Sunday, August 30, 2009

Less than 10 weeks to go!

Well, this pregnancy will soon be over! I am very much ready to meet our daughter for the first time and see what she looks like and what her personality is like. It will be so much fun to see how different she is from the rest of our children. My comfort level has greatly dimished this month. I am noticing that I have far less energy and alot more back and rib pain. I also have to go to the bathroom constantly and don't sleep well at night due to all of the above. I've been asked by my friends if I am having "hormonal moments". Its not been too bad really except that I seem to get stressed easier than usual due to my lack of energy and I did start crying recently when I realized I had been driving our van around with expired tags. All in all though things are going very well! I am enjoying our first official year of homeschooling and trying to make and freeze as much apple butter and applesauce as I can from our apple tree for the kids to enjoy over the winter. They love helping me gather the apples. The most fun part for Bubby is getting to throw all the bad ones down the hill. Daniel and I started the ministry training program at our church last week and we love it. I can tell it is really going to take us deeper in our relationships with God and eachother. We have classes 2 mornings a week from 7:30am to 9:30am. The kids love the fact that Amanda Woodrum babysits them and feeds them breakfast on those mornings. Thank God for home school students who are available to babysit at odd times! As far as other news goes. God has done some amazing things in our Family business and we are trusting Him to continue growing it for us. We took a Creative Real Estate Financing class in Richmond recently that we both really benefitted from. Isaac spent this past weekend with his grandparents in Bluefield and really enjoyed it. It was so strange only having 2 kids. We missed him alot! Especially James who begged me to go get him Friday morning and bring him home. He sure does love his big brother. We are heading down to the beach on Saturday and our whole family can hardley wait! We will be there for 7 nights. We go to Topsail Island N.C. because we like being able to stay away from all the people and can always find a place on the beach to be alone as a family. This will be our last vacation as a family of 5! A precious little 10 month old Mercy will be with us next year:-).

Monday, August 03, 2009

Less than 100 days!

My friend Leah-Joy reminded me that it is now less than a hundred days until my due date! 95 days to be exact! I don't know if I have mentioned this on the blog yet but my younger sister Lauren is due a few weeks before me with her 2nd child. We are both having little girls. Mercy and Taylor will be just 7-8 weeks apart. Here we are at the end of the birthday party Sunday looking a little tired and pale!
Daniel and I's sweet nephew Joseph (Lauren and Michaels 1st child)

Brother Josh and sister Paola enjoying watching all the kids play at the park.

Family walk. Joseph loved being pushed by cousin Isaac!

James' 4th Birthday

James is turning 4 on August 14th! We had our GA family up for the weekend this past weekend though so we celebrated yesterday with a party outside at our house. We invited all the family as well as James' friends. I think all the kids had a really big time!

James was extremely pleased with his sports cake made by my friend Kari Beth. She did a great job. James was so happy with it!

We had a water balloon war for the party game. It was definitely a hit! Caleb Hash even got the bright idea to put some water balloons on the trampoline, fun!
Little 2 year old Grace, soaking wet but very content:-) We had a kiddie pool here also which worked well for the younger ones. (A big thanks to Pops for driving all the way back to Bluefield from Wytheville to bring it!) James' Mommy, Daddy, and GA family were up until midnight filling up all the water balloons out in the front yard. We completely filled the turtle pool and 4 buckets full of them!