Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Hello From Georgia

We live in Georgia. How crazy is that? I'm not sure if it's even hit me yet. We love it here so far!! Not only is it beautiful everywhere you go because of all the tall, thick trees... we absolutely love the people here. Our new church is awesome. We had recently met some of the people and 4 of them showed up on Saturday to help us move in. It was a really, extremely hot day too and they completely sacrificed to help us out. We couldn't have done it without them. We went out to some good Chinese afterwards and got to know them some more. We love our new friends :)

Our apartment is adorable. It's about 1,400 sq ft and the space is really perfect for us. We got a 3 bedroom knowing that we would have the baby soon and lots and lots of visitors! It's got a vaulted ceiling which makes it feel bigger and the view from our back porch is awesome. It's all woods behind us with huge trees!! We also have a pool here, tennis courts, volleyball courts, and a path that walks around a private lake where people can go fishing. I mean, how cool is that?

We are starting to get settled. Right now we have boxes everywhere but most of our stuff is starting to find a place. I LOVE decorating a new place. They will let us paint here, but Will doesn't like the thought of having to paint it back. SO... he compromised with me and I'm going to paint some accent walls. One in the dining room, one in our bedroom, and one in the baby's room.

Speaking of baby... I haven't talked about the little man much these days. I am now in my 21st week (which is crazy to me). He's about the size of a banana and is starting to swallow the amniotic fluid. This means I need to really be careful about what I'm eating, since it's all going to him too. Apparently when I eat different things, he can taste them. Even later in his life he will recognize the flavors and may be more picky to things that he didn't taste in the womb. Good thing I'm not a picky eater. Little guy is still moving like crazy in there. But now those kicks and movements are really strong. Will felt a kick for the first time, which was awesome. The weirdest thing is when I can feel him completely turning or when I feel him kicking my side. Sometimes I can feel him kicking my bladder and that gets really uncomfortable. But overall I love it so much. I just wait to feel him start moving in the day. It's like I can time it. They say that you can start getting an idea of what your baby's sleep schedule might be like at this point. I usually feel him like a mad man at night right before bed... and then he starts moving again as soon as I start talking in the morning. I think I wake him up ;) We talk to him all the time knowing that he can hear us. Will says some of the funniest things into the belly button microphone. Ha ha.
As for me, I've been feeling good. I can't tell if I'm just worn out from the move or if I'm starting to get worn out physically from pregnancy. While unpacking boxes yesterday and sitting on the floor, I quickly learned that I get out of breath easily. Even sitting weird on the couch makes it hard to breathe. The other day my feet were pounding just from walking around the apartment all day. I had to keep sitting down because they hurt so bad. So, maybe this is God's way of telling me to slow down. I've been a little frustrated on the clothes side of things just because NONE of my normal clothes fit. I really got to see it laid out in front of me yesterday when I was hanging up all my clothes and putting all my pre-pregnancy jeans in a box. I have a few pairs of maternity pants I wear, but my main problem is shirts. I thought I'd be able to fit a long time in normal shirts, but they are all so short on me... so they look funny now. But, oh well. I'll survive :)

Anyway, our little family is doing great here. My parents are coming tomorrow night to see us and hang out a little bit. We are so excited to be closer to everyone here. So, that will be fun!

If you've been praying for us, thank you so much and we are so thankful for all of your support. Although this is a season of faith and testing, we are so glad we are here and that God truly is providing in every area. We can't wait to see how our faith grows during this season.


Thursday, July 22, 2010

What's Up Now (a pictoral)

This is our last day here...

This is how we feel about that...
This is where we are headed...

Where the road maps look like...and they have....
And most importantly an incredible church...
Where we can raise all our future...So, bring it on...
(don't worry, I won't be doing any heavy lifting) :)

You can't stop us from doing this...
Because God is so good!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

You Are Holy


Will's new worship album, "You are Holy," is now available for download on iTunes.

You should go now and get yours.

Seriously, this is the best worship album all time. And, I'm really not being biased. God's heart is all over this album which is what we're excited about :)

Will Stern - "You are Holy"

Pass on the word!

Friday, July 9, 2010

Life, CD, and Baby

Sorry it's been a while since my last blog. Things have been Cr-AZY... (to say the least). But in an oh-so-good way!! I can't even describe how good life is and how awesome and faithful the Lord is. I know this is going to KILL most of you, but I will have to hold off explaining what's going on in our life for another week or so. Only because, by that time, we will know. Right now things are a little up in the air... but it's totally good and so of the Lord.

I can't believe how much we will be going through in ONE year. Basically all the things that they say are huge stress makers for people, we won't just be doing once or twice, but possibly 3 times. Not to mention having a baby before the end of the year to top it off. Amazingly, there has been so much grace and favor on all of it that we haven't yet completely felt stressed. Although hard, not stressed (if that even makes sense). It's put us on a dependence of the Lord like we've never had before.

So, to catch people up.... Will's CD is done. Finito. If you know us, you know that this is a huge deal!!! He has been working on this for so long. Actually, the first song that he wrote for this CD, he wrote at the Call (which was the time that we became officially a couple). That was a while ago. God has really been moving in this CD and it's so cool to see! Every single song is birthed from the Lord...directly from His heart. It is something we will be able to cherish forever because of how much the Lord taught us through it. I even sing on a few songs, which was fun.
To hear some of the songs, go to www.willstern.com and check them out. It should be up soon on ITunes.
I AM SO PROUD OF MY HUSBAND. He did this ENTIRE CD himself. ALL the instrumental parts, ALL the songwriting, ALL the recording, ALL the mixing/mastering, the artwork. I mean ALL of it. Ha ha. I am so impressed by his gifts and I know the Lord is so pleased.

What else? We pick up Will's mom tomorrow... she'll be hanging out with us for a few days, which will be fun. Not much to do here in Louisiana, but I'm sure we'll find something to entertain us. :)

As for the little man... I can tell he's growing like crazy. I feel his kicks most of the day... not just randomly anymore. It is the cutest thing ever. My stomach gets bigger and bigger too :) I know I'm 18 weeks (almost 19 in about a day or so) and I still haven't done my walk to 40 weeks. Woops. Looks like I may have to do every 4 weeks or so. Time is just going by so fast... I can't believe I'm almost halfway through. So, sorry I'm slacking on the belly pics :)
As for new news with the pregnancy... I've had my first heartburn I've ever had in my life. It happens quite a big actually. They say that it's tied to the hormone of hair growth... that women who have heartburn will usually have babies with more hair. I sure hope so... how cute would that be? I've also been having awful ligament pains... like sharp pains every once in a while. I guess because everything is growing. And I've been having major heart palpitations, which I hear are normal too. I have learned that all of those silly myths about having a boy and a girl are just stupid. I have had the opposite of all of them. The baby had a heart rate over 140 the whole time (which they say is a girl). I have only wanted to eat fruit, no meat (which they also say is girl). And a bunch of other crazy ones. I think it's funny.
We are so blessed to have such a healthy baby so far. We heard the heart beat nice and strong super early on. We found out that he was a boy with no questions. He moves like a maniac in there. We are proud of him, lol.

Anywho... that's about all I can update for now because I am getting stressed out with Will's CD blaring in the background (for full effect) :) and Gibson biting me to play with him. Time to go.

Until next time....