Month: July 2008

The view outside our house a few weeks ago…

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Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds — his name is the LORD— and rejoice before him. Psalm 68:4

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20 weeks – Half way there!

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Time flies when you’re having fun. And it even flies when you’re not necessarily having fun but instead having headaches and backaches and nausea. I can’t believe I’m half way, maybe even more than half way through this pregnancy. I still can’t believe I’m pregnant some days but that’s a whole nother story.

We have our ultrasound on Monday and I was going to wait and post after that but thought I’d share another set of pictures for you. Plus we have something special planned for Monday so that needs to be a post all by itself!

Let’s see, where to start. I’m feeling ok. Like I’ve said before every day is different. Some days I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck…nauseous, vomiting, headache, backache, very tired. Other days I feel great. One thing that is consistent is the backaches. I’ve always had a bad back, I had surgery when I was in high school and it’s always been pretty troublesome. The last few weeks it’s really bothered me, some days the pain is so intense I can hardly take a step. I know I probably need to exercise more and I’m really trying to walk every day. I basically have a desk job so I’m also trying to get up off my butt every hour or so and do a lap around the office. I’m also not sleeping very well at all and that just makes everything feel worse.

Last time I checked a few days ago I had gained about 15 pounds total but we’ll see what the doctor says at our next visit. It still doesn’t seem like I have a huge appetite that I always thought pregnant women did. I find just the opposite that I get full so much faster. Maybe it’s because I’m trying to have a healthy snack every few hours.

The coolest thing that has happened the past two weeks is I can feel Little Pip moving around now. I had thought I felt him around week 17 but now I know that wasn’t it because when I felt him the first time it was just like it was described to me…butterflies or bubbles. And now he is moving all the time. Pretty much every time I sit still he’s kicking away. And sometimes it’s really hard I can’t believe it. He’s a little stinker though, every time I feel him kicking and me or Hubby put our hand on my tummy he stops. I don’t know that Hubby could even feel him this early but he’s trying and Little Pip isn’t being very cooperative!

By the way, I say “he” in all hopefulness. We don’t know if Little Pip is a boy or girl. But we will find out on Monday! Lord willing anyway. We decided we want to find out and I can’t wait. But I’m also a little anxious because I know this is when we’ll find out that everything is going ok. I have no reason to let myself worry but I can’t help be a little worrisome. The last year just seems to be so surreal, so perfect, I just keep waiting for something bad to happen. That sounds pretty horrible I know and I’m really trying to trust God and be thankful and just soak up all this blessing He’s given and not worry about what tomorrow will bring.

Here’s some pictures for you. This is me now, at week 20.

And this is a comparison of week 10, week 16 and week 20. I do believe I’m going to be one big mama by the time I get to week 40! I’ll blame it on the clothes I’m wearing, they are pretty loose and sorry to say black isn’t slimming on pregnant ladies!


Prayer request

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Hey all. Our family would appreciate your prayers for my brother Jim and his girlfriend Leana. Leana is from South Africa and came over to the states last year to work for a year. That’s when she met Jim and they fell in love. Ahhhhh. 🙂

She went home and then the new immigration laws kicked in and now she can’t get back over. She waited a year like was told to and during that time has been working in London all by her lonesome. Well they just got word that all the spots are filled, even though she completed the paperwork what seems like a long time ago. Well, I shouldn’t say all the spots are filled. She can get back if she goes to work for a meat packing plant working the night shift in a town 2 hours from my brother. But Jim’s just not comfortable with that.

So we just got word today that the place where Jim works (where Leana worked before) is willing to spent a little more money, well alot more money, to bring her back over on a business partnership or something like that. I don’t know the details other than they will find out in 2 weeks if she can come home. I say “home” because that’s really where her heart is, with Jim and our family here in the states.

Please pray that she would be accepted through this new program and get to come back. And hopefully before our baby is born too. That would be an awesome “welcome home” present! And also pray that they would trust God through this whole journey. Here’s Jim and Leana when Jim went to visit her in London a few weeks ago. Aren’t they just the cutest!

Home school debate

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This is from the August issue of Parenting magazine:

Is home schooling good for kids?

Yes = 38%
No = 62%

I know everyone is entitled to their opinion but this was frustrating for me. Especially the comments, because obviously people don’t understanding what homeschooling is even about.

Now I’m not an expert because I don’t home school (yet – we’re praying about what God wants us to do in the future). But I have very close friends that home school and Princess has many close friends that were home schooled or are being home schooled.

One person commented: Kids must be exposed to other children so they can develop social skills they need. And kids have to get a break from the house!

Um ya. So not sure what type of homeschooling is done where that person is from but around here the home schooled kids have just as good, if not better social skills and have the same, if not more interaction with other kids.

To say whether or not you agree with home schooling or whether or not you would home school your kids is one thing. But to say it’s not good for kids when obviously all the facts aren’t known seems a little extreme.

What do you think?