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Our Family

Friday, December 23, 2011

Baby pics and stats..

Our precious bundle, Lucas Joel, has arrived.  He arrived at 11:35am on Wednesday, 21st of December, 2011 after induction.  It was 10 days before his due date and he weighed a whopping 10lb 10oz or 4.815kg! (His suspected large size was the main reason for induction - imagine I had gone full term!!)  We are so thankful to our Heavenly Father for this wonderful blessing and love him to bits!

Here are some photos to share with you all:

As newborn, as newborn can be:

He came complete with fat rolls:

Kisses from Daddy to his son!

What a cutie:

In his car seat:

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pre-baby Checklist....

How do you know when you have a new baby coming in the family...soon???  When you start trying to get a million things done as though it is the last chance you will ever, ever get in your life to do them...  Or maybe it's because it's been over 6 years since we have had a baby in this family, and I am just not so sure that I will be able to do anything else bar look after this little one, when it arrives, God willing!

Pre-Baby birth checklist:

1. Fit station wagon with some extra seats to properly accommodate our whole family once the baby is here.  CHECK.

2. Set up baby room.  CHECK.

3. Pack bags for hospital.  CHECK.

4.  Sew a bunch of bibs. CHECK......

5. Sew a couple of baby swaddling blankets.  CHECK.  I wanted a nice neutral baby colour, but it was either blue or pink.  Since I could not imagine a boy in pink, but I can do the girl in blue...blue it was!  And that's a doll, by the way.

6.  Colour hair and get a haircut.  CHECK......

 7.  Finish off a dress for Ashlyn using some left-over materials from another dress I sewed previously....


....  okay there is more but there is only one last thing I really want to check off....

8.  Get through labour.  UNCHECK!!!  If there is one thing that 6 years doesn't do, it's diminish the memory of labour!  And I still have to get through a few weeks of waddling and plodding around before I even to get through that part of the checklist...

Excitement, trepidation, joy, anticipation, nerves all rolled into one...

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

catch up photos...

Just went through some photos from the last month and look what turned up....

Some photos of a short break we were able to take during the last school holidays.  We visited Siesta Park resort in Bussleton  for 4 nights and had a great time.  Siesta Park was a place which my family visited year in and year out when I was a child, so it brought back great memories.

Ashlyn and Andrew enjoyed the swings together:

Siesta Park Resort has some great adventure play equipment - Shiana's expression here shows how much they were enjoyed:

Siesta Park resort is right on a beautiful beach.  The last day we were there it was even warm enough for the girls to swim.  For the rest, we enjoyed fishing from a row boat we hired, and crabbing and fishing from this jetty (and we even caught a few!) ...

Later on, when back in Albany we visited a local farm where the kids got to enjoy the animals.  Shiana, especially is in her element with animals so here are some pics with her enjoying them.  The rabbits...

the birds...

And here is are a couple of photos of our very loved and spoiled dog.  Cuddling Shiana inside (a very common sight)...

And getting a good rub and cuddle from Andrew...

And on the 21st of October we were able to celebrate Shiana's 11th birthday.  We are so thankful for this girl.  She's our family clown, full of life and fun, but also very caring and loving.  We praise God for her.
And due to her love of horses, naturally I had to figure out some way to make a horse cake...

...which Shiana loved...

And a small party this year (just 5 girls), but still lots of fun...

Monday, October 24, 2011

sometimes the heart still aches...

...for PNG.

Mostly, life goes on and we are blessed and happy...but sometimes, just sometimes things pull me back to PNG.  Like today, when going back through some old DVD's I made for Mission presentations.  One of the teachers at school here in Albany has asked us to come in and talk about Mission Work, especially as it relates to PNG.  So I am trying to get my head around what we should do, and in the process got stalled watching DVD's.  Very stalled.  For much too long, actually...

And it's hard not to get tears in my eyes when I hear them singing and clapping in church, when I watch the beautiful people whom we love... when I see our girls interacting and being loved...when I see those familiar sights and hear the sounds...then there is a longing that still pulls me back.  And the thing is, when watching these videos memories of the tough times seem to fade, and it's easy to remember just the good times.

I watch the DVD and I spend a short time in prayer for them all and for our missionaries.  They need so much prayer, so much wisdom.  Life in PNG is not easy.  Yes, God is good; he sustains and gives reason for joy... but, still, when I think about it I do remember all the struggles and know how desperately they all need our prayers!

And then I feel our unborn child kick inside me... and I am brought back to reality.  God is blessing us as family so richly, right here in Australia.  The PNG chapter is closed and He calls us to be busy here in Australia, right here and now.  But sometimes it is good to remember, to reflect and to be reminded of PNG and God's work there!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

the photos....

So Jess finished working on those photos and here they are.  Didn't she do a great job?

Sewing for girls is....

...so much fun!  Recently, I sewed a new dress for each of our girls and last Sunday they finally got to wear them to church.  Here they are showing them off after church.  My niece, Jessica, who is staying at our house at the moment took these photos.  But she took them on my camera so they are not as good as they would be had she taken them on hers, and the ones of Kirilee were a bit too late in the day so we needed the flash - hence the funny colouring.  But, hopefully you still get the idea!  In the next few days I hope to post some photos of our family (me included - for those who asked for a picture of me!!!).  They are ones which Jessica took on her own camera, but she is still working on perfecting on her computer!

