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Oceanfront Venice Island Condo


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Sleepless Nights

Through the past few months, I have had several of these sleepless nights. Last night was one of them. The kind where I fall asleep and then I wake up moments later with my legs bothering me. During pregnancy I suffer with Restless Leg Syndrome. Needless to say, it is NOT FUN!

A friend said to me today, “You would think your body would know you are about to have sleepless nights with a newborn and let you rest up before then.” You’re not kidding! These sleepless nights are an all too familiar reminder of what is to come. Please pray that they will be minimal, if not completely at bay, until the baby comes!


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Caught Red-Handed

Well, our little guy did indeed come up with that scheme and play it out. I did make a secret mark on his diaper, and yes we did find it very FULL in the trash the next morning. So, we walked into his room and right away I could see him get uneasy. But then he piped right up and told us how he stayed dry. He was so excited. The best part was when he said, “My jammies are wet. I don’t know how they got wet, but my diaper is dry (his diaper often leaks and makes his jammies wet).”

We continued to check with him and ask him if that was his diaper from last night and that he kept it dry. We even said, “Are you sure you want to stick to that story?” And yes he did! He was dry, by golly!

So, we walked him to the trash can and showed him the diaper. Poor guy knew he was busted! He just wanted that BIG prize so badly.

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Nick’s 5th Birthday

We finally were able to celebrate Nick’s Birthday yesterday. Poor guys was sick on his actual Birthday and all last week. We took some friends with us to the T-Rex restaurant at Downtown Disney. The kids got to Build-A-Dino, dig for fossils, and eat dino chicken nuggets. We even took a visit to the Lego Store. It was a great time.

I can’t believe Nicholas is 5 now! Amazing how the time flies. Next year he will be in Kindergarten (and Natalie will be in 1st grade)! And then we’ll also have a newborn! WOW! Bizarre!

Here are some pics from the Celebration:

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His Strength

This week has been a challenging one, to say the least. I forgot how hard it is to take care of a child who is ill and totally dependent on you. Poor Nick has pretty much laid around all day for a week, whining and coughing continuously. I love him and feel bad for him, but there was one day that when Jason got home, I had to go sit outside in the quiet and escape from the constant noise.

One day this week, I was so overwhelmed with my inability to care for him and keep up with everything in the house and life, and our daughter. I just cried because I couldn’t imagine how I am possibly going to survive and manage it all with a 3rd child coming into the picture in 3 months.

Then the next morning I was bonked on the head by what I read in my devotional “Jesus Calling” (which I love, by the way). It is written as if Jesus were speaking to you, and here is what it said:

“When I gave you My Spirit, I empowered you to live beyond your natural ability and strength. That’s why it is so wrong to measure your energy level against the challenges ahead of you. The issue is not your strength, but Mine, which is limitless. By walking closely to Me, you can accomplish My purposes in My strength.”

Wow! That is what I am totally doing…looking at the circumstances and freaking out about how I am going to do it all in my strength. Thank goodness I don’t have to do it all in my strength, but that I can rely on Him to help me through!

“To this end I labor, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me.” (Col. 1:29)

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Advanced Age

SO, apparently I am of advanced age with this third pregnancy. I know, right?! I knew there were a few additional things that they might test for, but man…they have a whole rigmarole to take you through. In fact, with the hospital set-up that I am on, they just make your appts without consulting you first and then mail you a letter or call you with a recorded message telling you when your appt is (and you just hope it works out). There are more ultrasounds, blood work, and tests. Today I just learned that I have an appt for genetic counseling. But when I found out, I questioned what that was for anyway.

Apparently it is all optional, so I opted out of the genetic counseling. Here is my philosophy that I explained to the lady – I just turned 35 like 3 months ago. I don’t really think my genes have depleted so quickly in just a few months. I mean, if I were a few months earlier and was still 34, they wouldn’t have me go through all of this. And plus, even if we did go through with all the testing, the results or assessment of probability would just freak me out. And it’s not like we would abort or anything anyway. Plus I feel like it is an unnecessary process for someone like me to charge my insurance for and thus contributing to the rise in insurance rates. Especially with the fact that most of these tests just tell you “your chances” for birth defects and they are very known for false-negatives. I wonder how many other people out there opt out of the extra testing?

The Lady of Advance Age


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The kids and I ventured out to the Old Navy sale on jeans today – $7 for kids’ jeans and $12 for adults! It was a crazy house there! But we endured. Honestly the worst part for me was trying to get my kids to try on the jeans! It’s amazing to me how they have no concept of trying to get things done in a timely manner. And you know, jeans aren’t exactly the easiest or quickest things to get on and off a person.

Which brings me to my observation…why on earth does it have to be so difficult for us girls to find a pair of jeans that fits right?! I mean, a guy, can walk right in the store, pick his waist size and length, and VOILA! Perfect fit! But no, for us, you could try on one size in one style, and that same size in a different style and it could fit totally different! And you know what is crazy? It’s the same with little boys and little girls! That’s right…all 3 pairs I tried on Nick fit exactly the same. Natalie…oh, no. Too tight, too long, too baggy…all in the same size!

So, what is about female clothes that makes it that much more difficult?


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