"In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps."

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Bill Bergen of Baby Guessing

I'm so excited! I actually have two friends that are pregnant with me, and they are due February 10th and 16th, my friend Jessica and my friend Elysha! Jessica found out on Monday that she is having a girl, and we were all convinced that she was having a boy. Elysha found out today that she was having a boy, and we were all convinced that she was having a girl. Our three babies are going to have so much fun on their playdates!

As for Nick and my baby, we've decided not to find out the sex. I will say that I am so glad that no matter what I can't be the odd girl out in our trio! I was secretly hoping that we would all have one sex or another so that they could all play, but I figured that there was only a 12.5% chance of that happening. They can still play of course, but they will want to be doing very different things before too long.

As for guessing on the sex of our baby, I give up, I am never guessing the sex of a baby again... I am always wrong. Let's review my sad, sad history of guessing gender in the unborn:

Lacey - Boy, RIGHT! The ONE AND ONLY TIME.
Emily - Girl, WRONG
Angie - Boy, WRONG
Staci - Girl, WRONG
Jessica - Girl, WRONG
Elysha - Boy, WRONG
Tiffany - Boy, WRONG
Ryan - Boy, WRONG
Kacy - Boy, WRONG
Shella - Boy, WRONG

There are others, I just can't think of them. So I've officially retired because there's a 0.01% chance that someone could be wrong about this 9 times in a row, but somehow I've managed to pull it off.

I do however, love to hear everyone else's guess about the Wannton! :)

Well, we've had breakfast yes, but...

I think being pregnant may be turning me into a Hobbit. I've always felt as though I have lot in common with those little creatures. From the soles of my leathery feet to my diminutive height, I've always felt a kinship with them.

Well, my eating habits now seem to be slowly evolving into those of a hobbit as well.

Hobbit meals:

*breakfast
*second breakfast
elevenses
*luncheon
*afternoon tea
*dinner
supper

*The meals I eat.

And I've even been know to occasionally have supper after dinner!
Oh dear, by the time I'm 9 months, I will have worked my way up to all SEVEN meals!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

There is a season.

I wanted to share this from my friend Jessica's blog:

http://www.biblesociety.ca/free_scriptures/escriptures/ecclesiastes3/ecclesiastes3.html

In this life, we will have many seasons, sometimes we are in a difficult season, but sometimes we have a joyful season. Don't forget, that no matter how bad of a season you are in, this too shall pass.

Enjoy!

Monday, September 28, 2009

Israel, oh, Israel

I'm not someone who follows news from the middle very closely, but I do keep up on it fairly regularly. Like most evangelical Christians I am an avid supporter of Israel, and I was horrified by Obama's speech to the UN and his treatment of Israel. Its really just an extension of what we have seen the past nine months since his inauguration... but still. I did not think he would be so blatant about pulling all support from them. How the hect is Rahmbo taking all of this?

Again like most Christians, I believe that one of the reasons that the United States has been so successful is that God keeps his promises, and he has said "I will bless those who bless you (Jacob/Israel), and those who curse you, I will curse." I fully believe that once we withdraw support from Israel, we are doomed. God will take care of his own, Israel will be fine, but the US will have missed an opportunity for great prosperity and possibly will have brought about its own destruction.

Anyway, there were two very compelling articles on Townhall.com today. One was by Star Parker (one of my favorite conservative writers!) on Mike Huckabee as a possible Presidential candidate for 2012. I did not realize that Huckabee's stance towards Israel was the same as my own. This makes him a bit more compelling to me, I admit that I had been leaning towards Mitt Romney, even over Bobby Jindal.

Excerpt from the article:
"Huckabee courageously stated during a recent trip to Israel opposition to creation of a Palestinian state.

He pointed out appropriate concern when 20 percent of the population of Israel is Arabs but the Palestinians demand zero Jewish presence as a pre-condition for the state they say they need."


