We are home from the hospital. Thank you to all for your love and prayers!
As we rejoice because of baby Lulu's life, I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ is sovereign over all things. That he sustains all life...even my own life despite my sinfulness. I am humbled by the kindness and mercy He extends to me.
So baby girl number two has a name. We decided a few weeks ago we needed to make up our minds and Louisa was our top choice in names we agreed on. Baby Lulu for those who need a nickname. We love both names.
We are plugging along here in Monterey. It look like we will be driving away December 1st. We are thankful for the time to get used to new family dynamics before we hit the road for Virginia.
Louisa is preparing herself for her debut any day now. I have contractions about 2 to 3 times a day. They tend to be in the evening and are well spread out enough that we haven't begun to time them or keep talley on how many have occured. I feel like once she makes up her mind it won't be a long labor. We will see...
The familes at church have prepared us already in providing several frozen meals. We are grateful for the advanced help. Only the Lord knows the day of birth so having those in the freezer eases my mind.
We are thankful for prayers as we near the birth of Louisa.
The Sunday after Daniel's parents flew away we packed up our CRV and headed to South Lake Tahoe for a relaxing week with my side of the family. Everything was perfect; the rooms, the meals prepared by family, the lake views and of course all the cuddle time and hugs from family.
I am also going to post a bunch of pictures with not so much detail.
We spent some time down by the clear blue water.
Auntie Lolly was helping Violet test the waters but not walk in.
Cuddles over Violet's birthday breakfast.
Auntie Sarah and Uncle Andrew getting some lovin'.
A view from a lookout over the lake.
2 of the 3 sisters.
We had absolutely beautiful weather everyday we were there. The last couple of days were a bit windy but still sunny and clear. We couldn't have asked for better weather.
We celebrated Violet's birthday on the actual day with family and Violet discovered her love of frosting. Just like her daddy.
New hippo sleeping bag and pillow from Mommy and Daddy.
The chipmunk puppet from Auntie Lolly and Uncle Kris made quite a debut.
Noni playing telephone with the birthday girl's feet. It was a game Violet made up on her changing table with her own feet. Anytime she wanted to talk with Noni she would lift her feet up to her ears as the phone.
One day we all took a boat tour of the lake and were amazed at the crystal clear water of Tahoe. It is the second most pure lake in the world. Amazing!
Auntie Lolly and Uncle Kris with Vi-Pie
Mommy and her Violet
Me and my daddy
The only group shot we took. Thank goodness it was a great one of everyone except Violet. Kris had fun with it and photo shopped us into another picture he had taken at Yosemite the week before. I like it a lot too.
Here we are before we climbed El Capitan
Here were are after! HA!
(We did not all go to Yosemite.)
The last couple of days we spent walking to a river with spawning salmon and enjoying a local Oktoberfest with a fun pumpkin patch.
Papa Bear with Violet
Very hard to get a picture of a toddler in a fun pumpkin patch. We took pictures for several minutes trying to get a smile at the camera. She was so distracted and excited.
It was hard saying goodbye but we know seeing the family in several weeks will be a sweet time as well. What a blessing to know and really like your entire family! God has been so gracious to Daniel and me as we have joined families.
I am going to blog a shameless amount of photos with not a lot of detail.
The week of graduation Daniel's parents came to town. They arrived Wednesday at noon and left early Sunday morning. It was a brief but wonderful visit.
We were able to spend a nice night a Fisherman's Wharf for dinner.
Lots of time cuddling and playing.
One afternoon by the water for a bit.
We celebrated Violet's birthday a little early and Grandma (Bubba) and Grandpa (Pop-Pop) got her a bunch of wonderful kitchen accessories to go with her new play kitchen. She plays with it all everyday. Definitely the best gift for a new two year old girl.
Graduation was Friday the 23rd and we made sure to take a bunch of photos.
Our quick family shot.
Mom and Daniel.
Dad and Daniel (Love these photos!)
All together now.
Daniel with our neighbor, Chris, who also graduated. Such a good friend!
Sweet kisses from the new graduate.
Violet and her best friend, Niya.
We had a wonderful visit and can't wait to get Pop-pop and Bubba hugs and kisses again soon.