Shiana in her lime green dress:

Ashlyn - pretty in pink:

Kirilee in a dress of her favourite colour - purple:

Friday, September 9, 2011

Wonderful news

I had another scan yesterday and we were delighted to find out that the Subchorionic bleed (blood clot) was nowhere to be found!  The sonographer searched high and low and even went back to past scan results to try and figure out where it was, and still could not see it.  Often this happens by about the 20th week, but if not they tend to often persist.  But not mine.  I am 24 weeks and the clot has gone.  Praise God!!

So guess what I did when I got home? - I vacuumed my house for the first time in 10 weeks and I actually enjoyed it (even if I was huffing and puffing like an old woman by the time I was done - yes, I am now rather unfit!)

And today, I took a short walk (rather like a stroll or a "crawl").  That, though once again rendering me rather puffed out, just felt so good.  I took the dog along and the poor thing just couldn't get over how slow I was (he is used to jogging with Andrew, and will need some retraining how to walk in time with me without pulling on the lead).

Yes, although I haven't seen my doctor yet, my research (okay, google - how else do you do research nowadays?) suggests that with the clot gone I should be able to resume normal activities (well, as normal as is possible for a pregnant woman who is large enough that she often gets asked, "how long do you have to go?" as though the day must be imminent - only to get the "you've-got-to-be-kidding-me-look" when she tells them that she has over 3 months to go!!)

So, I am enjoying the small pleasures in life, feeling as though a ginormous weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  What a blessing!!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ashlyn is six and a few other pics

Shiana and Ashlyn have so been enjoying having a pony around to ride...
...Just look at the joy on this face, when trotting with Dad:
...and the concentration on this face (she was doing figure 8's around the trees):

And our dear Ashlyn turned 6.  What a blessing.  I can't believe our baby (for now) is already 6.  How thankful we are for her, for her affection, her lovely smile and even her stubborn nature (well, most of the time....).  Here she is enjoying showing off her presents.  She just loves that whiteboard and plays schools over and over again!

As, because of concerns during my pregnancy, I am still required to take it easy, a big party was a bit out of the question.  So Ashlyn was allowed to pick 3 of her friends and have them over on a Saturday, when the girls and Andrew were home to help!  Here Ashlyn is enjoying the fun of present opening:

And what makes an easy birthday cake?  Get your oldest daughter (if you have one old enough) to make cupcakes (from a packet) and icing (also in the packet).  Then get both your older daughters to help the party girls decorate the cupcakes... and then form the number 6 with them.  Voila! Party cake complete with no effort from Mum...

And at least there is something special for a 6 year old to "blow-out"!

The girls also organised the games and here the party girls are playing pass-the-parcel.  Shiana had  written on one of the notes inside:  "make a funny face"....and this is the result.  Precious, aren't they?

On the day of Ashlyn's party, the two horses (not ours) on our property were bought by someone out of town, so at the moment we have no horses here.  Hopefully one day soon we will get another, so Shiana, especially, can keep up her riding....  but at least the party girls (and Shiana) still had a ride on the pony before they were taken away on Saturday.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Just some photos

I realised the other day, whilst scanning through photos on my computer (yes, having to "take it easy", means having more time to do stuff like that!), that there are some photos that I could share on this blog, but have not, just because this baby I am carrying has taken over much of our thoughts and lives.  So, anyway, I went through some of them and picked a few (some are pretty out-of-date).

The first is of a little baby possum that our girls found on our driveway a few months back.  It had obviously fallen out of a nest.  We tried in vain to re-unite it with its Mum that night (after keeping it warm and feeding it a little water), even though with the torch we managed to catch sight of her.  However, the baby was getting cold and a wild-life worker came and picked it up that night.  But the poor little thing was just too small to make it and died the next day.  Yes, and that did of course mean tears from Ashlyn, who along with the other girls had so enjoyed cuddling it and "warming it up" the day before!

This was taken way back on the Anzac day parade.  Our school had a small contingent who marched and Kirilee and Shiana are in there somewhere.  The day ended up being quite cold and rainy, but the girls still enjoyed it!

Don't know when this photo was taken, but I thought it was a cute photo of Ashlyn, anyway:

We have a horse in our paddock at the moment which Shiana has been learning to ride.  She is getting there, but the last couple of weeks have been a bit wet to ride too much, and then well the days are busy when you are at school!

Ashlyn also likes to get on, as long as someone leads her around:

And lastly, during the school holidays Andrew had to go to Indonesia for some language training (he hopes to be teaching Indonesian at school next year).  He has had some previous language training, but learning Tok Pisin (in PNG) in between seemed to hinder his Indonesian from resurfacing.  Given the concerns in my pregnancy it was a pretty hard decision whether to still go but in the end we decided he should.  He learned a lot attending a local language school and also just being immersed in the language (always the best way to learn), and managed to take some great photos.  Here's just two of them: