This week is full of reminiscing for me. I look back on this past summer and marvel at the traveling we did (keep your eyes peeled for our trip to TX to visit Shawn’s family, coming soon!!!) and the time we spent with family. I especially want to take the time to thank the most awesome, selfless, giving mom anyone could ask for! This past June, my mom flew out to Colorado Springs this past summer JUST to help me drive back to NC (30+ hours) so my family could help me watch the girls. We had one day to rest before our trip, so we decided to make a trip to the Stanley Market in Aurora. What a cool place!! We had a lot of fun looking around at the cool shops and eating in the trendy restaurants. We loved it!

While I have you here, and while I’m bragging about my amazing mom, I also want to thank my entire family – mom, dad, Tiffany, and Chanelle – for helping me with the girls when Shawn is traveling. They take turns watching the girls while I run errands, catch up on school work, grocery shop, and have the occassional moment by myself. Nobody ever complains.

My family will also feed Marlowe and Fletcher when they need to, change the most disgusting diapers, give baths, pick out clothing for the day, play with them, and give them swimming lessons, among so many other things. The best part? I never have to awkwardly ask my family to help out, they just do it. They see a need and they do what they can to fulfill that need.

During this difficult time away from my husband, I could not have asked for anything as amazing as my family. They take a load off my shoulders and make my stay here in North Carolina not only pleasant, but completely stress-free. I don’t have to worry about how I’m going to juggle my intense work-load while caring for my girls. I don’t have to worry about childcare when I start my internship next week, either! God is so good to me, and He has shown me unfailing love and encouragement through my family members! Thank you mom, dad, Tiff, and Chanelle, I love you guys!!!

 

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Now that I’m dedicating the time to catch up on blogging, I thought this would be the perfect time to reminisce on this past summer. We thought we’d take advantage of living within a few hours of Red River, NM to go visit the quaint, beautiful town. Little did we know it at the time, but I was about one week pregnant, which explains the constant stops we had to make while “hiking” (how much hiking can you do with two kids under 4 years of age, though, for real?). Everything was so amazing and Shawn and I both cherished every moment – including our chalet, which housed a full kitchen, dining room, living room, and two bedrooms upstairs. We only wished we could have stayed longer!

 

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I know, I know. I’ve have been absent for a while, but many of you already know why! Yup, I’m pregnant! We are so excited for the arrival of our third child in March – Shawn will have (hopefully) returned by then, and his welcome home gift will be a baby boy!

Since we have two girls, and I’ve grown up with two sisters, I have absolutely no idea what to do with a boy. Seriously, it’s going to be so different than anything I’ve had to handle in my life so far. However, I know God has given us such a precious gift and I can’t wait to partner with Shawn in raising him to love Jesus.

Anyway, I’m 18 weeks now, and I’m thoroughly enjoying my second trimester! I’ve never really liked being pregnant, but I’m trying to enjoy this one since it will be our last. And I have nothing to complain about since I’m comfortable and I have energy once again! I also feel the cutest in the second trimester, so I will be posting a lot of pictures in the near future of the fun outfits I’ve bought (most of which aren’t even considered maternity clothing)! So keep your eyes peeled for more blog posts, coming soon!

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