Unexpectedly Expecting

The Adventures of One Woman's Journey Into Motherhood

Healing is coming!!!

A new day has dawned.

Although we still have seen the effects of Noah’s allergies, I’m firmly believing that God has healed my little man.  Circumstances will not dictate the healing that is coming.  I believe God’s Word that says, “By My stripes, you have been healed.”  He is healed.  Period.

Recently, we went out to eat at a local BBQ restaurant.  They serve hushpuppies as an appetizer, which we thought we had given to Noah previously.  So we proceeded to give him two of them.  As we went through the meal, we were very careful to not get any dairy in or near his food.  Noah started coughing just prior to leaving the restaurant but we thought he just needed to drink.  (He has a tendency to not chew his food well so it causes him to cough and sometimes throw up his food.)

As we were getting in the car, his coughing was getting worse so Joel had me ride in the back with Noah.  Joel then made a comment that he was glad we had made it through another meal without any allergic reactions.  His statement couldn’t have been more inaccurate.  :\

As we started home, I noticed that Noah was wheezing so Joel and I agreed that I should give him a small dose of Benadryl.  Upon our return home about 30 minutes later, his wheezing was not any better and he was breaking out in hives.  So I gave him a little more Benadryl.  After what seemed like an eternity, his wheezing finally subsided but the hives were much worse and all over his little body.  Plus, he was warm to the touch so we decided to give him a lukewarm (at best) bath.  And then I put some baby oil in some spots to help with the itching.  That seemed to work and we laid him down for the night.

About four hours later, Noah woke us up crying.  I went in to his bedroom and found him lying down crying.  I started rubbing his back when he started vomiting.  It was violent and very troubling.  After he was done, Joel picked him up and just held him.  Noah was shaking uncontrollably but again, his skin was warm to the touch.  He only had a slight fever so we decided to put him in the shower with Joel to help cool his skin.

His shaking just continued but his fever was progressively going down.  After the shower, Joel sat with him in the glider for a while.  Noah was trying to do things as he normally would but was just too weak to do anything.  In the end, he vomited two more times before finally, essentially, passing out in my arms.

Joel put the futon mattress on the floor in Noah’s room and Noah and I laid down to “sleep” the rest of the morning.  (I say “sleep” because it was anything but sleep for me.)  Around 5 am, Noah started stirring some so I put him in his own bed and found my way to ours.  He ended up sleeping until around 9:30 the next morning.

I have been crying out to the Lord on Noah’s behalf.  I know it is “just” allergies but it can be a serious issue if not corrected soon.  I long for Noah’s healing just as much as I longed for Joel to be healed after his stroke and for my healing after Noah’s birth.  I don’t see the fruit yet… but I will.  I believe it!!

In other news, Noah is starting to say a few more words because I keep prodding him along.  He’s now saying “stick (sdick),” “truck (duck),” “yellow (yalla),” “apple (ah uhl),” and of course “mommy (nana)” and “daddy (dadee).”  He’s also learning his letters like a pro!  He can find almost any letter in the alphabet upon request.  He can’t say them yet but the fact that he can point to them is pretty impressive!!  I bought some ABC flashcards today at the dollar store to take with us to Florida soon.  Hoping he will enjoy them as much as I think he will.

We’re heading to the pool twice this upcoming week along with a trip to Florida so I decided to finally buy him some sunglasses.  He’s not used to wearing them yet, but I know they’ll help keep his little eyes from hurting in the sun.

We went to Bibi’s pool last month and were having a great time until I noticed Noah’s skin breaking out under his shirt.  After leaving the pool and heading inside, I realized that his entire upper body was covered with red splotches.  I was concerned that he was having a reaction to the sunscreen I used, but wasn’t sure since it is an all-natural brand without any funky ingredients.  Then I thought it might be the shirt since it was a hand-me-down and had some stains on it.  Since we never truly knew for sure, I assumed it might have had something to do with the pool water and left it at that.

Well, fast forward to the end of July and the three of us take an afternoon trip to the Tallulah River to hang out in the water and let Joel do some fishing.  As soon as we parked the car (literally), it started to rain.  I wasn’t too worried about it since the whole idea was to get Noah in the water and out of the house.  So I donned my poncho and Noah and I set off for the river.  About ten minutes into him playing in the water, I noticed his skin was breaking out again.  He had the exact same outfit on that he had worn to Bibi’s house that day at the pool.  However, I didn’t put any sunscreen on him for various reasons.

