Welcome

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.

Life since the move...

This update is kind of backwards, moving from latest to oldest... sorry BUT: Here is the latest from life in the basement:

Well, I guess since this IS baby #3, I shouldn't be too surprised to see a little bump sooner than later. Although, I KNOW that it isn't baby we are seeing, but more a relocation of my chubby tummy. My little 1-inch long baby is pushing what was once nicely flat to the subtly pooched out position. So when someone told me I was "showing" I am happy to say, that yes, I guess I am! It doesn't help matters, that I have such a short torso, that there really is no where for any changes to go, but out!!! Still pretty sick in the evenings, but hoping that all clears up in a few weeks.

My boys seem to becoming more and more playmates, than just in each other's way. I think sharing a room has been good for them, and I look forward to seeing the fruit of it a year from now.
mmmm, sweeet boy...

looking at his momma.... love him.

The day after we moved in was Easter Sunday, and we had a relaxing afternoon at our new home. The kids did an Easter Egg Hunt too, which is ALWAYS a big hit. This year Tyler really got excited when he found eggs.

So, the boys are adjusting to our new home. They love playing in the backyard, and especially anything that has water on it. I have found them both silently splashing together many a time.

My sweet little chubber.

The weekend of the move, my parents graciously took Tyler and Jack for two nights, so we could get things done. What a huge blessing that turned out to be. Once we were all settled in (as much as can be done the day of the move) they brought the boys over. Tyler could not be more excited! He was so happy about sleeping in a bunk bed and his new room.

The day of the move was a nasty cold rainy day. We are so grateful for the friends that came, even the ones that got there late and just sat around...

It was so strange seeing my home all emptied like this. It went from cozy, to covered in boxes, to empty. Weird.

It was a little overwhelming to get everything put away and set up, but the basement has been so much more a home than I thought it was going to be. It is actually more cozy that I could have imagined, and we are adjusting quiet well. Even the boys are sleeping well in the same room. God is kind, and I am so grateful for the grace for each day and our new "home."

More to come!

Baby Update!

I had my first appointment this past Monday, and it could not have gone better. I love to hear the baby's heart beat each visit, but there is something amazing about that first time! So far, my little one is looking good. This baby had a very strong heartbeat at 163 BPM. It is amazing to see how tiny they are at first. Here are the sono's I got to take home.

This pregnancy has been a bit different than the other two. I have been real nauseous for the past few weeks, much more than with the boys. And it started much earlier (like 5 weeks) where as with the boys, I did not feel sick at all until the end of week 7! And this sickness has been much stronger than with the boys. It has me in a rough place from around 3 pm- bedtime. Generally, during the day, I am just real tired. But all of these symptoms are happy symptoms, and I am grateful that the little one in my womb is growing! Praise God for new life!

We told Tyler about the baby, and he is so curious and wants to see the sonogram all of the time. He talks about our baby a lot, which is just so sweet to me. He keeps kissing my tummy and telling me he has a baby too.

And I am hoping for another fit pregnancy like with Jack and not like with Ty. So far, I am in the same weight I was with Jack and I think if the nausea keeps up, I will likely stay in this place! We will see! Every pregnancy is different, so I am just hoping to avoid all the junk food that sounds good most of the time!

So that's it for baby news for now. I will post a "move" update soon!

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Last night, while Tyler was supposed to be in bed sleeping at Mimi's house, he found a pair of scissors and took it upon himself to give himself a little trim. When I asked him why he did it, he said, "The hair was in my eyes..." Little stinker! I am not sure what the follow up hair cut is going to look like.... I might just take him to a barber shop this time!

Our new favorite number is...

I'll give you a hint.....


Did you guess??? It is THREE! And the reason we now love that number..... drum roll please.... is that, Lord willing, we are going to have 3 kids in about 8 months!

I don't know about you, but I am still in shock! Still crazy surprised, and don't really know what to say! I am getting more and more excited each day that passes, and grateful every time I feel queasy and exhausted (which both seem to be happening more often than not!). God has a way of doing things that we cannot prepare for or would not have planed, and yet I know this new life is surely from his hand, and could not be more grateful! I can hardly believe we have been blessed with another little one to care for, to love on and to adore. God is kind in his blessings.

So, Lord willing, this new addition to our lives, will be making an appearance some time in November! I think I am 7 weeks along tomorrow... but my first Dr.'s appointment is not for two more weeks. This baby and Jack will be exactly 2 years apart! Wow! I still cannot believe it! Here is the proof I keep looking at over and over and over again!


New Favorite Recipe

My friend, Jessica Gallo, made this delicious recipe for myself and some friends a few weeks ago and I was craving it immediately after we ate at her house! Once I got my hands on the recipe, we have had it 2 times and have loved every bite! It is so easy to make and the results have been consistently good! The recipe was enough to have for ourselves as well as for our next door neighbors during the week of the funeral two weeks ago. I love it so much, I wanted to share!


Dijon Chicken

8 chicken breasts

Marinade:
1/4 c butter (1 stick)
1-2 cloves garlic (crushed)
5 teas Dijon mustard

Saute garlic in butter. Let cool a bit. Blend in mustard (best if cold). Whip vigorously until mixture thickens (this takes a few minutes for the two to incorporate together. I suggest pouring the mixture into a cup or small bowl while mixing).

Cover both sides of patted dry chicken breasts with marinade and bread with following breading.

Breading:
2 T fresh parsley
5 T Parmesan cheese, shredded
11/2 cups Panko (must use Japanese bread crumbs)
Seasoning salt

Lay in baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Let marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours. (Also can be prepared and then frozen until ready to cook. Just thaw and bake).

Bake at 425 for 15-20 minutes.

"Dijionaise Sauce": 1 part mustard to 2 parts mayo

Life these days

Has been full of packing!!! Hard to believe we are moving in a week and a half. There is still so much to do! I have not had much time to do anything recently, other than clean and pack! And if you saw the inside of my house right now, you would certainly think that I have not done one minute of cleaning! We are having a yard sale this Saturday morning, so if you know where we live, come on over from 8-12 and help us get rid of some stuff!!!

Last week our next door neighbor died suddenly of a heart attack, and it left our neighborhood in a state of shock. He was only 45 years old, and was the glue of our community. I had the honor to serve our neighbors be designing the program for the funeral as well as take photos of the funeral. You can see them here. It was a hard week. We also had the honor to host the reception at our house for the many friends and family who came to mourn the loss. This past week, gave me such a deep love and heart for our community and the coming move, has only become sadder to me. I know the Lord has a plan, yet I cannot help but wonder why now.

I look forward to seeing the Lord's plan unfold, as I cannot even begin to understand it! Isn't God's word so true when it says in Isaiah 55:8,9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts."

When I think of the early death of our neighbor, and when I think I know what the best situation for us will be, I keep coming back to this verse. His thoughts are not mine, and that is a good thing. Although I do not completely understand it, I am so glad God is not like me! That would actually be quite scary!

In the middle of all the craziness of packing and life, I managed a weekend trip to North Carolina to see my sister and have some down time. It was so refreshing and fun to be with her. How I miss her so! While I was there, the new camera that the Lord provided arrived (I had it shipped there)! I have been having so much fun with it! The pictures below were my official first shoot with it! There is much I will need to learn about this camera, as it it VERY different than my other one. So hopefully, the pictures will only get better from here!

Hopefully, I will get some more long overdue pictures and updates up soon!