Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Happy Birthday!!!!

                                     James "Luke"                                    
September 13, 2011
8:35 a.m.
7 lbs. 12 oz.
19 3/4 inches

                                          "Della Rose"                                          
September 13, 2011
8:37 a.m.
6 lbs. 7 oz.
19 1/4 inches

We are home and doing well.  The babies are 2 weeks old today! It is already going by too fast! They are perfect and I am in love.  Here is the sweetest moment we have captured thus far...looking forward to many, many more.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

quick update

The amnio results were not high enough for us to go ahead with the c-section.  A "passing" level is 2.0...ours was 1.7.  So close!! We were so disappointed at first, but after a FEW pep talks with each other we both realized that we want our babies as healthy as possible even though we are so anxious to meet them, hold them, kiss them....  So, the new plan is next Wednesday, September 14 FOR SURE! We are on the books for 8 am. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

corn casserole makes for good comfort food

So, tonight our small group had a Mexican theme for dinner. I volunteered to bring corn....something I thought would be quick and easy.  Since I haven't been working I thought about kicking it up a notch and found this super easy...SUPER delicious corn casserole (Paula Deen) recipe. I wanted to share it with all of you...I hope you can try it....it would especially be good if you could get some fresh corn since it's that time of year...mmmmmm.


  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained (I used Mexicorn to spice it up a little for our Mexican theme)
  • 1 (14 3/4-ounce) can cream-style corn
  • 1 (8-ounce) package corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl, stir together the 2 cans of corn, corn muffin mix, sour cream, and melted butter. Pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch casserole dish. Bake for 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and top with Cheddar. Return to oven for 5 to 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Let stand for at least 5 minutes and then serve warm.

**Click HERE to follow a link directly to the recipe on the Food Network website if you would like.**

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

light at the end of the tunnel

This pregnancy is winding down. As much as I am looking forward to meeting the babies and not looking and feeling like I swallowed 2 watermelons, I am starting to cherish every kick and roll that goes on in my tummy.  Next Wednesday my tummy will be empty and my arms will be full.  I am sorry that I haven't updated in a while....but somehow I managed to work until yesterday, so by the time I would get home I just CRASHED.  The doctor wrote me out because my blood pressure has become a little elevated.  She also scheduled an amnio for next Tuesday (September 6) to check lung development and as long as all is well with that, the c-section will be Wednesday, the 7th!!!  I was thinking about all the "predictions" we have made about Luke and Della Rose....personalities, looks, sleep schedules, etc.  I thought it would be fun to document them so that I can look back to see how close our predictions really are. So, here are a few.....

  • Luke will be shy and laid back. Della Rose is going to want to be the center of attention and demanding (I might have a diva on my hands...lol).
  • Luke will be our night owl, but Della Rose will not slow down one bit until bedtime.
  • Della Rose will look like her grandmother, Norman's mom. She may be fiesty just like her as well.
  • Luke will look like his daddy. 
  • Luke is going to be our Mr. Piggy and eat whenever and whatever food is available. (I predict this because at one ultrasound he was trying so hard to get his umbilical cord to his mouth)
  • They will both have heads full of hair....oh dear.
Now, for the things that I am still wondering about....
  • Which one (hopefully both) will have their daddy's beautiful singing voice?
  • Will either one be a picky eater?
  • What traits will they share so that people know they must be brother and sister?
  • What do their eyes look like?
And I thought about making a list of my hopes and dreams for them. But that could go on forever. I could wish for prestigious educations and careers, lots of friends for them, a happy and healthy life..... but are those things really what is going to be most important in our home?  I hope not. My biggest hope/dream/prayer for their lives is that they learn from their mommy and daddy what serving Jesus looks like, sounds like, feels like. We will not be perfect parents....I just want my children to serve Jesus and know they were created for His glory. I am sure this will be a resounding prayer  in the days, weeks, months, and years to come. Wow...it is really sinking in what an important job I have in front of me.  God is entrusting me with two precious souls....what a blessing.

Coming soon.....more belly photos. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

another good book

A story set in 19th century China that tests the readers emotional stamina with graphic descriptions of foot binding and the hardships endured by the two main characters (Snow Flower and Lily) during the Taiping rebellion.

