Sunday, December 22, 2013

CHRISTmas 2013


Dear Family and Friends,

I can’t believe it is that time of year again!!  Where has the last year gone? Well, the Greenwoods have been as busy as ever. 
 On June 17th, we welcomed our fourth child, Richard “Tobias.”  He was born at 11:12am via a C-section.  Tobias weighed 8 lbs. 1 oz. and was 21 inches long.  Tobias is exactly who we needed to complete our family…for now. (No, there isn’t another baby on the way!  We eventually want to adopt older children, but it will be a few years down the road because we want Josiah to be the oldest).  Tobias has such a sweet, happy personality.  We love his big smile and his belly giggles.  Over the last few weeks, Tobias has learned to roll from his back to his stomach and is pulling his legs up underneath himself.  We have started him on the “Your Baby Can Read” videos, so we shall see if we have another early reader.

Josiah turned five in June.   He started Kindergarten in September at 268 Academy (that is our homeschool name).  He is doing exceptionally well in school.  His favorite thing to do is read, read and read some more…just one more way that he is like his daddy. He also likes science…especially when we do experiments.  We have been using Animated Literacy this year, and he really likes the drawing part of the lesson. It will be interesting to see how God develops these interests.   Josiah enjoyed taking swim classes during the summer, but is taking a break during the fall/winter months because it is so cold.  Instead of swimming, he has been taking gymnastics and is really enjoying it.  He continues to enjoy trains and his collection of tracks continues to expand which allows him to be very creative in his track building. This year, we signed him up for AWANAs (a program that teaches truths from the Bible and helps them to memorize scripture).  He is doing very well memorizing his verses each week and interacting with kids his own age.  He continues to be such a great big brother…very gentle and loves to show affection to his sisters and brother. 

Sophie will be turning four in January.  She started pre-school this year, but would much rather be doing her brother’s work!  Sophie really enjoys reading, too.  We get so much enjoyment listening to her read because she will change her voice for the different characters in the book.  She also took swim classes during the summer, but is taking a break during the fall and winter.  Like her brother, she is taking gymnastics and is really enjoying it.  She has moved to the classes where she doesn’t have a parent with her.  At first, she had a hard time…she is VERY shy…but is doing so much better in her classes and even in new situations.  Sophie is also doing AWANAs.  This girl can memorize some Bible verses!!!  I have the kids’ verses hanging up in our kitchen, so they can work on them during the week.  Often times, Sophie is memorizing her verse and her brother’s verse.  She is also developing a servant’s heart. Whenever one of her siblings needs something or is upset, she goes to help them or comfort them.  She is also developing a heart for prayer.  During our night time prayer…or any prayer time, for that matter…she will jump in and pray about whatever is on her heart.  We look forward to seeing how God is going to continue to fine tune these areas. 

Kyrie turned two in November.   Kyrie started school this year, too!  She wants to do EVERYTHING that Josiah and Sophie do…thus, school for her.  She is doing well with reading…she recognizes LOTS of words, but isn’t reading complete sentences…yet.  Her speaking skills have improved tremendously over the last couple of months…really able to communicate what she wants…and doesn’t want, for that matter! J  She continues to love life to the fullest…does everything so passionately…and loudly!  By far, Kyrie is our most cuddly child.  If there is someone curled up on the couch or in a bed, she will be there to get some cuddles…I guess she is like her mommy.  Kyrie enjoys playing with baby dolls and is so nurturing…changing diapers, feeding her baby, singing songs.  We look forward to seeing how God is going to use these characteristics in Kyrie as she gets older.  Kyrie started swim classes during the summer, and she LOVES it!!  She continued with swimming during fall since she wasn’t old enough to do other classes, but now that she is two, she will have a lot more options. 

