Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas 2011

Well, Kyrie celebrated her first Christmas.  Most of it was spent sleeping...this girl knows how to nap! :)

We started off our day by reading the birth of Jesus from Luke 2 and had a little prayer time with the kiddos.  Then we came down stairs to open up stockings and presents.  Then we had cinnamon rolls for breakfast.  We got ready for church and then went to worship with our church family.   After going to church, we came home and had some lunch before taking a nap.  We were blessed to spend some time with some our family.  Chris' Uncle Chuck, Aunt Melody and Lola all came over for dinner and a visit.  The kids had so much fun with Uncle Chuck.  They played with trains and played with their flashlights in the bathroom.  The kids went to bed shortly after our family left, and Chris and I realized how tired we really were.

Some things the kids got for Christmas:

Josiah--clothes, shoes, cards for his Alfie, a kiddie digital camera, a couple of Thomas trains

Sophie--clothes, shoes, tights galore, and baby doll clothes and accessories

Kyrie--mostly got clothes with a few shoes.

Mommy and Daddy--got clothes and money--not overly exciting, but things that are GREATLY appreciated and needed! :)

We had a great day as a family.  We were able to relax and enjoy each others company.  God has truly blessed us!  2011 has been an exciting year and we can't wait to see what He has in hold for us in 2012.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

CHRISTmas 2011

So I can’t believe this is the 9th year for the Greenwood CHRISTmas letter…have we REALLY been married nine years!?! 

Well, where do we begin?  This year the Greenwoods have done lots of traveling.  In March, we loaded up the kids and headed to Tennessee to see Chris’ grandparents.  We then headed south to Northern Georgia to see Chris’ mom and step-dad.  In April, we headed to Orlando, FL with Sara’s family as part of our Christmas present.  We had LOTS of fun going to Animal Kingdom and Sea World and spending time with our family.  In May, we headed to NC to spend some time with Chris’ dad and step-mom.  We were able to spend a couple of days at the beach with them and had LOTS of fun riding go-carts and playing putt-putt.  In June, Sara and the kids headed to GA to spend time with her family and some of Chris’ family.  While we were there, we celebrated Josiah’s birthday early with a Thomas the Tank Engine party.  The kids had LOTS of fun swimming and running around.  In July, Chris and Sara headed to Daytona Beach, FL with the youth group from our church to be taught under Louie Giglio and Chris Tomlin.  We had a wonderful time hanging out and building relationships with the youth.  At the end of July, we headed to VT to see Sara’s extended family.  We were able to stay at her aunt’s camp for a week and enjoy the peace and quiet of the country.  The kids had LOTS of fun fishing, tubing, kayaking, riding in the motor boat and having LOTS of space to run around.  As you can see, we had a very busy year of travel, but we made LOTS of wonderful memories with our children. 

Speaking of our children…maybe it is a good time to fill you in on what they are up to.  Josiah is now 3 ½…yes, 3 ½!  We can’t believe that our first born is already that old.  He continues to be a great source of joy and laughter.  His sense of humor has really developed and actually makes jokes and picks up on things that are funny.  We are still debating where he gets this from…Chris often says he lives with a bunch of crazy people, but really we are all normal and Chris is the odd one out! He had a really great school year last year and continues to be excited about “going” to school, so we have continued with home schooling this year.  A few things he is able to do is read some simple books,  begun to memorize scripture,  is able to tell me beginning sounds of words and is starting to make rhyming words. He continues to amaze us with this memory…a quick story to share about how amazing his memory is.  Just a couple of weeks ago, I was buying some ingredients to make hibernation cupcakes.  We were at the store, and I was explaining why we were buying all these ingredients.  He said that he had made hibernation cupcakes before—which we had.  I asked him if he remembered who he made the cupcakes with.  He then told me with his cousins Harper and Auden—which was correct.  When I was telling Chris about our conversation, I told him that I couldn’t believe he remembered making cupcakes from last year, but then when we got to thinking about it, we actually made the cupcakes 2 years ago!  Did you just hear that?  That was the sound of us shuddering…I think we need to be afraid…very afraid!

Sophie will be turning 2 in January.  She continues to be the free-spirit of the family.  She is so full of life and energy…nothing slows her down.  Sophie is one smart little cookie—she believes if Josiah can do it, so can she.  With that, we went ahead and started school with her.  Last spring, she started picking up things as I was teaching Josiah…I wasn’t really teaching her, but she just learned 12 shapes (she has a clock with 12 different shapes), all the colors, numbers 1-10 and the letters.  So she “goes” to school twice a week and gets a more focused time to work with Mommy on lessons.  She continues to do really well with the “Your Baby Can Read” videos and has begun to read quite a few words and sentences in books (many words aren’t even part of the reading videos)!  This reading video series has truly amazed us and is well worth the money.

The most exciting news of the year is the arrival of Kyrie Eleison (pronounced “K-long i R-long E” “Ella-s-short o-n”).  Let’s just say this little one made quite an entrance into the world.  We found out around 36 weeks that Kyrie was breech, but we had a few more weeks with the possibility of her turning.   When I was about 37 weeks, I was driving to meet Chris for lunch.  I started feeling a little sick and then there was a brief moment where I don’t remember anything.  After I came to, I remember seeing a green   light with no traffic around and saying to myself that I needed to go because I didn’t want to hold up traffic.  Later on, I realized that I had blacked out.  What I didn’t realize is that I had rear-ended the car in front of me (the reason there were no  cars around me when I came to was because they had pulled over into a parking lot).  I was pretty close to home, so I called Chris and told him I wasn’t feeling well and was just going home.  He came home with lunch to check on me.  Shortly after he got home, a cop shows up at the door.  The cop wanted to know who the driver of the van was—that was the first time Chris saw that there had been an accident.  Chris explained that I had been driving, but I was on the couch 37 weeks pregnant and not feeling very well.   The cop then explained that if I didn’t go back to the scene of the accident, then he would have to charge me with a felony of hit and run---OK, cue the COPS theme music right now.  Once the cop saw me lying on the couch looking miserable, he changed his tone quite a bit.  Chris drove me back to the scene of the accident, and we got everything situated.  When I got home, I decided to go ahead and call my OB to see if I should go in for a visit.  She told me that passing out is not a normal side-effect of pregnancy and that I needed to go to Labor and Deliver so the baby could be monitored.  After spending a few hours in L&D, they sent me to the ER so I could be monitored and have some tests run to try to figure out why I had passed out.  Eight hours later no explanation of why I passed out came to light.   We went back to the doctor at 38 weeks to find out that she was still breech.  Our doctors are wonderful and wanted to try turning her before jumping to a C-section…I was really thankful for that.  At that appointment, we decided that we would go in for the turning and an induction on Nov. 3rd.  We arrived at the hospital on the 3rd to find out that Kyrie was still breech.  The doctor was going to go ahead and turn her.  Now, most women…so we are told …usually get an epidural for the turning of the baby, but I absolutely DID NOT want an epidural, so she went ahead and turned her without one (by the way, it wasn’t painful).  The doctor got Kyrie turned most of the way down, but if my stomach was a clock face, her head stopped at 7.  The doctor did an ultrasound to find out why she couldn’t turn her anymore and discovered that there was a foot covering my cervix.  Since I had eaten some toast, they weren’t able to do a C-section right away.  So the next four hours, the nurses were giving me different exercises to do to try to get Kyrie to move her foot.  The doctor came back to our room just before noon to find that Kyrie’s foot hadn’t moved (Chris said that she gave a whole new meaning to the phrase “digging your heels in”) and that I had been having some contractions, so we decided it was best to go ahead with the C-section.  Now remember, I was adamant about not having an epidural—this is how much I was—I asked the doctor if they could just go ahead and knock me out and I would see everyone later that day.  After talking with the anesthesiologist, we decided that there were too many risks with the whole knocking out option.  This is when God really started working on me.  At this point, I had a choice to be anxious and fearful, or I could trust Him and the doctors He created.  With His strength, I was able to trust Him which also allowed me to trust our doctors.  So at 12:05pm, I was walking into the OR in full-confidence that God had His hands on me and the doctors.  At 12:22pm, the doctor was starting the incision and by 12:24pm, Kyrie Eleison was born weighting 6 lbs. 8oz. and measuring 19 ¾ inches long.  By 12:40pm, I was being rolled into the recovery room.   We are so thankful to God for blessing us with a healthy little girl.  Even though she made quite an entrance into the world, she is very much a laid back and peaceful baby.  We are thankful that we have a God who cares about every detail of our life and walks with us during those trying times.

