Our good friends Sion and Emily welcomed their baby daughter into the world Saturday night. Elle (Ellie) Ruth. 7 lb 1 oz. I am soooo excited for them. We went to the hospital yesterday to meet little Ellie and she is so adorable.
I'm looking so forward to raising our kids together. :)
Here are a couple pics they sent out to everyone:
Right after birth I think.
Doesn't Emily look great??
Hope I look like that the day after having my baby. :)
This past Sunday's sermon at church stemmed from the story of Mary and Martha, and I really really liked what the pastor had to say. The main point was that we put so many expectations on ourselves to be perfect or be a certain way, and that often these expectations are completely unfounded.
I really wanted to share it, because it took a load off my shoulders and somehow reached me in a way that all the books I've read and even my past counseling sessions were never able to. I wrote down in my notes, and even in my Bible, to go back and listen to it on a regular basis.
I know listening to a sermon probably isn't your idea of a great evening activity, but perhaps you could just play it while you're cooking dinner or cleaning up afterwards. :)
So I just realized that I never posted about my wonderful Ohio friends coming down to visit me a couple weeks ago!! Jaclyn, Ashley, and Michelle made the trip down and spend a weekend with me and Dave. (Well, mostly they spent the time with me [shopping], and Dave joined in on a dinner or two. :)) It was great fun...I absolutely loved having them here. The four of us have been friends since our college years at Ohio Northern University (ah, the memories).
Jaclyn, Michelle, me, Ashley
The three of them also got Dave and me a homewarming gift (candle and incense, yum) and baby gift (monitor), which I was super pysched about. You can read about the monitor here: 22 Weeks 4 Days.
The second big item for this post is that Dave and I got a fence for our backyard!! We were having a hard time deciding whether to take the financial leap, but with my growing belly and the weather getting colder, I was really dreading chasing the dogs down outside if they decided to run off. Besides that, it's just great to let the pups run all they want.
We'll just ignore the fact that Rogan is apparently much skinnier than her fur leads you to believe and that she's already managed to squeeze through the fence posts twice. Yes, that's right. She can skimmy through. It's unbelievable. Those are not big holes between those slats, people. Dave and I are not too thrilled about this, and we're considering ways to fix the situation. One idea is to put some type of rope about a foot or two up from the ground zig-zagged through the slats, all the way around. That way she'd have to jump and fit through in one leap, which shouldn't (!!!) be possible. She doesn't get out on a regular basis...like I said, it's only been twice (once during which Dave apparently just stood and watched in amazement), but it's still a concern. Until we find a remedy, my temporary solution is to beef her up a bit. So she gets a few more bits in her bowl in the morning now. We'll work on a healthier solution for down the road. :)
Finally, I must share with everyone that my friend Callie is having an Autumn giveaway on her blog!!! So definitely go check her out at Through Clouded Glass. She's got some good (and yummy) things she's passing out. :) The giveaway takes place this Saturday, so hurry up to get over there and enter!!
I just had to take a pic this past weekend with my friend Emily and our baby bumps. :) She's due this Thursday, so I knew it might be my last chance. :) I'm so excited for her and her husband, Sion! They're naming their little girl Elle, and they're going to call her Ellie. I keep waiting daily for the phone call that Ellie is arriving!
For any of you mommies or mommies-to-be out there who may be looking for child care, Care.com is having a free weekend, where you can contact care givers for free. Normally this service costs around $30/month (or $60/9 months or $120/year).
I posted a job a couple days ago saying that I may be looking for child care the end of next May, and I already got 6 responses. The site also lets you be specific about if you want someone who is non-smoking, comfortable with pets, etc.
So...just wanted to share in case it might help anyone else out. :) The deal runs today through Sunday, so don't waste any time!
My favorite tidbit is "You love each other. But it's more than love, or even commitment. You're devoted to the covenant—the principle—of marriage. I've always given myself to the person. I loved the three women I married, but eventually arguments became serious and one of us walked out...I've watched you survive things that would have broken any of my marriages. You've put your relationship above your personal feelings."
It's what I want my marriage to be. How about you?
I got this in an email from a work friend, and I thought it was good information to pass on. It's 10 Safety Tips, for women in particular to keep in mind. It's easy to assume we'll never be in these situations, but better safe than sorry...
1. Tip from Tae Kwon Do: The elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it, do!
2. Learned this from a tourist guide. If a robber asks for your wallet and/or purse, DO NOT HAND IT TO HIM. Toss it away from you...Chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and/or purse than you and he will go for the wallet/purse. RUN LIKE MAD IN THE OTHER DIRECTION!
3. If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car, kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won't see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.
4. Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating, working, etc., and just sit (doing their checkbook, or making a list, etc.). DON'T DO THIS! The predator will be watching you, and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side, put a gun to your head, and tell you where to go. AS SOON AS YOU GET INTO YOUR CAR, LOCK THE DOORS AND LEAVE. If someone is in the car with a gun to your head DO NOT DRIVE OFF, Repeat: DO NOT DRIVE OFF! Instead gun the engine and speed into anything, wrecking the car. Your air bag will save you. If the person is in the back seat they will get the worst of it. As soon as the car crashes bail out and run. It is better than having them find your body in a remote location.
5. A few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage:
A.) Be aware: look around you, look into your car, at the passenger side floor and in the back seat
B.) If you are parked next to a big van, enter your car from the passenger door.
Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars..
C.) Look at the car parked on the driver's side of your vehicle, and the passenger side... If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car, you may want to walk back into the mall, or work, and get a guard/policeman to walk you back out. IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. (And better paranoid than dead.)
6. ALWAYS take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at NIGHT!
7.If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control, ALWAYS RUN! The predator will only hit you (a running target) 4 in 100 times; and even then, it most likely WILL NOT be a vital organ.. RUN, preferably in a zig-zag pattern!
8. As women, we are always trying to be sympathetic: STOP. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who ALWAYS played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane or a limp, and often asked 'for help' into his vehicle or with his vehicle, which is when he abducted his next victim.
9. Another Safety Point: Someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last, and she called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird... The police told her 'Whatever you do, DO NOT open the door...' The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window, and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, 'We already have a unit on the way, whatever you do, DO NOT open the door.' He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby's cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby. He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby's cries outside their doors when they're home alone at night.
10. Water scam! If you wake up in the middle of the night to hear all your taps outside running or what you think is a burst pipe, DO NOT GO OUT TO INVESTIGATE! These people turn on all your outside taps full ball so that you will go out to investigate and then attack. Stay alert, keep safe, and look out for your neighbors!