Thursday, September 9, 2010

Just so I remember

Kurt was upstairs working on the floor in Jackson's room, and I heard the radio turn up. Keith Urban's Making Memories of Us was on. . . our first dance song at our wedding. Before I knew it, Kurt was down here pulling me up to dance with him. I cried. :) Haha! I just want to remember this because he doesn't do very many "romantic" things. I don't appreciate him enough . . . He's a great husband and a terrific father. He's our #1 advocate in all situations and we are lucky to have him. :)

My precious boys. . .

Jackson is so excited about his new little brother. He wants to kiss and hug him all the time, and he is always saying, "He's so sweet, Mommy." I just love it that he is such a good big brother. He is always eager to help us when we are changing Kaden's diaper or whatever it is that we may be doing at the time. Sometimes he is a little too aggressive without meaning to be but I am sure he'll get better with that as he gets used to Kaden being around.

Just because I want to remember how cute they look together . . .

Monday, September 6, 2010

What a few weeks it has been

Where has the last month gone?! Being away from home for so long really stunk, but I have learned a lot of things in the process.

August 30th FINALLY arrived after nearly 3 weeks in the hospital. I was so nervous for the c-section (which was really not bad, by the way), and I was so excited to meet my newest little man. The day seems like somewhat of a blur now. First of all, my nurse that day was awesome! She was so much fun, and I am glad she was with me. My OB is another story. . . she came into the room at around 10ish and asked if it was okay if she took a photo of my placenta because of the split placenta. I said I didn't care, and then she said to my nurse that she would meet us in the OR at 11:30. Michelle said we would head back there at 11:00 to start getting everything ready for the c-section, and my doc said okay. Everything was going really well in the OR. In case you've never had one I will tell you that a Spinal starts working CRAZY FAST!! I swear as soon as she stuck me with the needle my body was numb from the breast down. Anyway, I was getting excited and just trying to breath to stay calm until Kurt came into the room. He got there shortly after (he's awesome by the way!)! Then, I heard my nurse talking about the time, and the anesthesiologist was almost pacing behind my head. I looked at the clock to see that the clock said 11:40!! She was TEN MINUTES LATE. The next two minutes felt like ten minutes until she came in at 11:42. Seriously, TWELVE MINUTES LATE????? WHAT IS YOUR PROBLEM LADY!!!! Anyway, she came in and made a comment about waiting for us to call to tell her we were ready. . .she clearly said she would meet us here at 11:30 just an hour or so ago!! I heard her and so did my nurse!! Anyway, Kaden was born by 11:47. Now, I know that c-sections are quick, but she came in the door at 11:42 and he was completely out by 11:47 . . . completely out with TWO BROKEN BONES!!! I just cannot help but thinking that if she had been on time or had taken a little more time to gently reposition his arm we would not have had to spend the next 4 days going back and forth between my room and the NICU to see him. That's really hard when trying to recover from having a c-section. Not to mention that every time I see the look of pain on his face and hear him cry that "I'm in pain" cry it makes me so angry at her. He is such a champ though. Unless we are doing something that is messing with his arm (changing his clothes, etc.) he really doesn't cry. He's such a good baby!! We are really so blessed.

In the NICU, Kaden looked so pitiful. He was on a lot of Tylenol, and he had to be fed through a tube (which was really not much fun for him or for mommy or daddy to watch).

I was discharged on Thursday night and Kaden had to stay in the NICU. I didn't want to leave him, but I had told Jackson that I would be home Thursday night and I did not want to disappoint him after being gone for 3 1/2 weeks. He was pretty excited for me to be home so I am glad that I made the decision. Kurt and I were so worn out on Thursday and just going home and getting a good night sleep in my bed made all the difference in the world. I was also able to dry my hair for the first time in 3 1/2 weeks and I cannot tell you how good that felt. :) I was like a new woman. Now, I have not dried it again since then . . .HAHA! It was nice that day though. :) We fully anticipated spending Labor Day weekend going back and forth between home and the NICU, but when the doctors came in on Friday morning, they said Kaden had done everything he needed to do to be released to come home on Friday. We were shocked and completely unprepared to take him home. . . we didn't have a diaper bag with us or anything. The NP said that if we had asked her the day before about him going home she would have said no way, but he did so well from Thursday to Friday that she thought he would do fine at home with us. We were so excited. . . and I think us leaving was just enough to make Kaden work to get home with Mommy and Daddy. :) Anyway, we are thrilled to be home with our family of FOUR. Jackson and Wrigley have both been great with Kaden. Jackson is the BEST big brother Ever!!

