Thursday, August 25, 2011

Family Camp Out

We have been truly blessed to find a church home at Journey Church these past few years. One of the things we find so refreshing is the passion the church has for authentic community. We host a weekly community group where we eat and discuss God and share what is going on in our lives. We have found deep and lasting friendships with other Christians who strive to live for the Lord and encourage us in our own walks.

The group!

This past weekend, we had a family camping trip at Silver Lake Park. It was a blast! There were about 50 people, adults and kids, who made the trek over for some fun, sun, kickball, s'mores, poker, farkle, laughter, water fights and more.

Our infamous farkle game!

Talk about true community! We hope this because an annual tradition for our church and will most definitely be tagging along next time as well!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Spreading the News!

As soon as we found out we were expecting, we wanted to share it with the world! But we waiting a bit to be creative in how we told our families and the wait paid off!

We started by sharing the news with my parents. I purposely had to avoid seeing or talking to my mom for a few days before because I thought the words were just going to spill out of me! One night Kerry and I called and told them that Kerry had been cleaning out the garage and asked if we could drop a few things off that we had of theirs. (If you know Kerry, you know that he is a cleaner so this wouldn't have been out of the ordinary!) But my parents are wise and they had thier suspicions that we were coming over for other reasons as well! When we got there, we DID give them back a few things of theirs, including a pan that was now filled with brownies and a note on top: "Ready 4 Grandbaby #2?"!

Later that weekend, we had a family dinner with Kyla, Adam, Grayson and the Lewis family who was in town. Before dessert was served, my mom and I grabbed Grayson and dressed him up in a cute new shirt I had made for him with iron on letters that said: I "heart" my cousin! He Then we sent him running in the dining room to go see his Mama. The look on my sister's face was priceless as she realized what the shirt said and what it meant! So fun to celebrate with family!

After telling my family, we told Kerry's. We waiting until his sister Jen's birthday and her present was a framed picture of our first ultrasound. Before she had even opened the present we signed the card Love, Kerry, Katelyn and Baby. It took a second to register, but again so fun to share the exciting news with family.

We know that each member of our family is going to play an important role in Baby Day's life. We already appreciate their excitement, prayers and support as we anticipate his/her arrival.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

...and then there were three!

We are more than thrilled to announce the arrival of Baby Day this January! Kerry and I both feel completely blessed to be becoming parents and to see our family grow. God is so good! We found out that we were expecting on Mother's Day (good gift huh?!) and seven or eight pregnancy tests later, we finally began to believe that this was really happening. I spent the morning feeling that my heart was going to overflow and couldn't help but sing sweet praises to our King.

A few weeks after we found out, we went into Evergreen Women's Care to see our little peanut. As the picture came onto the screen, and the tech pointed out to us what we were looking at, Kerry and I were both beaming. Is that little dot really our baby? And then came the beautiful sound of the heartbeat. What a miracle that this little guy's heart only started beating a few days before! I started to laugh, which of course made it so that we couldn't hear it anymore!

six weeks

We also got to see the baby a few weeks later. It was amazing how much it had already changed in such a short amount of time! Baby Day was growing fast! We were relieved, joyful and blessed to see the baby once more perfectly safe and healthy.

eight weeks

Seeing the baby and hearing the heartbeat has helped us really feel that this is for real! We are excited to begin this journey into parenthood...