Monday, November 15, 2010

The Simple Life.

One of the side benefits of Ben's job was my ability to quit Starbucks. While I do miss my friends/fellow employees and customers there, I am appreciating the extra time to actually clean my house and plan meals. Of course, today my house fell a little bit by the wayside so I could work on GRADING for school, but otherwise, life has been pretty nice.

Last week's meals included broiled fish with rosemary potatoes, Ben's homemade chili, and Black Bean Tostadas

This week's meals include homemade pizza (thanks to resident pizza chef Ben), Bacon/Pea/Leek Risotto, oven baked chicken tenders, fish cakes (made with leftover broiled fish), risotto cakes (made with...you got it...leftover risotto), and possibly some Esau Stew on Saturday (so good you'll sell your birthright!)

Here are some of the resources I use:
- Martha Stewart Online: has a great recipe index and lots of how-tos
- Coupon Mom: Similar to the Grocery Game, but free. Offers a coupon database for when you need a specific item that doesn't happen to be on the sale list for the week.
- Springs Bargains: A great resource for Coloradans. Weekly grocery deals and coupons that are ranked so you know how good of a deal it is.
- Joy of Cooking: Though pooh-poohed by Julia Child, we find this to be a great resource!

A quick note.

My cousin Tiffany has a young son named Caleb. A few weeks ago, while they were on a family outing, Caleb was hit by a falling rock and suffered some serious head trauma. It was touch and go for a few days, but I'm happy to say that Caleb is doing a lot better! He's in rehab at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital (part of the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital system that I worked for in high school - these doctors and nurses are the best of the best and they know their stuff!) and exceeding all expectations in his recovery. He's still a long way from where he was before the accident, so we'd really appreciate it if you would add him to your prayer list - specifically, that his sight and speaking abilities would return.

His parents have set up a blog to get the word out about Caleb's recovery. Feel free to take a look by clicking the link below. If you're so inclined, post it on your blog!

Help Caleb

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Genes & Jeans.

I have to give a quick shoutout to Jenn H. and Megan C. for all their help and advice about buying (or not buying) maternity clothes. While seemingly a small thing, the daunting task of buying not only for the present tense but also the future tense is a little stressful. Since most everyone is clearing out their summer wear and it's SNOWING here, I've been freaking out a little. Thanks for the advice and thanks to those who have lent me some things! Trying to keep Baby G nice and warm (and covered...) is quite a task. :)

Ever since we've been getting ready for our big 20 Week Ultrasound, I've been mulling over a certain post regarding genetics and inherited traits. Sorry, it's the psychology minor in me (who still wouldn't mind further education in the human growth/development field...look out, Piaget!). Stay tuned for that one. But in the meantime, you should just feast your eyes on the following pics from our fun ultrasound! (By the way, Mom, you can click on the pictures to make them bigger... :)

Here's the baby's nasal bone in the first profile shot.




Ten tiny toes. Baby was trying to kick out and escape.





Here's a fist - I'm pretty sure Skeletor was shaking it at us as the ultrasound tech poked and prodded.




And finally, our favorite profile shot.


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Nothing to fear but fear itself.

In his first inaugural address, Franklin D. Roosevelt had to reassure the nation that he was going to take charge and lead them out of dark times. After promising to speak with candor and boldness, he remarked that it was his "firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."

FDR believed that action was the key to undoing the crippling fears of Americans - fear of hunger, of joblessness, of homelessness...fear of losing access to their basic necessities.

This pregnancy hasn't been without its own dose of fears. When we first discovered I was pregnant, every twinge, every small pang caused me to believe I was miscarrying. I remember lying awake several times begging God to let me keep this baby. When we asked at our first doctor's appointment about signs of miscarriage, the nurse practitioner mentioned that as long as my chest felt sore, I was probably still pregnant. I punched myself in the chest at least 3 times a day to make sure things were still on track (which might have contributed to the soreness factor, but...)

We've been waiting for this baby for two years now, and it's hard for me to believe that this prayer has been answered. It's also hard for me to believe that this could possibly be happening - that I've made it this far in my pregnancy. So many of our friends have lost children - either due to miscarriage, genetic abnormalities, or unknown causes. It boggles my mind that people my age have experienced these losses and still manage to be strong examples of faith and courage.

What I've found is that the more I sit around and worry, the more fear comes into my life and my thinking. If I get up and do what I should be doing anyways, I feel a lot better and often forget about little growing pains!

My other solution is prayer. God has been so good to us - sending us a baby, sending Ben a job that allows me to leave Starbucks, and so many other blessings besides just these big ones. If I am constantly giving thanks for the little things (a nice round tummy, a little bit of nausea, or even just a big black puppy who warms my feet while I nap), I am much better at remembering that God will take care of us.