After about twenty more minutes of me and Joel deliberating about what to do, we decided that Noah was too chilled to keep playing in the rain without his shirt on.  And I was still trying to figure out what in the world could be causing him to break out.  Was he suddenly allergic to water?  No, he takes baths all the time.  Was it something in the shirt?  Well, I washed it before he wore it the first time and again since wearing it.  I have NO IDEA what caused him to break out.  But as soon as we took off his shirt and changed him into another outfit, his skin cleared up fine.  So the shirt is in the donation pile now and will never be worn by Noah again.  And because I’m always concerned about sun poisoning, I’m now in the market for a good UV swim shirt that would prevent us from having to put as much sunscreen on him.  (I had sun poisoning MANY times as a child.  It was horrible!!)

So, that afternoon was pretty much spent driving to the river and back home since our time at the river was very limited.  <sigh>  (It did start thundering and lightening about the time that Joel decided to go fishing while Noah and I warmed up in the car.  So our time there would have been shortened anyway.)

We wanted to do something fun one day, so we went up to Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.  As soon as we got there, it started pouring down rain.  (Maybe we should see a trend here, huh?)  We didn’t care as we had brought our rain gear and were excited about getting out and playing in the rain.  Dry Falls is not aptly named as it is nowhere near dry.  And this day, it was raging!!  It’s really cool though because you can hike behind the falls to the other side.  So we ventured out and had a great time just being that close to a waterfall with so much power.

On a side note, some of you may know that I’ve been venturing into the natural products arena for a while now.  I have officially started using lye soap, buying it locally to support our local economy and because I know the sources.  I’ve also started washing my hair with vinegar, using the lye soap about once every 2-3 days to get some of my grungies out.  I have been making my own laundry detergent, which is going well.  And I just started making my own face wash out of oil.  We’ll see how that goes.  Oh and I started using deodorant and not anti-perspirant.  (Hoping to make my own deodorant in the future, but for now, Tom’s of Maine works just fine.)  And, I’ve started using tooth powder instead of toothpaste.  I was really surprised at how salty the powder is but I love how clean my teeth are!!

So, yeah… I’m working on converting our home cleaners to more natural products.  Really helps when you can get free product coupons sometimes.  And since I keep winning stuff, I’ve gotten some nice lotions and lip balms to try as well.  Anyway, there’s something about knowing I’m making a difference with my overall health by using natural products that really motivates me.  And, as a friend once said about making her own products, “I love beating ‘the man’!!”  🙂

Oh and I started making my own bread about six weeks ago and haven’t looked back.  We haven’t bought bread since I started, which is a great feeling!  And I know the ingredients that are going in to my bread… and can pronounce them!  Woot!

Just started planning little man’s 2nd birthday recently.  I’ve been procrastinating because I just didn’t want to do something big like last year.  That was great for his first birthday but not his second.  So Joel and I decided to have a kids-only bash with Noah’s closest buds and all of their stuffed animals.  I’m super excited about it and Joel’s even jumped on the bandwagon quickly.  He found some rubber animal noses that we’ll give to each of the kiddos to wear.  And I’ll make party hats for the kids and their animal friends.  Thankfully Noah’s not that popular because we don’t have space for more than the eight friends we’re inviting.  🙂   Oh and my super cool cake decorating friend is going to make a cake or cupcakes that are completely vegan!!!!!  So incredibly excited about that!  And get this, the cards I ordered were going to cost a small fortune just for ten of them.  But I found a coupon code online and got them for FREE and paid only the shipping!!  I couldn’t stop smiling from that one!!

I can’t believe I almost forgot to talk about Joel’s friend from Illinois coming down to stay with us for a week.  He brought the BEST PRESENT EVER for Noah… Duplo Legos!!  I’ll admit, I’m a little addicted to building with them.  I’m hoping he gets even more so I can build even bigger towers!!  {hint, hint}  😉   Seriously though, there is rarely a day that passes by when Noah doesn’t play with his legos.  He loves playing and building with them!!

