Saturday, October 18, 2008

there is a PUMPKIN in MY oven!

This is a VERY early ultra sound so please dont try to tell me that my baby looks like an alien, dinasour, or some other odd shapped object... look at how cute his/her big brother is... the baby is only the size of a grain of rice in this u/s (6 weeks)

well as we say it around here... im baking a little Pumpkin in my oven. we have chosen to not share this with everyone until i reached a little milestone of 7+ weeks... we are by no means out of the "danger" zone, but when i make it to 8 weeks (wed) is when ill feel out of the woods as that will be past the mark of my previous 3 miscarriages. the reason we are telling you now is partially because i am already showing, but most importantly because we covet your prayers for our tiny baby. i have been on progesterone for a month, to help make this baby "stick" as they call it because a low progesterone level is linked to miscarriages and nursing eli makes my progesterone count a bit lower. so for precaution my dr suggested that i go on it as soon as i got a positive pregnancy test. we have known "officially" since 9-22 (talk about an early birthday present for chris and finding out we were pregnant with eli was my early birthday present) but unofficially i have known since sept 17th. i guess 5 pregnancies in 2 years... im a pretty good judge of my body.

some of you may not know my "history", but i miscarried 12/06, 2/08, 5/08. we have already decided that if this little Pumpkin is not able to be held in our arms, that we will start pursuing the adoption option. if this is news to you... then you dont know me very well because adopting children from around the world has been on my heart since i was a little girl. no matter what, we plan on adopting at some point in time anyways. we are just waiting for His timing... as you know its not the cheapest option.

please keep us ALL in your prayers! we go back to the dr on 11/11 but as of thursday there was a STRONG heartbeat!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

National Day of Rememberance

Today is National Day of Remembrance for pregnancy and infant loss. This includes all babies who have died because of miscarriage, stillbirth, SIDS, or any other infant death. This hits home to my heart as I have had 3 miscarriages in the last two years. Angie is doing an awesome thing by having all mamas who have lost babies to remember them in her comments and for those who have not lost babies to pray for the other mamas... there are over 880 comments and unfortunately still growing by the minute. if anything its comforting to know that we are not alone. I encourage you to go to her blog
Bring on the Rain: or click on the little picture on the side of my blog.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Lost In Translation

yesterday Pastor Don shared an amazing example proving that the Bible is reliable. its not like i question the Bible's authenticity, but hearing the historical and archaeological facts resonated in my heart.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (the message)
Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.

so here is the illustration he presented.

Plato: classical greek philosopher
was alive 427-347 BC
first copy of written work is from 1200 years after he "said" it
only 7 copies have been recovered

Aristotle: greek philosopher
was alive 384-322 BC
first copy of written work is from 1400 years after he "said" it
only 49 copies have been recovered

Homer: ancient greek epic poet who wrote the illiad
around 900 BC
first copy of written work is from 500 years after he "said" it
only 643 copies have been recovered

New Testament: the inspired word of God
written 40-100 AD
first copy of written work is from 25 years after Jesus walked on earth
19,000 partial copies and 4,000 full copies have been recovered

so what pastor don did to show this analogy...

he used pieces of printer paper...

imagine 699 pieces of paper in one stack and 24,000 pieces in the next stack (for those of you who dont know a ream of paper comes in 500 sheets per package) lets just say that the stack was way taller than any guy on stage! imagine schools make us read the greek philosophers & poets and believe everything in them as "true" yet try to tell us that the Bible is not reliable!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Birthday Boy

i started the family tradition of getting to lick the beater... yes i know it has raw egg in it... but i didnt give him much... we all grew up licking the beater!

when eli woke up we gave him his first tonka truck... partially to keep him distracted as we were cleaning up the house and getting ready for the party.

john deere birthday party... there were 45 people at our house... we are so thankful that it did not rain!

michelle iced the cake for me... i would not have had the patience to do it!

thats our little daddy's boy... he did not want to get dirty (well maybe he gets it from both of us... i wouldnt go in the snow when i was little cause i didnt want to get my white snow boots dirty)

sunny encouraged and bribed eli to get dirty!

looks like she did a good job!

maybe too good of a job, because he ended up throwing cake at her!

all of the little kids helped open the presents...

eli caught on pretty fast and did a great job opening some of them himself

you cant have a birthday without a kiss... i guess they wont make it to sweet 16 and never been kissed!

Monday, October 06, 2008

Comfort Zone

Yesterday at church Pastor Don preached about getting out of our comfort zone... a topic i love hearing about and being reminded of. here are some of the important things i got out of the message... how many blessings have i missed out on because i questioned God or His timing? i dont even know if i would like to know the actual number... im sure it would rock my world! he challenged us to drop the "God, but what if..." or "God, just as soon as..." because "MINISTRY IS NOT CONVENIENT" (Bill Jones, President of CIU).

What about now?
What about today?
What if you're making me
all that I was meant to be?

Posperity Gospel, John Piper