Sunday, May 27, 2007

It's a heartbeat, It's a lovebeat!

Today the baby is officially 7 weeks and 2 days old!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart. Jeremiah 1:5

Each day I wake up not believing we are going to have a baby, yet knowing it is a reality and not just a hope. After nine years of marriage things are about to change for Mark and me...and we can't wait! My sister continues to be the great encourager, not hiding her incredible excitement about becoming an aunt, while Mark tells everyone he knows that he is going to be a father.

As you continue to rejoice with us, please continue to pray for us, the enemy is quick to bring doubts, playing on our fears. The Internet, with all of it's great features and unending knowledge at our fingertips, was my enemy during the first several weeks of my pregnancy. I had terrible cramping and sharp pains, and continue to have them. No one I talked to was able to calm my fears when it came to these cramps. I turned to the Internet to educate myself.

The night before we went to the doctor I cried...I cried out of fear, out of not knowing, out of both ignorance, and out of Internet education. Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, normal growing pains...I just didn't know which I was experiencing. Mark was worried, I was worried, we prayed.

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

Our doctor's appointment was not until the following afternoon, but after praying we had peace about what we would hear. My doctor eased my worries without any words at all, but rather with the still small heartbeat of our little baby bean.

Baby Hannah Catherine or Noah Jacob is doing well and growing. Pray for safety for Baby Love as we continue through the first trimester. Pray that we will continue to allow God to show us His grace during this time.

Saturday, May 19, 2007


I was tagged quite some time ago...but between that time and now we have had a lot going on in our lives. We found out we are pregnant, my sister is going to be an AUNT! We hosted a graduation party for a young man who is more family than friend. The last day of school has come and and gone, just to name a few. So, I am finally finding time to respond to my tag.

1. I used to hold live concerts in my parents' front lawn and charge admission. I would roller skate and sing. I was typically singing Olivia Newton-John songs. My roller skates were blue and yellow.

2. I love to play Clue, but I can never find anyone with my same passion, so it has been years since I have been able to enjoy the game.

3. My appendix ruptured when I was in 3rd grade. I spent several weeks in the hospital and missed the last day of school.

4.I am not fond of "girly" movies. I prefer action and suspense and I really do not like to go to the movie theater. I have a hard time just sitting. I am sure this will change once I become a mom, but for now, I am always doing something else while watching a movie at home. The theater limits this, so I prefer to wait and rent movies rather than driving an hour to the theater.

5. Breakfast is my favorite meal. I especially love to eat breakfast at a restaurant while vacationing.

6. I love snow!! I know, it is cold and impossible to drive on, but I still love it. When it falls, I sit at the window and watch it. I like it less when there is ice under it.

7. I am an animal lover. I do not like hunting, I do not like veal, I do not like seeing animals in shelters. It makes me cry. I understand the overpopulation of wild animals and I am coming around to the need to hunt for environmental reasons, but it still makes me sad to see a deer in the back of a truck. Mark says one day I will become a vegetarian.

8. I prefer to be at home rather than around a lot of people. I am not anti-social, once in a group I am just fine, but given the choice, I would choose to be curled up at home in comfortable clothes.

9. I can make gravy without lumps! I don't make it very often, but I have mastered gravy making. It has taken years of practice to write of this success!

10. I had a dream years ago that I was getting married. My friend, Jennie and her husband were there with twin boys and I was marrying a man with dark hair. At the time Jennie and Michael were not married, had no children, and I was in high school. Jennie and Michael came to my wedding with their twin boys and Mark has dark hair!

I am going to have to tag friends who do not have blogs, but tagged they are (and there won't be 10 of them). When you are tagged, you have to write 10 facts that are not well known to others and then tag 10 other people (or as many as you can think of). So, Meg, Helen, Chris, Mom, Cynthia, and Lisa L., you are tagged!