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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

We're Leavin' (Leavin')...

... on a 12:30 plane to Georgia...

It doesn't have quite the same ring to it as 'midnight train,' but I would not be taking a train from Riverside to Atlanta!  I mean seriously, could you imagine taking a midnight train while you're six months pregnant, along with your hubby and two-year-old kid on a 2,193 mile ride?!

I don't even want to pretend to imagine that.  It's already making me feel crazy!  The 32 estimated hours are by car, too - not by train, with frequent stops...  I mean look at that map!  It's way over there!

Therefore, we are taking an airplane in one week.

Boxes have been labeled and stacked up neatly, while the closets and home decor are clearing out.  The movers will actually be here this Friday.  James and I set a goal of being completely done with packing by tomorrow night.  I think it will happen.  That way, we can just relax on Thursday before the moving company peeps show up the next day.  We'll have some time to spend with family and friends this weekend, and come next Tuesday, we will be heading out to Ontario in order to fly into ATL.

God has really been gracious in that He has tarried for over a month with our move.  It all felt so sudden when everything was set for April 8th.  I was talking with James about that this afternoon, and just praising God for how good He is.  If we had to move then, I don't think I would've had time to process the emotion in the rush of packing and preparing.  There are so many lovely blessings we've received by staying here for one and a half months longer than we had anticipated:

  • Continued confirmation that God will provide for our family
  • Extra time spent with family & friends, especially the tasty meals we've shared!
  • I got to complete my entire first year at Bible Study Fellowship (today was the last day!)
  • Miles completed an entire year in the BSF children's program studying Genesis along with me
  • We finished the Crazy Love study at the Green's home fellowship
  • Getting to serve in Children's Church & nursery for a few more weeks
  • Meeting baby Hunter!!  AND finishing his baby blanket
  • Getting to celebrate Richard's 30th birthday
  • Getting to see Matt when he gets back from ND
There have been so many more that I can't even think of right now - so many ways in which the Lord has blessed us.  The best thing that I have experienced throughout this entire process is God's presence in my life.  He has never been more real, and He has come alongside me every step of the way.  When I have questions, He answers them, and I am amazed at how much Jesus truly cares for me and my family.

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"Stick 'em up!"

Some Miles Fun Facts:
  • Toy Story 3 is his current fave
    • He pronounces Woody "Wheedy"
  • The boy is obsessed with singing "Yo Ho, a Pirate's Life for Me"
  • He loves to shoot guns, even if that gun is his right hand or a piece of bread
  • He's ice cream crazy
  • He is so good with babies - he talks about Hunter all the time
    • In nursery this Sunday, he took a baby doll out of a stroller, laid it on the floor and said, "Oh, baby Hunter?  Change diapah."  I think he's gonna be a great big brother.
As I'm sitting on my couch right now, Peanut is kicking away!  We are 28 weeks along, entering into the third trimester already.  This little one is so different than Miles.  Miles got the hiccups a lot, while this one has very regular awake/asleep times.  Bebe likes to get up around 7AM, dance at 11AM, then chill until dinner time, and finally another dance sesh around 9 or 10PM.  

I've been busy working on a side-project when I'm not helping James pack, or hanging out with Bubs:  altering my maternity pants.  I absolutely hate the full-panel maternity bands that are connected to my pants/shorts, you know, the ones that cover my entire belly.  There's something about having that panel over my ever-expanding tummy that just irritates me!  I think it's especially unnecessary on a pair of maternity shorts.  I mean, really?  Who designed these?  Certainly not a pregnant woman - and most definitely not one that has ever been six months pregnant (or more) in the summer time!  What's the point of having shorts if I'm going to sweat all over myself because of the spandex squeezing my belly?  Besides, I just get uncomfortable after a few hours of wearing them because of the pressure.

All that being said, I have been altering all of my mommy-wear to have under the belly maternity elastic, which has been a fun project.  I found ZERO tutorials on pinterest for this idea, so I may have to create one myself, and then pin it myself.  Boom.  (I even went back to Forever 21 to see if they still carried maternity clothes because the only pair of pants I own that have an under-the-belly panel were from that store - but unfortunately/thankfully, they discontinued their maternity line.  As much as I like the items I bought there two years ago, I felt pretty weird shopping at Forever 21 for mommyhood clothing.)  I just had to use my jeans as a guide in fixing the rest of my pants/shorts.  It took some trial & error, but I finally got a result I was pleased with.

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Dearests, keep us in your thoughts this week, and in the weeks to come, as we venture into a new chapter of our lives.  God is so good, and He is the Author of new beginnings.  Our love to you, and thanks in advance for your prayers.

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