Otherwise, this past month has been pretty uneventful.  (After reading all of that, it doesn’t sound too uneventful, huh?)  Noah and I have been hiding out in the house because of the rain, heat, and mosquitoes.  I know it’s just a season, but this feels like a really long one to me.  I keep having to remind myself to get Noah out of the house several times a week just to get him out.  Otherwise, I’d stay inside all the time.  🙂

Well, I’ll wrap this one up for now since I have a ton of pictures to go through.  To be completely transparent, the pictures are the most challenging part about this blog.  I think I might post more often but get discouraged uninterested when I think about all the pictures I have to go through to post on here.  And to make matters worse, I end up editing almost all of them too which is even more time.  Joel’s encouraged me to just post without pictures.  And I have, but little man is so cute and growing up so fast that I want everyone to see just how cute he is!  🙂  Anyway, just thought I’d throw that in.  Enjoy the pics!!

As I’m going through the pictures, I realized that I forgot to mention two more things.  The first one being that Noah is finally smiling for the camera.  If I can capture it in time, he will now smile on cue for pictures.  It’s the cutest thing ever!!  The second is that we’ve reluctantly adopted a cat.  Well, he adopted us, but only because we started feeding him!  He’s a sweetheart and loves Joel.  His name is Bo.  (He showed up after it had rained for an entire week.  So I thought that he was our rainbow.  But Rainbow is not a very manly name for this kitty.  Hence the name Bo.)  He’s absolutely going to be a big cat.  I’ve had to fend off a dumb Siamese cat three times already who thinks that Bo is on his territory.  (They even broke through a couple of our screens on the front porch.)  But since the last fight, I think we might be in the clear for a little while.  Just need to get the guy fixed and then things will definitely calm down.

Ok, now for pictures.  🙂

Sitting up like a big boy on the front porch!

Sitting up like a big boy on the front porch!

I think someone had spaghetti for dinner.  I'm not sure though.  ;)

I think someone had spaghetti for dinner. I’m not sure though. 😉

Eating watermelon like a pro!!

Eating watermelon like a pro!!

Noah woke up with some seriously bad hair one day after a nap.  Ha!

Noah woke up with some seriously bad hair one day after a nap. Ha!

Eating a rice cream bar for dessert.  Loved it!!

Eating a rice cream bar for dessert. Loved it!!

Almond pudding cup for dessert... priceless!!

Almond pudding cup for dessert… priceless!!

The boy has finally decided to enjoy bananas!!  I can hardly get through the store with them in the cart!

The boy has finally decided to enjoy bananas!! I can hardly get through the store with them in the cart!

Silly daddy dress-up day!!

Silly daddy dress-up day!!

Just chillin' with Uncle Jim.

Just chillin’ with Uncle Jim.

Enjoying the outdoors with Uncle Jim and Daddy.

Enjoying the outdoors with Uncle Jim and Daddy.

Showing off!!  My veggie kabobs that I made.

Showing off!! My veggie kabobs that I made.

Hanging out at the park one day.

Hanging out at the park one day.

Helping Mommy make pancakes.

Helping Mommy make pancakes.

A visit with Great Papa! :)

A visit with Great Papa! 🙂

Loving the water at Tallulah Falls.

Loving the water at Tallulah Falls.

Riding around with Lucy Jo at Tallulah Falls.

Riding around with Lucy Jo at Tallulah Falls.

Noah and Bibi sharing a picnic at Tallulah Falls.

Noah and Bibi sharing a picnic at Tallulah Falls.

Bandana!!  Such a sweetie!

Bandana!! Such a sweetie!

Watching our new friend, Bo.

Watching our new friend, Bo.

Spying on Bo again from the window.

Spying on Bo again from the window.

Sweet sweet kitty.

Sweet sweet kitty.

At Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.

At Dry Falls near Highlands, NC.

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Dry Falls

Enjoying the coloring project at the library with Jubilee.

Enjoying the coloring project at the library with Jubilee.

Mommy!!!  Help me!!!!  (These girls love Noah D. too much sometimes!)  :)

Mommy!!! Help me!!!! (These girls love Noah D. just a little too much sometimes!) 🙂

Having fun on the sit-n-spin at the library.  Wheeeeee!

Having fun on the sit-n-spin at the library. Wheeeeee!

Having a blast on the see-saw!!

Having a blast on the see-saw!!

See-saw with Mercy at the library.

See-saw with Mercy at the library.

Walking the Sam Shortline Trail in Tallulah Falls.

Walking the Sam Shortline Trail in Tallulah Falls.

Absolutely LOVE to read books with my daddy!!

Absolutely LOVE to read books with my daddy!!

An afternoon at Bibi's pool.

An afternoon at Bibi’s pool.

Selfie at Bibi's pool.

Selfie at Bibi’s pool.

Just sheer happiness!!

