Thursday, September 25, 2014

Any Day Now...

It's so exciting to have made it to the "any day now" part of pregnancy!
And here's my official Any Day Now photo:
Little Lois and me, almost 39 weeks!


Because when you're this big and pregnant, it's easy to find excuses to procrastinate the real work in favor of a ball of yarn, hooks and needles, and a comfy recliner.
Ahh, cozy Fall days.
(And warm, slippered feet!)

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Welcome, Fall

It may only be the second week of September, but Autumn arrived at the our home this week.
The overcast weather coupled with the fact that a baby is due to arrive just a week or so after Fall technically begins gave me the motivation to go ahead and decorate. (Even though my garden is still bursting with lots of hot pink and purple! Ha!)

The boys needed to wake up from their nap, so I thought I'd begin to set up some festive touches in their room to rouse them gently.
They didn't budge... but when they did finally come to, they were so excited to wake up to fun decorations everywhere!
The rest of the house is a little more subtle, but cheery.
I didn't expect the surge of grief that ran through my body as I pulled ceramic pumpkins and harvest placemats out of the box. Memories of last Thanksgiving hit me unexpectedly, and my heart broke once again for that little life we lost.
Then Lois kicked and peace washed over me.
Our Lord is so kind. 
Welcome, Fall. Once again you are here.
A new season, ripe for making new memories.
This year has been bursting with blessings, and I am ready to spend all of Autumn thanking God for them.

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,
in everything give thanks,
for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

*The boys' memory verse this month. :) 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Ok, just one more...

I said I was done.
I lied.
One more bit about our trip. :)

After eight years absence we finally made it back to Moscow, ID our last weekend in the Northwest.
Moscow, the land where it all began.
Riley fell in love with me the day we met at Mountain View Park. 
He still remembers what I was wearing!
While we didn't get to go inside the college we attended together, we did get to celebrate a happy reunion with several of our classmates and friends who are still living in town!

We were blessed to sit under Pastor Douglas Wilson's preaching at Christ Church Sunday morning, received kiddo-breakdown-salvation from the chocolate stash in Nancy Wilson's purse, and then enjoyed a delightful potluck afterwards with friends.
Boys! (And this isn't even all of them!)
Such fun to catch up on each others' lives!
(And incredible to think that the last time we were in town none of the 20+ children there were around! A lot can happen in less than a decade!)

While we were awful at capturing all the fun with photos, I did manage to steal these two from friends. I'm especially glad to have gotten my hands on this one: 
Tam: 33 weeks, Hope: 39 weeks
My dear sweet roommate and I, both pregnant with our third baby, both little girls!
What fun to come back to a town that will always hold a special place in my heart!
Since we were there less than 24 hours, we didn't get to see all the people we hoped to reunite with, but we were inspired to make a trip back at least once before our kids are in college themselves!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Northwest Wrap Up

Ok. It's time to wrap up the story of our trip out West.
I'll do it as quickly as possible!
After we got back from the Seattle area, Riley and I were able to sneak away to celebrate 7 years of marriage! We shopped, dined, and then stayed overnight at the Doubletree Hotel (in downtown Spokane, where we spent our wedding night)!
[33 Weeks!]
And here's a fun collection of random memories from our visit:
Snuggles with some of their favorite people!
Floating the Little Spokane River
And roasting marshmallows in the back yard!
It was a wonderful visit, and we are so glad we have the regular privilege of seeing family that lives so far away! What a blessing!

Four New Wheels (And Four Weeks Left!)

36 weeks today!
And celebrating with my new set of wheels!
Can't believe we only have four weeks to go. 
C'mon, Lois! We can't wait!
Well, actually, I have tons to do still, so you can hang in there just a little while longer... :)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Nursery Nook

Due to the strange layout in our house, and the fact that the Master Bedroom happens to be the smallest room in the house, Lois only has about four square feet to call her own... but it's an adorable little spot! 
The hardest part for me was making sure I didn't overdo it.
(So many cute ideas, so little space!)
I'm so pleased with the sweet little space that I was able to create for her, complete with a darkening curtain for the window, privacy curtain trimmed with some of Riley's Grandma's lace, and embellished fabric hoops adorning the wall. 
A tiny dress I wore as a newborn is hanging on the opposite wall, and the quilt I made is draped on the cedar chest beneath her little bassinet. 
This will be where our darling daughter sleeps when she arrives!
We're giddy with excitement!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Flowers, Flowers Everywhere!

So many lovelies adorning my home right now...
Ah, the joys a tiny cutting garden can give!
Happy, happy me!

Traveling while Traveling

So, when we felt like flying 3,000 miles across the country to visit family in Spokane wasn't quite enough traveling, we decided to hop in the car and make the six hour drive to Portland, OR while we were in the mood to go new places!
My dad and sister had signed up to do a Tough Mudder in Portland the second weekend we were in town (before they knew we were going to be in town) and since we have family in Portland, we thought it'd be fun to make the trip with them! 
And it worked out pretty well, because it turned out to be a bit of a family reunion down there, as many of my extended Doughty family members joined us to celebrate my cousin's upcoming wedding with a bridal shower!
[That's a lot of people, and yet still only a fraction of the Doughty clan!]
After the shower, we Lathams decided to take a roundabout way home, and swing into Maple Valley, WA to visit Danielley and attend my old church there.

She's also pregnant with her third, and it was fun to get some blooming baby belly photos of the two of us!
(The matching black maxi dresses were a total accident, but they provided for lots of laughs and some pretty cute pictures!)

Then we got to drive back to Spokane, over the gorgeous Cascade mountains, through the desert lands of central Washington, and across the stunning Columbia River gorge. Washington is truly an incredible place to see. So much diversity in just one state!

It was sure fun to travel while traveling!
Even with a growing belly and a shrinking bladder... ;)

Monday, September 1, 2014

Just the essentials...

I've got just five weeks until my due date!
And, as that big day draws nearer, I become more and more aware of all that needs to be accomplished before then. 
So, I went ahead and knocked out two of the essential baby preparations this weekend:
Painted toe nails and a fresh new look.
Snip, snip!
Well, they may not be essential, but they're fun.
Riley pointed out to me this morning that if Lois comes as early as Gray did, we could have a baby THIS MONTH!
I guess it's time to get the actual essentials rolling!
(You know, like at least purchase a pack of diapers or something...)

Eeek! We're getting so close!