Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Week 39

Don't think I've forgotten! Yes I know...6 weeks is far to long not to blog! I'll do better!

We are in our final descent into parenthood. These last few weeks have been spent getting everything ready for this child to come. I can now say that there is nothing left to clean or put together in our house! I think Phil thinks I'm overly prepared, but I want the house to be ready to come home and live in that first day home from the hospital.

This week has about pushed me over the top. The sleepless nights, back aches, contractions, and overall just feeling exhausted are finally catching up with me. Now we play the waiting game and more over, learning a lot more about patience. 

I do have a few pictures from the last shower we had. It was put on by my dear friends and family. I'll post some of the pictures below! It was absolutely wonderful~

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Week 33

The baby is now 4 1/2 lbs and feels like it is growing more everyday! He is running out of room in here! I continue to pray for strength and a tender heart. As time draws nearer, I feel that I am beginning to question things more and more. "Can I really do this?" "I have to be responsible now." "Someone else's life is going to be put into my hands." "Self sacrifice..." 

It is all part of it, I get it, but I also know that God is constantly renewing my mind each morning and preparing my heart for motherhood. I've been spending many days at home as of late and all I can do is think about not being here by myself anymore. There will be another little person here who will demand my attention and require much love which I am ready to give!

The baby room is just about ready. Mike Schaeffer, Phil, and my dad spent last Monday painting it green. (Phil says I'm on a green kick now and any time I go to buy anything, I turn to the green one first. I tend to disagree... : ) ) We are getting close! Next week my friend Amanda will be coming in for our final shower. She will also be helping me with some of the decorating in the baby room as well. She is a professional ya know! : )

Within the past two weeks, I have had two amazing showers to help get ready for this little one. The first pictures are from a shower near Phil's hometown with his family and friends. Jenny Haydn, my sister-in-law, organized it all for me and it was a blast!

Instead of cards, she had everyone bring a children's book to start my children's library. You can only imagine how excited I am about this!! Seeing as I may have a slight obsession with children's books already, this definitely hit the nail on the head! So many new great stories! Including a recordable book in which Phil and I record and then can be played back anytime the child wants to read the book on his own. Pretty cool!

For the favors, Jenny set up a Candy Bar in which everyone could come and take some green goodies home with them! 

 Baby Croc's

On January 15th, The November Girls also had a shower for me. Yes, you may be asking yourself how this all works and yes, I do have six other mothers. These ladies are all near and dear to my heart. From a small age, these women have modeled to me what it looks like to be a good wife, a good sister, compassion, support, encouragement, and most of all, how to be a woman of faith.

Monday, January 10, 2011

30 Weeks::New House

As of Saturday, January 1st, 2011, we officially moved into our new house in Dalton. It has been a long time coming. It has been a week and almost everything is unpacked from their boxes. It feels so wonderful to have our own place again! We have enjoyed having people into our home and we look forward to the days ahead! There are so many new memories to make.

It is also a little scary having a mortgage! Yikes! But yes...we are glad to finally be investing in something instead of rent. Here are some pictures from the move. And of course the lunch that had to follow. We started at 10:30am at my grandparents house and we had everything in the new house by 12:30pm. That's right...2 hours! So quick!

Mom and I moved all of the kitchen supplies over on Friday and got it all set up before the big move on Saturday.

Yes, please note the chairs... we did use these Friday night!

 We've only painted one room so far: the master bedroom. Dad and Phil painted on Friday.

Dad doing is master paint job! He's so good!


Moving day begins...

 Miss Liza, what a helper!! 

The chaos is slowly disappearing in the grandparents basement.

Aunt Toni loading up the horse trailer with all our furniture. We couldn't have done it without her!

Dad directing traffic...

John working sooo hard. : )

Mom in her raincoat...of course!

What a goofball! 

Uncle Pete and Momo

Miss Chloe was a big helper too!

Though these aren't the finished product, it is the beginning of many wonderful projects! I will have to take more pictures of everything moved in to the house. We are so blessed by all the friends that came around us to help us get in our house.
Our Helpers:
Mom, Dad, Momo Hostetler & Uncle Pete
Mom & Dad Haydn
Shaun, Wendy, & Chloe Simmons
John & Liza Grandy
Deb, Dan, Chris, Luke, & Rachel Himes
Toni & Dani Forrer