Sunday, December 30, 2012

14 weeks

Well, we are officially in our second trimester...I'm so glad to FINALLY be here!  The last week or so have been really good.  The morning sickness has gone away, and I am getting more energy.  I went to our 14 week check-up and you sounded really good.  So far, I have gained almost 10 pounds this pregnancy...which is the same amount that I lost just before getting pregnant. :)  I have started to feel you fluttering here and there.  Nothing consistent, but when I do, I enjoy every second of it!  I continue to have horrible heartburn...they say you get it early with each pregnancy, so now wonder I have been popping the Zantac for a few weeks now!  Haven't had any strange cravings...just wanting salty foods over sweets...which isn't at all normal for Mommy! I have made our 20 week ultrasound appointment for Feb. 4th, so hopefully you will cooperate, and we will find out if you are a boy or a girl.  I had a dream a few weeks ago that you are a boy...I dreamed with your siblings what they were and my dreams were right, so we will see if I am four for four. 

Well, I am going to go to bed.  Daddy is at church with the youth having a lock-in, and I am coming down with a cold, so I should get some sleep...your siblings aren't going to slow down just because I don't feel well.  Know that you are loved very much, and we can't wait to see you on the ultrasound in just a few weeks.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

CHRISTmas 2012

CHRISTmas 2012

Greetings from the Greenwood Family!!  Another year has flown by, and I am sitting down to do one of my favorite yearly things.  I guess the reason why I like it so much is because I get to reflect on our blessings throughout the year.  Where do we begin?  I guess with our kiddos…let’s be honest that is who most people want to know about anyway!

Josiah turned four in June…we still can’t believe that we entered into the world of parenthood four years ago!  This year Josiah is being homeschooled three days a week.  The last couple of years, I came up with lessons to do with him, but this year we ordered some different kindergarten curriculums for our school time.  His biggest accomplishment this year is learning how to read.  One day, he was sitting down reading a library book that we had just checked out.  He has such a good memory that usually if you read a book to him a couple of times, he can remember the words.  I asked Chris if he had read him the book…knowing that I hadn’t read it to him yet…and he said that he hadn’t.  So to both of our amazement, he was actually reading the words on his own!!!  With the reading, we have also seen a great improvement in his comprehension.  He is also doing a great job memorizing Bible verses…which is also helping me to memorize the Bible! And in case you are wondering, Josiah is still CRAZY about trains. We wonder if he will do something with trains when he grows up. This past year, Josiah has tried out some different activities…soccer, gymnastics, swimming and golfing. Who knows what he will end up settling on, but he has lots of fun in whatever he is doing.

Sophie will be three in January.  We decided to go ahead and start school with Sophie, so she has been doing the lessons that I have done with Josiah the past couple of years.  I have had to be very intentional about not having her nearby when I am teaching Josiah because she quickly picks up what he is being taught!!  She really loves her big brother and wants to be like him so much.  Sophie’s biggest accomplishment this year is learning how to read, too!!  We are still working on her reading comprehension, but since she is only two, we will give her a little grace. One of the cutest things about Sophie lately has been her desire to sing along with the songs in the van. She really like some of the kids Bible songs and it is a blessing to hear her sing along. This past year, Sophie has also been involved in some different activities…gymnastics, swimming and ballet. Again, who knows what she will eventually settle on, but she is having lots of fun trying out new things.

Kyrie turned one in November.  She has been such a great addition to our family.  We love watching her personality develop.  Her smile is truly contagious. She is definitely a vocal one…you just need to come and experience one meal with her to understand what we are talking about! She started crawling on all fours in October and started pulling up shortly after that and creeping along the furniture, so walking will be on the horizon.  She has spoken her first word…”Hi” and her first sentence, “Hi, Momma!”  We have been doing the “Your Baby Can Read” videos with her, so she has learned how to do/show us: “arms up,” “nose,” “eyes,” “dance,” “point,” “mouth,” and “wave.”  Even at a year, she is definitely into “reading” books.  She will sit there for quite a while looking at books, so it will be interesting to see if she will be reading like Josiah and Sophie one day. The cutest thing is, when we are reading our family devotional, she crawls up into Chris’ lap and points her finger at the words like Josiah and Sophie do when they read.   Kyrie is taking her first swim class and seems to like it.

Well, Baby G4 will be making his/her arrival in June 2013…yes, you read that correctly!! JWe found out on October 26th after I hadn’t been feeling well for a few days.  I had been up the night before wondering if I could be pregnant and then decided that there was NO WAY that I could be…the days didn’t match up.  That morning, I couldn’t stop wondering, so I decided that I was going to go ahead and take a test just so I could give myself a peace of mind.  Well, I’m sure my face was absolutely priceless when I saw that the test was positive!!!  I called Chris in total shock…he just starts laughing.  The reason for the laughter was because we were going to sit down on Kyrie’s first birthday to talk about having Baby #4.  I really wanted a fourth, and he didn’t know if he had it in him to go through another round of sleepless nights.  Well, I guess God made the decision for us.  We both are thankful that the decision was made for us and can’t wait to meet this little one.

I (Chris has now taken over this letter!) celebrated my fourth year at Reston Presbyterian Church in October.  I have been very busy over the last year doing…well, all kinds of stuff. I’ve preached a lot more this last year to help out the Senior Pastor, continued to disciple men, led the youth group, gone on a mission trip to Wheaton, IL, helped my wife with our newest addition, Kyrie (and of course the other two), and the many, many, other things that fit into the broad description of “ministry.” One of the things I have added to my schedule and really enjoy is taking Josiah and Sophie each to breakfast one day a week. I have also added meeting the family for lunch on most Saturdays. I enjoy these special times with the kids and the family as a whole. In the next year, I’ll have to figure out another day to add Kyrie! I also take the kids to their various activities: swimming, gymnastics, soccer, etc. I am thankful I have a job that allows me the flexibility to do that with them. As for Baby G4, I guess I figure we need to keep up with cell phone data speeds so since everyone is using 4G now, we needed to introduce G4 in return. Sara and I were indeed planning on having a “one more baby” conversation but I guess God had His own opinion about the matter and wanted to make sure we heard it right. We are indeed blessed parents and I can only wonder what one more will be like!

As for me (Sara has resumed control of the letter), well…I am staying pretty busy, too!  I am so thankful that I am able to stay home with our kiddos and not have to rush everyone out the door in the morning, but instead able to enjoy these precious years of them being young and wanting to be around us.  This past year, I have been able to co-host quite a few baby showers at our church.  I am thankful that I have a husband who encourages and supports me to do something that I enjoy.  I also have been enjoying going to my MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) group twice a month.  It is a time to grow as a mom and to have someone to walk with during these early years of raising our children.  In my extra-extra spare time, I enjoy discipling five women from our church.  It is such an encouragement to see how God is working in their lives and being able to be a part of their journey.  Often times, the Lord teaches me something about myself and stretches me to grow in my relationship with Him.

 Much love,

Chris, Sara, Josiah, Sophie, Kyrie and G4