Found here: http://townhall.com/columnists/StarParker/2009/09/28/huckabee_shows_republicans_the_way?page=1

The second was by Caroline Glick, who I don't read regularly, but this article was very good and a great summary of the Obama administrations stance towards Israel.

Excerpt from the article:
"In the meantime, in his address to the UN General Assembly on Wednesday and in his remarks at his meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas on Tuesday, Obama made clear that, in the words of former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton, he has "put Israel on the chopping block." He referred to Israeli communities located beyond the 1949 armistice lines as "illegitimate."

Moreover, Obama explained that Israel can no longer expect US support for its security if it doesn't bow to his demand that it surrender all of the land it has controlled since 1967."

Found here:
http://townhall.com/columnists/CarolineGlick/2009/09/28/an_enfeebled_obama

"But you, O Israel, my servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
you descendants of Abraham my friend,
I took you from the ends of the earth,
from its farthest corners I called you.
I said, 'You are my servant';
I have chosen you and have not rejected you.

So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
All who rage against you
will surely be ashamed and disgraced;
those who oppose you
will be as nothing and perish."
Isaiah 41:8-12
Some people may think I'm nuts, but I have doubted God too many times only to be proven wrong to not believe that he always keeps his promises.
If you doubt... just look at Jimmy Carter, heh heh.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

No!

So I was perusing the news today, and I found this article:

More school: Obama would curtail summer vacation


I find this upsetting for many reasons and I see the motivation behind it. The gist of the article - Obama thinks we should lengthen school days by up to three hours and cut back on the number of vacation days.

Some quotes from Obama's education secretary, Arne Duncan:

"Young people in other countries are going to school 25, 30 percent longer than our students here. I want to just level the playing field."

"Those hours from 3 o'clock to 7 o'clock are times of high anxiety for parents. They want their children safe. Families are working one and two and three jobs now to make ends meet and to keep food on the table."

A few thoughts come to my mind:

I've been thinking that our kids need less school NOT more of it. Study after study has been showing that our kids are stresses, overworked, overextended, and FAT. They need more time to be kids.

Another thing that studies after studies have shown. Kids are actually dumber for every year spent in public schools. More on that here: http://townhall.com/columnists/WalterEWilliams/2009/06/03/dumbest_generation_getting_dumber.

We also need to streamline our curriculum and offer depth in a few core subjects, not the giant breadth of subjects currently offered. Honestly, can we make sure kids can read and do basic math before we try to shove anything else down their throat?

I already wrote extensively on Teacher's Unions and the increased Washington control over our school districts, so I won't go into that again. More on that here: http://storilayne.blogspot.com/2009/04/unions-real-public-school-menaces.html.

This is just another manifestation of Obama and his far left agenda. He knows that people would never, ever go for state run day care programs, but who could argue against more education?

Has anyone seen the online adds aimed at mothers saying, "Obama wants you to go back to school!" Because obviously stay at home mom aren't adding any value to our country! I think its horrible.

Our children need less time in government institutions, not more! I really think that Obama is looking for anyway to indoctrinate children into the belief that Government (Big Brother) is your friend. He'll be gone in a few years, but anything he can do to extend Democratic control and make it permanent, he'll attempt. If more government is good, then its a no brainer to support the party that advocates for more of it.

I think its especially horrid that they are using inner city kids to justify the expansion of public schools. The Democratic party has done everything they can to destroy inner city families and keep them as a permanent voting underclass, so now this is their solution to the problem that they created. Typical government, create a disaster through myopic legislation, then create an even worse solution to the problem! GOVERNMENT IS THE PROBLEM.


And another thing, the other day he was flapping his gums about how every kids needs to go to college. I'm sorry, but college isn't for everyone, and that's okay. I think that we need to expand the options available to kids. Some people are better with their hands and should be encouraged to look into trade schools. There are a lot of options out there, and they equally as important to a functioning society as lawyers, doctors, engineers, etc. How long would we last without garbage men? As usual, Democrats offer a one size fits all solution to an issue that is incredibly diverse. Obama is an elitist, so to him, people without college degrees are worthless. People with college degrees from the wrong schools are less capable and less intelligent than him. Obama knows best.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Bargain Betty Strikes Again!

