Crazy, sweet, often-disobedient, loving Jack, you are 4 years old today.
You greet each day with silliness and laughter and loudness with your sister.
You test the boundaries and break all of the rules.
You have made tremendous strides in your speech this year and now talk our ears off all. day. long.
You love your people, and your people love you.
You are wild and adventurous. Smart and creative.
You know how to count to 20, but always skip 15.
You know the alphabet, and you enjoy being read to and "reading" to yourself.
You love to sing the books of the New Testament song, and you enjoy learning about people in the Bible, especially Jesus.
You love to eat, and eating at a restaurant makes your day. Grandpa and Nana took us out to eat for your birthday today at your favorite place, and you were a picture of grins as you and Daddy and Ella watched the boats out on the river and played washers and ran around and as Nana and Grandpa and Oliver and me all…
This was our second year of doing what is basically a minimalist Christmas. Our kids are young enough to have no idea what the “norm” is for most kids. They don’t expect a lot, and they haven’t really reached the age where they ask for things (mostly because they don’t watch commercials and have no idea what they “should want”).
We started the morning with stockings in their beds, a tradition The Husband’s family always did. I loved it.
And then, they came downstairs, we sang “happy birthday” to Jesus, and we opened our gifts.
We went with the
“Something they want,
Something they need,
Something to wear,
Something to read”
theme again this year, and it was perfect.
I love the simplicity of 4 gifts from us.
I know as they grow, the gifts will be larger and probably of more monetary value, but this year was easy. And they were so excited and so grateful.
The kids played outside, and then they came in and drank their first cups of hot chocolate.
This afternoon, my parents and my s…
**Updated with video of the ultrasound at the bottom. The last shot in the video is the latest picture we have of the Little One. There is a song that plays in the background (one of my favorite Selah songs), and to enlarge the video, you can click the button on the bottom right.**
This is more for my sanity than it is for anything else.
I'm writing out the events of today's doctor's appointment and ultrasound so that I don't have to keep rehashing it for those who ask.
And, so that our friends and family can begin praying specifically.
It's been a long day.
The appointment started with my weigh-in (up 9 pounds so far) and blood pressure check (normal). Then, we heard the heartbeat, which was wonderful (145 bpm). We headed into the ultrasound room after waiting a bit.
The doctor came in, asked a few questions, (we told her there had been more bleeding this past weekend), and she began the ultrasound.
The good news:
1. The baby looks healthy!
2. The …