Well, it's painfully obvious that I'm terrible at blogging. I do well for a period of time, but then life takes over. I never get to it. So here I go again, taking a stab at this blog thing, if only to organize my thoughts about being a wife and stay-at-home mom in sunny Southern California.
Our wonderful Will!
Will has been with us now for 3 1/2 months, and it seems like forever! In fact, it was this very weekend, one year ago that Nathan and I discovered we were expecting a baby. We spent most of the last fantastic year with our friends in Peoria and then made a sudden and quick move back to SoCal in October. Now we're settling in so close to our amazing family just in time for the holidays.
So what have we been up to in the last year? Well, I took a job at our church in Peoria, Richwoods Christian Church, as the Children's Ministry Director for their new multi-site in East Peoria. I started there in September 2010 and helped launch the new campus in January 2011. I love working with the amazing staff and volunteers, meeting so many new people in East Peoria and serving their families in the Children's Ministry. I worked there until July 2011 when I stepped down to be a stay-at-home mom!
We were so looking forward to the arrival of our little guy in August. I had a really easy pregnancy, and Nathan and I even had some fun weekend get-aways during those nine months, just enjoying our time alone together before we met our little man. Then on August 6, he joined our family at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and 18.5 inches. We were so excited to see his big blue eyes staring up at us and a head full of red hair!
We spent the first few weeks with family visiting us in Peoria and just trying to get a handle on this whole parenthood thing. Just when we thought it might all be settling down, Nathan got a job back in southern California! And there we were, with a 5-week-old planning a move in just 3 weeks! It's crazy how fast it went, and now we are living "back home" once again.
Our little guy has been growing so fast in this California sun! He's 3 1/2 months old and is very calm and happy. He loves to sit in his swing and play in his play gym. He thinks Nathan and I are hilarious (but then again, who doesn't). He is laughing more and more everyday. He loves "talking" to his grandparents and cuddling with his aunts and uncles. He just celebrated his first Thanksgiving with the whole family, and it just brought tears to my eyes. I couldn't believe how unbelievably blessed we are, to have each other, plus this beautiful boy, PLUS this amazing family, AND we get to live near one another again!
This year has been a great one, and I'm so excited for the year to come! Let's see who this little man turns out to be.