I am just on a roll! Nick and I bought the crib and changing table today. We hadn't planned on buying a crib for a few months, but my mom called and she had been poking around on Craigslist in Houston, and found a GREAT DEAL! The crib and changing table were solid wood and only $375. It also comes with a mattress that has only ever had a plastic covering on it.

I had been having a hard time deciding on the color... do I want white, expresso, honey??? I just couldn't decide. This is pretty neutral, but I want my nursery to be soothing, and its so cheap, I won't feel bad if I decide to paint it a fun color. I have always wanted to do that!

I do, however, plan to splurge on the glider! I want to get a really comfy one since I'll be spending so much time in it. We've decided against using a bassinett in our bedroom, so I want one that is really comfy for all of the many late night feedings.

I am so happy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Skits I'd Like to See on SNL

Is it just me, or is the creativity in SNL writing not quite what it used to be? Or maybe they are just showing their true colors. Now granted, it isn't a news organization, so I can't expect them for them to remain unbiased, but whatever happened to being an "equal opportunity offender?"

I remember during the campaign, I was watching Mad TV, and they had a skit making fun of John McCain and Barack Obama (and Hillary Clinton) equally. It was hilarious and was also subtly positive towards all three candidates!

You can watch it here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAaYorwW4jk

Lately, the only the SNL can come up with are skits mocking conservatives and Barack Obama is never mocked, he's just shown as the voice of reason or they are used to highlight him positively. Remember the "Steady as Barack" skit? I just quit watching during the campaign and their special 30 minute election shows on Thursday nights leading up to the elections, I finally just gave up. In all fairness, Ben Affleck as Keith Olbermann had me howling! But again, nothing ever negative towards Obama, and rarely negative against liberals. I think that if they are going to be so blatant in their endorsement of a candidate the time should be treated as political ad time and regulated under the McCain-Feingold act.

But anyway, I don't consider myself to be a very funny person, but there are a few ideas that I would like to send their way:

1) Barack Obama and the teleprompter
Like how hard would it be to create a skit where someone misprograms the teleprompter and Barack Obama just drones on about nonsense in his usual high handed manner without realizing it. Is it any less funny than a "Bushism?" Its a sad dependency that he uses for even the shortest speeches, and its pitiful that he can barely string two words together when he's not reading directly from it.

2) His Constant Need to create "Historical Moments" and non stop attempts to drum up free press
How about his "historical" address to school children across the US? Or how about his administration begging artists to support Obama and his agenda by creating proObama propaganda? His constant making the round of news shows? Am I the only person that seems to notice that he's so busy working the press junket and making speeches that he can't possibly have anytime for governing or reading bills? Skit.

3) How about the school children seeing songs with messianic references about Obama?
Nothing there that you can make fun of and make people laugh about while highlighting the disturbing nature of this? Nope, not that SNL can think of.

4) What about the fact that he seems to be clueless about all of his controversial connections?
When asked if he had been following the the exposure of Acorn's disgusting corruption at nearly every branch investigated, Obama's response, "I haven't been following it closely." Oh sure, they are only a group that he worked for at one time, counted as one of his major supporters and contributers, and worked tirelessly to get him elected. Or how he didn't notice that the church he attended for 20 years was lead by an America hating racist? Or he didn't know that Bill Ayers was unrepentant and admitted American terrorist? I mean the skit writes itself, Obama sits around oblivious to what's going on around him, things happen right in front of his face, and when asked about it, he's genuinely "SHOCKED"!

5) Why the hell is he so scared of FoxNews?
Yes, this is the man we wanted leading the free world, he's afraid of the only network that's not licking his boots, but surely he can lead us in war and against terrorists? Not only that, but he whines and complains about it. I don't remember Bush ever complaining about a media that was vitriolic in their hatred and contempt of him. Oh no, heaven forbid Barack Obama get asked something other than a softball question! I see a skit there...

