TWO months??

October 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm | Posted in baby, birthdays, emotions, family, prayers | 6 Comments

i’m not sure how i’ve taken two months to post…but it may be because:

1. we still don’t have internet at home

2. i haven’t been at work since sept. 12th

3. i was in the hospital for 10 days and my sweet baby boy had to be born 7 1/2 wks early due to dangerously high blood pressure…but he is doing really well!  and is SO very beautiful and precious.  he had to stay in the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for 3 weeks, and we have loved having him home for the past 2 1/2 wks.   we give glory and praise and THANKS to our Lord God for His once again amazing care and protection of me and our wee babe.  :)

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one a month

August 25, 2008 at 11:52 am | Posted in baby, emotions, prayers, random | 7 Comments

Well, i guess that’s what it’s come down to–one post per month. :(

better than none at all, i suppose!  i certainly miss the blogging world…facebook…”surfing”…gone are the days of internet freedom! (and time to do ANYTHING non work-related)

it’s really hard to believe i’ve been here at my new job for eight weeks.  i still wish, probably even more, that i could be a stay-at-home-mom.  with the new baby really on the way (i’ll be 29 weeks on wednesday!)…i keep thinking about how i’m going to feel leaving not one baby but two (and one being a very baby newborn, at that)–even if i am leaving them with my mom & dad.  i’m so grateful, please know, but it’s still so hard.  and one of the things i cannot get used to w/my new job is a 30 minute lunch break. (YIKES!)  there’s no way i’ll be able to nurse the new baby unless my mom were to bring him up here every day–and even that would be rushing. :(  and as far as a maternity leave is concerned??  if i have the baby in october, i will have two–COUNT THEM, TWO–paid maternity days.  i’m not joking.  and i apologize for this stream-of-consciousness type post, but this is a very small reflection of my mind these days!!  i’m trying not to worry, but i find myself constantly going to things like “how will i even afford to take off ONE week of work once the baby is born??” (and considering i’ll be having a c-section again & will be told i need to be off work for 6 weeks, this is terrifying.)  these are terrible questions, but i have to face them.  the day is soon!  as most of you know/remember, Elisabeth came at 30 weeks.  i’ve been praying all along, though, that i would make it to at least 36 weeks with Spencer.  :)  and i have so much hope that will happen.  regardless, i trust the Lord completely and know that no matter when Spencer is born, the Lord continues to be completely in control.  i must keep repeating that to myself.  He owns the cattle on a thousand hills.  (i always think of this in the mornings on the way to work, as i pass several small farms!)  surely He can provide for me to be off work with a new baby.  :)

you all are great to read these ramblings!

my 30 minutes is up.

Busy, busy…

July 18, 2008 at 7:22 am | Posted in baby, birthdays, family | 4 Comments

As you can imagine, I’ve/we’ve been pretty busy in the last month or so.

Moving was…well, somewhat of a nightmare.  But we pushed through–and made it!  We could’ve never done it without the help of my loving parents.  I’m so grateful for ALL the things they did for us and the hours and hours (and HOURS) they spent helping us pack/move/clean/100 other things.  It took us FOUR days to get from Arkadelphia to Little Rock with all our belongings.  The U-haul? Should’ve been twice as big.  Our stuff?  We should’ve given twice as much to the Beehive, I guess.  We finally pulled up to our new house (for the last time from Arky) at 4:00 on Monday afternoon.  (Moving started on Friday morning around 8 & never stopped the whole weekend/Monday.)  I had to start my new job the next morning!!  I was pretty stressed, to say the least.  Leave it to the sweetest Jennie in the world to show up with pizza & coke and her heart & hands ready to help that night.  :)  With her amazing help, we really got a lot done in only a matter of a few hours!  Since then, it’s been slow-going.  Doug is working at night right now so he can keep Elisabeth in the day.  It’s close to impossible for him to be able to get anything done (turn your back for 30 seconds, and she’s gotten into everything!!)…and then, when i get home from work, i’m too tired to do much of anything.  These days, I’ve been running errands EVERY night–so it’s 1) pull in the driveway 2) grab a diaper bag and E 3) pull out of the driveway (with doug right behind me, going to work)…we need a BREAK!  :)

we’ll get a semi-break/fun time this weekend when we have Elisabeth’s SECOND birthday party!! :)  She turned two on Wednesday!  I really wish i could’ve spent the day with her and Doug (had to work)…but i think she had a great time that day–Doug and a friend of his took her to the zoo!  my sister, Sarah, even got to go for part of the time.  that night we went out to eat & then we took her to toys ‘r us.  what fun!!  we picked out some really perfect toys to give her for her birthday (at her party on sat.)

