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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Being pregnant = studying for exams

Ok NOT REALLY.

But let's think about this. I'm not sure if any of you were like me in college but this is how I got through 4 years of it....

I would get my syllabus at the beginning of the semester just like everyone else. I would digest it along with my other class syllabuses and then begin to organize them all. I would get a new calendar every year and then put the due dates and then my due dates of when I wanted to have things done and then I would go to the store and buy new folders and sticky notes to help me along the process of passing my class and being super organized while doing it. Well, midway through the semester...I don't know if I got senioritis early (every year) or if I just lost the desire or I can attest to my last year that I met this dreamy baseball player whole stole my heart and I just lost all desire to finish school (I DID FINISH AND GRADUATE). But I don't know what would happen...I would begin to just lose interest and start projects the night before or study for tests the night before. Well, my biggest accomplishment which I am embarrassed to admit...I waited until the weekend before my senior paper (30 pages) was due to start it. That was a horrible weekend. All I did was type and then erase and start again...HORRIBLE. So, needless to say, my name is Ashleigh and I am a procrastinator. I am pretty sure I come by it honestly...shhhh...don't tell my mother. :)
It works for us.

Well, most of the time - until now.

Now, I know pregnancy is nothing like my college experience but I have been procrastinating. On some things...I have procrastinated on purpose, others - not so much. But I do think that this pregnancy is like a big test. Just go with me for a second. From the beginning, when we first found out we were pregnant...the first test was how we dealt with the news...me = shock, screams, fear...Kraig = fear and excitement. 2nd test...what do we do now...we had to start to find a place to live = well, we have passed that test and will hopefully be moving by the end of May. I know that is cutting it close but what can you do. I guess the Lord was testing us by our need to continue to trust in His timing and not ours. 3rd test...we had to get our finances in order. ME = yelling, crying, FEAR, and hatred of money. Kraig = we sell the truck and pay off 2 loans...easy as that. So, again...you see that I am scared to death of what will happen and Kraig is the logical one and BOOM we have a solution. However, we have not sold the truck yet and won't until May so I am a tad stressed about that but I feel much better. 4th test...still with finances but this time with our medical bills....I did wait too late for all of this however, I made a few phone calls, and got it all taken care of. Who knew that a few POLITE phone calls would get you were you need to be. :) And the Lord answered our prayers for our medical bills and we will be just fine. :) So, NO MORE WORRIES :) Now, all of these tests are well and good and so far, I would like to think we have passed each test. We may not have passed with A's but we have accomplished what needed to be accomplished. We may be moving in the week Baby Rett gets here but HEY, he will have a place to sleep and I am ok with that. But for the FINAL test, when Baby Rett gets here...Kraig and I will have to keep this child alive, disciple him into the man that God calls for him to be and love him unconditionally. All of those things are terrifying. I don't think the loving him part will be so hard because Kraig and I are already so fond of him and he's just swimming around in my belly...so the rest of it...all we can do is pray that Lord will equip us with knowledge and people around us to help grow this little guy into the man that God wants him to become. I am quite certain that He will do that because He hasn't failed us yet.

I know that pregnancy is nothing like college but it is similar to one BIG test...probably one of the biggest tests I (WE) have ever faced. I read a sermon once by John Piper...basically, my job as a parent is to train this kid up in the Lord...easier said than done.

That sounds like a huge test to me.

So, I ask that as we move along, for prayers for my procrastination issues :) And that we will continue to seek the Lord in how to raise a kid and spoil him like crazy :) We are so excited and can't wait for this journey no matter how scary it will be.

Monday, April 2, 2012

We have a name :)

We are back from vacation! RELAX, RELAX and RELAX...that was my motto for the week. :)

We had a great doctor visit last week. Baby G is looking good. Have to go back next week for the Diabetes test. yay... Then we go every 2 weeks. He will be here before we know it.

We registered at Target last week. Loads of fun. :) I guess things are starting to come together.

We are starting to mark things off our to-do list. I always love that.

We started at the new church today, with a sunrise service. This is a big deal. I have never been to a sunrise service and they expect me to be there and be nice. We had to pray that I am awake and presentable because early mornings are not my thing. We are so very excited and can't wait for what awaits us with this new group of kids. :)

We put a bid in on a house and they accepted. We have had the inspection and everything looks great so we are on to the next step. We hope to be moved by the end of May but we sure would love to be in there before that, that's our hope anyways.

Well, Baby G's name as most of you know has been a sore spot (some may say :)) for Kraig and me. We could not agree on anything! If I liked something, Kraig vetoed...if he liked something...it was often times just a joke because he could not be serious about it. So, we finally made some progress and nailed down a few ideas.

And his name is....

Kraig Everett Givens III
BUT
we will call him Rett taken from the end of Everett