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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Lily Ann

Lily Ann went to the beach with daddy this morning.  She's such an awesome big sister so far.  She needed a little special "one on one time" with her favorite guy (who also happens to be my favorite guy).  
Also - here's another picture of our new baby.

Miles is Here!

Miles was born on Wednesday morning - 5/26  (6:01am).  7 lbs.10 oz.  20.5 inches long.
Another happy hypnobirth.  Things went very well. 
Lily Ann has been giddy since we brought him home.  She is so sweet with him and loves to kiss his little head and pat him.  He's just a little joy.  We are all getting settled and trying to figure out a new rhythm of life here.  So far, things are lovely.
God has blessed us.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Due Dates are for Library Books

So we are all still waiting on Miles.  According to the cyclic dates, he is four days late.  But according to measurements, he would be right on time if he came today.  I'm not incredibly uncomfortable.  He's in a safe and warm place - I'm just anxious to hold our sweet baby in my arms.  And - admittedly - I'm anxious to be able to move around a little easier and get down on the floor to play with Lily Ann (and be able to get back up without the assistance of a fork lift).

Celebrating TEN Years

May 20th, 2000.
A day I'll never forget.  It was when Adam and I took vows, before God, that we would hang onto eachother through good times and bad.  That we'd love eachother, honor eachother and obey eachother.  That we would remain faithful to eachother in our thoughts, words and deeds.  That through sickness and in health we would not ever abandon the other.  And I promised to be my husband's girlfriend for the rest of my life.
So far - we're making it.  We've had some really rough times.  And, just like any other marriage, ours has problems.  But I will say - in all honesty - I wouldn't want to be married to any other man.  The tough times and the problems are nothing in comparison to the good times and the joy that our marriage has brought to my life. 
Adam is a blessing to me.  He's a fantastic husband.  He's a really good friend to me and an excellent life partner.  He loves his little girl and is a really good dad too.  I love to listen to him breathe life to her in the form of encouraging words and affirmations.  She will never have to wonder if her daddy thinks she is lovely.

Marriage isn't easy.  It is one of the biggest challenges in life.  But I'm devoted to honoring my vows forever.  Please always keep me accountable to that goal.  If you ever hear of me deciding to throw in the towel, or you ever see me doing something that isn't edifying my union with Adam - please set me straight.  Remind me of the promise I made, in front of God, to be an honorable wife. 

PS:  I know you may be wondering how a girl - so young - has been married for ten years already.  At eleven years old, I was a young bride, indeed.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Any Day Now . . .

We went to a birthday party, at the park, on Saturday. One of our friends took a picture of our little family as we came in.  From this angle, you can't clearly see how giant my midsection is - but it is quite large.  Adam's jacket (the only one that still fits) hides my hump pretty well too.  Miles should be here any day now.  Literally.  I would be surprised if he's not here within the week.  This morning, I walked about three miles - hoping.  Each day, I try to walk at least a mile or so.  But, so far, the walking has not encouraged any progress.  Maybe I should try skipping.  Does anyone have a pogo stick I could borrow?  Lily Ann is a little princess.  She's been talking about the baby boy in my tummy lately.  And the one in her tummy . . . and in Daddy's tummy.  Someone gave her a book about being a "big sister."  She loves it.  She wants to read it every day.  Right now she is napping with one of her baby dolls.  She's been taking extra special care of her babies lately.  I think she's ready for Miles to arrive too.  We all just can't wait to meet him.  Many challenges await - I'm sure - as we transition from a family of three to a family of four.  But I'm trusting that God will bless us with all that we need to muddle through this time of learning and growing.  I'm hoping that my next post will be a lovely picture of our new baby boy!  I'm going to eat some extra spicy food and then jump on the trampoline for a half hour.  (Just kidding).

Saturday, May 8, 2010

What a Difference . . .

