Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Full Days of Preparation...

I do not know if we have ever encountered an upcoming arrival of a baby to bring so much change in our lives!  We did buy our first home months before Bell's arrival, but somehow that doesn't even seem to compare-funny.  Maybe because it was simply pack up and move in.  Maybe because she was our third daughter and we had all the "baby" things we needed.  With this new little guy,  we have gone through accumulating baby things again because we had gotten rid of all of ours thinking we were done-How Silly For Us!!  With this new little guy we were outspaced in the bedrooms, thinking he would have to call the living room his bedroom, and with this little guy, we did not have a vehicle that would fit all of us any longer!!  So long mini van-can you believe we actually overflowed out of a van!!  I have actually been thankful that a pregnancy is 40 weeks, because there has been a lot to change while normal life spins on.  Our eyes and ears have been perked to solutions, lots of research done, but most of all, prayer has been the under laying planning involved in the "impossible".  And we have been completely knocked over by the Lord's answers!!  I mean, absolutely humbled and amazed at His providence!! How He has provided is miraculous!!

Here are some of the littler gifts that we have been blessed with!

 We found a brand new swing in the box-perfect for traveling and small spaces.  It was $39.00 out of the box at a thrift store.
We haven't had a stroller for years-so that was on the list!  Now, after 14 years of strollers, we had some do's and don't's on the list when making a choice.  One being, that we wanted to make one purchase to last for the 4 years we would need it. And there was not much in the budget to accomplish that list.  That same day we found the swing, we also found this stroller.  It is amazing and we are still figuring out all of the crazy features to it.  Talk about luxury!  I think I want to ride in it;)  It came with a bassinet, complete rain gear set up and diaper bag, and a few other things we have yet to figure out!  All for $50.00!!  We have not been able to find the exact model online to get instructions, so we are winging it.  We spent awhile in the store playing with it and looking over every inch to make sure it really was as good as we were thinking.  But, you know what the funny thing was, we forgot to see how or if it folded up for transport!!  You would have thought us new parents when we were in the parking lot trying to get it in the car.  And the funny thing was, we never did figure it out and were very fortunate to have bought this only 2 weeks before...

The Lord even provided the right vehicle for us at the right time!!  There was a wonderful family at church selling there suburban, and we were able to buy it from them.  It is an older model, but in absolutely perfect condition and to us it is absolute luxury!!  The unique thing about making this purchase was the fact that no bank gives loans for older vehicles any longer.  Basically we were told you have to spend more money to get a loan!! Our economic system is so wonky and so off when it comes to being responsible!!  Here we are trying to live within our means, only get what we need, and not get in over our heads-but there is no profit in that for banks-they would rather people live above and beyond their means.  But, we had not given up hope that this was the right choice and Matt ended up in our credit union with the most crazy positive experience we have ever experienced concerning loans!  Needless to say-we learned something very new about finances.  We were able to take the loan out for the suburban and have a car payment and interest rate lower than any other we have had during out 16 years of marriage-thank you Lord!!!!  That was a gift straight from Him!!  It is pretty fun to know that we can now fit all eight of us in one vehicle(and even have room for the dog and a stroller that we couldn't fold up-although after a day of toying with it on and off-I finally figured it out).

Now, many of you know that we have been working with a wonderful man from our church on plans to put a bedroom in our basement, giving Matt and I a little privacy(we are currently using part of it as a bedroom, but have no walls or windows).  It was looking as though it just wasn't going to work out any time soon, at least not before the baby.  We were going to need to save for awhile to make it happen.  We were just going to get a window put in and then hold off on the rest-but the Lord had other plans for us!  We were blessed beyond any words could describe, not only with the funds gifted to us anonymously, but also a whole bunch of willing gifted men to help with the build!!  Matt has been prepping for the cement cutters coming on Friday to cut the hole for the window.  That man 9who I adore) has along side our oldest son, dug out a 5x5x7 foot hole along side the house.  It has taken them 2 days thus far over the Holiday weekend of 8 hours each day to accomplish this.  Not to mention it being done in 95+ degree weather!!  I am actually relieved that Matt is back to work today and Cole back to school in the air conditioning, giving their bodies a break!!  That darn clay is crazy hard to break through!!

