Friday, June 25, 2010


After just three nights at home after being gone for 20 days, I am on the road again. Lee & I are taking the junior highers on a beach retreat. I'm running behind & yet blogging, supposed to be across the street ready to go in just 20 minutes. The jr high beach retreat ends Sunday, but then Lee & I are staying there to meet up with the RMBC staff for staff retreat.

Oh life right now... I can't even keep up with myself.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

this handsome fella I call "Dad"

I really couldn't ask for a better father. Sure, he has his flaws and there are times we don't agree or see eye-to-eye, but I've never had to question for a moment whether or not he loves me. Just yesterday my mother & I drove from Norman, OK to the airport in Wichita, KS and when we got there my dad had brought a carload up from Chapman to surprise us and send me off. (Okay, so he also really wanted to see my mom and drive her home the rest of the way, but it was to say goodbye to me again, too!) What a great dad.
My dad has provided for every physical need I have ever had. His generosity was misunderstood in my younger years & I went through phases of resenting being spoiled or some crazy things like that. But as I matured (finally) I saw his generosity and kindness as true love for me. I will gratefully share that he has paid the thousands and thousands of dollars for me to pursue my education, both undergraduate and now my masters, get my pilots license, travel to different countries, and follow my dreams. You can't put a dollar sign on the ways he has blessed me, but I wouldn't have been able to do them without the money either.
He is a great Papa, too. My two youngest nephews would probably follow him just about anywhere & I love seeing the satsifaction in all of their faces after a day well spent together. The amazing thing about my dad with children is that he can be a harsh & stern disciplinary and the kids still adore him. Maybe it is because when he scolds or corrects, he does it when it needs to be done & then he moves on with grace and energy for the positive things to come.
And on top of all of that, my dad is really pretty cool. I mean, look at him!

Because of my dad's goodness to me and his greatness as a father, I am going to be a better mother.
Belated Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Monday, June 21, 2010

oh the places you've been

I have officially taken Bean all over the place. (For those of you who don't know, Bean is my first child, still in the womb, gender unknown) :) Since discovering our little Bean existed, he/she has gone with me to the following places:
Guadlajara, Mexico
Cambria, California (the Coast)
Drove from Colorado back to Chapman, Kansas for a second time
Drove from Kansas to Illinois (thus hitting Missouri & Iowa in between)
In Illinois, Bean & I visited family in Rockton and great friends in Chicago
Drove back to Kansas again, and then drove to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma!
Tomorrow we will drive to Wichita board a plane and go see dad back in California! We haven't been with him since June 7! We are just sure he misses both of us terribly.
Being home and all the places in between has been amazing. I've been able to spend lots of time with my mom & 2 of my 3 sisters. I tried really hard to pull off being able to see the 3rd in Amarillo, TX but it just didn't work out. It was a very productive trip home, too. We accomplished a lot on the baby bedding we are making, (though I still have several yards of hand stitching to do.) I am very excited about the bedding. The crib skirt looks amazing--because my Aunt Linda did that. The bumper, well... it has been made by me WITH LOVE, but definitely isn't a master-piece of precision sewing. I am doing my best, Bean! Today, in Oklahoma City, my mom and I are going to go order my crib at Babies R Us. Very exciting!
The doctors are going by an Aug 19 due date, but I am pretty sure one of the sonograms is more on target with where I am at and it had a due date of Aug 24. So I am kind of going by the 24th. This will also make going late--if I do--a little easier mentally if I am not gunning for the 19th. This means that we are 2 months from game time. How did the last 7 months go by so quickly? I am very excited to meet our little Bean, but I am also very thankful for 2 more months of prep time.
My parents will be flying out and have lots of time to stay and enjoy us and our newest addition to the family. Bean will be their 9th grandchild! They are both very excited and Lee & I are even more excited to share that with them and show our home and lives in Reedley to them. It will be a great visit!
Some favorite pictures from my recent adventures in the U.S. Of course, there are many more favorites then this, but this blog is taking way too long to load them so I will post some more later!!

Friday, June 18, 2010

New Camera

I got my new camera yesterday and I've been having a great time learning how to take photos with it. Here's a little sample! More to come!
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Thursday, June 17, 2010

It just aint home without the dogs

These are my parents' dogs. Jack, Chloe, Tiger, and Stella.
What a sight they all are!

My home has always been filled with dogs.
At one point in my life they had me so crazy I was sure I would never own a dog of my own or keep one in my own house.
And what do I have? Not just one, but two dogs. They can really drive me crazy and get me all in a fuss, but I still find myself all attached.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Our Travels

I can't believe I am just now getting to this, but on May 30, Lee took me to the coast (Cambria, CA) to celebrate our one year anniversary. We stayed two nights and had a great time relaxing, walking, riding bikes, touring Hearst Castle, seeing Elephant Seal beach, and just enjoying one another's company in the quaint little town of Cambria.
We went on a 4.5 mile bike ride. At one point the uphill was a little intense for me. Lee offers to take my purse to make it easier. (such a kind thought). But in considering the added weight he couldn't take from me (the extra 15 pounds around my mid section), I didn't think offering my 3.5 pound purse would make much of a difference.
We got home from Cambria on Tuesday, June 1. On Thursday, June 3 we drove down to LA to jump on a plane bound for Colorado! We spent an amazing weekend with some of Lee's closest college buddies and all their wives. One of which is My BEST FRIEND! It was an amazing weekend together-I mentioned it in an earlier blog, but here are just a couple of photos. :)
Someday this picture below will be reversed bellies!

