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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

15 Weeks

I'm 15 weeks!

Size of baby: 4 inches long, or the size of a navel orange! 

Baby is: According to what I've read Baby Schneider is probably busy squirming a ton (or as Mike says the baby is dancing like its mama), hiccuping, and even though baby's eyes are closed he/she can probably sense light.

Maternity Clothes: I'm not wearing any yet, but I can't fit into anything with a waist band unless it's yoga capris (like in this picture) or running shorts. I'm wearing a lot of those as well as flowy dresses.

Sleep: I'm not sleeping very well. I've been waking up so early, and once I wake up I pretty much have to go ahead and get up and eat something so I won't get nauseous.

Gender: Our midwife guessed when she heard the heartbeat last week that it might be a girl (faster and softer heartbeat is more common for girls I think). But I'm happy with either a little lady or a little man. We're not sure yet if we want to find out or be surprised. 

Cravings: I'm just now starting to be able to tolerate a few more foods. I've been sooo nauseous up until now that I'm taking it slow with the food. I'm eating more food, but not yet ready to eat "richer" foods. 

Symptoms: Still nauseous and have very strong food aversions and smell aversions. Had some second trimester headaches the past couple days, but I think the cooler weather today has helped alleviate that. 

Best moment this week: Stopping by a couple friends' apartment to pick some things up and they both commented on my growing baby bump right away (my bump had grown since I saw them a couple weeks ago). Baby Schneider is making himself/herself known wherever mama goes. 

Friday, June 22, 2012

Dining Room (That Was)

We are literally in the process of moving to our new home right now. But I still wanted to participate in Kelly's Korner Show Us Your Life Home Tour. So here's a peek at what our apartment dining room looked like over this past year...

We got lucky with our dining room set. It was a Craigslist find that just needed a little resurfacing on the table-top. The candle holders and pillar candles were a Michael's Crafts find and I used a 40% coupon for both purchases so was able to get the candle sticks for about $7 each and both pillar candles for $3.

The centerpiece of our dining room is definitely our Eleatta Diver painting, I absolutely love her art! She made this custom painting for us as a work trade for my help on an event back when I used to work in event planning. I still feel incredibly thankful to have been blessed with a gift of her art! Go check her art out, it's AMAZING! And her art has amazing inspiring stories that will lift your spirit too. 

A home is only as beautiful as the hearts of the people who fill it.

I'm looking forward to setting up our dining room in our new home. And this time I may switch things up a bit. How do you decorate your dining room? Any favorite tips?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Happy Daddy's Day

Today I'm reflecting on how thankful I am for a Daddy who loves me. I like to think of myself as someone who's always been a Daddy's girl. From Sunday afternoons spent fishing in which Daddy put the worms on my Snoopy pole and bought me a Moon Pie afterwards, to cutting pieces of cheese and banana into shapes that we could build into edible houses, I was lucky enough to grow up with a Daddy who made sure I knew he loved me even though he was busy. 

Today I'm also thankful for the man I married, a new father, and am eagerly anticipating discovering the sort of Daddy he will become. 

I'm also thankful for my Heavenly Father who I know loves me more than I can even understand.

I love you, Daddy! I always have. 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Beach Reading

Earlier this month, my husband and I had the opportunity to spend a week long vacation at Bald Head Island thanks to the generosity of the man he works for who let us stay at his beach house. This was the same beach and house we honeymooned at two years ago, and this was our first week long vacation since then. 

It was such a blessing to spend a week at my favorite sandy spot watching the waves roll in. Not to mention a week of uninterrupted time with my husband. My perfect vacation is just sitting under a beach umbrella with a good book and the ocean just a few yards in front of me. (Though I realize that after this beach trip the rest will be filled with much less reading and a lot more scheduling around nap times, toting tiny beach toys, and keeping baby out of the direct sun. And I'm perfectly excited about our impending change of vacation pace.)

I'd love to share with you the books I read during that week. They encouraged me, challenged me, and refreshed my heart and soul...

"Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; I want to be allowed to wear jeans. I want to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes.
But I want other things more. All the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing. I want to wake up to a rooster's crow and open my eyes to see lush green trees that seem to pulse with life against a piercing blue sky and the rust red soil of Uganda. I want to be challenged endlessly. I want to be taught by those I teach, and I want to share God's love with people who otherwise might not know it. I want to work so hard that I end every day filthy and too tired to move. I want to make some kind of difference, no matter how small, and I want to follow the calling God has placed on my heart. I want to give my life away, to serve the Lord with each breath. At the end of the day, no matter how hard, I want to be right here in Uganda."

- Kisses From Katie, by Katie Davis with Beth Clark

"Our toughest battles will invariably concern matters of faith- times when we're tempted to think God's Word and His ways won't work for us, that He had abandoned us, let us down, or failed to come through for us. If Satan can get us to drop our shield of faith, he knows we can't remain standing for very long. Do you know the first recorded words that ever came from the serpent's mouth?
'Did God really say...?' (Gen. 3:1)
He used the spade of deceit to sow doubt. Satan, posing as the serpent, couldn't keep Eve from believing in God, so he did the next best thing. He baited her, tempting Eve not to believe God or trust His motives. Her walk was crippled, her doubt was contagious, and the couple lost the land God had placed under their feet. You see, when Eve dropped her shield of faith, every other piece of spiritual armor became vulnerable. Satan knew she wouldn't remain standing for long. 
Above all, you and I need to take up our shield of faith. We also desperately need to know the Word of God and wield the Sword of the Spirit so that when the enemy slyly suggests 'Did God really say...?', we can know the answer emphatically. When we respond to attacks of doubt, distortion, and deceit with the truth of God's word, the fiery dart is extinguished and the enemy takes another hit."

"Without trust in the good news of Jesus, without trust in the good news of God's saving work even in this moment, without an active, moment-by-moment trust in the good news of an all-sovereign, all-good God, how can we claim to fully believe? This is the trust I lack: to know that if disaster strikes, He carries me even there. Trust in the wholeness of the gospel- including this moment...I've just begun to feel around the outside edges of it, here in crumbling economics, the fretfulness of parenting, the dizziness of the twenty-first-century spin. Just begun to realize it, and it catches in the throat: 
If authentic saving belief is the act of trusting, then to choose stress is an act of disbelief...atheism. 
Anything less than gratitude and trust is practical atheism. 
I wince. Perhaps the opposite of faith is not doubt. Perhaps the opposite of faith is fear. To lack faith perhaps isn't as much an intellectual disbelief in the existence of God as fear and distrust that there is a good God."