Following the everyday lives of these women from age 7 into womanhood as they learn "nu-shu" (the secret writing of Chinese women) share their secret dreams, and confront the day to day challenges of being wife, mother, daughter-in-law in a culture where women are prized not for their intellect or talents but for the size of their feet.

This detailed examination of the suffering which Lily and Snow Flower experience in their laotong relationship(laotong = a liaison made by choice for the purpose of emotional companionship and eternal fidelity)is a major focus of the book.

Moving and sorrowful in it's exploration of female friendship Lisa See's story makes the reader question how much of a person's life is guided by tradition, by fate and the expectations of others and how much by freewill and choice.

* Picture and description from amazon.

Friday, July 29, 2011

counting carbs

Sorry I did not update yesterday...I was exhausted when we FINALLY got home.  I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and met with a nutritionist.  It really is not a big deal...just a little inconvenient.  I am counting carbs and checking my sugar 4 times a day.  So far, my sugar has been great!! Most importantly, the babies are doing well.  They are BIG (which is a side effect of the GD).  Luke weighs 4 lbs. 11 oz. and Della Rose weighs 3 lbs. 15 oz.  I am no longer on bedrest...yay!!  My doctor said to just take it easy and listen to my body.  I just wanted to post a quick update....wishing you a wonderful weekend!! Eek...I will be entering the last year of my 20s on Sunday.....I'm getting old!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

30 weeks

Well, I am on bedrest.  I had been noticing some "different" pains over the past two weeks. As they started happening more often I decided to call my nurse. She told me it sounded like contractions and to start timing them.  I did and they were coming every 15 minutes....so off to the hospital we went (Monday). It caught me off guard because I was expecting it to be like the movies where you are doubled over in pain doing those breathing exercises.  Not the case! When we got to the hospital they hooked me up to the monitor and sure enough they were contractions.  Both babies were doing great...they were moving around like crazy and their heart tones looked great.  So, they gave me a shot to stop the contractions and ordered bedrest until I see my regular doctor tomorrow (Thursday).  So, I am hoping that he will lift some of these restrictions tomorrow. Below are more belly pictures and some pictures from my wonderful shower this past weekend.  I guess the babies saw all the gifts they got and wanted to try to come and join us. I don't think so!!!  

29 weeks

I will update again after my appointment tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

flowers and more

My flower garden did not turn out like the beautiful picture in my head, however I do have some beautiful zinnias that allow me to enjoy freshly cut flowers in the house.  We only planted the seeds; God did the rest. :) I am a sucker for fresh cut flowers...but the free kind...not the expensive ones from the florist.

Also, we had maternity pictures taken last week...here are just a few....

And then a bad thunderstorm came, so there will be more to come later!

We went to the doc yesterday. Everything looks good. Luke weighs 2.5 lbs and Della Rose is trailing close behind at 2.3 lbs.  Norman and I were both 10 lb babies, so I don't think these two are going to have a thing to worry about in the birthweight department. 

So, this week I felt the need to begin a new personal Bible study for myself.   I researched on the internet and also browsed around in the Christian bookstore hoping that something would catch my eye. Nothing.  Instead a still, small voice tugged on my heart saying, "You already have what you need. You have MY WORD...just read it and be still."   I cannot tell you how much I have enjoyed getting Norman off to work in the mornings and reading my Bible in a quiet, still house.  I love not feeling handcuffed to some bookstudy that I may not even finish.  Sometimes I think we...maybe I....get so caught up with  the abundance of "resources" that we forget God's word is so precious. I push it to the side and let it collect dust so that I can read/do the newest, most popular "resource".  Please don't misunderstand. I think Bible study guides and resources are great. And I am sure that I will participate in many more in the years to come.  I was just reminded that sometimes all you need is what you already have.  Sometimes less is more.

