Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016.

2016. It's been a year of learning and growth, ups and downs. "The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14) has been the verse that has sustained me. Through it all, I've seen God's love, faithfulness, mercy and grace . 

January - We started the year with news that a sweet baby we loved and prayed for hadn't made it. We ended the month at the happiest place on earth - Disney World.

February - The Lord continued to heal us from the disappointment of the month before and fill us with hope.

March - We celebrated Kevin's birthday and spent some time at the beach. 

April - I turned 30 and Kaden turned 7. I started racing again and little did I know, there was a baby in my belly during my fastest race in about a year. 

May - We found out we had a baby on the way Mother's Day weekend. To say we were surprised and grateful is an understatement. Danny Gokey's song, "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again," became my theme song and I felt God's presence and assurance every time I heard it. 

June - The boys finished third and first grades. We spent time at Sapelo Island and went to Garden City Beach for a week. 

July - We found out our baby is a boy! We celebrated K.C.'s 9th birthday and spent another week at Garden City. K.C. and Kaden both made public professions of faith and joined our church! 

August - Our nights were spent watching the Olympics and Michael Phelps make history. K.C. started fourth grade and Kaden started second. 

September - We got started on the baby's room and other projects around the house. The boys began playing soccer again and Kevin continued his softball season. 

October - We spent a long weekend in the mountains and watched Clemson beat NC State. We had a fun Halloween with family.

November - Celebrations for the baby were in full swing with two showers. We feel so blessed to have the family and friends we have. We celebrated Thanksgiving and counted our blessings. 

December - The highlight of this month was when the boys were baptized. We're so thankful that they've made the decision to follow Jesus and pray that they'll always be beacons of light for our Savior. We also had two more baby showers and ended the month by celebrating our Savior's birth. 

When reflecting on the year this morning, K.C. and Kaden agreed that the highlights of their year were getting baptized and finding out about baby Caleb. I'd have to agree with them. There's nothing greater than serving our Lord and Savior and nothing sweeter than this baby who will join our family. 

Here's to 2016 - the lessons, the upsets and happiness, and the faithfulness we've felt. God has been good to us! I'm so excited about the year to come!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Yesterday was a joyous day in the life of our family. K.C. and Kaden were baptized!

Over the past year and a half, they've both accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord and asked Him to come into their hearts. Over the summer, they took the step of joining our church which is when they made a public profession of their faith in the Lord. That was such an exciting and proud day for us and one that surprised us. While we knew they had asked Jesus into their hearts, they were both slightly nervous to walk down the aisle to join the church (a practice in the Baptist denomination). During the service that Sunday, they told us they were ready and were going to do it.

About a month ago, we moved into a new sanctuary and yesterday was the first baptism in our new sanctuary. The boys have been so excited about their baptisms and woke up ready to go.

We are so proud of the decision they made to follow Jesus. It is the greatest decision they'll make in their life. It is our prayer that our boys will always allow the Lord to lead them, will be beacons of light for Him, and will "act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God" (Micah 6:8).







Friday, December 16, 2016

PREGNANCY UPDATE | 35 Weeks



Week: 35! I'll be 36 tomorrow!

Weight Gain: I'm up 35 pounds. When I went to the doctor yesterday, I'd gained less than a pound (almost a pound though) since last week.

What's Happening: The baby weighs about 5.5 pounds and he's getting ready to meet us! He's an active guy! 

Feeling: I'm feeling better, though I've found it's harder to get comfortable at night. 

Sleep: It depends on the night. Some nights are better than others. I won't complain though!

Wearing: Leggings, leggings, and more leggings with cute tops and dresses. 

Exercise: I'm as active as I can be!

Eating: Whatever I'm wanting which seems to be carbs, vegetables, fruit, cereal, and beef once again.

Missing: These things have stayed the same: playing with my boys like normal, running, Chickfila, and my normal body.

Thoughts: I can't wait to meet our son! I can't believe that we are less than a month from my due date! I'm so thankful to God for blessing us with three boys!

Friday, December 9, 2016

PREGNANCY UPDATE | 34 Weeks



Week: 34! 5 weeks to go as I'm writing this a day before I'm 35 weeks. I can't believe it! 

Weight Gain: I'm up about 34 pounds. I've noticed my appetite is drastically decreasing which is to be expected as baby is taking up all the room. I was pleasantly surprised to have only gained about 1.5 pounds when I went to the doctor yesterday. That was much better than the 5 I gained during the previous two-week stretch!

What's Happening: The baby is getting ready to meet us! His lungs are finishing developing and he's developing his immune system. He's packing on weight - about half a pound a week for the next two weeks. He's estimated by my doctor to weigh about 5 pounds. She predicts he'll weigh between 6-7 pounds at birth. 

He's also turned down into the birth position, which I'm grateful for. He moves very often and his movements have changed in the way they feel. Instead of hard jabs, there's pressing and pushing. His little backside is on my right, his legs are below my ribs on the left, and his hands like to practice boxing on my lower left quite often. It's insane to me how he's moving. He's very responsive, too. Anytime music is playing, he starts moving. He also moves when I get in the tub for a relaxing bath. Kevin will sometimes tap my stomach and he'll kick or punch back. It's cute!

Feeling: I'm feeling better. I've had a better week. I still have days where I feel bad, but for the most part, I'm managing better than I did the first 32 weeks. I'm thankful for Zofran and scared to stop it. 

Sleep: I'm sleeping pretty well once I get comfortable. It's surprised me that it takes so long to get comfortable at night.

Wearing: Maternity pants and some tops, like Old Navy's long-sleeve tees. I'm also wearing many of my normal dresses that aren't fitted. Being pregnant in the winter with leggings in style has its perks! I'm also wearing regular non-fitted shirts in a medium.

Exercise: I'm being active without sticking to a strict exercise plan. I've been doing some third trimester pre-natal workouts on YouTube, walking, and doing squats. As much as I wish I had been able to run and workout through pregnancy, my body just wasn't having it. 

Eating: Salad, potatoes, some meat, and pasta. I've had steak twice and pork chops this week which is an improvement over the past few weeks when I haven't wanted any protein. 

Missing: These things have stayed the same: playing with my boys like normal, running, Chickfila, and my normal body.

Thoughts: I say it in every update, but I am in awe of this process. It's incredible to me the way our bodies change and adapt to grow a new person. I am so thankful that God has given us this gift of another son. We can't wait to meet him!