I just can't watch it anymore, and some of these skits would be too little, too late anyway. It makes me very frustrated and very tired, especially since people seem to use it obtain real news. Like for example, in a Zogby poll, 86.9% of respondents thought that Sarah Palin said that she could see Russia from her house. Tina Fey said that, NOT Sarah Palin!

It just frustrates me, but unfortunately, I've still got at least 3 more years to go before we say goodbye Barack Obama. And who's to say that whoever we elect, be they Republican or Democrat will be any better? I will say that I miss Bush, I didn't agree with him on A LOT of stuff, but I don't agree with Barack Obama on anything. It isn't just Obama-Derangement-Syndrome either. I don't dislike him just because. I know what I stand for politically, and he and I are are at two very different ends of the spectrum. Almost everything he believes, the actions he takes, I would do the opposite or do differently.

I need to apply the "Stockdale Paradox" to Barack Obama:
1) Stay firm in your belief that you will prevail in the end.
2) Confront the brutal facts around you.

“This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end — which you can never afford to lose — with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be.” ~Admiral James Stockdale

I just want a country of freemen, the original dream of our founding fathers, and we can even do it better this time around because we have abolished the original contradiction of human enslavement. Truly there is nothing new under the sun, the progressives are just trying to sell up the same model that has been the norm for centuries in almost every other country. Wealth in the hands of a small few, being distributed by a small few, while we peons beg for their handouts without the means or ability to improve our lot in life.

Don't mean to pontificate, I'm just frustrated is all.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lift Up Your Eyes

I want to lift up this family in prayer tonight, and ask anyone who finds this to do the same. This family the Sullivans have been married for 5 years, and while they were pregnant with their first baby, the wife Sara was diagnosed with breast cancer. A few weeks after giving birth to their daughter Chloe, Sara has several seizures that left her brain dead and she went to be with our Lord yesterday.

http://bandssullivan.blogspot.com/

This has had me brokenhearted all day because I can only imagine how hard it was for her to leave her husband and baby, and for the father to be left to care for his newborn. Its so hard not to feel despair and sadness when something like this happens, and to wonder why God did not perform a miracle for his faithful this time.

I keep thinking of the line from "How He Loves" by the David Crowder Band, "We are His portion and He is our prize."

One of my favorite verses is from Psalm 84:10 -
"Better is one day in your courts
than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of the wicked."

God is our prize, He is our reward. You know, I sometimes wonder what my job in heaven will be. I know that I will probably never be a spiritual giant, I am too broken, too selfish, I lack self control, I lack even a modicum of grace for democratic politicians. If he who is last shall be first in the kingdom of heaven, then I will probably have a pretty menial job. But even that will be enough just for the chance to sit at his feet and worship, even just for one day.

Haha, Nick just said I can cry for 5 more minutes, but then I need to go ahead and stop :).

But anyway, right now Sara has received her prize, and once the sadness passes and the tears stop, we can rejoice.

Hey, I think there's another bible verse there, Psalm 30:5 -
"Weeping may endure for night, but joy comes with the morning."

Have a blessed night!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Pregnancy and Random Movie Stuff

Pregnancy

I have been so sad because I haven't been able to go to church in a few weeks. I miss it. I do ok with the pregnancy sickness during the week because I think I force myself to be functional for work, but then on the weekends, everything just let's loose! I woke up yesterday morning with the right side of my face numb, which can only mean one thing... MIGRAINE! So on top of the worst pregnancy nausea and vomiting so far, I had a migraine that carried over into this morning. Nick was very sweet and took good care of me, but also couldn't help lamenting "Why couldn't you have gotten sick when your mom was here?" :).

