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. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Adventures in the Basement: 4th of July Basement Projects Over The Years

For the 3rd summer in a row, the 4th of July has been filled with basement projects.
(Pause, I realize we are a week past July 4th...but things just move a little slower now a days...)

2013 ~ Drywall 

And now 2014 we completed a bunch of 'small' projects (that are only small in comparison to the years past!) 
Daniel finished making and installing our new vanity counter, sink, and faucet.

Installed the shower light and rain shower head.

Painted the closets and started installing some shelves.

In the past few weeks we have been finishing up the drop ceiling.
Painted the baby's room and got carpet in both bedrooms.
Installed ceiling fans
And we also had the floor in the family room installed.

The list of projects is slowly growing shorter! Which is a good thing because in about 4 weeks we will be a family of 3! Still to be finished: install baseboards and trim around the doors, caulk and paint trim, get a closet door for baby room, paint bathroom vanity cabinet, get mirror for above the sink, finish stairs to 1st floor, organize and move out all tools and construction items so we can have a baby safe basement...

Friday, July 4, 2014

Adventures in Pregnancy: 35 Weeks

Soooo....I'm pretty bad at keeping you all updated on things at the moment! I've started this post 3 different times. 33 weeks, 34 weeks, and now that I'm almost 35 weeks I'm finally hitting publish! Here we go:

How Far Along: 35 weeks (tomorrow)

Size of baby: About the size of a honeydew melon (about 18 inches and 5 lbs)

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! She has been enjoying stretching her legs and smashing my ribs together...not so fun! 

Sleep: Accepting the new normal of getting up every few hours. Right now it's to use the bathroom, but when she gets here it will be feeding and changing - good practice I guess!!

What I miss: Lots of things - being able to pick things up off the ground easily, not bumping my belly into the edge of the sink when I wash the dishes, being a normal temperature (I'm hot all the time!), being able to go more than an hour or 2 without using the bathroom (she loves to kick my bladder...), being able to see my whole shirt and know if it is dirty...But I know all of these things are totally worth it!

Cravings: No craving necessarily, but I've been loving watermelon, fruit popsicles, cucumbers, honey wheat pretzels.

Most Excited For: Getting carpet in the nursery (tomorrow) and setting up her room! And meeting our baby girl in about 5 weeks.