Sam’s story featured on Shaped with Love

Hi readers! Sam’s story was featured on Dr. Megan Osbourne’s ministry blog, Shaped with Love. “God has given me this ministry to equip moms to nurturing a healthy body esteem within themselves and their little ones,” Dr. Osbourne told me. “A foundational piece of my ministry is sharing how God fearfully and wonderfully made our children and ourselves too.”

As you all know, I love when others learn about my special boy. I love that even more people will learn about my fearfully and wonderfully made little Sammy. Click here to see the entry.

I will eventually get back to writing more regularly, especially about things of the Lord and of the heart. I am finding that having a summer baby is fun in that so many are able to visit to meet him, but I am also ready to get back into a routine. We have a little more traveling to do, and then we’re sinking into a quiet fall season. I hope everyone is enjoying the rest of their summer!

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This time last week…

This time last week, these were not on my coffee table, a gift from my mother for doing something amazing.

Peonies. Lovely.

I was 38 weeks pregnant, and starting to go into labor. Slowly, gently, peacefully my little Babybug was making his way into the world. Steven and I went for a hike this time last week.

Steven and I enjoying the scenery and each other on the trail to Mt. Cutler.

No, I didn’t make it all the way to the top. I was nine months pregnant! Are you kidding???

I looked down, and had to laugh. My shadow looked like it was about to pop.

This time last week, this hadn’t happened yet…

My dream come true. Bringing Baby home.

But then, on Friday, June 10, 2011, my second son, Ezra Tobias Moore, entered into the world screaming and alert. He weighed 8 lbs. 10 oz., was about 21 inches long, and brought such healing and joy into our lives. Though our arms will be empty of his brother until we reach Heaven, our arms are so full of Ezra. Hallelujah!

I wept and laughed as he was born. This is Ezra, minutes old.

Sleep-deprived but overjoyed. I cannot help but smile every time I see my little Ezra's face. He is such a delight!

They sang, praising and giving thanks to the LORD saying, “For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever.” And all the people shouted with a great shout when they raised the LORD because the foundation of the house of the LORD was laid. Yet many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first temple, wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy, so that the people could not distinguish the sound of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away. Ezra 3:11-13

Belly bump: 29 Weeks 3 Days

For granddaddies and grandmommies and aunts and uncles and everyone who is fascinated by the growing belly:

You can’t really see it in this picture, but my turkey timer bellybutton has popped! Baby likes to stick his little hiney out and stretch in the morning, which is hilarious. We continue to grow at a good pace, and I’m feeling good. I’m so grateful for a healthy pregnancy. I just ordered cloth diapers the other day, which feels like an important step. He now has a carseat to come home in, a place to sleep, and diapers (or poop catchers, as Steven calls them). And bonus! A friend gave us their awesome changing table, on which to handle aforementioned poop catchers 🙂 Just a few more essentials! My sweet cousin is throwing a baby shower for me in May. It’s weird to realize that it’s time to think about that sort of thing! I have less than 11 weeks to go!

We’re off to Divide for the afternoon, for a barn warming (like a house warming) at Potter’s Inn. Hope everyone is having a restful Sunday!

In like a lion…

Here is a smattering of what life in our house has been like lately…

February was a tough month, and we bid it farewell quite happily. March has been warm and beautiful so far, all three days of it. I opened my window the morning, and heard the coo of a dove, which always makes my heart sigh. Snow is supposed to roll in tonight though, from what I hear. So I’ll be enjoying my open windows until the front blows in, and then pulling on my wool socks and warm sweater until warm weather decides to visit again.

I had lunch with my cousin a while ago, and she sent me home with a slew of things for Babybug, including a book called Goodnight Gorilla. She doesn’t know that I secretly enjoy reading children’s books myself, and that, if I had my way, Steven would read me a story before bed every night. Paying the bills always pulls me back into reality. Why do I have to be an adult anyway?

She also sent me home with a couple of cupcakes to share with Steven, to celebrate Sam’s birthday. Have I ever mentioned that I have the sweetest family?

Thank you, Hallie.

Baby continues to grow like a healthy little weed. At my most recent ultrasound, the tech mentioned that he’s in the 54th percentile for growth. He is kicking and rolling around like crazy, and likes to put on a show when his Daddy puts his hand on my belly. The other day, I was laying on the couch, talking on the phone, and I could see my belly jumping up and down. June is coming up so quickly. I have 16(ish) weeks left in this pregnancy.

I am having a blast with all my nesting projects–one of which is shampooing the carpets. I wanted to post this picture because 1) I have no shame and 2) it’s just like the steam vac commercials where the lady vacuums a stripe of white in her nasty, dingy carpet. And you think, Gah how could she have let it get that bad? Now I know how she let it get that bad. She probably had a husband, like mine, who works with his hands, comes home covered in marble and granite dust, and cannot (and, eventually I decided after just a few months of marriage, should not) be bothered to take off his boots after a long, grueling day at work.

Does this not make you want to own a steam vac?

Steven checks my bookmarked recipe blogs every morning before he goes to work, and leaves them up on the computer as a subtle hint that I should cook them. Don’t tell him, but I think it’s kind of cute. One recipe that he has opened and left up for me several times is on his favorite recipe site, the Pioneer Woman. The man is a big fan of mushrooms, and they seem to be PW’s specialty along with butter, beef, and all things cowboy food. I finally got around to making it for lunch today, and three times, it got a stuffed-mouth, “This is really good.” I had to agree. The recipe is for mushroom and spinach quesadillas. PW calls for fontina and goat cheese, but I kept it simple and used cheeses that are always stocked in my fridge: mozzarella and parmesan. What can I say? We’re Walmart people. I also used whole wheat tortillas, which were plenty scrumptious.

So that is March in our house, so far. I am going to try to blog more often because I think it’s fun and sort of therapeutic, but mostly about mundane things like cooking and pictures of nesting projects that only those who know me would find interesting. It’s just one of those seasons, I think. I do have a fun request for you though. I have acquired so many random readers over the few years I have blogged on WordPress. It’s fun to see in my site tracking how many readers visit, but I can’t tell who you are. I would love to have you say “hey” in the comments. Tell me who you are, what part of the country you are from, and any other fun tidbit you would like to add. Happy March everyone!