First of all, this is a picture of gma and gpa with us when they came to visit…Noah loves them so much, we just don’t get to see each other often! Bummer. We also went to visit them this week, and that was sooo much fun! Unfortunately, mommy messed up and didn’t take pictures of them together, but she did get me in front of gma’s pretty plants, and me on the rocking horse they got me!
Next, open house. Amazing. We had over 1200 people there seeing firsthand what we do, plus eating a free steak dinner, not to mention all of the free stuff they get going through all of our booths (mmmmm…cheese and milk…and egg nog!!) Our guests were treated like kings and queens. That evening we performed for the masses of people. We had dancers, kids, bands, and video presentations. Usually I am not too stressed about Open House…I enjoy having the band play, even if it is an almost impossible song and I have to transpose all of the parts and even re-write some of the music. This year, we added video presentations also. We have different people that have been changed by Jesus b/c of this ministry get up and tell people what God has done in their lives. This year I decided that it would be cool to add video to these testimonies…make more of an impact with video since we are in a video world. It was hard work…of course I procrastinated and did them all at the last minute, but really I was stuck. You know how it is when you are used to doing something a certain way? That is me. I love doing the familiar, happy with the familiar, so doing this was putting me out of my box. Way out. I had to wrap my brain around doing something different, and being creative, plus honoring God through it all. Here are the videos…I think they turned out great, and have had a lot of compliments on it this week. What do you think?
These two guys are getting married in December! God is soooo good!
I loved working on this one…got pretty creative on it.
This was the last one I did…you can tell I got more comfortable as I figured out different effects to do…Tom is a great guy and we are blessed to have him in this ministry, and have him as a friend of Morgan and Daniel’s so comes over for supper often.
Ok, so, the baby. We are so excited, but this one is so different sometimes I just don’t know what to do! I am now 16 weeks, 2nd trimester and things seem to be going well. I have been sick with this one. That gag reflex is SO OVERWHELMING sometimes that the only thing to do is lay down and concentrate really hard on not getting sick. It was really bad that first trimester, but now it is getting better. My appetite is still not quite there, so instead of gaining any weight I have lost a good amount. A GOOD amount. I am still wearing pretty normal clothes, sometimes throwing a maternity shirt on now and then just to remind myself that something is growing and going on inside there! It is really neat, though…with Noah I didn’t feel him moving or anything until the third trimester…I am already feeling this one flutter around. Sometimes even kick! The doctor isn’t too excited that I am losing the weight and wants me to eat more protein. JOY. ICK is more like it. Meat just doesn’t seem to sound appealing to me AT ALL! So, I have another appointment next week and I am supposed to bring a food journal of all I have eaten this week. Hmm…I suppose I should start on that, huh? Hopefully soon I will have a sonogram scheduled so we can see what this one is! The other mother’s to be that are around me seem to be having girls…we will see!
Last but not least! We have seen a miracle here at our church. Remember the little girl that was burned? It was horrible. She has been in the hospital in ICU all of this time. The Dr. ended up having to do some skin grafting from her back to her front, and she was a pistol with the feeding tube. They thought she would be there for another 4-6 weeks, and then after that was told they would have to do therapy in another facility for another 3 weeks or so. Oh my goodness! THEY CAME HOME TODAY! She came home, has to wear a burn cast, but still got to come home! No in-patient or out-patient stuff! They will have regular visits as expected, but ho my goodness they are all home. We serve a HUGE God! YEAH! Isn’t that great?