Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring is here!!

Yes!!! Finally! I know it's been spring for a few weeks now, if you follow the calendar. But, if you follow the plants and warmth, I think maybe the rest of the countryside has finally caught up to the dates ;) And I am so glad!! It gives my heart such a warmth to see everything green and blooming again. The new life outside our home just magnifies the joy I feel with the new life growing within me! Words simply cannot express how utterly amazed and blessed I feel, it feels as if my heart would explode just trying to put it into words!! We went back to the midwife and had an ultrasound last Friday, April 8th, and learned that God has blessed us with a little boy! Yay!! We would have been overjoyed no matter what the Lord decided to give us, but my husband did breathe a sigh of relief when we found out. We have some generous friends that also have little boys, but have outgrown many baby items and have blessed us with those items. So now we have lots of clothes and blankets just awaiting a sweet little bundle of boy to be in them :)

I also got to experience a new feeling this morning. I was laying in bed after I woke up, and it's become a routine for me to simply lay there for a little while and rest my hands on my stomach about the area that our baby might be. I have been feeling little movements from time to time, from what I believe to be the baby. Well, he must be getting stronger and stronger every day, because this morning I was actually able to feel him moving around under my hands! Oh what a feeling!! And, we have decided on a name for our sweet little guy: Maddox Dale :) OH, we can hardly wait to meet him!! Here are a couple shots of our sweet little guy:

Can you see him looking at us?? ;)

I ask, if anyone should read this and feel so inclined, to say a little prayer for my nephew Micheal. He underwent an operation this morning to correct a mild case of hypospadias. The surgery went well and he is recovering now at Vanderbilt. I know it's hard for his momma to see him in such a helpless state, but once he is all healed up he won't remember a thing, and for that I know we are all thankful. I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Well, here it is finally March...again another month since an entry here, and here I thought I was getting better at this! ;) And what a dreary March day it is! Technically, it is still Winter, despite what the daffodils and trees with their beautiful blooms try to tell me. At least by man's counting it is...and who is to say that's even correct...if nature declares it warm enough to bud up and wake from a long nap, wouldn't it be so? But I can't really complain. We have had some wonderful weather lately, and the week's forecast looks just as lovely in a couple of least it isn't still giving us snow and ice, unlike several other states! So, here's another lesson in contentedness...soon enough I'll be cranking the AC and wishing it were chilly March again ;)

Sometimes I come by my own blog just to have a look at the little "baby counter"...sometimes I laugh at how silly it seems to watch this animation that represents our little Bean bounce around. Is that morbid of me? Surely that isn't really how it's happening in the womb, right? At least there has to be a softer landing what is depicted in the pretend womb, right?? The poor little pretend baby is just getting smacked around over there! *sigh* Anyway :) We're scheduled to go back to the hospital for the "Big Revealing" ultrasound on April 8th...I can hardly wait!! I did get to hear the heartbeat at last month's midwife visit and little Bean was just a chugging along at 150 bpm...such a sweet sound to my ears!! Not feeling any movement yet, but from what I understand, it could be another couple of weeks before I do. I'm just beginning to show some too! I started out with a little bit of padding, so I think when I really start showing then I'll probably look a little farther along than I really am being as I am already carrying a little more weight out front. But I haven't gained more than a couple pounds just yet, which is good! I'm trying to eat healthy and enough, but I haven't just been gorging myself...the nausea to begin with helped that immensely! Oy!

And speaking of Spring...I finally got our seeds and chicks ordered! I'm hoping the seeds arrive any day now and the chicks should be here the second week in April. I'm super excited!! I haven't had much luck with starting seeds indoors before, so I'll be trying a different method this time and praying for the best! I still need to get out there and do some work on the chicken coop, once it dries up just a bit and the temps rise some...hopefully later this week. We didn't get the outcome we had hoped for with the dog situation...nothing more was done about it other than her paying a small fine and court restitution for the animals killed, nothing done about the dogs. So, we'll be stocking up on some ammo and taking care of it ourselves, if it comes down to that, which I'm afraid it will. Once a dog has the taste of chicken blood, they're ruined. Which is really sad, because I hate to put down any animal, especially when I know that it's someone's pet. But, if it has to be done, it has to be done. And, with our child on the way, I won't be risking any aggressive dog behavior as these have exhibited. Someone's pet is not worth that and we won't be made prisoners of our own home because of someone else's negligence. But, that's enough of that subject.

My heart has been heavy for Japan...I can't imagine what those people are going through...the devastation they have suffered. I know that's a country that is much more prepared for these sort of things than we are, but I don't know that anyone could prepare for something of that magnitude! And the nuclear risks now looming...please be in prayer for them. I know it's a world away, but when God's children hurt I believe He feels it, and I know there are many of His children over there. It's so hard to think of what might happen without warning...even so, Lord Jesus, come! Would you be ready to go if the earth opened up here or wherever you are? The Bible tells us that our lives are like a puff of smoke, a vapor, that vanishes...we truly are like the grass that is green one day and withered the next...where would you end up if it came time to go today? None of us knows when our name will be called, or the ones that we love; is your house in order? I pray that if you do not know that security and peace that ONLY having a relationship with Jesus Christ brings, that you would not wait until things got really bad...because it might be too late. Hard times are upon us, please don't wait until then to seek Him and rely upon Him. He is waiting for you to call upon Him, you don't have to be perfect to come to Him...He will take care of that Himself. You just have to cry out to Him. Won't you trust Him today?

