Monday, March 13, 2017

Baby Flynn Is Here

Well, you can pretty much gather the reason for my absence here in these few pics...
Ian Flynn
Born February13th, 2017
8:59 pm
21 1/2 inches long 
1 Day Old
1 Month Old
 Oh, how he has stolen my heart...

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Savoring These Precious Moments


There are two questions I get quite a bit, as I enter the last few weeks of pregnancy.

One, "How much longer?".

To which I answer, I do not know or soon, as I really do not know. I do not believe in due dates. A baby will come when they are good and ready, and I will not guess as to that time. (My motto with that, is "A baby is never late, nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to".)

Two, "Am I anxious or 'over' being pregnant yet?"

And that answer, to everyone's great surprise is no.

No, I am not "done" or "tired" of being pregnant.

No, I do not feel anxious.

I feel calm. And peaceful. And grateful.

Yes, I really miss boundless energy.

Yes, I miss being able to fit into any article of clothing in my closet.

Yes, I miss not having to run to the bathroom every 15 minutes.

Yes, I miss how rolling out of bed was not like being a bug stuck on its back and unable to figure out how in the world to turn over. ;)

And I REALLY, REALLY miss running and deadlifts. :)

And of course coffee whenever I feel like it.

But I would not change or rush these last days of my sweet babe being safe in my womb, for any comfort in this world.

As I wait for him to be brought earthside, I am savoring these moments the LORD has given me.

I have wanted to be pregnant for a long time. And to experience childbirth first hand.

Remembering that fact, why in the world then, would I want to rush an answered prayer?

I am savoring these days.

My GOD has heard my cry, and given me this child, and these moments of feeling him wiggling and stretching within. And I LOVE it.

Yes, I eagerly look forward to the day when I see his precious face, hold him close, and hear him cry for the first time.

But for now, I will savor these precious quiet moments, and praise the LORD for each stretch, kick, and bug stuck on its back moments. :D

Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:4-13
What stage of life are you in right now? Do you feel content, or the need to rush it along?
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 30

“All the time we wondered and wondered, who is this person coming, growing, turning, floating, swimming deep, deep inside?”
– Crescent Dragonwagon
How far along?
30 Weeks
Baby is now:
  Tipping the scales at around 3 pounds and stretching in at about 16.5 inches long,
Total weight gain:
20 pounds as of this past Monday. But it feels like SOOOOOO... much more... ;D
Still waking up early and not going back to sleep, and of course frequent bathroom visits. Naps are this mama to be, best friend right now. :D
 Lots of walking and yoga. Still one day of light upper body weight lifting a week. And if I have energy to spare, I have thrown in a few prenatal cardio workouts.
Great of late! Still some random emotional, teary eyed moments. Like Christmas commercials. Especially that Apple one with Frankenstein... :D
 Most food I enjoy. But there have been moments lately where I am REALLY hungry, and REALLY want to eat, but can not for the life of me figure out what on earth to eat. :)
  Back pain is my biggest complaint right now. It has caused me to have slow down a lot through the day, and to take frequent breaks. My little guy is hanging out low, which is causing those lower back muscles to work pretty hard right now. And really dry, itchy skin. Seriously, my skin has NEVER been this dry before.
Running, heavy weight lifting, coffee whenever I want, and sleeping on my stomach. Oh how I would LOVE to just sprawl out on my belly... :D
He is one active little boy! And on a pretty consistent schedule. With mornings and late evenings being his very active time. Definitely NOT taking after his mommy in the morning activity. :D
 Maternity Clothes:
 All maternity jeans, and I finally broke down and bought a few maternity shirts as well. Not sure why I waited so long to buy the shirts. I am pretty sure I heard angels singing while trying them on and them fitting so well. :)
 Worst Moment of the week:
Just dealing with a cold that lasted for over a week. Aside from a cough at night, that is nearly gone.
Best Moment of the week:
Finishing up our Bradley classes, and Thanksgiving with Justin's family and my sister. I hosted it, and really enjoyed putting it all together. :) 
Looking Forward to:
The baby shower coming up very soon!
How has your week been? Any special moments to share?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 26

