I have been slacking big time with milestone update for our kiddos. Big. Time. Honestly, if it wasn’t for Drew our blog would be pretty non-existent. I’m glad it isn’t. I’m thankful Drew keeps it somewhat up to date. I always have high hopes of keeping up with it…maybe this year. 🙂
Anyways, to be fair to our newest addition, I thought I should probably try to post a few times during this pregnancy. So I can remember some day down the road what my belly looked like and how much weight I gained and what foods I craved and how sick I felt. You know, all that fun stuff! 🙂
All joking aside, I’m thankful. Yes, overwhelmed, but mostly thankful. Thankful for a precious new life growing inside of me. Thankful that God picked me to be a mommy to another little one. Thankful for our growing family (as crazy as it may be). Did we plan this pregnancy? No. But was it a planned pregnancy? Absolutely. 100% planned by God before the foundations of the earth. That is what I rest in when I start getting anxious about mothering 4 kids 4 and under. God doesn’t make mistakes. He doesn’t give us more than we can handle. Will it be hard? I’m thinking so. But I am confident that God will supply me with the grace and strength I need.
14 weeks. Getting ready to start week 15! It was a rough start, but I’m finally feeling better and not quite as tired (although Drew would probably laugh at that statement). No cravings really. The first couple of months all I wanted was protein, specifically eggs. Weird, I know. I seem to be back to a pretty normal diet now, though. I had an appointment last week and they had trouble finding the heartbeat because little H was moving around SO much! (We did finally hear a strong, healthy heartbeat!) Can’t wait to start feeling those movements soon!
This past Saturday we got some family together and celebrated Langston’s first birthday (a few days early). How on earth we’re having a birthday party for this boy already, we have no idea. This past year has flown by, and he’s growing up faster than we can keep up with him. But it’s been a blast to have this guy in our family, and especially given the precarious way his life began, we’re incredibly grateful to have a happy, healthy one-year-old in the home!
Here are a few quick snaps from the party:
Even though he’s not officially one year old until Thursday, we wish this little dude a hearty “Happy Birthday!” We’re looking forward to what year two has in store!
In case you wanted a glimpse into our what our holiday season looked like…
So there you have it. That’s representative of about 5% of the fun we have, because when we’re having fun, we’re usually not worried about taking pictures. But we’re happy that despite all the kids being sick at one point or another during the holidays, we were able to enjoy the time with family and make some memories together.
If you were hoping for a Christmas card from us this year in the mail, we’re sorry to say that you probably shouldn’t hold your breath. But since we don’t want to completely ruin your holidays, we thought we’d at least pass along an electronic (and much less expensive!) Christmas card for you to enjoy. So from our family to yours:
Oh, and to answer the three questions that you’re probably asking right now:
- Yes, it’s true.
- 13 weeks.
- July 11.
Don’t judge us, but we went ahead and decorated for Christmas this past weekend. With little folks in the house, decorating is a rather significant ordeal. So we decided we’d at least like to have the tree up long enough to make it worth the trouble. (As it turns out, only one ornament got shattered in the decorating process, and–much to Brenna’s delight–it was my fault, not hers or Felicia’s.)
So yes, we’re pagans because we decorated before Thanksgiving. But then again, I’d love for someone to explain to me why exactly genuine Christian gratitude is mutually incompatible with the celebration of the incarnate and eternal Son of God who was sent from heaven for us and for our salvation…
Not everybody has family members living in the Caribbean. But for those of us who do, we bear the dreadfully unique and sacred responsibility of fulfilling our familial obligations by making it a point to visit our sun-soaked relatives, especially if we live in Indiana and visit during the autumn, when the weather is beginning to get cold in our homeland. Duty demands it.
And so, in accord with our sacred duty, our clan of 5 recently boarded a plane and headed for Montego Bay to spend a little over a week with Elizabeth’s parents, who are presently residing in Jamaica, a place where they’ve been working and ministering for a number of years now. It had been over 7 years since Elizabeth and I last visited the island (we were newly engaged back then!), and so we decided earlier this year that it was high time to make a trip back down. Not only would it be fun to take the kids some place warm and tropical, but it would be a great chance to let them spend time with their Nana and Papa, as well!
Taking 3 small children anywhere is an adventure; taking them out of the country is downright crazy. But all in all, things went incredibly smoothly, and we ended up making it there and back without losing a child (or our sanity!). In between the travelling, the vacation was great! We spent most mornings either at the pool or at the beach, and we spent most afternoons relaxing and hanging out at the house with Elizabeth’s parents and two youngest brothers (Nate and Matt). We also ate a lot of really good food, celebrated Brenna’s 4th birthday, survived a jellyfish attack, had an adventure on the open seas, engaged in some spirited FIFA contests on the PS3 (I won one game out of about 30), and managed to come away with some half-way decent tan lines. To sum up the trip, here are some of our favorite pictures (a few of which are courtesy of Papa, who got a lot of good photos, as well):
It goes without saying, but we truly had a great time. It was a blessing to have 10 refreshing days of family time, and we owe a HUGE thanks to Nana and Papa (a.k.a. Mom and Dad, a.k.a. Gary and Marty) for hosting us and to Uncle Nate and Uncle Matt for giving up their bedrooms and letting us invade their worlds. It was a vacation we won’t soon forget!
Having finally posted some pictures from the summer, we can now post a few pictures that are more recent. As is customary with the “Miscellanies” features, you’ll find that most of these are random and unrelated:
Well, well, well. It looks like a few weeks slipped past us without any blog update. (And by “a few weeks”, we of course mean “four months.”) At any rate, we’re going to try to do some catching up with an assortment of pictures from the summer that will give you a glimpse into how enviably exciting our lives are. Or not. In either case, here’s way more pictures than you ever cared to see:So, that’s that. Summer 2014 is in the books. And the blog is (sort of) up to date.
Can it really be? Langston turned 5 months old on Sunday. Sniff. Sniff. I sounds like a broken record, but he is seriously such an easy baby. If he is fussy, more times than not, you know he needs one of three things. His bed, food, or his diaper changed. Once in awhile he will cry because he just wants to be held (and yes, usually I oblige), but honestly 95% of the time he is a very happy, laid back baby.
I haven’t introduced any solid foods to him yet, but in the next couple of weeks I probably will give it a go. I can tell he is interested, but I just have not been in a hurry. Is that bad? Don’t worry. He isn’t starving.
Langston is still pretty content being immobile. Although, he is oh so close to rolling over! I am just sure it will happen this next month. The biggest milestone in month five was teeth! Langston now has TWO of them! It seemed to happen fast. Last week I go to put my finger in his mouth and to my shock I felt something sharp. Two days later his second one was through! Crazy.
I think Langston’s favorite thing to do is to smile, and with his big, blue eyes he can put on quite the show. 🙂 Brenna loves to try to make him smile or laugh at her and she is SO proud off herself when she is successful. Felicia LOVES to give her little brother hugs and kisses and is constantly asking to do so. It makes my heart so happy knowing those three love each other!
Drew was able to capture this ADORABLE video of Langston laughing at his daddy. Does this not just melt your heart?
We love you Langston Thomas! Happy 5 months!