Tuesday, August 23, 2011

a full weekend.

I'm sure you've noticed that the blog posts are few and far between around here. Life is just a little too busy and blogging falls last on my priority list. 

Besides the obvious of packing boxes, getting paper work done, doctors appointments, and taking care of little ones we've been saying our good-byes.

This past weekend we spent saying good-bye to Caleb's family. I miss them already.

Some of my favorite memories with his family are the simple ones...we always have breakfast on the patio and then the kids run around getting dirty before it gets too hot. 

Caleb's mom is a pro in the kitchen...she whips up meals in no time and they always taste incredible.

Hours are spent in the hammock. Books are read, naps are taken, and lots of wrestling and falling off onto the grass.

This weekend was also Crystal's baby shower. We'd planned it awhile back before we knew we were moving and it happened that our last weekend with the family was also her baby shower. 

We had a great time planning and putting together all the details for our sweet baby Kahlan. (the ninth grandchild in the family) 

The food turned out delicious. We made everything mini and it was a blast. 

Mom and Sarah...the two people I got to throw the shower with. We seriously had so much fun together.

Sisters and mama...

This weekend was also Andrew's first game of the season and in Bakersfield so we were all there. I'm thankful that we were able to pack in one more game before we leave.

Elijah cheering on our favorite goalie.

Yiayia with her babies...

Cousins...these five play together all the time. Elijah talks about them everyday when we're not together and says they're his best friends. Helena and Julia take good care of Vanessa and Vanessa never wants to leave Helena's side. I've loved watching them grow so close. 

The morning we said good-bye with Papa and Yiayia. I know that we're only going to Idaho, but that still means we won't be seeing them a couple times a month and we're going to miss them terribly. They've pour out so much love on our family and our children have grown incredibly close to them. I'm so grateful for our times together these last four years. 

Love you all.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

hand in hand.

The house is close to quiet right now. Elijah is asleep and I'm praying that Vanessa is close behind him. I hear her talking to her doll in her crib, but it's slowing down and I'm sure she'll be out in no time. I love these rare moments to stop in the middle of everything and just soak up all that's going on around me. 

As I look around our house the bookshelves are empty, the pictures are off the wall and I'm surrounded in moving boxes. I can't believe how quickly it's all happening. My thoughts on leaving are all over the place. I'm excited to see all that God has for us in Idaho, but am scared of the unknown. I'm trying to avoid all thoughts of saying good-bye to family and friends. We have incredible people in our lives here and it is hard to think of leaving them. I am continually reminding myself to take all my cares to God and trust him. 

There is one thing I've loved through this whole process though, walking through it with Caleb. I love that the idea of moving somewhere started with us praying together. We've had endless conversations about going somewhere. We've talked going anywhere from Europe to Africa to any place in the States. I love that we're partners in this adventure. I love that we lean on one another through all the decisions. I love that we walk this road hand in hand. There is no one else I'd want to do it with. It's made us closer wrestling through the decision process together and coming out united and ready to go. I'm so thankful for the man God gave me. 

Monday, August 15, 2011

Four years.

Caleb and I are celebrating four years of marriage. 

Four years of date nights and sleepless nights. 

Four years of fighting and making up. 

Four years of challenges, heartache, and dreams come true.

Four years, of changes and adventures. 

Four years of growing closer and falling more in love.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

On the Move.

As if life wasn't exciting enough around our house we've decided to add a little more crazy to the mix. 

Caleb just accepted a job in Boise, Idaho. We're packing up boxes and are on the move. They want Caleb to come as soon as possible, so it looks like by the end of the month we'll be calling Idaho our new home. 

Since Caleb and I married we always talked about moving. We've looked into all sorts of possibilities, but never felt like they were right. After lots of prayer and councel it seems like we finally know the place God is leading us. 

We're excited about this new adventure God is taking us on. We'll be near my family, which is an added bonus, but saying good-bye is going to be more than difficult. We have an incredible church, friends, and family here that mean the world to us. It's such a bittersweet feeling to be closing one chapter and starting another. Please keep us in your prayers as our plate is very full right now....and I'll keep this little blog as updated as possible between packing boxes and morning sickness.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

the story.

If you've read my blog over the last couple months then you probably know that I've dealt with a lot of health problems recently. So, getting pregnant was not even being considered. The only talk around prengancy was that we were going to wait a really long time.

We didn't think it was wise to get pregnant while my body was going through so much. And to be completely honest I was scared to get pregnant again. After all we went through with Vanessa, not knowing if she would live, wondering what kind of problems she might have if she did make it and being separated from Elijah took a toll on me. Our plates were full and we were enjoying the two precious children we had. 

On Father's Day I woke up and had an overwhelming feeling that I was pregant. I had the same feeling when I was pregnant with Elijah and Vanessa. I had to run some errands so while I was out I took a test. It was negative. But I knew I was pregant. So, I waited...like a whole day and took another test...well make that four more tests and Caleb saying over and over, "really are you serious?" and it finally hit us. I was really seriously pregnant. 

If it's possible I've gotten sicker, but I don't mind, cause I have an incredible gift waiting for me at the end of all this. Caleb and are are thrilled and not worried a bit. Which I know is God's grace. I've been to the doctor twice. I'm ten weeks and hating ice cream with a passion...which is very strange for me. But he says so far so good. He'll be treating it as a high risk pregnacy because of Vanessa, but says that we have every reason to believe this will be a normal pregnancy. 

I feel blessed and grateful beyond measure. I know this baby is a special gift from God and I can't wait to meet him or her. (and we will be finding out the sex as soon as possible. we LOVE knowing.) 

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

An unexpected blessing.

Welcoming our surprise February 2012.
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