Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Hey friends!

I'm sure you are stopping in to see if Garrett has arrived but he's not here yet.  :/ He has four days left until his due date but it looks like he may go passed it.  I'm praying he'll come friday though!

I had a doctors appointment today and the only progress was that i'm now 2.5 cm dilated :).   I've had contractions on and off but nothing regular yet.  Yesterday evening I thought, 'this is it' so I got ready but then the contractions faded away.  (That can be extremely discouraging)  My poor mom is probably tired of these false alarms! She's been awesome and has taken great care of me.  We went out to a quilting shop today and then to lunch.  She told me not to be anxious and relax because he will come and she'll wait to see him. 

I am dealing with some sinus junk with a sore throat unfortunately. I came home and thought maybe if I took a nap it would help make me feel better. However it was the kind of nap that you wake up feeling even more sick.  So i'm laying on the couch in my jammies watching HGTV and the FOOD channel with my mom. :)

Well that's the pregnancy update for you :). 
I've been thinking a lot about my sisters lately and how I miss them terribly. 
It makes me laugh to look back on the times melissa and I would be fighting and end up pulling each other's hair out one minute to laughing the next, or when I used to sneak into Nicole's room and drink her leftover sodas. (yuck!)  They used to give me the bad toys to play with because I never stayed long enough to play.  I remember how Melissa wouldn't let anyone hurt me growing up. Only she could be mean to me :).  Nicole was fun to hang around and I loved when she would let me in her room to hang out. 
My sisters are now my best friends.  I love talking to them and catching up.  There's no hard feelings when we don't talk for a week at a time, you just pick up where you left off.
I know without a doubt that when I go to either one of them with a problem they'll be honest with me even if it's not what I want to hear.  When you walk away from a conversation feeling refreshed and inspired, well there's something special in that! God didn't have to place me in a loving family.  He did though and I don't  want to take that for granted.  I have two sisters to share life with and grow closer to God alongside of.  Even though we live states away, we've become closer as we get older.  
When I found out Darren was leaving for c-school, it crushed me. Having both my sisters quickly contact me to share in my hurt was God's way of comforting me.  I love knowing them. 
As I enter into this next stage in my life..motherhood...I'm excited to do so with my sisters there for me.  They both have made this time in my life exciting! They're beyond excited to hear Garrett is here and can't wait to see him.  Garrett has the best aunts (my sister in laws included!)
Melissa is a nurse/new mom and a great one at that! She is an endless source of answers for a young mom :).  Nicole is a mother of four and a source of wisdom and encouragement.  I respect each of them and thank God for giving me two friends for life.  Here's a few pictures to share. :)

Melissa and I

Nicole and I

Melissa and I :)

Nicole and I :)

Thank you Nicole and Melissa for loving me well these 22 years and encouraging me to be the woman God is calling me to be. I love you both very much!


Anonymous said...

Yes- I am definitely checking up on your facebook often! I am so glad you have people in your life that you can trust and that will help you get through those times without Darren! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers love!

Anonymous said...

So, apparently God has you on "Immediate Approval!" LOL! You prayed that Garrett would arrive today, and he DOES!

I wanted to take a moment to wish you and Darren and Garrett a heartfelt congratulations. You three are going to have the most wonderful adventure over the coming months and years. God has great plans for your son, and He needs you and Darren to watch over him and guide him and love him up one side and down the other. :-) And, while loving this little guy will be easy, don't forget to set down boundaries for him so he learns how to respect others. A firm but loving hand on a child's raising is key to guiding him through these first years.

I remember my dad's method of "correcting" us. He had these hands that would be placed on our shoulder in such a way that we would never feel fear, but knew his authority. Firm, but loving. If he had to get our attention, a firm but not painful pat on the rump was sufficient to get our attention. It was as if he was saying, "I COULD make it smart a bit, but I don't think you would like that. So pay attention the first time, young lady!" I've always tried to follow that example.

I have no doubts that you and Darren are going to be wonderful parents. I am looking forward to your future blog posts, telling us all the cute things he does! :-)

God bless you and your new family, Laura.