Saturday was a relaxing day. Susie came up to make us dinner and help out with some things around the house, but other than that it was just us, which was nice. On Sunday, we had a house full of visitors. Andrea, one of my BFFs, came up from St. Louis to visit and meet Kaden. I haven't seen her in forever so it was really nice to see her. I hate living so far away, but whenever we are together it is like we haven't missed a beat.
My family came up too. Mom, Dad, Hunter, Denise, Adrianna, and Tianna all made their way up to see us. Denise and the girls have never seen our house so it was really nice to have them up here. We actually got a photo of Mom and Dad with all five grandkids, which never happens without someone having a sour look on their face. :) It actually turned out really well, though.
Kaden decided to stay awake all night last night so everyone else in the house is sleeping right now, which is why I have had time to write such a LONG blog entry. Sorry about that! :) Regardless of the 3 1/2 weeks that I had to be away from home, the pain from the c-section, the NICU stay for Kaden, etc., I have never been happier in my life. My time away has really taught me to think about the things that really matter in life. I've learned to be more patient, and I've learned that leaning on God in trying times will get you through anything. I am so incredibly blessed to have a wonderful husband who helps around the house, takes care of our boys' needs, defends us and advocates for us at all times, and loves us so much. I am also blessed to have two beautiful boys who are so sweet.

I really feel like the luckiest woman alive and I have never been happier with my life. This experience has really made me learn to lean on God and has strengthened my belief that all things happen for a reason. I really did not look forward to the experiences that I have had in the last month, but now that all is said and done, I realize what an important role this month has had in my life . . . now and for the rest of my days. I love my family! I love my life!

Happy Labor Day everyone! :)

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Mark . . .my sign from God

I was really bummed on Monday that I was not going to be able to deliver on Tuesday and get out of here. My awesome nurse, Leigh Ann, came in to tell me the results because my doctor had gone home without coming to tell me. One more disappointment. . .

I held back my tears while Leigh Ann was in here, but Kurt called right after she told me. Leigh Ann left the room and said she would come back when I was done talking with Kurt. As soon as the door closed I lost it. I couldn't even talk because I was crying so hard. He, obviously, knew that we had received the news that we did NOT want to hear. He sat quietly, and while I could tell he was bummed he was more concerned about me. He knows how difficult this has been on me, and while I know it has been very difficult on him as well he has been worried about me. He's a pretty awesome hubby!! Anyway, I didn't really have long to talk with him . . . maybe a couple minutes when someone knocked on my door. It was the lady at the front desk letting me know that Mark Knapp was here to visit. Mark is my mother-in-law's cousin, and he is a pastor as well. As soon as she told me that he was here, I knew that God was telling me that it's all going to be okay and it just isn't the right time yet. I believe in coincidence, but with all my heart, I KNOW that Mark Knapp coming to visit me at the exact time that my nurse told me I was not going to be able to meet my little boy the next day was NOT a coincidence. I know that Mark was my sign from God that all things happen for a reason, and while it is okay for me to be disappointed it just wasn't the right time. Mark and I had a nice visit. He's such a sweet man. He's one of those people who just makes you feel loved and makes you feel at ease, and I thank God for sending him to see me when He did. I hope that I will look back at this whole experience . . . the whole pregnancy, really . . . and remember how many times that I have felt God's presence in my life and felt His reassurance that everything will be okay.

Baby Kaden wanted his own birthday

We were supposed to deliver Kaden via c-section yesterday (8/24), but the amniocentesis on Monday showed that his little lungs just weren't ready to be delivered. Therefore we are waiting until next Monday (8/30) to deliver. Yesterday was my Aunt Debbie, cousin Chandler, and Great Grandpa Allen's birthday so I just think Kaden wanted his own birthday. :) I was really bummed when we got the results of the amnio, but I've gotten used to the idea now. I wouldn't want him to end up in the NICU for a long time so this is, obviously, what is best. I was just really looking forward to getting out of this bed and this room. It is amazing how quickly your muscles atrophy when staying in bed for 3 weeks. Ugh . . .not much longer, though!!! :)

I have had quite a few visitors while I have been in the hospital so the time has really gone pretty quickly. My parents and Hunter have been up on both weekends. This has allowed Kurt to have some time to get things done at the house, which is really nice. They brought up a care package from Aunt Wanda that included some things for me and Jackson. One of the things that she sent for Jackson was a Toy Story backpack. Dad was trying to get Jackson to put it on and he wouldn't so Dad put it on.
It was not as easy to take off as it was to get it on though, and he actually got stuck in it for a few minutes. Haha!! Silly Pop Pop!!