As for God, his way is perfect; the word fo the Lord is flawless.  He is a shield for all who take refuge in him. --2 Samuel 22:31

For the word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing sould and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
--Hebrews 4:12

Monday, June 27, 2011

good book

Book Description from Amazon:
The Help is about a young white woman in the early 1960s in Mississippi who becomes interested in the plight of the black ladies' maids that every family has working for them. She writes their stories about mistreatment, abuse and heartbreaks of working in white families' homes, all just before the Civil Rights revolution. That is the story in a nutshell - but it is so much more than just stories.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

James Luke & Della Rose

Today I am 23 weeks...time is flying by.  We went to the doctor Thursday and got good reports all around.  James Luke (previously known as Baby A) weighs 1.8 pounds and Della Rose (previously known as Baby B) weighs 1.4 pounds.  My mom and brother went with me this time, and we got a nice little surprise. When the nurse was doing the ultrasound to get measurements she was able to make a beautiful 4d picture of Della Rose.  Luke was not in the right position...so maybe next time for him.  Della Rose is absolutely beautiful. She was "smiling" and has perfect, precious lips.  I will post her picture as soon as I have a 4d of Luke to share as well.  I can't let her steal the spotlight....lol.  The nursery is slowly coming together, but I have got to get busy!  We have cribs (no mattresses yet) and a glider.  I am still going back and forth on what to do with the walls.  I have found some really cute personalized decals OR I have thought about finding an artist to paint some white birch trees on the wall. I got that idea from JJ Heller's blog.  What do you think?

 I have noticed some swelling in my feet...just a little.  Now that it is summer break, I should be able to rest and keep my feet propped up to prevent swelling as much as possible.  I also plan to make the pool my #1 spot! Here is me at 22 weeks.....

Saturday, May 21, 2011

a smoother smoothie

I have been on the search for the "perfect" smoothie recipe for years.  I have always thought there was a "smoothie rule" that ice MUST be an ingredient in each and every smoothie. My smoothies always resulted in at least one big chunk of ice and they weren't quite so "smooth".  Well....ice is now a thing of the past when it comes to my smoothies.  Here is a recipe I found in a magazine....a much smoother smoothie! 

  • 1 banana (sliced)
  • 1/4 c. fresh strawberries (sliced)
  • 1/4 c. fresh blueberries
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. cranberry juice
  • 1/2 c. yogurt OR pineapple sherbert (I've tried both...didn't notice a big difference in taste)
I dump all this in my blender. Push the "blend" button for about 5-10 seconds, and it's ready to pour.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

18, 19, 20.....and counting

18 weeks

19 weeks

20 weeks

Please excuse the rather unflattering background. A sweet friend at work has taken pics of me every week.  We just snap them when we can....ignoring the evacuation plans, ugly walls, and other "schoolish" stuff in the background!

Thursday, May 12, 2011


I just finished a book/Bible study with a lovely group of ladies. The last chapter we read had a description of heaven that I absolutely loved...so different than the cliche streets of gold and crystal sea you always hear about (not that those things will not be waiting for me in heaven...I just know there will be so much more).  I hope you enjoy.

The air of heaven will blow away the fog that so often clouds our vision in this life.  In eternity we'll see the silliness of self-righteousness and quarreling over the nonessentials. We'll see just how precious the truths of the gospel really are....We'll see that the Cross really conquered death and hell and washed away our sins.  We'll see the everlasting reward of believing in Jesus and the eternal hell of rejecting him.  We'll look back on our lives and see that God never did forsake us....We will know in a deeper way than we can now imagine that God truly worked all things together for our good.  And we'll see that Jesus really did go to prepare a place for us, just as he said....We will meet men and women from every nation of the old earth who gave their lives in the cause of the gospel--martyrs who died rather than abandon the unchanging truths of the faith.  We'll meet people who lost homes and family and whose bodies were whipped and tortured and burned because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus.  And we will honor them, and all will see that what they lost and suffered was nothing in comparison to what they gained.......

Monday, April 25, 2011


Easter....I love Easter...pretty dresses..bright colors..blooming flowers..smiling faces..and a RISEN SAVIOR!  Norman and I headed to my parents for the weekend and enjoyed Easter lunch on Saturday with my family at my grandmother's.  On Sunday we went to church with my parents and brother.  The church is led by the pastor that I grew up listening to each and every Sunday morning.  Oh me...I felt so "at home".  I love my old church family....if you are reading this and you are "Old Victory" then YES, I am talking about you!  I love worship time, and on Easter I couldn't help but to stare down at my protruding belly and thank God for his blessings.  I also thought a lot about our baby who is with Jesus.  That baby has seen and been held in the nail scarred hands.  As we sang a familiar song I was filled with so many emotions....I wanted to share part of the song with you.....you've probably heard it before....

