October 2014

Please click on “Our Angel Abigail” to read the beginning of our Baby Abigail’s story.

October 11, 2014

To the woman who felt it necessary, while standing behind my boys and I in line (who were behaving very well, by the way) and observing that I am pregnant, told me that I must either be a saint or crazy enough to not know when to stop.  This is my response that I wish I could have articulated in my moment of slight shock.  “No, I am neither a saint nor crazy.  I am a mom who loves her children with a passion and depth I never realized possible until my oldest was laid in my arms.  I treasure each moment with my boys and Baby, as I am acutely aware of how transient life is.  I am truly grateful to live the life I live. No, I am human and very sane, thank you very much.”

October 13, 2014

Snake hat set

I am going to rename Thanksgiving 2014 as the day that I finished a bunch of projects.  This set is for my reptile loving Caleb.  This is also my peace set – I crocheted the scarf while I waited with Caleb after he broke his leg and worked on the hat while I tried to wait calmly for my first specialist ultrasound.  It’s proof that crocheting is my version of therapy!

October 19, 2014

I’m sure that we’ve all heard the saying “that behind every great man is a great woman” … well, in my life I would like to change it a bit to “beside every strong woman is a great man.”  I have had a lot of comments about the strength that I have had through all of our journey with our sweet Baby.  And while it is true that life, genetics and faith have given me a lot of inner strength, I also receive great strength and support from my husband.

He may not be able to be with me a lot, but no matter where he is in the world I know he is firmly in my corner.  Life is so interesting.  Had we needed to walk this road 2 years or 5 years or 9 years ago, I am not sure that we would have been as united of a team.  But through sticking with our relationship and working hard at making it what it is today, we are side by side, supporting each other.  Marriage is hard work, but such a tremendous blessing.

To my husband, you are everything to me.  Thanks for being my rock, when things are pretty and fun and also when things are drastically different than we wish.  When I said “I do” in 2005, it was the best decision of my life.

I love you, Bear.

October 27, 2014

Another long day of medical appointments with my friends at the hospital today.  Very grateful that my husband is home to go with me and hopefully today’s ultrasound will be able to confirm if our sweet Baby is a boy or a girl.  Please remember us in your prayers – for peace and wisdom.  Thanks!


Ultrasound showed that Baby is firmly in breech position … very busy little soul, practicing it’s breathing skills, but nothing has changed.  I will be induced starting on Nov. 18 and the expectation is that Baby will be here by/before noon on Nov. 19.  Other than my heart misbehaving (I will be wearing a 24 hour heart monitor on Nov. 7), I personally am healthy.  So glad my husband was able to spend the day with me … he won’t admit it, but I can firmly beat him at thumb wars.  Haha!!  Now, to have a date enjoying Chinese food with my favorite person.  Thanks to everyone for the love and support – you all mean so very much to us!!


2014-10-27 14.48.52

I would say that my fortune cookie was truthful today!  Doing my best to always see the beauty in the shadows.


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