As for Chris…well, he has had a very busy year.  (Chris is now writing) In August, our senior pastor moved to Colorado, so I have been filling in while our church searches for a new senior pastor. With this filling in has come a whole host of new responsibilities. I have been visiting church members on a weekly basis, making hospital visits, doing some counseling, and of course preaching every week. Other than church, adding another little Greenwood to the family has further divided my time among the kids. We knew this would happen, but it doesn’t make it any easier. Our prayer is that the kids will look back and see that their mom and I gave them each as much time as we could.  Our greatest hope is that they will value the relationships they have with each other as brothers and sisters. With the entrance of Tobias came a wonderful return to an old married habit: date night. Since the world’s best babysitter (Darian or D) was back in town going to college I booked her every other week as a standing date night for Sara and me to go out. It has been nice to slip away again with the “wife of my youth” and enjoy just us time.  

As for me (Sara)…I stay pretty busy keeping up with the four kiddos and supporting Chris as he does ministry.  I spend most of my days wearing many different hats…wife, mother, teacher, discipler, friend, chef and many more.  I do have moments of exhaustion and feeling overwhelmed, but I truly am thankful that I am able to be at home with our children every day.  To teach them about Jesus. To love on them. To nurture them. To play with them.  To just spend time with them. I am blessed to have a husband that supports/encourages me to be a stay at home wife and mother.  I do find some me time with our Home Fellowship Group ladies.  Once a month, we spend time together as a group either sharing a meal together or crafting.  While Chris is at night meetings, I am able to spend time doing things that I enjoy…crafting, editing photographs or watching a TV show(s) that I enjoy.  But my most favorite wind down time is date night with the hubby.  We are very blessed to have Darian come twice a month, so Chris and I can go out and just be husband and wife. 

We hope you have a very Merry CHRISTmas.  That you will find time to reflect on the meaning of CHRISTmas…Christ did come. Christ is come. Christ will come…again

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Thanksgiving 2103

This year we started a new tradition...A Thankfulness Tree.  Each night after dinner, we would each share one thing we are thankful for.  I would write the answers on a leaf and then hang it on some tree branches.  So here are the things we were thankful for this year.

11.1.13

Chris-God
Sara-Jesus dying for our sins
Josiah-toys to play with
Sophie-dress up doctor outfit
Kyrie-book, "Little Blue Truck"

11.2.13

Josiah--my sisters and brother
Sophie--my super hero outfit
Kyrie--donuts
Chris--Mommy
Sara--my marriage to Daddy

11.3.13

Chris--Happy "Beerfur" Days (Kyrie's way of saying birthday)
Josiah--God making everything
Sophie--people
Kyrie--"beerfur" day
Sara--Kyrie Eleison, my second daughter, born two years ago today, who adds spunk and carefree to my life.

11.4.13

Sophie--Tobias
Josiah--for November because of Thanksgiving crafts
Sara--for Josiah, my firstborn, who made me a Mommy, who shows so much love and affection and silliness to my life
Chris--cooler weather
Kyrie--Chick-fil-a

11.5.13

Sophie--Kyrie's birthday
Josiah--my dad
Kyrie--for being happy
Chris--God's church
Sara--for Sophie, my firstborn daughter, who has a serving and playful heart

11.6.13

Josiah--our house
Sophie--my baby sister
Kyrie--M+M's
Sara--Tobias, the one who has completed our family...for now
Chris--books

11.7.13

Sophie--my big brother, Josiah
Josiah--my church and peoople who worship God
Kyrie--Jesus
Chris--Awana to teach our kiddos Bible verses
Sara--our parents and siblings

11.8.13

Kyrie--God's Son
Sophie--cinnamon rolls
Josiah--birds
Sara--house for our family and friends to gather and to feel the love of Jesus
Chris--God's creation

11.9.13

Sophie--our neighbors
Kyrie--Baby 'Bias
Josiah--our van, so we can get place to place
Sara--that I am able to stay home with our kiddos...and a hubby who encourages me to stay home
Chris--hot water

11.10.13

Chris--music
Sophie--my dad
Josiah--a bed
Kyrie--Jen
Sara--John and Jen

11.11.13

Kyrie--Mimi and Bob-Bob
Josiah--"Roary" the Lion
Sophie--"Doby" the Dog, "Glacier" and "Glory" (sleeping friends)
Sara--Soldiers (for Veterans Day)
Chris--Grandparents