As for Chris and I, we are doing well.  Chris continues to stay busy with all his church responsibilities—we can’t believe we have been here for 3 years!  I am so thankful that I am able to stay home with the kids and to support Chris in his calling, which on some days feels like 2 full time jobs, but I wouldn’t change it for anything because I am doing exactly what God wants me to do.  We look forward to seeing what God is going to do in the Greenwood family in 2012!

Blessed because of Him,

Chris, Sara, Josiah, Sophie and Kyrie

Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Well, we have so much to be thankful for this year.  God continues to pour His blessings on our family.  Our biggest gift this year was the arrival of Kyrie.  Even though her arrival wasn't how we planned it to be, God got her here safely and that is all that matters!  We continue to be thankful for good health for our family.  Sure, we have had our share of colds, but nothing very serious.  Yes, I might have passed out while 37 weeks pregnant, but the doctors didn't find anything wrong.  For these things we are thankful!  We are thankful that God continues to bless our ministry here in Northern Virginia and that Chris has a job to go to each week.  We know there are many out there who don't have a job and aren't able to provide for their family, so for this we are thankful.  We are thankful for our families who support us and the calling God has on our life.  We know that it isn't ideal that we live so far away, but we are thankful for your support and your visits.  We are also so thankful for our church family. They definitely step up and do things our family would normally do if we lived in the same town.  We have truly been blessed for all the meals that have been provided, the help with the kids as I recover from the     C-section and all the prayers and encouraging words spoken. For these things we are thankful.  We are thankful that God has allowed me to stay home with our children. Sure, we might not be able to vacation as much as we like or buy all the things that we want, but we are thankful that all of our needs are met.  The most important thing we are thankful for, is for our salvation in Jesus Christ.  Without Him, we might not see all these blessings.  We pray that you take a moment to reflect on all the blessings that you have in your life.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kyrie!

Well, Kyrie Eleison has made her entrance!  We got up early Thursday 5am early to get ready to go to the hospital.  The plan was to go ahead and turn Kyrie if she hadn't already turned.  When we got there and the doctor finally came in, she said Kyrie was still breech.  She was going to have to go ahead with the external version.  She asked if I had made a decision about getting an epidural and I told her I still didn't want one.  So she went ahead with turning the baby.  She got her head turned down, but for some reason couldn't get it straight down.  When the doctor did an ultrasound, she saw that her feet were down where my cervix was.  We had to wait four hours because I had eaten, so even though they were talking c-section they said she might move her feet in that time.  Well, she ended up not moving her feet and started laboring some, so it was off to get ready for the c-section.  I am so against having an epidural that I even asked to be knocked out during the c-section.  There were too many big risks to be able to do that, so I had to just trust the Lord with this whole situation.  The c-section was so quick from start to finish...we were walking into the OR around 12:05pm and they were pushing me into recovery by 12:40pm.  Kyrie Eleison joined us officially at 12:24pm weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz.  and measuring 19 inches long.  We are so thankful that she is here safely and is absolutely healthy.  Please pray for us as we transition to being a family of four to a family of five.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Less than a week

WOW!  Less than a week, and we will be a family of five!  The last week has been pretty eventful--more eventful than I would like.  A little over a week ago, the kids and I were on our way to meet Chris for lunch.  I started feeling really hot and little sick to my stomach. Then there is a time period that I don't even remember--guessing I blacked out.  I remember waking up at a green light and seeing no cars and thinking, "I need to go so I don't hold up traffic."  I called Chris and told him that we were just going home b/c I didn't feel well and feel like I had blacked out.  He came home right away.  Shortly after he got home, a police officer showed up looking for the driver of our van.  We understand he has a job to do, but he was really insensitive to the fact I wasn't feeling well and was 37 weeks pregnant.  Once he saw me, his tone changed, and he became a little more understanding. He did say that I needed to go back to the accident or that he would have no choice, but to charge me with a felony.  So Chris loaded the kids and me back in the van, and we headed back to the accident--I NEVER knew that I had hit anyone--the impact didn't wake me up. The damage to the bumpers made it look a lot worse than the accident really was--nobody was hurt--Praise the LORD!! They didn't charge me with a felony, so I'm so THANKFUL for that.   I did call my OB when we got back home because I was still feeling pretty bad.  She wanted me to go to the hospital and be monitored in the Labor and Delivery wing for a few hours.  After being there for awhile, they decided that Kyrie was doing fine, but they wanted me to go to the ER to be monitored for a few more hours to make sure I was doing OK.  After being there for a few more hours and having a few tests done, they couldn't find anything wrong.  The conclusion we came up with is sometimes an artery can get blocked in pregnant women from sitting the wrong way and the weight of the baby which can cause them to pass out.  We were so thankful that our good friends the Porters and the McLeods were flexible enough to come watch the kids while Chris and I were in the hospital.  We knew the kids were in loving hands, so it made it easier to focus on what was going on at the hospital. After being in the hospital for 8+ hours, we headed home.  We decided that it would be best for me not to drive until after Kyrie gets here--wasn't expecting to be laid up in the house this early, but I know it is best and safest for all.  The next couple of days, I was pretty tired.  It was hard to tell if being tired was from the incident, Josiah getting up 3 to 4 times a night for a couple of weeks or just pregnancy related.  Chris was supposed to be on a camping retreat with the youth, but earlier in the week we had a conversation, and I told him since this summer and planning the trip I never felt like he should go.  I told him a couple days before again that I felt like something bad was going to happen and that he may need to make plans to have some other leaders be in charge...little did I know what was going to happen, but Chris made plans to be around.  I'm so thankful that he listened and took me seriously.  We made it through the weekend for the most part.  Josiah started getting this cough in his chest that was very wet sounding.  On Monday, we decided he needed to go to the doctor, so we called to make an appointment for after my OB appointment.  We dropped Sophie off at another friend's house (Thanks, Cruzes!) while we went to the doctor.  While at the OB, we found out that Kyrie is breech with her head under my ribs--the first blow of the day.  Then we headed to Josiah's appointment and found out that he has a form of bronchitis/asthma and needed to start breathing treatments--second blow of the day.  It was a hard day...let's just say a hard week, but I am so thankful for our church family!  I have received LOTS of encouraging phone calls checking in to see if we needed anything from the store or if I needed help.  We have someone organizing meals.  It is hard to not have family right down the street to call when help is needed, but the Lord has taught me the last few days that family doesn't have to take the form of being related physically by blood, but family is those who are covered by the blood of Jesus.  So I need to say a BIG THANK YOU to our RPC church family for stepping in and taking on the role of "family" this past week and the weeks to come as we adjust to having Kyrie here.  God has truly blessed us with a wonderful and amazing VA family!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Septmeber Update

Well, it seems like I have been doing more of a monthly update lately--hey, it's not like I don't have a lot going on right now!  Smile 

Where do we start?  Well, we started school the Wednesday after Labor Day.  We do lessons (Bible, language arts, math and a monthly theme) on Wednesdays and Fridays, a science experiment on Thursday afternoons and a Bible lesson and craft on Saturday mornings.  We do Calendar Time and Weather Tracking every day.  I was really trying to hold Sophie off for another year, but she was picking up so much last spring when I was teaching Josiah, that we decided to go ahead and do a few things with her. Some things we have been working on (she already knew most of them, but we are having a more focused learning time) the name and sounds of Aa and Ff, reading and recognizing the color red, the number one, the circle and some of the parts of an apple.  The other day she started counting and counted from 1 to 12--I guess she learned that from playing hide and seek with Josiah.  I just continue to be amazed at how much her little brain is absorbing!  Josiah has been learning quite a bit--again, some things he already knew, but we are just reinforcing them.  This year, we decided to add scripture memory to our Bible time.  Josiah has already learned Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."  Along with the scripture memory, he has learned that God is the Creator of all things.  We have also been learning the seven days of creation and have been making a craft for each day.  He has also learned the Lord's Prayer.  We have been saying it each night after we did a devotional on the Lord's Prayer.  One night, he started saying it with us and now has learned it all! He has also learned the days of the week during calendar time and can fill in the blank for "Yesterday was..." "Today is..." and "Tomorrow will be...."  He has really enjoyed our apple theme for the month of September.  He has learned the parts of an apple, how an apple grows, had an experiment where we tasted different apples, planted apple seeds and even went to the apple orchard to pick some apples!  We have also been doing some science experiments which he really seems to be enjoying!  We are working more and more with his reading, but he is having some confidence issues.  I just continue to praise and encourage him on how well he is doing.   Chris is going to NC this weekend to get some of my school things and will be bringing back my kindergarten curriculum, so once we finish the rest of the letters (there were a few we didn't get to last year) we will start with that.

 As for Kyrie and Mommy, we are doing well.  She continues to get bigger and bigger each week.  Unfortunately, the nausea and morning sickness have come back.  I have to admit not nearly as bad as they were at the beginning of the pregnancy, so I am not going to complain.  I honestly can't wait until she is here--one big reason is that I am so over having heartburn!!  If the old wives tale is true about having heartburn and have a kid with a head full of hair, Kyrie is going to come out looking like a monkey!! Laughing  Yes, I just said that she might look like a monkey.   There really isn't that much longer until we will be meeting Kyrie.  More than likely no more than six more weeks. The doctors are talking about inducing me early.  Chris and I go to an appointment in a couple of weeks in which we will try to set up a date to be induced.  There is still quite a bit to get done, but I am hoping to check off quite a few things this weekend when Chris and the kids are gone.  I am hoping the lazy bug doesn't bite me too hard! Smile 

 Well, that is it for this update.  Stay tuned for an update in October

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

33rd Birthday

Well, yesterday I turned the big 33.  I had an absolutely wonderful day.  My morning started off with a Thomas the Tank Engine breakfast.  A certain three year old wante his Mommy to have a Thomas birthday, so Daddy took him shopping and they got a Thomas tablecloth and used the balloon from Josiah's birthday.  After breakfast, Chris and the kids dropped me off, so I could get a prenatal massage.  It was 90 minutes of bliss.  After that we came home, and Chris made some turkey burgers for lunch.  We all took a long nap. Then Chris and I got ready to go out to dinner.  Some of our good friends came over to watch Josiah and Sophie, so we could have a grown-up dinner.  When I got into the car, Chris had gotten me the new New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boy CD.  I was WAY EXCITED!!!  We were going to go to a local Italian restaurant, but they were closed for Labor Day.  We ended up going to the Olive Garden and had an enjoyable meal.  After dinner, we went to Carters and got Kyrie her going home outfit.  We also got three shirts--Josiah a "Big Brother", Sophie a "Big Sister" and Kyrie a "Little Sister."

All and all, it was a GREAT birthday!  I need to say a BIG thank you to Chris for letting me relax and take the day off from all of my mommy duties.  I really enjoyed my day and thank you for making it so special!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

27 Weeks

WOW!!  I can't believe that I am already 27 weeks!  That means we only have 13 more weeks until we get to meet you---OK, give or take a little.  We have been pretty busy the last few months traveling, but you should be happy to know that we are all done until after you are born.  Let's see all the places you have been while in my belly---March-TN, April-Orlando, May-NC, June-GA, July-Daytona Beach and VT!!  That is A LOT of places, but you have been a wonderful traveler.  We go a week from Monday to have another ultrasound--we are hoping that you will cooperate so when we have  your Reveal Party on the 27th, we can find out if you are a boy or girl.  If you don't reveal what you are, we are still going to have the party and reveal the boy name and girl name--your Mimi has been trying so hard to get me to spill the beans, but my lips have been sealed.  Smile  Well, little is getting late and this mommy is pretty tired, so I'm going to say good night, sweet dreams and I love you!

Long overdue...again!

It seems more and more lately that my titles for the journal entries are entitled "Long Over Due."  At least it is not talking about me being past my due date! Laughing  It seems that as I get further and further along in this pregnancy, I have a harder time keeping up with regular things.  I am still puzzled that with Josiah I was responsible for 20 kids every day, and I don't remember being as tired as I am with keeping up with Josiah and Sophie!

So much has gone on in the last few weeks.  Chris' mom came to stay for a week, so Chris and I could go to Daytona Beach with the youth group.  This was the first time that I have left the kids this long, so it was a big deal for me, but God was good in helping me not be too distracted by missing them.  We left on a Saturday and headed to Goldsboro, NC for a two days.  It was nice to be able to visit with family and friends and worship at our old church.  We got up Monday morning and drove the rest of the way to FL.  While in FL, we got to worship with Chris Tomlin and hear some wonderful messages from Louie Giglio.  It was so AWESOME to see God working in the lives of the youth and be a part of that.  Sure, I know who all the youth are and know some things about them, but this was my first time to really have some undistracted time with them and really get to know them. Most Sundays, I have to head out to bring the kids home for their nap, so I don't get to stay for youth group.  This was definitely a special treat to spend this much time with them.  While we were there, we had a bit of a scare.  I started bleeding one afternoon.  I have spotted with the other two, but this completely different.  Chris and I decided it was best for me to go to the ER to be checked out.  You better believe that I was fervently praying that everything would be alright--we've had quite a few friends recently have some complications with pregnancy, so I was pretty worried.  While driving to the ER, I just got this overwhelming peace that no matter what everything was going to be OK.  I've never trusted God like this before--for those that know me, I am a planner and worrier.  Chris said a prayer for me and the baby and into the ER we went.  While there, they ran a few tests and then wanted to do a pelvic exam. While doing the pelvic exam, the doctor said she couldn't find ANYTHING wrong...that there was NOT even a single trace of me dried up blood or anything.  We had to wait a little bit for the other test results and to be discharged.  The doctor told me to go home and stay off my feet for 24 to 48 hours.  On the way back to the hotel, I asked Chris if this was the healing that he had mentioned earlier in the week.  (He made the comment that the only thing that would make this week over the top was to have a healing happen).  All we can do is praise God for healing me and keeping our little one safe.

 We got back from our trip the next Saturday and had a week to get our  clothes cleaned and packed for our trip to VT--did I mention that our dryer died while we were gone to FL, so we had to air dry everything? Frown 

 We left for VT Sunday night around the kids' bed time.  We were thinking that they would fall asleep shortly after we got in the car, but let's just say it took them 3 hours to FINALLY fall asleep.  Josiah did sleep from 10pm to 5am.  Sophie slept from 10pm to 1am.  She got up and chatted with Chris for about an hour and then went back to sleep until 530am when we arrived in VT.  Chris was a super driver--he drove the WHOLE way.  I kept getting up to check on him, but not once did he ask me to drive.  He got about 24 hours of books on tape--he said that would keep him up and sure enough it did.  We spent the first couple of days with just the four of us.  It was so relaxing to be surrounded by the mountains, grass and lake.  The kids had so much fun running around and just being outside.  They had no problems sleeping at nap and bed time each day.  Josiah was able to go fishing with Chris, had his first motor boat ride, went tubing and had a ride in the kayak.  Sophie went for a ride in the motor boat--she LOVED it and went kayaking.  We really enjoyed our time away from the big city and really enjoyed the quietness around us.  On Wednesday, my mom and niece arrived along with some of my cousins and one of my aunts.  Life got a little chaotic trying to keep up with everyone, but it reminded me of when I was little, and we would go to my grandparents' camp.

 While we were there, we got to go see my gram.  Sophie LOVED Little Grammy.  She wanted to sit with Little Grammy on her bed or get a ride from her in the wheel chair.  Josiah liked all the attention he got from the other patients along with Little Grammy.  I'm so thankful that we were able to visit with her as much as we did because we don't know how much longer she will be around.  I know the kids won't remember the visit, but at least they will be able to see pictures and read about their visit with her.