We bought Jackson a bunch of Dr. Seuss books to have here at the hospital so we have something to keep him occupied while he is here, and Dad has spent some time reading to the boys when they were here.
Hunter has been so good when they have visited, which is nice because he is usually a hyper mess. Haha! He's been so sweet and so well behaved though.

When I was working at WEBO, we had some friends over there who would keep Jackson when I had evening activities at school. Amanda was one of my students, and Tammy, her mom, worked with me at WEBO. Amanda was also one of Jackson's afternoon teachers at daycare. Needless to say, they love Jackson to pieces and he loves them right back. They came to visit last Sunday.
It was nice to visit with them. We will miss seeing them so much with me not working at Webo anymore.

My friend, Jeanine, and her little boy Henry have visited a couple times to hang out with me at lunch time. She is on maternity leave right now so it has been nice to spend time with them. Henry is such a little cutie. I wish I would have taken some pictures. Lissa, Kurt's Assistant Principal, has visited twice (once with her family). My mother in law has been here several times, and my father in law was here briefly. My friend Sarah Raines stopped by one day to bring me some yummy cookies and magazines. Heather and Rees came to visit and Dani came to bring me some ice cream . . . Yum Yum!! I have also received flowers from Susie, my parents, and Dani, Scott, Rhino, & Kelly. As bummed as I was about not being able to get out of here this week, the flowers really did brighten my day and lift my spirits. :) I feel pretty blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. It really has made this experience easier to handle.

Progress

So, while I have been in the hospital, we have had some busy bees working at our house. I cannot believe how quickly things are progressing. It's nice. Dennis, our General Contractor, has sent me pictures almost everyday with some updates. Here are the most updated photos that I have received.

I think they were supposed to put the decking on the roof today, and Dennis thought they would have the entire roof (existing and new) completed by Friday. Now, if we just had our windows. . . oh well. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's finished. I know this is the part that seems to go so quickly because there are so many large/visible changes, but I'm still excited. I just wonder how much they will have done by the time I get home at the end of next week. My maternity leave is going to be eventful to say the least. Thank God for nursing covers or every contractor in Hamilton County would be seeing me nurse the baby.

While Dennis and Brian have been busy on the outside of the house, Kurt has been working hard inside as well. He laid new floors in Jackson's room, and it looks so good. Jackson had this awful yellow carpet in his room before. It was stained and pretty gross, but Kurt took care of that. . .
Isn't it pretty?? I love it. I can't wait to see it in person. We will have the same floors in all of the new rooms and in the dining room as well. I can't wait. It's so much nicer than the old school carpet that we have had. In addition to the floors, Kurt has been busy taking siding off of the house and working on a dresser for Jackson. Jackson is still using the dresser with the changing table on top of it, which we will need for Kaden in about a week. When we moved into the house, Grandad had an empty dresser in Jackson's closet. It had been antiqued, which was not really our style, but it is a really nice dresser so Kurt has been stripping it and refinishing it for Jackson. He has worked really hard on it, and finally finished it this weekend.
The next month or so are probably going to be pretty chaotic with the new baby and the construction, but I can't wait to see the end result.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Last pic at home. . . 34 weeks




Sarah Jean asked me about recent pics so I thought I would post these. They were taken a couple days ago, last pics before going into the hospital. Okay, last post for real this time. . . time for bed.

Can I have a quarter please?

Unfortunately, this has been a very difficult year for us. In January we lost Kurt's Grandad. In April, we lost my Pappaw. Tragically, in July, we lost Kurt's brother, Craig, in an automobile accident. Craig was a quiet guy, but he was a really good guy. He was a fantastic uncle, and Jackson just loved him.
Here's a picture of them on Christmas. Craig and Brittney spoiled him, really. It makes me really sad that Jackson has now lost both of his uncles, but I am so happy that he at least had the first few years with Craig. We all miss him very much.

