Wednesday, November 11, 2009

what a gift.

"who can know motherhood but a mother? how could anyone explain the quickening of a child in the womb, the ache of sorely taxed hips or the waves of labor pains to anyone who hasn't given physical life to another? on the other hand, what person can fathom the depths of joy that attend motherhood in its glories? can anyone who is not a mother imagine the delights that come from the very existence of one's children?

what a gift."

- GK

i found this quote today, and i loved it. maybe because i am a mother, or maybe simply because i am pregnant & brought tears to my eyes.

i have no idea who "gk" is, but obviously "she" must be a mother...

Sunday, November 8, 2009

f i v e.

our wedding day :: 11.07.2004

2009 :: still best friends.

2009 :: still enjoying life.

5 years later :: october 2009
{our first photo as a family of F O U R}

yesterday, jason and i celebrated our first major milestone as a married couple (aside from babies & buying our first home)... our 5 - Y E A R :: A N N I V E R S A R Y.

it sounds so strange to say we've been married for 5 years - i feel like i walked down the aisle just yesterday. it's crazy how quickly life goes by. sometimes i want to just press "pause" and sit and enjoy it for awhile ya know? i mean... 5 years ago, today, we were spending our first night of our honeymoon at disney world... our second night together as husband & wife (or ever, for that matter)! we had only dreams and hopes for the years to come.

today, 5 years later, we have a home, a precious daughter, a little one on the way, a job full of opportunities, 6 weeks until college graduation, and a whole group-hug full of the best friends and family we could ask for.

we have cried, stressed, laughed, prayed, dreamed, prayed and grown a lot. God shows us how to love each other the way He designed a little more every day. it's really neat to think that i've gone through so much of the important stuff with jason... and to think about how much more we'll go through together. it's nice to know it will be him. i couldn't think of anyone i'd rather face this life with!

five years. we've come a long way. i can't wait to see how far He'll take us over the next 5 years. :)

happy anniversary, love! i am so blessed by your love and friendship, and the father you are to our children. i love you!

Friday, November 6, 2009

peanut baby.

baby rains at exactly 7 weeks

on tuesday, jason and i had the blessing of seeing our new baby and hearing his/her heartbeat for the first time! even though we've been through this once before, with emma kate, it was still such a miracle and a precious moment to listen to the tiny beating heart of our baby.

right now, the baby is about the size of a blueberry, but will double in size by next week! {in the picture, our little one looks a little peanut-esque, don't you think?} i love getting updates from the bump & baby center, telling us how our little peanut baby is growing this week.

this is what baby center says is going on inside my body, right now:

"Hands and feet are emerging from developing arms and legs — although they look more like paddles at this point than the tiny, pudgy extremities you're daydreaming about holding and tickling. Technically, your baby is still considered an embryo and has something of a small tail, which is an extension of her tailbone. The tail will disappear within a few weeks, but that's the only thing getting smaller. Your baby has doubled in size since last week and now measures half an inch long, about the size of a blueberry.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd spot eyelid folds partially covering her peepers, which already have some color, as well as the tip of her nose and tiny veins beneath parchment-thin skin. Both hemispheres of your baby's brain are growing, and her liver is churning out red blood cells until her bone marrow forms and takes over this role. She also has an appendix and a pancreas, which will eventually produce the hormone insulin to aid in digestion. A loop in your baby's growing intestines is bulging into her umbilical cord, which now has distinct blood vessels to carry oxygen and nutrients to and from her tiny body."

isn't that just incredible? i am in awe of God's work in our lives from the time we "arrive." :) i cannot wait to experience this little one's growth over the next 8 months... i wonder if i'll be able to tell differences between this little one and emma kate, even while he/she is still in the womb?

what do you mamas think? what was your experience?

oh, and just in case you couldn't see baby rains in that picture, the sonographer was kind enough to point it out with an arrow and the word "baby." just in case.

{jon lilley found that pretty humorous. he likes to think about how funny it would be if the arrow said, "turtle" instead of "baby." ha!}

new look.

i have seen a few friends give their ol' blog-a-roos a cute little facelift using, so i thought i'd give it a try.

i'm super happy with the new look! {and it was easy, too!}

what do you think?

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