 We left to head back home on Saturday, but only drove part way.  We stopped in PA to see the Crayola Factory.  The kids had a WONDERFUL time there.  It was a great way to finish up our family trip.  We decided this will be our last trip until after baby is born.

 So the next few months will go by pretty quickly as we prepare for our Reveal Party, get ready to start back with school, celebrate my birthday, kick off the fall at church, attend youth group activities, start back to MOPS, continue with swim lessons,  and we can't leave out a visit to the apple orchard and pumpkin patch.  So as you can see, the next 13 weeks should go by pretty fast!  I will try not to let too much time pass between updates between now and when baby arrives, but there are no guarentees! Smile

Friday, June 24, 2011

20 Weeks

Well, we are officially half way there!  I can't believe how quickly this pregnancy is going by. All the traveling we have done seems to help with the going by and the next few months it doesn't look like it will go by any slower.  We have Josiah's birthday, Mommy and Daddy's anniversary, trip to Florida with the youth group, trip to Vermont with our little family, another ultrasound, your Reveal Party,  Mommy's birthday, then Josiah starts school...October looks like it will be a quite month (except for all the organizing that I will want to do to get ready for your arrival) and then November will be here before we know it. We are so excited to meet you, but want you to stay put for awhile longer.  Keep growing and moving around.  I don't think it will be much longer before Daddy, Josiah and Sophie will be able to feel you kicking! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

A bit modest

Well, we went on Monday to have our ultrasound.  We found out that you are growing like you are suppose to and look healthy!  We praise the Lord that everything looks good.  We were trying to find out if you are a boy or a girl, so we could have a reveal party in July.  Let's just say you are a little modest and wouldn't let the tech get a good look.  We tried everything...Mommy going to the bathroom to give you some room, talking to you and the tech pushing on my belly, but you wouldn't budge.  We have rescheduled your party for August and hopefully you won't be as secretive at our 3D ultrasound in August.  Even though, we would have liked to have found out, we are much more excited to hear that you are healthy.  Keep growing little one and know that you are already loved very much!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

On the road again...and again

Well,  Baby G has traveled more in this pregnancy than any of the other kids.  Baby G has been to Tennessee, Northern Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and South Georgia.  In a couple more weeks, Baby G will be going to Daytona Beach and then to Vermont.  One benefit of all this travel is that it is making this pregnancy go by so much faster!  I can't believe that we are already at 19 weeks and will be going to our ultrasound appointment on Monday!  We won't be finding out quite yet what we will be having.  On July 23rd, we will be having a reveal party at our church and will find out if Baby G is a boy or a girl.  We just got back from GA on Tuesday.  The kids were super-duper fliers.  I flew with them by myself while Chris stayed home and worked.  I'm so thankful we have kids that like to fly and are so easy going.   They stayed pretty busy while in GA...we went swimming every afternoon, went peach picking, Josiah went fishing for the first time with his Uncle Toady and Auntie Shue, we roasted marshmallows on the fire, lite sparklers one night, had a Thomas birthday party for Josiah and went bowling with his Papa Gig.  I'm sure there was plenty more that we did, but that seems like the highlight for the kids.  Sophie really liked being in the pool and the last day there, she swam to the stairs all by herself (she was wearing a life jacket).  I will be posting pictures from the trip as soon as I get the CD from my mom--didn't really want to tote a camera around the airport while keeping up with two kids and growing another one! Laughing 

 We hope everyone is enjoying their summer as much as we are.  I will try to do a better job updating, but as you can see we have been staying pretty busy. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Long Overdue

It seems like it has been FOREVER since I've written a journal entry...OK, it has been forever...almost a month!

We have had some ups and downs and have done a little traveling thus explaining the lack of journal entries.  

The beginning of May, we headed to NC to spend a week with Pa T and Lin-Lin.  We went to the beach for a couple of days which was really nice.  The kids seemed to enjoy it so much more this time around.  It was a little windy so it made it feel a lot cooler than it was, but we still managed to make it in the pool one afternoon and walk on the beach another.   Sophie has absolutely NO FEAR of the water.  I don't know how many face dives she did, but it didn't faze her one bit.  It confirmed that we definitely need to get her into a swim class this summer.  Josiah had lots of fun playing in the pool even though his lips were blue as can be.  He had a couple of firsts when we went to the beach...he rode in a go-cart with Daddy and played putt-putt.  This weekend, we are taking the youth to play putt-putt and someone will be joining them and is WAY EXCITED!!!  I think one of my favorite things was seeing the dolphins swimming along the beach line first thing in the morning.  Maybe one day I will be able to swim with the dolphins---hint, hint, Chris if you are reading this! Laughing

While in Goldsboro, we had our teeth cleaned.  This time we had Josiah watch Chris get his teeth cleaned, so next time he can go ahead and get his done.  He was ready to get in the chair and have his teeth cleaned when Chris was done...I think that is a very good sign.  We tried to go pick strawberries, but there weren't very many ripe ones.  So Josiah got a lesson in how strawberries grow.  He did find a tiny, red strawberry that he couldn't resist  picking.  I figure that is part of the how strawberries grow, so I let him pick it.  He carried that strawberry around with him most of the day.  We visited the school where I used to teach.   While there, it made me appreciate that the Lord has blessed our family with the ability to be able to stay home with our kiddos.  Sure, we don't go on fancy trips, and we have to manage our money more than others do, but it is so worth the gift of being able to stay home with Josiah and Sophie and soon Baby G.  We also visited a few friends which is alway nice to hear what has been going on in there lives.

 One funny I need to share from our trip came from Josiah.  While coming into Goldsboro, I told Josiah, "We are now in Goldsboro."  He said, "God's Boro."  I said, "Not God's Boro, but Goldsboro."  He said, "You mean Jesus Boro."  All Chris and I could do was laugh out loud.  He is our little comedian!  I have a feeling he will be keeping us on our toes!

 On a more recent note, we took Sophie to the doctor for a weight check and she gained 1 lb and 4 oz.  So no blood work, and we don't go back until her 18 month check up.  She is a whopping 19lbs now, but we are so thankful that we don't have to have any blood drawn.  She continues to be such a free-spirit and LOVES life...and shoes!  Chris commented the other day if I would have ever thought that after the first four months of her crying and screamed that we would have such a happy, care-free girl.  I told him that I was really surprised by it because she was just showing us back then who was in charge.  She is doing really well with following directions though and even though it might take two times of telling her not to do something she is learning.  She is also learning more and more things "school" wise.  She knows 12 different shapes and is starting to tell me the names of letters.  She also is able to point out 52 of her reading video words.  It is amazing how much kids can learn--another reason why I am thankful that I can stay home and teach our kids these things.

 As for me and the pregnancy...well, I had a rough week about a month ago with morning sickness...and let's just say it wasn't nausea.  Then I went three weeks of feeling pretty good.  Then last week, I got sick again.  I thought it was morning sickness, but once I started getting cramps after eating and getting sick in one form or another, I decided to call the OB.  She said that since it was almost a week that I need to go ahead and make an appointment with my regular doctor.  So my doctor is running a few tests on my stool.  Depending how those tests come back, I might have to have an ultrasound of my gallbladder.  I have started feeling the baby move, but hadn't for a couple of days, so I was worried.  Our OB was great and had us come in to look for the heartbeat.  It took awhile, but the OB finally found it...the sweetest sound I've heard in awhile.  The baby is sitting REALLY low, so that is why it was so hard to find the heart beat.   I do have to admit that today has been a good day as far as eating goes, so hopefully my stomach issues are from an infection of some kind.  On a more exciting note, we go on June 20th to find out what Baby G is, but we won't be finding out until July 2nd when we have a reveal party.  We already have names picked out, but we aren't sharing those yet either.  You will need to come back the beginning of July to find out what we are having.

