Friday, August 29, 2014

Adventures in Life: 2 Weeks Old

How can 2 weeks seem so long and at the same time go by so quick?! 
Over the past 2 weeks 
we have been doing lots of snuggling...

(mostly her, not so much us)

a photo shoot with Auntie Wen...
(more of those photos to come!) 

A trip to the pediatricians
(just a regular check up - everything is great!)  

And a few moments of awake time
(most of that time has been spent eating - she is a good eater!) 

Thank you for all of the sweet comments - we are so thankful for our
 happy, healthy little girl! 

Adventures in Reading: Home to Chicory Lane

Everyone has dreams of things that they would like to do "some day". Want to know a secrete? One of my dreams is to have a house on some land and open a little bed and breakfast. So when I read the summery of Deborah Raney's new book Home to Chicory Lane, I knew I needed to read it! 

The first in a new series, Home to Chicory Lane, is about the Whitman family. We are first introduced to the Whitman parents, Audrey and Grant, who have worked hard turned their family home into a bed-and-breakfast. On the weekend their inn is set to open, their youngest daughter unexpectedly shows up, without her husband, and her parents suspect trouble. 

This is the first book by Deborah Raney that I have read and I'm excited to read more!  
I very much enjoyed her style of writing. This story was filled with real life characters with real life problems. The theme of God's plan and perfect timing, even when we can not see it, is woven throughout the story. I was imitatively drawn into the story and found myself relating to the characters, rooting for them and hurting with them. I am excited to see what else is in store for the Whitman family in the books to come! 

I was given this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity, but the opinions are my own true opinion. 
Home to Chicory Lane Deborah Raney

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Adventures in Life: She is Here!

Our sweet little girl arrived early Friday morning! Hooray! 

Rebekah Elise Hill
8 lbs 4oz
21 inches long

We got home this afternoon and are getting all settled in. 

More details to come! 
We are so in love with our little sweet pea! 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Adventures in Life: Thoughts on Thursday

Well, I'm still pregnant. 40 weeks and 3 days and working on learning yet another lesson in being patient! We know that she will come when she is ready, and at our appointment with our Midwife on Tuesday everything looked great! She has a strong heart beat and is a little wiggle worm in there. 

So, as I am bouncing on my birth ball, I thought I would share some random thoughts with you all today (if there is anyone still reading! This little blog has been neglected very neglected in the past few months...)

1) I am SOOO thankful for the weather we have been having this summer! Today it's sunny and 71 degrees which is like my all time favorite weather! ....August in Chicago is usually HOT. Like 85-90 and humid. Thank you Lord for the cool weather! 

2) Even though the weather has been cool - I still have been loving anything cold. Ice water and popsicle to be specific. Outshine fruit popsicles to be even more specific. I usually have one every afternoon when I get home from work. They are made of fruits and veggies, and have not artificial colors or sweeteners in I tell myself that it's a healthy snack! 

3) We've been addicted to 3 shows this summer: Master Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Last Ship. (Well, Daniel not so much on SYTYCD...but I love the dancing!) Do you watch any of these shows? 

4) Did you read my review last week of Sarah Sundin's new book In Perfect Time? Well, guess who did? Sarah Sundin! And she left a comment! I'm so excited that she took the time to read my review - and if you are looking for a great end of the summer read - I HIGHLY recommend In Perfect Time! 

5) We put up the mirror above the sink in the basement bathroom last night and I've been working on moving our bathroom stuff down stairs - but I'm waiting until the bathroom is completely finished before I put up any more pictures of stay tuned! We still need a bit of trim and a few paint touch ups in there before it's ready for the big reveal. 

6) Being past 40 weeks pregnant is pretty frustrating. I know of 3 different people who were due after me who have already had their babies and while I'm trying to stay positive, it's very discouraging at times! Can I share a thought? If you know a women who is pregnant and past her due date - offer to pray for patients and health...but leave out any other thoughts/comments/advice unless she asks for it. (Because literally every person she talks to has been sharing that kind of stuff with her - strangers and friends/family alike). Maybe try to find something non-baby related to talk to her about because chances are most of her conversations have centered around pregnancy/labor/baby for weeks...just my perspective (and sorry if that sounds grouchy! Just being honest!) 