Phil and Donna Stackhouse, some family friends, bought a Japanese Lilac tree for Brett and Susie when Craig passed away. Brett and Susie are probably going to be moving eventually, so we decided to plant the tree at our house. Brett, Susie, and Brittney came up one evening so Kurt and Brett could plant the tree. It's a really pretty little tree, and we planted it right at the back of the property.

Brett told Jackson that every time he waters the tree, he will pay him a quarter so Jackson makes sure he reminds Kurt to water the tree every day. He doesn't hesitate to tell Brett when he needs to pay him either. I like it that we have the tree at our house so we can talk to Jackson about Craig and the importance of the tree.

After we planted the tree, Jackson just had to show us how good he is at baseball. He actually is pretty good for a 2 year old. He usually hits about every 3rd or 4th pitch. He actually hit it so hard the other day that it flew up on the porch, hit the house, and bounced into the hole for the basement. We had to have the concrete guys toss it up to us when they were taking the forms off a few days later. Granted, it is a big bat, but I'm still pretty impressed with him for a 2 year old. Anyway, I don't have any pictures or videos of him hitting the ball. . . I will have to get one because it is so cute (and again, pretty impressive in my eyes. . . of course I am his mom). We did get a picture of him pitching to Brett though and I thought it was pretty cute. We don't really have very many pictures of Brett so I love it that we have this picture of him playing with Jackson. Jackson loves his PeePaw so I'm glad we got this photo.
As difficult as the year has been to this point, I am hoping that the birth of Kaden will be a turning point for our family. I think we have dealt with enough heartache for awhile. Through it all, though, we have definitely realized how blessed we are with family and friends who are so supportive in so many ways. It's times like these that one really feels how much they are loved and how blessed they are in life, and we can't really complain one bit.

Summertime . . .

This summer has been very eventful to say the least. I knew at the beginning of the summer that I would probably be hospitalized at some point so I wanted to have as much fun as we could while we had the chance. Unfortunately I did not get pictures of all of it, but we went to the zoo a few times and the Children's Museum once. We also went to the Strawberry Festival on the circle in Indianapolis. . .YUMMY!! Jackson loved every minute, and of course he was super cute but I didn't have my camera . . .oops.

We had a lot of fun at 4th of July. Our old neighborhood had a block party and we were invited. I think they will forever be our neighbors since we don't have any neighbors now. We love them all to pieces anyway so I am cool with that. :) Anyway, here are some photos from the block party . . .fun times.
Me and Dani - one of the best friends a girl could ever have. :)
Family photo . . . which we don't have very often.
We put the headphones on Jackson because he doesn't like loud noises. He really freaked out a few times about the fireworks . . . so much so that I thought we would have to leave, but he calmed down and ended up enjoying them . . .kinda!

A couple days later (actually on July 4th), my parents came to visit and Jackson acted like he had never been bothered by fireworks. He was a champ. He kept saying Oh Wow. . . It was pretty cute.

He and Hunter got matching glowing swords, and he Loves that thing.
Before the fireworks we hung out at Brett and Susie's house. . . We all ate dinner in the fifth wheel trailer because they are remodeling their house. This picture was super cute of Hunter and Jackson . . .they get along pretty well but now that Jackson is getting older they are starting to fight like brothers at times. . . funny, but annoying too. Haha!
A couple weeks ago we met up with the Gentry's to get ice cream at Handels. Dani and I used to go ALL THE TIME when we lived across the street so it was nice to go with them. The kids had fun. They are so cute together. I just love those kiddos, and Jackson does too. We are pretty blessed to have them in our lives. :)
Looking at the picture of Jackson, Emmy, and Ty, you would never know that this was what Jackson looked like about 45 minutes earlier. . . so cute . . . he was so pooped out that he just fell asleep at the table.
video
Susie's cousin Greg has a pool at his house, and he is so sweet that he said we could use it whenever we want. He is also the father/father-in-law of Chris & Heather, our very dear friends. Anyway, they were out of town in Michigan, but he said to go on over and cool off so we did just that. Jackson had so much fun, and I have to admit it felt Really good to this pregnant lady. Being pregnant in the summer kinda sucks. . . especially when it is one of the hottest summers on record. The pool felt wonderful!
With all of the work that has been happening at our house, Dennis, our general contractor, has been at the house a lot. Jackson has just fallen in love with him. He gets so excited about Dennis, and Dennis is wonderful to him (because he has a 4 year old and is used to being interrupted and all that fun stuff). We couldn't have asked for a better person to be our general contractor.
Finally, Kurt's cousin, Dana, and her little boy, Michael, came up to visit us last weekend. She made us Chicken and Noodles and came up to keep Jackson occupied so Kurt could get some work done and I could rest like my doctor had ordered. The boys were going non-stop, but they actually slowed down for a few minutes so I could get this cute little picture of them. I love it. We are truly blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. . . they have really been a blessing this summer, as it has been a difficult summer in many ways.