I was supposed to have met two girlfriends for a Saturday night church date and dinner and maybe movie last night... didn't happen. Then we were supposed to go watch the Saints game at some friends' house today... didn't happen. Oh well, I think a baby is an exchange well worth it! :)

Also, I had some phone calls of concern this week, asking if I was ok because I didn't sound so good on my blog. I am great! I am so happy over the pregnancy, but I am just not enjoying the pregnancy right now. Does that make any sense? All of my symptoms are perfectly normal according to the baby books, so I don't worry about them. They are what they are. I only have two weeks to go before I am done with my first trimester, so I am keeping my fingers crossed that after those magic 13 weeks are up, I'll have energy and won't be sick anymore. In the mean time, I cry out of happiness (and horomones) over the baby all the time. I LOVE THIS BABY!

My mom's visit was awesome. I only had to worry about getting to work, and working out in the evenings. She took care of everything else! Nick and I did not want her to go. We are currently welcoming any other guests that would like to come and cook, clean and organize for us :).

Random Movie Stuff

Last night I started feeling a little bit better, so we decided to put in a movie that I had netflixed, and I think it may be a new favorite of mine, Chariots of Fire. Everyone has heard of it and most people have seen it, but I hadn't. Its a great story of a man of faith, Eric Liddle, who ran for the glory of God and even refused to run in the 1924 Olympic games on the Sabbath. I was so happy that the moviemakers didn't play down his faith and belief in God. I also really enjoyed the story of Harold Abrahams, a scrappy Jewish man with something to prove to the entire English establishment. I highly recommend this movie to anyone!

"I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure." ~Eric Liddle Also, I finally watch All About Eve... it was very good, but creepy, very creepy. It was not what I expected. I also finally just saw Slingblade, which was very good, but a little dark. I think during these days of my pregnancy I need to stick to lighter fair!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Are you ready to be revved down?

These always crack me up, and in my case anyway... they are almost always so true!


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Mama's Comin'!

No, not me. This is not about the baby, as promised, but I am so excited because my mom is coming tomorrow! Its very last minute, and soooo not like her to be spontaneous, but she called me today and said that she wanted to come and visit this week. So she'll be in tomorrow, and she'll be leaving Thursday or Friday.

I'm so happy because, well call me pathetic, but being sick, tired and pregnant, with a chaotically messy house right now, and a 12+ hour workday... I've been wanting my mommy! She'll be here to help me clean and organize and cook for me... and maybe baby me a little bit :). Nick does a pretty good job, but nothing has prepared him for the pregnancy horomones. I'm not mean, but I keep crying over nothing and I've been feeling so overwhelmed lately.

So WHOOP! I can't wait until she gets here. Tomorrow cannot come fast enough! That's her on the right with my sister (middle) and my cousin Jody (left).

Friday, September 11, 2009

First Baby Things

So, I promise that not all posts will be about the baby... promise, promise, promise, but since we just started telling people, that's all people have been asking about so its all that we have been thinking about!

But I wanted to post about a few things I have for the baby. I actually cheated. I already have the bedding! I bought it when it was on clearance. My mom was in on it, and she bought a few of the accessories that you could only buy in the store, and I bought what I could online. So, I actually already have the nursery bedding, even though its really early! Don't worry though Mother-In-Law, there's still A LOT for you to help with if you want to! I love it, and even though I occasionally see something that I think I like more, every time I look at this, I love it more and more and I'm glad that I bought it when I had the chance. Its a neutral set, which works since we don't want to find out the sex ofAdd Image the baby, and its called the "Stork" set. It works pretty well, I think its funny because at least one of my blog reading friends may remember my nickname in Junior High was "Storky"... because I was Stori and I was dorky. I'm still pretty dorky!

Here it is... do you guys like it?




The second thing Nick and I bought right after we found out we were pregnant. There's a baby consignment shop in Covington that has a lot of great baby things and most of them are gently used. This vibrating chair was only $18 and is just like new! Its still available at Target, and I think its less than $30 there, but I still like saving money. It also has little owls, along with other animals, and I have been obsessed with owls lately. I definitely plan on returning to see what else I find there.

