Monday, April 23, 2012

So long, weekend....

Blah. I hate the new blogger. Sorry if you love it. I hate it. (Ignore me if you don't blog, I'm sure you have no clue what I'm talking about, haha.)

So it's Monday! (Boo.) But we had a really great weekend, so I can't complain. We experienced one very monumental last in our home. I can't believe it. I thought it would be so much harder, but it wasn't. There are no longer any more of these anywhere in our household:

Our dear Evelyn is such a big girl in so many ways, but boy did she love her pacifier. It was her comfort item to fall asleep, and we never really cared if she had it so long as she wasn't walking around everywhere with it in her mouth. But after leaving her last paci at grandma and grandpa's this weekend we decided not to go out of our way to supply her with a new one. Evelyn has now had two full days and nights with no pacifier to help her sleep and nap. She definitely whined and asked for it at first, but hadn't said a word about it as of yesterday morning (until she saw this picture just now, haha.)

Since Grace never was a paci baby, it looks like we are a pacifier-free family for a little while.'s been almost three years since we haven't had to worry about where those elusive little boogers disappear to all the time. :)

On Friday evening we had a wonderful time at the Life Network banquet. The keynote speaker Shawn Carney was absolutely phenomenal. Shawn is a co-founder of 40 Days for Life, a television personality, and one of the youngest speakers for life in America today. He's 30 years old and he has four babies of his own - makes me feel normal. :)

I didn't take any pictures at the banquet, but I stalked him online and found this most recent picture of him with his last baby girl Bernadette. (Taken from the "40 Days" website) :)

If you ever get a chance to hear him speak - do it! 

And of course, one of my favorite parts of every Life Network banquet is hearing straight from one of the mamas that the organization has recently helped. It takes a lot of courage to share such a personal story, but it is such a blessing and an encouragement to be able to put a name and face (of both mom and baby - so cute!) to at least one of the many that we have prayed for and sponsored through the work of Life Network volunteers. It was a refreshing evening, to say the least. 

On Saturday I was feeling pretty great in the morning and decided it would be a good idea to take the girls out in the stroller to stop by the Thailand benefit garage sale. We found a few treasures, and after playing for a while at my parent's house afterwards, this lady was POOPED. I totally overdid it. My mom ended up giving us a ride back home, haha. But I am happy to say that the garage sale was a success, and I believe they raised about $950 for the trip! The sale will also be going on next Saturday, so if you missed it this weekend, there's still a chance. :)

Saturday evening we gathered with Eric's family to celebrate Grandma and Grandpa Robert's 59th wedding anniversary. 

Best family picture I could find on this computer. :)

We had a wonderful meal and a great time talking and letting the kids play together. Today is Grandma and Grandpa's actual anniversary, so Happy Anniversary to them!!

And then we enjoyed a lazy Sunday - my favorite kind. After a great morning in church (we've been meeting at the new church building, and I love it!) we ordered-in lunch at Eric's parent's house and then came home to take a nap! Eric had a meeting at church last night so the girls and I hung out in front of the TV. :)

While we had an excellent weekend as a family, there are so many people who we are close to that are sick or facing major health concerns right now. I sometimes carry a little guilt when things in our world seem to be going great while I know so many others are having a rough time. We're praying today especially for my dad, for our friend Kim Miller, and for several other members of our church family. We hope you all have speedy recoveries and get the answers you long to hear. 

I hesitate to say that I am starting to feel back to my "old self" again as I enter into the second trimester of this pregnancy. I definitely feel a little more energized, but the sickness still hasn't completely gone away. That leaves me feeling motivated for the first time in weeks to keep the house clean and organized, yet still unable to force my body to do it. I can't think of anything more frustrating than willing yourself to do something you just can't do. I'm hoping over the next week I start feeling even better!

Yes, I know this was all over the place. That's kind of our life at the moment. :) Now I'm going to attempt to fold some laundry. I am so behind....


Melissa W. said...

I guess I'm missing something...what's new about Blogger???

I love seeing pictures of your family because there are always people I know in them...sound familiar???

Also - wow. Have I been there. Pregnancy really can suck the life out of you sometimes.

Heather said...

Looks like you had an awesome weekend!!! Glad you're feeling back to normal.

And a quick thanks for commenting on every one of my blog posts. I know I can always count on you :)

Cassie said...

yay for being paci free!!

Meagan said...

We had an extremely lazy Sunday too and it was awesome, even if I was the only one who took a nap! whoops!

Lara said...

Congrats on kicking the paci!


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