From Colorado Lee had to head back to California, but I went on to Kansas. I miss my wonderful husband, but it is also so great to see my family and be home for the first time since Christmas. I have been very busy and have already been to Illinois & back!

Emrie Jo ~ Grandbaby #8

Emrie Jo Felvus was born on May 7 this year to my sister Jennifer Jo and her husband Mark. Her big brother and sisters are: Shelby (11 years on June 27), Sara Grace (7), and Clark David (3). Needless to say, she gets lots of attention!

She is a beautiful little baby!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Sew: a needle pulling thread

We're making Baby Waldron's crib bedding!

*Below* This is what is done on the crib skirt. Still quite a bit to do, but doesn't it look great!? *above* This will be the bumper & will have red trim eventually
This is what still needs to be added to the crib skirt.
The red bias tape and then I think I will do a large aqua blue button and a small yellow, but we'll see. :)
It will look great when it is all finished. I am very excited!

Monday, June 7, 2010

We're off to see the wizard

Our weekend spent in Colorado with some of Lee's closest college friends exceeded our expectations tremendously. It was a great opportunity for wives to get closer, more memories to be made, and for all 7 couples to grow, share, & laugh.... a lot. We were so blessed by the all-too-short trip to the mountains with them & are already looking forward to the now annual gathering. Next year's destination: Table Rock in Branson, Missouri.

And now, it's back to Cali for Lee and off to Kansas for me!
Follow the yellow brick road. . .

So excited!

Friday, June 4, 2010

not everything requires an opinion. . .

I feel I have been learning frequently over the last few years of life that many individuals' decisions are relative and do not require me, or anyone else, to have an opinion about them. Decisions about things such as:


and the list can go on & on & on, but I'd like to focus on one area in particular: pregnancy & delivery.

Here's the thing, some people make decisions based on their personal preference. Ahh, such as whether or not to find out the gender of their baby before it is born. Is there one right way for this? No, of course not. Amazingly, we have the technology to find out the gender of our baby before it is born. Something our parents and grandparents didn't even think of doing! What amazing gift of technology that God has given us. However, when someone chooses not to use it can't that be just a preference without being analyzed or criticized?

Like choosing mayonnaise or mustard? Vanilla or chocolate? Diet or regular?
Okay obviously a little more substantial decision or preference, but still--it's just a preference.

In general I am a very open person. I like to share information about our lives when people ask, but I am getting to the place where I don't want people to even ask us about pregnancy or delivery. People ask, "So what are you having?" While this should be a fun question to answer I've started to dread answering it. Yet, I answer it honestly. "We aren't going to find out ahead of time." *insert unassuming smile here*. Sometimes I even say it as if we are silly for not finding out, just to try and lessen the following blow in case it is a negative one. We either get one of two responses: Praise or criticism. We either get a "Well good for you!" Or an "Oh. . . one of those couples" and if it doesn't come with such a blatant criticism it just comes with an uncomfortable facial expression and an "Well we found out for all of ours and it was still just as fun."

Okay, praise OR criticism I need neither of. We aren't doing it to be trendy, hippy, old fashion, or elite. We're doing it this way because it's what we WANT TO DO. Can't it just be our preference? I have no criticism for people who find out the gender. My sister found out the gender for all four of her kids and I loved it every time. My best friend will find out the gender when it's her turn. I think it's wonderful! But for Lee & Me, we just, want to wait. We don't even have an explanation and don't really need one. It's a surprise whenever you find out. (and I have learned that I shouldn't say, 'we just like surprises' because this results in people saying, "Well finding out didn't ruin the surprise for us, it was still a great surprise". Of course it was, I'm not trying to be insensitive. I guess Lee & I love surprises so much we want to prolong it as long as possible.
I now answer the question with my best effort to neutralize the situation by saying, "Everyone is so different and wants different things, but Lee & I want to wait to find out."

Maybe my hormones are getting the best of me, or maybe it is the fact I never sleep anymore, but I am so OVER people's opinions.

Wow this is the most aggressive blog I've written... let me cool it down a notch. :)

The other pregnancy questions I hate are in regards to delivery. I wouldn't mind sharing if people could just respect our decisions, but they don't. (of course some people do and I appreciate these people very much but in general I think some people have a hard time with other people making different decisions then they made or make). I don't like people asking what hospital we are delivering at, because people criticize our decision to go to Reedley hospital. And I do not like people asking questions about epidurals or birth plans. I want a natural birth. There, I said it. I'm not choosing natural birth because it's trendy or elite, either. I'm choosing it for a few different reasons. All of which are relative to my own preference and what is best for my body. The decisions I make in regards to delivery aren't the best decisions for everyone. But I feel like when people ask and I tell them I want a natural birth, they feel threatened or perhaps interpret my decisions as me thinking I am better than them. None of which are reality, but this is my best hypothesis and interpretation of the situations I have faced. I could explain my reasoning for natural birth on here, but I don't think my reasons have to be explained. I'm not trying to be a super-woman or prove myself--it's just my personal decision because it is how I want to experience it.

Isn't that enough? That it is just what we want and how we want to do it? It doesn't feel like it sometimes.