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Some of the Goings-On...

Hello Friends! I know it's been a while, and so much has been going on, that I thought I might try to catch things up a little. It's hard to believe it's already the second month of 2011! Seems the days leave us quicker the longer I live :) And how about this weather?! Never have I seen so much snow in such a small amount of time here...gotta love that global warming, huh?lol And folks around here get so riled up over some white stuff, as if our complaining is going to change a thing about it. I say it would do us all more good to try and be happy that we have the sight to see it and that we have a home to escape the elements...there are so many that are not so blessed as we are! Haiti and Australia come to mind...but we did have some nice temperatures, for January, towards the end of the month. And today we have strong winds, rain and thunder! Never a dull moment.

But, onwards. What's been going on lately around here? Well, aside from the "You might as well laugh about it" weather, there's been some changing of things around the homefront. Some good, some not so good. Sadly, I'll be starting from scratch (no pun intended) with my hens. We have some not-so-considerate neighbors with a few dogs that have acquired a taste for warm birds. There were 3 of them, that I am aware of, that were in on the act, and they managed to break through the chicken wire of my coop and had themselves a nice buffet in the middle of the afternoon a few weeks back and we heard nary a sound. That is my biggest complaint about living in a home made of cinderblocks...the sound insulation can work against us at times. We had issues with this neighbor before when her dogs came after my sweet rooster while he was patrolling our own yard. See, I didn't clip his wings, because he was simply too good...never once showed aggression to me, and would even come and FETCH me when he was finished with his walkabout. Boy he was a sight! :) He never left our yard and was so well-behaved that I hated to take that privilege from him. But, as they say, no good deed goes unpunished, and the dogs came after poor Deuce and destroyed him. All the evidence led straight to their yard. We had called the law, not because I wanted to press charges or anything, but the dogs had cornered Deuce on top of our car and subsequently left scratches all over the sides of the car. We simply wanted to make sure that was on record, should things turn is simply nature for predators to destroy prey, but the car was not something DH wanted to simply sweep under the rug.

We tried to be kind with her, I never asked as for retribution for Deuce. He was a rooster, after all, and not a layer. Nor were my hens the kind to go broody. It was right after our terrible flooding last May and her home had been destroyed in it...I simply felt I had no right to demand money from her, we only wanted her to be more respectful and keep her dogs up. We, even the officer handling the event, were under the impression she would be removing the dogs from her property, but that never happened, and so things are going a course I never wanted to see. Sadly, after having been found out by the officer as not abiding by the agreement, and after the last attack on my hens, and several other problems we have had with the dogs, we will be going to court over the matter at the end of the month. I am really really REALLY not looking forward to this, but this neighbor has abused the patience and kindness of several others close by and this seems to be the only recourse we have to get her attention. It seems it has, late as the action may be, as she has just recently put up some kenneling for the 3 dogs. I don't blame the dogs, they're simply doing what they're wired for, and from all indications they were probably pretty hungry already. I feel bad for them, actually. But, hopefully, this will be remedied after this month and we will never have another issue with them.

So, I'll be ordering chicks in the spring, and as the weather gets warmer I will be repairing and reinforcing the coop, so that hopefully this won't happen again! I am trying to decide on getting some meat birds as well as layers. Murray McMurray has some lovely selections and I am leaning toward the meat and layer combo right now...they send out rainbow layers in that combo and I would LOVE to have some more Easter Eggers. I am almost ready to order seeds too. I'm trying not to go overboard, as I am the one who does the gardening and will likely be getting rather large come harvest-time! :) It is really hard to prioritize when you want to do it all!LOL

And the best part of what's been happening! Last Thursday we got to have our first peek at this sweet little child!! I don't know how I managed to keep it all together, but it was beautiful. I have to admit that I was a little concerned at first because there wasn't any movement. But as soon I saw that beautiful little light flickering like mad, I felt alot better. Our little bean had a good, strong heartbeat at 167 bpm and was so calm during the whole process. They say a child's personality begins to from even in the womb, and if that's the case, we may have a laid-back little one on the way! I'll go back at the end of this month for another check-up and then hopefully in March we'll learn if we should start looking for things in pink or blue! Oh, we also got baby's first pictures done that day as well :) From the measurements that day, we're now looking at the end of August to meet this precious little one. I am so excited, and still so humbled at all of this. I do alot of weeping :) Well, I guess that's all I have at the moment. Hope you all have a blessed week!!

The line is where the heart was located in the picture above.

A good shot of our "little Bean". I know peanut is the usual term used, but for some reason Baby reminded me of a bean, lol. So, little Bean it is for now :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Simple Woman's Daybook, for January 4, 2011

FOR TODAY, January 4, 2011

Outside my window...We have a typical cloudy January sky in Tennessee...boy does it look cold!

I am thinking...a million thoughts, all at much to be thankful for, to look forward to, to learn!

I am thankful for...the tiny life God is knitting together inside me, and His mercy and forgiveness of my doubt.

From the learning rooms...I am learning more about this little gift...what they are "growing" this week, trying to learn more about just being as healthy as I can be for this little one.

From the kitchen...I had the last pancake from last week, reheated, and a banana so far...I'm sure there'll be something else soon!lol

I am p.j.'s still...

I am creating...well, not alot on my own. But what GOD is creating...oh wow!!

I am see a friend today, then go buy some chicken feed for my ONE hen...ugh. More about that later though.

I am reading...a couple different things on pregnancy. One is "What to Expect..." and a few little magazine sort of things from my sister and midwife.

I am hoping...that little one is growing the way they should be and that God will protect them until we can hold their precious little body in our arms.

I am hearing...the garbage truck. It's not as loud as it usually is, since we don't have a full garbage bin for them to empty.

Around the house...things are quiet, as they typically are this time of day.

One of my favorite things...right now is beef! I just can't seem to get enough of it lately, lol.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Finishing up a research paper, taking down the scant decorations I have up from Christmas, some cleaning.

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...
A picture my husband took while we were on our anniversary trip to the Smokey Mountains.

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
Psalm 51:7

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

BIG NEWS!!!!!!!

I had a blood test done on Christmas Eve and my first prenatal visit is tomorrow afternoon. To say I am excited is an understatement! Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the prayers! God finally said YES!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Guess who decided to show up "early"!

I say "early" because we weren't entirely sure of the actual due date to expect him, but her physician recommended she set up a c-section date, just in case. My sister so wanted to attempt a natural birth with Micheal, because her first son, Cain, was an emergency c-section. Cain's umbilical cord was wrapped around his neck, essentially strangling him and sending his heart rate way down every time she pushed. So, she had hopes for this birth to be natural, but the doctor on-call (hers was out of town this week) recommended this as being easier for the baby, given her insurance situation. So, another c-section it was. Mommy and baby got to go home yesterday, and I can't wait until I get to hold this sweet little fella again. He is beautiful beyond words and these pictures simply don't do him justice. Some of them are blurry, but his expressions are simply precious. Enjoy!

Micheal Ryan Watkins
Born at 7:06 p.m.
October 25, 2010
5 lb 15 oz, 19 inches long

He didn't like this "binky", it was too big for him!

I could just melt :)

And so alert!!

"Do you know how much Aunt Maymay loves you, Micheal?"

Uncle Justin & Micheal

Uncle Jamie (my dh) and Micheal...doesn't this look good on him?LOL

My dad (Pappaw) and his youngest uncle, Jeremy

Pappaw and Uncle Jared

Nana Nancy (our step-mom) and Micheal

What a precious gift God gives in the newness of a baby!!

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Simple Woman's Daybook, for October 25, 2010

FOR TODAY, October 25, 2010

Outside my window...there are a few rays of cheery sunlight trying to peek through the rain clouds. It is a beautiful scene as the rays dance with the autumn leaves that remain on their branches after last night's storms.

I am thinking...I have so far to go in my walk to become a woman who represents her Lord Jesus in her life. But, don't we all?

I am thankful for...the rain from last night (we have been so very dry up on the hill) and for God's protection from the most severe of the storms.

From the learning rooms...I am nearing the end of my class!! I have 5 grades left to make and can almost see the finish line!

From the kitchen...nothing this morning. I will probably have a "fiber" bar and a banana, but it is just me this morning, so no cooking.

I am p.j.'s still...

I am creating...not much lately. I am concentrating most of my time to the class and am really really ready for it to be done! I am still doing some cross stitching, and did recently finished up a little thing for the kitchen.

I am be an AUNT once again in a couple of weeks!! Oh yeah...I haven't told y'all yet, have I?lol....

I am reading...nothing at the moment...boy, I'm kind of dull lately, aren't I?LOL

I am hoping...everything goes well with the surgeries that are coming up. Next week is going to be a busy one!

I am hearing...the final spin of the washing machine kick in. It never ceases to amaze me how much dirty laundry 2 people can make in one week!

Around the house...things are quiet, as they typically are this time of day.

One of my favorite clothes! We have some generous friends who have given us clothes for the baby coming soon (not mine, yet) and I have loved washing them up and folding them.

A few plans for the rest of the week: Typing up the rest of the practice transcripts for the class, working on the guest (catch-all) bedroom and repainting it a color that doesn't leave your retinas crying for mercy, thinking up dishes to fix for Thanksgiving...yep, it'll be here soon!!

Here is a picture for thought I am sharing...My precious nephew and I taking a picture of his mom (my sister, who was taking a picture of us, lol) while at my mother's this week. God bless that little sweetheart :)