Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

This Father's Day was a special one for us because we were all able to make a trip out to Oregon to surprise my Dad. The past few months have been hard ones for him as he's been on a new chemo, which has more severe side effects than his past treatment and as generally he has been experiencing a lot of setbacks. This journey has been an exhausting one for him and for us, but it was good as always to be together. As I learn to live in the present, neither looking back wishfully at days gone by or fretting over the future, I'm thankful. I'm especially thankful to have my Dad with us this year, for the many lessons he's taught me and for the father he continues to be even now as life is so hard for him.
I'm also especially grateful for the examples of love I've seen this week. In a world where many seem to easily fall in and out of love I'm inspired by stories of those that don't. While in Oregon my family got a visit from an elderly man in their church whose wife has Alteizmers and doesn't remember him. Yet he kept saying over and over again how thankful he is that he can drive and see her every day. He knows she doesn' t know him anymore but he remembers her and so he stays by her side. Similarly, I am so impressed by my own Mom and the tenderness with which she cares for my Dad. She beautifully emulates the promises that we make on our wedding day to take care of the one we love for better or for worse, in sickness and in health. She has so much on her plate and yet she continues to put my Dad first just like she always has and I'm so thankful for the example she sets for all of us of what it means to truly love someone.
It was also fun being home because it was my family's first time getting to see me "looking" pregnant. My brothers thought that they were pretty funny coming up with names for me, rubbing my tummy, and poking out theirs in the picture above but this kind of fun was just what my heart needed. It's one of the things I miss the most about not being around them. No one can celebrate with you quite like family!
Finally, this weekend was fun because Robert's dog Coca had her puppies. They are a week old now and so precious. I couldn't get enough of them!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Baby Room

Ever since we moved into our new house in March Brandon has been hard at work fixing it up and so far he has 2 bedrooms done, our room and the babies room.    It's amazing how much more settled we feel now that we finally have a space that we can begin making our own. It's wonderful!  As soon as the carpet went in we went to work setting up furniture and I have to say I am so happy to have my bed and dresser back.  Yay!!!!!   Next, thanks to my parents, we were able to purchase a crib and Brandon humored me by helping me set it up, even though we haven't picked out a paint color yet which was the original agreement, and finally yesterday I picked up the baby bedding which I also love.  It's just so girly and fun!