Sunday, February 20, 2011

Goodbye...The Hardest Part

Today we said goodbye to our church family. We love our church. There is just something special about a group of believers that strive to minister to a community in Greenville that doesn't have many good churches. We've worked, prayed, ministered, served, laughed, and cried with our church family, and we will miss them very much.

This past week has had its share fair of its trials. I've cried a lot. Moving across the country, leaving all my friends, and family has not been easy. Having our rental home fall through, having to move our loading date to after we leave Greenville, leaving Daisy here for a month now...not easy. But today at church I was reminded of Christ's love for us, and how we must depend on Him. I close this post with a song that was sung on our very last Sunday with Palmetto Baptist. How true it is.

"Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer"

Jesus, draw me ever nearer
As I labor through the storm.
You have called me to this passage,
And I'll follow though I'm worn.

May this journey bring a blessing,
May I rise on wings of faith;
And at the end of my heart's testing,
With Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus, guide me through the tempest,
Keep my spirit staid and sure.
When the midnight meets the morning,
Let me love You even more.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Happy 17 Months!!!

Dear Jewell,

You are now 17 months old. A lot has happened for you this past month. You now have a baby brother! He's pretty much turned your world upside down. You've had a hard time adjusting to Mommy holding another baby so much. But you are still as sweet as ever.

Not only do you have a new brother, but we're moving to Oregon. Your house is filled with boxes, and stuff is everywhere. You are learning to adapt to many changes all at once.

We love you so much Jewell. You have been a true trooper these past 2 weeks. Thank you for staying so sweet.

Mommy and Daddy

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jefferson Matthew

On February 1, 2010, I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Jefferson Matthew. He weighed 7 lbs 2 oz and was 19 1/2 inches long.

I was induced again with this pregnancy. I was already dilated to a 4 on Monday. When my doctor heard I was moving in 3 weeks she said, "I'm inducing you tomorrow." So they induced me. I fully expected it to be just like Jewell's induction. However, I had a horrible cough. By the last hour I was so miserable with my cough and the shaking from the pain meds I was convinced I'd never giver birth again. But after 12 pushes, and a hour off the meds, I was feeling so much better.

I delivered Jefferson at Greenville Memorial Hospital. I love that hospital. We had great care. My night nurse was my favorite. She kept offering to take Jefferson to the nursery at night so I could sleep since I was so sick. She encouraged me to keep breastfeeding and not supplement (which was a problem last time).

We are home now and trying to adjust to our new life. However, we aren't getting too comfortable just yet. I think the "adjusting" won't really be happening until after we move :). For now, we will enjoy just adapting to the chaos :).

Here is a picture of Jefferson in the hospital. I have quite a few more! I'll save those for my next post.