Ok, that's it for today...hopefully the next time I post it will be with pictures of our little girl. We can't wait to meet her!! Happy Thursday! 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Adventures in Reading: In Perfect Time by: Sarah Sundin

 I'm a huge fan of Sarah Sundin's books - you may remember reading about some of the other Sarah Sundin books here on the blog. Well, I had been looking forward to this book for quite some time and I was so excited when it finally arrived I read the whole thing in just a few days! 

The 3rd book in the Wings of the Nightengale series by Sundin, In Perfect Time follows the events in the life of Kay Jobson and Roger Cooper. As a flight nurse and a pilot, Kay and Roger are continually assigned to work the same missions together - evacuating wounded and bringing supplies to the soldiers who are fighting in WWII. Danger is a normal part of their lives, but when their plain goes down behind enemy lines, it will take all their strength and courage to make it back alive. 

Both Kay and Roger appear in the previous 2 books in the series (in minor roles), so I was very excited to read about 'their story' in this 3rd book. Sundin does a remarkable job of weaving historical truths about life during WWII and the fictional lives of the characters that she writes about. I was intrigued by Kay in the other 2 books. She has lots of pain in her past as does Roger, and that pain (and the forgiveness from the Lord) draws the two of them together...and at the same time causes them to keep each other at arms length. It was very easy for me to relate to the internal battle that goes on in a sinful person's heart when truly accepting God's unconditional love and forgiveness. Sundin's writing captures this struggle in both Kay and Roger perfectly. This story has some exciting twists and turns that I did not expect (dont worry, I wont spoil it for you!) and it is my favorite of the 3 books in the series. I would recommend this book even if you have not read the previous 2 books in the series. Sundin does an excellent job of weaving the characters together, but still keeping the stories separate enough to stand on their own. 

I did receive this book for free from Litfuse Publicity, but the opinions shared are my own true opinions of the book. 

Sarah Sundin In Perfect Time

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: 39 Weeks...any day now!

Here we go...39 weeks and SO ready to meet our little girl! 

How Far Along: 39 weeks

Size of baby: About the size of a small watermelon.

Maternity Clothes: 95% of the things I'm wearing are maternity. There are still a few non-maternity items that work.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: Yep! And this girl is getting strong! Her head is down (yay!) and her little legs like to kick my left side while her rump sticks out on the right side.

Sleep: Great...for 2 hours and then it's bathroom time. Almost like clock work, every 2 hours at night I'm up using the bathroom. (sorry if that's TMI!)

What I miss: Not much - I'm trying to relax and enjoy (what are HOPEFULLY) the last few days of this pregnancy. One thing I'm NOT going to miss is people constantly asking me "How are you feeling?"... I know it's because they want to know and care, but that question drives me crazy.

Cravings: No craving necessarily, but I've been loving watermelon, fruit popsicles, cucumbers, and berries. I really could be a vegetarian this time of year with all the yummy fresh garden produce!

Most Excited For: Getting to hold our little girl in my arms - and to be able to sleep on my stomach or back again after she is born! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Adventures in Reading: Silenced by Dani Pettrey

Normally I enjoy historical fiction for my "fun" reading. But when this book came up on the Bethany House blogger review list, I was intrigued by the description. 

"Jake Knew Something Was Wrong. 
But He Never Guessed How Wrong. 
A relaxing day of rock climbing takes a disturbing turn when Kayden McKenna's route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Is it a terrible accident or something darker? When the case is handed to overburdened sheriff Landon Grainger, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With Jake's past now revealed, he's ready to use his talent for investigation again--but he could never prepare for where the mystery will take him."

My thoughts: I very much enjoyed Dani Pettrey's style of writing/story telling. It was an easy to follow story line (good 'summer beach reading') with lots of action, details, and shocking plot twists and turns. This is the fourth book in Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series. While there were a few points in the book that I felt like I may have been missing some information/back story that was in a previous book, especially when it came to some of the not-so-main characters. (Although after reading book 4, I would like to pick up the previous 3 books in the series!) Maybe if I had read the other books, I would have not been as surprised at the twist near the end of the book. But this story really kept me turning the pages and saying up past my bedtime until the very end! 

*This book was provided free of charge from Bethany House Publishing, but the thoughts in this post are all my own true opinion.