 We had a good weekend spent outside while the guys dug and dug and dug...we had my folks over to celebrate Noah's 5th birthday.  And since it was going to be so hot, we through together a quick(and cheap) canopy for eating outdoors.  I had marked a similar canopy I had seen on Pinterest to help figure out the design.  We purchased 5 -2x2's and tipped them, drilled holes through the top of each to thread rope through and pounded them into the ground. A painters canvas drop cloth-$20-I made holes in the corners to thread rope through, and a bundle of rope-$3.00.  We used our tent stakes to anchor in the rope.  The total cost was $30.00.  It works better than the canopies we have purchased in the past because of the crazy wind we get in out yard.  the store bought canopies always blew away no matter how we anchored them.  It is not very glamorous, but it functions with a bit of earthiness to it. And I am looking forward to dressing it up from time to time!!
 We accomplished the pool a little over a week ago-giving the kiddos a perfect outlet for play as we head into construction!!  They do not even mind the freezing water!!
 And I have been able to take a little bit of time each day while they swim and the guys work, to begin getting the planting done.  Slow and steady for sure, but it is starting to come together. I am sure my neighbors are thinking I look pretty funny attempting to garden.  This little one is measuring big which means so am I!!  But the girls have been huge helpers in getting the planting done with me.  And I just take small sections to tackle at a time.  Learning to live with my limitations has been tough at times, my mind never slows but my body sure throws plenty of tantrums-so patience is being taught right now in my life.

And I know I haven't updated on how the pregnancy is going.  So...first off, I only have 8 1/2 weeks left-crazy huh?!  I still have very unpredictable days and struggles-still taking nausea meds and occasional migraines take days from me, but I am getting through.  So thankful for friends who just keep sending help out to us-such a blessing to keeping us going and filling in on all of my limitations right now. We couldn't get through without them!! I unfortunately REALLY failed my glucose test(which is a first).  I am heading in for the 3 hour test tomorrow to see if I have gestational diabetes.  I have been really struggling with this possibility because food is still such an issue for me left over from the battle with hyperemesis.  I do not know how controlling it with diet is going to go.  I have managed to gain little bits of weight back from the violent beginning of the pregnancy, but eating makes me sick feeling so often, that it just is not much of an incentive to eat.    But, I am taking it a step at a time and hoping for positive results tomorrow!  We are also hoping for diabetes not to be the case because Matt will be in Colorado with the high school youth 4 weeks before I am due-and the possibility of an early delivery is higher if I am positive for that.  Could be a very wild ride these last weeks:).  But, the Lord knows everything and we are trusting Him no matter what His plans are for the future of this little one!


  1. So good to hear of the blessings happening for you all! God is good in all, nice to see your share ~

  2. Here is one (of many) things I enjoy about reading your blog. I love how you share God's faithfulness and provision. It is an encouragement to me. YOU are an encouragement to me. Your trust in Him, your good attitude, your lack of worry and fretting. All things I struggle with. Thank you for sharing your heart and being real.

    I can't wait to "meet" your new little one. =)

  3. what a great update!! i am so excited for you. God is so good to supply all your needs, and even better than you were expecting! so awesome! i love that stroller. :) and your car is amazing! wow. rejoicing with you! and praying for you these last weeks. hugs, lora

  4. Hello Mandy,
    I am glad your trust is your testimony, God has such grace and love for us. Your next 2 months will be blessed as well.
    I wanted to show you what I made with the fabric I bought from you. http://www.flickr.com/photos/therusticvictorian/7359882982/in/photostream/
    I dont know if you will get a link here...if not just type in therusticvictorian at flickr.com to see the tabel cloth. you may use the photo if you desire.
    I will keep checking back with you from time to time.
    Blessings in your days!