Saturday, May 23, 2009


I had my first prenatal appointment this week. My doctor tries to be understanding, but I think he really thinks NFP using Catholics are a bit loony. We got into a discussion on the theology of the Catholic position on contraception. I wish I had been more articulate, but I don't think anything I could have said in a 5 minute conversation would have done much to change his mind anyway. It was an interesting discussion, though.

While talking to him I mentioned that in my last pregnancy I was extremely ill and that so far this time I only had some relatively mild nausea. I was waiting for him to give me some assurance that that was a good sign but all he said was, "Oh, but it's still early." Gee, thanks.

But, I'm still hopeful. I've had symptoms for a week and it hasn't been too bad. I'm taking that as a very good sign.

However, the fact that my pants are already getting tight when I'm only 7 weeks along is not such a good sign. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

We sold our house!

I think St. Joseph was working overtime! Thank you all for your prayers! It was on the market for only 12 days. I'm so thankful that we won't have to keep a perfect house anymore and no more dinner time showings. We still have to get through inspections, etc and will probably close at the end of June. Next we're switching into looking mode. I hope we can find a great house in our price range as quickly as we sold this one!

In other news, so far my nausea has been relatively mild. No vomiting or dry heaves and I've been able to function almost completely like normal. I so hope it continues this way! I can't remember exactly, but I think I was sicker than this at the same point during my pregnancy with Gustin. Thanks again for all your prayers! You guys sure are effective prayer warriors!

One more thing. I don't know if I've mentioned it before on this blog or not, but we always nickname our babies while they are in the womb. Jonathan was Young'un, Elizabeth was Squirt and Gustin was Peanut. Within minutes of finding out we were pregnant, Eric named this one Button. I guess now I have a new belly Button. :)

Monday, May 18, 2009

An announcement and a prayer request... or two

We have a lot going on right now. Having the house on the market is a full time job. I have it "show" ready by 9:00 in the morning and then each time we leave the house throughout the day, I have to make sure everything is perfect in case someone comes by while we are out. So far, the response to our house has been good. We've had a showing or two almost every single day and we even got an offer. But, the couple changed their minds because our house is a little too far out from the city for them. Still, I see it as a good sign.

The decision and the preparation to sell our house all went very fast. But, we prayed about it and felt confident that this is the path that God is leading us down at this time. There were so many reasons to sell now rather than a year or two from now. One of those reasons was that I wasn't pregnant yet. So, I bet you now know what the announcement is that I referred to in the title. Yep, I'm pregnant! We found out a little over a week ago, one day before we put the house on the market. We are very excited about this baby!

But, I'm also rather scared. I've mentioned before that in my last pregnancy I got very sick. As in about as sick as it is possible to get. I was so sick that I was unable to function in any capacity.

Yesterday the first twinges of nausea began. If it progresses like last time, it will continue to get worse everyday until it gets completely unbearable in about two weeks. My one hope lies in the fact that this time we will be able to afford the expensive nausea medication. I so hope it works! With Gustin we could only afford the cheap medication and it only helped minimally.

So, will you please pray for me, my health and the health of the baby? Also, please pray that we sell this house very quickly. I don't know how much longer I will be able to keep up with the work involved with having the house on the market. Also, Eric and I are supposed to do a talk for a married couples group at church a week from this Friday. The thought of speaking terrifies me but I also really want to do this talk (we'll be relating the story of Eric's conversion and how it affected our relationship with each other, God and our marriage). Please pray that I am well enough to speak.

Thank you in advance for your prayers,

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts

Don't worry, I still exist! We've been super busy around here and it's getting busier. We just decided to sell our house (yes, in this economy we must be crazy!) so we can move closer to the kids' school (about a 30 min drive away). Hopefully, everything will go smoothly.

Here's a (slightly) interesting story about our decision to sell our house. We had been talking about the idea for a little while and finally decided to meet with a realtor to find out what price we could expect, how long it would take to sell, etc. We figured we would make a decision based on what the realtor said that day. So, somewhere on the blogosphere I stumbled on the novena to St. Joseph that was to begin the day we were to meet with the realtor (the same day we were going to make our final decision on selling) and end on 9 days later on his feast day (May 1st). Well, we took it as a good sign that the saint famous for helping people sell their house seemed to already be working for us! We met with the realtor and began the novena as a family the same day. It was a beautiful nine days praying together as a family excited about a common goal.

By the way, what is the deal with burying a statue of St. Joseph to help sell your house? I've heard people talk about it and how it works miracles but not much more. Can someone fill me in on the details?