 Well, I have  a little boy who has finished his TV show for the day and is ready to move on, so I guess I should go.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Let the flutters begin

Well, the last couple of weeks,  I have been feeling you move around.  Most of the time it is a little flutter.  A couple of times, it has been a repeated thumping.  I enjoy and find much comfort in feeling your move.  It lets Mommy know that you are doing OK in there.  I can't believe that you will be 13 weeks keep doing what you do best...GROWING!!  Mommy will try to do my best in keeping your sister from crawling all over my belly...she loves to get in a lap though.  Smile  In about 7 weeks, we will have an ultrasound and get to see what you look like...this is one of Mommy's favorite times.  We aren't going to find out right away if you are a boy or a girl.  We are going to have the ultrasound tech write it down on a piece of paper and then we will have a reveal party at the church and found out then along with the rest of our church family.  Well, I guess I will go.  Know that you are already loved very much.  Keep moving around in there. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Easter 2011

Well, I am a little behind for this journal entry.  It seems like I am way more tired and sick than I was with Josiah and Sophie.  Maybe it is because I have two little ones I'm chasing after, and I can't go curl up in the bed like I did with Josiah.  Each time I'm spending time with John, I try to remember having morning sickness is a good thing--that means the baby is growing and doing what it needs to do.  For some reason, it doesn't make me feel a whole lot better though.  Chris has been always.  When he gets home in the afternoon, he takes over.  The last couple of days, cooking has been a little hard.  I have had a hard time with food cooking, so I try to go to our bedroom away from the smells.

Here I am on a rabbit whole point was to write about Easter 2011...must be having a pregnancy moment.  Laughing  

We got up Easter morning and the kids did a little Easter egg hunt inside--it was kind of yucky outside.  Then they looked inside of their Easter basket.  We are the practical parents and got them new pajamas and some books.  I'm not a big fill the basket with candy kind of mom, so they get books and clothes.  After eating some cinnamon rolls for breakfast, we got all cleaned up to head to church.

This was the first Easter since we have moved to VA that Chris and I were in the service.  The last couple of years, we have been serving in the nursery.  It was so nice to sit through an Easter service.  Something that was even nicer was to be able to ride in the same car to and from church!  The Greenwood family got all decked out--take a look at our Easter picture in the April 2011 album.  The family amused me by color coordinating our clothes.  I figure it won't last too long, so I might as well do it while the little ones don't have much voice! Laughing   After church, we went and got some lunch.  I was craving a sandwich and since I can't eat deli-meat, we headed to Subway so I could get a chicken sandwich.  When we finished lunch, we headed home and took a nap.  That afternoon, we had some friends from our Home Fellowship Group come over.  They were ones who don't have family in the area, so we thought it would be nice for us all to hang out.  Each family shared in the cooking, so that was a huge weight off my shoulders.   We had a good time of fellowship and had LOTS of good food to eat.  

 This year we continued the tradition of doing the Resurrection eggs.  Josiah definitely absorbed a lot of what was going on...Chris will be writing a separate journal entry on a conversation they had.  Sophie enjoyed looking at all the things in the eggs and telling us about them in her special language.  Laughing 

 As you can see, we had a pretty good Easter celebrating our Risen Savior!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

So much excitement!

Well, I am finally able to sit down and write a journal entry from our trip to Florida--it is amazing what you can get done when kids are in bed and the hubby is at a church meeting.  Let's see if my pregnancy mind can remember all that happened while on our trip.

We weren't 100% sure we were all going to be going to FL Saturday night.  We were eating dinner and out of no where, Josiah got sick all over.  When we were cleaning him up, we realized he was running a fever.  We started fervently praying because we knew if he was sick, he couldn't get on the plane.  Neither one of us wanted to tell him that Sunday morning.  The Lord answered our prayers.  Just before we headed to bed, I went to feel Josiah to see how his fever was doing, and he didn't have one!! When he woke up Sunday morning, he was his normal self.  All morning, he kept asking if it was time to go get on the plane--he was sooooooooooooo EXCITED to say the least!!!    Both of the kids do an AWESOME job flying--God has truly blessed us with some great kiddos.  We got to FL Sunday afternoon, and we just hung out and tried to get settled.  Monday morning we spent some time out by the pool.  After lunch and nap, we headed to the Holy Land.  I don't have much to say except that it was soooooooooo CHEESY!!!  Shortly after arriving there, we found out that it is owned by TBN--I don't think I need to say anymore.  After seeing multiple pictures of Jane, it explained it all.  The coolest part of the place was the Noah's Ark display that was in the parking lot---and you don't even have to pay for that!  The rest of the day was spent just relaxing and hanging out with the family. Tuesday was a rainy kind of day, so we spent most of the day hanging out at the house.  We did go out to lunch, but other than that it was a quiet day.  On Wednesday, we got up and went to Sea World....we had so much FUN!!!  The kids absolutely LOVED their time there.  Sophie surprised us the most by how much she enjoyed the dolphin show.  My sister was holding her because we were sitting in the splash zone with Josiah.  Now, Sophie is one who enjoys her food and most of the time she will choose food over whatever else is being offered.  Well, when the dolphins started doing their thing, she was totally captivated by them and forgot all about eating.  She screeched the whole time, clapped when everyone else was clapping and when Uncle Toady wasn't paying attention, she would tap him and point to the pool.  I am so glad that we took them to Sea World--they had so much fun!  Wednesday night, Chris and I and my sister and brother in law headed to Medieval Times for dinner.  Chris was completely beside himself.  I am so glad that we got to do something that he enjoyed so much since this was his vacation, too. Thursday was another relaxing day.  We spent the day by the pool or at the neighborhood park.  On Friday, we got up and went to Animal Kingdom.  Josiah was so excited about riding the train.  We also went on the Safari ride.  His favorite animal to see was the giraffe, and Sophie liked seeing the elephants.  Each time she say one, she would raise her arm like it was an elephant trunk--we taught her to do that.  For lunch, we went to the Rainforest Cafe---a really cool place to eat.  The kids really liked all the animated animals.  After a nap, we spent the rest of the afternoon by the pool.  Saturday morning, we got and got ready to head back home.  Again, we were totally blessed to have super children when it came to flying.  We enjoyed our time in FL and doing something new as a family and spending time with family, but as always, it is nice to be home and sleep in your own bed.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Secret is Out

So I have been journaling quite a bit over the last few weeks, but hadn't been writing it down here because we hadn't shared that we are expecting Baby #3.  Now that the secret is out, here is what has been going on:


March 1st

Well,  I just took a pregnancy test about 3 minutes ago...and?  We are EXPECTING Baby G3.  OK, my hands are so shaky right now that I’m having the hardest time typing.  The last few days, I’ve really been struggling with wanting to take a pregnancy test.  I know I was totally being distracted by it.  I spent quite a bit of time praying about it last night—telling God sorry for being so distracted.  In and out of sleep, I would dream that I had taken a pregnancy test and each time it came back positive.  So I got up at 5:15am (because I REALLY had to go to the bathroom and you are supposed to test first thing in the morning) and just asked God if I had His blessing.  I felt like I had a green light unlike the HUGE red light I felt yesterday while I was at Target to buy a cheap pregnancy test because I didn’t want to use an expensive one this early.

So the way that I told your Daddy---I texted him.  He isn’t big into the cellphone thing¸ so I decided to see how long it takes him to check his messages. 

Well, I’m sure I will post more later.  We love you G3 and are so very thankful that God has chosen us to be your parents.  Know there will be LOTS of prayers lifted up for you during the next few months until we meet you and many more after you arrive.

March 5th

Well, it’s just been a few days since we found out that Baby G3 is growing inside of me.  I called to make an appointment to see the OB, and it is scheduled for April 18th—I will be in my 10th week.  Why does it feel like I am already showing?  They say that with each pregnancy you show sooner and sooner—I guess they are right.  We are going to wait until the beginning of April—maybe even April 1st to tell our parents.   J

Tomorrow would be your Uncle Richard’s 42nd birthday.  He was killed in a plane crash in August of 1992.  Mommy will be saying some special prayers for your Mimi because I’m sure it will be a hard day for her.  If you happen to be a boy, then you will somehow be named after your uncle.   I wish you,  Josiah and Sophie could have met him—he was a little wild and crazy.  I know he would have been a great uncle.

Well, that is all for now.  Please continue to pray that G3 does what he’s supposed to do—stay put and keep on growing.

