Thursday, January 4, 2007

New Year, New Blessings, New Beginnings

With each new year we have new beginnings. I've met some who feel that with the turn of the clock we get to do in a way a new start. I don't particularly feel we get a new start, but we get the choice for better things. Yet I believe that every single day that God gives us we have a new beginning. A new day to do better than the day before, be a better person, live a better life.

I am so thankful for the many blessings I already have in my life and this year we'll be adding a new blessing to our family. I am thrilled to be pregnant and Chad, the boys, and I are so excited to have a new baby that will be joining our family in August! I am awe that God has allowed us once again to have a baby. I have friends that for what ever reason have struggled with infertility and I truly can't imagine that heart ache.

When we lived in Virginia and Jordyn was alive, we had (still do) very dear friends who struggled to get pg. She had the shots and the physical pain was heartbreaking for me to see. I went with her one apt, and her husband was gone (I think out in the field or something I can't remember anymore). What I do remember is her calling me because she needed some medication to help with the pain and she physically could not walk. She had 1 little boy and God did bless them with another child and she went through a difficult pregnancy. She now has 2 beautiful little boys and although they have definate struggles, the love she has for her boys is undeniable.

I don't know why there are women who like me can get pregnant without hardly a second thought, yet there are women who desperately want to get pregnant can't. I pray for them. We each will one way or another be blessed, I truly believe that.

I look forward to watching my belly grow (sure it's big enough already, but it'll get firmer and rounder!! LOL). I am really looking forward to feeling the baby move inside of me. I can't wait to feel her! To feel her kicks and elbows! I pray I don't have to deal with issue's with my sciatic nerve this time around, but I'm going to plan on dealing with it since even not pg it gaveme issue's after having Jack.

One thing I'd like to ask you each for prayers over is gestational diabetes. My heart is telling me this is going to be an issue this pregnancy. I'm overweight and this pregnancy I have already had some signs. I'm going to be really careful from here on out on what I eat. I'm trying to make sure to not over eat and make wisechoices. I've been craving fruits, but I will have to watch just how much I eat of them. Once I finally get an apt with my ob I am going to talk to her about that because if it is going to be something I have then I want it caught as early as possible so I can stay on top of it and my baby and I have the best pregnancy possible.

We have a lot of other things to look forward to this year! Jacob has a birthday at the end of the month, he'll be 6! We'll be advancing into 1st grade work over the next couple of months. I will be turning 30 next month and I'm really looking forward to my 30's! My 20's were good and hard. I was blessed in marrying Chad at the young age of 20, having my first child at 21, having my child dx with leukemia at the age of 22, and having my daughter die and go home to heaven at 23. I become a mother to a son at 23, just days before I turned 24. I once again become a mother at 26. I've been through 4 deployments that the Army's sent my husband on. I've developed a relationship with Jesus Christ. I met my best friends in my 20's (not counting Chad). I moved to Germany for a 2nd time in my life and in my 20's!  I'm ready for the 30's. I see it being a new and wonderful next step. I'm sure there will be heartaches and enormous amounts of joys. I look forward to becoming closer to Christ than I am. I look forward to my marriage growing stronger through Christ, and my relationship with my children is constantly changing and growing. I pray I will raise Men of God, and I hope a Bride of Christ (if God see's it fit to give us a daughter).

What else is ahead of us in 2007. My parents will be visiting in the spring and we plan on traveling quite a bit while they are here! We plan to go to Wales and The Netherlands which Holland is in (btw just a little info...Holland is IN The Netherlands, it's a territory with in The Netherlands, most American don't know that!). I'm really hoping we can take a trip to Ireland and France as well while they are here and of course traveling inside of Germany and take them over the border to Austria. My mom and I are definately going to Poland too!

Chad's birthday of course and we have the summer to look forward to. We plan to do some light traveling in Germany over the summer. I'd really love to go down to Croatia for a long weekend and go to the beach. Everyone we know who's been there say it has some of the most beautiful beaches in all of Europe! I think it'd be so much fun! I knowthe boys would enjoy it and Chad! I love the beach! I feel at peace at the ocean. There's just something about it.

Chad and I also still have to plan our trip to Venice. Since it didn't happen around Christmas like we had planned I'm thinking maybe for our anniversary! We'll be celebrating 10 yrs this year. March will be before tourist season so the crowds won't be bad. I need to talk to Chad and see how he likes that idea!! Oh and one other great thing, my van will be paid off! I HATE debt and try to have as little as possible, so I'm thrilled we will not have that anymore!

In August we'll of course be welcoming our 4th child, and then shortly after will be Jack's 4th birthday. I'm amazed that he'll be 4 yrs old. Time has just flown with my boys. I wish I could just slow it down a little.

