05/12/07 11:45 p.m.

This girl is tiiiired so I'm heading off to bed really soon but wanted to post a quick update. First, we've had a pretty decent last two days. Josh was busy with therapy yesterday and I stayed home to take a nap. We got to drive the van to therapy yesterday for the first time and it was so nice to be able to drive something you know will start and you feel capable of driving! The Hoopty was surrounded by blind spots so I spent a lot of time saying quick prayers and moving over slowly, listening for someone to honk at me! :-) Not your best driving technique.

We spent some money on new shoes and jeans for Josh today. We tried to go to the mall and get him a few things but the sizes he now needs to accommodate this new body of his are not available. His feet are swollen all the time so he now needs a size 14 shoe. They look like skis, but hey, we can get them on his feet! The pants have to be extra long to accommodate sitting in the chair and bigger around the waist so his tubes don't get kinked. This makes shopping for him difficult. He was pretty disgusted last night after finding a bunch of nothing. He says that he should look better and wear smaller clothes considering the weight he has lost, but that's just not how it works. The tummy he was working so hard to run off the few months before vacation is now what many refer to as a "quad belly" or a "Buddah Belly". He does not find it so endearing.

We were amazed to come home tonight to find that Parker Stevens had stopped by to drop off his proceeds from his lemonade stand. He raised a total of, I believe, $297!!!!!!!!!!!! We were shocked and so grateful. Parker is an amazing little boy who has wiggled his way into Josh's heart and he barely knows him. It's too cute.

Our kids are doing good. Thursday night Noah was up late and Josh was in his room putting him to bed. Noah sleeps on the top bunk and wanted to be tucked in. Josh is not able to get to him on the top bunk and Noah was upset that he wasn't getting a good tucking in. When Josh and I were in our room later in the evening, he had a really hard time with this. Please continue to be praying that Josh can find ways to interact with the kids and feel a part of their lives. This is a very difficult thing for him and he needs peace and encouragement.

We went to the Melting Pot for dinner with friends (don't go there unless you have at least 3 hours and nearly $100 dollars a couple. We were in for a bit of sticker shock but it was an amazing place). The atmosphere and pace of dinner was perfect for us. I had time to feed us both and we spent a lot of time laughing. Laughing is good for the heart when things are tough for us. We were thankful for the time we spent there.

Josh is now still up, not wanting to go to sleep. Big surprise, considering he is my night owl. I'm laying here having way too many contractions that are not really progressing me. The doctor said that if I can make it to 35 and a half weeks, Ephram will almost certainly come home with us.  Tomorrow will be 35 weeks so we're almost there. It would be very hard to leave our little buddy behind and have to come home and then make trips up to the hospital. That would probably be more taxing than waiting a few extra days before he is delivered and just putting up with all the contractions and "uncomfortableness". We are completely ready for his arrival. Our bags are packed, the kids are anxiously awaiting his arrival, and we are praying the timing works out that Josh is able to be there.

Right now, my main prayer concern for Josh is feeling involved with the kids. He needs to feel like they still need him and that he is able to fulfill that need. Please be in prayer for this. We would appreciate it. Much love.

Prayer Requests:


-Josh's ability to be involved with the kids

-Emotional stability for our family

Posted on May 12, 2007 .