Saturday, November 14, 2009

A Girl Named Katie

Today we were at an adoption fair.  It’s no secret deep down in both our hearts is a growing longing to love a kid who has no one.  It’s getting stronger even with a baby kicking in my belly.  And today in one of my many blog reading sessions (I should be doing dishes or mingling outside my door, I know…) I ran across a picture that compelled me to read all about it.


Just wanted to share it with you.  You can read it here.  The story comes from the blog of this 21-year-old girl in Uganda. 

I am in awe.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thoughts at the Half

1.  Pregnancy brings out the good neighbor in women.  So much sharing of clothes, accessories and advice is heartwarming and a definite blessing on the wallet!

2.  Under no circumstances should pregnancy bellies ever be compared.  It leads to moments of tears for being too big and worry for being too small.  Just be and let baby do the same.

3.  Boy names are harder to decide on than girls.  That’s probably just a matter of opinion, but tomorrow we’ll begin our third book of baby names nevertheless!

4.  Even if a food craving or cranky spell isn’t related to pregnancy, it’s fun to have that to fall back on.  

5.  Despite neigh-sayers, we’ll attempt cloth diapering.  That means grandparents will attempt cloth diapering once again too! ;)  Right now gDiapers with cloth inserts are the front runners.

6.  If you’re feeling kicks because the baby is squished into your jeans, throw out the rubber bands and embrace the beauty of big-as-a-barn maternity banded pants.  I may wear these the rest of my life!

7.  Just what is the purpose of shoes for newborns?

8.  Round ligament pain mentioned once in my maternity book deserves a much bigger spot.  “Discomfort in the abdomen” doesn’t adequately describe it.

9.    Dear fruit,   To tell you plainly, I’m in love with you.  If somehow all of the pineapples, strawberries and oranges and cranberries of this world could meet at my door every morning the world would be a happier place for Jason and all freshmen residents in this building. 

10.  The baby bump has a mind of it’s own.  One day it’s noticeable, the next it’s vanished.  These were taken four days apart at 19 1/2 then 20 weeks.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

No longer an IT…

He’ll be a frisbee throwin’, bacon cheeseburger eatin’, camping, hiking, wrestlin’, football playin’, Jesus lovin’, marathon running manly man!

Our predictions were right…and today the ultrasound confirmed that we have a coke-can sized little boy!  We’re told he’s right in the 50th percentile for his size/development and all vitals are looking great!  We have no idea how the doctor saw kidneys, lungs, etc…but she said they’re all there and in good working order :)

Below is a picture that’s a stretch to see even with labeled parts, but we’re taking their word for it.

Praise God for His good gifts!Sleeping Baby Tegen

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


In less than twenty-four hours

by this time tomorrow

the questions can hopefully stop

and have answers.

Pink or blue?

Here’s how you voted:

Boy 31%
Girl 47%
Not Sure 5%
Twins 15%

Looks like we’ll all be surprised.  As much kicking as it’s been doing we should get some kind of glimpse.

See you here tomorrow with news!

Monday, November 2, 2009

This Means War

There’s a new enemy in our house.  The conflict started weeks ago but escalated to full-scale war tonight. 

Unlike the battle between two beta fish that happened last night in our student lobby while an entertained crowd of freshies looked on*, this is a battle with total lack of compassion for the animals involved.  And that’s hard to come by especially for Kelley. 

Our nemesis?   Sierra Exif JPEG

If you recognize this picture, we’re sorry.  You’ve probably had to deal with them and their grotesque, white, crawling family. 

After losing countless bags of rice and finding them in our recently cooked batch…


If the spray didn’t kill them, throwing every opened thing away and washing down everything closed (including the entire cabinet) should do it.

And if they come back we’ve decided the whole cabinet is going.  So if you see this cabinet on Craigslist consider yourself warned and the cabinet cursed.  But one thing is certain, we will not tolerate this kind of infiltration, especially not in rice that we’ve half eaten when we discover the sickening reality. 

It’s war.  And we’re winning!!         

*Don’t call the animal cops.  We can’t give names, but we’re just as disgusted as you.  Buying two fish just to see if they’d really fight to the death?  Really!?  Spare yourself the eternal wondering.  They do.  We flushed one this morning.