Friday, May 29, 2009


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.