i have to get to work now…will write another update sooner than last time, i hope!  :)

It’s a…

June 13, 2008 at 12:56 pm | Posted in baby, emotions, prayers, travel | 13 Comments

BOY!!!  We’re having a little boy! I’m still pinching myself, for Doug and I both thought we might be having another girl.  We are soooo very excited and grateful to welcome Charles Spencer into our little family!  (He’ll go by Spencer, my maiden name–I think I’ve said that before!)  :)

I’ll be hoping and praying even more now that I will NOT develop preeclampsia this time.  Did you know that caucasian males have the hardest time fighting for their precious lives when they arrive really early?  I learned this in the NICU after Elisabeth was born–all the nurses call them their little “whimpies.” 

Also, we (FINALLY) secured a place to live!  We found a perfect little place on Wednesday, and our references/applications were approved yesterday afternoon!  I cannot tell you how relieved I feel knowing we are not moving to Little Rock to live on the STREETS.  :)  We’ll go to LR again on Saturday for a few things, one of those being to sign the lease (and to take measurements/photos!)…and another to possibly register at Babies ‘R Us! i’m so excited to look at little boy things. :)

moving

June 9, 2008 at 1:33 pm | Posted in baby, emotions, family, travel | 8 Comments

as most of you know, we are moving to little rock!  after months of thinking and talking about it, we’re finally DOING it.  the bottom line is that we really need more income…and getting that in this town is close to impossible.  also, doug still really wants to be a missionary in india someday soon–to reach that “goal,” we have several bills that need to be paid first. 

i’m starting to get PRETTY nervous since it’s, oh JUNE NINTH, and we don’t have a place to live yet.  (we’re moving there the weekend of the 27th, by the way, for me to start my new job as medical transcriptionist at Youth Home on the 30th.) 

not to mention?  we’re still waiting for a job for doug, too…

not to mention?  we don’t know what we’ll do about childcare–at least, temporarily. (my parents, unbelievably, are almost positive they’re moving to LR, too!! and want to continue to take care of Elisabeth.  AH-MAY-ZING.)

the past few months have been really tough–trying to sort out everything, fighting with the Lord on whether or not I can trust Him (WHAT is my deal?!)…i’m so grateful for this time, though, because this test of faith/trust has caused me to seek Him more than i have in a long time.

we find out on wednesday if Elisabeth will have a baby brother or sister. i’m very excited! we have a name for a boy (Charles Spencer–go by Spencer, my maiden name)…but if she’s a girl, we’ve got some thinking to do! i really hope to find a name that means faith or trust.  perhaps a middle name of Faith, but i’m not sure.

we’re going to get to look at three more houses for rent on wednesday, so perhaps at least ONE of those will work!!…

i’ll update later this week with all our happy news! :)

 

waiting and waiting and waiting and SCREAMING!!

May 20, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Posted in baby, emotions, family, prayers | 4 Comments

i’m sooooooooooooooooooooooo ready to know what’s going to happen in our lives in the next few months.  i’ve about driven myself crazy (on a daily basis) going through want ad after want ad (jobs/homes)…still no leads.  still no direction.  still no ANSWERS. 

i keep feeling like i’m going about things all wrong.  and then it hit me: the other day i realized, “my word, rebekah. if only you were praying even 1/2 as much as you have been worrying and looking online for leads.”  oh dear.

and you know, i hope He will tell SOMEONE soon…if not me (or Doug), someone!!  i mean, He surely will, right?  there’s faith, and then there’s the fact that we have brains.  for example, i have been looking for homes, but what do i think–that we should move first THEN find jobs??  hardly seems like the right order of things, does it? 

it’s so hard not to become depressed when i think about my (and doug’s) “qualifications.”  yes, we both have college degrees, but they are in biblical/christian studies.  enough said??  i used to be so comforted by a statement one of my professors made when i was in school, “you may find that others question your choice of major: why biblical studies?  what can that do for you?  well, the answer may be not what it can do for you, but what it can/will do to you.”  that sounds great and all…but it certainly doesn’t pay the bills.  hence the depression.  yikes.  i DO need to have more faith (and pray a LOT more), that much is certain. 

all i really want to be able to do is just stay at home with Elisabeth–and soon, Baby #2, as well.  i’m not sure how that could possibly happen, but perhaps it might.  :)  i will try to remain hopeful!