Just sheer happiness!!

Wearing Daddy's shirt... and loving it!

Wearing Daddy’s shirt… and loving it!

Checking out the koi pond in Clarkesville.

Checking out the koi pond in Clarkesville.

Helping Mommy plant herbs.

Helping Mommy plant herbs.

At Henderson Falls with a bunch of kiddos.

At Henderson Falls with a bunch of kiddos.

Having fun eating a peanut butter burrito.

Having fun eating a peanut butter burrito.

Noah making his silly face.  Another new funny thing he does.

Noah making his silly face. Another new funny thing he does these days.

Finally learned to smile for the camera.  Cheese!

Finally learned to smile for the camera. Cheese!

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A little forgiveness is requested

Somewhere in the middle of 21 and 22 months, I’ve decided to give myself a little room to just be me.  I’m not going to be one of those moms who spends all day at a computer and loses time with her precious little one.  There are plenty of those kinds of moms out there, trust me.  That’s just not going to be me.

I say all that to say that I’m still going to try to post monthly updates, but I may not be able to each month.  Noah is getting more and more active which is requiring more and more of my time and attention.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it, but it’s challenging keeping up with the house and Noah at the same time.

I’d also like to confess several things.  First, I’m not perfect and never have been.  I’ve never thought I was, per se, but I really don’t think so now.  I am still learning and growing as a person, a wife, a Believer, and a mom.  And I pray that I will always continue to learn and grow in this life.  As I get older, I see more and more evidence that I am not who I once was and I am not the person I want to be.  I’m always somewhere in the middle.  Thankfully, I have a wonderful Father who is very patient, always kind, and loves me for who I am now and who He sees I’m becoming.  I also have a wonderfully kind and patient husband who is very supportive of me and my many moods.  He is the best father Noah could ever have and the most incredible husband I could have ever imagined for myself.

Second, I’m not defined by what the world sees or says about me.  I am who my Father says I am.  If that doesn’t meet someone’s expectations, then I’m sorry but you’ll have to talk to Him about it.  Of course, I will do things my own way at times, deviating from the path He desires of me.  But my first and foremost goal in life is to please my Father.  I don’t do that often enough and that has to change.  If I desire to see Noah walk in freedom in Christ and know the Father better than He knows us, then I have to provide that example for him now so he can walk it on his own one day.

Third, I’m learning to be comfortable in my skin.  For almost my entire life, I have been severely afraid of what you think about me.  It has strangled me.  But it is losing its hold on me.  Fear has long been an issue for me, but God freed me several years ago from a deep-seeded fear of just being.  Recently, I was made aware of this other kind of fear in my life.  I’m sorry to say that it was so paralyzing to me that I would have rather let someone lose their life than to do something others would use against me.  Horrible, I know.  But with the lie of fear residing in a place of Light now, it can no longer hide out in the dark space I had made for it.  God’s transforming me again.

Fourth, the past two months have been the most challenging months of my life.  Without delving into details, my parents are going through a divorce after 48 years of marriage.  You would think that at the ripe age of 40 I would be able to handle this like an adult.  I hate to admit that I feel like a little kid most of the time, just wanting it all to go away or to all go back to the way it was when we were all happy.  Either way, as I sit here and cry over the loss I understand that Christ is ultimately in control of my life.  Although we have the ability to make choices that don’t always coincide with His Word, He is always going to be there to guide us back to His path for our lives.  We may have to go around a mountain ten times before we learn our lesson, but His patience with us is certainly more than we could ever hope to understand.

Interestingly, Abba Daddy saw what was coming long before I did and knew what I would do and need during this time.  He knew that in my praying for certain things with my family I actually needed these things in my own life.  He has shown me who I am in Him and who I’m not in this world.  I honestly can say that I never imagined that praying for something for someone else would actually change me.  But His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts.

<Whew>  I’m glad to get that off my chest.  Now the pressure is off and I can just be who I am, right?  Well, I’m getting there.  🙂

In the land of Noah Daniel, a lot of changes have taken place recently.  First, he is now peepeeing on the big potty.  Woohoo!  Don’t misunderstand me when I say that because he is NOWHERE NEAR potty trained!  (I just got home from the grocery store where he had peed out his pull-up and all over the cart cover.  Didn’t know this until I pulled him out of the cart.)  But, we’re making progress in the right direction.

