Monday, May 18, 2015

Preparing for Baby Boy

I thought it would be fun to do a little tour post of our bedroom as we prepare for baby to come and live with us in our tiny space. As you can see, our bedroom is basically the size of a queen sized bed plus a two foot wide walk space on one side. This is the space we had to work with for the baby bed. It was difficult finding a baby bed that would fit that space much less last us until he's 6 months old. So...once again, my talented husband came to the rescue. He built the bed and I painted it and made a mattress to go inside. It fits great in our bedroom, but doesn't leave much extra space. ;)
Maximizing storage space is crucial when our living space is less than 180 square feet, so the baskets underneath help with organizing blankets and storing diapers and wipes. 
Just a tiny walk space left and enough space for laundry. :)
 Baby boy was designated one cabinet in the bedroom and surprisingly all his stuff fits nicely. I was quite choosy in the things I got for him. Sweet friends and family have contributed a lot of his clothes, blankets and necessities and everyone has been very understanding of our small space. A few more outfits are hanging in my closet for him to grow into. 
Hope you've enjoyed the "nursery" tour. It's been a challenge, but lots of fun getting ready for a baby in such a small space. We're so ready for him to make his appearance. Any day now! :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

A Memorable Mother's Day


Randy sweetly insisted on celebrating my first Mother's Day even though I don't really feel like I've earned the title quite yet. But hey, a fun dinner date downtown? Let's celebrate!! :) Saint Augustine is an adorable old historic town with so many cool shops and restaurants. It's so quaint. We walked by this little British place and decided that's where we'd have our Mother's Day dinner--though it was Saturday night to avoid some of the Sunday crowds. After our lovely dinner of bangers and curried chicken, we stopped at another shop for some gelato. 
Though we weren't very dressed up, we were dressed a little nicer for the occasion. As we walked back through the narrow streets of the town to get to our car, I noticed a car pulling very close to the curb next to where I was walking on the sidewalk. Thinking they were trying to park I started to move over just a little when someone reached out of the car and grabbed my wallet out of my hand. I was still holding onto the strap and pulled back as hard as I could as I shouted out. The strap just broke off and the car drove away with my wallet including all my credit cards, iPhone, and just a little cash. Randy and I were both stunned. When we both realized what just happened, it occurred to us that we needed to get the license plate number. He ran out after the car, but soon lost them. We didn't have much hope of retrieving the wallet since all we had was a vague description of the car. 
Soon we were filling out reports with the police officer when he heard over his radio that someone had just reported the license plate number of the car we were describing. The wallet had been dumped! Two kind ladies had witnessed the whole thing in their car behind the thieves, and followed them till the wallet was discarded. The police handed me my wallet and I discovered the only things missing were about $20 cash and a handful of baby shower gift cards that I had just used the day before. They were mostly all empty! Praise the Lord! I was so relieved! 
Once we got home, the police officer called letting us know they had caught the thieves. Three girls. All blaming each other; no one wanting to take the responsibility. 
Though this event shook us up a little, these girls really didn't take anything from me. A few bucks isn't going to ruin my life, but what they're doing to themselves could possibly ruin their own lives. My heart went out to all of them. They may have been friends at the beginning of the night, but now they are probably enemies. I hope they have learned a valuable lesson from this before their desperation takes over their lives. But really, there can be no change in their hearts unless they find the One who can truly satisfy their deepest needs. 
We're so thankful none of us were hurt and our belongings were retrieved. The Lord is good!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Lately


Just a few highlights of the last few weeks here in Florida:
-Lots of walks on the beach, paddle board games, picnics, and just hanging out together. :)
-Homemade donuts for Randy and his coworkers.
-A visit to Tampa to see some of my relatives and a mini baby-moon. :)
-This husband of mine. I just fall in love with him more and more everyday. He's fun, adventurous, incredibly cute, and also, he makes baby beds (or at least ours). :) 
-A healthy, growing boy inside of me. Based on all his kicks and crazy dance moves, I think he's anxious to come see us, or at least we'd like to think so. 

We're enjoying our time in Florida. Randy probably just has a few weeks left on this current contract so it's very possible we'll be leaving the area shortly after the baby is born. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

St. Augustine Florida

Saint Augustine Florida has been a fun adventure so far. The city is the first founded city in the US, though it was founded even before the States became
united. There is so much history in this town and it's a lot of fun walking the streets and seeing all the charming old buildings.
This weekend was extra fun since Mark, Sherry, Peter and Missy came down to "camp" with us. It was too chilly over the weekend to spend much time at the beach, but we sure enjoyed other fun activities and some good cookouts and games around the camp fire.
We love having visitors and even though our trailer is small, hosting guests was still super fun! I'm looking forward to more of that this summer. So who wants to come visit?! ;)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Baby Shower

I was so blessed by a beautiful, sweet baby shower for our little guy this weekend. Randy and I were able to make a weekend trip up to Greenville for this special event Sherry and her sister Missy planned. They did such an amazing job making it so pretty. Even my friend Angela from Washington was in town! I feel so blessed by these sweet friends! What a special time!









Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Pregnancy Memories

When my friend asked me to snap some maternity photos for her, I was more than happy. She looks so pretty pregnant and really got a lot of great shots. She offered to do some for me. I said no. I'm not feeling it. I don't really want pictures of this elephant state I'm in. Well, she snapped some anyway, and I have to say, I know I'll be happy to have these someday.

Though I can't say I've really enjoyed everything about pregnancy (the lack of energy, weighing more than I ever have, and feeling like each day I'm getting a year older), carrying this sweet boy is a privilege and I'm trying to remember that when I would rather just complain about how uncomfortable I am.

Last week put me into my third trimester, and that means a growing, active little boy! I think he likes coffee and lots and lots of snacks. :) I feel him moving almost all day long, and sometimes he won't settle down when I try to sleep. :) It's so fun seeing Randy entertained by watching my moving belly. I love how he talks to him and kisses him (i.e. my belly. :) ). These are memories I want to keep, and a few photos to go a long with them. :)

Monday, March 16, 2015

Talks on the Dock

Home for now is by a lake in northern Florida near the St. John's river. Water, green trees, Spanish moss, Palm trees and humidity are all around. :) In the evenings we like making our coffee and walking down to one of the docks on this lake and sitting on the edge. We laughed together about not letting our feet dangle for fear of alligators pulling us in. Probably unlikely, but who knows??! :) 

We've had such great conversations on this dock and each one just reminds me how thankful I am for this time we have, just us. It's a season and I know we won't get to travel forever, so this time now is precious and I want to remember it and give thanks for it. 

I'm no expert when it comes to marriage advice seeing we've only been married 3 years, but I thought I would share a little tidbit on our minds lately. The other night as we were sitting by the lake we talked about dating. Dating your spouse. I think often times we think dating is for unmarried couples to get to know each other before they choose to marry--which is definitely important. But how much more important is it for married couples to date, to keep getting to know each other and spending quality time together. Dating your spouse doesn't have to be an expensive dinner or fancy night out. Maybe a date can simply be sitting on a dock with a cup of coffee, or on a backyard bench with a few quality moments to yourself. Just time away from everyone else, away from the phones and TVs and computers. Time just to chat and enjoy one another. In my opinion, these are the best kind of dates. :) Like I said though, I'm no expert. :)