Friday, May 25, 2007

Baby Shower

Last night Natalie threw me a wonderful baby shower. We were outside a little tea shop off of Pearl Street (downtown Boulder) and the weather was gorgeous. In addition to the Emmaus girls, my friend Donna (the lady I work for) and Becky (a girl I roomed with in college and who just moved right outside of Boulder) were both able to be there. I had a great time and received lots of wonderful gifts! Thanks Natalie and everyone who helped celebrate!

All of us girls (minus Tara--taking the picture, and Michelle--hiding behind Sidney's head)

Natalie, Josey and I with a rattle and beautiful blanket they gave me.

Donna and I with a gift from her dog Tazzy (Donna has already given me so much I told her she couldn't bring a gift, so Tazzy gave me something instead :))

All the wonderful presents from the shower!

Hail Storm

Last week we had a hail storm here. It was a bit scary since we had just laid sod (which isn't cheap) and since we have no garage for our car! Even though the ground was covered in white ice by the end of the storm, it did no damage to anything (Praise God!) and really was quite beautiful. It seems that everything is beautiful here with the foothills for a backdrop. Standing by the front door and watching the hail drop reminded me of these verses from one of my favorite chapters in the bible--Job 37.

“God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways….He says to the snow, ‘fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that all men he has made may know his work, he stops every man from his labor. The breath of God produces ice….He brings the clouds …to water his earth and show his love. “

Friday, May 11, 2007

Jobs and Such

Brandon is officially a Comcast man. He started training last month, which he will be doing for another couple months still, and really likes it! In the picture you'll see his company vehicle, which is GREAT for us. Now when he's at work I still have a car--such a blessing. Brandon's also pretty excited about the cable package we get complimentary...ok, so I don't mind the 200+ channels and being able to "pause and rewind live TV" either. :)

Here's also a picture of us outside just this evening. We've been having beautiful hot weather, and contrary to what most people tell me, I'd much rather be pregnant in the heat than the cold. Also, praise God that Kaiden is still inside! As much as I feel I can't get any bigger, he's hung in there one more week and everything is looking good, so hopefully he still has a few more to go.

Wednesday, May 9, 2007

In a Hurry to Arrive

The countdown till little Kaiden Dean makes his arrival is indeed getting closer and closer, but as excited as I am to see him, please join us in praying he decides to stay inside a bit longer.

Last Friday I awoke Brandon in the middle of the night with what seemed to be Braxton hicks that were abnormally strong and close together. We ended up going into the hospital and sure enough I was having contractions every 2-3 minutes. Seven weeks before my due date this was much too early so I spent the next 32 hours in the hospital as they tried to get the preterm labor to stop. The first medication didn’t work and so the doctor ended up giving me a couple doses of steroids in order to speed up Kaiden’s lung development…just incase. But the second med seemed to work and I am now back home and “taking it easy”. Still, 50-70% of the time women who go into preterm labor end up having the baby early. The reassuring thing is that Kaiden should be perfectly healthy if he is born now, but there would still be complications, such as a yet-to-be-developed ability to eat on his own, that would keep him in the hospital for at least a couple weeks, probably with an IV in his little arm.

Please pray that Kaiden will be safe and grow strong, and that he won’t arrive prematurely. Pray that I will be able to take it easy as I am supposed to. I am currently still working as my employer has no one else to fill in for me, so pray she can find and hire someone else fast so that I’m not overexerting.