Second, Noah has started running all over the place.  And I don’t mean a soft little jog but a full-out run.  He’s so cute when he swings his arms around.  Just this morning he was running around in circles on the front porch.

Third, we are very excited to say that we are (hopefully) going to leave him with some friends of ours over the next couple of months.  Seems that we might need some parenting skills and the videos are 16 hours long, I think.  So we have some sweet friends who are gracious enough to keep up with little man while we go get ‘schooled’ for being parents.

Let’s see, what else… Noah’s now famous phrase is “nuh uh” while vehemently shaking his head.  He generally answers “no” to everything except food-related items like snacks, waffles, and then of course, outside.  Just recently, he’s started trying to say “yellow” so, again, progress is being made.

Since my last update, we spent a week in Virginia at the farmhouse we love.  It rained for the first four days we were there, except for a half day on Tuesday.  The break in the rain allowed us to venture out to Grayson Highlands and hike up to the AT.  We saw our ponies there and enjoyed our time while there.  Interestingly enough, there were two guys with guitars strapped to their backs hiking up at the same time.  They were being videoed and recorded, so we decided to talk to them.  Turns out we were meeting the Okee Dokee Brothers from Minnesota.  (Grammy-award winning artists for children’s music or something like that.)  Anyway, that was pretty cool.

The rest of the week, we enjoyed just spending time together.  We ended up extending our trip so Joel could get some much-needed fishing time in.  Thankful that he did because he ended up catching a ton of fish on Friday, which always makes him happy.  And a happy dad makes us all not sad.  🙂

I was recently interviewed by a vegan blogger in Austin.  You can check out that interview here:  http://www.thelittleredjournal.com/2013/06/kristin-adopting-plant-based-diet-after.html.  I was super humbled that Kelsey would want to include me on her blog.  I’m very thankful for the opportunity to answer her questions.  It was really fun!!

Oh and I’ve been on a winning streak as of late.  I enter all of these random giveaways online and I’ve actually won several things.  I won a gift certificate to an online company that makes personalized growth charts for kids, a ballistics bag for Joel (that we sold since he’s so not into guns), some Sprout toddler snacks, 6 boxes of Kashi cereal, and a Bob Revolution SE stroller worth around $400.  I keep entering so who knows what I may win next.  🙂

Well, I think that’s enough for now.  I’m going to try to post pictures this time since I didn’t last time.  Looking forward to heading down for a family visit in Florida soon.  Guarantee that many tales will come from that trip!!  🙂

Love some PB&J sandwiches!!

Love some PB&J sandwiches!!

A visit with Aunt Hetty is always interesting!!  :)

A visit with Aunt Hetty is always interesting!! 🙂

Reading with Grandmommy.

Reading with Grandmommy.

See my belly?  Just checking.

See my belly? Just checking.

Pretty flowers and a beautiful boy.

Pretty flowers and a beautiful boy.

Listening to stories at Jubilee's super cool pancake and pajamas party!

Listening to stories at Jubilee’s super cool pancake and pajamas party!

Having fun at Jubilee's birthday party.

Having fun at Jubilee’s birthday party.

Joel being silly with a frisbee.

Joel being silly with a frisbee.

Eating corn on the cob for the first time.  Loved it!

Eating corn on the cob for the first time. Loved it!

Grandpa getting his turn reading to an avid book lover.

Grandpa getting his turn reading to an avid book lover.

Tadaa!

Tadaa!

Did you hear that?

Did you hear that?

Happy Anniversary Mommy and Daddy!!

Happy Anniversary Mommy and Daddy!!

Grandma reading one of Noah's much-loved books.

Grandma reading one of Noah’s much-loved books.

Grandma and Grandpa enjoying a visit with Noah.

Grandma and Grandpa enjoying a visit with Noah.

Giving Daddy a kiss kiss.

Giving Daddy a kiss kiss.

Cafe Intermezzo... what more needs to be said?

Cafe Intermezzo… what more needs to be said?

The Artmore hotel in Atlanta was our landing spot for our date night away from Noah.  Ahhhh!!!

The Artmore hotel in Atlanta was our landing spot for our date night away from Noah. Ahhhh!!!

Looking at the moon one night before bed.

Looking at the moon one night before bed.

My beautiful boy!!

My beautiful boy!!

Enjoying the outdoors before the heat wave!

Enjoying the outdoors before the heat wave!

Did I mention that I love getting dirty and wet?!

Did I mention that I love getting dirty and wet?!

