Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Drew celebrated the last day in October by moving into his new bed! Daddy finished his bed and moved it up the stairs today - in three pieces! The bed weighs over 200 pounds, I hope it doesn't fall through the floor. Drew is in love with his Daddy's custom made bed, he can jump on it and it doesn't make a sound and he can build a fort under it for himself and Kitty. Kitty also loves it because the bed is tall enough to sleep under.
Drew also dressed up like a Bee tonight and visited a few neighbors, begging for candy. He was especially fond of the orange sucker that he picked out at Mr. Roy's house. Nana also came by and took him to her neighborhood to visit some friends. What a fun day!
In all the excitement Drew did succumb to sickness. He went to school this morning and at lunch told his teacher he wasn't hungry, then he proceeded to get out his nap mat and go to sleep. Poor guy! His temp has been around 99.5 all afternoon. He mentioned his ear hurt, so we shall see how Drew feels tomorrow. If it is an ear infection, most of the time they run their course without medication. I hope the little guy feels better tomorrow! John is also feeling a little under the weather too, so it must be going around. I, on the other hand feel great, it must be all those pregnancy hormones. Only a few more weeks until we get to meet the newest Williams!
Gabe is currently rolling around in my tummy as I type. He has had the hiccups the past few days which is very cute to feel. Gabe moved head down again, so lets see if he stays put. My contractions are coming back, I haven't had many since my 24th week, it must me the ever growing size of Gabe and the fact that I am getting closer to my due today. I think my body is getting things ready. I have been having some light cramping, a lot of lower abdominal pain and my pants won't fit around my hips anymore - which should give Gabe ample room to make his descent. I am up to 167 pounds - yikes! My BP is still low and I check it a few times a week just to be sure - today it was 115/72 which is almost back to my normal BP - looks like all that water and vitamins are paying off. My next doctors appointment is on Monday morning - 11/5.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Your baby acts completely like a newborn, with her eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping. You may also find her settling into more of a routine for sleeping & awake times.
She has learned to blink. She can also see more clearly when there is a bright light on your stomach and probably has the outline of all your organs memorized!
Antibodies from your blood are being tranferred to him. These immunities continue to build until birth. Then breastmilk will add even more protection against disease.
Your baby may have already turned to a head-down position in preparation for birth. If he is your first baby, he may be settling into the pelvis with his head pressing against your cervix.
Fingernails have reached the end of the fingertips now. She may scratch her face even before she is born!
Your little one's length is 17.7 inches (45cm) and weight is 4.7 pounds (2146 g).
Monday, October 29, 2007
John just received the OK from his doctor to return to work full time. That's a huge relief since HD hadn't been giving John any hours as a part time employee. John also had an interview for a science teacher on Monday so we are praying diligently about him being hired.
Drew has not been listening as well as he should so Mommy and Daddy are cracking back down again on the discipline - evenings seem to be when it all falls apart! Drew is talking up a storm, asking tons of questions and he always has to mention his teachers "Lilo and Nene." Drew loves school and really misses the days he doesn't get to go. Daddy took Drew to the park today after school and Drew was able to play with some friends.
The pregnancy is going great, my appointment on Monday went well, I passed my FFN test and Gabe appeared to have moved head down, only to move sideways again yesterday! My BP has been lower, but I am still retaining water... yuck! I am drink about 80 ounces a day of water which is flushing a lot of the toxins out of my system. Only 2 more weeks to get to the safe zone and then hopefully another 2 weeks just to be on the safe side - maybe we will have a Thanksgiving baby! My injections are over on the 8th! I can't wait. I have been having more contractions the past few days, but I think it is because the baby is starting to weigh a lot more - 5-5.5 pounds already!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
God promises us in 2 Timothy 1:7 that he "did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power love and self discipline." and I needed to be reminded of that! I loved the part she wrote about eliminating money and fear from any major decision. My husband and I did just that this week, we eliminated fear and money from a decision we were making; immediately we felt the peace of God radiate our hearts. The fear of failure left and all that remained was that "peace that surpasses all understanding."
Grab a cup of coffee, your Bible, and enjoy!
