Sunday, December 21, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Our last Dr. appointment (Friday) showed us that Paisley would rather be standing up than resting on her head... She's in breech position and that doesn't make the doc real comfortable. (What about me?!)
The crazy news is that if she hasn't flipped by this Friday, they want us to seriously consider having her manually turned the week after Christmas. (Doctor manipulation of my baby belly!) When - if! - she turns after all that pushing, pulling, and kneading of her comfort zone, they'll want to induce me to begin labor before she changes her mind. If all of this happens...we'll have our little girl in 2 weeks rather than 4!
Anyway, it suddenly feels like lots to get ready for! But on the other hand, I've heard story after story of babies flipping on their own right when they're supposed to! So we'll see how it goes. If she stays breech and we wait for her to flip but she doesn't, then she'll soon be too big to flip and it'll mean a c-section, which I'd really rather avoid.
So it's not all that big of a deal, and God's will will be done, but if you think about it, could you send up a prayer that Paisley turns on her own so I can go into labor naturally and at the proper time? Thank you!
Thursday, December 04, 2008
We spent a wonderful Thanksgiving with my parents, 3 of the brothers, and my uncle, aunt, and cousin at my parents' house. What a spread it was! Everyone had a hand in making the festive meal. We had more rolls than we could eat, and so many desserts, they lasted for days!
We have so much to be thankful for this year! I am so grateful to have Andrew home, for one thing. And now we have a baby on the way and a new life outside the Army. Lots of uncertainties, and that's the only certain thing sometimes... But it's such a wonderful life!
We're already moving into the Christmas season. The tree's up and the cinnamon candles are burning. Our Netflix queue is full of Christmas movies and we've been practicing Christmas songs for our church ensemble for weeks, now.
Our first performance was last Sunday as a kick-off to the holiday series at church, A Charlie Brown Christmas. And every Sunday through December, our ensemble will be caroling in the season, both on the stage, and after church during the fellowship/mingling time. "We" are my dad, Andrew, me, Jenny, and Tyler & Shelley Cook. It's been lots of fun so far... It even "snowed" at church when we sang White Christmas!
Ooh...I haven't made an advent chain, yet...
Friday, November 14, 2008
- The yard peppered with bright yellow, orange, and red leaves...
- The crisp autumn air...
- Sweaters and scarves...
- Hot apple cider with whipped cream...
- Dutch Bros. candy cane hot chocolate...
- Holiday-scented candles from morning til night...
- Catching up on Heroes Season 2 in the long evenings...
- Christmas ensemble practice...
- Internet at home!...
- Perfecting my baby registries...
- Dr. appointments and birth class...
- Chandler and Lincoln!...
- Sitting on my huge exercise ball instead of a chair...
- Visiting at Mom and Dad's...
- Weekly updates on baby's growth...
- Intermittent nights of painless sleep...
- Our house on 6th...
- Apple crisp...
- Talking and playing, planning and dreaming with Andrew...
Monday, November 03, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
...Was born on Monday, October 20th at 12:17pm! He weighed in at a more "normal" 9 lbs & 8 oz, but measured longer than Chandler by just a little bit! He's 23 inches long. Jen and Lincoln are both doing perfectly and they're planning to bring him home today sometime.
There are lots more pictures to share, but they're all still on Wes's camera...
Praise the Lord for his safe arrival! What a precious little boy.
Friday, October 10, 2008
Back in my first trimester, just a few short months ago, I remember lamenting the fact that I couldn't eat anything without being sick! (I'll never forget guzzling a glass of refreshing sweet tea at a bbq place in Savannah only to run to the restroom and lose it all! Yeah, still cold! Yuck.) Nothing would stay down, it seemed. Even my favorite foods were repulsive. I wished for the day I could eat more than crackers and Sprite. I wondered if I would ever see food the same way again? Will I still love pizza? BBQ? Chopped salad? Mexican food? Spaghetti? Diet Coke?
Well, here I am at week 26 of 40 and - apparently - I had nothing to worry about. The appetite came back with a vengeance! I LOVE FOOD! Ha! I've never weighed this much in my life. Truly. Yeah, I'm used to seeing three digits on the scale...but these three?? And in this order??
