Monday, December 3, 2012

A much more chipper update

I realized how very depressing and blue my last post was and I apologize! I will try to make up for it with this post.  I always want to honest in what I write however, and I don’t want to give the impression that the world is always rosy and perfect. I’m very human and constantly need the Lord’s strength. Thank you to everyone who commented and left words of encouragement for me—they were a great blessing, I promise!

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We’ve been busy and got a lot of things accomplished over the weekend, in spite of my husband having to work extra hours (even on Saturday, which is rare). Over time is welcomed at this time of year though, and especially with the baby on the way.

I’ve had several good days recently and was able to feel more like myself and enjoy my new kitchen. Jacob enjoyed that greatly as it meant meals more like he was used to before first trimester sickness set in. I’ll be 12 weeks along tomorrow, and I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

One of my most favorite things about being pregnant so far has been the reaction from all the little people in my life. My sisters are beside themselves with excitement about being aunts and my little darlings at church are just about as excited. One of my little sweethearts, Mallorie, aged barely 4, when I told her that I was going to have a baby looked at my belly and said, “Well, it must be really tiny right now ‘cause you don’t have a belly at all. When Cayla (her cousin) was expecting Presley her belly was so big she didn’t have a lap!”

Jacob  worked in his garage for several hours Saturday and there are only a very few boxes left out there now. They are all in the house, but they are in the rooms where they belong, making it much easier for me to empty them now. He also set up his desk and arranged everything how he wanted it. We put his desk in the breakfast nook in the kitchen so we can visit while he works and I cook. I love it ;)

Ever the bookworm, my heart soared with joy as I unpacked my library and put it on the bookshelf. I felt like I was seeing old friends again after a long separation. It made me really want to read, but I am trying to exercise self-control and not start a book until I get more unpacking finished. I have a tendency to get lost in a book and let everything else go and we can’t have that right now!  I’m hoping for a bigger shelf for Christmas—I have too many books for the medium-sized one I have now. There are still three boxes of books that need to be unpacked.


Our post-Thanksgiving deerlease trip was a success, as you can see from the photo above. We are cutting up the deer Jacob shot, getting it ready to be ground into hamburger meat.  My father-in-law helped us and that really sped things up. Notice Jacob’s very comfortable camo t-shirt I’m wearing? ;) Something tells me I’ll be borrowing his shirts a lot in the future for around the house.

Last year we ground an entire doe into hamburger meat and it lasted us almost a year. We’ll do the same with this deer, and as it was bigger, hopefully it will last a full year.  It really helps out with the grocery bill when you have your own meat ;)

It’s almost time for Christmas—the tree is up, and it is 80 degrees outside. Welcome to Texas. We are hoping for a cool front in time for Christmas, but we shall see. In honor of our unseasonably warm weather, I thought I’d share the following song with y’all:


  1. Well, I'm so glad you're feeling better! And don't worry about the glumness of the last is certainly not always sunshine and gumdrops. : )

    Here in New Mexico, it's not 80 degrees but it is around 62 and we only have had one measly little snow. Doesn't feel much like winter, that's for sure. What part of Texas are you in? We used to live in East Texas. Blessings to you!

    1. Petra,
      We live in the Houston area, and I grew up on the edge of the Big Thicket.
      Did you have a nice Christmas?

    2. Yes! It was a pleasant time to be sure-spent with family. I love this time of year, meaningful in many ways. How was yours?

  2. So glad you're feeling better, Rebecca. I've been praying for you. I had severe morning sickness with all of my children, but my last one was the worst: I was still throwing up 2 days before she was born. It was a very hard pregnancy for me, but worth every single minute. And I would do it over again a thousand times! :) Children are such a blessing!
    Keeping you and your little one in prayer,

  3. Rebecca,
    It is wonderful to get out books (old friends) you have stored away in boxes...I am so thankful the Lord is helping and sustaining look gorgeous, BTW. I'm glad you are feeling much better now~ hang in there, dearie; you have so much to be thankful for!