Today Andrew is 32 and what a man to celebrate! I have been truly blessed to have been given such a wonderful and godly husband. He lives his life with such excellence, always striving to love and please the Lord. He encourages me daily and I thank God for him! Happy birthday my love!
You gotta love people who are made happy by the simple pleasures in life ...a hot shower, an afternoon nap or a giant plate of Nachos! This describes my hubby. He loves the little things and I love that. He was so thrilled to eat chicken nachos for dinner and I thought I was getting off easy. Thank you for being so not high maintenance. Now I just need to work on that! (filet mignon for dinner tomorrow??)
Nanni added this cute message to Weston's picture and it is how we all feel! We are so sad to leave! As always we had a blast with our family this past week. We were so spoiled- we enjoyed yummy meals and fun times around the table, a bargain shopping excursion, preaching from my hubby, meeting our new cousin Luke, staying up late and sleeping in, golf- for Andrew and much more! Weston enjoyed every minute of all of the attention, especially the kisses from his cousin Joy! He let us know his contentment by flashing us a big toothless smile yesterday for the first time!!! Uncle Ron was holding him and Aunt Terri was cooing at him, he looked right at her and grinned! Sooooo precious!
We are on our way to visit our family in Manteca and are so excited! Our car is packed full of diapers, blankets burp clothes etc! It took me two days to pack for a week, I am terrified I will forget something Weston needs! I think I forgot that there are stores in Manteca and we will be staying in a house with two nurseries! Oh well :) So far so good. Weston has been sleeping the whole time besides one stop in Mcfarland for an awkward nursing session on the side of the road! Our new life!
1. I should wear a sign saying "caution new mom , stand back and enjoy the show! " I feel so clutzy and awkward juggling baby and his milion contraptions in public! 2. So thankful for good health insurance ! Just got the statement in the mail for Westons stay in the hospital: $ 117,550.00 !! ( not even including my surgery!) what we pay: $10.00 so far :) highway robbery! 3. At certain times throughout the day I would bet good money that I am hearing Weston screaming, when in fact he couldn't be more asleep and peaceful upon investigation! This is getting creepy! ( has this happened to anyone else?) 4. It is true what they say... No matter how many beautiful babies I have seen in my lifetime, Weston surpasses them all by leaps and bounds! 5. Even though I now spend my days at the beck and call of someone the size of a football, I couldn't be happier!
Yesterday we did something that is very hard to do: we said goodbye to our friends. With one way tickets destined for North Carolina we sent off our dear pastor Kurt and his wife Julie and their 6 darling children to their new home. The past week has been a flurry of activities and goodbye parties making the last few days with them fly by. It didn't really hit me that they are gone until we left the airport without them yesterday morning. We are so excited for them and the great opportunity that God has for them as Kurt will be taking his own church! Oh to be there the first Sunday he preaches in his own church for the first time! Despite our excitement for them we can't help but feel a little sorry for ourselves being left behind.
Kurt and Julie have meant so much to us! They were there with us through dating and Kurt married us. Kurt has taken Andrew under his wing for many years now, impacting him and his spiritual walk more than anyone has. Much of who the man Andrew is today is because of what Kurt has poured into him. Julie has been such an example to me of what it means to be a pastor's wife and a godly and loving mother. Julie is someone who makes everyone feel comfortable and loved. She is so real and so honest, being around her is refreshing! We will miss them so much and already feel their absence.
We love you guys and can't wait to see how God uses you to bless the people in Hickory!
What would we do without good friends? I have been so blessed to not have good friends, but amazing, wonderful, and great friends! Melissa and Jenny are two of my most favorite human beings :) I can't put into words the way both of them have blessed me . They are an extension of Gods grace in my life! Here we have just finished our baking project for our other wonderful friend Stacy's baby shower! ( not pictured here, the other sweet face is a close family friend of Melissa and Jenny) The four of us have grown very close over the past few of years as we all walked thru dating, engagement, marriage and now embarking on babies together! My most favorite memories were the meetings of "The Excellent Wives Club". The name came from an amazing book we read together called The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace. We met every other week for a while reading thru great books, cooking dinner and praying for one another. What a joy! We aspire together to be excellent wives and content women who trust the Lord in all circumstances! We all live further apart from eachother now and our formal meetings have ceased but our bond thru prayer remains and that is the most important!
I can't believe our baby is already a month old! As u can see he is becoming more aware of his surroundings and loved the picture on our wall last night! He continues to grow and is now a whopping 6 lbs 9 oz and 20 inches long. (as of Thursday ). He was also circumcised this week , ouch! He was such a big boy and was braver than mommy and daddy were! We rejoice in the health of our little guy and each day that passes is another reminder of God's grace. I am beginning to forget what life was like without Weston here with us!