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weekend whirlwind

May 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm | Posted in baby, celebrations, entertainment, family, friends, marriage, travel | 3 Comments

what a weekend!

saturday:

  • 8:30 help with commencement preparations (time for another graduation ALREADY?!)
  • 10:00 E and i leave for Little Rock (two words: PAPER SALE! $1 per pound/paper!!!)
  • 1:00 Jennie (yay!), E and i get in line after a thorough examination of the paper, plates/napkins (i couldn’t have shopped without sweet Jennie’s help–E was quite the fuss-budget with no nap!!)
  • 1:10 spend a whopping $22.67 (!!!) on a HAUL of cute, cute, cute paper, cards/envelopes, plates/napkins
  • 1:30 go to sam’s for the “cheap” gas (pathetic that cheap gas=$3.55/gal) and search for an at&t store to buy a car charger…really need my cell phone for the rest of the day and battery is very d-e-a-d.
  • 2:15 finally get to rachel & harry’s and see my beautiful 3 1/2 week old niece, AnnMarie
  • 2:45 spontaneous photo shoot of the cousins! PERFECT to frame for Mother’s Day gift for Mom the next day!  (well, after cropping out the horrendous, blaring yellow date.)  :)

 

i can’t believe how beautiful and precious AnnMarie is–it even looks like she’s smiling here! E is being awfully greedy with the stuffed animals. :)

 

AnnMarie was getting really bored with the photo shoot & Elisabeth’s kisses. :)

 

by far, my favourite out of the 15 photos we snapped.  AnnMarie was actually crying, but it looks like she is laughing with her cousin here! :)  i love it. i love THEM. together.

 

  • 4:00 arrive at sarah’s apartment
  • 5:00 FINALLY leave LR after loading poor Quigley, Sarah’s dog, into the very back-end of my van (not to mention all of sarah’s belongings for her ten ONE night visit to arkadelphia)
  • 6:00 drop off sarah at mom & dad’s and head home. once again, FINALLY.
  • 7:15 start to try to get E to sleep (after a day of no naps–well, hardly–you would think it would be a breeze, right?!)
  • 9:00 WRONG. E finally goes to sleep. oh.my.WORD. nightmare city.
  • 10:00 collapse. :)

sunday:

  • 6:30 or 7:00 wake up to sweet doug’s mother’s day gifts AND anniversary presents (yes, they were on the same day!) my favourite part? Elisabeth bringing me “her” card. :)
  • 9:00 getting ready…doug for WORK (BAH!!) :( and me & E for church.
  • 10:00 work/church
  • 11:30 leave with mom, dad, sarah, E, once again the quigster in the back…for another little rock trip.
  • 12:30 meet rachel, harry and annmarie at mimi’s cafe–LOVED IT! (wait was 2 hours, though. we only had to wait 1 hour b/c we were driving for part of that time, but WOW.)
  • 4:00ish after dropping off sarah and the pooch, leave for arkadelphia
  • 5:00 get home
  • 5:45 doug and i leave for little rock (NO, I AM NOT KIDDING) to go on an anniversary date. :)  felt terrible for “dumping” E on my mom/dad (it was still mother’s day, after all!)…but they sweetly insisted. i’m glad. 6 years, after all, is a big deal!  :)  6 is my fav. number, so i’m guessing that means this year will be AMAZING.  :)  although, technically, we’re now on our 7th year.  which is just as nice, i suppose.  :)
  • 7:00 see made of honor. loved it.  really, really, really cute.  :)
  • 9:30 we’re old geezers and too tired to do anything else. GO HOME.  :)

THE END.

did anyone make it through this entire (mostly boring?!) play-by-play of my weekend?  my goodness.