At the risk of sounding totally cheesy - I'm going to share a really cool experience.  Over the last 15 years, I have done banking, mostly, with a "giant, monster mega-bank".  Keybank, to be specific.  I signed up with them in my early twenties and just kept all my accounts there.  When Adam and I married, I encouraged him to do the same so that we could merge accounts easier.  He did.  One thing that I learned to get used to was fees from the bank.  Fees for this, fees for that and so on.  It seemed they were just waiting for me to slip up a little, so that they could apply more fees.  However, the longer we had a relationship with this bank, the more trouble it was to just go to a different financial institution.  So, it seemed, we were stuck.  We referred to our bank as "the money pimps" and made jokes about it.  We were careful not to incur fees - but sometimes they got us anyway.
It was in listening to The Clark Howard Show one day that I heard how different things are when a person banks with a local bank or credit union.  In fact, the report was on how those "giant monster mega-banks" actually use computer software to increase the likelyhood of fees assessed on checking accounts.  It was eye-opening for me.  Adam and I were about to move and we were sold on finding a local credit union when we got settled.
Fast forward one year.  We've been banking with a small, local credit union since we moved.  We hadn't had any problems - and no strange fees.  But yesterday, we needed to withdraw a large amount of cash - knowing we'd be left with only about $50 in the checking account afterward.  Adam was in a rush and accidentally withdrew $100 more than we needed.  When he came out I checked the amount and was nervous that we'd incurred fees for overdrawing our account.  Quickly, I used Adam's iPhone to check our account status.  And to my delight, instead of charging us with fees - which they could've rightly done, our credit union had just transferred $100 from our savings account to our checking account when the withdrawal request was made.  I checked later - and there were no fees associated with this service. 
I was really impressed.  I'm still really impressed.  I was never impressed with the mega-bank. 
This is an unusual post - but I just wanted to share a positive experience. 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

What if it all Turns out Just Fine?

I read an article, when Lily Ann was about six months old.  In it, there was a direct quote from a mother that said something like "having a second child is not double the work, it is more like quadruple . . ."  When I read that, I recall thinking, "I'm fine with just one child.  I'll never be able to handle four times this workload."  Adam and I had agreed that we had our hands full and probably just needed to focus on raising our one little girl. 
Obviously, God had other plans for us. 
Throughout the past few months, very well-meaning friends and some family members have been warning me that Lily Ann is going to have some adjusting to do when Miles is born.  There have been lots of questions from people like, "how do you think Lily will handle having another baby around?"; "do you think she knows what's about to happen?" and "are you ready for what two babies is going to do to your life?"  Many have passed on stories of sibling rivalry, overall discontent and things being very hard for a young family with two small children. 
I do know that, for the most part, people are just making conversation - and/or trying to give us advice or wisdom.  But I've been getting the same kind of discourse from many different people lately.  And the other day, it was starting to get me down.  Every time I thought of our little blessing around the corner, I got nervous and saw images of how hard it would be to have "two under two".  I began to think of Lily's transition and I felt so sad for her.  I was fearing the worst and fretting about things.  It wasn't until I had a friend over for breakfast, who has two little ones, that I realized that things might turn out differently.  My friend, we'll call her Gertrude, said things like - "I found things easier with two"; and "I had thought things would be really difficult, but it seemed less stressful the second time."  This refreshing perspective reminded me that if I listen to the "negative Nellies," all the time - I will have more negative thoughts.  I was also reminded that there is just as much of a possibility that things will turn out really well for all of us with the addition of Miles to our little family.  Gertrude was a breath of fresh air for me that morning.  And still, this morning, when I remember our conversation. 
I know that Lily Ann will have to adjust to another baby in the house.  I'm sure every first child goes through an adjustment period when the second-born comes along.  I understand that Adam and I will have to get used to a new level of activity and new pressures with a second child.  I would be totally naive to think otherwise.  But who's to say this won't be a serious blessing and positive addition to our family?!  What if Lily Ann's life is enriched and happy because she has a younger brother to love?  What if things turn out just fine?  Those are the thoughts I'm having lately.  Gertrude gave me some positive "what ifs" that are invading my thoughts these days.  I'm really thankful for the change - and optimistic about the upcoming changes/blessings for us. 

Merry Christmas!

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