Thursday, November 24, 2011

All Tied Up

Last Sunday we told all the students that we would be doing something fun for college group - something they wouldn't want to miss.  Hehe.  (Gotta love hype!)

So once they were all seated for dinner (something we do together each week), we told them that this meal would be different - because they were going to have to eat their meal with their hands tied to the person sitting next to them!

Here is a glimpse of the group in action.

After dinner (and after they cleaned up the table while still having their hands tied), we all talked tother about what we had observed and learned - about each other and ourselves, and how this all relates to functioning together as the Body of Christ.

I think this might be one of my favorite meals with the college group!

Birthday girl

Some pics from Maia's first birthday.

Eliana LOVED helping Maia open her presents.  
We just had to keep reminding her that these things were for MAIA.

Maia was still not too sure about having so many people over.  
And by this time it was near her bedtime.

But after she tried her cupcake she was quite content and happy!

Maia Joi
"A Delight to the Heart of God"
She brings us endless delight with every passing day.
We love you sweet girl!

A trip to the beach

Ok. . . so in my last post I wrote about how I was sad to be leaving the "baby" stage with Maia.  There are so many things that I LOVE about the baby stage.  I did a good job at processing the "loss" and embracing the new stages awaiting.  I was truly content and thankful for where things were at.

. . . and then . . .

I got sick . . . and it lasted a long time.  And I was so very tired.  And I thought we just needed to take a vacation so that I could get back to feeling like myself again.  We were able to squeeze in a day at the water park with the girls - but I still felt so very tired.

Our friends the Jacksons graciously took our kids for a day so that Matt and I could take a day trip to the beach.  It was a beautiful day!  Matt had me pose for all kids of fun photos.

The promenade had all these little staircases that went straight down to the water.

Doesn't that water look glorious?  Oh why didn't we bring our swimsuits???

We even looked into renting a scooter for an hour.  
But they rent them by the day and that was way out of our price range.

Just wish Matt was in this photo with me.

As we were walking back to our car Matt spotted this restaurant sign.  
He insisted that I pose by it "just in case" we were ever to get pregnant again.  
I just wanted to get back to the car.
It was hot. My feet were tired from all our walking.
 And we already had two miracle babies!  There's no way we could have a third!!  

Two weeks and three pregnancy tests later we learned why I'd been feeling so very tired for so long.

Baby #3 arrives at the end of next May.