I really wish I didn't hate to exercise. But there are just so many better things to spend my time on, you know?
Thursday, October 09, 2008
When the housing market tanked, it wouldn't sell! Or rent! A few times, papers were even signed only to fall through. Dad began to refer to the house - affectionately, of course - as the "flip flop."
Then we came to town. And all of a sudden it became clear that God had saved that house just for us! So now we're renting a house with three bedrooms, a huge bonus room, a brand new bathroom and kitchen, all new appliances, cabinets, fixtures, windows, blinds, carpet, hardwood... I remember that as we were working on the house last year we wondered over and over, "This is just an old fixer-upper house! Why are we putting so much time, effort, and high quality stuff in here??"
We are thanking God (and Dad!) every day for our "new" house! What a blessing. And our landlords are so easy to work with! *smile*
I've yet to take pictures of the house. That's probably because the yard is a weedy mess right now and the inside isn't much better! But when I can, I will. And I promise to post them.
For now, we're just having fun moving in and setting up house. And finally getting out of boxes and luggage and zipper bags and travel cases. And deciding on new paint for the baby's room.
Andrew's been working at a temporary job that was available right when we needed it! But we've got our eyes open for the next thing, hopefully much closer to home.
This life is one adventure after another as we continually learn to draw close to the Lord and walk with Him every day, for every decision, in everything. He keeps showing Himself faithful to us and we don't deserve His love and intimate care. Praise Him!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
We're gonna meet up with Greg & Carolyn & Elisa for lunch tomorrow and we can't wait!
It's rather ambitious of us, but we hope to make it a long way tomorrow. Gas stations and stretching breaks and all. We'd appreciate your prayers.
Oh, and a very HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY to Aunt Becky! (Oops, was that a secret?) : ) Love you so much and see you soon ~
Monday, September 08, 2008
But I'm here now and this is what I wanted to finally say:
It's a GIRL! We're gonna have our baby girl in January and we're halfway there! We couldn't be more thrilled. Andrew's been practicing with, "C'mon, girls!" And "You two." And "My girls, this, or that..." And friends and family have already gifted us with girly outfits, bunny slippers, embroidered bibs, animal books... Which makes it so real! I think it's finally starting to sink in that we're gonna have a "little Cassidy" to love and hold in just around 4 months!
Waiting for a baby to come sure flies by faster than waiting for a deployed Soldier to come home! I'm pretty sure that all my future "waiting periods" of life will be compared to that unending 15-months we endured.
Andrew and I have been having a great time of visiting and resting in Warren, Arkansas for the last week. Mom and Dad H are so hospitable and loving and generous...we decided to stay a few days longer! Andrew's getting in a little lawnmower therapy, working on the yard today, and I'm about ready to learn from Mammaw Smith her secret of perfect pear preserves. : )
We'll pick up our 5X8 U-Haul trailer on Thursday, pack it tight, and then leave out westward on Friday... Looking to arrive in Warren, Oregon about a week later.
So please, if you think about it, pray for safety and smooth sailing on our 2,000+ mile trek! It's an adventure! And I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful and full of pure joy Andrew and I are to be on this adventure together. And baby, too!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
The nerve of our neighbors to encrypt their wireless signal. I tell ya.
Here's what's going on! This is Andrew's last week in the Army. He's running around on post getting signed out of everything and turning in every last piece of random equipment he was issued about 3 years ago... I'm impressed that he only lost one thing during that whole time! Oh, and my family had to scurry around and send us a fleece jacket that I packed and left in Oregon not realizing it was Army issue! Well, Jarrod came through in a pinch and all's well. Better than paying for a new one!
We're excited about tomorrow's ultrasound in which we hope to find out our active baby's gender! He/she's been kicking and bumping and flipping around a lot this last week...so fun to feel the life in there! What a miracle. I'll try to get online again to share the news!
Last Wednesday the movers were at our place all day packing up everything and heading off to Arkansas. We've been sleeping on an air mattress, using paper plates, and wearing the same clothes over and over since then. Pass the dirty ketchup...it's just like camping! : )
We've got some apartment scouring to do this week and the random moving tasks like changing our address with the Post Office, cancelling service with the power company, etc.
