.  We will post pictures, sex and name next week, so please come back for a visit.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Movin' and a Shakin'


Well, Baby G2 has been moving more and more each day.  I was really worried on Sunday because I hadn't felt the baby move very much.  I think it was probably from traveling and constantly moving.  Not to mention Big Brother sitting on my lap for most of the day.  I told Chris that I was ready to go to the pregnancy support center in town to have an ultrasound because I was so worried.  He told me wait a couple of days to see how things are going.  Well, sure enough the little one has been up and moving.  I notice the baby moves mostly when I'm sitting down and Big Brother isn't climbing all over me!  I'm feeling less worried now that I can feel the baby moving. 

I'm looking forward to our ultrasound on Sept. 1st.  We will found out what  we are having and there will definitely be a journal entry and pictures, so come back soon to check out what we are having and find out the name of the newest Greenwood!

Surprise, Bup-Bup


Well, Josiah and I are in GA.  We got here Sunday night and will be staying until Monday.  We came down to surprise my dad for his 60th birthday.  We left from DC and hour later than we were supposed to.  Our flight to Atlanta was great.  Chris and I had kept Josiah up from his afternoon nap thinking he would sleep on the plane.  Well, that plan backfired.  He was SUPER though.  We sat next to a young girl who loved children and a dad that had 3 boys.  Josiah charmed them with his wondeful personality.  Towards the end of the flight, he was sitting in the young girls lap and then off to the dad's lap to look out the window.  He eventually came back to me, but as we were landing he saw all the stuff out the window and wanted to go back to the man's lap.  We may need to work extra hard with him about strangers!  Smile By the time we landed, we had 20 minutes to get to our next flight.  Josiah and I arrived at the gate, and I wanted to change him before we got on the plane.  The attendant said we were the last one to load the plane and asked for me to change him in the bathroom.  I wasn't about to change him in that tiny bathroom.  It is hard enough to have one person in there, I couldn't imagine what it would be like with the two of us in there.  So like any good mom, I changed him right in the empty seat next to me.  Josiah did a great job on the flight to Valdosta.  At this point he had been up over 7 hours since his 45 minute nap that morning!  Not once did he cry or get fussy.  We arrived in Valdosta and Mimi and Auntie Sue were there to welcome us at the airport.  Auntie Sue had made a bow for us to tie around Josiah so when we arrived at the house he would be Papa's birthday present.  We knocked on the door and Papa opened it open to see Josiah being held up in the air.  He was definitely surprised when he saw him.  I think we did a great birthday present this year! 

Before we left for GA, we got a reading program "Your Baby Can Read."  Well, Josiah has started "reading" his first words.  I will hold up two flashcards and call out a word.  Josiah will grab the word that I've called out.  It is absolutely AMAZING!  I'm a little sad that Daddy wasn't here to see him read his first words, but we have SKYPED, and Josiah has showed him his reading over the computer.

Josiah has been having LOTS of fun swimming in the pool.  I don't know who is having more fun--Josiah or Mimi.  The afternoon storms have been a little problem, so he hasn't been able to stay in as long as he would like.  Today, we are going to try to get in earlier before the afternoon storms come in.

Well, I'm sure we will have some pictures when we get home or maybe even before.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Flutter, Flutter


Well, I've been getting little flutters here and there.  They are happening mostly at night when Mommy and G2 sit down for the evening to relax.  The other night Chris was talking to G2 on the phone, and I felt a good little thump.  This is my favorite time of pregnancy--when you start feeling the little one move around. 

I went to the doctor today for some routine blood work.  They are testing to see if I am a carrier of cystic fibrosis and to see if there are any spinal abnormalities.  Both are being done as a precaution for delivery.  The nurse said she would have the results by next week and would only call if there was something wrong.   We are praying that everything will be fine and that this little one will be as health as Josiah.

Josiah and I have a busy day tomorrow.  We are going to a MOPS planning meeting from 10am to 1pm.  Hopefully, Josiah will continue to do well without his morning nap.  I'm making some blueberry bread right now, and I'm hoping that it will make it there in one loaf--it's smelling REALLY GOOD right now!  Smile

Well, I should get going.  I've procrastinated long enough with my work. Need to take advantage of Chris being at the church and Josiah sleeping.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