That's our summer in a nutshell. Haha! I know it was a long post, but I haven't posted pictures since like last July so I think it's okay. :) Now that summer is over and I am about to have 2 little ones to play with and take care of, I am glad that I was able to spend the beginning of the summer doing fun things with my little guy. I wish I would have been able to be more fun at the end of the summer, but the bedrest will all be worth it once we have another healthy boy in our arms. :)

One good thing . . .

One of the good things about being in the hospital is that I am missing out on all the mess at home. . . I am so excited for all the changes at our house, but I am not unhappy about missing the crazy, muddy, mess. . .

This is our before picture. . .
Notice the pretty green grass, etc.

The first step was to take down the two trees just south of the house. Jackson was SO excited because the digger was at our house knocking down trees. It was so funny to see how he acted. It was really cute. Anyway, this was the final look of the first step.
They quickly dug the hole for the basement, which was also exciting. . . Jackson is just thrilled with the whole process.
Walls went up quickly, and it really made me feel like the waiting game that we played for a year was all worth it.
Once we really got the basement underway, it was time to start digging for the geothermal. So, we went from having a messy yard south of our house to having a messy yard BOTH north and south of our house.
When I came home the other day Kurt and I actually had to park right in front of our front porch because there was a trench in our driveway blocking the garage. Poor little Jackson just doesn't have anywhere to play anymore other than down by the barns, and he has to trudge through a bunch of dirt to get there. It is going to be SO worth it once it is done though. There is definitely progress being made. I love it, but at the same time, it makes staying in the hospital for the next few weeks a little less frightening and easier to deal with. :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Blogging hold up . . .

I keep trying to update my blog and upload my pictures, but I cannot get my card reader to read my photo card. . .hmmm. . . I'll keep trying. :)

All checked in . . . now what. . .

Well, I am all checked into the hospital for my bedrest prior to the c-section on the 24th. Kurt and Jackson dropped me off this morning, but they had to go home . . . can't expect a two year old to spend the whole day at the hospital with me. So, now it is just me. . .

Upon arrival we were informed that our OB had not informed the hospital that we were coming. Frustrating to say the least, especially since she wanted me to check in 2 weeks ago. I'm not really sure why she had not informed them that I was coming, but once I explained why we were here everything was fine. The nurses have all been wonderful so that's awesome.

I'm not really sure what I am going to do for 2 weeks in the hospital, but I've got plenty of books to keep me busy. I also thought this would be a great time to get the blog updated, especially since in 2 weeks I am going to have 2 little ones to keep me busy. :)

I have to say that the day started out poorly. I was in such a bad mood thinking about staying in the hospital, and then finding out that my OB had not done what she needed to do to make an easy check in was even more frustrating. After sitting here for almost 4 hours, though, I have decided that it's time to get over it, deal with it, and start enjoying this time of rest before my sleep becomes very limited. So, here's to a better attitude about the next 2 weeks. . . :)

Sunday, August 1, 2010

I always want to remember . . .

When Jackson cries, I always tell him to come to me so I can wipe away his tears. Then, I will hug him and wipe away his tears with my thumbs. I was overwhelmed and upset earlier today, and I started crying. He stopped what he was doing, and he came over to hug me. Then, he looked up at me and said, "here, Mommy, let me wipe away those tears." He's such a sweet boy, and I am so lucky to be his mommy!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bed rest it is . . .

So, I just came back from my OB appointment. She still would prefer that I go into the hospital at this point, but after I explained my situation with my job, she was more understanding. She told me to take it easy and be on "bedrest" from home until I go into the hospital on the 11th. This will allow me to work one day at Tipton prior to my hospitalization, which will make life SO much easier. She also changed the delivery date from August 31st to August 24th (assuming the amniocentesis comes back okay on the 23rd). If the baby is fully developed at that point, that is actually better because it means that I will not have to spend as much time in the hospital away from Kurt and Jackson. It also means I can go back to work sooner so that is a good thing as well. . . I know that sounds so crazy. Who wants to go back to work as soon as possible after a baby is born? Typically I would not, but with me accepting a new job, we are really going to be struggling this year so the less days I have to miss the better off we will be.