Friday is Sarge's last day. (haha! it just cracked me up to write that! that is SO not Andrew.) We're hoping to leave town on Friday, then, and head southeast first to see Andrew's grandparents in Jacksonville. Then we're off to Columbus, GA on Saturday to stop by William and Amanda's new place. Up to Warren, AR on Sunday...and we're looking forward to just resting there and spending time with Andrew's parents and grandma for about a week! Whew.
After that, it's the Oregon Trail for us! We'll hook up a trailer and load it with the essentials (storing the big stuff in Arkansas). We've got plans to stop along the way to see some friends and family and then roll in to my parents' place in Warren, OR on or around September 14th.
Then we commence serious house-hunting, new job finalizing, and settling in to our "new life" in Oregon. There's a light at the end! We're gonna make it!
I really don't know why everyone needed to know all these details...but I can tell ya it helped me just to write it out! : )
Thanks to all who have prayed for us, for our baby, for health, for safety, for miracles, and for protection and direction! God is great and even though most things seem out of our control, we can trust God to hold us close and to control all aspects of our lives as He guides us to fulfilling His perfect purposes for us. Praise Him!
Monday, August 04, 2008
Andrew was called to the front of formation and was given a word from the Captain. I was given the high sign to come up and stand beside him.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Well, Andrew's no longer in Iraq. I know! He's not there. He's coming home to me. So today is the day of freedom! Hip-Hip-Hooray!
It's only 6pm and already I just want to go to sleep so that tomorrow will come! This is like Christmas Eve. Only way more intense.
On the list of the 5 incoming flights left, Andrew's is now the 3rd one down!
Only just now (yes, even after previous exclamation-point-filled posts) - only just now, now that the sun is setting on my last day alone, am I really and truly letting myself (what am I saying? I have no control over this!) ... letting myself be thrilled all the way to my toes!
I'm going crazy here, friends.
I need to clean out some cupboards. Something productive.
Not weeks. Not days. We're talking hours, now.
And my parents and grandparents are on their way here! Andrew is somewhere probably over the ocean at this point.
AAAAHHHH! The last day has finally arrived! In case the inordinant number of exclamation points hasn't sufficiently relayed the message... I AM SO EXCITED!
Oh, I've missed Andrew for so long and I'm just about done missing him!
I'm at the main office of our apartment complex right now on their "business center" computer. The *free* wireless that I was picking up at my apartment has been very elusive for the last day or so.
Today is hot here. It's beautiful! And I'm about to run and do some beautiful grocery shopping. And grab a beautiful coffee. And everything is just beautiful!
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Now if Memphis can just hold out over Texas...
Friday, March 28, 2008
Wow, so much has happened since that last post! I know I can't even begin to cover it all, but it is, indeed, time for a status update. So I'll do my best.
The last days before I left Oregon were some crazy last days! I had a special day with my Granny...introducing her to the joys and luxury of a great pedicure. I spent a couple crazy last-minute shopping times with Jenny. Even on the day I left, we needed one more trip to Sonic and our favorite shopping area. (Found some great deals at Kohl's!) Incredible to both of us that it was a year ago right now that we were going to the gym hard and heavy (and Sonic) in those few last months before Chandler came. Speaking of that little guy... it was so hard to leave him!
My dear family took me out to a "last & celebration dinner out" Tuesday night at our favorite: Stanford's. I then left Wednesday night...and it was snowing in Portland. How bizarre for this late in the year!
Here's a picture from my phone of our new place! Our black door (with our very own staircase...grocery trips will be great exercise!) is flanked by the windows. The one on the right is the bedroom and the one on the left is the living room with the mini-kitchen to the back of that. We have the garage just under the living room, too! And that's the place! Can't wait to make it homey..
I'm typing this from my apartment living room, "borrowing" a kind but unsuspecting neighbor's wi-fi. Southern hospitality at its greatest!