FINALLY


Well, we FINALLY got to see our doctor today.  We had an appointment on Tuesday, but the doctor was called to delivery.  We had the option of waiting, but decided since we had Josiah we would just reschedule.  They weren't sure how long it would be so we didn't want to take the chance.  We were all set to go back on Wednesday.  As we were getting ready to the leave the church, a person came in needing some counseling.  Since Chris was the only one there, he needed to do it.  So here I was off to the doctor by myself with Josiah.  On  my way there, I thought about calling to reschedule.  I wasn't really sure what to do when the phone started ringing.  It was the doctor's office calling to say that our doctor was called in for an emergency c-section.  I'm glad that God took care of the decision for me.  We scheduled another appointment today, and we FINALLY got to see the doctor.  While I was meeting with her, she did get a phone call from an EMT so I thought she was going to be headed off again.  It wasn't anything too serious, so we were able to finish our appointment.  We go back in a month to see her again and will be at 20 weeks--half way there.  Between now and then, we need to schedule an ultrasound.  It's a little strange to have to make an appointment elsewhere instead of going to the doctor's office.  I guess when you get into bigger cities the doctors can really do what they are trained for.  It was so wonderful to hear our little one's heartbeat.  It is ALWAYS the sweetest sound to my ears.  We are staying pretty busy over the next week.  We have Family Camp Day on Saturday, and I will be glad when it is over.   There is a lot of planning and organizing, and I'm ready for a break.  Sunday afternoon can't get here soon enough for me.   Monday, Chris will be heading to PA for his ordination exam.  This is the oral part which is the second to last step in the process.  We are praying that he will be ordained in September when we go to the presbytery meeting in MA.  So as you can see, we could really be covered in prayer.  Pray that we all have the strength and energy to get through these days and that we all stay healthy.  Thanks in advance for all the prayers!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Visit from Tay-Tay


Well, our week with Tay-Tay has come to an end.  We picked her up in SC when we went down to shoot a wedding.  We had LOTS of fun while she was here.  Josiah really enjoyed having someone around besides Mommy.  On Monday, we went to a MOPS leader meeting.  Tayler and Josiah were able to hang out with some other kids while I attended the meeting.  Tuesday was a pretty quite day.  A day to catch up and get back on our routine.  On Wednesday, we went to the Sully Plantation for a behind the scnenes tour of the house.  Thursday, we got up and drove to Winchester to go to a children's museum.  Both Tayler and Josiah enjoyed themselves.  On Friday, we had some friends over for lunch and to go swimming. Tayler enjoyed hanging out with the girls so much that she went over to their house on Saturday.  On Sunday, we went to church and Sunday School and then waited for Uncle Toady and Auntie Sue to arrive.  They drove to pick up Tayler so they could stop by Williamsburg on the way home.  From the sounds of it, they had a wonderful time.  Yesterday after everyone left, Josiah was beside himself.  They had already left by the time he got up.  The first thing he did was crawl to Tayler's room.  He just sat out in the hallway looking for her.  Poor thing probably realized it was back to Josiah and Mommy.  He was very clingy all day, but that was OK.  I tried to get as much done as I could during his naps. 

The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy for the Greenwoods.  Josiah has a doctor appointment for his weight.  We have another doctor appointment for G2.  Family Camp Day and the Sunday Cookout is somewhere in there.  I am orgainizing it and Chris is teaching all the Bible lessons. Chris will be leading worship.  He will also be preaching one Sunday.  Then he will be taking the oral exams for his ordination plus taking his bus driving exam.  He will also have to continue with the teaching, so as you can see we will all be pretty busy.  We are looking forward to the August 17th because our lives should quiet down after that day.  Please keep us in your prayers as we head into this busy season--that we will all stay healthy and well rested.

Monday, July 13, 2009

A Good Day


Well, today has been a good day.  It's the first time in awhile that I woke up with some energy.  It might be the fact that Chris let me have the bed to myself and took the baby monitor with him to the guest room, so I could have a good night's sleep.  What a great hubby I have!  I'm taking advantage of this energy and have been a cleaning mad woman today.  I'm catching up on laundry, cleaned the kitchen, cleaned the bathrooms and made my bed for the first time in a few days.  I hope to catch up on some ironing, but that isn't high on my list---probably because it's something I don't like to do!  Smile  I switched bathrooms today, so I'm no longer sharing with the boys.  Chris had his own bathroom, but hasn't been able to use it in the morning.  The shower is right behind Josiah's bed and whenever Chris took a shower, it would wake him up.  Since I take my shower later in the day when Josiah is up, I decided to switch bathrooms and let the boys have their own.  I'm making my own little sanctuary, and I hope to be able to find some time to relax. 

Well, I should probably get going, so I can continue to take advantage of nap time and energy.  Hope all is well with everyone!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

January 22nd


Well, we went to our first doctor appointment today and everything went well.  We really like the doctor we met today.  She was very informative and had a great personality with us.  We felt very welcomed and were treated so well by all the staff.  There are two other doctors, and I'm sure we will eventually met them during this pregnancy.  The only thing that caught us off guard was the fact their office is right in the hospital.  I guess when you live in a big city things will be done differently.  We actually had to call the office because our GPS system said we had arrived, and we were in the hosptial parking lot.  We thought Marge had guided us incorrectly, but she was correct.  Nothing really excited happened---just blood work, an exam and heard G2's heart beat.  It is still the most wonderful sound to our ears.  We won't have an ultrasound until the 18th-20th week and at that time we will find out the sex of the baby.  We did find out that our due date is January 22nd, but know our little one will arrive when he/she is ready.  Not much else is going on here.  We had a great time celebrating our 7th anniversary on Monday.  We went out to dinner with some friends from church in celebration of their upcoming wedding.  We will be heading to SC next weekend, so I can take their wedding pictures.  I'm very excited to be doing this.  We thank everyone for all their continued prayers and hope you are doing well.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Tired