And Baby Makes Four

March 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm | Posted in baby, emotions, family, marriage | 8 Comments

Yes, for those of you who do not already know, Elisabeth is going to be a big sister!  Surprise!  The due date is pretty far down the road, but what good is a secret if I can’t share?  :)

We’re really excited, scared poopless…all of the above.  I feel a lot better due to my doctor’s appointment last week and am much more calm (i.e. not freaking out every second) about the idea of me getting preeclampsia again.

If I get it, I get it.

How comforting to know that there is nothing I can do (or not do) to keep that nasty disease far away from me and baby.  (In other words, I can’t say with guilt in retrospect, “Oh, if I would’ve only done ___ or not done ____.  Because preeclampsia is truly a thing that can affect any type of preg woman.  Period.)

I knew this already, but I always like to hear things from the doctor’s mouth.  He said if we were in Vegas and people were betting on whether or not I would get it again, they would be betting against the odds.  :)  I thought that was a funny–but positive–way of putting things.  I’ll take it.

So, in (early) preparation, we bought a new minivan!!  :)  I LOVE IT.  My youngest sister (about to pop any day with HER new baby) works for cars.com and knows all the car dealers in central arkansas…needless to say, we got a GREAT deal.

Our next big step is…a new JOB for Doug (maybe for me–but just through the summer!)and a new HOME.  Remember a few paragraphs up when I wrote that I wasn’t freaking out every second about the preeclampsia stuff?  Well, yeah, that’s because I’ve been too busy stressing my brains out over THESE issues.  Unless the Lord provides something that pays enough here in Arkadelphia (translate: a MIRACLE), we are convinced we’ll have to move…I keep pushing for Little Rock, but Doug is not a huge fan of that idea. 

That said, my Little Rock (and nearby) friends, if you have ANY suggestions, I am all ears!!  And nose and mouth and head and heart and everything else.  That doesn’t make sense now that I’ve typed it, but it did in my mind.  Whatever.

The due date is a little far down the road, but not THAT far!!  We’ve got to act soon…

Thanks for any thoughts and suggestions!
Love from Rebekah

nice toof

February 25, 2008 at 4:19 pm | Posted in baby, family | 6 Comments

i have neglected writing for far too long, so today i decided i’m going to try to post more frequently.  there are many topics on which i wish to write…london, the near future/job plans/etc., my sister moving back to australia, my stationery business…the list goes on and on.  but to make things easier on myself, i thought i would start simply posting some photos of E–something completely effortless and that which consumes my entire heart and being.  p.s. sorry for the “thumbnail” views; i do not have the patience or time right now to resize these photos.

          e-walking.jpg

doug claims he caught this shot of her by chance, but he really is an amazing photographer.  in fact, all the photos below minus one were taken by him. i cannot even get over this photo–how big she is, how cute & cool she looks while walking, the beginnings of a sly little smile, her tiny pointed gathering of hair that unfortunately makes her look like squiggy (was that his name?) from laverne & shirley…anyway, i love this photo. 

precious-face.jpg

in this one, i think she looks exactly like me when i was a baby.  i wish i had one of me to scan in and show you, but i am at work (–ahem–) and am trying to get this sucker published.  she’s so genuinely serious and pensive sometimes, and this photo really captures that side of her.

           grace1.jpg

this is a cute little pic.  i love the angle, and that the word “grace” is perfectly yet clumsily positioned above her.  (that’s her middle name.)

our-little-burberry-baby.jpg

um, what a little miss.  once again, so serious.  and once again, amazing angle, doug! even though she looks a wee bit tired, i’m glad we got a good picture of her in this cute little outfit.

          little-angel.jpg

what a face.  i think she had had enough of daddy’s snapping at this point.  sometimes she’s such a ham in front of the camera, but this morning (before church) was obviously not one of those times! her intense eyes and little semi-pursed lips just slay me.

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and…my favourite photo right now.  her auntie Kellie took this about a week ago–i think she may have even taken it on a phone!  E is wearing my mom’s hat and Kellie’s scarf.  too funny.  :)  i first saw the picture when Kellie sent it to me by phone with the message, “hey babe. nice toof.”  on a sadder note, we said bye bye to “Kel-Kah” on saturday; she has returned home to australia now.  talk about a sad airport scene.  i haven’t cried sobbed that hard in a very long time.

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