11.12.13

Josiah--Tobias
Sophie--my mom
Kyrie--John
Chris--food that the Lord provides for us
Sara--Tammy, my discipler...how she encourages me, prays for me and how we grow while studying God's Word

11.13.13

Sophie--Jonathan (Awana class)
Sara--firemen and policemen who keep us safe
Chris--all my children
Josiah--Daddy
Kyrie--fire station

11.14.13

Josiah--Kyrie
Chris--my marriage
Kyrie--Violet (toy dog)
Sophie--my toys
Sara--unpredictability..that we have kids to give us unpredictability

11.15.13

Kyrie--Nana--sleeping friend
Sophie--our church
Josiah--friendships
Sara--CellBlock 234 (HFG)
Chris--live in America

11.16.13

Josiah--fudge
Sophie--fudge
Kyrie--Flynn (Thomas the Tank fire truck)
Sara--for Darian..how she loves our kiddos and how they love her
Chris--Elders of our church and their wives

11.17.13

Kyrie--friends
Sophie--Jesus
Josiah--couch
Sara--parties to celebrate life celebrate life events
Chris--my Bible

11.18.13

Kyrie--Glacier (Sophie's friends)
Chris-sleep
Sara--photography..being able to capture memories
Josiah--God...being able to pray to Him
Sophie--Mimi and Bup-Bup

11.19.13

Josiah--John and Jen
Sophie--Mimi and Bup-Bup
Chris--flowers
Kyrie--Sammy (baby doll)
Sara--van..to be able to hold all of our family

11.20.13

Chris--Mr. Mark and Ms. Wendy (being able to rent their house)
Sophie--Mr. Mark and Ms. Wendy
Josiah--Mr. Mark and Ms. Wendy
Kyrie--Nikki
Sara--being able to homeschool our children

11.21.13

Sara--Date Nights
Chris--My Cosmo 3 cellphone to keep in communication with my wife throughout the day
Josiah--library books
Sophie--elephants
Kyrie--Eli

11.22.13

Sophie--Sammy (baby doll)
Kyrie--fountains on the way to church
Sara--Pajama Day (and Josiah coming up with it)
Chris--C.S. Lewis and his legacy
Josiah--Rory Rowan from church

11.23.13

Josiah--cheetahs
Chris--chances to tell people about Jesus
Sara--the ability and finances to be able to go grocery shopping
Kyrie--chickens
Sophie--Eli

11.24.13

Josiah--dinosaurs
Sophie--Mimi and Bup-Bup playing with me
Kyrie--sky
Sara--lunch time with my family, Darian and Nancy
Chris--pictures
Mimi-cold weather
Bup-Bup--children/grandchildren

11.25.13

Josiah--Granny Whoosh and Papa Gig
Sophie--birthday coming up
Kyrie--sunset
Sara--warm clothes
Chris--memories
Mimi--diversity of people
Bup-Bup--my wife

11.26.13

Kyrie--Bella (neighbors dog)
Sophie--food that God gave us
Josiah--curtains that keep sun out on sunny day and cold on cold day
Sara--Mike and being able to bring him coffee and a hot breakfast
Chris--Bible computer program (Logos)
Mimi--good health
Bup-Bup--play time with grandchildren

11.27.13

Josiah--food to eat
Sophie--the plates we eat off
Kyrie--fudge
Sara--Craft time with my mom
Chris--heat to warm our home
Mimi--daily needs always met
Bup-Bup--haircuts

11.28.13

Kyrie--tent
Sophie--Thanksgiving
Josiah--clothes to wear
Sara--my bed
Chris--chances to do ministry
Mimi--military
Bup-Bup--God's love
John--a growing family
Jen--friends like family
Nikki--family
Scott--job with mostly agreeable boss

