Time sure does fly! My husband and I have ventured into a new chapter in our lives: pregnancy! Can’t believe this journey started back in January, well November really. We just came back from our vacation to Disney, our last hurrah before starting a family. We had no expectations and in three months, we found out we were pregnant!
I will never forget that day. We just had our college friends over for the Superbowl. They were even joking about anyone having announcements to make, as it seemed to be a tradition to have a baby announcement at each gathering. Little did we know that we would be the ones to make an announcement a few weeks later. Monday after the Superbowl, I had a feeling that after taking about 4 or 5 other tests, this one might just come out differently. I was in Wegman’s grocery shopping and after already getting back to the car, I decided to go back in to buy a pregnancy test. I was so impatient that I took the test right there in the Wegman’s restroom! I wanted to make sure if it was positive it was a surprise for Joshua and knew I would give it away taking it at home. So I sat in the bathroom stall for 5 minutes after taking the test and waited…..
PREGNANT! I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! I was unsure of what to do next, but finally realized I needed to tell Joshua. I didn’t want to call him on the phone; I had a plan for this a long time in the making. So I hurried home and tried to act as natural as possible to not give anything away. Once I had everything ready in the living room, I asked Joshua to come into the kitchen to help me clean the dishes. Once I heard him in the hallway, I cued up the John Williams music. As Joshua came around the corner, he heard the music but was really confused as to why it was playing. I directed his attention to the table and he saw the shirt. As he read the words, he stepped back and was weak in the knees, but so thrilled. Words could not describe how we both felt about this new adventure we would embark upon.
Fast forward 6 months and I am now 28 weeks pregnant, heading into my third trimester. The journey so far has been a roller coaster ride of emotions and tons of questions, but we are so excited to come to the end of this journey and meet our little Bean! We have both learned so much about one another and would not trade this time for anything.
My hope is that this blog will be an inspiration, encouragement, or something positive for you to read as I journey through pregnancy and parenting and we can begin sharing in these experiences together.
Grow strong in Love,
Just saw this video on another blog and just had to share it! This song is so inspiring and encouraging. I have been through a lot in the past few months and even just recently, and these words are helping me get through it all.
“Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is“
“So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” Galatians 5:1
Thinking about the Easter season this year, one of our pastors challenged us to figure out what our Easter looks like. What are you hoping/longing for in this season of hope and resurrection?
As some of you may know, my father died suddenly in January and it has been a difficult for me and my family. He took his own life as a result of depression and none of us knew the despair that he was experiencing. As I reflect on the memories with my Dad, I remember how selfless he was and his desire to provide for his family was so great. He always wanted us to have the best.
I remember when I was getting ready to drive and told him about the used cars that I wanted to drive, he went and leased a Jetta for me to drive in. He wanted to make sure that I was in something safe and dependable. When I would come home from college, he would always make sure that I had enough money to make it back through the tolls and anything else that I may have needed. He was always calling to check up on my sister and me when we were away and wanting to know how we were doing.
I am so blessed to have all those memories to look back on. As I look forward to this Easter season, I think about how we are all feeling the weight of the world and I pray that we can all be freed from that feeling. God has already freed us from this world, but we sometimes forget and put ourselves back in the bondage of sin. The Easter story reminds us that we did nothing to deserve this freedom from sin, but Jesus chose to follow God’s will and save us all from death. Even in my dad’s death, Christ saved him.
“Therefore, God elevated [Jesus] to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,to the glory of God the Father.”
May we all be reminded of Christ’s story, how he lived, died, and rose for us all. Because of his grace and mercy, we can be free from this world’s expectations and live in God’s love for eternity.
(In memory of my Dad, there is a memorial fund set up for my mom to help with expenses. If you feel so moved, please make checks payable to “In Memory of James Waganer”, mailed to Susquehanna Bank of New Freedom, 16576 Susquehanna Trail, New Freedom, PA 17349. Or you may also make memorial contributions may to A.F.S.P., 120 Wall St., New York, NY 10005)
So as you know, I have not been doing well in 2012 about keeping up with my blog, but I did accomplish some of my 101 goals. Below are some of the things I’ve done recently:
#95 Walk in PurpleStride at least twice (1/2)
On November 3rd, My uncle and I went to the PurpleStride in Philly to remember my grandmother, Tootsie. She died from Pancreatic cancer back in 2001. There is so much that has been done since then to help others with this disease and I hope this little part that I do will help continue the fight to beat this disease.
