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Hey, I'm April and I love to write, take pictures, sing, blog, dance, workout and spend time with my family! Although, not in that order. ;)

Having our third – and final – child was such a wonderful experience. I realize I haven’t shared with you much about our time at the hospital, so I’d love to do that now. Grab yourself a snack, here we go!

Shawn was gone for 6 of the 9 months I was pregnant, but he was able to make it home with a couple of weeks to spare before Myles was born (there were times when I seriously thought I was going into labor, though, and he would miss everything!!). My family arrived a week prior to Myles’ birth, and we had an induction date scheduled for March 20th, which was perfect because my dad’s flight left the morning of the 21st. I called to make sure we were still set for the induction date, and got bad news. My OB hadn’t secured the date after all, and they were completely booked for inductions on the 20th. The earliest they’d be able to do it was on the 21st. However, my OB assured me that he thought Myles would arrive before then.

Needless to say, Myles was stubborn and wanted to stay in there for as long as possible. It was with tears in my eyes that I said goodbye to my dad – who had to go back to work – the night of the 20th. I was very sad that my dad wouldn’t get to see our son for at least 5 months, but I totally believe in God’s timing, and I’m sure there’s a reason He predestined Myles to be born on the 21st.

Anyway, this was the only time we’d ever made it to our induction date (both our girls came earlier) and I must say that it was pure bliss, signing into our room like we were doing nothing more than checking in to a hotel. Later that afternoon, after experiencing about five minutes of pain before begging for an epidural (I have zero pain tolerance), Myles was born and we were ecstatic! The following two days were a blur, thanks to Percocet, but I remember being pretty euphoric and so grateful that my family was finally complete.

So, here’s to all those mothers out there who are as relieved as I am that they don’t have to be pregnant ever again!!!!! Wooo!

Life has a way of flying by, sometimes. I realized today – for the millionth time, so I guess I should say I “RErealized’ – that our time here on earth is temporary. It’s not forever. And material things don’t matter.

People matter. Family matters. Spending time with loved ones is what counts.

Every day, I am blessed to be able to stay at home with my three children, Marlowe, Fletcher, and Myles. I’m going to do my very best to remember how easy I have it – especially when things are chaotic and I am overwhelmed. Those times are the best times to give thanks and be grateful for the life God gave me.

 

 

I have to apologize in advance. This is not my typical happy-go-lucky, everything-is-wonderful post. I am writing this to tell you all a little bit of what’s been going on and to ask for prayer. We really, really need prayer for peace, joy, and hope.

As many of you know, my husband has been gone for work since the beginning of September. It’s been a long 5 months, but we’ve only got three more weeks to go! Since he left, many things have happened which have rocked our world.

First, I drove from Colorado to North Carolina with my two daughters (Marlowe, 4, and Fletcher, 2), a dog named Charlie, and a cat named Eddie. And I can’t forget my mom, who flew from NC in order to drive back with us and help me out! We are in NC until mid-February, which is when I will be driving back to CO (hopefully I don’t go into labor on the way, because as of this past Tuesday, I am 33 weeks along).

Second, Charlie was the victim of a hit-and-run just outside my parents house in October. It was quite traumatic, driving him to the vet while he was bleeding everywhere in the car. I was devastated when we found out how extensive his injuries were; making the decision to put him to sleep was very difficult. Telling my husband over FaceTime was also very difficult. Shawn really loved Charlie, and he probably won’t feel the full effects of his buddy’s death until he returns home.

Third, we received news not too long after Charlie’s death that one of our friends also died unexpectedly. I was able to fly back to Colorado for the memorial service and funeral at the end of November – it was good to see my sweet friends and give the family hugs, but I wish it was under different circumstances. This is still affecting us all, so please continue to pray for his wife and two young sons.

Fourth, my wonderful mother-in-law was recently diagnosed with cancer. This was a huge shock, and we are still reeling from the news. Please join us in praying for peace and joy for my parents-in-law, as well as a full recovery from all her surgeries and chemo.

Fifth, we found out that one of our precious son’s kidneys is underdeveloped. Shawn and I made a decision together that this wasn’t something we needed to worry about. God has our son in His hands, and He is capable of healing him. Although this news almost threw me right over the edge, I was able to take a few deep breaths and realize that many people lead normal lives with just one kidney.

Sixth, my husband told me a few weeks ago that we won’t be moving from Colorado anytime soon, like we’d originally thought. The matter is complicated, so here’s what it boils down to: Shawn will most likely have to go away again. Although it won’t be six months this time, we are still looking at three-and-a-half months. I will remain in CO while he’s gone; traveling to NC is out of the question because our oldest child will be going to Kindergarten next year. This isn’t a big deal. I know this. And yet, if I can bare all and be completely honest, I am still fearful of parenting three young children alone for that long.

There are also a few other significant health problems with family members that I won’t get into right now, but I just wanted to share that my family and I are a bit overwhelmed with all the bad news over the past five months and it would be nice to start receiving some good news, so please pray for that.

However, in all of this, we still have so much to be grateful for. God really does work all things together for the good of those who love Him – I am seeing that even death can be redeemed.

So, if there’s anything you take away from this post, let it be summed up in one word: HOPE. This is not the end. We still have our lives to live, whether it’s one day or many years. And even then, it is not the end. For those of us who have chosen to believe that Jesus died as payment for our sins, and that He was truly God, we have an eternity in Heaven to look forward to.

“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’ ” – John 14:6