Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our family blog. This may be your first visit here, or you may be a friend from across the globe, or family that we have just seen. Who ever you may be, thanks for taking the time to read about our little family, and all we are learning on this adventure the Lord has called us to live! Here you will find, the random thoughts, funny stories, prayer requests, and the journey our family and Jack is on with his battle with Leukemia.

Dinner time

From our table to yours.... dinner time funnies by my husband, myself, and our boy!

Baby Update

Well, I just got back from the Dr. and have some very happy news. Our little one has done some serious growing over the past 7 days!

My last visit, the baby measured only 6 weeks and 2 days big, which was considerably smaller than the anticipated size. We were also able to detect the heart beat, but it was on the slow side, only 80 beats per minute (bpm). My Dr. didn't say anything to concern me, but I was aware of how different this was from my first pregnancy with Tyler(whose heart rate was 111bpm at the same age).

So we went back today for another sonogram, to find a baby with a heart beat of 168bpm and measuring 8weeks and 3 days!!! Like I said, baby did some serious growing this past week!

Here are a few new sonogram shots for you:

The growing baby... if you look real close at the bottom of the baby, you can see little legs! Kind of looks like a kidney bean!

This is the heart beat pattern. I put last weeks sonogram so you could see the huge difference this week has made! God is so good!

The Lord has taught me so much this past week, as I waited to find out if the baby had grown or not. In the worlds eyes, there was much for me to worry over and be concerned about. Trust me, in a moment of weakness, I looked online and found many sad stories of miscarriage with the same info we had last week on our baby! I learned that there is NO grace for the "what-ifs."

As I meditated on scripture this past week, my soul has been more conformed to the image of my Lord, and found myself at peace and anticipating the grace of God no matter the outcome. It is amazing what applying scripture to your soul will do in a moment of temptation. I had many thoughts, of fear and worry that would pass through my head- but as soon as I applied scripture, the thoughts had no ground to stand on, and I was set free. How kind of God to give us his word to speak to us.

As for staying fit... so far so good. I actually lost a pound since last week, which I attribute to the onset of nausea throughout the day. I have been a little less tired, but not feeling much like eating! Except for at 10 pm, which is when I find myself ravenous! If you see a little bump on my tummy area- we must give that one up to the baby, who is growing and making my insides move around!

Thank you to those of you who have been praying for us. We have felt carried by your prayers and are humbled by your care.

Play Date on the Farm

I am really delinquent in posting these pictures... they are way over due. But better late than never. We have the privilege to hang with some awesome ladies on a weekly basis, in a little playgroup we have. Tyler has been having a lot of fun with these kids, and I have benefited so much from their friendship and care. Here are a few pictures from a play date at the Alexander's house...

The three kids that are walking... sharing a toy I think... Katie, Tyler, and Noah.

This was when Rakel got covered in kids! All of a sudden they all decided to pile on her and "share" the toy Faith was playing with!

So then, we decided to take a little walk around the farm and give the kids a tour of the animals! Tyler has just learned how to say some animal noises, so he was super excited to see the cows. Although, I kept telling him to say moo, all I got was "Arf" which is what he says about all the animals he sees!
Do you like his little Mohawk in the back??

This photo was Janelle's idea, it was the artist in her! I don't think I captured it quite as creatively as she would have~ plus the kids were not to fond of sitting still!

He just loved the chickens. Every time I said "bawk bawk" he would crack up!

Such a serious boy...

The two boys bonding!

I am so grateful to God for his provision of friends who are in the same season of life I am in. It is such a blessing to be able to learn from them and laugh with them, as we try to figure out this whole mommy business. Thank you ladies for the love and care you have showed me and my boy. We are so grateful.

The significance of a line

It is amazing how something so little can change your life completely. I began this blog a little over a year ago, aware of how tired I was, how utterly dependant on the Lord I was in my weakness. The Night Watches, was begun as I found myself up in the middle of the night caring for our new baby. How God taught me to seek his face in those hours!

Recently I have experienced the night watches again, as Tyler was sick and up several times in the night, either sick or hungry! It was such a good reminder to my soul as I cried out to him for strength in those moments. He met me in such a significant way, giving me joy and strength in each moment. It made the title of our family blog be appropriate again!!!

And again, in a little while this blog title will be all to appropriate again... I am already experiencing a glimps of what it will be like!

For the past 3 weeks we have had something of a secret. I have been aching to tell the world, but wanted to wait until I had some better pictures to post for you to enjoy...Almost two years ago, I had a similar experience, and just like then, it seemed surreal somehow. Almost as if I had made it up, or willed the lines into existence.

