Saturday, November 28, 2009
Please pray for my mother-in-law, Molly. She is Henry's Nana, the one who made the bedding. She called us this morning to tell us that she has been in the hospital since Thanksgiving morning due to a bleeding colon, which she has never had an issue with until now. We had no idea about it. I think she was keeping it from us, hoping she would get out and not have to worry us with it. She was coming to "babysit" me on Monday while the baby daddy holds interviews all day in Memfrica. Randall said when she called all she could do was apologize for not being able to get here to help. We assured her we would get someone else and to get well! She also told us to not have Henry until she got out of the hospital! Poor thing. I just hate this for her and want to know what is causing all this pain and bleeding so she can get well and love on our baby boy.
We ended up asking my sweet Daddy to "babysit" me on Monday since I cannot stay alone this late in the game and especially with my sciatic nerve pain locking me up all the time. I hated to have to ask him being that he lives in a different state, but he loves closer than Mama or Julie and it seemed like the only option for us. I cried when he told me very quickly that he would be honored to "babysit" me. I think the tears were just from me being in awe that we had to actually call him for help and could not find anyone closer by to put aside time to help us in this rare time of need.
Now, let's pray I do not go into labor under his watch...if you know my Daddy, you are picturing this scene and it is making you pray hard for Henry to stay put! Can you imagine? I am laughing outloud!! I do love that man.
Friday, November 27, 2009
sciatic nerve pain that is about to eat my lunch! Miserable doesn't describe it. My poor husband deserves a medal. I am not only confined to the house, but he is too because I cannot be left alone. I cannot take a shower alone, get to the bed alone, and often get stuck in mid step on the way back from the bathroom. Glorious times. Thank goodness for a computer chair with wheels. It has become a makeshift wheelchair when on the tile and laminate floors. It is times like these I wished we lived closer to family so Randall could catch a break. He deserves one. He does not complain but I know he wants to hunt, shop and ride his 4-wheeler this weekend. I hope we still like each other next week when Henry arrives. Pray for us! I do love this man. I cannot imagine this journey without him. He is truly the most attentive man I know. Monday my MIL is coming to sit with me all day. That will be good for all of us. I am thankful she is only 1 hour away. Mercy....Henry better get here soon and be a good boy! ha. This bedrest is not the best medicine for my hyperactive, Type A self. Whew.
Black Friday is special to me though. It has been a great bonding time for me and the women in my family over the years. I started shopping on this day with my Meemaw, Aunt Babs and Cousin Hollye in Memphis many years ago. I learned about the thrill of the deal from my precious Meemaw. That woman could shop! I then starting going with my sister for many years. The years I have been with Julie have been the years that make me laugh. She and I are made out of the same shopping mold and we often get ourselves into a bit of trouble with the crowds. Randall has been with me 2 times for 5 am deals on Craftsman tools. Those were not my best times...he does not enjoy the thrill of the deal, even though he is the most frugal man we all know. I have also been with Randall's aunt and her family these past couple of years. They are a lot of fun to shop with and I miss being in Jonesboro shopping with them today. I am in Jonesboro, but in my "lounge chair" in a nightgown. You may wonder why I do not mention my Mother as one I have shopped with? Well, I have been to a few places with her on Black Friday and she is a lot like Randall...she does not enjoy the thrill of the deal. We leave her be on this day.
All of my shopping is done and wrapped this year, so there is nothing out there I just have to have...it is just knowing I am missing the thrill of it all. I hope you got some good deals today. Comment and tell me what you scored big on this year.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I will then enjoy Thanksgiving lunch made by my mother-in-law and delivered to me this past Sunday. She brought us ham, dressing, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, corn and a pie (which Rand has already eaten). I will take out one of my homemade pies in the freezer and we will enjoy that pie instead. The bedrest and sciatic nerve pain is about to do me in. We were planning on heading to Randall's aunt's house for lunch tomorrow (1 hour away) but Randall thinks that the mass of people and car ride will shut me down for a few days. I love the people and the car ride but at this point it is not the best medicine, I am afraid. I am ready for my little guy to come out! Next week I get to meet him.....date/day to be determined on Tuesday afternoon. Yay!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Abby went to the doctor Friday and her blood pressure was high so she was put on bedrest for the weekend.
She went back to the doctor yesterday, her blood pressure was fine but she is still on bedrest.
And she doesn't like it one bit.
And Randall isn't very fond of it either! HA!
Keep them in your prayers this week. Pray for patience and good health. And as David prays "that Henry will be safe in Abby's womb."
Why does he even know that word??????
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Enough with the monthly pictures of her belly, Enough with the pictures of Henry's room. Enough with pictures of all the gifts and showers. Enough.
Lets talk about me and how I'm preparing for Henry.
I have recently had my hair colored and cut for his arrival. I have acquired a new set of hot rollers(because I loved the 80's!!) and am sure to woo this little bundle with my beautiful, straight brown hair. I'm hoping he falls in love with its texture and style. It is so unlike his mothers that I just know he will be aching to feel it and look at it so often that his parents will have to bring him to see me!!
I have also been plucking my eyebrows. Oh, the pain and agony that causes. But for Henry it is worth it. The last time I got them waxed the girl did a great job and they have been pretty easy to keep up with. I really don't want Henry to think I have mustaches or caterpillars above my eyes the first time he sees me.
This one has been the toughest one yet. Clothes! What to wear?! I remember hearing that if you wear red when in front of a group it gives a sense of authority and respect. So, I'm thinking no red! HA! I have a couple of new sweaters that are in the running for this special event.
I have one that is belted that is oh so cute, but I don't know if it is comfy enough to wear for a long day of labor and pain management (Abby's of course, not mine). I have a black one that is super comfy and they say babies can't see colors too good at birth. So, this could be the sweater. He could fall in love with me and have to go home with me if I wear this sweater. OK! I've just made up my mind. It's going to be the black sweater!