So let's get cozy and talk about fear and death. You think I'm
kidding? What did you expect, it is October, the month we celebrate
Halloween (or not) and All Saints Eve. Either way, the holiday ahead
commemorates death and where there is death there is typically fear lurking
nearby. Call me crazy, but I decided this afternoon to talk tonight
from Job 3:25, "For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me and that
which I was afraid of is come unto me." I'm speaking at a Christian school
fundraiser and I want to share my personal experience regarding money. I
can live fairly generously and open-handedly with money because I've lost it all
before and when Steve and I hit rock-bottom financially, we discovered that God
was there. He filled up the hole with treasure more valuable than
money. Not the least of which was His presence. That is one of the
reasons why, at the beginning of this year, I could ask to be released from two
book contracts and take a sabbatical from writing, a decision that appears
fool-hardy on paper, but I know I have nothing to fear. That which I have
greatly feared before--having no money--did come upon me and I survived; even
more than that - thrived. Night before last, I had a
humongous decision to make so I called a friend in hopes that by talking it
through out loud I would hear myself come up with the right answer. At one
point I said, "One thing that has helped me in the past when I've had to make a
difficult decision is to remove both money and fear from the equation. For
me, those two things often deceptively attract or falsely repel from God's will
for my life." Once I asked myself what I would do if I wasn't afraid, I was able
to make a decision and act on it.So, let me be your friend on the other end of
the line and allow me to ask you a question. What are you afraid of this
month? Use your imagination with me for a moment. Picture yourself in
the middle of your fearful circumstances. First, how would you react differently
if I could guarantee that God is there and He will come through for you? 1
John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out
fear." I can't promise that God will show up for you the way you think He
should or hope He will. But I can tell you from experience that,
ultimately, there is nothing you are afraid of that is bigger or more powerful
than His love for you.I've recently learned this truth all over again in a very
different situation. I mustered up all my courage and risked facing one of
my biggest fears. I was terrified but I chose to jump in. Guess what
happened? No, I didn't get on the other side of my fear and wonder what
took me so long to trust. Actually, quite the opposite. Everything
my fears told me would happen, came true. That which I feared the most came upon
me.But, once again, God was there and He was enough. This loss, rather
than confirm that I should listen to my fears in the future, actually made me
braver. There is something about coming face-to-face with one of our
fears; oftentimes involving a death of sorts, and discovering that God always
wins that takes the sting out of the threat: "O Death, where is thy
sting?"I want to share one last scripture from the first chapter of Job, verse
twenty-one, that has been meaningful to me lately and I hope it will continue to
take the sting out of the fear of death for both of us. "The Lord gave and the
Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord." God is sovereign
and His character is trustworthy. We truly have nothing to fear. We can
live open-handedly. We can stand with courage. We can face our
fears. We can stare death down and say, "O Grave, where is thy
victory?" So let's celebrate death and fear this month! Because, with
Jesus, life is always on the other side of death and Love triumphs over
fear. I don't think October contains such a bad holiday, after all.
What do you think?
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Amniotic fluid is at its highest level during your pregnancy.
Your baby's head size has increased 3/8ths of an inch due to rapid brain growth.
Neurons and synapses are developing in huge numbers -- forming connections in your baby's brain will give him the skills he needs to thrive as a newborn. This week, he may be able to coordinate sucking and swallowing with breathing.
While most of his bones are hardening, his skull is quite pliable and not completely joined. The bones will be able to move slightly to make birthing easier.
You baby takes intermittent deep breaths -- of water! That's okay, though since she gets oxygen from the placenta. This breathing exercises muscles and encourages her lung cells to produce more surfactant (a protein essential for healthy lung development).
If your baby is a boy, his testicles will be descending from his abdomen into his scrotum. Sometimes one or both testicles won't move into position until after birth.
Your infant is now 17.2 inches (43.7cm) long and weighs 4.23 pounds (1918gm).
Sunday, October 21, 2007
We had a very busy week. I've posted some of the pictures = we had two Birthday's and went to the Pumpkin Patch! Drew spent the weekend with Nana and Mommy and Daddy spent their time relaxing and enjoying the opportunity for some quiet. Drew had a blast with Nana and didn't want to come home on Sunday, so Nana took him to carve his pumpkin! Then we celebrated my (mommy's) birthday that evening. John bought me a new IPOD so I've been listening to music and planting the last of my tulips in the back yard. We are still adding dirt to the flower beds - seems like a never ending process. We also watched the air show from our backyard over the weekend, so Drew is totally into jets now. He thinks that the Blue Angels is an every day occurrence since we were able to watch 2 days of practice and then 2 days of the real thing. Kitty didn't like the Blue Angels very much I think it took her back to her days in Iraq. She barked a lot and then finally calmed down. Drew is turning into a little musician, he has a little recorder that I pulled out of his closet - we now hide it a lot because he won't put it down.
