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.