Well, I'm about 10 weeks into this pregnancy and have been VERY tired.  I don't remember being this tired with Josiah.  Maybe it's because I wasn't chasing a year old around.  I would think that 20 6 and 7 year olds would be more tiring than a one year old.  : )  I've been enjoying my afternoon naps while Josiah sleeps.  I should probably do housework of some kind, but I'm just so tired that the nap always wins.  I told Chris the other day that I'm in survival mode.  I make sure that Josiah is fed and has a clean diaper and that I get my meals in.  If I get all of that done, then I consider it a successful day!  Chris has been a super hubby! He has taken on quite a bit--dishes, laundry, helping even more with Josiah, cooking here and there along with working at the church all day. He even does it without complaining.  I'm so appreciative and thankful for him.  I hope that I'm coming to the point where I will start getting some of my energy back. 

We go to the doctor on Tuesday, so we are pretty excited to hear the heartbeat.  Hopefully, we get to have an ultrasound, but we will have to wait and see.  We'll keep you posted of what is going on.  Thanks for all of the prayers.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Update


Well, it's been a little crazy since we got back from our vacation.  I've been trying to unpack and get things put back up while dealing with some morning sickness---or should I say all day sickness.  It hasn't been as bad with Josiah, but still not fun feeling queasy. 

We had a great time at the beach.  Josiah wasn't too sure of it at first, but by the end of our stay he was LOVING it!  Josiah didn't really understand the concept of vacation and sleeping in, so most mornings we were up by 6am!  We would go on a morning walk and then sit out on the balacony until breakfast time.  We took quite a few pictures while we were there--shouldn't be surprised by Photographer Mommy.

We are now getting ready for his first birthday party.  We will be celebrating a day early since his birthday is on Sunday.  I can't believe that he is already a year old!   I will post pictures sometime next week.

Well, I should get going.  Josiah is napping and want to enjoy so quiet time--not going to have much of that in a few months!  : )

9 weeks

Well, I'm 9 weeks along and things are going well.  I have been a little queasy here and there, but nothing like with Josiah.  PTL!  We are going to be making some phone calls this week to see a doctor.  There are so many to choose from up here that it is so overwhelming.  We've talked to a couple of families and got some recommendations, so that makes it a little better.  I continue to be tired, so I'm more than willing to take an afternoon nap when Josiah lays down.  It's hard work growing a baby! 

We are excited about this new life and can't wait to see how the Lord is going to bless us.  I'm counting down the weeks until I'm out of the first trimester---I think this is the most nerve racking time.  We just pray that the Lord will keep this baby healthy and in place like he did with Josiah.

Hope all are doing well.  We will keep you posted on how the pregnancy is going.  Thanks for the continued prayers.  They are GREATLY appreciated!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Big Boy Breakfast


Well, Josiah ate his first Big Boy Breakfast this morning.  We have really been trying to get him to eat table foods, but he enjoys eating his baby food way too much.  We would feed him baby food and give him some table food, but he would gag whenever he would eat the table food unless it was cheese toast.  Well, Mommy decided this morning  she wasn't going to give him the option of eating baby food.  So I made him so blueberry pancakes and some hashbrowns.  He did an excellent job eating his big boy food.  For lunch, I'm going to give him a grilled cheese sandwich with some more hashbrowns and some veggies.  I'll give him some applesauce after he has eaten a good amount of the other stuff.  Last night, I told Chris my fear is that we are going to have a 2 year old who is still eating baby food!  Smile

The Greenwoods started a family tradition on Saturday, which is walking to the bagel shop for breakfast.  It is a good 30 minute walk one way.  We've been talking about doing this for a few weeks now, but we were either out of town or the weather was bad.  Josiah LOVED his walk and was ready for his morning nap by the time we got home.  We saw some cool animals along the way---Mommy happened to have her camera so we got some pictures of them.  They aren't rare animals, but I must say I was shocked to see them since we live in the city!

We have 2 more days until we leave for NC.  We are pretty excited to have a few days away from all the hussle and bussle.  I'm sure we'll have plenty of pictures when we get back, so be looking for them.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Warming Up

Well, it’s almost been a week since we found out that I’m 99.9% pregnant.  We have an appointment on June 11th with Dr. Bob to take a pregnancy test to confirm what we already know.  We ended up telling our parents on Friday night.   We had Josiah wear a shirt that said, “Big Brother—Ready or not here I come!”  I was more anxious about telling our parents than anything else.  They are all very excited and know that this wasn’t our plan, but God has a reason for this little one to come now.  I’m really starting to warm up to the idea of having a second child this early---I still worry about being able to handle a newborn and a toddler at the same time.  Chris has been very encouraging about my worries and reminds me how great of a mom I already am.  I’m so thankful to have a wonderful husband. 

