Saturday, June 29, 2013

We are having a baby...again!

We found out we were expecting baby number 2 on March 18th.  I had to report for jury duty that morning and thought that it would be fun to find out I was pregnant (if I actually was) before having to sit all day long in a court room. I took a test and it was positive. I was slightly shocked since we had several negative tests in the previous months. Called Doug in to the room. And we laughed, hugged, and wiped the tears from our eyes. We were pregnant again! I reported to jury duty smiling and rubbing my belly.

The first trimester went by slowly as each day I fought to stay awake and moving while feeling so sick. Henry was still busy running and playing and being a toddler, so this added to the fatigue. Most nights I was asleep on the couch at 8:00 pm. I felt the best when I was sleeping. So I tried to sleep as much as possible. Doug would scratch my legs to distract me from my upset stomach. I ate a lot of eggs for the protein.

We also took a trip to Austin during the first weeks of this pregnancy. Thinking about that trip makes me slightly nauseous and tired. Not because of the actual trip (or the company), but because of the sickness. I hope that goes away at some point. It really was such a fun trip.

So far the second trimester has been much better than the first. No more upset stomachs. But still fatigued. (the added heat does not help much I am sure). My baby belly has popped and I feel the gentle kicks and flutters that remind me that I really am truly growing a baby inside. Thank the good Lord for the sweet second trimester.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Summer is...

Summer is... popsicle dripping down bellies.
Summer is... buckets of water and no pants.
Summer is... playing outside early in the morning before the heat moves in.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Father's Day 2013:

Father's Day 2012. (Enough to make a mom tear up seeing how much my baby has changed in one year. )

Henry has such a great dad, he let ME sleep in on Father's Day. Doug got up with him and fed him breakfast before he headed to work. He worked all day so we celebrate after he got off work. We bought him a new book and ate leftover Thai food for dinner. It was a simple day, but hopefully Doug felt loved and appreciated.

Henry has one strong, funny, kind, hard working, devoted, loving, and sincere dad. We are pretty big fans of dad over here.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Grace's Graduation Trip:

We took a trip last week to Montana to watch my littlest sister graduate high school. It was truly good for our souls to be in the mountains and away with family. I love times like that in life. 

- Granny surprising us ALL (except for Dad) and coming for the week. Any time with her with sweet, but unexpected time with her is even better! There was a cry fest when she walked into the house. It was such a joy watching her and Henry together. She learned very quickly how to get him to laugh. She is such a great Granny!
- Sitting with the other siblings during Grace's graduation. Sharing candy, spying on her through the binoculars, and watching YouTube videos of the speaker skiing. I think we are all pretty proud of our Grace.
- Henry saying 'Papa' over and over and over. He quickly fell in love with Papa and the fish at the church that Papa took him to see. Since coming home we still ask for Papa everyday. Such a sweet sound to my ears.
- Girl time (minus mom, she was working. boo) drinking coffee and finding sweet deals at the Thrift store. A typical Keena outing. 
- Doug got several naps in the hammock outside in the shade. 
- Loaded Questions and Dad's popcorn. (NIXON)
- Day trip to Yellowstone. Which included a baby bear and mama, Old Faithful, a beautiful picnic, waterfalls,  bison everywhere, and matching hats for Dad and Doug.
- David's basketball game, grocery shopping with mom, talking to Nick and Grace, meeting Penelope (Andrew's dog), sitting outside in the evenings, pizza night, going to Sunday School with mom, hearing dad preach, and a picnic in the park.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Camp Roles:

I have had several different roles here at camp over the past ten years. I have been a counselor, the canteen manager, and leadership counselor. Our first summer we lived here on resident staff I worked full-time in the office. The past two summers I have been more tied down at home with Henry. This Sunday camp started and I was equal parts excited and frustrated. Excited that summer camp was finally here. Frustrated with my lack of involvement. I found myself wishing I could be down at camp helping with registration, talking to parents, and connecting with staff. Instead, I was at home with Henry hearing the faint sounds of registration drift up through the valley.

I am learning and growing through this and I am constantly being challenged. I am being reminded that my role is still a very important role. It is just a very different role that I have played past summers. My role is now much more in the support role...more behind the scene. I can still be very involved in what is happening down at camp but I have to be more intentional and more creative. I have been thinking through my current role...

I help post payments on accounts Sunday afternoons after the campers have all checked in, I make a weekly dinner for our kitchen staff and host them in our home, this summer we have started meeting as wives to pray for each camper and counselor weekly, I write encouragement notes to staff, and take turns hosting one guy and one girl small group. (As well as the obvious role of being Doug's wife and support team and Henry's mom and helping meet his every need)

When I think through those things I am reminded that I do, in fact, serve a purpose here at camp. I need to rest in knowing that my role is an important role, it is just a different role. It is a true reminder that the Lord uses us as long as we are willing to being used.