John and I are going through a parenting book with our bible study called "Shepherding A Child's Heart" by Ted Tripp. This week we spent a lot of time focusing on Drew's attitude towards obedience. Drew is pretty well behaved, but his attitude behind the obedience has gotten rather reluctant. He likes to whine about doing things instead of obeying with a joyful heart. The first part of the week he wasn't took happy about obeying right away ... joyfully, but near the end of the week his attitude had improved a lot. He was even more cuddly and helpful around the house. On Friday I was cleaning up and Drew asked to help vacuum and then he found all the shoes in the house and put them in the bench where they belong. He also enjoys feeding Kitty treats and brushing her short coat. Drew and Kitty are fast becoming best of friends. Drew loves to play tug a war with her and throw her ball. Kitty is enjoying her life as a house pet, but still misses the big adventures of her past.
Oh, we had some other exciting news! This week was our first week to wear pants! Then it warmed up into the 80's mid week, but as of tonight we are falling back into the 70's during the day! Hello Fall....finally!
Thursday, October 18, 2007
We are going to the Pumpkin Patch tomorrow! I pray it is cold!
I will post some pictures soon!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Your baby is up to 3.75 pounds (1702gm) now and is 16.7 inches (42.4cm) long.
You might notice she's not moving around as much now. Don't worry! She is fine -- just running short on room. She still has plenty of growing to do though, believe it or not!
All five senses are working. Your little one is fascinated and practicing testing these out as much as possible!
Toenails are completely formed even though she may not be quite ready for a French manicure.
Hair on your infant's head continues to grow in. Will he have dad's black hair or your red hair?
Brain scans have shown that babies have periods of dream sleep (REM) starting around the eight month. What do you suppose your son is dreaming about?
Monday, October 15, 2007
I just wanted to take a few seconds to brag on my wonderful husband! I have never been so proud as I was on Friday and Saturday watching him serve people. John spent Wednesday through Saturday building and prepping for the Makeover that was sponsored by our church and implemented by the congregation. Everyone involved was a hero! The body of Christ, came together with a vision to change the community in Haltom City. This week was the culmination of all that prep work! Read the previous post in the Star Telegram for the summary of what went on. I have heard that over 120,000 was spent to remodel 4 homes and that over 30% of our congregation participated. That is huge! All the families loved their new homes and this project has opened many doors for talking about the love of Christ and being the hands and feet of Jesus.
Since I am too pregnant to help remodel a house, I brought over sugar to the 100 person crew on Friday night. That was when I first saw John's beautiful front porch, he created an English style white porch with hanging baskets. It was beautiful. I watched him humbly serve others who were not the most "handy" of people and encourage all the workers. He followed decorators around hanging mirrors and cutting crown molding. John worked from Friday and 12:00 until Saturday evening at 7:30 with only a 40 minute nap. I couldn't believe his demonstration of servant hood. The house turned out beautiful, but most of all I look at all the people he served and smile, what a picture of our Christ! I am so very proud of what John did, and thank God for giving Him the health and energy to serve in such a way. I noticed a comment on the church blog that made me cry when I realized it was about my sweet husband, it said
"My life lesson was to see a picture of how God uses us. John Williams is a walking Home Depot. John has every tool ever invented AND he knows what he is doing. He can build stuff at 1,000 mph yet he would slow down and teach guys a skill…”mark your line hear, remember the blade will do this, drill it like this.” Though he could have gone much faster on his own, he valued the importance of relationships and growing people. That is how God allows us to participate. God could do it much faster on His own but has chosen to let us be a part of His redemption. It was a really cool picture for me."
I am truly blessed to be married to such a servant leader, John is always thinking of others, especially his wife and family. I am so honored to call him mine! So many people came up to me and bragged on John, one person called him a hero. Everyone was a hero on that day, but I was deeply moved to see John using his god given gifts to bless and serve others. I beamed with pride on Friday night when asking if anyone knew where my husband John was, a sweet lady said "oh, John, he is well known around here, he can fix anything and is wonderful at teaching! You are a very lucky lady to be married to someone like that!" I hardily agreed!
I believe the best part of all the attention John was given was his humble attitude. He always seemed to deflect the attention off of himself and onto the Lord. I know the Lord gives us all skills, so all the cheers and appreciation really does go to our Lord. Thank you Jesus for this awesome opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus! What a privilege we have been given.
By TERRY WEBSTER
Star-Telegram staff writer
Four Haltom City families getting home makeovers from church
HALTOM CITY -- Four families are just a few hours away from living in their dream homes.
They were whisked away Friday afternoon to a hotel in Grapevine, where they will stay overnight while hundreds of volunteers from NorthWood Church in Keller renovate their homes.
All the families have children attending the Academy at West Birdville elementary school in the Birdville school district. For three years, NorthWood has teamed with the school, where about 90 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged.
The four families spent some time swimming and shopping Friday evening, and today they're headed to Six Flags Over Texas.
