BIG NEWS!!! (No, not that…)

BIG NEWS!!! (No, not that…)

First, let me stop you right there. No, I have NOT given birth. Adelade has NOT arrived yet (just over 5 weeks left!)   But I still have big news! You may be wondering why I dropped off the face of the [blogging] planet for several months without explanation. Well, on top of being pregnant and continuing the normal busyness of life, work, and church, I have been down in the depths of…. writing a book!   Now before you get too excited, let me explain. For the past year and a half I have been working with my boss, Dan Nielsen, on a major book project. This is really Dan’s book, not mine, but together we’ve made his dream become a reality. I’m so excited to announce that the book is done!   Nearly two years of research, writing,...

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July 9, 2013: Dear Adelade

July 9, 2013: Dear Adelade

Hey there my sweet little Lady.   I was so excited Sunday night to get to see and not just feel you move for the first time! Too bad your Daddy missed it. But not to worry, with another four months of you being stuck in there, no doubt your activities will be increasingly noticeable.   So, I was telling you about our journey together so far.   Like I explained last week, we first found out back in early March that you were coming, and excited doesn’t even begin to describe how we felt. Ecstatic, overjoyed, thrilled, delighted, over-the-moon… any of those descriptions would be a bit more accurate. And the excitement and eager anticipation still hasn’t worn off – in fact, it’s getting more intense the closer we get to your arrival!   We...

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June 29, 2013: Dear Adelade…

June 29, 2013: Dear Adelade…

Wow.

I have so many things to tell you, I don’t know where to start. I still can hardly believe that I get to meet you and hold you in just a few months! You are already so precious to me, and every poke and prod and fluttery kick brings a smile to my face.

That smile may change to a grimace once you’ve gained a few pounds and aim those kicks at my already-harassed bladder, but for now, your tiny flailing still makes me grin.

Twenty-one weeks have already passed and we have about nineteen left to go before we get to hold you in our arms and look into your sweet face. In the meantime, let me tell you a little bit about our journey together so far…

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And Then There Were Three

And Then There Were Three

  Excitement doesn’t even begin to cover the emotions threatening to burst out of Geoff and me.   There just aren’t words to describe the fullness of joy and eager anticipation and lying awake at night smiling at the ceiling.   We’re going to be parents…   There also aren’t words to quite describe the nervous jitters and worries and fears and what if’s all packed into that statement. “We’re going to be parents.” Wow.   But mostly, there’s a feeling of overwhelming love.   It’s amazing the strength of love already binding us to that little lime-sized baby hiding in my belly. We haven’t even met the little tike yet, but already love him or her with everything in us.   I can’t even wrap my mind around what it...

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The Yin to My Yang

The Yin to My Yang

“Gardening is stupid.”

Yes, that is a direct quote. From my husband. On a cold Saturday morning while shivering in a mercilessly shaded front yard with muddy knees, frozen fingers, and a sore back.

My cheery grin, chipper attitude, and frequent wisecracks did nothing to alleviate his stubborn suffering.

So I grinned and just kept pulling weeds.

By mid-morning and after a cup of coffee, a thirty-minute break, and a little more sunshine spilling over the house, he had cheered up a bit. But he was still adamant that if I ever want to take up gardening, I can teach our future kids, but leave him out of it!

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Two of My Favorite People

Two of My Favorite People

Ahem.   Excuse me, but I have to tell you something important.   Are you ready?   Okay.   I get to see my parents tomorrow!!!       Do you understand how excited I am about that?!   I don’t care how “grown-up” I am or ever will be – I still love my parents with all of my heart and yearn to see them every day, and I always will. And tomorrow just happens to be my mom’s birthday, and Saturday is their thirty-first wedding anniversary. I am so glad I get to spend this weekend with them!   Five hundred miles separate me from my parents, and while that’s not exactly the other side of the world – or even the country – it’s still too far.   Yes, I know that no matter the distance they are only a...

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Don’t Rely on Horses

Don’t Rely on Horses

I came across this underlined passage in my Bible this week that served as a needed reminder about where I should be putting my trust:     I realize this passage is a little out of context in the twenty-first century. Not many of us are seeking help from Egypt these days, or putting our faith in the fighting power of horses and chariots.   But we so often do put our faith in the wrong thing. We rely on ourselves, or our education, or our reputation to see us through. Or we depend on our credit card, or our insurance policy, or our government to help us.   We look to human effort and wisdom, “but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!”   I don’t know about you, but I have a pretty long list of things I’m...

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New Plan: why I am starting to post only once a week

New Plan: why I am starting to post only once a week

  After much thought, prayer, and discussion with my husband, I’ve made the decision to start blogging a little less for now.   I realize this really isn’t a big announcement or earth-shattering revelation for anyone, but I felt I should at least offer a heads-up and explanation for the faithful few who read my ramblings. (Thank you, by the way, to you who are reading this right now – I appreciate your support and encouragement!)   This decision wasn’t an easy one for me because when I launched this blog four months ago I made the commitment to myself that I was going to be disciplined and stick with this, posting twice a week with few exceptions.   Now I feel a little like I’m breaking a promise, and being lazy.   I really do...

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