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From a life's first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No power of hell, no scheme of man
Could ever pluck me from His hand
'Til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand

17 weeks....

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

One of my blog friends, Tea, tagged me for a little question and answer fun! I always enjoy her posts and pictures.
Here is a link to Tea's blog.
There are two rules...

Rule 1: The tagged person must post answers to the questions on their blog and replace any question they dislike with a new one they've formulated themselves.

Rule 2: Tag 4 other people to do this quiz.


1. If you have pets, do you see them as merely animals or are they members of your family?
We have 2 dogs. They are members of our family. But soon they will take a backseat. My husband has to remind me constantly that they are not humans. I love them very much!

2. If you could have a dream come true, what would it be?
I believe you should always dream and if your dreams come true make new dreams, but (like Tea) I am going to change this question....
What is one dream you've had that has come true?
My hubby is my best friend. My children are on the way! Oops...that was 2 dreams!

3. What would you do with a billion dollars?
This is a WHOLE LOT of money.  This question shouldn't be hard to answer, but it is for me.  I will do my best.
  • Pay off our house and buy one in the city we've always wanted to live in.
  • Pay off our school debt.
  • Pay for my brother to finish college.
  • Buy my brother a wheelchair accessible home.  He would also need a live-in housekeeper..lol.
  • Pay off my parents' house and/or buy them a new one. They can choose!
  • Throw my parents a retirment party...and pay for them to retire!
  • Get a boat!
  • Look into a condo at the beach
  • Give to organizations that are helping people and sharing the Gospel
  • Put up some money for my children to go to college
  • RETIRE!! Norman and I both would!
  • Adopt children and set up scholarships for other families who wish to adopt.
  • Travel with my family.
  • Set up an inheritance for my children and grandchildren.
  • Choose one unsuspecting person a week and help them with a hardship they are experiencing.

4. What helps to pull you out of a bad mood?
praise and worship music

5. What is your bedtime routine?
My pj's have been on since I got home from work.  :)  I get off the couch, get a drink, take my vitamin and head to the bedroom.  I make sure the dogs are in the room...set the alarm. Adjust my pillows and turn on the TV...usually I'm out within 10 minutes!

6. Name something that has surprised you this week about motherhood (or womanhood)...
Motherhood- I'm still very inexperienced in this area. The biggest surprise of pregnancy thus far has been the shortness of breath.
Womanhood- Women are stronger than they think they are!

7. What kind of books do you read?
I like Amish novels. However, my genre has switched from fictional to informational parenting stuff.  I also enjoy my Bible.

8. How do you see yourself in 10 years?
I loved Tea's answer so I am going to copy it:
I have no idea. If the last 10 years have taught me anything, I know I pretty much have no idea what the next 10 years will bring.

9. What’s your fear?
This is not a fun question. I assume that I don't have to name my fears. I have all the fears that a typical wife, mommy-to-be, sister, daughter, etc.  has.  I fear suffering...there. I said it. I know suffering has a purpose. I know suffering draws me closer to God. I am thankful for suffering...but I fear it.

10. Would you give up all junk food for the rest of your life for the opportunity to see outer space?
Nope. I don't need Pluto...I need my Snickers bar and pound cake!

11. What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
empty my bladder!

12. If you could change one thing about your significant other, what would it be? Or, if you’re single - if you could choose a significant other who looked like anyone in the world, who would it be?
I'm changing this question just like Tea did...

What is one thing you love about your husband?
He is my best friend and he takes really good care of me.

13. If you could pick a new name for yourself, what would it be?
I go by my middle name.  If I picked a new name I would pick my first name...Elizabeth.

14. If you had to choose between six months of sun or six months of rain, what would you choose?

15. If you could only eat one thing for the next 6 months, what would it be?
hmmm...hard question...I have no idea!

16. What is the thing you enjoy about blogging the most?
I love seeing how creative other women are and learning from them.  I enjoy having an "outlet".  I also enjoy knowing that I can look back over my past blogs at any time.

17. Do you prefer salty or sweet foods?
hmmmm....another tough question...I guess I would have to say sweet!

18. What items are in your purse right now?
Wallet, car/house keys, face powder, band-aid, lip gloss, chapstick, pen, keys,  small bottle of lotion, work ID, receipts, picture of a bridesmaid dress that I need to order for a wedding I'm in, cell phone

19. If you had to choose between vacationing at the beach or in the mountains where would you go?
I love the mountains, but the beach wins everytime.