So yes, in case you hadn't come to the conclusion that the two lines you see are a pregnancy test, then let me just tell you... I AM PREGNANT!!!

At first, I didn't think the test was positive, as one of the lines was kind of faint. So I took another test to be sure, a few days later.... and I would say that these lines are a little darker, and definitely there!!!!

We told out families right away, and now you all can share in the joy of pregnancy and soon to be baby #2! I promise to keep posting on how things are going. So far, by the grace of God, I had not felt sick at all. I have experienced the fatigue and frequent bathroom breaks, but other than that, it has been a breeze! I am praying for more of that!

Here is a picture of our first sonogram. It is hard to see anything in it actually! The baby had a good heart beat, but measured a little small, so I am going back in a week for another sonogram.

The goal is to have a fit pregnancy... with Tyler, I got big fast! So I am hoping that I can maintain a more slender appearance this time around... but we will see. So, for your viewing pleasure, here is me at 5 weeks pregnant... notice there is no belly!!! We will see how long that lasts!

We are so excited and cannot believe we are going to have another child. Tyler has brought so much joy to our lives, and we cannot wait to add to the abundance we have already experienced. My due date is December 3, 2007. Our babies will be almost two years apart! Amazing! We would love your prayers, and are so grateful for the opportunity to trust the Lord for yet another little one!

Enjoying Spring... when it is actually here!

This weekend has been pretty blah in the weather department. So I thought I would post some pictures of the days that felt a little more like spring!

Here is a little video of my boy on the swing. He really liked it this time. Last spring, I am not sure he enjoyed himself too much!

little hands

I have been taking a few pictures of little boy's hands lately. I just love how small and perfect and boyish they are. Pudgy fingers mean he is still my baby!!!

Don't you just love the little wrists and fingers???

15 Month Check-Up

We went to the Dr. on Monday afternoon for Tyler's first non-sick visit in a little while! He had his 15 month visit, man time does fly!

The Dr. said all things considered (the fact that he has been sick for two+ weeks) he is doing remarkably well. Tyler actually did not respond as joyfully to the poking and prodding as he has in times past. But overall he was a champ!

He has gotten taller! He is 32 inches and in the 75th %, but due to his sickness, he lost quite a bit of weight and came in at 21 lbs 9 oz and in the 12th %...The Dr. didn't seem too concerned about his drop in weight, and assured me in a few weeks time, he will be our little chunker again.

And as for his health, today is the first day all things have been working normally. He seems to be on the mend. So we will see how the rest of the week goes. We are praying that there are no relapses!

Thanks for your prayers!

Shock Maintenance

So, to eliminate the looks of curiosity and shock, I wanted to show you an update! I got my hair cut and colored yesterday for a sweet deal, and decided to take a risk on a new do...

The verdict is still not in.... But this is Tali with bangs....

Jordan said it reminds him of the 80's... hmmm .... can that be good??? (He said he liked them after the 80's comment though!)

They are still growing on me, and you can tell me that you don't like them.. I wont be offended at all!!! If I didn't take the chance on them , how would I ever know if they looked OK on me? I guess I could have just flipped back to my Jr. High yearbooks, and that would have been a good enough reminder!

More updates coming soon! The boy is finally better, and there is much to post! Stay tuned!

Poor Baby...

Well, it has been many weeks since I have posted... and now, I simply ask you to pray for our little guy... he has had that nasty stomach bug for the past 2 weeks. Throwing up pretty much every other day, several times a day at that, has marked the past two weeks!

I have taken him to the Dr. and we basically have to keep him away from other kids until it all passes. This is not a complaint, but the our lives have been completely changed this past 2 weeks!!! I think I have changed the sheets in his crib 6 or 7 times, scrubbed the carpets in various locations 10 or 11 times, changed 50+ nasty diapers, done many sticky stinky loads of laundry, changed my clothes an average of 3-4 times a day, and cancelled 5 or 6 outings with others, and held a very unhappy boy for many hours (that part I didn't mind too much!). Poor guy- two nights I didnt even know he had thrown up till I went in to check on him and found him sleeping in a mess of it!

By the grace of God- neither Jordan nor I have gotten this nasty thing! But, it has spread to my mom (who Tyler baptized from head to toe one night) and our housemate Beth (who also got to be thrown up on). I count it a true miracle that I have not gotten sick, knowing that I have been thrown-up on at least a dozen times!

Please pray for our little boy. We just want him to recovery completely quickly, so we can enter him back into the germ infested world of playing with other kids!!!!