Remember when I said 2015 would be a big year?

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request.” Samuel 1:27

Guess what?! We can officially say that baby number two is on the way and expected in September! I am so excited that I really just couldn’t wait until 14 weeks to share. I believe a baby is to be celebrated, no matter how small and this baby is being CELEBRATED! I’m obviously a little nervous after everything that happened during my pregnancy and consequential delivery of Opie, so any prayers for us are welcomed and appreciated.
We spent this weekend at Myrtle beach and while we were there, we took some fun family pictures to celebrate the new life joining our family!

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A trip, and a new year!

If you don’t feel like reading, scroll down for a few (or a lot-ish) pictures from our trip.

We got back from visiting WA last night. It was a long day of travel and this morning we slept in later than we ever have before! Luckily once we finally got up, we were very productive.
This trip was so great and unfortunately, so fast. I didn’t see everyone I hoped to or take as many pictures as I planned, but we got to spend time with family and savor sweet moments and that’s what really matters.
I always say that I didn’t get enough pictures. I think it’s because during the moment of fun, I’m trying to memorize the moment so later I can have clear memories of those times. Pictures would be great, but instead I can remember the sparkle in Opies eyes going down water slides, or how he looked up at at his grandma, papa and yaya with such love and adoration that I felt a whole new appreciation for them in my life.. well in our lives. I wish I would’ve snapped at least a few of family and friends that I forgot to, but like I said, it’s all up here (taps forehead).
In the short amount of time we were there, we got to see family we haven’t seen in too long. We also got to go to a Seahawks game which was more fun than I can describe. Then we spent time at the great wolf lodge, and I hope we get to go back again and again! I was able to visit with a few friends the last day, and it was so great. It made me realize how much I really miss the life I left in WA when we moved away to GA, then to NC. And while I miss my WA life, I’m also loving my NC life. Now that we are home and back in our routine, and in warmer weather, I have come up with the perfect solution. Everyone should just move here. Wouldn’t that be great? Cheaper living and better weather guys. I didn’t think it would work that easily, but I thought I should just throw it out there just in case.
I think I’ll always have pieces of my heart in different places now, but that might not be all bad. It was the wise Winnie the Pooh that said “how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard” that Pooh, he cuts straight to the heart. It’s true though, I think homesickness is a kind of growing pain. I have no control of where we will live or who we will live by, so instead I’ll just enjoy the people God puts in my life and explore the places he sends me. Easier said than done of course, so keep me accountable friends.
Back to talking about being home.. today was very good and kind of bad. The bad, is that Opie came down with a nasty bug. The poor guy spent most of his day crying. He ended up wanting to go to bed at 4 pm. I made him wait until 4:30. Not sure why, probably my fear that he will wake up at 2am ready to jump off furniture and yell into his microphone. The GOOD news for today is that I figured out how to get him to drink the special drinks he is supposed to be drinking 4 of each day. I only got 3 in him today but I think if he would’ve had his normal 7 pm bedtime, I could’ve gotten that last one in him too.
He has a weigh in Tuesday. I’m praying he has gained some weight, or at least that he hasn’t continued to lose any. We have a few other appointments this week and some projects to complete. I have a little catching up to do for my bible in a year plan since yesterday’s travel took a little longer than I expected too.
I hope everyone is having a great start to the new year. This year is going to be a big one! So here’s to 2015 and striving to be better!

Here are those pictures I promised… They uploaded out of order, so you’re welcome to anyone who has OCD;)

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And this is today. I hope he’s better tomorrow!

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Our south cackilacky (?) weekend and pictures from this week

Last weekend we went for a visit to Columbia, SC! We had such a great weekend. We went to an amazing Italian restaurant that is extremely gluten free friendly (I’m already excited to go back next time we are there). I actually picked Michael up from work Friday afternoon and we drove straight to the restaurant to meet his mom, sister and his sister’s boyfriend for dinner. Michael didn’t get a chance to change his clothes, so he was still in his acu’s. It was something seeing how many people stopped by our table to shake his hand. I think it brought a tear to both his mom’s and my eye to be honest. It was just so sweet seeing such gratitude towards him from complete strangers. Someone even sent us an appetizer. It was so kind… And also delicious!
The next day we all took Opie to the zoo. We ended up having perfect timing because it started to rain right after we left. Later that night we were fortunate enough to also have a date night out as well. Sunday we had lunch at Zoës kitchen (another great, gluten free place), then made the trip back to NC. The weekend flew by. Here are a few pictures from the weekend and this week so far.

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Unfortunately Opie and I spent this week mostly at home because we caught whatever bug Michael had. This is how Opie spent most of his time (half naked on the couch).

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We forgot his beloved giraffe in SC, so his Mimi express mailed him back. We were all happy when he was delivered!

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We have started getting some of his lab results back and it turns out he is in need of some additional supplements. He just isn’t eating enough to get proper nutrition and his body is suffering. We also have been contacted for food therapy and have been researching a medication that would stimulate his appetite. It’s a lot at once but the hope is that on e we get him going, it’ll be a snowball effect and he will gain, grow and thrive.
We’ve missed the outside world this week, but a week spent mostly at home except for a few appointments, has been a nice reset for the rest of the month.
I hope you’re all having a great week, and that you have an even better weekend!

Orlando pictures!

Last week we got to go spend time with the family on my dads side. It had been too long since we had last seen them and of course the week went by too fast.

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The pictures are out of order and have no descriptions, but I think it’s easy to see, we had a lot of fun! I can’t wait to go back to hogsmead and diagon alley. Most of all though, I can’t wait to see family again. Love you all and thank you for such a good trip.