March 20th

Hey, Little Baby!  Well,  we made it safely back from our crazy trip to TN/GA.  While we were gone, Mommy really started feeling morning sickness.  I’m not going to complain though because morning sickness is a good thing—that means you are growing like you are supposed to.  Last night was a rough night…I had a hard time falling asleep because I was so nauseous feeling.  Daddy was super understanding though and was very sensitive to Mommy—I want you to know you are so blessed to have Daddy as your daddy.  Since Mommy didn’t sleep very well and was still feeling a little icky, Daddy took Josiah and Sophie to Sunday School for me so I could stay home and rest—I told you that we are super blessed to have him in our lives!  We have about 3 more weeks before we tell everyone about you---by that point I will be 9 weeks along.  Don’t know if we can hide you for that long since I’m wearing these nice SeaBands to help with the morning sickness.  Mommy is so excited to have you growing and can’t wait to meet you.  Even though I’m so very excited to meet you, you need to stay put for a lot longer!!!!  Well, I guess I should get going so I can go get ready for church.

March 21st

Well, we have told all the grandparents and one set of great-grandparents about your upcoming arrival.  There is a lot of excitement!  We won’t tell the rest of our friends and family until the beginning of April.  It has been kind of funny the reaction of some of the grandparents.  We got Josiah a t-shirt that said, “Big Brother” on it—nothing unusual.  Then we got Sophie a t-shirt that said, “Big Sister” on it.  It was amazing how long she wore it without anyone really noticing what it said.  Chris actually had to mention Sophie’s t-shirt before it clicked in.  J  Auntie Corey sent some maternity clothes back with Lin-Lin for down the road—little did she know that down the road was going to be sooner than later!

April 1st

Well, it has been quite a week.  We have been trying to get me and Sophie better again…and keeping the boys healthy.  We have had a cold and Sophie has been teething—she has 3 teeth that have come through and a couple more working their way out!  I have had some morning sickness and nausea, so as you can see, we have just been surviving.  I have been trying to pack for our trip to FL—we leave in 2 days!!!  Josiah is extremely excited—he can’t wait to go see the whales and dolphins so he can get wet.  It looks like we will be sitting in the splash zone if he has a say about it.  J   The next couple of days will be busy—painting the nursery at the church, packing and getting the house in order before we leave.  I will be excited about Sunday 3:30pm when we are sitting in FL.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

TN & GA trip

We left last Sunday after church to head to TN to see Chris' grandparents.  We only drove half way to Christiansburg, VA.  While we were there we had dinner with some very dear friends, the Dempseys.  It was so nice to catch up with them over dinner and to meet their newest child, Gretchen.  OK, she is 17 months, so we had a LOT of catching up to do.  I really didn't want to leave because I was enjoying the fellowship so much, but the kiddos needed to go to bed.  On Monday, we got up and drove the rest of the way to TN.  Sophie got to meet her great-grandparents and great-aunt for the first time.  I think they really enjoyed meeting her.  Josiah warmed up to all of them rather quickly and had LOTS to tell them.  After visiting for a little bit, we headed to the hotel to get settled and give the kids a bath.  We went back to Granny and Pa Potter's for dinner.  After dinner, we headed back to the hotel and went to bed.  On Tuesday, we got up and got ready for the day.  We headed to Waffle House for breakfast---they don't have those in NOVA, so it was a special treat.  We then headed to Granny's church and played in the gym.  We chased some balls around and had a grand ol' time.  While we were there, Uncle Joe came to visit us in his patrol car.  Josiah enjoyed getting to look at the patrol car--you can look at a couple of pictures that I took.  We went to get some lunch and then took the kids back to the hotel to take a nap.  After nap time, we got the kids ready for bed and then headed back to the house for dinner and a visit.  On Wednesday, we got up and got ready.  Then we headed over to the house to say good-bye to the grandparents.  We then started on our journey to GA to see Granny Whoosh and Papa Gig.  The drive down the mountain to Chattanooga was absolutely beautiful. We stopped at the mall in Chattanooga so we could let the kids stretch their legs and get some lunch.  After lunch, we got back in the car and the kids...and me fell asleep. Once we arrived at Granny and Papa Gig's, Josiah was ready to play and share all kinds of things with them.  We spent the afternoon playing and had dinner.  On Thursday, we got up and played on the deck with a pop-up train--there are some pictures in the March album.  Late morning, we went to the playground.  The kids had LOTS of fun playing. Sophie wanted to do all that Josiah was doing--slides, swings, climbing, etc.  After playing, we went and got some lunch.  We had a lazy afternoon of taking a nap and just playing.  Papa Gig, Daddy and Josiah headed to the driving range--Papa Gig bought Josiah a toddler size iron.  Chris didn't take any pictures--I say, "BOOO!" to that. Laughing   Chris said Josiah had LOTS of fun playing golf.  I can't wait to see him in action.
Tomorrow, we are heading to Marietta to see Chris' other grandmother before we head back to VA.  We are going to drive half-way again...the kids just seem to do better.  It has been a great vacation with the family--it definitely has gone by too quickly, but it has been nice to relax and spend time as a family.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Long Overdue Update Date: 03/09/2011 09:59:29 PM February 16th Josiah is now wanting to put his battery operated train together by himself. He was able to line the wheels up just right. When he got done, he said, "I am a very good conductor!" We have been putting socks on Sophie's hands to stop her from sucking her thumb. Yesterday, she was very determined to get them off. She put the end of the sock between her teeth and pulled them off--what a very smar girl! Today, she was eating a banana. I cut them up into small pieces. When she had all the pieces gone, she wanted more. She didn't want them in small pieces though, she wanted to bite the banana just like me. So I went ahead and let her try and she did a GREAT job! Today, Josiah wanted to help me sew some floor pillows. He was putting the pins in the fabric just like I did--it was so precious. We enjoyed the beautiful weather today by going for a walk---Josiah talked NON-STOP!! I asked him if he was excited to go walking again, and he responded, "I am so excited, Mommy!" February 17th This morning Josiah got up extra early. So I brought him into our bed to rest for a little bit. Well, he had a terrible case of the wiggles. I kept telling him it was time to rest and not to play. Once Sophie got up, I was talking with Josiah about how he needed to get his rest. I also told him I wasn't very happy. He then told me that I needed to put a smile on my face. I asked him why he thought I wasn't very happy. His response as he tapped his cheek was, "Think.Think.Think." I told him to go ahead and think and get back to me. A few minutes passed, and I asked him why he thought Mommy wasn't very happy...his response, "Satan make Mommy not happy." WOW! Out of the mouths of babes! He pretty much left me speechless! Sophie has started saying, "apple" and "lion" when she reads her favorite book. Last night, I asked her if she wanted juice for dinner. She crawled over to the fridge. I opened the door and she pulled a juice box out of the drawer--she is growing up way too fast! February 20th On Friday, Chris and I had a mini getaway. I spent 4 hours in the spa getting pampered and then we spent the night at a hotel. This was Sophie's first night away from us--she did an AWESOME job! The other day, Josiah heard the dog next door barking. He said matter-a-factly, "That dog is roofing!" Tonight, Josiah and Sophie took a bath together. They were absolutely adorable!! Sophie started splashing the water. Then Josiah started doing it, too. Each time he would splash, Sophie would do one of those deep belly laughs! Our bathroom sure was wet, but it was worth it for the wonderful memory that was created. February 22nd Sophie had chocolate milk for the first time today. She liked it so much that she drank half of her cup in one big gulp! February 23rd Sophie has really started walking today. She is standing in one spot balancing, can start walking and then stop and even turns around. February 25th Today we went grocery shopping. As soon as we walked down the aisle with the apples, Sophie started saying, "Apull." She was so excited to see the apples instead of just in her book. We then went to see the train. When we got there, I asked her if she saw the train, and clear as day she said, "I see it." February 26th This morning as I was getting ready, I told Josiah that I needed to go take a shower because I was going to a baby shower. He told me that he wanted to go take a shower, too. I told him that a baby shower was like a party. He then told me that he wanted to go to church so he could eat some cake, too! February 27th Sophie is officially walking now. She will crawl every once in awhile, but walking is her choice way of getting around. She did have her first injury today. While at church, she tripped and split her lip open. She wasn't very fond of me putting an icepack on her lip, but she didn't mind me letting her suck/chew on a piece of ice. I feel so bad that her little lip is swollen and split open, but it was bound to happen sooner than later. Well, that is it for today. We will be going to TN soon to see Chris' extended family. They will be meeting Sophie for the first time. Then we will head to GA to see Chris' mom and stepdad. We are excited to get away for a few days as a family. Pray for safe travels.