20. What do you watch on television that you know you shouldn't?
The Soup

Now I have to break a rule and only tag one person. I was supposed to tag four.  So...if you are reading this and would like to play along please don't hesitate!!!!

 No pressure, but if you're willing to play along...


Sunday, April 3, 2011

seeds are in the ground

I hope that you guys have enjoyed the weekend as much as we have.  We were at my parents most of the weekend...it seems like it had been forever since we had gone to spend the weekend with them. They live on a farm and I guess this is the season for calves to be born.  There were 2 of the most beautiful, white calves in the pasture.  I could have stood at the fence and watched them all day.  You could tell they were very young because there wasn't a dirty spot on them.  It's so funny how some experiences you never want to forget.  For some reason, I think I will always remember inching closer and closer to the fence to get a better look at those babes.  I guess I want to remember this experience because it was one of the moments that I was in awe of God's creation.

When we got back home we decided to continue to take advantage of the beautiful weather and we  Norman started on the flower garden!  He worked so hard while I sat in the lawn chair sipping my ice water.  Hey, I did dig a few holes and throw a few seeds in the ground!  He began by digging up weeds that had already started trying to take over.  Then, he planted my rose bush.  Together we planted the seeds.  I hope I have luck with seeds....I will have to be patient, but it will be so exciting to watch the tiny sprouts push their way  up through the dirt!  Here are some pictures...please excuse the quality...they are from Norm's cell to my e-mail...to you.

Norman working hard!

Our sweet dog, Jordan.
The DIVA DOG...Belle

Seeds we planted today :)

Last but not least...my 13 week glamour shot!
 My next appointment is Wednesday...I hope I can update with genders!!

P.S. Did I mention that my mom made some amazing french toast this morning???

Sunday, March 27, 2011

fun, delicious recipe

I made this the other night and oh my goodness!!! It was delicious!  I just had to share.

Chicken Enchiladas with Green Salsa
You will need:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 pkg McCormick Baja Citrus marinade
  • 1/4 c. diced onion
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (I left out the jalapeno b/c I don't do spicy too well right now)
  • 1/3 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese
  • 2 dashes of salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 cans (7 oz) Herdez Salsa verde, divided  (Herdez is the brand name)
  • 1 can (4 oz) diced green chiles
  • corn tortillas
  • 1/2 c. shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Preheat oven to 400.  Marinate the chicken with McCormick seasoning (I marinated all day, but an hour or so will do) and grill.  Shred/dice both breasts.  Add onion, jalapeno, cream cheese, salt, cumin, and 1 can of green salsa.  Mix until creamy.  Heat 8 tortillas in the microwave for 1 minute (if you lightly spray between each tortilla with cooking spray before heating they won't stick together as bad).  Spoon mixture into tortilla and roll.  Place in 13x9 pan folded side down.  Mix chiles with 1/2 can of salsa verde (I used another whole can because I could drink the stuff).  Pour evenly on top.  Sprinkle with cheese and bake 20 minutes.  I hope you enjoy! I served with Mexican rice and black beans. Mmmm.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I was really nervous about going back to work on Wednesday, but I did and I survived. The first few hours were really emotional.  When you work with lots of women who truly care any minute of the day can turn into a cry-fest! When I saw the parking lot that morning I just didn't think I could do it, but I just kept pushing on.  Several of my friends came by to check on me and as soon as I saw them standing in my door I would just break down in tears.  By lunchtime I wasn't anxious anymore and felt somewhat normal again.  I also came across this Bible verse that morning that helped to calm my anxious thoughts:
As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother's womb, so you cannot understand the works of God, the Maker of all things. --Ecclesiastes 11:5
On another note....We have cribs!!  A few weeks ago we went to IKEA.  I had posted a picture previously of a green crib that I had my eye on.  Well,  in person it was really green.  So that idea went out the window.  I ended up getting white cribs that will break down into toddler beds when needed and I love them.  They were on sale and I got a super deal. I would post a pic, but they are still in boxes in the garage.  :-) 

Today some of my sweet friends came to visit.  They brought a beautiful pink rose bush, a tea olive bush that smells delicious, and some cute metal pinwheels for my flower garden.  The weather is not cooperating for us to plant this weekend...hopefully we can get started one afternoon this week.  Last year I planted some lilies in with my vegetables and they are coming back! yay!! They will be beautiful.  I also  bought some zinnia and black-eyed susan seeds this week.  Does anyone have any other suggestions or ideas about what I should plant?? 