I arrived yesterday, via a flight to Jacksonville and a rental car. It's nicer than I thought it would be to be back! The sun is shining, the breeze is fresh, and everyone's kind. Again, southern hospitality, right? Although everything's nicer when Andrew's on his way home.
Yeah. Did I mention? He's already left Ramadi by convoy and arrived at TQ to await his flight to Kuwait and then on across the ocean! His travels are expected take a while, and then some... but we do have an actual date/time that he's supposed to be here!
2:30 am on April 3rd.
Crazy, cause that's the date I'd picked on my margin survey a while ago! Who else picked that with me? We're the winners. : )
So, I've been busy these last couple days just moving in and making trips to Target, WalMart, Starbucks...just the essentials. My first dinner back here I just HAD to eat at none other than Cracker Barrel. Just a minute from my apartment! Which is going to be my downfall...good thing there's a fitness center here.
Anyway, I've kinda typed at this all day. And now I have Cracker Barrel leftovers heating in the microwave.
Oh yeah! My car arrived late this afternoon! (and everything inside seems to be in tact!) Another man with a heavy accent. He sounded like the Indian janitor on the Tom Hanks movie, The Terminal. But it turns out he didn't look like that at all! He was taller, his hair wasn't all white, and he said "Ciao" and "mama mia"...very Italian. (How'd he learn Italian in India?) [wink, wink]
I have to add the winks cause you might not be ready for me to be funny. But my Soldier's coming back from Iraq healthy and happy and safe!...so please excuse the uncharacertistic giddiness.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
So, after a morning of manicures and pedicures with Mom and Jenny... I came home to open up my special gift from Andrew! (As you can see, I'm proudly displaying the turquoise Tiffany's box!)
A closer look...
Chandler loves "playing along" with Redcast...also known as Uncle Sef!
And riding the motorcycle with Uncle Jarrod...
A really yummy hotwings spread for the party that night!
Sharing a mini corn dog and water with Chandler...
Jenny and Jarrod serve up a wonderful dessert! (Notice the flowers...they're from Andrew, too!)
Seth, Darren, & Jarrod (with little Owen Kangas, too)
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Click here to read the March 1st review! (Click "NeuFutur" above to go to their home page.)
Friday, February 29, 2008
This phone holds a crazy place in my heart! It's the first phone Andrew bought me when we were courting. He made a huge move back in February of '06 and "put me on his plan." Gave me a Georgia number and everything! Now wouldn't you call that a bit presumptuous? Or maybe confident. Yeah, we'll go with that. Startled me at first. I mean, didn't it seem fast?
It's today's version of "going steady," I'm pretty sure. See, I didn't need to wear his class ring or letterman's jacket as a promise. Instead, I carried his dog tags and accepted a cell phone on his plan.
This is the phone that hasn't left my side during this entire deployment. It's ring has always been loud to be sure I won't miss it, whether it's in my purse, my pocket, or plugged in on my nightstand. I've come to know its quirks and issues. I've come to love it and hate it. But it's not the phone's fault, entirely.
Separation makes you love the thing that connects you all the while hating it because it's all you can have and it's never enough.
Just the other day, my phone was eligible for the "new in two years" Verizon deal. I needed a new one and I'd been drooling over this!
Yes, I'm the proud owner of a "PinkBerry" that has more features than I've had time to figure out yet!
I'm not quite used to the ringtone, either. My brain must be reprogrammed to hear it even in my sleep, like I could the other one. I would "hear" it even when it wasn't ringing. I can't tell you how many times I've quickly shut off the hair dryer because I thought I heard my phone, but didn't! And those phantom leg vibrations when the phone isn't even in my pocket? Or those weird "my phone's about to ring" thoughts right before it would? I know things about this phone that I logically can't even know!
As the rep was working on my purchase, some grandparents next to me were being so confused by what their particular rep was or wasn't saying. I mean, really. If they needed a new phone, why would they have to start a new contract just to get the phone on a good price? They are already paying on a contract. Their grandchild dropped their phone in the toilet. Same contract, can't you replace my phone? Yes, it is very confusing.
Soon, the grandma left in utter despair and the grandpa looked at my old phone and asked me, "Hey, are you done with that phone? Could I buy it from you?"