My uncle and I had a blast even though it was freezing. He stayed with my husband and I the night before and then he took me out to brunch after we were finished walking. It did not take long at all, but couldn’t believe how out of shape I was from just walking. (And you ask if I am still going to the gym to keep up with my #1 goal……not so much, BUT I am planning to change that soon! Encouragement is appreciated!) Needless to say, it was a great day with my Uncle and remembering my grandmother.
Thanks to all of you who supported me through this process. Looking forward to doing it again next year if anyone is interested. 🙂
#56 Read 15 books on the Newbery Medal List (1/15)
So I have finished the 2012 Newbery Book: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos. It was a cute and funny book! Finished it a while ago, but I was listening to it in the car. That’s not cheating and it was fun to hear someone else read it. 🙂 I am currently reading Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool. This is also a good read so far. Looking forward to reading more of it.
#59 Read through the Bible in a year
Also started my Bible calendar this year. Made this calendar about 4 years ago and I’m just now starting to use it because you can’t start it in the middle of the year, of course! In addition to read these passages in the morning or evening, I am also going to attempt to read Jesus Calling, a devotional book that was given to me for Christmas. Loving it so far and interested to see what it will reveal to me over this next year.
Started off this new year by sleeping through the ball drop. Guess that shows how exhausted I was from 2012. But after waking up this morning, my in-laws were asking the question: “So what is everyone’s resolution for 2013?” As you all know, my husband and I started our 101 goals in 1001 days back in September and I’ve been really active in keeping up with it. NOT! So I went to get my list that I just printed in my journal for 2013 so that I could be reminded of them. We told our family some of this things on our list and then heard what some others were thinking of for the new year. It’s encouraging to hear what others are looking forward to for this next year: skydiving, moving, journaling for a possible book to publish, and so many more neat ideas! If you have any resolutions you would like to share, please comment them at the bottom. I love to hear what others are looking forward to!
On top of my 101 goals, I also decided to jump start my journaling. I have never been really great at keeping up with a journal so my mom introduced me to this website that has a question for each day of the year and you keep it for 5 years. As the years go by, you see how your answers change. I’m looking forward to how my answers will change as the years go by. 5 year journal
Hoping I can keep up with all my goals and keep up with this blog! Hope you all enjoy the first day of this new year, looking to all the things you could accomplish in the next 365 days! Happy 2013!
It has been a while seen my last entry! It has been pretty busy around here. Lots have been going on and I have not sat down to upload my pictures and give updates on my 101 goals. I have accomplished some more and stopped ones that I have started so I plan in the next few days to sit down and update everything. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a great time celebrating the new year!
I will leave you with my wonderful husband’s craft Christmas tree we had up this year.
At the beginning of 2001, this world lost a great woman…….my grandmother. She was an amazing and strong woman who taught me a lot about being yourself and standing up for who you are. She was fearless. But she was diagnosed with Pancreatic cancer and died from it shortly after. This disease has affected more and more each year. To learn more, please visit www.pancan.org. To help find a cure for this disease, I have decided to actively be involved. I will be walking in an event called Purple Stride in Philadelphia in November and would love your help and support. My goal is to raise $500 or more to go toward research to help discover a cure for this disease. Click here to donate money or sign up to walk with me in this event.
Thank you in advance for your support as we get ready to let Philly know more about this disease! This is also a part of my 101 goals and I would love to have your help in achieving one more thing on my list! 🙂
But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit (Jude 1:20)
So my birthday was this past weekend and I was blessed with many kind words and gifts from family and friends. I loved getting all the notes on Facebook and texts from those I haven’t heard from in a while……gives me an excuse to catch up and find out how everyone is doing. It was also an excuse to hang out with my hubby! 🙂
For part of my birthday he decided to take me to a Phillies game! I was so excited because one of our first dates was tailgating at a Phillies game with friends of ours and we hadn’t gone back on our own in a while. We had a great time of conversation, eating junk food and checking out Xfinity Live! near the Citizen Bank stadium. It is a pretty cool place with restaurants and a big sports bar in the center with an outside bar and stage for concerts. It was a great relaxing way to spend a birthday! Thanks to my wonderful husband for making me feel so special and loved on my special day! Here are some pictures so you can share in the day with us!
OH! And my husband also knew this was something that I wanted to do on my 101 goals! He’s so sweet! One game down and 2 more to go……but hopefully more! Another item off my list is a………FOOD PROCESSOR! My in-laws sent it to me for my birthday and I made delicious banana and chocolate smoothies with it the first day! Can’t wait to try it with other things! Thanks Craig and Jan!