The last thing is lip stick. I'm in kinda of a slump in that department. So, today I'm going to go out and buy a new lipstick. One that is sure to bring attention to my face (so that he looks at me!) and one that will not iritate Henry's skin when I kiss his little face over and over and over....
Have I left anything out? Is there something else I need to add to my list of preparations? Help!!!!
Friday, November 13, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is the living room. This is where the tree was last year. Henry's Nana gave us her tree that looks just like the one in our den so I could have two. This year it was too big of an undertaking to put up two full trees. I hope to have that one in front of this window next year. We will cross our fingers with a one year old in the house. Maybe he can go to Nana's that day!
This is the other side of the living room. I have acquired a collection of alpine trees at yard sales and after Christmas sales. I created a little forest here. Randall says the snowflakes are a bit fake looking, but I told him to shut it up and be nice. It took a small forever for me to get down on the floor and back up again...they are staying where they are!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
*** For many years I prayed for a friend. It seemed that God wasn't exactly listening to me. But now as I look back on that time I realize that He just needed me to concentrate on being a mother. I did that and now I have friends! Yay for me!
*** One of my friends and her family came to our town Sunday. Her husband spoke at church Sunday, so we were able to eat lunch and supper with them and spend the afternoon together. The boys had fun with their son and Anna could not get enough of their 12 year old daughter! Christmas open houses were Sunday afternoon so Marabeth and I left the kids with their dads and headed out. It was quick but fun.
*** Another one of my friends stood in line last night for over 3 hours to get me a copy of the pioneer womans cookbook. I can hardly stand the fact that Christy waited all that time and then not only got herself a copy signed but got me a signed copy of the cookbook! The absolute sweetest thing! And it isn't just signed, but it says Holy!Holy!Holy!Julie Missed you! Ree/PW.
I was at a Bible study last night and wasn't able to make the trip to see her in person, thus the holy, holy,holy.
*** And she also had Marlboro Man sign it. Can you stand it????!!!!!
*** I pray with my kids everynight before bed. You would think I never do by the way they act at night. When we announce bedtime, they each(all 4 of them) come up to me and say" don't forget to pray with us". I don't ever forget. Anyway. The twins say the sweetest prayers. Lately they have been praying for Stephen's mom and Henry. They pray that Henry will be "delivered safely", that he "won't have any illnesses in his life" and that "he will be saved and know you, God". How sweet is that?
*** Back to the subject of friends. We had some friends give us 4 football tickets last week. 2 of the kids had no interest in going to the game so 4 tickets was just what we needed! We had such a great time at the game! Thanks guys for letting us use your tickets!
***Because we were going to be so close to Ft Smith, we decided to spend a day there. And I got to spend a few hours with my friend Cindy. We have known each other for 24 years and still love each other to death. We went shopping, actually we went to a couple of stores, walked the perimeter of them while talking and that was all. She had just been at our house for the weekend a couple of weeks ago. So being able to see her twice in a month was almost more than my heart could take.
*** That's it guys! A list of whats up in my life! I know you're glad you stayed around to read it!
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
1. My name is Julie. I also go by Jules, Julia, Ju, and I will soon be called JuJu by Henry, my nephew to be!
2. I live in Arkansas and always have but have only lived in Lincoln county for three years.
3. My wonderful hubby is the Pastor of our church. How about that for a lofty title!
4. I have already answered this question in #2, but we have been at this church for three years (well, three years and 15 days!)
5. Yes, I have children. The lights of my life, the laughter in my soul, the stealers of my sanity are Samuel who is 12, David who is 8, Daniel who is 8, and Anna Kathryn who is 5.
6. We have been married for 16 years, and have lived in seven different houses. Not bad for being in the ministry! But have served at 2 churches for 5 years each!
7. I cook Sunday lunch most of the time, unless my in-laws come to town. When they come to visit, for some reason we always eat out. I used to think it wasn't my cooking, but now I'm pretty sure it IS my cooking!
8. I am usually on time for Sunday School and church. I get the kids ironed, fed and out the door and am there by the time my class starts. I never hardly make it to the older people's Sunday School class before they start though. When the bulletin says Sunday School starts at 9:45, those people read it, believe it, and act on it! My class? We start at around 10:00-10:15.
9. I love to watch The Duggers on TLC. Isn't that sad? I am just amazed at them. They love their family, they run around, they are loud and rambunctious, and they take care of each other.
10. I like to watch The West Wing in the mornings. It is on for two hours almost every morning. It goes against everything that I hold to be true, but I like it. I can't help it
11. My most annoying church related pet peeve? I'm sure I have many, but right now it is people dying! People dying during the holidays, while I'm on a romantic weekend get-away, or when I have tickets to a ballgame. Is that bad, sorry if seems insensitive. I don't mean it to. It is just the correct answer to the question!
12. The one thing I need to throw away is the fur coat I got from my dad when I was 12. I have no need for it, but can't bring myself to get rid of it.
13. I don't know if Coke is a food, but I can't live without it! I mean I. cannot. live. without. a. daily. can. of. Coke.
14. I currently live in a parsonage. It is the most wonderful house. If we ever move from here I would like to take it with us. It is beautiful on the outside, and roomy and wonderful inside. Can you move a brick home?
15. The question is :Freak when the doorbell rings or always ready for a visitor? I am mentally always ready for a visitor, but my house is NEVER ready for a visitor. Even when the visitor is expected. I can never get this place clean. ( That should explain why on number 14 I didn't say it was beautiful on the inside!)
So, there you go. I'm now entered in the scavenger hunt and you know more about me than you even thought to question.