Tuesday, May 22, 2007

This should bring you up to date.

As great as my life is right now I must say - it never seems to slow down! We finally have internet connection at our house. However, contrary to my expectation, I still don’t have “extra” time to sit down and blog regularly; maybe after we get back from this conference.

Happy Birthday Elizabeth! Today she is one month old! If the next eighteen years go as quickly as the first month then I had better not take for granted any moments I have with her. We still love watching her every movement. She is just so cute! Our nights are going as well as can be expected. She usually wakes up twice during the night to eat but quickly goes right back to sleep. She seems to be healthy and growing quickly. At the doctor last week she weighed just under 8lbs. I love it that she is starting to smile at me and seems at least a little interested in a few of her toys. A couple weeks ago she rolled over from her tummy to her back twice. Unfortunately I didn’t see it. : ( I thought it was probably accidental but since then she has done it three or four more times. I was glad to finally catch her in the act yesterday. It still may not be on purpose but I suppose that is how she will learn.

We are busy, busy, busy getting ready for our departure to Richmond, Virginia for the out of state pilot conference for Character Focus Ministries. We are expecting this conference to have approximately 500 children for 2 full days as well as a training day for the volunteers we will be working with from there. We are excited about the team the Lord has put together from here and are looking forward to what He is planning to do through us for his kingdom. Please be in prayer for us as we finish all of the many preparations and while we are there June 4-14.

Mother’s Day was very special this year! Brandon did a wonderful job helping Elizabeth honor me. He bought me a corsage, some roses, and a shirt.

At church that day we had the baby dedication service. Although Brandon and I together gave Elizabeth to the Lord in the hospital we wanted to take advantage of this time to publicly dedicate her to the Lord. It was such a special time and made the day even better for me. We pray Elizabeth will follow the Lord with all of her heart, all of her days.

After church we spent Lunch with Brandon’s mom and dinner with mine. It was a wonderful day! We enjoyed spending time with our families and blessing our mothers for all they do for us. Needless to say, they enjoy our new blessing as well. :)

Elizabeth’s first vacation was when she was 10 days old. We went to Lake Ten Killer with Brandon’s mom and dad and stayed in a cabin there. The plans were changed by unanticipated circumstances and mom and dad had to leave the day after we got there. Brandon and I went ahead and stayed a few more days with Justin.

The next week mom and dad went back and at the last minute Brandon and I went with them. The weather was nice so they got out the jet skis and put them on the water. Even though I didn’t bring a swim suit Brandon took me for a spin. It was a lot of fun and Elizabeth enjoyed it too! I still haven’t decided if Elizabeth or Papa and Nanny enjoyed it more.

Papa and Nanny loved going to the lake with their first grandaughter! We are excited about going back this July with the whole family!

Well that should pretty much bring you up to date. Sorry it has been so long. I will try to do better about posting more often.


Saturday, May 05, 2007

Finally... Pictures of Elizabeth Grace!

Wow! What an indescribable feeling to be a mommy. Elizabeth is doing very well. At night she sleeps, except for her feedings. She doesn’t seem to be a fussy very much at all. Sometimes I wonder if I am going to wake up one day and this will have all just been a “season” or did I just get really blessed with a good baby or is this really the way things are going to be. Either way we have been trying very hard not to spoil her and even at her young age, start getting her used to bedtime routines and schedules.
I love letting her little eyes find mine and her little hands grasp my fingers. Something else I love to soak in is watching Brandon sleep on the couch while Elizabeth sleeps curled up on his chest. He is such a great daddy! Yes, life is different and I am still trying to learn and adjust to life with a baby but it is all going well. I feel so blessed to have this little life placed in our care. What a joy, what a task, what an adventure!

The labor and delivery went really well. Brandon was a wonderful labor support person; I couldn't have done it without him! Labor started on Saturday around 4:00pm, got hard around 10:30pm and ended at 1:04pm Sunday afternoon. What an experience!

To see pictures of Elizabeth, visit our web album by clicking the link below.

Elizabeth Grace Werner - Birth

More pictures soon,

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

New Arival!

Elizabeth Grace is here! I know you all want to see pictures but our life has been a little unorganized recently. Rachael will be writting an update and then she will be posting pictures and a new web album! For now, all I have is the specs.

Elizabeth Grace
Born on April 22, 2007 at 1:04pm
Weight: 6.13 Hieght: 19in.

Rachael and the baby are doing great! I am getting internet at our house so that Rachael can post pictures, updates, and more often for your enjoyment. We are going out of town this weekend so check back soon for updates on the baby, our trip, and more!

Many Blessings!