Friday, September 13, 2013

Fall 2013


Well, our fall has started, and we are hitting the ground running.  We just finished our second week of school...for the most part our school time is running pretty smoothly.  We have been working around Tobias' nap time, so we don't have a set time when we are in the classroom, but that is one benefit of homeschooling! :) Our pastor moved to CO the middle of August, so Chris has been taking over some of his responsibilities until the church decides what they are going to do as far as a pastor.  There is a couple in the church who is taking over the youth ministry, so that is a big relief that he won't be responsible for both positions.  The older kids have started classes at the community center.  Josiah and Sophie are in gymnastic classes.  Kyrie is taking a swim class.  Josiah and Sophie will also be starting AWANAS.  I have been managing everyone's schedule plus keeping up with stuff around the house and trying to get things switched out for fall...I am just tired thinking about it and wondering how we get through our days!!! :) 

So please be in prayer as we are all adjusting to a new a schedule...that God will be our strength.  That we won't get so busy that we forget to put God first and then our family time.  I will try to update frequently...when I have some down time

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

First Day of School


Well, today we had our first day of school for the 2013-2014 year.  Josiah started Kindergarten,  Sophie started Preschool (K4) and Kyrie started Preschool (K2).  I can't believe how quickly these kiddos are growing.  Even though Tobias didn't start school, he is a big 11 weeks!!!  We started a tradition last year when Josiah was in Preschool...we took the kiddos at to breakfast.  We have continued the tradition this year and hope to do the same in the years to come.  We had a pretty successful day...considering that there were three kids learning and having a newborn.  I look forward to seeing how much these kiddos are going to grow this year.  I am so thankful that I am able to stay home and teach our kiddos...gotta use my degree somehow

Friday, August 9, 2013

Atlantic Beach 2013


Well, we have gone on our first family trip with four kids...and we survived!!!!  We did have a little...ok, A LOT...of help from the World's Best Babysitter, Darian.  A couple of days before our trip, I was feeling so overwhelmed.  Up to this point, Tobias wasn't napping well.  When he was awake, all he did was cry.  I was dreading going on this trip.  Chris came up with the idea that maybe Darian could come with us...we thought it was a long shot since she has a job.  But she was able to work out her work schedule so she could come with us.  It was a HUGE blessing to have her there with us...an extra set of hands is always welcomed.  The kiddos had so much fun having her there with us.  She played with them on the beach, came up with fun games to play in the condo, helped with meals and getting dressed. 

On our way to the beach, I had a very sentimental moment.  I was remembering when I was Darian's age and how involved I was with the Amegin Family.  I started watching their oldest when she was 4 months old...now she is 16!!!  They were like a second family to me, and I feel like Darian is a part of our family.  I'm so thankful that our kiddos have someone who loves them so much and cares for them.  And I hope that she will be a part of our family for years to come. 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

11 years


11years...4015 days...96,360 hours.  That is how long I have been married to my best friend.  We have done so much in those 11 years.  We completed student teaching, graduated from college, got our first teaching jobs at a private school, moved two times while in GA, lived in two different states for 8 weeks, moved to NC, taught in a public school, completed graduate school earning a Master's of Divinity with Languages, bought our first car together, worked retail together, had our first child while living with our parents, received our first call at a church while working part time at a private school, moved to NOVA, got pregnant with our second child, moved to a new house, went into full time youth ministry, started discipling, started homeschooling, got pregnant with our third child, continued pouring our lives into those at our church, and here we are having our fourth child.  We have done so much in these 11 years.  There are some things on this list that were clearly done individually...like Chris getting his Master's of Divinity or me working at a public school, but if it weren't for the support or encouragement of each other, neither one of us would have been very successful...and I am not talking successful as in the world's standard...cause you can look at our bank account and the world would say we haven't been very successful. :) But we have been faithful to God...we have trusted Him...we have obeyed Him...and that is all that matters.

Chris Greenwood, I am so thankful and feel so honored to walk through this life with you.  It has been a privilege to see God working in your life and continuing to grow you into the man He desires you to be.  I look forward to many more years of being your wife...walking through this world with...raising our our beautiful children with you.  I wouldn't want anyone else except you.  iLUVM!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

2 weeks


In just 2 weeks, we will be heading to the hospital to meet you...for the most part, the time has gone by pretty fast.  We are super excited to meet you...to see who you look like, to learn who God has created you to be and how you will add to our family. 