I’ve been pretty tired in the afternoons, but Chris takes care of Josiah if I hadn’t taken a nap by the time he gets home.  I am remembering the fabulous sleep that I got when I was pregnant with Josiah.  I still believe that they need to bottle up these hormones and sell them!  Josiah has been sleeping 10-12 hours at night now that he is getting better, so I’m getting some good sleep.  If he does get up, then Chris has been getting up with him.  Again, I’ve got such a wonderful husband! 

We are heading to NC a week from today to spend a week with Papa T & Lin-Lin.  Josiah will also get to meet his Great-Granny Kay, Great-Pa Potter and Great-Aunt Sue.  Chris and I are looking forward to hanging out with the family and just relaxing.  I’m looking forward to the beach and taking some pictures.  Hopefully, Josiah will get used to the sand. 

Well, I should get going.  Today is the day that I head to the church for a few hours.  We are kicking off our summer program, so I need to make sure that I have everything ready.  Again, we ask that you continue to pray for us and for our new addition, Baby G2. 

Friday, May 29, 2009

Shock


Well, I think I have finally picked myself up off the floor---No, I think I’m still there.  Yesterday was Josiah’s 11 month birthday and what a present he got!  After being quite a few days late, I decided to share with Chris that I was having some concerns.  Chris said that he would go pick up a pregnancy test, so I would have a peace of mind that I wasn’t pregnant.  We have been so intentional about not having a second child yet, so it was a test to just show that I wasn’t pregnant and I was skipping my period for the month.  I know my body is still a little out of whack from having Josiah.  Well, I took the first test and it came back ‘positive’ in my eyes and an ‘invalid result’ in Chris’ eyes---one of the lines was a little faint.  So off to the store he went again to pick up some more pregnancy tests—this time he got a three pack instead of single one.  I went and took another test and couldn’t believe the results—it was a clear ‘positive.’  I stayed in shock most of the evening and didn’t sleep most of the night.  This morning I got up and took one more test hoping that the other two were wrong, but it came back ‘positive’ again. 

All I can say is God sure does have a sense of humor.  Chris and I both agreed that we wouldn’t be having Baby G #2 until he had a full time position at a church.  I guess what we wanted really didn’t matter.  I am definitely scared and anxious.  I’ve always wanted to be a mom and have quite a few children.  I just wasn’t expecting it this soon.  We’re still trying to figure Josiah out.  I know that God has a plan and doesn’t give us more than we can bear---I was just hoping we would have a little say in the matter.  I know after the shock wears off, I will be just as excited about this baby as I was about Josiah.  I guess yesterday when I wrote about continuing to pray for us, God knew I needed to write that request. 

I will be posting this entry after we go to the doctor to confirm that the HPTs are accurate.  We are going to try to make an appointment with Dr. Bob, while we are in NC in June.  He gave us the test for Josiah, so we couldn’t think of a better person to do it again. 

Well, that is all for now.  I have a feeling that I will be clinging to Jeremiah 29:11-13a over the next few days.

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for wholeness and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.  You will seek me and find me.”

Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day 2009


Well, I had my first official Mother's Day and it was great.  Chris called my first official Out-of-the-Womb Mother's Day.  Smile 

Chris took Josiah to church, so I could get ready all by myself.  It's amazing something as small as getting ready by yourself could mean so much!  At church we honored all the spiritual mothers who have been serving the children at the church.  I gave a little speech and then handed out some potted flowers.  Josiah and I came home after the announcement in the second service while Chris stayed to serve in the nursery.  He got home, and we had some lunch.  Josiah and I took a couple of pictures together while we were all dressed up (in the album).  We played for a little bit, then it was nap time.  Josiah took an extra long nap yesterday.  I think that was his gift to me!  Smile  After our nap, we went to Target so I could get some summer tops.  When we got back home, Chris ordered some dinner for us and then got Josiah ready for bed.

It was nice to be able to just spend some time with each other, since life has been pretty crazy for The Greenwoods.  I enjoyed reflecting on my thankfulness to God for Josiah.  The Lord has truly blessed us with a great baby!  I am so thankful for the opportunity to stay home with Josiah each day and to invest in him.  I have waited years to be able to stay at home to support and encourage my family.  I can say it is well worth the wait!

I am also very thankful for God's blessing in a great husband.  Even before we had Josiah, he would celebrate Mother's Day.  He would let me know that he looked forward to the day when we had children of our own and how proud he was of me for investing in the lives of my students.  I have to admit this Mother's Day was even better because I have finally started my ministry of raising a family with a godly husband.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

VT Trip


Well, Josiah and I have made it back to VA after spending a few days in VT.  We flew to VT for my cousin's baby shower.  She didn't know we were coming, so it was a nice to surprise her.  We had a VERY busy few days and Josiah met LOTS of people while he was there!

