Since we found out we were expecting, I've noticed so many people I know having babies etc... People just tell me it's my stage in life, but I have been at this stage for a bit now and don't remember nearly this many babies. I decided to make a list of all the people who have had a baby since we found out we were expecting (August 2008) through those who are expecting this year. This is list is limited to people I know personally. My count so far...
I don't think it is just my imagination that there are new babies everywhere.
Update on us...
Despite earlier indicators, our new baby girl has decided she is in no hurry to come into the world. My due date was Tuesday...so now it's just a waiting game. Thankfully her heart rate is fine and she is moving enough so my doctor is content for now to let nature take its course. I just hope this course isn't too long so where she'll want to induce.
I have another "baby belly" picture on my camera, so I'll try to get it off later and post it.
We've been busy working on our house since last June. I really wanted to get these things done before the baby came. We were successful. Here are a few before and after shots for your enjoyment. To really appreciate it, you need to come visit (hint, hint).
With the recent marriage of my sister and my brother's upcoming wedding, Mark and I have had some time to consider traditional wedding vows. We all know the "to have and to hold from this day forward"
"for better or for worse" "for richer or for poorer" "in sickness and in health"
and while I would not want to diminish the significance of these words, there are a few "unsaid vows" that I think every married couple takes...even if they don't know it up there on the alter.
Here are our silent additions to the list
"in tidiness or in disarray" "for grouchy or for perky" "in Menards or in the mall" "with home-cooked or with carryout" "in remembrance or in forgetfulness" "for thin or for chubby" "in dry or wet basements" "in running or broken down cars"
and my personal favorite "in calm or in nagging"
and we conclude "to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part. "
I'm sure you all have your own. Marriage is a wonderful blessing and if we remember our commitment to even these silent vows...we can face even the challenges we bring upon ourselves.