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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. ;)

As this pregnancy progresses, I am filled with more and more excitement to be having a boy. Shawn is also very excited! Hopefully he’ll be here for the birth – unless this baby decides to come more than 3 weeks early. Unfortunately, this might be a possibility, seeing as how Fletcher was born a full 3 weeks early. We’re praying for perfect timing, which is all we can do at this point.

Another thing I’m struggling with as time goes on is finding clothes that not only fit, but look somewhat decent. This is easier said than done. I’m very picky, and I don’t like spending a whole lot of money on clothes I’ll probably only wear for a few months. The only option I have left is shopping at Plato’s Closet or thrift stores. I usually walk away with a few gems every time I go, though (and yeeeees, I will always make time to look around in Forever 21 to see what I can find… Lately, it’s been nothing but crop tops, which aren’t exactly attractive on me at this point).

Anyway, seeing as this is our last pregnancy, I’m going to try to enjoy it despite the fact that I really don’t like being pregnant. I know I would regret it if I don’t try to enjoy this while it lasts, though. So that’s what I’m going to try and do! 🙂

We took these photos at Morris Farm Market in NC, and I love them so much. My sweet children’s personalities really shine through, and I’m so happy I have these pictures to look back upon forever (no matter how ridiculously hard it is to get them smiling at the same time).

On another note, this post is about to get real. Although I’m wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving, this has been the most difficult Thanksgiving for my family so far. We’re still mourning a few recent deaths that have taken place, and when I think about them, it’s hard for me to be grateful. We’re also praying for serious health concerns for a few people we know. If I wasn’t a Christian, I’m not sure I’d be able to get through this season very well.

However, I’ve learned through the years that life is precious, and it is short. I really don’t like the idea of a single day going by without enjoying a few things here and there. That’s how true gratitude works. Seeing the good things in the midst of bad situations. When I begin listing off the things that the Lord has blessed me with (a loving husband, Christian friends, a supportive family, wonderful children, a roof over our heads, and plenty of food to eat) there’s little room for anything but thankfulness.

Whatever you’re going through right now, my hope for you is that you’re able to give thanks for the good things in life, whether there appears to be a few or a lot of them.

Happy Thanksgiving.

It’s hard for me to imagine that these photos were actually taken 8 weeks ago. I was around 12 weeks, which is why my belly appears so freaking small… Well, it isn’t anymore!

With thanksgiving around the corner, I have a lot to be grateful for. One thing in particular is the health of my children. We don’t seem to have many issues regarding their physical or emotional well-being.

Another thing I’m grateful for is my family’s help and support during this difficult time when Shawn is away. A lot of really sad and terrible things have taken place in the last 3 months, which I won’t go into right now, but I know my entire family has been praying.

I’d like to end on a good note by saying that I’m not sure I would be able to cope with the pressures of school and life in general without my Savior. He gives me peace, refreshment, and joy in the midst of sorrow. He’s the reason I’m most grateful this season.