This evening, they will return to homes that have been newly repainted, carpeted and decked out with new appliances and furniture -- and maybe even plasma TVs. Children's bedrooms will be redone in themes such as Tinker Bell and Spiderman, and the kids will receive bicycles and swing sets.
"It's overwhelming," said Ronald Sims, a father of one of the families. "It's a lot of stuff we wanted to do, but have not been able to."
Sims and his wife, Tracie, and their three children are living in a home they bought from Ronald Sims' aunt and uncle.
"They rented it and some of the people didn't care," Sims said.
The house had been condemned at one point because many inside walls were removed, he said. They've been replaced, he said.
The four home makeovers are one of the many projects NorthWood Church has done at the Academy at West Birdville since 2004. The church provides tutoring and school supplies, and helped establish the Kids Cafe, which provides evening meals for about 85 children.
Improving students' living conditions can also help them in school, Principal Lindi Andrews said.
When kids have a place to live that is comfortable, they are more likely to arrive at school feeling rested and are more prepared to learn, Andrews said.
A team of several hundred NorthWood Church members -- some of them professional contractors and home builders -- began remodeling the homes Friday and planned to work continuously to finish the job for the families' return tonight.
The church focuses its outreach in Haltom City; Hanoi, Vietnam; and Puebla, Mexico, said Chris Shabay, community development director for NorthWood.
"We believe you build relationships if you stay put," Shabay said.
Teachers chose the families based on the children's potential to excel in school and their families' needs. The recommendations were given to NorthWood, which sent church members to meet the families and learn their stories.
All the families own their homes and are U.S. citizens, Shabay said.
Irma Jasso, a daytime housekeeper at the Academy, said through a Spanish translator that she could not believe that her family was chosen. She and her husband, Manuel, have a son, Daniel, who is in kindergarten at the Academy. Irma Jasso has recently returned to work at the school after undergoing treatments for breast cancer.
Juanita Maria Lopez has been caring for two grandchildren, Bryan Rodriguez, a first-grader at the Academy, and Diego Avila, who is in pre-kindergarten.
Lopez said the home makeover will help her to provide more for the children.
Fernanda Ayala said she thought her children -- Omar, a fifth-grader, and Ramiro, a third-grader -- were in trouble when teachers kept trying to contact her to set up the makeover.
Workers from NorthWood have already replaced the family's water heater, which had broken. The family had been taking cold showers and had used a space heater and the oven to heat the home last winter because they could not afford to fix the furnace.
"I hope the community knows the school is not just a place to learn," said Olga Hernandez-Coar, a reading specialist at the Academy. "We care about the families. All of them."
Out of the house
The four families were entertained elsewhere while their homes were being made over. They stayed Friday night at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Grapevine.
9:15 a.m. -- Leave hotel and go to Six Flags Over Texas
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. -- Six Flags. Money for food and games will be provided by the church.
5:45 p.m.-- Depart in limousines for their homes
6:30 p.m.-- Families return home for unveiling and celebration
7:15 p.m. -- Dinner catered in each home
7:30 p.m. -- Workers clean up.
Source: NorthWood Church
Thursday, October 11, 2007
This week has been all about the Home Makover Project! John has been working all week in the garage and at the house in order to get a jump start on all the work that needs to be done. Drew and I baked fall cookies to take over to the workers and little Gabe has been rolling around all week in my tummy. I don't know what has gotten into him, but he has discovered how to roll. My stomach lumps are always changing shape. Drew was a very quiet non mover, so this is a huge change.
I have been busy with a mom2mom group, Northwood's mentoring program, and a mom's book club! We also went out to eat with our friends the Tyson's for Zac's birthday. On Friday afternoon Drew and I get to watch little Ethan while Zac helps John on the makeover project. How fun! I've also been busy closing the books at work and cleaning up the never ending mess at home.
Drew spent Monday with Nana since it was Columbus Day - they ran errands and then went to get Drew's haircut. On Wednesday and Friday Drew has had preschool - he is learning his litter E and I and learning the colors brown and orange. He also had music, Spanish, and was able to bring his favorite book "Trusty Tried And True" for book time. His aunt Julie is visiting for a few days so Drew is very excited for the extra playmate! Lately Drew's imagination has taken over, he can be found "weeding" the yard with a stick, noises included, or blasting off of our brick pile in a rocket ship. He loves to talk and is only quiet when sleeping!
We are all anxious for the cool weather to arrive so we can visit the pumpkin patch in jeans! It has still been in the 80's during the day and low 70's at night.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The rate of physical growth slows down just a bit, but even though she doesn't get much longer, she will gain a lot of weight the rest of the pregnancy.