Noah was in awe of the falls at Toccoa Falls.

Noah was in awe of the falls at Toccoa Falls.

Having fun with the other kiddos at Toccoa Falls.

Having fun with the other kiddos at Toccoa Falls.

First professional haircut... Yay!!

First professional haircut… Yay!!

Did you see that?!

Did you see that?!

Just too cute for words!!

Just too cute for words!!

Giving Mommy some much-needed alone time while in Virginia.

Giving Mommy some much-needed alone time while in Virginia.

Love riding on Daddy's back while we hike!

Love riding on Daddy’s back while we hike!

Daddy being silly in Virginia.

Daddy being silly in Virginia.

The Okee Dokee Brothers photobomb our pictures.  Ha!!

The Okee Dokee Brothers photobomb our pictures. Ha!!

I love rocks and water!!

I love rocks and water!!

Fishing with Daddy

Fishing with Daddy

Tallulah River

Tallulah River

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Better late than never

~~ I wrote this blog a month ago.  I’m just now getting around to posting it because I now have another blog to post soon.  I promise that more pictures will be posted.  But with over 1000 to go through from our trip to Virginia, I might just have to write without pics for a little.  🙂 ~~

Twenty months… 2 0 months.  Only four months away from 24 months.  What happened???

I sit here and write this as my little man takes a much needed nap.  We have been super busy over the past couple of days/weeks so I’m glad he’s resting.  (Was hoping to go to the library today for the first time for Reading Time but I’m not sure it will happen since it starts in less than an hour.)

Anyway, as mentioned we’ve had an interesting month, to say the least.  I’ll try to remember as much as possible but I know I’ll leave out some details.

Our friends, Hetty & Eric, came for a visit after Easter, which was GREAT!  We always love having them over and really miss seeing them more often.  We’re really praying that will change in the not-too-distant future.  🙂

Noah and I had a surprise visit from my uncle, Bill, and my grandfather and his friend.  Noah napped almost the entire time (ugh!) so I decided to wake him up to see his family.  He’s definitely hitting the shy stage where it takes him a while to warm up.  And, he’s just not sure what to do with people he doesn’t know yet.  But once he warms up, he’s good as gold.  Unfortunately, I didn’t even think about getting pictures.  But we have the memories, so that’s good.

Then, my parents came over for a visit one Saturday.  The night before, Noah had started coughing a little and wheezing.  I had given him some honey cough syrup that night because I thought he might have a little trouble with allergies.  The day my parents came over, he was really working to breathe.  I had read that honey is good to help with allergies.  So I gave him a little of our local honey that Joel had purchased the week before.  Since he’s never had trouble with honey, I never thought he would have trouble with it this time.  After his breathing didn’t get better, I got in touch with the pediatrician on call to get her recommendation.  In the meantime, I contacted a nurse whom we had gotten to know when Noah was born.  Based on both conversations, and a recommendation by Joel’s mom, we gave Noah some Benadryl to see if that would work.  Sure enough, he was fine within 15 minutes.  Turns out that the local honey we purchased might have some flower that Noah is allergic to during the pollen season.  So we’re not giving him this batch of honey again.  I will wait until it’s not purplish in color before I try some on him.

The following week, Joel’s parents came for a visit.  I can’t believe that they’ve already come and gone.  Seems like just yesterday we were plotting a way to go to the Wovenhand show in Atlanta while they were here.  Thankfully, they love us and Noah, so they were more than willing!  🙂

We had a great time with Joel’s parents.  And we’re so thankful that they let us stay overnight in Atlanta to get away for 24 hours.  They did such a great job with Noah while we were gone that he asked me for days after they left where they were.  He loved having them here!

So, I know you’re probably wondering what in the world we did with 24 hours away from little man.  We packed it FULL!  First, we headed down to Buford for lunch at CHOW BABY!!!  Oh yeah, baby!!  Give me some Chow Baby!!  (Sorry. I haven’t eaten lunch and now I’m hungry!)

Then, we went to Bed Bath & Beyond to exchange a gift I had received.  While there, I started talking to a young man that was helping me find the perfect replacement.  I found out that he’s from Southern Illinois.  I asked him where and he said, “Carbondale” which I thought was near where Joel grew up in Jacksonville.  So I mentioned that to him and he says that he went to college in Jacksonville!  Ha!!  So he and Joel got to chat for a bit about that.

