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12/12/12
Smile!










12/11/12


I love this man.


I am grateful for him and his heart and convictions. He made a hard decision- to leave a job he loves for a family he loves even more.



This has been something we've talked about a lot for quite some time now. When it came down to it, youth ministry is hard on family life. Late nights, gone for long stretches. The kids don't get to see their daddy as much as they would like. And D is the only dad they have. And they need their dad. And for that matter I need him too. I don't know how single parents do it.


{one of those times he returned from a trip and they were happy to see him}

So starting January 2nd we will see him more often- every evening and maybe even every morning before he leaves for work.



I am such a mixed bag about all of this. I am sad to see him leave a job he is soooo good at... I will miss hearing him share all of the cool things God does at the youth events and the funny stories from his perspective. I will miss the freedom we did have with this job. But on the other hand, I am excited that I will get to see him every evening and maybe every morning. That we can sleep at the same time. I am excited to see how this new routine will pan out, how it will change our days and nights. It will be weird to have weekends off like "normal" people.



But in the end, it will be a good thing.
So a new year with a new baby, a new job, a new routine to our life.





12/4/12


Well here I am, on the other side. Evalyn is here. I am healing quite nicely. I'm on my own running the household so to speak once again. And to be quite honest, it's going pretty well. Sure it's only day 3 since mom left, and we've had some rough moments. But I kind of feel like there should be more, or that I would be struggling more in my head with making decisions and navigating the rough waters of tantrums, meals, and diapers. So I am pleasantly surprised how well it is going. And to be fair, Dallas has been around more so and has been such a huge help. And I am feeling better than I thought I would. Evalyn is very laid back- well unless she is hungry and on a feeding frenzy. Sleeps a lot during the day, and will sleep at night pretty well- as long as she sleeps with me. And that I don't mind. Sometimes I actually sleep better having her close to me too.
So I should back up and tell you her birth story.
So that weekend. All weekend I was not feeling great. Super worn out. At night I was having hardcore contractions- though not regular. Come Sunday morning, I was worn out and ready for it to be Monday morning already. I was supposed to sing with the choir, but that was even too much for me.
An on top of not feeling well, I was a bit stressed. My sister was supposed to be here already to help watch the kids, however the poor gal had come down with bronchitis and needed to wait a few more days for her meds to kick in. So I was scrambling a bit. In the end, 7p Sunday evening Dallas packed up the kids and drove them an hour away to Gma & Gpa's house. This put me over the top. I cried... a lot. I wanted my "babies" close. And I was so worried about them- that this was going to be hard on them. But in the end this was best and God knew that. Plus they were so excited to go. And 2hrs after they left my contractions started up again. So a quiet house where I could lay, be still and focus on getting through contractions was a good thing. And this time they were consistently getting stronger and closer. By 11pm I was starting to get worried cause Dallas wasn't back yet. So around 11:30 when he did get home, I had him time them. At about 1:30a, I called in, told the nurses that contractions were 8-10minutes apart. They told me I should probably come in. So by the time we got there it was after 2am. From 2:30-3a they monitored me and then checked to see if I was dilated. Yep, I was at 4cm. A quick call to my doctor was made and a quick decision was made to bump me from a 7am scheduled C-section to 4am. So 4am I was wheeled down. By 4:23am she was here. :)
And later that evening, my sister arrived with my other babies in tow... and all was well in my world again. :)



12/1/12


Status:
House is clean.
Laundry is done.
Kids are fed.
Christmas tree assembled, and kid-friendly decorated... as in the kids decorated it with durable ornaments and continue to redecorate daily. :)



My mom is gone. :( It was so nice to have her here. She is a super blessing. Hopefully we didn't wear her out too much. Thanks to her I got to stay up late and spend time with my Dallas and sleep in every single morning after a bizarre night with Evalyn. Dallas and I even went to a dinner and a movie. I didn't have to cook, do dishes, laundry, bath times, really much of anything except take care of myself and Evalyn. And thanks to her I feel like I know this little lady pretty well. And I also feel rested and ready to take on 3 kiddos on my own- at least for tonight. :)



Thank you mom for your servant heart and for loving on us this past week. You are a gem. And I hope someday I get to do this for my 2 girls.




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