January 17, 2011

twenty-seven six two fourteen

Significant numbers on this the 17th day of January....

Twenty-Seven: the number of weeks I am pregnant
Six: How many months along I am (funny that it landed on the same day my weeks change!)

And this is the funny face I made at my husband working my camera :)

Two: How many pounds our little boy (probably) weighs right now.
Fourteen: How many inches long baby boy (most likely) is right now. (Crazy!!)

I can't believe that in only 3 short months we'll be holding our little one in our arms!  We're so excited to meet him in person!  Pregnancy has been going pretty well these past few months.  The nausea subsided around 4 months, and I've re-gained the ability to eat most foods.  Some things still gross me out and look completely inedible, but it doesn't make me nauseous anymore, so that's nice.  
My cravings have changed a bit - I was only craving all things salty - but it has changed to include sweet - brownies are my nemesis right now.   I could probably eat a whole pan by myself if my stomach wasn't the size of a lima bean - I feel like it's that small anyway.  I take about 5 or 6 bites and feel full these days. 
I have definitely started to feel pregnant.  I've reached the point where it's not easy to sit/down stand up from soft, comfy places, can't bend over to tie my shoes from standing up, that sort of thing.  Sleep has become a luxury as well.  Most nights I start out in a complete upright position with pillows all around me to hold me up and support me.  But by about 4:30 or so I get tired of that and lay on my side, still with pillows all around for support.  By about 5:15 my hip I'm laying on is on fire from laying on it so I roll over to the other side.  By the time that hip catches on fire, it's time to get up for work. :)  Other than that I'm not really uncomfortable.  There are definitely moments - where I can feel my belly stretching or when I can feel him jab me in the ribs or get a cramp in a weird muscle I never knew existed - but all in all my body is proving to handle pregnancy quite well.
The baby's room is still at a stand-still at this point.  Would you believe it's not exactly easy to find lime green curtains?  Yea, we have to order them online and hope the color is true to the description.  So the walls are painted, the crib is up, next come the curtains and the wall art (which I will be painting).  Then we'll be pretty close.  I'm not in panic-nesting mode.  Not yet.  
So that's it I suppose, a quick - er- not-so-quick- little baby update for you. :)

Oh, and one more thing - for those of you that don't know, we have chosen a name for the little munchkin, but are are keeping it a secret until he decides to come into this world!  Just for fun.  Well, fun for us anyway :)

January 16, 2011

They're BaaaaAAAAAAAAccckkkk!!!

That's right - the team that was in Ghana has returned home safe and sound - well 6 of them have. Two stayed in Ghana and will be living there for a year to get things rolling with the first residences of The Father's House! January 16 things got off to an amazing start to the boys' new lives - check it out here!
Jake & Chanda are amazing servants of God and they truly chase after His heart, I can't wait to hear and see more amazing stories of what they accomplish through HIM while they live in Ghana this year!

January 12, 2011


Remember last summer when I went to Africa, loved on kids at The Father's House and probably had my life changed more than I changed their lives?  Well, if you don't, you can start reading about it HERE.  :)

Well, there's another team there right now

and they just got back from rescuing the first eight boys that will live permanently at The Father's House!  I'm so flippin' excited!!! 

When I was there last summer, Father's house was just a few coats of paint, a couple pipes, and some bedding away from being ready to house kids permanently...

and now it's ready! 

God's Way, Gideon, Francis, Clement, Julius, Emay, Devance, and God's Way all now call the Father's House home.  The best thing is that they were all rescued from a life of slavery on Lake Volta. 

Matt & Tammy Garrett (co-founders of TFH, our life group leaders and friends) took a team of 6, including Jake (the guy I went with that had long hair) and his wife, Chanda who are going to be living at TFH for a whole year!  It's so awesome what God can do and I just wanted to thank those of you that prayed, continue to pray and that supported me financially when I went! 

If you want to see more, check out the video I've linked HERE, or head over to The Father's House website here.  You can even get involved by sponsoring one of the kids - it doesn't cost much and it makes SUCH a difference!!!  OR - if you have a business or know of one that could donate supplies, that always helps!