Fat continues accumulating. This layer of fat turns her skin from red to the rosy pink she will have as a newborn.
Calcium, phosphorus and iron are being stored and his bones are growing and hardening.
Your baby is 16.2 inches (41.1cm) long and weighs 3.3 pounds (1502gm)
His brain enters another period of rapid growth, producing hundreds of billions of new nerve cells! Amazing!
She may move to the rhythm of music. Studies with heart rates show that she also prefers some types of music to others -- already!
Lungs are the only major organ left to complete development. Remember, that while you may be anxious to meet your little one that these last few weeks can be vital - with each day increasing your baby's ability to breathe on her own.
Baby Gabe is getting big and putting tons of pressure on my bladder. I am trying to drink 80 ounces of water a day in hopes of flushing out all the toxins. Lately that has meant about 7 trips to the restroom each night - sleep is starting to get very uncomfortable!
It is all so worth it! We can't wait to meet little Gabe - only another 5-6 weeks to go!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
As for Drew and school --he is in heaven! Drew loves to go to school, or "church" as he calls it. Drew loves to talk about "teacher Lilo and Nene (Shilo & Amy). This week he learned about the letter "H" and painted hippo's and hand prints. He also enjoyed playing with orange play dough. Too fun! Drew still naps at school and has started sitting on the potty, but still hasn't actually gone to the bathroom in the toilet. He will get an M&M when he does!
My pregnancy is going well! Once the baby shower was over it finally hit me that we are in the home stretch - one month into the third trimester! Little Gabe will be here before I know it. The last few days I have started to swell, my feet and hands are taking the brunt of the water! My next appointment is on Monday when my Blood Pressure will be taken. I am downing the water like a crazy women in hopes of flushing out all the toxins! Lets pray for low blood pressure and no protein in my urine. It is still too early to talk about inductions or bed rest!
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
As part of their ongoing partnership with The Academy at West Birdville, NorthWood Church in Keller will be transforming the homes of four Haltom City families October 12 and 13. Nearly 700 members of NorthWood Church will be sprucing up the homes of four families whose children attend The Academy at West Birdville in Haltom City. According to the Texas Education Agency, ninety percent of the school’s children come from economically disadvantaged families. Last spring, children submitted essays to the school’s faculty on why their home needed a home make over. Recipient families were selected by The Academy’s faculty for next Friday and Saturday’s 24 hour make over. NorthWood members will be landscaping, painting, installing new appliances, carpet, bath fixtures, repairing roofs and providing other various minor repairs. The selected families will enjoy an evening at a local hotel and Saturday at Six Flags while NorthWood is transforming their homes. Thursday, October 11 at 7pm the families and faculty of The Academy will participate in a kick-off rally/worship service at NorthWood Church.
Since 2004, NorthWood Church has been serving staff and families of The Academy at West Birdville. In 2007, NorthWood has provided free school supplies for the children, tutoring, ESL training for parents and the Kids Café, an evening meal program for many latch-key children that attend the school. Lindy Andrews, Principal of The Academy says “it’s a tremendous encouragement knowing that there is another group of people that care as much about our students and community as we do.” When asked why the church is conducting the make over, Chris Shabay, Northwood’s Director of Community Development says, “that’s what the church should do; serve others who may not be quite as fortunate as we are. That’s really the definition of community in action.”
[If you would like to serve in this opportunity by volunteering your time or donating needed items and services, please contact the Glocal Impact Office at 817.431.2088×125. We would love to have all NorthWoodians and others join us in this effort. Thanks.
Also, don’t miss the Project Worship Service Kickoff on Oct, 11 at 7 pm in the Worship Center. We are hoping that all the families we are working with can come experience NorthWood with us.]
Monday, October 1, 2007
His head is getting larger to accommodate a period of rapid brain growth. Don't forget to continue to "teach" your baby in the womb by exposing to music, literature, and simply talking to him.
A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him. As he grows and fills your uterus, the amount of amniotic fluid will decrease. Funny, you certainly won't feel any lighter!
She spends more and more time practicing opening and closing eyelids. Her eyes can move from side to side, following a light source. She may even reach out to touch the light.
Early lanugo is beginning to disappear that served to protect your baby's skin from the water in the womb. Your little one's own hair may begin to appear.
Toenails are entering their final growth stage.
Bone marrow is now in charge of red blood cell production. These red blood cells will continue to service your child's body by transporting oxygen and removing the wastes (carbon monoxide and other gases).
Your baby has the capability now to produce tears -- yes, within the womb.
By the end of this week, your baby is now 15.7 inches (39.9cm) long and weighs 2.91 pounds (1319gm).