You are already so loved, Tobias.  By your parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and our church family.  Continue to do your thing and grow, so you can be nice and strong as you enter this world. 

We love you and can't wait to meet you!!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Baby Celebration


Yesterday, our church family gave us a nice Baby Celebration...to celebrate your upcoming arrival.  It was a great time of fellowship and encouragement for Mommy.  We got some things that will make your arrival a little easier...diapers, diapers and more diapers! :)  We also got a scheduler that will help Mommy remember when you ate last, slept last, etc.  It will be super helpful when Daddy asks, "Where are we on the schedule?"  I won't have to flubber and hurt my brain as I try to remember! :)  We also were able to order your mattress and a few other things that were still on the registry...bath tub, breathable bumper.  We still have one more item to get...a neutral highchair cover, but we will need to go to the store for that. 

God has truly blessed us with a church family.  You are already loved by them and they are just as excited to meet you as Mommy and Daddy are!!! 

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Spring is in the air


Well, spring is definitely in the air. We have had some beautiful weather which has allowed us to spend some time outside each day.  The kiddos love being able to go out and run off some energy...and let's be honest, so do Mom and Dad! :) 

We are a little over 5 weeks away from meeting Tobias, so we are trying to spend as much time with the kiddos as we possibly can...as a family and individually. 

The other night, Josiah and I went to "Date Knight" at our local Chick-fil-a.  He dressed up in his knight costume, and we went to dinner together.  Chick-fil-a did an awesome job changing their eating area into a castle setting for us.  Some of the servers dressed up as knights and maidens.  The amazing part???  We didn't have to pay anything extra to go have dinner together...just had to pay for our food.  I highly recommend going to one of these events if they have them at your local Chick-fil-a.  It was definitely a special time with Josiah before Tobias gets here. 

I will be taking Sophie to get her nails done just before Tobias gets here...Mommy wants to have some nice toes before going into the hospital.  She remembers me painting her nails last summer and has been asking when we will paint them again.  I painted them the other day and it was such a big thing for her...she had to tell everyone about it! :)  This will be her first time going to a salon and getting them done, so I think it will be even more special.  A few of our friends are going to go spend the afternoon with us, so it will be super special. 

I am still trying to figure out what I will do with Kyrie.  She is in that in between stage where she doesn't really have a favorite thing, but I am sure we will figure something out. 

Chris and I will be having a date night at the end of the month, so that will be nice to  spend some time with just him...and not doing things to get ready for Tobias to get here.  :) 

We may try to go strawberry picking some time this month.  We have done this the last couple of years, and the kiddos have really enjoyed it. 

Well, that is all for now.  We will keep you posted on what is going on and when Tobias arrives

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

32 weeks


Well, we are at 32 weeks...going to the doctor every 2 weeks now.  Soon it will be every week!

We went to the doctor yesterday and got to hear your heartbeat yet again...no matter how many times I have been pregnant, this is still one of my favorite sounds!  We talked with the doctor about having a c-section.  I have been praying about having a VBAC, but I just haven't had a peace about it.  Mommy and Daddy have been talking and feel like the safest way to get you here is to have a c-section.  So we are scheduled for June 17th...not sure if it will be the morning or afternoon time, but you will be here on that day! 

Daddy and the crew built your crib yesterday.  We can't wait to see you sleeping in it.  We still need to get a mattress for it, but we still have 7 more weeks to get that done.  We are slowly checking things off our nesting list.  I got all the envelopes addressed for your birth announcements.  Now, we are just waiting for your arrival to fill in all the information so we can print them off.  Mommy got some nursing clothing to make things a bit easier to feed you once you get here.  The only big things we have left is for the car seat to be put in the car and van, pack my bags for the hospital and get a bouncy seat. 