“A mother’s joy begins when new life is stirring inside… when a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time, and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.”
– Author Unknown
How far along? 
26 Weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
  14 inches from crown to foot, he's just about as tall as a pineapple (including the leaves at the top).
Total weight gain:
15 pounds as of this past Monday. Even though that seems like A LOT to me, I am told that is the perfect amount of weight gain for this point in pregnancy. It is not easy, but I accept it. :)
I am still struggling with waking up very early, and not going back to sleep. And bathroom visits have become more frequent. My child has decided my bladder area is his favorite place to hang out of late...
 I have had to listen more to my body these past few weeks, and to be okay with rest days, and to go slower. Back and hip pain have caused me to cut back on my weight lifting to just once weekly. Walking still feels good at 4 days a week. And yoga is the best right now as often as possible. :D
Fairly steady. Some weepiness at weird, random times. But overall happy and content.
 I am pretty much enjoying all food these days, with anything pumpkin being the favorite. :D
  Tired, achy back, sore hips, and pregnancy brain. Seriously, that latter one hitting very hard this past week. I am putting things in weird places (ie coconut oil and the coffee pot with hot coffee in fridge, toothpaste in the tooth brush holder...), and struggling a bit with organization of my thoughts.
Running, heavy weight lifting and coffee whenever I want...
He is one active little boy! I can feel his little hiccups, and when he is startled by a loud noise. :D
Maternity Clothes:
 All maternity jeans, and some of my shirts I thought would last, are starting to get shorter. So I have been on the lookout for some nice cheap tunics of late.  
 Worst Moment of the week:
The weepiness at random times, and the scatter brainess. That has become very frustrating. 
Best Moment of the week:
Getting ready for the baby shower in December, and setting up the registry and looking at carseats with my hubby. It just makes it seem all the more real!

Looking Forward to:
Supper made by my mom. I am HUNGRY! :D
Are you expecting a wee one? How is your pregnancy going? Even if you are not expecting, what are you looking forward to this week?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Blessings After Waiting

"Often blessings cannot be received unless we go through the trial of waiting."
Today, I feel thankful. And blessed beyond measure.
Because my back muscles have been TIRED all week, and at times, my hips feel like they are going to stretch apart.
Why is that something to be thankful for?
Because I know the cause of my tired back and sore hips.
I am becoming a mommy.
I can say that with all my heart, I LOVE every single ache and pain and tired moment in my day.
For at one point in my life, I was looking at the possibility of never getting to experience this miracle of pregnancy.
But our LORD is gracious, and has answered my many pleas.
I waited patiently for the LORD, and HE inclined unto me, and heard my cry. 
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.
 Psalm 40: 1, 3, 5
What are you thanking the LORD for today? Has HE answered any prayers, big or little, that you want to give HIM praise about?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 22

Running errands and talking on the phone,
I am pleasantly reminded that I am not alone.
Little tiny hands, a precious rounded knee,
pushing and twisting that no one can see.
Oh sweet child kicking up your heels,
it is our little secret that only I can feel.
I look forward to your birth,
when I can kiss your skin,
but for now I will just smile,
as I feel you play within.
How far along? 
22 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Large grapefruit—about 14 ounces in weight, and nearly 8 inches from crown to rump.
Total weight gain:
Tuesdays midwife appointment showed a gain of 10 pounds total. It has been difficult at times to get used to those numbers on the scale, and even hearing remarks on how I am starting to show more (including "jokes" of being told I am looking chubby and getting a pooch). Weight gain is a VERY good thing in pregnancy, and VERY healthy when gained in moderation (which my midwife says I am doing very well with). And I accept and am even beginning to embrace it. :)
Sleep has been very good. I still wake up very early some days, and then go back to sleep after being awake for an hour or so. Which in turn has caused a need for afternoon naps... :D
 Twice weekly weights, walking or prenatal cardio videos 3 days, and yoga in between.
Not the best, I will admit. I have been in kind of a funk. You know, the feel sorry, poor me kind of mood. For some reason, outside of internet friendships, and immediate family, I have not felt as if there is any joy or excitement over our baby. There have been very few congrats or anything. Might be just me, but I just want to burst with joy and excitement all the time! :)
I still have cravings for beef. But that has even subsided. And there have not really been any aversions either. I am pretty much enjoying all food these days. :)
  A tired feeling in my back muscles quite a bit. And allergies! Since becoming pregnant, I have become especially sensitive to previous allergens. I am told this can be normal for pregnant women. Who knew? :D
Oh, I feel my sweet one everyday now, and LOVE every single kick and jump. I am pretty sure it is the best feeling in the world. Especially the kicking that starts when Justin is talking.  :)
Maternity Clothes:
 All maternity jeans now. But that has been the only maternity specific item.
Worst Moment of the week:
  It was kind of several moments. We have been moving furniture and such to make room for baby stuff. Well, on Saturday I stubbed my toe twice, dropped a two and half pound weight on my foot, and scraped my elbow while organizing my craft hutch. Yeah... ;)
Best Moment of the week:
 Not fainting when getting blood drawn! :D

Drum roll please...

