Thursday, December 6, 2007
The not-so-great news was that I had my one hour glucose test and my numbers came back a little high...so on Monday I have to do a 3 hour test at the Dr's office. I think I'm going to feel like a pin-cushion by the end. I'm hoping I don't have Gestational Diabetes...but if it does come back positive, I'll do whatever I have to do.
Saying no to all those Christmas desserts is going to be a challenge though! :)
Oh yeah, we have also officially decided on....Laura Grace Nelken. Its so nice to have finally have a name picked out!
Monday, December 3, 2007
Apologies for the delay in updating...I only have a few seconds to post today during lunch, but wanted to post some new pics...Eric and I went on a mini-vacation last week to the Gatlinburg area...we had a great trip...it was nice to get away for a few days! I'm also posting a couple of pics of some Christmas decor at the house....Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I think it’s natural to long for what used to be, for what has passed, for what has been lost. But a person who consistently takes notice of all that is being given, who has the presence of heart and mind to say thank you, not only to God, but to the people around him, knows a different kind of longing than the person who takes it all for granted, who thinks of life’s gifts as permanent, who is never really conscious of what he holds right in his hands until it vanishes. A person who is present to their world and to the people around them has the peace of knowing that, were they to live it all over again, they’d probably do it much the same. There’s no if only I would’ve… only an "I’m so glad I did…"
None of it is owed us. All is a gift. And what a gift it is.We are leaving tonight to start our Thanksgiving family visits. I am so excited to be going home. I didn't realize until I started to write, but I am a bit homesick, I suppose. Not in the sense that I wish I was back in Eastman, but its more of a longing for my family--for the love and support and encouragement they are to me...even when they don't realize it...I am ready to go home! We are staying in Eastman tonight through Thursday evening and then driving to Augusta to celebrate with Eric's family until Saturday. We are also going to pick up our changing table from their house and bring it back...I'm excited to start putting the furniture in the nursery!
I hope you have a great Thanksgiving this year---slow down and appreciate all the blessings God has given you...Appreciate your friends and family a little more. Although it seems like people will always be around, although it seems like there’ll always be ample time for being together (not just existing in the same proximity, but really, truly being together)… the truth is, it’s not so. People move on, people move away, people pass away. Opportunities are given; sometimes they are enjoyed, sometimes they are missed… but there is always an end to them. Maybe it’s a little more tangible with our older loved ones, but life offers no guarantees…
All the people we love, all the moments we get to share with them… they are precious. As Frederick Buechner says, “if you were aware of how precious [today] is, you could scarcely live through it. Unless you are aware of how precious it is, you can hardly be said to be living at all.”In all the hectic rush and stresses that often accompany these next few weeks, my prayer for you would be that, more than anything, you are rich in moments and memories and people. May your heart be full, and may the people you love know it.
I don't understand why God chooses not to bless some couples with children who want them so much...but He does...
I don't understand why God chose to make Eric and I parents so soon after we got married...but He does...
I pray that we will be faithful to be Godly parents to our daughter. We don't have the strength to do it...but He does...
Monday, November 12, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
I thought I would start with the most life changing news we've got to share...we're having a baby GIRL!! We had an ultrasound on Tuesday afternoon (11/6) and baby Nelken is most definitely a girl...we were both so surprised...When I first found out I was pregnant, I thought it was a girl but as the months went by I became convinced it was a boy. I am so excited to know what we are having now...it makes this all seem much more real. I can stop saying he/she every time I talk about the baby and (my favorite) I can start shopping for baby girl items, haha.
Everything looked good at the drs appt, but I do have to have a repeat ultrasound at my next appt in Dec because they weren't able to clearly see the baby swallow. The doc said she doesn't think its anything to worry about--they just weren't able to see clearly because of the way the baby was turned, so for now, I'm just thankful everything else looked great and sorta excited that now I get another chance to see the baby on next visit. :) I am definitely feeling the baby move regularly now. Its such a strange sensation. Kinda feels like little muscle twitches or like someone is tapping on my stomach from the inside out..(which now that I think about it--that is exactly what is happening!)
Here's a picture from Tuesday's ultrasound...Its of her face (looking towards us) and upper body...I'm also posting one from our first ultrasound back in August...she has definitely grown...according to the dr she weighs a little over one pound now and is still on schedule to make her debut into the world in early March 2008...only around 17 more weeks to go!
While it has been below freezing most mornings this week and returns to near freezing shortly after sunset...in the afternoons it has been gorgeous weather. The leaves have been a few weeks late in changing so right now everything is at its peak fall beauty. Today during lunch I drove a few miles out on Hwy 129 north of Clarkesville to enjoy the scenery. Here are a couple of pics from my drive/walk by the Soque River.
"How beautifully the leaves grow old. How full of light and color their last days."
-- Author:John Burroughs
Last year Eric and I took Sarabeth and Jamie Gant, two of my favorite kids in the world (and our flowergirls at the wedding) out to Burts Pumpkin Farm for a hayride and to pick some pumpkins...We had such a good time last year...and enjoyed cooking all sorts of pumpkin treats for weeks afterwards, we decided to go back this year (but without the girls). Afterwards we also drove up to Ellijay hoping to get some 'pick your own' apples but the 'pick your own' season was apparently pretty short this year because of the late freeze last spring...but we were able to pick up a couple of bags of apples. Eric can cook some awesome apple pies...and I love to eat them (I mean, I am eating for two now, right...? just kidding)
We also picked up a pumpkin to bring back to carve...believe it or not, before this year, I had never carved a pumpkin in my life...! This year, I did chicken out and go with one of the simplest patterns in the book...but I think he turned out pretty cute..Next year, I think I'll be more daring with my carving creation...
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Enjoy the slideshow...leave comments...otherwise I have no idea if anybody is actually reading this thing! :)