So that is what we have been up to the last couple of days.  We are looking forward to meeting you.  Stay in there and keep cooking for a few more weeks.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

NC Trip


Well, we got back a few days ago from a quick trip to NC.  We got the rest of our baby stuff, so we are that much closer to being ready for Tobias' arrival.  Chris says he could come tomorrow, and we could survive.  Umm...we have no bed and no diapers...two pretty important things!! :) 

We had a lot of fun while in NC.  Josiah and Sophie were able to make some bread with Lin-Lin.  Josiah went fishing with Pa T and Daddy.  We played outside.  One of our friends is a squadron commander at the base, so we were able to get a tour.  We got to go out on the flight line and see a jet up close.  Then, he took us to the control tower and we were able to see the jets take-off and land.  It was pretty darn AWESOME!!  Our kiddos don't know how special this trip was, but maybe one day they will realize it.  We weren't able to take any pictures because of security reasons, so hopefully the amazing memory they have will remember this.  They also got to play with some kids their age...outside, again!  Being outside and having green grass to run around in makes me miss a yard even more.  We got our teeth cleaned...well, three of us did.  We let Sophie watch this time because she will be having her first appointment before we know it.  She is one who doesn't like new situations very well, so we are hoping that her watching Josiah get his teeth done will help her in the future.  

Well, that is it.  Hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful spring weather.  We definitely have been...going on walks and playing outside.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Passed My Test


Well, I went in for my 26 week check up on Wednesday.  I got to drink the lovely sugar water for my glucose test.  Normally, I have a sweet tooth, but with pregnancy I tend to crave salty things.  I must admit, I was a little concerned with the results because with the last two pregnancies, I was borderline...under by a couple of points...but because of family history the doctors wanted to do the three hour test.  Well, the doctor said that they would call if anything was abnormal, but I just had to hear for myself.  I passed the test with flying colors!!!  140 is the cutoff for having to do the three hour test and my results were 114!!!!  I was praising Jesus when I heard the results.  My iron test also came back normal, so I am also thankful for that. 

Chris and I also had a good conversation with our doctor to get a better idea about Tobias birth.  Since I have had a c-section, we have had to have some discussions about whether or not to do a VBAC (vaginal birth after a c-section).  All the doctors that I have met with feel like I am perfect candidate to have a VBAC.  We did have some questions concerning about going over my due date.  One of the doctors said that they won't induce me because of the c-section, but the other doctor clarified a bit more.  When Chris and I got home, we came up with tons of questions.  If they don't induce, then does that mean an automatic c-section.  Well, at our next appointment we asked our questions and found out that there are some things that they can do that aren't considered inducing as long as my body has started making progress (dilating, cervix thinning out, etc.).  They just won't do anything if my body hasn't started something.  So that conversation reassured us that going down the road of VBAC is they way we are going to go.  We realize that Tobias could have different plans, but as of right now this is what we are planning for. 

So that is all for now.  We are staying pretty busy and know the next 14 or so weeks are going to fly by with all our different activities.  We are hoping to have some down time with the kiddos in May and part of June before things get crazy again with a newborn.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

27 million



Well, today was a day to disappear off from social media to be a voice for the 27 million people who are currently in slavery around the world.  There is a really good website that I highly recommend that has started a movement to end modern day slavery.  It is called enditmovement.com

Not only does it sadden me to know that there is that many slaves in our world, it also angers me as a parent.  There are children as young as Josiah and Sophie who are working in fields or factories.  The thing that turns my stomach the most is that there are children as young as them who are being kidnapped and sold for sex.  It was last year, when Chris and I are were watching Passion 2012 that we really heard about modern slavery.  Over the last year, this topic has been brought to the forefront and people are starting to do things to free these slaves.  There is a tremendous ministry called "International Justice Mission" that are going out to the front lines and doing what they need to do to free these slaves around the world.  Not only are they freeing these slaves, but they offer them help afterwards. 

