Monday, December 21, 2009

Update from Mom and Dad's!

Last week was a rough one! I have a insane list of things that have broken. To name a few...

Our wireless internet
Our Mac
My phone
Our new dishwasher.

The list can continue, but these are the top few! While we are on the subject, these couple of things have been the reason I have been MIA from our blog and email account. Of which - I have over 1200 to go through. Since I'm at my Dad and Tara's - I thought this would be a good time to give a little update since I don't know the next time I'll be able to log on!

UGGGGH!

It couldn't have happened at a worse time. But, we are coping!

On a happier note - I couldn't be more excited for this week. Wednesday will be the big day I will be buying my new camera I have patiently waited for over a year! Paul has five whole days off as of Wednesday morning, and Christmas Eve and day are Thursday and Friday. Whooo Hooo =) I actually finished my shopping and wrapping a whole two weeks before Christmas this year - thankfully, since now I have the next few days to make some phone calls so I can get these headaches resolved ( hopefully!)

So, besides the things that have gone wrong, we sure do have a lot to be thankful for!

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God Bless!

Monday, December 07, 2009

Sweet Sleep in Gulu


Six years ago Jen Gash, started an organization called Sweet Sleep after seeing the conditions of children’s beds in an Eastern European orphanage. Today, Sweet Sleep provides beds and bedding for orphaned and abandoned children around the world (www.sweetsleep.org). They don’t just give the beds to orphans, they communicate God’s intentional creation of each child and His unconditional, unending love. They celebrate the children by throwing the biggest birthday party in the country. The children are even given Bibles in their own language and prayed with over their new beds. Finally, the children are told that when they lay down at night and pull the cozy new covers up around them, it is God---giving them a hug.

Gulu, Uganda has been in a brutal and senseless war for the last 22 years. A rebel army known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) has been terrorizing the North, attacking villages during the night. During an attack, LRA soldiers kill anyone they want and force the children of these villages to kill their parents or be killed themselves. The children who are left alive are then kidnapped into the LRA army and forced to become child soldiers. These children have lived through tremendous atrocities.

This Christmas-- Sweet Sleep hopes to give beds and Bibles to 450 children. If the children can lie in their new beds and know they are loved and protected and, if they can claim a verse they’ve learned which reminds them of this knowledge, they can begin to have little victories over the fear that grips them. That’s when peace and hope and love can slowly come to their little hearts.

But, Sweet Sleep needs our help.

218 more children still need beds ($88 each). Together, you and I can work to change and save lives. Here’s what is still needed, you can determine which opportunity suits you best:
• 218 mosquito nets. Malaria kills more people in Uganda than HIV/AIDS. Treated nets are $8 each.
• Mattresses for 218 children so they will be able to sleep up off of the ground for the first time in their lives. Mattresses are $50.
• Can you imagine not having a blanket to warm you during these chilly nights or sheets to sleep in? 218 more children still need to be able to be warm and snuggly. They can for just $30.
• Bibles are $10 each. There are 450 households for a total of $4,500.

You can make a gift right now by going to www.sweetsleep.org/donate or you can send your contributions to Sweet Sleep, PO Box 40486, Nashville, TN 37204 with “Gulu” in the special comments box online or in the memo line of your check.

All gifts are 100% tax-deductible. If you still need a great idea for a Christmas gift, you can even make this a donation in honor or memory of someone and they’ll receive a card from Sweet Sleep telling about their special gift. You can read more about this at www.sweetsleep.org/givethegift.

Thanks friends…..for changing and saving lives.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Surprise?

As we welcomed our eighth week of this pregnancy, and all of the hormonal emotions!!!!! - I am thinking that we aren't going to find out the sex of our baby!

This decision could change - but I think it was confirmed this evening.

I decided to pop in on my very best friend and the godmother of Cole - Brianne! The first couple of hours were spent chatting away about the latest gossip, work, family drama, and just life in general. The normal conversation between girlfriends.

Her Mom joined in on the convo - and somewhere along the line I said we are thinking of not finding out what the sex is of the baby is.

Brianne and Jimmy had our godson Jackson in October of 2007. They didn't find out that Jackson was Jackson until he entered this world!!!!

Marney, Brianne's mom put it perfectly. She said...

"There are very few GREAT surprises in life - these kind are the best. "

Well, those words have been etched on my heart.

Like I said - this decision could very well change - but, wouldn't this be a wonderful surprise?

By the way - Morning sickness has really kicked in. I am officially dry heaving and keeping gum and jolly ranchers in my reach at all times.

My house is the messiest it has been since I was pregnant with Cole. The television is on for most of the day, and my latest craving has been fruit. Watermelon, honeydue, grapes, strawberries, blackberries - all have been a must! I did have a weird craving of spaghetti and turkey sandwiches ( together ) for a couple of days, but it soon subsided and now the thought of either makes me gag.

Paul has been working a lot - and I cherish the days he is home. Not just for the extra set of hands, but because I truly miss him!!! I never thought I would say that I miss motors - BUT I MISS MOTORS! These last few weeks have been really hard. Cole screams everytime he leaves, and all through the day and into the night asks for his Daddy. There have been a couple of moments I've caught myself getting choked up as I answered " he is at work baby - he's at work."

His time off seems it goes just as fast as it comes. I am beyond thankful for his commitment to his job and the commitment he has given his family by providing a certain lifestyle we love living - but sometimes its a little overwhelming, and has even become breath taking.

I have been spending more and more time with our family to draw out the loneliness of being without my partner. Thank God for these wonderful people, because I really think if we lived elsewhere, I would go crazy!
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By the end of your 2nd month of pregnancy, your baby will measure just under 1 inch, and he will weigh in at half an ounce. Yet his central nervous system and major organs will be nearly complete. His heart has four chambers, and by now his heart rate is probably a good, strong 160 beats per minute. That's a rate that you'd achieve only after a sweaty workout!

Your baby's head is more upright now, but it's still nearly the same size as his body. And his skin, although formed, is still nearly transparent. Although the genitals may start to show, it's still impossible to tell whether your child is a boy or a girl by looking at an ultrasound picture.

The baby's eye structures are complete, he has tiny earlobes, and his wrist, elbow, and knee joints are visible. All in all your baby finally looks like what he is: a miniature human being. In medical terms he has graduated from an embryo to a fetus, and soon he will begin to stir.