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful 2007. Everyday is what we make of it. When we give our day to Christ, we know that he will take care of us.


God Bless


sangrialel said...

It sounds like 2007 is going to be a marvelous year for you and your family.  I know you will be looking forward to it all.  I will keep you in my prayers.  Linda

crewsfour said...

2007 is going to be so great for you guys - I can't wait to hear about the pregnancy progression and all of the other fun things you and the boys have planned.  We lived in the netherlands as a child all I really remember is that we lived in a big house with a pond in the backyard and my Mom made alot of rice pudding.  Strange huh?  Leene

ukgal36 said...

Prayers for you with this pregnancy.. you sound so happy Christy.. such blessings going on in your life.. I love your positive attitude.. I have been to venice.. it was very romantic...i miss living in Europe and the availibility to travel so easily...

linnpooh said...

I think you have a wonderful year ahead of you Christy with many blessings in store. I will keep your healh in my prayers and ask God to keep you & the baby safe. There is a great J-land gal named Janis who just gave birth to a beautiful baby girl named Rebekah. She struggled with gestational diabetes too and I'm sure she could be of some help to you, she is a real sweetheart. Here is her journal link:
Have a great weekend and enjoy your family!

Love & Pooh Hugs To You, (Chad, too!)

carly0042 said...

Very nice entry, you seem to have most of your year all planned out! Blessing to you and your family especially baby on the way!

bekahbutterflies said...

Christy, Oh how much you mean to me.  God has blessed your family tremendously.  And this precious child your carrying...I could not be happier for you.  I'll always remember our times in VA.  I'll always cherish that short time we had together.  I'll always remember the short time I had with Jordyn, but she will always remain in my heart.  Always.  I pray that this new little one is a girl.  Thank God for each of our blessings.   I love you,  You are one of MY Many Blessings.  Bekah

lifesabench6 said...

Happy New Year Christy!  I'll be praying for you to be healthy and have a healthy pregnancy.  It's really hard to understand why some who so badly want a baby can't have one, why others have to wait so long.  My cousin had 4 miscarriages and was told she'd never be able to have a baby.  Not long after, in her 40's, she had a healthy boy, and had another son a few years later.  I was married to my fisrt husband for 10 years, and never had a baby.  I was with my (now) husband only a few months and I got pregnant.  God has His ways- no matter how hard it is to deal with sometimes.  I do pray you will all be healthy during this Blessed time!  Have a wonderful year and God Bless!  Carolyn

ksgal3133 said...

Many prayers for a healthy preganancy!
Sounds like your going to have a wonderful 2007...have a blessed one :)
I just want you to know that when I feel like I can't go on, I think of you...knowing that you also lost a child and continue on gives me strength to go on.


deshelestraci said...

Your travel plans sound amazing!  I hope your pregnancy goes well so you can enjoy all of that travel.  Happy New Year, late Im afraid!

bhbner2him said...

You have much to look forward to in this year!  Keeping you and your pregnancy in my prayers.  -  Barbara

xxroxymamaxx said...

Hi Christy.  Thanks for visiting my links journal.  I will add you to my *list* which is ever growing! lol  Please check out my 'main' journal if you get a chance.  I'll leave the link here.  I'm so happy for you that you are expecting.  You sound very excited and I think you are truly blessed!  You have a very interesting life and I will come back and visit you!  Shelly

springangel235 said...

You are truly blessed, as you say...may the New Year bring joy, happiness and good health to all in your lovely family,

stupidsheetguy said...

I don't know of news that would be much better than yours for the new year! I hope everything goes well. Happy New Year

randlprysock said...

<<<CHRISTY>>>!!!!  Yay Congratulations on your pregnancy!!  I am so very happy for you!!!  Wow... I have really missed a lot since moving and getting settled temporarily here with sister.  It's so hard to get any time on the phone line to access even just simple dial up.  I haven't been on that in years.... but it's working a little here n there as I can find a little time.  Hope we both have an awesome 2007 and a great new year!!  Hugs,

fairylaura said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy for you guys!!!! I'm sure it will be an awesome journey. And to have a baby in Germany.. HOW COOL!!!
Like Adrian always says, "I'll never be lucky enough to know what it's like to carry a baby in my stomach, know what it feels like to be kicked, and give life to another human being. Women are awesome." Those are his words. Again congratulations... and God Bless!


ourparallellives said...

CONGRATULATIONS CHRISTY!!! I am so happy for you and am looking forward to reading all abotu your pregnancy journey this year. Maybe you will have your precious new bundle on my BIRTHDAY!!! It's at the end of August. :)

You and your baby willbe inmy thoughts and prayers. I pray your journey is uneventful as stress free as possible and an ENJOYABLE as possible.

Happy Happy days to YOU!
Love and hugs,