Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Three Men and A Baby + One Mommy of Course

Let's just say that with three boys in the house, I am beginning to feel a bit out numbered..but not for long! We only have 3 weeks left until Jacey Noel joins our family, making it a party of five! The nursery is completely finished and James did an amazing job. It took several hours and lots of patience to finish this "Practically Perfect Paris in Pink" project but he pulled it off.

All of her little outfits are washed and dried, hanging in the closet anxiously as if they are saying "pick me, pick me, wear me first!"..Okay maybe that is the voice inside my head that is beyond excited to finally have pink clothes in the laundry basket. Do you have any idea how long I have waited for this day?  Our official due date is April 26th but I wouldn't be disappointed if she decided to surprise us with an early delivery. I've had fun with the upset tummy, restless nights and now the "oh so swollen are those really my ankles?" but I'm ready to put all that behind me and hold that precious little girl in my arms. All there is left to do now is wait. 

Okay, I have a confession. At first, I was completely against taking maternity pictures. After all, do I really want to remember what I looked like over these past 9 months? I hardly even recognize this person! Then it hit me. What I see as chubby cheeks, a double chin, big hips and cankles, is really a beautiful miracle and gift that God blessed James and I with. This is an experience like no other that I may never have the opportunity to embrace again.

The past few days I have found myself looking at my tummy thinking wow...there is a little person in there that will soon be in my arms. The same little person that I will rock in the rocking chair, take to her first day of kindergarten, shop with for her first prom dress, drop off at her first year of college and look at her beautiful reflection in the mirror of a bridal boutique as she says "mom, this is the one". Okay, I'm tearing up. The point is, yes, there have been moments over the past month that I have thought "I am so done being pregnant" but as the end (or shall I say the beginning) draws near, I remind myself that God has blessed me beyond belief with this miracle of life and I am overjoyed at the opportunity to be a mother to this little girl while humbled that God would entrust her life to me. I wouldn't trade the past 9 months for anything in the world. Here are a few maternity pics that we took over the weekend. We can hardly wait to meet you Jacey Noel. You are already loved so much. See you soon:)


Eggstra, Eggstra..Read All About It!

This weekend was amazing as we spent lots of time together as a family celebrating the precious gift of eternal life that Jesus has given us through His death and resurrection. Friday evening we attended a special Good Friday service at church which was a reminder of what the weekend ahead truly meant to each and every one of us. 

Saturday we colored Easter eggs and went to an egg hunt in West Lafayette. Unfortunately, it was rained out but our friends at Bethel Church were kind enough to stand out in the wet weather and give each child a bag full of candy filled eggs and a free lunch for the family at Chick-Fila.

Sunday we went to Mammaw Kim's house to have lunch. She even made a special bunny cake for dessert. The same cake that she use to make for mommy as a little girl! Mommy said it tasted just like she remembered...scrumdidilyumptious!

Spring Break Day 4 and 5.. All Fun and Games

After so much traveling we decided that there truly is no place like home. The last two days of our spring break was spent enjoying the beautiful weather and the comforts of home.
We had game night tournaments which included Sorry, Trouble and Connect 4X4. We even displayed great sportsmanship which is something that we need to continue striving for...it's a work in progress:P
We jumped for joy on the trampoline showing off our skills
and we even did a little work preparing the garden for this year. It sure was a great week and we enjoyed all the time together as a family. Praise God for the beautiful weather that He blessed us with.