Here is my 12 week glamour shot...ha!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

12 weeks

Our precious baby is resting in Jesus' arms. We went to the doctor yesterday where they discovered that our baby's heart is no longer beating. Our baby is in heaven with a perfect body, a perfect face, and no need or want for 46 perfect chromosomes.  This morning I woke up with this song playing over and over in my head. I haven't heard it in so long and I know it is God's message especially for me (I was going to provide a link, but I couldn't find my favorite version by Kevin Derryberry).....

Jesus, lover of my soul. Jesus, I will never let you go.
You've taken me from the miry clay. You set my feet upon a rock and now I know.
I love you. I need you. Though my world may fall I'll never let you go.
My saviour, my closest friend. I will worship you until the very end.

Last year we had a small vegetable garden. After our appointment last week I decided that I didn't want to fool with vegetables this year. I just want a pretty place full of flowers.  Norman and I talked about it yesterday and we can't wait to get started.  I am off work today and I am going to pick out some pretty flowers to plant.  I hope it turns out as pretty as the picture in my head.  I will do my best to post pictures. 

Our two other babies are healthy. Once again, the doctor assured me that they are at no risk.  They are growing and moving...and according to the ultrasound I believe we have 2 thumbsuckers  :) .  Also,  it's not confirmed...but we think one just might be a boy.  We're not buying blue yet, but it's just a hunch that the ultrasound tech had yesterday.  I cannot wait to know for sure!  Our next appointment is April 6, so maybe they can tell for sure by then.  I am measuring right along with where I should....Dr. Davis said I am measuring at 4 months for a singleton pregnancy. Yikes! But he is pleased with my baby bump.

Please keep us in your prayers. I know grieving is a process and I will grieve on and off for a very long time (maybe forever) in my own way.  I feel like I am supposed to know how to grieve, but that is silly. I pray that I recognize my need to grieve as well as Norman's. 

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

I am writing this morning with a heavy heart. Last week (Thursday) at our routine ultrasound the ultrasound technician saw something a little concerning on one of the baby's heads.  We talked with our doctor who immediately made an appointment for us at UAB for the following Tuesday.  We were told it could be anything...something as insignificant as a shadow or something bigger.  I completely fell apart that day.  As always, Norman held me together.  The next day (Friday) I experienced an all-consuming peace about everything. I don't want to act like I thought everything was okay and I had nothing to worry about....but I knew no matter what the outcome God was holding me and these 3 babies in his hands. 

Yeserday was my appointment and I had been fine with no worries all weekend.  But once we got on the interstate to head to UAB fear took hold of me and I was scared to death.  Once agian, Norman put me back together.  Our ultrasound at UAB led the doctor to be "very confident" that one baby has Trisomy 13.  Some of the markers were evident in the ultrasound.  Trisomy 13 is a rare chromosomal anomaly. 

I know this may sound crazy to some of you, but I can already see God's hand in our situation.  My neighbor who has become my very dear friend had a beautiful little girl, Sophie, with Trisomy 13.  Last night her and her husband came to visit, talk with us, and pray with us. They brought so much comfort to Norman and me.  I can't even begin to calculate the odds that we would live across the street from each other.  The funny thing is that we have both been drawn to each other to pursue a friendship for a very long time.  And when we finally were able to spend time together we just "hit it off".  I will have much more to say about Aimee and our relationship in the posts to come, but I had to share a small bit today.  I have always admired her strength and courage.  I know this is going to be a difficult road to walk down, but God will provide us with the manna we need to get through each day.  My prayer is to bring glory to God in all circumstances.

Something else that will be new to me is balancing my joy and sorrow.  I have 2 healthy babies that are growing and moving all over the place!!  Praise God!!  The doctor reassured me that neither of those babies are at risk and they have no problems.  We go back to the doctor on Monday. I will update again soon.  I want to leave you with a fun picture....10 weeks and growing!