February 16th

Josiah is now wanting to put his battery operated train together by himself. He was able to line the wheels up just right. When he got done, he said, "I am a very good conductor!" We have been putting socks on Sophie's hands to stop her from sucking her thumb. Yesterday, she was very determined to get them off.  She put the end of the sock between her teeth and pulled them off--what a very smart girl! Today, she was eating a banana.  I cut them up into small pieces.  When she had all the pieces gone, she wanted more. She didn't want them in small pieces though, she wanted to bite the banana just like me. So I went ahead and let her try and she did a GREAT job! Today, Josiah wanted to help me sew some floor pillows. He was putting the pins in the fabric just like I did--it was so precious. We enjoyed the beautiful weather today by going for a walk---Josiah talked NON-STOP!! I asked him if he was excited to go walking again, and he responded, "I am so excited, Mommy!"

February 17th

 This morning Josiah got up extra early.  So I brought him into our bed to rest for a little bit.  Well, he had a terrible case of the wiggles.  I kept telling him it was time to rest and not to play.  Once Sophie got up, I was talking with Josiah about how he needed to get his rest.  I also told him I wasn't very happy.  He then told me that I needed to put a smile on my face.  I asked him why he thought I wasn't very happy.  His response as he tapped his cheek was, "Think.Think.Think." I told him to go ahead and think and get back to me.  A few minutes passed, and I asked him why he thought Mommy wasn't very happy...his response, "Satan make Mommy not happy."  WOW!  Out of the mouths of babes! He pretty much left me speechless!

 Sophie has started saying, "apple" and "lion" when she reads her favorite book.  Last night, I asked her if she wanted juice for dinner.  She crawled over to the fridge. I opened the door and she pulled a juice box out of the drawer--she is growing up way too fast!

 February 20th

 On Friday, Chris and I had a mini getaway.  I spent 4 hours in the spa getting pampered and then we spent the night at a hotel.  This was Sophie's first night away from us--she did an AWESOME job!

 The other day, Josiah heard the dog next door barking.  He said matter-a-factually, "That dog is roofing!"

 Tonight, Josiah and Sophie took a bath together.  They were absolutely adorable!! Sophie started splashing the water.  Then Josiah started doing it, too.  Each time he would splash, Sophie would do one of those deep belly laughs! Our bathroom sure was wet, but it was worth it for the wonderful memory that was created.

 February 22nd

 Sophie had chocolate milk for the first time today.  She liked it so much that she drank half of her cup in one big gulp!

 February 23rd

 Sophie has really started walking today.  She is standing in one spot balancing, can start walking and then stop and even turns around.

 February 25th

 Today we went grocery shopping.  As soon as we walked down the aisle with the apples, Sophie started saying, "Apull."  She was so excited to see the apples instead of just in her book.  We then went to see the train.  When we got there, I asked her if she saw the train, and clear as day she said, "I see it."

 February 26th

 This morning as I was getting ready, I told Josiah that I needed to go take a shower because I was going to a baby shower.  He told me that he wanted to go take a shower, too.  I told him that a baby shower was like a party.  He then told me that he wanted to go to church so he could eat some cake, too!

 February 27th

 Sophie is officially walking now.  She will crawl every once in awhile, but walking is her choice way of getting around.  She did have her first injury today.  While at church, she tripped and split her lip open.  She wasn't very fond of me putting an icepack on her lip, but she didn't mind me letting her suck/chew on a piece of ice.  I feel so bad that her little lip is swollen and split open, but it was bound to happen sooner than later.

Well, that is it for today.  We will be going to TN soon to see Chris' extended family. They will be meeting Sophie for the first time.  Then we will head to GA to see Chris' mom and step-dad.  We are excited to get away for a few days as a family.  Pray for safe travels. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Much Needed R&R

Well, I have a super fantabulous husband---I know, I know--I say this all the time, but he really out did himself this time!

A few weeks ago, Chris and I talked about not celebrating Valentine's Day until the weekend after.  We have been out on Valentine's Day in the past, and we end up wondering why we went out because we don't like all the crowds.  He told me he made plans for Auntie Jen and Uncle John to come for the evening so we could go out to dinner. I suggested that maybe he could ask them to spend the night so we could go to a hotel for the night since we never celebrated our anniversary because of my foot injury.   He told me that he didn't think it was a good time to do it, so I just dropped it--OK, I didn't completely drop it, but gave some hints that I thought it would be really nice.  He didn't change his mind, so I resigned myself to the fact that it was going to be just dinner.

Well, Friday afternoon around 2:30pm, he told me to go upstairs and pack the bag on the bed because in 30 minutes I would be leaving our house and not coming back until the next day.  I was totally shocked--he said my face was priceless.  I went upstairs and started packing having no idea what I was packing for.   We got in the car, and he brought me to a spa.  I spent almost 4 hours in the spa getting a body exfoliating wrap, massage, a manicure and a pedicure.  He then picked me--let's just say I was REALLY relaxed at this point--and brought me to our hotel room.  We got changed and headed to dinner at Benihana.  After dinner, we stopped at Wegmans to get a dessert since Chris forgot the cheesecake at home.  We went back to the hotel, watched some TV and ate dessert.  It was so nice to sleep through the night--not that we don't do that at home, but I don't sleep as well when listening for the children.  Chris got us a package at the hotel that allowed us to have a free movie, free breakfast and a check out at 4pm.  So we spent all morning and afternoon in bed watching TV and eating.  We ordered room service for breakfast, watched a movie, watched TV and ordered pizza for lunch.  It was so nice to not have to do anything.  The last few months have been very draining for us--God has given us A LOT of ministry.  Don't get me wrong--we are not at all complaining and feel VERY honored that He saw fit to use us, but we both realized that we needed this time to recharge and reconnect as a couple so we can continue to be used by God to minister those around us.

We both look forward to how God is going to continue to use us after this much needed weekend of R&R.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Day 2011

This year we decided to start a new tradition with the kiddos.  Chris and I have been out on Valentine's Day a couple of times in our marriage, and we usually end up asking, "Why did we go out on Valentine's Day?"  We aren't big into crowds, so we usually celebrate Valentine's the weekend after.  So with all of that out of the way, we decided that I would take Josiah out, and he would take Sophie out.  If you look at our February Album, you can see we got all dressed up for this special date.  Chris and Josiah got dressed, and I took Sophie so we could get dressed.  The boys came to the bedroom door and knocked to ask us out on a date.  Chris explained to Josiah the importance of asking the girl go to out, and I explained to Sophie how the boy needs to come and get her at the door.  Chris and I loaded our dates into the car and each headed to our place of dining.  Josiah asked me if I wanted to go to IHOPs (his way of saying IHOP), and Chris asked Sophie to go to Wen-Days with him (his way of saying Wendy's).  Smile  On our way to IHOP, I had a moment of we are starting a tradition and then I realized that one day Josiah will be old enough to have a girlfriend, and he might be taking her out on Valentine's Day instead of me.  Then I got over my sadness and realized that the whole point of starting this tradition was to train him on how to treat a young lady.  We had LOTS of fun eating our pancakes and french toast in our dress up clothes.  We actually got quite a few compliments--OK, so Josiah got quite a few compliments on how cute he looked in his suit.  From what Chris said, Sophie got a lot of compliments, too.  At the end of our meal, I gave Josiah the bill and slipped him the money, so he could pay for our dinner.  We talked about the importance of paying for a lady's meal--especially if he asked her out on a date.  Then we went back to the table so he could leave a tip for the waitress.

 We both really enjoyed our date night, and I'm so thankful that God laid it on our hearts to start this tradition.  Everyday seems like Valentine's Day around here--I'm so thankful that I have a husband that shows he loves me all the time instead of just one day out of the year--so not going out wasn't that big of a deal.  We pray that Josiah and Sophie will show their spouse the same kind of love and in turn God will lead them to someone who will do the same.

