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Spring renovations

Thoughtfully penned on March 30th, 2011 and generally concerning Goals, House, Spring is here!

It’s Spring which means it’s time for Matt and I to embark on some home renovation projects!

Three years ago we replaced the furnace (J was a week old). Two years ago we repainted the kitchen and laundry room including trim and chair railings. Last year we had the siding on the house replaced. This year we’re embarking on the biggest set of projects yet (as far as work for us Matt is concerned).

It all started when we decided to redo floors. Our kitchen floor has needed to be replaced for a while now, so that was the first project in the plan. We’ve also wanted to lay wood floors in the living room and hallway since our light colored carpet is hard to keep clean in the high traffic areas, so add that to the list.

Then, when we were discussing flooring options for the living room, we decided that we would be able to choose from more finishes if we painted the brick fireplace and hearth, the list keeps growing. And, while we’re painting, let’s go ahead and paint the walls in the living room. I’ve long (like not long after it was put on the walls 5 years ago) disliked the wall color in our living room. The amount of work that we’ll have to put into painting (the walls are painted veneer paneling) has made us put it off. However, now that we’re replacing carpet and will have the living room torn up for a while anyway, we might as well take the opportunity to make the room like we want it.

So, Matt started painting the fireplace and hearth this week, he’s planning to work on the kitchen floor this weekend, and then we’ll paint the living room walls before embarking on the living room/hallway floors.

Should be an exciting Spring!

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In a few months we’ll welcome…

Thoughtfully penned on March 29th, 2011 and generally concerning Uncategorized

another baby GIRL!

I intended to post this on Friday after my doctor’s appointment, but the afternoon was crazy and I never got around to it.

We are excited to meet her.

We are kind of sorry for poor J, growing up with three sisters.

We are a bit overwhelmed at the thought of parenting three girls (and three teenage girls…at the same time!).

We are humbled to be given another beautiful blessing from God.

14 months

Thoughtfully penned on March 21st, 2011 and generally concerning S

I am 14 months old now and…

…I am walking like a pro. I started a couple weeks after my first birthday.
…I still only have 6 teeth. Hopefully more are on their way.
…although I don’t have many words, I definitely let you know what I want.
…I sign “more” and am working on “please” and “thank you”.
…I love to play in the bathtub.
…I say “gickle gickle” and try to tickle you.
…I like to wrestle with J (until he starts to get a little rough).
…I LOVE my big sister and big brother.
…I am still comfortably in 6-12 month size clothes.
…I weighed in at 17 pounds a few weeks ago.
…I am learning to use a fork or spoon.
…I have a smile that lights up my face…when I’m willing to share it.

(I apologize for the poor quality of the picture. It was made with my phone, but I think it’s adorable.)

Five on Friday

Thoughtfully penned on March 18th, 2011 and generally concerning Uncategorized

Here’s some random for you on a beautiful Friday (at least around here)…

1. S is in one of those fun stages where she’s learning all sorts of funny things. For example, in the last week or so she’s discovered her ability to stand on her head and look backward between her legs. She’s also started spinning in circles. She is so proud of herself and both of her new “activities” make her laugh. Hilarious!

2. We’ve been on Spring Break this week, and it’s been glorious! With all we have going on this Spring (and throughout last Fall) I had forgotten how nice it is to have some down time and to set our own schedule.

3. One week from today is our big ultrasound! I am excited to see this tiny one, and, hopefully, we’ll be able to find out baby number 4′s gender.

4. Numerous people have asked us about baby names. We don’t have a clue what this baby’s name might be. Matt says there is no reason to decide until we know whether baby is a girl or a boy. So far we have some ideas, but nothing that really sticks out.

5. Matt and I celebrate our 10th anniversary in just over two months. We are planning to take a trip to celebrate, but we haven’t even decided where we are going, let alone made any firm plans or reservations. Guess we better get on that!

Have a great weekend!

