Wednesday, April 1, 2015

St. Augustine Florida

Saint Augustine Florida has been a fun adventure so far. The city is the first founded city in the US, though it was founded even before the States became
united. There is so much history in this town and it's a lot of fun walking the streets and seeing all the charming old buildings.
This weekend was extra fun since Mark, Sherry, Peter and Missy came down to "camp" with us. It was too chilly over the weekend to spend much time at the beach, but we sure enjoyed other fun activities and some good cookouts and games around the camp fire.
We love having visitors and even though our trailer is small, hosting guests was still super fun! I'm looking forward to more of that this summer. So who wants to come visit?! ;)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Baby Shower

I was so blessed by a beautiful, sweet baby shower for our little guy this weekend. Randy and I were able to make a weekend trip up to Greenville for this special event Sherry and her sister Missy planned. They did such an amazing job making it so pretty. Even my friend Angela from Washington was in town! I feel so blessed by these sweet friends! What a special time!









Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pregnancy Memories

When my friend asked me to snap some maternity photos for her, I was more than happy. She looks so pretty pregnant and really got a lot of great shots. She offered to do some for me. I said no. I'm not feeling it. I don't really want pictures of this elephant state I'm in. Well, she snapped some anyway, and I have to say, I know I'll be happy to have these someday.

Though I can't say I've really enjoyed everything about pregnancy (the lack of energy, weighing more than I ever have, and feeling like each day I'm getting a year older), carrying this sweet boy is a privilege and I'm trying to remember that when I would rather just complain about how uncomfortable I am.

Last week put me into my third trimester, and that means a growing, active little boy! I think he likes coffee and lots and lots of snacks. :) I feel him moving almost all day long, and sometimes he won't settle down when I try to sleep. :) It's so fun seeing Randy entertained by watching my moving belly. I love how he talks to him and kisses him (i.e. my belly. :) ). These are memories I want to keep, and a few photos to go a long with them. :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Talks on the Dock

Home for now is by a lake in northern Florida near the St. John's river. Water, green trees, Spanish moss, Palm trees and humidity are all around. :) In the evenings we like making our coffee and walking down to one of the docks on this lake and sitting on the edge. We laughed together about not letting our feet dangle for fear of alligators pulling us in. Probably unlikely, but who knows??! :) 

We've had such great conversations on this dock and each one just reminds me how thankful I am for this time we have, just us. It's a season and I know we won't get to travel forever, so this time now is precious and I want to remember it and give thanks for it. 

I'm no expert when it comes to marriage advice seeing we've only been married 3 years, but I thought I would share a little tidbit on our minds lately. The other night as we were sitting by the lake we talked about dating. Dating your spouse. I think often times we think dating is for unmarried couples to get to know each other before they choose to marry--which is definitely important. But how much more important is it for married couples to date, to keep getting to know each other and spending quality time together. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be an expensive dinner or fancy night out. Maybe a date can simply be sitting on a dock with a cup of coffee, or on a backyard bench with a few quality moments to yourself. Just time away from everyone else, away from the phones and TVs and computers. Time just to chat and enjoy one another. In my opinion, these are the best kind of dates. :) Like I said though, I'm no expert. :) 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Florida

We said goodbye to Springfield Missouri last Friday and spent a week in South Carolina visiting friends and family and then continued on the rest of the way to Jacksonville Florida this past weekend. 

It was tricky finding a place to park the Avion but we found a place for the next few weeks at least next to a lake. We're thankful to be away from the freezing temperatures and close to the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. 

This is Randy's first time in Florida so I know this will be a great adventure for the next few months we're here. 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Our Little Man

Yesterday, Randy and I got to see our little baby moving around and showing off his feet, yep, 
IT'S A BOY!! 
Such a sweet experience. I'm 21 weeks into the pregnancy, over halfway and we're so excited to meet this little guy. It's been fun feeling more and more movement--even Randy's gotten to feel him kick a bit. I've started reading my Bible out loud to him since his hearing is becoming well developed.
We continue to ask prayer for the last half of this pregnancy since we don't know where we will be when he is born. It would be such a blessing to keep the midwife I've had here in Springfield, but I know God will give us wisdom even if we have to move before the birth.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

the adventures continue

Sometimes adventures are not very exciting ones. Sometimes they're not about putting on your hiking boots and exploring beauty you've never experienced, or tasting new foods you've never tried. Sometimes adventures are everyday things. Everyday joys. Everyday mishaps. 
For Randy and I, this winter, our adventures have involved snuggling closer in the sub-freezing temps because it can be a challenge keeping the trailer warm. Our adventures have included trying everything we know how to get our black tank (septic) to thaw out so we can use our own bathroom instead of driving to Wal-Mart every half hour so this pregnant lady can go! (Sorry if you didn't want to know all that info).
But, this is our life right now. Life in a trailer. Never really knowing the answer to the question we often get asked, "so where are you from?" 
And though keeping warm and keeping pipes and tanks from freezing can at times bring frustrating, annoying, and why-don't-we-just-get-a-normal-house-like-most-people kind of attitudes, these are adventures and they give us the opportunity to just laugh about it. Pray about it. And see God help us and provide for us in even the smallest ways. 
This morning, as I was desperately trying to get the trailer warmed up after a freezing night, I opened all the curtains and couldn't help being thankful for the abundant sunshine coming through the windows. We are blessed in this adventure of life. :)