 Well, that is it for our Valentine's Day celebration.  I'm so thankful that God has blessed me with a loving husband and two wonderful children to love. 

Friday, February 11, 2011


Well, I've been writing down little tidbits the last week or so about what the kids have been doing.  It seems like we've gotten busier and busier and when I sit down to write a journal entry, I don't remember very much.  So here we go:

 Sophie heard Chris put his keys in the door when he got home from work. I asked Sophie, "Who is that?"  She said, "Daddeee!"  When he walked in the door, I asked, "Is that Daddy?"  and she said, "Yesss!"  I felt like we had our first conversation. --January 26th

So I told Josiah to go get one of his Valentine's Day books off the bookshelf, and he told me he didn't want to read a book.  He then said, " I go upstairs and read the Bible."  --February 3rd

Sophie crawled over to my diaper bag, took out my wallet, opened it up and pulled out my debit card... I think she is a bit young for this! :) --February 3rd

Today, I was backing out of our parking spot and bumped into the snow pile behind me.  From the backseat, I heard Josiah say, "Try again, Mommy, try again." It was all I could do not to split a gut! --February 5th

Tonight, I asked Sophie if she wanted juice for dinner.  She said, "Yes." and then crawled over to the fridge.  --February 6th

Today was our first time in a long time that we had our Family Worship Time.  We climb into our bed with the kids, sing a couple of songs, read a Bible story and then have a prayer time. When we all climbed into bed and told the kids what we were doing again, Josiah said, "This is a fun place."  He snuggled right in and we had our worship time.  I guess he missed our routine more than I realized. --February 7th

Today, Josiah informed me that if I knocked his train off the track that he would have to tickle me! --February 7th

 Josiah "read" his Moses book "Up and Down" today. I say "read" because he pretty much has it memorized, but hey we gotta start some where, right? --February 7th

Josiah got out of his bed this morning--this is only the 3rd time he has gotten out of his bed since he started sleeping in a toddler bed--can't complain too much.  After explaining to him that he could only get out of bed when Mommy or Daddy came to get him, he told me that he just wanted to come to a safe place.  How could I be mad at him after a comment like that?  I didn't show any weakness though--I told him he could get into bed this time, but next time he needed to wait for someone to get him.
 --February 8th

Sophie is now wanting to eat using a fork.  The cutest thing is when she is ready to have more food, she politely hands the empty for to us so we can put more food on it for her. --February 9th

Sophie took a nap today without sucking her thumb!!  I won't mention that she was probably too tired to try to get the socks off of her hands or that she passed out because she didn't get a morning nap, but hey we gotta start somewhere, right?
--February 9th

 Josiah was playing with his trains today, and like always, Sophie heads towards them.  Josiah yells, "OH NO!!  Mommy stop Destruct-o!" --February 9th

Josiah goes and grabs my Bible and inform me he is going to a Bible study today.  He brings the Bible to the ottoman and starts "reading" the Baby Moses story.
--February 11th

 The other day Chris was reading Sophie her favorite book.  Chris likes to make sounds for the different vehicles.  Josiah asked Chris to make a sound for the tricycle.  Chris told him that the trike doesn't make a sound.  Josiah said, "Yes it does.  It goes Ding-Ding."  Don't you just love being corrected by a 2.5 year old!?!?! :)--February 11th

 Well, I feel like this was a much more successful journal writing--it was TONS easier on this ol' brain of mine--I didn't have to strain as much.  So as you can see, you got a little glimpse of how we live our life--with a lot of laughter!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Meltdown City

Well, we have experienced our first real sickness this week.  When I say real sickness, it means Josiah actually has had to take an antibiotic.   He started running a fever on Wednesday, so we did the normal Tylenol and ibuprofen.  By Thursday night, he had a HORRIBLE cough and didn't get much sleep.  Thursday night, he was coughing so bad that he threw up.  After throwing up, he asked if he could go see Ms. Leah so she could make him better.  How pitiful is that!?!  Frown Instead of waiting for Monday to come around, we went ahead and made an appointment to see Ms. Stacy on Friday.  He didn't get to see Ms. Leah, but we told him that he was going to see Ms. Leah's friend, and he was totally fine with that.  Ms. Stacy said he has a lot of junk in his chest and wrote us a prescription, but said we could wait to give it to him if we wanted.  Friday night was a ROUGH night--from 7:00pm to 10:00pm he woke up three times.  After the third time, I brought him to our room and propped him up on some pillows which didn't help.  So finally, I sat up against the pillows and held him in my arms.  He slept much better, but lets just say I didn't get much sleep.  Chris and I decided that if he didn't nap well on Saturday, then we were going to go ahead and start the prescription.  Well, he didn't sleep very well by himself so back in my arms he went.  So we went ahead and gave him his first dose of antibiotics.  Well, I have heard horror stories about kids being on antibiotics, but I thought that it was made up.  I have heard about how aggressive kids are. Well, I can now say that I am living these horror stories.  In the last 12 hours, Josiah has pushed Sophie over, talked nasty to me, had multiple meltdowns, repeatedly pushed his rocker ottoman into me, and put his hands over Sophie's mouth and nose. So I am praying that tomorrow is a better day--that he catches up on his sleep and is a little less aggressive to all.

Sophie did start running a fever, and I thought we were going through round two of what Josiah has, but last night I found a tooth that has come through. She has been having some meltdowns, too.  At one point, they were both having a meltdown.  I was so exhausted by this point that I wanted to throw myself on the floor and scream and cry like they were, but I decided that it probably wouldn't get us very far.  We are praying Sophie's fever was because of her tooth.  Please be praying that Josiah will get over this soon and that we all stay safe.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Birthday Weekend

Well, we've had a very busy, but fun weekend.  Friday was Chris' 33rd birthday, so I tried to surprise him by having some of our friends over.  I ended up telling him how many were coming because I could tell he was having a stressful week, and I didn't want him to be miserable the whole time.  So we had our little family, the two Korean girls, two of our youth, the McLeods and the Corsos.  I made Chris one of his favorite meals, lasagna with beef and pepperoni and bread from Wegman's.   For dessert, I made him Lemon Icebox Pie.  There is a lot of pressure to make this pie because he is used to having his Granny make it...and let's be honest it is hard to compete with any recipe a granny makes.  Smile After the kiddos went to bed, Chris and I headed over to the church to decorate for Sophie's birthday party.  It was so nice for John and Jen to stay while we went to the church--it made our Saturday that more relaxing.

We got up Saturday morning and completed some last minute food items for Sophie's party.  Sophie was able to take a little nap before we headed to the church which was nice.  There are LOTS of pictures in her birthday album, so please take a minute to look at them.  Even though we didn't have our immediate family here to celebrate, Sophie sure was loved on by all of our VA family.  She had her adopted grandparents (the Stilwells) and LOTS of adopted aunts, uncles and cousins (the Dages, the Corsos, the McLeods, the Byrum-Bouttes, the Pintos,  and the Manettis).

Today is going to be another busy day, but more with church stuff.  We won't see much of Chris today because he is going to a HFG to share some new changes coming to our church plus he has youth.  So I will head home with all four kids and get them fed and hopefully, we will all have a quiet rest time. 

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A New Adventure

Well, today we are starting a new adventure.  In a little over an hour, I will be heading to the airport to pick up two Korean girls who will be staying with us for a month.  One of the girls is in third grade and the other is in fourth grade.  Chris and I seriously prayed and discussed about having an exchange student for the whole year, but never got a green light.  One thing that was really holding us back is the fact that our family days are Mondays and Tuesdays and if we had a student living with us, we wouldn't be able to do any traveling since they would need to be in school.  When we heard about a month long stay, we figured we could do that.  So needless to say, we are EXTREMELY excited about having these two girls staying with us.  Some of our friends who live a couple of blocks from us are getting two boys, so we will be carpooling with them to get the kids to and from school each day.  I'm sure as the days go on, I will post another journal entry and some pictures.

This week is going to be pretty crazy as we adjust to having a school schedule to follow, get ready for Sophie's 1st Birthday and celebrate Chris' 33rd Birthday.  Come back to see some pictures of all that is going on.