So today, I spent quite a bit of time...the time that I normally would be on the Internet...praying and asking God what He wanted me to learn from this day.  The thing that kept coming back up is that even though I might not physically be in slavery/bondage, there are many things that I am a slave to.  Some things are...having a clean house, making sure the kids are behaving, FaceBook/Internet, making sure that I have fun/interesting things to do during our school time, cooking nice meals, taking naps, watching TV shows.  Sure these things don't seem like BIG offenses, but when I find other things to do instead of spending time with my Lord, then I am living a life of slavery.  I absolutely don't want to minimalize what 27 million people are living like currently, but I often wonder if some of them have a better relationship with God than I do.  Because of their dire living conditions, they feel a great desire to spend time with Him...to fellowship with Him...than I do on a daily basis. 

I know I haven't learned everything that God wants me to from this day, but He has started something in me.  I know  He wants me to be more intentional about how I spend my time...what I worry about, what I do to unwind, what I do to have fun.  I know my desire from today is to no longer be a slave to the world, but to be a slave to the ways of my Savior and King.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

It's a...

BOY!! 

We had a gender reveal party today after church to share with our "family" what Baby G4 is going to be.  Chris and I found out a few days ago, but were waiting until now to share with everyone.  So enjoy some pictures from our special day when we announced that Richard "Tobias" will be joining our family. 

Working on the name board.  If it is a girl, she will be Zoey Elizabeth.  If it is a boy, he will be Richard "Tobias."

The cake with the gender

Josiah helping Daddy cut the cake

It is BLUE!

Mommy and Kyrie excited for a baby boy

There is the BLUE frosting

Such a handsome BIG brother

Such a pretty BIG sister

There is the name board

All of my cravings...tied!

People casting their votes...not very many for a Lil' Miss

It looks like Lil' Man has the vote

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Valentine's Day


Well, we continued our tradition this year of taking the kids out for Valentine's Day dates.  Sophie and Chris went earlier in the week.  They both got dressed up and headed to Cracker Barrel...Sophie's choice, which made her daddy so proud.  As they were leaving the restaurant, the sun was setting.  So Chris took a moment to stop and enjoy it with her, since she hasn't seen very many sunsets.  Chris said that she told him that she was very thankful that God had made such a pretty sunset for them.  She is such a thankful girl!

Chris was going to take Kyrie in the middle of the week, but she started running a fever and having a runny nose.  We later discovered that two of her bottom molars had come in.  So, he is going to take her out this coming week for her special date. 

Josiah and I went out to dinner on Thursday.  His choice was to take me to IHOP.  Chris had given Josiah some money to pay for my dinner without me knowing.  On the way to IHOP, Josiah told me that I needed to close my eyes when we got to the counter. On our way in to the restaurant, I told him that the hostess would ask how many and told him what he needed to say.  So when she asked him how many, he gave his answer and whipped the money out of his pocket to put on the counter.  It brought the biggest smile to my face.  We had a great dinner and just enjoyed talking with him.  On the way home, he sang me a song that said how much he loved me and how glad that he had me for his Mommy because I love him every day and teach him new things.  He is such a sweet boy!! 

I can't believe that next year at this time, we will have four little ones to take out.  I am so thankful for this tradition...teaching our children how to treat others and how to be treated when going out on a date. 

We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day and enjoyed their day with their loved ones...however, it may have been spent.

20 Weeks


Well, I am a little late on writing this, since I am almost 22 weeks.  Better late than never.  We had our ultrasound at 20 weeks and found out that you are a healthy baby.  She did say that you are measuring about 5 days bigger than what the OB thinks, so we will find out on Monday if our due date will be changing.  You were so very wiggly that the tech had a hard time getting pictures of you.  I was a little worried while they were looking at your heart, but she said not to worry because everything looked fine...she was just trying get a certain picture.  Normally, with the other kiddos we got around 10 pictures, but only got two pictures because of all the wiggles...you already are your own person! 

You have been moving around a lot more lately.  Daddy was able to feel you move the first time around 18 weeks.  This week, Josiah felt you moving.  Tonight, I was sitting on the couch and could see my belly moving. 

Tomorrow, we are having our gender reveal at church.  Daddy and I found out last weekend when we went away for the weekend.  We called all the grandparents to let them know.  We are all very excited and can't wait to meet you in person. 

Well, keeping growing Little Baby.  We are more than half way there!