These last items my mom bought for me. She was visiting College Station this weekend, and I asked her to pick up some newborn baby Aggie gear. I would just like to say that I am soooo glad that my husband is an Aggie, and that I don't have to compromise and put the baby in Red and Black (sorry Jessica, you know I love you!) or Burnt Orange and White (sorry Adrienne, you know I love you too!). It will only be Maroon and White for this little one, and even though I'm going to try to not be "that" parent... it would break my heart if my baby didn't want to go to A&M, I'll try my best to hide it though! I love it there, its where Nick and I met and fell in love, its where my parents met and fell in love, and its one of my favorite places. I plan to bring the baby home in a A&M outfit, just like I was! So my sweet Aunt Debbie bought this little cap and socks, and I will work on an outfit later.



This last outfit is really cute one that my mom bought out of excitement! It has a stork on it, so the baby will perfectly coordinate with the nursery. :)

That's it... what do you think?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Oh I Wannder!

Haha, getting tired of the Wann puns yet? I have quite a few more where that came from, and I mean to use them all!

Having a baby is so exciting and we are so happy, but its also a little scary. I have all of these concerns like:

What if I don't lose the baby weight? I had lost 8 pounds before I got pregnant, although I'm pretty sure that I've gained it back already :(. I hope its not too hard, I want to always be beautiful to Nick.

Is my head going to get huge during the pregnancy? I hope not, I already feel like its disproportionately large. And my chubby cheeks... even at my thinnest they are so round. What if at 9 months I'm all cheeks in my pictures?

How will the baby affect Nick and mines relationship?

Will I be able to keep my house clean and cook dinner and take care of a baby?

What if the baby has colic? What if the baby won't eat or sleep through the night?

How do you take care of a baby anyway? Will I do something permanently screw up my child?

What if my baby doesn't love Jesus and decides not to accept Christ? I don't want to give life to a child, only for them to find death. Morbid, I know, but I've always thought that the one thing I would want for my children would be for them to "love their God with all their soul, all their mind, and all their strength." My faith in the Lord did not come easily, and I had always hoped that my children wouldn't have to struggle they way I did. It would be crushing if I could not pass that legacy onto my decedents.

Haha, I just realized that if these were listed as the most important thing first, then I would seriously need to reevaluate my priorities.

Ultimately, I hope that a deeper faith and dependency on God comes from this. The best advice I ever received on raising children was from my mother-in-law, when I asked her how she raised such a wonderful son. Her advice, "I just let God raise my children." :)

"Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved..."

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Little Wannders

Nick and I are so excited to announce that we are expecting our first baby on April 12, 2009! We feel so blessed. We went in for the first ultrasound this morning and the baby is perfectly healthy and was dancing on the screen for us!

If you look, the baby's head is on the left and you can make out its little arm buds and body. In some of the picture, you can even make out its little legs. Its like the baby is laying on its side and looking straight at you.


How I'm doing:

I am currently 9 weeks and 2 days, and I feel really great. I had some nausea, but it hasn't been as bad as other people I've heard, and the past week its been minimal so hopefully its over. Its been exciting telling everyone this past week because its made it seem more real, although it was a nice secret between Nick and I. Also, I am very glad the baby has lost its tail this week :).

What the baby is doing:

Our baby is nearly an inch long — about the size of a grape — and weighs just a fraction of an ounce. She's starting to look more and more human. Her essential body parts are accounted for, though they'll go through plenty of fine-tuning in the coming months. Other changes abound: The baby's heart finishes dividing into four chambers, and the valves start to form — as do her tiny teeth. The embryonic "tail" is completely gone. The baby's organs, muscles, and nerves are kicking into gear. The external sex organs are there but won't be distinguishable as male or female for another few weeks. Her eyes are fully formed, but her eyelids are fused shut and won't open until 27 weeks. She has tiny earlobes, and her mouth, nose, and nostrils are more distinct. The placenta is developed enough now to take over most of the critical job of producing hormones. Now that the baby's basic physiology is in place, she's poised for rapid weight gain.

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