Ugh

Still packing….

still sleep deprived….

still heart broken.

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Documenting my decent back into my hillbilly roots….

Since if it is not actually happening to you it is hilarious I shall chronicle our (hopefully/prayerfully brief) Trailertastic journey…

And just so you don’t think I am over exaggerating and that we are moving into one of this fancy modular homes or tricked out double wides I offer you photo evidence.

Check out the vintage white and blue (aqua? teal?) coloring….

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Michael is stoked! He can’t wait to pimp it out… he bought a book.

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Here is the living room. Please not the modern wood paneling and the stylish “earth toned” carpet!

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The living room opens into the kitchen. Which is also carpeted…but not the same carpet. This time we have a cool grey carpet.

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An extra special red neck treat…one of the neighbors breeds and raises homing pigeons…. these creepy little buggars wander all over the place!

Fall Fun

You know it’s fall when you have the urge to go to the apple orchard and starting canning the bounty!

Which is exactly what Christin and I did….

All you need is :

2 Besties

1 baby in a sling

2 apple corer/peeler/slicer thingys

4 bushels of apples

a metric ton of sugar

plenty of jars, lids and rings

motivation by Johnny, Jimmy, BB and Eric       (Cash, Buffet, King and Clapton)

and several hours!

Guess what we are giving away for Christmas!

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look at how nice her new jeans make her hieny look!
 
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The “Magic Goop”
 
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2 exhausted chicks and a sleeping baby…and the loot!
 
Recipe
 
5-6 pounds of sliced apples )We used Macs and Cortlands) per batch of goop. We made 2 batches of goop to get 16 jars…this is not an exact science.
 
Per batch of goop:
1 tsp salt
4.5 cups of sugar
1 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons cinnamon (or as much as you want. We like a spicy pie)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
10 cups of water
 
Mix all that in a large pot and cook until it thickens. We stuffed the jars and then added goop but after the fact I remembered from previous years it is much easier to goop the apples first then stuff the jars. It leaves you will less head space in your jars after canning. I need to write that on my recipe….
 
Process jars in a water bath canner for 20 minutes.
 
To bake:
Dump in a pie crust or just a casserole dish, cover with another pie crust or a box of jiffy cake mix and bake 30 minutes.
 
East peasy!
 

A change in plans

We have had some life changing events come up recently…one major besides having a baby. This is the Reader’s Digest Condensed version…then I am moving on.

We have mutually decided to part ways from the church we have loved and served the last 4 years. An honest reflection of our spiritual growth over the last year shows that we are no longer on the same page with the elders. We can not force change and growth on others as much as our human nature wants us to so we have made the only choice available. We wish this church the best and continue to love and cherish them. In the mean time while Michael is looking for another church to serve we have found ourselves homeless (sort of) which is one of the pitfalls of living in a parsonage. God has blessed us with affordable and temporary housing (Please Dear Lord) in the form of a trailer we are going to rent.

Those who know me know I grew up in dumpy trailers in the south and this is a manifestation of one of my worse nightmares. Michael on the other hand always had a nice traditional home to stay in and is super excited for this adventure. I am going to tap into my inner optimist and made the best of the situation. While this trailer is certainly old as dirt vintage and super tiny quaint, since it is so cheap it means I only have to go back to work part-time like I had planned and get to stay home more with Reagan. There are always blessing for those who look for them. Frankly the trailer is best described as trailertastic but I will rise to the occasion and make it quirky, cute and home.

Please send prayers!

The Long Awaited Lentil Bean

Has arrived!

Meet Reagan Elizabeth

aka the most beautiful baby ever born!

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She was born 9/3/2010 at 1:01pm. She weighed in at a whopping 9 pounds even and is 19.5 inches long. Pretty impressive stats!

We went to the Dr. on Monday to do a sizing ultrasound. With Michael and I both being small babies and me only gaining 13 pounds during our pregnancy we were not prepared to hear that our baby was looking like she was already 9 pounds 9 ounces! We were shocked! After speaking with Dr. P we decided that with my blood pressure issues, the swelling problem and the fact that we probably should let her get any bigger due to be only being 5 feet tall that we should induce on Thursday.

We show up at the butt crack of dawn on Thursday and proceed with a couple of doses of “cervical ripening” in an attempt to convince my body to start the labor process on its own. At  3pm we are sent home to hopefully dilate and start labor. Didn’t work, Lentil didn’t want to come out. So we head back to the hospital the next day at 0 dark thirty. After doing a little more research and speaking with his partners they did not feel it was likely that I would go into labor on my own as the baby’s head, while in position, was too large to fully engage the cervix and was measuring in the 95%. I have been having so much swelling from the waist down that and examination reveals that a huge head and a swollen birth canal might be a problem. We decided to proceed with a C-section with much prayer and caution. This was not what I had hoped for but I wanted my baby to arrive safely.

Turned out to be a good thing we decided to do it as opposed to had to do it in an emergency situation. The epidural did not take! After an hour and LOTS of meds we had to do a spinal block. Had this happened in an emergency situation such as after trying to labor and having a baby stuck in duress it is possible I would have had to had a C-Section with and incomplete epidural as they would not have had an hour and a half to numb me. The epidural/spinal block was the scariest part. Every thing else went quickly. She was born at 1:01pm and by 2:15 we were back in the room bonding as a new family. This has to be the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.

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Michael has been amazing! My strength and love. He stayed right by my side praying with me while they sewed me up even though he could have followed the baby to the nursery. He has been sleeping on a cop at the hospital with us the entire time. We will be here through Monday. He makes sure I have everything I need and helps me go to the bathroom which is very humbling. He is so proud that he took his parenting classes and that when ever the baby is fussy he can get her to calm right down. She totally recognizes his voice. Watching this man fall in love with his daughter is making me fall in love with him even more and I didn’t think that was possible. This is the most magical moments of my entire life and I am overwhelmed with God’s love and blessings!