My mom was flying up from GA and happened to have a lay over here at Dulles.  She did some research and was able to find a decent ticket for me and Josiah that was on her same flight.  She only had a 40 minute layover, which turned out to be way shorter than that.  She rounded the corner as we were getting ready to board.  While we were waiting for Mimi, he ate his lunch.  Once we boarded the plane, he nursed until he fell asleep.  Yet again, Josiah was AMAZING on the flight!  We arrived in VT Friday afternoon.  My cousin picked us up from the airport and brought her back to her mom's house.  After getting settled at Auntie Doris', we went to see Big Grammy at the nursing home.  She said that she recognized my mom and I, but she didn't know who the baby was.  She thought Josiah was a cute baby, but didn't think he looked like me.  I asked her if she was saying I was ugly and she told me she wasn't the one to say it!  Smile

On Saturday Josiah rose pretty early--which would be the pattern of our time in VT.  The sun rises a lot earlier, so he would wake up between 5:30am and 5:45am. Saturday afternoon was the baby shower, so we spent most of the morning helping get ready.  Josiah had LOTS of aunts who were willing to take care of him.  The shower was a lot of fun.  It is always exciting to celebrate a new life and to be a part of that.  Josiah started running a little bit of a fever--his two top, middle teeth were cutting through--so we stayed home while Mimi went to visit Big Gram at the nursing home.  We did manage to go for a little bit of a walk to get some fresh air.  He really seemed to enjoy his time outside.  I enjoyed the fact that I had some big hills to walk up and enjoyed all the beautiful scenery.  God really speaks to me through His creation, and I enjoyed soaking it all up!  We ate dinner, then hung out for awhile.  After Josiah went to bed, we watched a little hockey on TV--another thing that I miss---HOCKEY!

On Sunday, we celebrate Mother's Day with my gram at the nursing home.  We had a nice brunch with all my aunts and a few of my cousins.  Again, Josiah was surrounded by his aunts who wanted to love on him.  I was nursing Josiah in hopes he would fall asleep.  My gram looked over at me and asked, "What's he doin' under there, suckin'?"  Her comment tickled me so much that if Josiah was trying to go to sleep, my laughter probably stopped it!   We laid low on Sunday afternoon, then went back to the nursing home on Sunday night.  We got her ready for bed and changed her sheets so she would have a nice clean bed.  It was then home to watch some more hockey on TV.

On Monday, I spent the morning with my Auntie Ellen, while Josiah spent some time with his Mimi.  They went to visit his Great-great Aunt Hilda, while we went shopping.  We all got home shortly after lunch and just visited.  Then we went to Bragg Farm to get a maple creeme.  It was absolutely fabulous!  We had a nice dinner that night which Auntie Doris made.  Most of the family came over to visit and to say their good-byes.  After dinner, we went to see Baby V's nursery.  My cousin has an absolutely beautiful view of the VT mountains.  The view of Camel's Hump is so breathtaking.  While we were there, Josiah was able to feed some fish in the pond.  He enjoyed watching the fish splash to the surface to get their food.  He was so taken by the action.   We played a trick on Jonny V.  He was holding Josiah, and we all got in the car to leave.  We had been saying good-bye, but he was in such conversation with Uncle Jimmy that he didn't even realize we were in the car.  When he did, he got a little panicked and started walking pretty fast toward the car stuttering, "I think you forgot something!  I think you forgot something!"  We all busted out laughing.  The pregnant one and the recently pregnant one were crossing our legs so we wouldn't pee our pants!  Once we got Josiah to bed, it was time for some more hockey!

On Tuesday, we got up and got ready for the day.  After we were all packed, we went to see Gram one last time before we headed to the airport.  We had a little tea party with her.  Again she  thought Josiah was cute and I was ugly!   She even mentioned that his Mimi was ugly, too!  : )  We had a great flight home.  Josiah was great on the plane--even the stewardess mentioned how good he was.  Josiah was definitely happy to be home and to see his Daddy.  Mommy was glad to see Daddy, too!

We had lots of fun visiting our family.  I know Josiah won't remember it, but it was nice to be able to take pictures of him with his family.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Need Me a Little Country


Well, Josiah and I went to NC for a few days.  We left Thursday morning around 8:30 and didn't get to Goldsboro until 3:00.  It took us 1 hour to go 10 miles--guess it was still rush hour!  Josiah feel asleep after we started picking up some speed and slept until lunch time.  We took a nice long lunch break.  We got back in the car and he played for a little bit before falling back asleep.  He slept for almost 2 hours.  I had wonder baby traveling with me!  We stopped at Papa T's office to say hi and then went to my old school to see if there were any teachers still around. Most of them had already left for the day.  We headed to the house to be greeted by Lin-Lin.  After visiting for a little while, we decided to go for a walk.  It was nice to have some fresh air and enjoy the warm weather.  Josiah enjoyed spending time with Papa T when he got home from work.  They were both pretty captivated with each other. 

On Friday, we took our car to the Toyota mechanic because the check engine light came on our way down.  After spending most of the morning at the shop and shelling out some money, it is as good as new!  Lin-Lin was nice enough to let us use her car so we could go visit our friends.  We went to the school to see some of my friends.  Then we meet Lin-Lin and Linda Meyer for lunch.  After lunch, I got my hair cut.  We came home for a nap.  Picked up my" new" and improved car.  Then we met Auntie Coco for a visit--we're still waiting for someone to come and take our order!  Wink Then we went to the soccer field to hang out with the Rasmussen family.  That was our last visit for the day.  Josiah was super, wonderful baby again!  He hung out with Lin-Lin and Papa T some more before he headed to bed. 

