Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cooper Man {Our 20 week appointment}

Yesterday, my mom, Samantha, Shelia, and Mike got to go with me to the doctor for my 20 week ultrasound. Yes, it seems like a lot of people, but I can't help if everyone loves little Cooper man already lol! Actually, when we were walking to the ultrasound room, I joked about how many people I brought and they said that that was nowhere near the record of 11 I don't feel so bad! I also joked with them and said if they thought this was bad, they should wait and see what the delivery room will be like..just kidding!

Anyways, the appointment went great! Everything is where it needs to be and Cooper is a growing boy. By the way, Clay thought it was going to be hilarious if this appointment would have proved that Cooper is, in fact, an Emma...I think it might have something to do with the fact that I got my way and found out early so I could start buying things! Cooper is still a Cooper, though, no doubt about that. The ultrasound tech was fascinated with how much he was moving around. I expected this because I can feel him all day and all night. He will probably be just like his daddy and not be able to sit still...I will probably remind him of this a few times in his life, haha. "You are JUST like your daddy!!"

During the ultrasound, we could see Cooper stretch, yawn and even roll over. He rolled over at the end of the ultrasound, as if saying, "That's ENOUGH!" He is already around 10 in long! Overall, the appointment was wonderful and I enjoyed getting to see my little man again! Here is the ultrasound picture from yesterday...

Funny Happenings...{Broken Kitchen Table}

Well, everyone knows that there is never a dull moment at the Simmons' house. I cannot even imagine what our house will be like with a newborn present...Crazyville, I'm sure! We wouldn't have it any other way. We always joke and say that God must think we are pretty strong because he hands us some doozies sometimes. What happened Sunday night was by no means a doozie, but it definitely kept us laughing all night! I rarely get the chance to cook for Clay lately, because of his new job requirements. When last Sunday rolled around, I couldn't wait to cook for him and for us to have a nice meal at the table again. We were sitting at the table enjoying the meal we had cooked together and received a nice little surprise. Clay had just finished eating his meal and started on the salad last. Right whenever he took his first bite of salad, his side of the table snapped in half! The empty plate he had just eaten off of went straight to the floor and it left both of us looking at each other. He continued to eat his salad as if nothing had happened! We laughed for hours about this and both said at the same time, "that's about right"! We still can't figure out how the table snapped in half, but I guess we will be moving the new table in soon. Here are a few pictures of the table (after we finished eating and I cleaned the floor)...

House Progress...

Last weekend was wonderful! I actually spent the entire Saturday at home helping Clay with the house...which he was mighty impressed with! What's that saying..."Happy wife, happy life", well what is the saying for husbands? Anyways, we accomplished alot and the house is really starting to take shape! We put in another window and a door that will go out onto the porch in the nursery. I don't have pictures of the finished product, but I do have a picture of what I came home to last Thursday night. Clay got home from work out of town on Thursday and just felt like diving right into working on the house. Since I work until 8 pm on most Thursdays, he had to act quickly to have everything cleaned up before I got home. He moved all of the furniture to the center of the room and ripped out all of the wood paneling still left in the nursery (our bedroom). Here is the result of that...

Since we finished the window and door this past weekend, all this room needs now is sheet rock! Yippee!
By the way, here is a picture of what I saw on the back porch when I pulled up to the house on Thursday night...Clay is so lucky he cleaned up in time =)

On Sunday, my very talented Uncle Rick came over to paint our front door. The color we chose is Sun dried tomato and I am sooo happy with the way it turned out!

Clay jokes around and says that all he needed to do to the house was add a red door and I would have been happy! He's not too far from the truth, I love red doors! 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

"Heaven is for Real" {My thoughts about this book}

First of all, I am a believer and follower of Christ and know that someday I will see this glorious place. I downloaded this book to my Kindle yesterday in hopes that I would find time to read it soon. Since I was a little under the weather today, I decided that I would rest and start this book that I have heard so much about. I first heard about it on KLOVE, my favorite radio station. The host talked about the descriptive stories that the book told through the eyes of a little boy.

I could not put this book down until I finished it! I starting reading this morning and just now finished...I do have to say, I think this is the first time I have ever started and finished a book within a day's time. The book gave me a lot to think about and, at times, brought tears to my eyes. I think everyone would enjoy this book and the story it tells.

I was touched by one part of this book that told of Colton, the little boy, telling his mommy that he met his other sister in heaven. After questioning her son and herself, she realized she had never told her 4 year-old of her miscarriage due to this topic being inappropriate for a boy of his age. She questioned him and prodded for more information when the boy told her that the girl came to him in heaven and said that she was his sister. She told him that she had died in his mommy's tummy and that God had adopted her. Colton confirmed to his parents that she didn't have a name because they had not named her yet. His parents said this was true because when the miscarriage happened, it was too early to know the gender of the baby. The girl also told Colton that she couldn't wait for their parents to get to heaven!

I stopped several times when reading this particular chapter and thought about mine and Clay's personal story of losing a baby. After my miscarriage, I felt a tremendous pain of guilt and grief that was so hard to express to anyone at the time. God helped me make peace with this loss and we (Clay & I) felt comforted that one day we will meet our child in heaven. Since our latest pregnancy, I have pushed back all of these feelings and found joy in welcoming our baby in October. After reading this book, all of the emotions came back. I smiled when I read the part about God adopting the little girl. I'm sure about the fact that God has adopted our baby and I can't wait to see what he/she looks like someday.

My faith is strong and I have a relationship with the Lord. This story touched me in numerous ways and that's why I thought it was perfect for this blog.