The reps (both mine and his) looked incredulously on, wondering how this would go down. I simply responded with, "I don't know about that, cause I was really hoping to make a big deal about smashing this one against a wall when my husband comes back from Iraq."
He didn't push the issue after that. I may have shocked him.
What I didn't tell him was that even if I don't destroy it like we've seriously threatened...I am a little sentimental about it and I won't sell it to a stranger who has no earthly idea what we've gone through together.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Me: (great.) Hi, there. I'm calling about an order I placed in December. By January, I received it, but it was the wrong item. I returned it and received the same wrong item, again.
WWHA: I can put you on hold for 1 or 2 meenutes, zatokaywityou?
Me: Sure. (long 2-minute musical interlude)
Me: (okay, now we're getting somewhere)
WWHA: Can you geeb me yur name?
Me: (So I do.)
WWHA: And can you comfeerm yur mailingaddress?
Me: (That, too. Did you know that was one word?)
WWHA: An yur email?
Me: (Okay, we should be through with the preliminaries for now...)
WWHA: I can put you on hold for 1 or 2 meenutes, zatokaywityou?
Me: Sure. (again??)
WWHA: Okey. The system won allow me to re-order, so I can give you refund, zatokaywityou?
Me: Did I purchase that on my Target card?
WWHA: I can put you on hold for 1 or 2 meenutes, zatokaywityou?
Me: Okay. (Did I ask a hard question?)
Me: Yes, I'm here. Okay, I need to tell you that the bracelet I received is labeled as a necklace. But it's not; it's a bracelet. I ordered the necklace.
WWHA: Can I have yur oder number?
Me: *number given*
WWHA: Okey, you order "fox" pearl beaded necklayce.
Me: Yes, but I received a faux pearl beaded bracelet.
WWHA: I can put you on hold for 1 or 2 meenutes, zatokaywityou?
Me: (Are you serious??) Um, sure.
WWHA: Haylo and tank you for waiteen. I hab geeben you a refund and ordered the necklayce for you.
Me: What necklace did you order?
WWHA: The fox pearl beaded necklayce. (Why did I even ask?)
Me: Okay, but I think I will receive the bracelet again because it is labeled wrong. Can I give you the item number of this bracelet? 1-0-6-6-8-0-6-9.
WWHA: No, I poot a note that you want necklayce.
Me: What is the item number of the faux pearl beaded necklace?
WWHA: 2-3-4-0-6-2-7-4-5. The catalog number ees 1-0-6-6-8-0-6-9.
Me: But wait. THAT is the item number of the bracelet.
Me: (!) But I don't want the bracelet. I want the necklace.
WWHA: Jes, as I said, I poot note that you want necklayce.
Me: Okay, but what item number did you just re-order for me?
WWHA: Jus poot V-0-0
Me: Wait, what is this number?
WWHA: A-S-I-N number.
Me: For what?
WWHA: Es for the necklayce. Jus poot it in.
Me: Okay, V-0-0...?
WWHA: B as in Bravo.
WWHA: B as in Bravo-tree zeyroes: zeyro-zeyro-zeyro.
WWHA: V as in Victory-seben-four-C as in Charlie-D as in Delta-I as in Indigo.
Me: All right. This item number 1-0-6-6-8-0-6-9 is the same for the bracelet AND the necklace? Are they in the same family?
Me: (I must move on or go absolutely insane.) Okay, what should I do with the bracelet that I have?
WWHA: Jus geeb it.
Me: (Give it? Does she mean "return"? Maybe if I ask another way.) Should I return this bracelet to Target?
WWHA: Jus geeb it.
Me: (Give it... Last ditch effort, here.) I'm sorry. I wish I could understand you! I have the bracelet in my hand, what should I do with it? Should I return it in the box to Target?
WWHA: Jus geeP it. Es up to you. Return it or geeP it.
Me: Oh, I can keep it?
WWHA: Es up to you.
Me: So it doesn't matter what I do with the bracelet?
WWHA: Jes. It doesn't matter. CanIelpyouwitanytingelse?