On Saturday, we went to visit Nana Pat before heading home.  Again, we took our time coming home.  Josiah slept until lunch.  We stopped to eat and play for a little bit.  Then we got back in the car, and he fell asleep  shortly after we got back on the road.  He slept almost the rest of the way home.  He was so excited to be back home and have his toys again.   He was even more excited when Chris got home.  It was around Josiah's bed time when he finally got home, but he was too excited that we let him stay up and play with Daddy.  After Josiah went to bed, Chris and I had a "date night."  We cooked dinner and had some sparkling cider and tried to watch a movie to find out that our TV died on us!  Cry  We don't have cable, so it won't that much of a lose.  I won't be able to do Wii Fit though so that makes me a little  Frown.

While in Goldsboro, I decided that I'm much more of a country girl than I realized.  It was so nice to see some trees and fields with farm animals.  God has always spoken to me through His creation.  I didn't realize how much I missed it until I spent some time in the country.  Today, we are going on a walk using some nature trails, so hopefully we will see some naturey things.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Back Home


Well, we have made it safely back home.  We had a very busy week when we were in GA.  We got back to Valdosta around 10:30pm.   Josiah feel asleep in the van.  We were hoping that it would be an easy transfer, but he ended up waking up.  We did his bed time routine of giving him his bath and something to eat.  We were hoping that it would keep him calm, and we could put him right to bed.  Well, our plan didn't work.  Instead, it gave Josiah a second wind.  He stayed up until midnight laughing and being a ham.  We got up around 6:30am on Sunday--his normal wake up time.  We went to church and then met some friends for lunch.  Sunday night my sister and her family came over for dinner and to see Josiah--Chris and I found out that we aren't as important anymore!  Smile  On Monday, Chris drove to ATL to see his Granny for the day.  Josiah and I hung out with my parents and grandmother.  We went out to lunch and did a little shopping.  On Tuesday, we went to see Papa Tim at work, so Daddy could get his eyes checked.  Josiah spent some time with just Mimi and Papa, so Daddy and Mommy could have a date.  On Wednesday, we went to the park.  It was an interesting experience.  There was a group of moms there with their kids having a going away party.  They had their food on the picnic tables and one lady left her keys and cellphone there (not a good choice in this day and age).  A man went up took the keys and cellphone and then started eating some of their food.  She realized her belongings were missing before he left.  They stopped him and asked him if he had their stuff.  He took it out of his pocket and handed it to the lady.  He also handed back the half eaten sandwich, but she didn't want that.  One of the other ladies called the police, and the young man hung around for the longest time eating the rest of the sandwich.  I would have expected him to run off, but he didn't.  Eventually, he started strolling off, so I got my camera and took a video of him.  My dad kept his eye on him, but he eventually got out of his sight before Valdosta's Finest showed up.  While the police were talking to the women, the man comes strolling back.  He wasn't arrested, but it made for an interesting morning.  That night we went over to Granny and Papa Gig's house for dinner and spent the night.  Josiah had lots of fun with the cats there.  They hadn't been around a baby before, so they didn't know to stay far, far away.  They eventually figured it out!  My parents' cats have been around plenty of kids, so they knew to keep their distance.  Thursday morning we went to visit some friends.  Then that afternoon we went to the strawberry patch.  That night my sister and her family came over again--they were sick all week, so we didn't get to see them very much.  Tayler spent the night with us.  We played some games and hung out.  On Friday, we visited with some more friends and then had lunch with Chris' mom before we left for Jacksonville.  We spent the night in Jacksonville, since our flight was so early in the morning.  We had a nice dinner with Mimi on Friday and then we all crashed pretty early.  We flew back to Norfolk where Uncle Chuck picked us up at the airport.  We went back to the house where Aunt Melody had made lunch.  We ate lunch and then brought Josiah down to the beach for a little walk.  He loved the wind, but wasn't so fond of the sand.  We got in the car and drove 3 1/2 hours home.  He was a little fussy Saturday night and Sunday, but he is doing so much better today.  As you can see, we had a busy time while in GA.  We enjoyed hanging out with our family and friends, but it is always nice to be back home.