Anyway, the good news is definitely that I do not have to be in the hospital for 5 weeks!! I'm sure the next few weeks will fly by and little Mr. Kaden will be here before we know it. Then, none of this hospital junk will matter. :)

Happy Thursday!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Great News!

I'm not getting my hopes up, but I just got back from the Maternal Fetal Medicine Ultrasound and it was a great appointment. Kaden looks great! He is getting bigger. . . actually measuring right on by the docs dates, which are a week ahead of what I think his due date actually is. He has always measured a week behind so the little guy has really been growing in the last couple weeks. Anyway, he has decided to turn head down. Not that that really matters since I am having a c-section, but it makes it less likely that he will kick real hard and rupture one of the blood vessels. Speaking of those pesky blood vessels. . . they have moved!!! They are just to the right of the birth canal now instead of being right over it and my cervix has moved up a little as well. It actually looked like it would be possible to deliver vaginally if we wanted to, but I'm still thinking my OB is going to want to play it safe and deliver via c-section. I'm cool with that if it means that I can have that healthy little guy in my arms. SO. . . my MFM doc thinks I should be good to work one day at Tipton before going into the hospital. I'm crossing my fingers that Dr. Flora feels the same. Hopefully with the new report she will. I said a prayer this morning that God would let me know for certain today what I am supposed to do, and I feel strongly that he has answered my prayers. God is GOOD!! Keep us in your prayers! They seem to be working. :)

Saturday, July 17, 2010

So many changes

I refuse to let it be an entire year before I post again, so I thought I would update with some info on all the many changes in our life.

Home is Where Your Story Begins. . .
So, we have FINALLY closed on our house. Yes, the house that we have lived in for nearly a year but not owned. You know, the one bedroom house that is about to be home to our (soon to be) family of FOUR. Boy, are we going to be close. :) Anyway, it has been a long process, but we were finally able to close and we are ready to start the construction, which will take it from one bedroom to 4 bedrooms. Oh how nice it will be to actually be able to have a bedroom with a door again. Until now, Kurt and I have slept in the loft right outside of Jack's bedroom. Fun. :) It should be interesting, but it sounds like things should go pretty quickly once we finally break ground. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it does anyway. It sure would be nice to have a place for this baby to sleep when he is born.

And Baby Makes Four . . .
Baby Kaden should be here in a little over a month, which is exciting and terrifying all at the same time. Due to some complications with my pregnancy, I am going to have to have a c-section with Kaden and I am not going to lie. I am TERRIFIED. This could be because my doctor wants me to go into the hospital in a little less than two weeks, and I have refused to follow her orders. Now, don't get me wrong. I want to do everything that is best for me and Kaden, but I have accepted a new job, and if I don't work on August 10th, I don't get paid until after my maternity leave. We will keep monitoring Kaden to make sure he is growing and doing okay and I will officially be on bedrest (hopefully at home) beginning on July 30th, but as long as the good Lord allows me to, I am staying home so I can work on August 10th. Then, I will report to the hospital like a good girl as soon as I leave work on the 10th. I will miss my guys terribly, but if this is what it takes to make sure that ALL of my boys are okay I'm fine with it. I'm sure Kurt will bring Jackson to see me as much as he can, and maybe it will give me time to actually update my blog more frequently.

Bye Bye Webo. . .Hello Tipton
After much prayer, I have decided to leave Western Boone, my home away from home for the last 5 years. It has been a wonderful place to start my career, but Tipton is 12 minutes from home. I cannot imagine how much nicer that will be for me and my family. Kurt and I are very excited about the move. It is going to be a very rough year financially (with me being in the hospital, off on maternity leave, etc.), but I believe God brought me to this position and I believe he will take care of us. I'm excited about the new challenges that being a Middle School counselor will bring for me, but I am also going to miss my high school duties. I'm anxious to see how many differences there are and to see if I love middle school even more than high school.

Ok, now that I have reacquainted myself with my blog, I PROMISE not to let it be over 11 months until my next post. Next time, I will hopefully have some photos of my little ones. . . I'm just not at home so I cannot upload anything.

Until next time. . .