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Holding us close

Thoughtfully penned on March 16th, 2011 and generally concerning Babywearing, God's at Work in My Life, Life with littles, Motherhood

A couple weeks ago my wonderful mother-in-law (known around here as Nonnie) commented saying she would like to read about what God’s been teaching me in this season of three littles. Oh the pages I could fill.

But let’s start with this one, one I’ve been meaning to post for a couple of years now…

Just over two years ago (when J was about 9 months old), I was able to enjoy a ladies’ weekend with some wonderful ladies from church. We visited a beautiful lake house owned by the family of one of the ladies and spent the weekend hanging out, relaxing, eating, and enjoying some time with just the ladies.

I had J with me that weekend (the only guy allowed!) because he was still nursing full-time, so taking him with me was the only way I could go. At one point I was wearing him in the BabyHawk and he was all snuggled up against me with his head on my chest. I love wearing my babies like that because I love to be able to bend my head and kiss the top of their sweet little head.

One of the ladies commented on how that reminded her of the way God holds us sweetly, gently, like a parent holding their child. I thought of how precious that really is. God holds us close, draws us to his chest where we hear his heartbeat, leans over and kisses us on the top of the head.

One thing God has been revealing to me over the last 4+ years that I’ve been known as “mommy” is that part of his character that is loving parent, comforter, the one who draws us near and holds us close, loving us in spite of ourselves.

Ten on Tuesday (70)

Thoughtfully penned on March 8th, 2011 and generally concerning E, J, Meme, S, Ten on Tuesday

I’m going to do something today that I haven’t done in a while. (It could be because I haven’t really blogged much in a while, but let’s not rehash that.) I am going to participate in Chelsea’s fun little weekly link-up/meme known as Ten on Tuesday.

This week’s questions are all about names. Those who know me well (and know the difficulties we have choosing names around here) know that I have some issues peculiarities quirks about names. So, I thought this one was just too fun to pass up.

1. How did your parents decide on your name?
Here’s how the story goes (correct me if I’m wrong, Mom): Mom wanted to name me Sarah Melissa, but I had an aunt who wanted to use the name Sarah for her daughter. Mom deferred, and neither of my aunt’s daughters are named Sarah. My understanding is that my name (Jana) was some kind of compromise between Mom and Dad and has some basis from Jan on The Brady Bunch. I could be wrong, but that’s the way I remember it. My middle name is my Mom’s name and my Grandmother’s middle name.

2. Do your initials (First, Middle, Last) spell out anything fun/funny?
Nope. I grew up JCW and am now JCG. Nothing funny there.

3. Did you take your middle name from childhood or did you take your maiden name as your middle name? (If unmarried, what do you plan to do?)
I kept my middle name from childhood. I love my middle name, and it is part of my family history (see answer 1).

4. Are you or will you name your children thematically (ie. same first letter, all of same origin…)
No themes here unless you consider the fact that all of our children have traditional first names as a theme. I don’t.

5. Did you decide on baby names as a little girl? Did you stick to them or change your mind?
I had a bunch of names that I liked growing up. We have used none of them. I am just fine with that.

6. Does your family have any names that have been passed down through generations?
My middle name, as mentioned above. But, more impressively, J’s first name is a family name in Matt’s side of the family that goes back hundreds of years. Like to the mid-1500′s if I remember correctly. E and S also have family names, but not ones that have been used generation after generation.

7. Do you look at the meaning of the name or just the name itself?
Both. Biblically, a name was considered to encompass the fullness of the person (personality, traits, etc). I believe there is some truth in that.

8. Do you name pets with human names (Sally, Henry) or with pet names (Fluffy, Mr. Bo Bo)?
We don’t have pets with names. I mean, we don’t have pets, so no names.

9. Are there any names that you have an affinity or dislike for based on a childhood experience/someone you once knew?
There are a few, but Matt has a bunch. That’s one contributing factor in the difficulty we have naming our children.

10. What are some of your favorite names? Why?
I love our kids names (both first and middle). They are strong names with meaning (either familial or the actual meaning of or history of the name). Here are a few more that I really like but I doubt we’ll ever use for children – Annalise, Ellen, Audrey, Claire (or Clara).