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and WONDERFULLY made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  --Psalm 139:13-14

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

good book

My dear friend Lisa bought this book for me and I am learning so much!
photo taken from amazon.com

Also, I am going to need opinions on nursery ideas.  Since I am going to be on "restricted activity" (or even worse, bedrest) at some point I am trying to go ahead and get as much done as possible.  I am going to IKEA this weekend to look at a crib I found online. What do you think?
I'm thinking green, yellow, chocolate brown for nursery colors??  I am also thinking a solid color for bedding??  Please give ideas....solid yellow, solid brown, solid white, or gingham green and white? It's hard to decorate for 3 babies!

Friday, February 25, 2011


Today was a fun day. My mom went with me to the doctor and got to see an ultrasound for the first time.  Not only did we see heartbeats today, but we also saw moving, squirming babies!! All 3 were moving!! The nurse said this is a great milestone because it reduces my risk of miscarriage to less than 5%....that brought some much needed peace of mind. 

After my appointment we headed to a local "garage sale" that was sponsored by a local "moms of multiples" organization.  I had joined the group earlier this week so that I could shop first in the sale as a "pregnant member".  When we got there it felt a little like Black Friday.  There were long lines and crazy pregnant women pushing to get to the strollers.  It was a little overwhelming to me.  However, I found a double stroller, some unisex baby clothes, and a few maternity clothes.  The funniest part was that I was so excited about the stroller...pushing it to the car just smiling ear to ear.  I get to the car and open the back hatch and suddenly I am FROZEN.  I had NO CLUE how to fold it up!! First, I looked to make sure no one was watching then I tried really hard to do it myself to no avail.  I called my mom to come out and help...no luck.  Finally, I saw a man loading strollers into his car with his wife so I nabbed him.  He was so nice...he showed me how to do it and explained everything.  Needless to say, I have LOTS to learn.  I am very happy with my purchases and consider our trip a success.  I can't wait to go back when I know how to shop for boy/girl specific clothes.

Enjoy the weekend!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

8 weeks...quick update

We have been going weekly for ultrasounds and everything has been moving right along.  The babies continue to grow and it still amazes me when I gaze at that screen.  We met with our infertility doctor this past week for the first time since getting pregnant.  She said that we are only the 2nd couple in all her years of practice to get pregnant with triplets on the particular combination of treatment we were doing!  She also said that in about 2 weeks she will release me to my regular OB/GYN and/or the high-risk specialist.  She is going to call my OB next week to see if she wants to handle my pregnancy along with the high-risk doctor or turn it over to the high-risk specialist completely.  I am a little anxious to see what happens. 

As for me, I have been nauseous 24/7 and I have tried not to complain....I just keep reminding myself that it could be worse, and it WILL get better.  Norman and I have been talking about all the things we need to do to be ready.  It's a long, overwhelming list.  Since we know that I will more than likely be on bed rest at some point...probably around 28 weeks if not sooner....we are trying to get a head start.  The most important thing is to get a room cleaned out for the babies.  I keep wondering how in the world TWO people can have so much "stuff"!?!?  I see a BIG yard sale in our near future.  Anyway, I don't have any groundbreaking news...just felt like I needed to post an update.  Now I am off to enjoy this beautiful day the Lord has made.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

♥ pitter ♥ patter ♥

We saw three heartbeats today ♥ ♥ ♥. It was such a sweet miracle. Looking back I was so uptight that I didn't soak it in enough....what I would give to see those little pitter patters again.  Good thing we go back next Wednesday...maybe I will do better....and maybe we can hear them!  When we left it had been sleeting and everyone in the ENTIRE city was on the roads.  It took us 4 hours to get home instead of 1 1/2. So, I am in my bed close to comatose....but I had to post a quick update.  I hope everyone has a nice weekend despite the weather! Lots of love!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker

It has been a while since my last post. I waited for a reason.  A little over 2 weeks ago we found out we are expecting! Praise God, the giver of life.  At my initial blood test my level was 186 ("level" meaning the pregnancy hormone AKA beta HCG). I was instructed to go back weekly for bloodwork until my level got to 2000 at which time I would begin having ultrasounds weekly until I was released to my OB/GYN.  It is normal for these levels to double every 2-3 days. One week never went by so s-l-o-w.  But finally, the day arrived.  When the nurse called with my results I was quite surprised to hear her say that my level was now 5,613.  WHAT?? That seemed kind of crazy, but I just took it as meaning I had a good, strong pregnancy...which is all I had prayed for.  She said that since my level was over 2000 they would like for me to come and have an ultrasound at the end of the week (this past Friday).