Ahhhh!!! We are so excited to be having a little boy! I was hoping for a little boy. I have always said I want 10 little boys that look EXACTLY like Justin when he was little. :D

Before I go, I want to thank those of you that have sent me texts, Facebook messages, and commented showing concern for my absence. I have not intended to go so long in between posts. I would like to say it has been entirely due to being busy with school, but that is not the case.

I am not feeling the need or desire to blog as often anymore. It seems as if my brain has been shifting more to prepping for baby, and living daily life, than blogging. So, things will more than likely remain fairly quiet here. If you would like more frequent updates, please check out my Instagram page. I try to post there 3 times a week. :)

How has life been for you? Have you been in a great mood, or kind of a funk? What is the LORD teaching you at this time?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 17

"When the LORD reached down HIS hand,
To add this babe to our household band,
We felt that our cup overflow,
The greatest blessing HE could bestow."
How far along? 
17 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Vidalia onion
Total weight gain:
Not sure. At least one pound from the initial drop of 3 pounds. I have not checked since last months midwife appointment. An appointment is coming up soon, and we will see for sure then.
I seem to wake up at 5 am lately and struggle going back to sleep. Justin says it's my body prepping itself for the baby's schedule. :D
 Twice weekly weights, walking 3 days, and yoga in between.
Joyful for the most part. But I seem to become very weepy quickly. Hello crying my eyes out while watching the beast die in "Beauty and the Beast"...
I really do not have any desire for chicken or beef. Unless it is a steak. I have had steak on the brain for days now.
 Nausea is gone! Energy levels are high. But I can't go more than a few days at full energy without having a slow day in between. And the hip pain has gone away!
I am pretty sure I have been feeling our sweet one. Although I am one to hesitate to say for as I have not felt a baby move within before now. :D It's a little something about the same time each day.

Maternity Clothes:
 My inlaws blessed me with some money for my birthday and told me to spend it on clothing. I was able to find several dresses. But overall I am still able to get away with elastic waistbands, and looser fitting shirts.
Worst Moment of the week:
 Receiving a jury summons. :(
Best Moment of the week:
 Starting back to teaching, and not having one single crier. Miracle of miracles with 3 year olds, ya'll. :D
Looking forward to:
 A weekend at home with my love. :)
What are you looking forward to this week?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

HE Answers Our Prayers

"If GOD answers your prayers, HE is increasing your faith. If HE delays, He is increasing your patience. If HE doesn't answer, HE has something better in mind."
One morning last week, I woke up for the third day with an AWFUL headache. I had tried every remedy I knew to relieve the pain. Finally after waking up and barely being able function properly, I fixed myself the first cup of full caffeine coffee since finding out I was pregnant.
And very quickly, the pain subsided.
While I was enjoying that one measure cup of bliss, I had the strong desire for rain to be falling and me sitting in my chair, all cozied up enjoying such a treat. But knew that was highly unlikely as it was as bright and sunny as could be outdoors.
After sitting and sipping for awhile, I decided to get up and go for a long walk to keep the headache away.
Not more than 10 minutes into the walk I noticed it began to cloud up. Then 5 minutes later, I looked down the road to see a wall of rain coming my direction. So, indoors I headed.
I didn't think much of it at the moment. I decided that I would take the opportunity to catch up on dishes, until it passed by.
But I stopped suddenly. Didn't I have a desire for a rainy morning, all cozied up?
And immediately I left the dishes alone, opened the blinds, curled up in my corner, put Emmet Franz on softly, and thanked GOD that HE has granted that small desire of my heart.
It got me to thinking. How often in our lives do we see a small prayer answered, and maybe thank GOD for it, but not truly and FULLY enjoy that moment HE blessed us with?
GOD answers our prayers, or grants desires of our heart to bless us. To show us that He loves us, to praise HIM and I even think to see our joy in enjoying those blessings.
Whether its becoming a mother after years of thinking it was not possible, finishing a tough class with a very good grade, having a pleasant and productive day at your job, or getting to watch the rain fall, EVERYTHING that the LORD blesses us with in our lives should be praised and ENJOYED.
Why? Because HE loves us, and is pleased when we show thankfulness and joy in those moments. :)
Have there been any little prayers answered in your life lately? Or big ones too?
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Blessed Be the Name of the LORD

