Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Yet it was our pain that he bore,

our sufferings he endured.

We thought of him as stricken,

stuck down by God and afflicted,

But he was pierced for our sins,

crushed for our iniquity.

He bore the punishment that makes us whole,

by his wounds we were healed.

(Isaiah 53:4-5)

Friday, January 31, 2014

19 Weeks and Counting

Nope, I’m not carrying twins, but I am carrying a girl!

I mentioned to my OB about how my preggo belly “just pops out” and makes me look like I’m nearing the end of the 3rd trimester.  He smiled and said, “When you are laying down, your measurements are right where they need to be.”  Not sure if that made me feel better since most people look better laying down, but this did: “I’m not sure what a woman’s abdomen should look like during her 3rd pregnancy, after carrying two, ten pound babies.  Those abdominal muscles really have to give a lot to accommodate a baby that size!  Doing that twice… whoa!”

Yep.  Whoa is right!

“Whoa” is looking 3 months pregnant even when you’re not any weeks or months pregnant.  “Whoa” is having a wine tour host question why you are drinking because… you know… you look 3 months pregnant, at 10 months postpartum

You get the point.  And I say all that to get your mind in the right place when I show you a photo of myself, 19 weeks pregnant.  No, it isn’t a typo, I’m 19 weeks pregnant, not 39 weeks pregnant.

19 Weeks Preggo - Baby Girl 2

Remember, those abdominal muscles are right on track when I’m laying down.

Get this!  I’ve only gained about 5 pounds this pregnancy!!  Go me!

But, get this also, I failed parts of my glucose test and while I’m not officially a gestational diabetic, my sugar levels are sometimes wonky, so this is part of my life:

GD Supplies

Truly, this learning experience is motivating me to keep the weight gain down and change my lifestyle so diabetes doesn’t become a part of my non-pregnant life, as well.  It is rough though – I struggle to find food to eat.  I’m not allowed any fruit, milk, or cereal for breakfast… what do you eat for breakfast then?  Eggs.  Really, I just need to focus on low carb and that seems to keep my blood sugars down.  I’m sure if I were more consistent with exercise, that would help too.

So, this is life right now - trying to figure out what to eat, stay healthy, keep up with my 3 children, my statistics course, kids’ homeschool lessons, a curious toddler… life is busy, and I’m learning to keep my blessings in the forefront. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013


I couldn’t wait any longer!

I avoided this blog like the plague because I knew I couldn’t keep my secret!  Well, the secret is no more…

Pregnancy Announcement

Hence, the end to the weight loss posts.

It would also seem obvious to state that Reed and I have been able to adjust to life after his accident.  There are still things to work on but I think we’re back on track.  This year has been a rough year.  Our path was difficult and some days I admit, my faith was low and I was hurting. 

But you know what? 

God healed my husband and delivered him back to me.

God put doctors in our path that new EXACTLY how to care for Alex.

God picked us up and carried us through the painful experience of letting Beatrice go.  He carried us to the open arms of a loving family who is already fully funded and waiting for a travel date to go adopt Beatrice!

God brought upon us blessings beyond our imaginations.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Family Photos

These photos (except of the 3 kids) were all taken by my talented sister, Tiffini.  I used my Photoshop to make them look a little more awesome!

Family Front Porch SittingFamily Front PorchFamily PanoramicKids Front PorchReed & Ashley

Friday, October 18, 2013

‘Shaping Up’ Posts Done for Now

My Shaping Up posts are done for now.  From a medical perspective, I have a health situation (for lack of a better term/phrase) that needs addressed first.  Losing weight is not going to be possible for a while.  But, I do need to at least maintain my current weight.  As you all have read, I don’t seem to struggle too much with that.  When I’m ready to share more details, I will.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ella’s 2nd Birthday

I gave in and had it catered.  I didn’t want to make large meals two weekends in a row.  The weekend before was Alex’s Adoption Day party and I made a mix of Ukrainian and American foods. But this cake, well, it came from the freezer section in Kroger and I added the “Ella” and “2” candle, myself.  That’s something.



She did not like having people sing Happy Birthday to her.  This is her awkward, hand-thing she does when she is uncomfortable.  Bless her heart.


Her birthday gift from us was a kitchen set.  She loves hosting parties in her room!



She loved opening her gifts!  But she was clearly exhausted from all the entertaining, as well.


Such a sweet girl, growing so fast!  What a wonderful day we had celebrating with family!