We were so excited to be able to see the proof in a "picture".  We made it to the appointment, and our ultrasound tech. called us back and began the ultrasound.  My hubby was so excited..standing up, craning his neck to see the monitor.  Then the tech said, "sir, you may want to sit down".  Oh gosh, I knew. I knew those THREE black dots I was seeing on the screen were three separate babies.  And the technician confirmed my suspicion.  My reaction:  "Oh my goodeness....my face is hot...somebody FAN my FACE!".....My husband's reaction: laughter. 

I won't even go into detail about once we left the hospital....total and complete chaos. But our question repeatedly all the way home, "What are we going to do?"..  We are completely thrilled, but at the same time very anxious when we start thinking details.  We serve an amazing God and we take comfort knowing that HE will provide our every need.  We have a wonderful network of family and friends who will support us. 

We go back Thursday for another ultrasound.  Please pray for all of us this week. The pregnancy is still early. I will update on Thursday!! We're having TRIPLETS!!

Monday, January 17, 2011

fun recipe!

Wow! Two posts in one day!! I had to share this super easy crock-pot recipe.....

You will need:
  • 1 jar slasa verde (16 oz)...I found this in the ethnic aisle at the store
  • 2 lb. boneless, skinless chicken cubed
  • 1 can corn (15 oz) drained
  • 1 can navy beans, drained (15.5 oz)
  • 1 can green chiles
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 c. chopped cilantro
1. Mix all ingredients except cilantro in crock-pot.
2. Cover and cook on high 5-6 hours or low 8-9 hours until chicken is cooked through.
3. Stir in cilantro; serve with lime wedges and sour cream. ENJOY!!

*I wish I could post a picture of MY end product, but I'm not good like that so here is one from the web. :)

Today we honor a great man, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Because of him and other brave men and women I was able to marry my best friend regardless of race.  And I leave you with a quote by this great man:

 Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away, and that in some not too distant tomorrow the radiant stars of love and brotherhood will shine over our great nation with all their scintillating beauty.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

We go tomorrow morning for an IUI. Please keep us in your prayers.  I don't really have much else to say. As always...we are cautiously hopeful.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

I cannot believe that another year has come and gone.

Blessings big and small in 2010....
  • January- I decide to go back to school very spur of the moment. I begin classes to become a certified school psychometrist. (no fertility treatments this month)
  • February- Norman and I went to a Casting Crowns concert...what a blessing to worship the Creator with your spouse. (no fertility treatments this month)
  • March- I got to see the Wizard of Oz musical with some friends...good times. Also, ran a 5k and had my personal best...I RAN the WHOLE thing! Yay!  (no fertility treatments this month)
  • April- busy time at work for special education teachers....IEP season. Saw "The Music Man" with my friend, Sheena.  (no fertility treatments this month)
  • May - still busy at work...tying up loose ends before school ends....Mother's Day with my mom...sometimes a hard day for me, but not this year (no fertility treatments this month)
  • June- BEACH TRIP!! Enjoying my summer break at home. Begin classes every Saturday...boo.  (considered fertility treatments, but realized it conflicted with my beach trip and decided to wait)
  • July- anniversary and birthday month...hot summer days...need I say more?  (begin a round of fertility treatments with IUI...chemical pregnancy)  Oh, and my 10 year high school reunion.
  • August-Time for school to start already?? (another round of fertility treatments)
  • September- I am crazy at work...began 2 new jobs...psychometrist for the system and serving preschool students two days a week.  (taking a break from fertility)
  • October- Enjoying the colors of Fall...football....cool weather (SIS procedure confirms suspicion of fibroid tumor...schedule surgery)
  • November- Surgery to removed fibroid tumor and adenomyosis. yuck!
  • December- WHITE CHRISTMAS! Cherished time with family and friends. A quick trip to the beach after Christmas with my love and my mom. Rang in the new year at home....fun times.
After reading that it makes me realize I was pretty self-involved in 2010. I shy away from resolutions, but my prayer is that in 2011 I recognize and act on opportunities to serve God by serving others. May God bless you in 2011 ♥