Psalm 113
113 Praise ye the Lord. Praise, O ye servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord.
Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised.
The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens.
Who is like unto the Lord our God, who dwelleth on high,
Who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth!
He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth the needy out of the dunghill;
That he may set him with princes, even with the princes of his people.
He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the Lord.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Pregnancy Update: Week 14

Hello second trimester!
How far along? 
14 weeks
Baby is now the size of a:
Total weight gain:
This weeks midwife appointment revealed a 1 pound drop from the last visit. With the initial loss of 3 pounds, and then gaining 2 pounds back, one of the two gained has been loss. Which seems strange to me as my belly is really starting to grow. I think it is muscle loss due to not lifting so heavy anymore.
I sleep fairly well at night. Occasional hip pain wakes me up to move positions. The need for naps during the day seems to be lessening.
Still the same. Twice weekly weights, walking 3 days, and yoga in between. With yoga being the favorite for my sore hips.
Better. I have not had as many angry outbursts. Overall, joyful.
No real cravings to speak of. But I have not been in a meat mood for while now. More of a bread, veggie, and carb mood...
Some occasional nausea, fatigue (though that is better), and hip pain began this week.
Maternity Clothes:
I have the one pair of capri's I wear a lot. Trying to just wear more elastic waistband skirts.
Worst Moment of the week:
Having blood drawn, and blacking out right after, and throwing up too. Not the first time for that to happen during a blood draw. And unfortunately, it probably will not be the last.
Best Moment of the week:
Hearing our little ones heartbeat (you can hear for yourself on my Instagram). I could seriously listen to that ALL day. :)
Looking forward to:
Getting prepared for teaching K-3 again.

What has been a joyful moment for you in your life this week? Is there anything you are looking forward to?
 Have a wonderfully blessed week everyone! Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Simple Pleasures Of The Day...

“Simple pleasures are best.”
― Alan Bradley,
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie    

Today, I am thankful for these simple pleasures...

Yesterday's farmers market bouquet, sitting on the kitchen table...

Meatloaf baking in the oven...

Being able to bake my sisters birthday cheesecake...
The crepe myrtle tree blooming in the front yard... 
Chickens that wait and pace and squawk at the coop door, wanting to come out...
 Collecting daily gifts from said chickens...
Post yoga snacks of apple slices, peanut butter, and lemon water...
Fifty cent onesies, along with a moses basket from a local consignment shop...
And a growing belly, that although it makes me feel a bit self conscious, I know there is a precious soul growing in there. :)

“Sometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world ...”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

 What simple pleasures are you thankful for  in your life today?

Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, July 23, 2016

Pregnancy Update: 12 Weeks

I hope you dear readers don't mind, but I hope to share in the joy of pregnancy with some ocassional updates here. I have always loved reading these, and seeing the contrast and similarities of each pregnancy. It always amazes me to see how awesome GOD created the female body to change and grow a precious new soul. :)
How far along: 12 weeks and some days.
Baby is now the size of: A plum
Total weight gain: I have stopped keeping track (except for midwife appointments), as I can get obsessive over it. But, at the beginning, I lost 3 pounds, as I had NO appetite. But at my last check, I gained two back.
Sleep: I get about 10 hours each night. I am starting to not feel the dire need for an afternoon nap, so YIPEE for returning energy!
Exercise: A little bit of everything. I walk 1 hour, 3 days a week, lift weights (light weights, ya'll...) 2 days a week, and I try to squeeze in some yoga several days as well.
Mood: Depends. Generally I feel happy and content. But, I seem to get angered too easily. Trying hard to control that, but little things set me off at random moments... 
Sickness: Nauseousness has been minimal, praise the LORD! I can go a bit longer between meals, and don't feel as if I am going to lose it if I get hungry.
Missing: COFFEE.  And lifting heavier weights.
Maternity clothes: I broke down, and bought these capris yesterday. I feel like I am getting so big so fast! I have been trying the hairband trick for when I wear my tighter fitting pants, for the past two weeks, but just never felt completely comfortable. I am loving the breathing room these pants offer.
Looking forward to: An upcoming camping trip. :D
Have a wonderfully blessed day everyone! Thanks for stopping by!