Monday, April 6, 2009

First Flight


Well, I've made it safely to GA to see my family.  I was a wonder baby according to Mommy and Daddy.  I cooperated with their plan by getting up on Saturday and staying awake until we left for Norfolk, VA.  I took a nice long nap for Mommy and Daddy in the car.  I'm guessing Mommy took a nap with me since she was pretty tired from working 20 hours this week plus getting us all packed and still making some meals for Daddy and me.  We stopped around lunch time, and I ate a really great lunch and was in such a good mood.  Mommy and Daddy kept praying that I would be a good traveler today.  I don't know why they were so nervous about flying.  It was as if they expected something less than wonderful from me.  We did run into some spring break travelers.  In my less than mature days, I would have started crying with the stop and go traffic.  Now that I'm 9 months old, I'm more mature, so I talked with Mommy and Daddy while we waited in traffic.  We got to the airport in plenty of time for me to stretch out and play on my blanket.  I was a little distracted by all the people, but enjoyed my play time.  We flew on Southwest, so we didn't have assigned seats, so Mommy and Daddy picked the very last row on the plane.  They figured that if we were way back there people wouldn't want to sit beside us.  Well, their plan worked, and we had three seats all to ourselves!  I enjoyed looking out the window.  I got to see all the people working--driving trucks, loading those big bags that carry our clothes and those people who wave those big sticks in the air.  It was all so fascinating!  We got ready to take off, and I didn't have any problems.  No crying from me--remember, I'm 9 months and very mature!  After we got up in the air, Mommy and Daddy fed me my dinner.  Again, I ate like a champ!  Mommy and Daddy had the great idea of spreading my blanket on the floor with my toys so I could stretch out.  Well, it turned out to not be such a good idea.  I got a little fussy, so Daddy picked me up and then I decided my stomach didnt' feel so good, and I threw up all over him...I mean ALL over him.  It was a good thing that he had double layer of shirts on because I would have been a little embarrassed to see him walking around in his undershirt.  I spared Mommy from any throw up.  I figured it was the least I could do, since I save my special diaper presents for her when Daddy is at work.  Mommy got me changed into some clean clothes and then she gave me some of her good milk that helped me fall asleep.  I slept the rest of the way--even through the landing.  So other than Mommy and Daddy's well intentioned idea of letting me play, I liked the whole flying thing.  I'm looking forward to going back home and maybe Mommy and Daddy won't be so concerned with the direct flight thing next time.  Well, I should get going.  I have lots of people to entertain while I'm here, but wanted to let you all know how my first flight went.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Word from Dad

It has been a LONG time since I have written an entry. I wanted to just take a minute and say how thankful I am to have a wife who cares enough to keep everything updated and current. She is a blessing, and I am amazed that she has the time to keep it all going.
Life is busy here in N. VA. We are in a busy stretch with the part-time guy (that's me) covering for the full-time guy (that's Pastor Tom) while he has hip replacement surgery. It is a lot of responsibility and a lot of work to try and manage the part-time role at the school with a temporary full time role at the church. Preparing sermons is fun but not when I'm thinking about the next science test. I will be preaching at least twice in the next five weeks and maybe more.

We are excited that so much of the family is going to be here next weekend for the baptism. I'm not sure where everyone will sit while we are hanging out here, but we'll figure it out! :-) Thank you all for keeping up with the ongoing lives of the Greenwood Inc. missionary family of N. VA. I do sometimes feel more like a missionary than a staff member. We are trusting the Lord everyday to help us make this ministry work in such an expensive part of the country with the economy the way it is.

Part of that ministry has been a really neat opportunity to get to know a family from Sri Lanka. Sara started a friendship with the wife of this family shortly after they started attending the church a few months ago. We were able to have them over for dinner last weekend after I led a retreat at the church. They are refreshingly NOT Christian. By that, I mean they don't pretend to be Christians. They are very interested in Jesus and have a lot of questions without pretending they already know him. They come from a Buddhist background so the conversations are very interesting. I guess all that World Religions stuff I learned at Campbell is paying off! Go CUDS!!!

Well, Josiah just work up so we are going to take advantage of the 60 degree day and go for a family walk. Thanks for the prayers and support!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

10 oz!


We went to the doctor on Friday and learned that Josiah had gained 10 oz. in 2 weeks!  They were very impressed with his progress and said that as long as he stays in the percentile that he is in, they won't be concerned. 

We've had a very busy weekend.  Mimi and Cousin Tayler came for a visit.  There are LOTS of pictures of the many things we did while they were here.  Hope you enjoy looking at them all.  We went shopping the first day they were here.  Then on Saturday we babysat for a family from church.  While we were there, we decorated some Valentine's Day cookies.  That night, we celebrated Tayler's 10th birthday!  On Sunday, we went to church.  Tayler and Mimi babysat Josiah so Chris and I could go out on a date.  On Monday, we went to the Air & Space Museum.  There were LOTS of cool things, and I was able to enjoy playing with my new 35mm digital camera.  Poor Josiah is going to be so sick of seeing a camera!  I am going to need to play with it before I shoot my first solo wedding in July.  My mom and I have done some weddings in the past, but this is my first one all by myself.  For Him Photography is in the process of getting started.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy


Well, the Greenwood family is going to be fairly busy for the next few weeks.  Thus, the reason of only having two pictures downloaded.  I still need to take his 7 month picture!  Last Friday and Saturday, Chris was at a presbytery meeting in Baltimore, MD.  It wouldn't have been so bad, but they drove back Friday night and then went back on Saturday morning.  They decided to do this to try to save the church some money.  Then on Sunday we had a congregational meeting at the church.  To help out, I made some of my "famous" chili and baked some of the potatoes.  This weekend, my niece and mom will be coming into for a visit.  This will be Tayler's first time to our place in VA.  I have a busy Sunday as I will be trying to get parents to update their child's information between the services and Sunday School.  Then that night I will be having a  meeting to start the planning process for VBS.  Then the weekend after that, Chris will be having a training seminar at the church for the Home Fellowship Group leaders.  Josiah and I won't see him very much Friday or Saturday, but it'll be nice to have him home each night.  The first Sunday in March, Chris will be preaching and then the second weekend in March all of the grandparents will be in town for Josiah's baptizim.  So as you can see, we will be pretty busy for the next few weeks.  This doesn't even include our Bible studies or the daily tasks we need to get done.  I'm tired just thinking about it!  I just pray that I don't forget Josiah somewhere during the next few weeks!  Smile  I will be so thankful when this season is over because I don't like to stay busy, and I miss our quiet time as a family.  I will try my best to keep taking pictures of Josiah--I might just be a little delayed on downloading them. 

Well, I should get going because I need to get dinner ready before I head to Bible study tonight. 

Monday, February 2, 2009

Doctor Visit


Well, Josiah went back to the doctor on Friday and only gained 1/2 pound in a month.  We will need to go back in 2 weeks to check him again.  One doctor wanted to go ahead and send him to a specialist, while another doctor said to add an extra bottle of formula and give him some avacados since they are high in calories.  We are going with the second doctor's opinion of adding an extra meal and avacados.  I guess they just don't understand his strong Greenwood genes!  What we will do next time if he hasn't gained weight like they want him to,  I don't know?  Like I've said before, we aren't concerned about his weight because he eats, is happy, is VERY active and sleeps well.  The doctors even say he is progressing developmentally like he is supposed to.  I just wished they would believe us when we say that it is in his genes.  Maybe we need to get Granny Kay to come over here and deal with these doctors for us--she has seen quite a few Greenwood men grow up!  Smile 

Well, just say a prayer that all will go well at the next visit on Feb. 13th.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Trip to NC


Well, we just got back from spending the weekend in NC.  We were able to meet Baby Harper for the first time--she's absolutely beautiful--if her proud Auntie can say that without being considered biased! 

The trip down to NC was pretty rough.  Josiah got his first fever on our way down there.  He was acting very clingy on Thursday, but wasn't running a fever.  I just thought he was needing some extra mommy time since we had a pretty busy week.  We also thought he might being cutting  his second tooth, so we didn't think too much about it.  Well, an hour into our trip, Josiah just starts screaming.  We thought maybe he wasn't too excited about traveling since this was his first long trip since we moved to VA.  We pull over to see what is wrong, and he ends up eating.  We get him calmed down and get back on the road. About an hour later, he starts screaming again.  This time when we stop , he is burning up.  We go ahead and take his temperature and it is 101.7.  At this point, we are half way there.  We give him some Tylenol and start praying fervently.  He calms down again, but an hour later he is screaming some more.  I start feeling like a horrible mother because here I am traveling with a sick baby.  I feed him some more and just hold him for awhile.  He gets calmed down.  At that point, Chris and I decide that if he wakes up screaming again, we will just get a hotel room for the night.  We get back on the road, and Josiah falls asleep until about 30 minutes from Goldsboro.  This time when he got up, he woke up in a fairly decent mood.  When we arrived in Goldsboro, we took his temperature again---it had gone down almost 2 degrees!  By the time he woke up the next morning, his temperature had returned to normal and we had our happy Josiah again!  I know without a doubt that our prayers were answered that night, and we praise the Lord for answering them. 

We enjoyed our time getting to know Harper and visiting with Corey and Simon.  It was fun comparing stories about what Josiah and Harper are doing.  We wish we lived closer, so the cousins could spend more time together.  We are so appreciative of Corey and Simon being willing to spend the time and money to travel to the US for a visit.  We hope to have our first visit to England this coming fall. While in NC, we were able to visit some of our friends.  Then on Sunday Harper was baptized.  Chris was able to say a special prayer for Harper just before she was baptized.  It was nice that he was able to take part in the ceremony.  After the ceremony we went out for lunch.  Chris and I have been practicing at home with Josiah on going out to eat.  After he finishes eating, he is given a toy to play with until we finish eating.  He did an EXCELLENT job going out to eat for the first time.  He ate his food like he was suppose to and then played with his toy while we finished.  I couldn't have been prouder of him!  The rest of the time was spent hanging out with the family and just catching up.  We also did quite a bit of walking to balance out all the eating we did there! 

Our trip home was a lot less eventful than the one going down---for that I praise the Lord!  He was so much fun in the car.  He has the personality of his Uncle Richard---I will-keep-doing-something-as-long-as-it-is-making-you-laugh.  Josiah does bring so much laughter to our lives, and we are so thankful for the laughter.  I hope we as a family never stop laughing and being silly together.

Well, I should get going because I have tons of things to put up from our trip and the laundry isn't getting done by itself.  Hope you enjoy the pictures we took while in NC.