Once done there, we headed down to the Artmore Hotel where we were staying for the night.  We chilled there for a while, just enjoying not having any responsibilities.  Joel had found a vegan restaurant just down the road for us to eat dinner.  We could have waited a little longer to eat dinner, but I didn’t want to be late for the show (the whole reason we were in Atlanta to begin with).  We had a very good dinner with plenty of time to spare afterwards.  So we headed back to the hotel and waited for a little bit before heading out to the show.

On a side note, Joel and I used to go to shows like this all the time.  We probably went to at least one a week, if not more at times.  So we knew what to expect when arriving at the venue.  However, having been removed from that scene for some time now, it is a little jarring to see and hear things in the natural and spiritual in those places.  There are some very dark places that we, as people, have grown accustomed to and maybe a little cold to what the Spirit would say to us in those places.

Anyway, so we got to the venue at 10:50 pm.  The band we wanted to see started playing five minutes later.  It was perfection!!  The show was great and probably one of the most spiritually filling shows I’ve been to in that setting ever.  It’s hard to describe the music, much less anything else.  But needless to say we had a great time.

So you would think that parents of a toddler would want to go to bed & sleep after being out until midnight and later, right?  Not these two parents.  We hit Café Intermezzo afterwards for some amazing desserts.  I had done really well with plant-based meals all day.  Throw that out the window when it comes to some Café Intermezzo dessert!!  Think Cheesecake Factory but much smaller, nicer, and without the “chain restaurant” feel.  And their desserts make Cheesecake Factory swoon!

We finally turned off the lights to go to sleep at 3:00 am!!  Our brunch was at the always delicious and interesting Original Pancake House on Cheshire Bridge Road in Atlanta.  I had this crazy veggie-filled pancake that was amazing!  We were physically tired when we finally got back home, obviously.  But spiritually and emotionally, we were as refreshed as we could have ever imagined.  Ahhh…. the memories!  🙂

So thankful, again, for Joel’s parents coming to allow us the time to relax and rest.  Loved having them here and am already looking forward to seeing them again soon.  🙂

As some of you know, Noah had a run-in with some eggs recently.  I had gone to the grocery store and was working to get everything out of the car.  As has become his custom, Noah decided to “help” me by pulling the eggs out of the top of the bag.  Not the whole carton of eggs, but each individual one.  I walk back in and found him in the kitchen with two eggs on the floor and one in his hand.  Of course, they were broken and we know he is allergic to them.  So I took him to the bathroom to wash his hands while Joel cleaned up the eggs.  About 30 minutes later, he started sneezing and snotting which is a sure sign that he’s having an allergic attack.  Then, his little face started getting red and he had little blisters on his face.  So we think that he touched his face before I got his hands washed.  Again, a dose of Benadryl had him good as new.

This past week has been a rough week for me and Joel.  Of course, it has nothing to do with us but with those around us.  In the midst of all of that, God has really shown us that He is in control and there is nothing we can do to change anyone else’s decisions.  I keep having to lay it down before Him and trust Him.  And then I’ll pick it back up and try juggling it again.  You know, sometimes I really see how the Father sees us when I see Noah doing things I’ve told him not to do.  Anyway, I’m just so thankful that Joel and I are confident in who we are in Christ and are in unity, walking together as a family.

Noah and I went to Toccoa Falls last week with our monthly mommy group.  We met some new friends and got to enjoy being with old friends.  Noah LOVED the falls but he was most joyful when he actually got to play in the pond.  I am still amazed at how much he loves playing in water.  It’s going to be a fun summer!

This past weekend was Jubilee’s fourth birthday.  We had a great time at her pancakes and pajamas party.  So much so that we might steal the idea for Noah.  We’ll see.  🙂

I keep forgetting to mention that Noah is almost finished cutting all of his teeth, I think.  He’s got a couple of bottom ones that have broken through and are trying to come out all the way.  Once those are done, except for the very back molars, he should be good.  Poor thing has really been cranky because they all seem to hurt at one time.  I feel bad for him and try to comfort him as much as possible.  Glad to know this is just a season!

Also, I’ve been working with him to start saying actual words.  I feel like it’s important that he figure out that he can say things and not just grunt all the time.  So, for now, he says truck (which sounds like “duck”) and stick (which sounds like “sdick”).  I’m just so excited that he’s trying.

Okay, I think this blog is long enough.  Poor little guy got very few mentions this month.  But we’re heading to Virginia and Asheville next month, so I’ll have plenty more to write about then.  🙂

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