Friday, February 27, 2015

Welcoming Asher

Asher is here. We are in love! He entered the world at 1:11pm weighing 9lbs, 8 oz. 

For all of you who have been praying hard for his entry, he did indeed flip and I was able to deliver without a c-section. I actually started having contractions on our way to the hospital for the induction! It was a pretty spectacular day, by far the easiest birth of all the boys. Every prayer felt! 

It's late now, and we are all pretty tired. I'll give you the full, grace-filled story soon. But for now, here are a few quick pics from the day. 

Asher means "blessed, happy" and so we are!!! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Eden Elizabeth

My newest niece, Eden Elizabeth, made her way into the world this afternoon.  She is precious.  And check out how gorgeous my sister looks after a delivery!?

I wore pink today in her honor.

During my visit this afternoon, I let those floor nurses know that I'd be joining them tomorrow morning for another round of sisters-give-birth week.  They said they'd try to save the room next door for Asher and me! 

I'll check in early and find out if the little man has flipped around in there and then it's off to labor….one way or another.  

God gives good gifts. 

Looking forward to meeting another of His richest gifts in my life tomorrow.  

Sister Shower

Some very sweet girls in our Bible Study gave a Suprise Sister Shower yesterday. It was so thoughtful! 

They even had a little Cheescake Factory on the table! 

Today, Lindsey is in the hospital awaiting (or rather working for) Eden's arrival! I can't wait to meet that little lady! 

Hopefully, tomorrow Asher and I will join them! 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

flip, baby

I had another ultrasound yesterday.  Asher moved.  He's sideways.

So unless this little guy flips back soon, I'll be having my first c-section on Friday.

Needless to write, I've been turning to that faithful old chapter on worry quite a bit more frequently this week.

The One who cares even for the lilies, He cares much more for us.  

Monday, February 23, 2015

Jane Eyre & Lady Gaga

We skipped the Oscars last night. When hubs, being the man that he is, assured me that he would love to watch Jane Eyre with me, it made my night.  It's long been among my favorite books, which doesn't usually make me run out to see the modern movie. But I was quite pleasantly surprised.   Though a two hour movie certainly lacks the depth to develop a character like 400 pages of Bronte, I found it very compelling.  

And now, I plan to pack the original paper version for my hospital reading this week. What could be a better fit for the arrival of my third boy? 

After the movie, I did watch a clip from the Oscars, only to find Lady Gaga, of all people, paying tribute to Julie Andrews.  A little odd. But, I admit it was beautiful.  It was really lovely and classy. 

Do you know what I just couldn't get past though? 

The tattoos. A ship and a trumpet??? I was so distracted every time she raised her well-sculpted little arm.  I found myself thinking more about tattoos than the wonder of her voice.  I wish her designer has just put sleeves on that classically pretty dress and saved my mind the distraction.  

It did help me pinpoint just how I feel about tattoos in general.  

I find them to be terribly distracting to the aesthetic simplicity and beauty of plain skin.  

I know, they are so, so popular these days. One day, my daughter-in-laws will probably have tattoos all over their arms.  Don't call me a grandma but I like plain skin.  I think skin is beautiful. To me, it's kind of like finding a child's practice at drawing on a great work of art. It seems like a sort of obvious mishap that distracts from the epic and unbending beauty of a truly fine piece.  

There you have it, friends.  My very important analysis of the 2011 Jane Eyre movie and Lady Gaga's tattooed arms.  

Happy Monday! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Week Away

I met with the doctor yesterday. After a peek at that super-huge baby on the ultrasound, they scheduled an induction for next Friday morning! (In case you're curious, they think he's over 9lbs, 12oz now.  All speculative of course, but based on my history…probably fairly close to the truth.) If all goes as planned, I should be holding sweet Asher one way or another by this time next week.

You wanna hear the really crazy great news? My sister is scheduled for an induction the day before!  At the same hospital. Yep. Unless someone goes into labor before then, those cousins will be a day apart and nursery mates from the very start.  It just couldn't get any more exciting around here!  (Well, I guess it could.)

I admit to following the appointment up with a very exciting baby supply run at Target:) Those people know how to market.  I didn't exactly stick to the list.

Here's to just one more week of waiting! 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Tuesday Tidbits

We are loving ice-land around here. Though I admit we were glad to see the driveway melt this afternoon and finally make an escape from the house to the grocery.  Here are a few tidbits from our life lately.

1. These brothers have been ice skating, ice sledding and just generally enjoying the change of weather.  It's been so fun to see them enjoying themselves.  I admit that we'll be glad when things start to warm up again, but it's been the winter wonder they've been hoping for since we landed in America.

2. For the most part, David has been on duty outside.  I don't particularly want an ER visit over a big preggo fall on ice.  This morning I took them out for a bit though and sat in the driveway while they made their own fun.  Jude took up the task of sled bearing. 


3. In the wake of the ice fall, I failed to mention what a truly fantastic Valentine's we had around here.  There were plenty of balloons and all sorts of chocolates and candy that are hard to come by over on the far side.  Every year, David cooks for me on Valentine's Day.  This year was no different. Tuna cakes, baked potatoes and salad.  It was delicious! I love my little men. 

4. We celebrated at lunch because in the evening we had tickets to the Monster Truck Jam.  Oh. yes. we. did.  I admit that it was actually a really fun way to spend a night with all the boys in my life! Maybe it won't become an annual tradition or anything…but we did indeed have a good time.  

5. Last, but not least, let me tell you about my latest food love.  Aldi sells cheesecake for $1 per slice in the freezer section.  Now, it's not the Cheesecake Factory or anything, but it's pretty good. Throw some raspberries or strawberries on top and I think it's a fantastic dollar spent! I admit that I eat at least 2 pieces per week.  It's delightful.  Aldi.  They just never do me wrong!

Here's to hoping for a warmer Wednesday!!!

Saturday, February 14, 2015