Friday, July 31, 2009

Just Because

I Esteem You

In all this world,
Of the men I know,
There is this one
My heart esteems so.

His passion and grace
Extend through gentleness;
His humility and patience
Are felt in his sweet caress

I admire the way he loves
The way he works, the way he dreams;
He sees this life through faith
And not how it may seem.

His presence grabs my heart
With his sacrifice so deep;
My love for him
Makes my life so sweet

Journeying on the roads of life
The mountain tops or the valleys low,
His hand I will always hold
With him always lifting my head just so.

When the weeks seem long
And we’re not sure what this life may bring,
Long remember that it is
Of his praises his praises I will sing.

(for my Joseph Daniel- I am crazy about you)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Gracious Mercy!

I didn't tell you the most exciting and glorious news of all!

In His gracious mercy, I had a dr. appt Thursday morning. The hemmorhage is so small that she said that I could resume my pregnancy like any other! The baby looks BIG and healthy too! We were so excited that we gave each other a big "high 5" and God one too! Work it Jesus!

I got to walk around while we were on our trip and do some other fun things too ;) He's so sweet...

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Recent Read

I was given this book and I took it with us on our trip. I have a fascination with the Indian culture and so this book struck my interest. It is a fiction book based on true events and people that reflect the caste system, culture of India, and Hinduism. If you are looking for historical fiction, its definitely intriguing. It also takes a look at a subject that I am passionate about- abortion- from the perspective of a different culture.

Terry Family Sabbatical

After a few days of getting to travel with Joe for work, we packed up the car again and headed out to our family sabbatical. When we headed out, we weren't sure where we were going, but we landed at this place When we arrived in our room, little man crawled up on the bed and struck this pose all on his own! He knew what we had come for- refreshing in every way and that is exactly what it was!

The resort itself was perfect for this trip, but we were so naive on the first night when we ordered dinner 'to go' from their wine bar. Our meal was $60 and this was what I got. Seriously?

We got to go swimming, canoeing, to the zoo, miniature golf, shopping, spa surprises, good naps, and lots of quality "quiet times." Oh goodness it was glorious and I did tear up a little when Joe said that it was time to go. Thank you babe for a wonderful first Terry family sabbatical!

Big Family Reunion

A couple of weeks ago we hosted a big reunion of my extended family and here is a little picture of some of the people who attended. It was so great to meet new relatives and see old ones. Memories will cherish...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


So there have been a lot of things that have been similar to my pregnancy with Isaac and quite a few things that have been different. SNO CONES are the best thing invented by man for the pregnant woman and they sound good any time of day. I still haven't craved sweets per say, but I have been in carb OVERLOAD. Meat and meat preparation would send me into a nauseous frenzy, so carbs it is. I have a whole assortment of crackers, rice, chips, and bread to choose from. I have no idea how I have already gained 5 pounds!?! :)

There have been a few things that have been different and more challenging, but I would take this any day for my sweet baby. I have been very sick and at the brink of sheer exhaustion. I think between healing and then giving life, my body is just plain w-o-r-n out!

But with the modified bed rest or pelvic rest (or whatever you want to call it), it has made this pregnancy extra challenging. Im just going to throw this one out there and leave it at that. (keepin' it real, ladies, just tryin' to keep it real). Not having marital relations with my husband for weeks at a time just plain stinks. AMEN.

As for exercise, I am weird and I really enjoy it. It helps keep my emotions more balanced and I feel better. Lord willing, when they give me the okay, I am looking forward to a long walk that may lead to a jog (don't want to overdo it on my first time out). Where some may fantasize about being a beach or in a spa...I dream about having my running shoes on and jogging down my little trail here at the ranch. A little peace of heaven because God always meets me there.

Then, the whole "you need to take it easy" thing, I totally embraced- week one. Every week since though I have been ready to be back to my old self.

Then the heat, oh this wretched heat. The hormones make your internal temperature go up about 20 degrees anyways and then to add these temperatures. I just can't do it. We only go outside before 9 a.m. Period.

There are definitely times when I feel like I have been hijacked and replaced with this woman who has 14 different personalities. God bless my husband. In every area, I'm learning new ways to be me and be okay with how that looks in this season.

Now, I have been having a little pep talk with my buttocks about this pregnancy. To help my behind remember our little talk, I made up a little ditty...

Oh my buttocks, how do you do?
Oh my buttocks, how about you?

Though I feed you carbs galore
Please don't keep them in your store

Please remember my dear friend
We are nowhere near the end

As you see my baby showing
There's no need for you to keep growing

I know you keep things balanced out
But that kind of thing freaks me out

Just remember my amigo
You are not the one that is prego!

Here is a picture of my belly with Isaac at 17 weeks.

Here is my belly with Baby #2 at 13 weeks. :) I feel like my belly is a good 6 weeks ahead of where it was with Isaac. They say that this happens with subsequent children. This all should get very interesting around Christmas time :)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Our Miracle

Wow. The last 5 months have been a roller coaster of emotions.

We have to back up a little. Isabel went to heaven in mid-April and then, April 29th I had a follow up appointment with my O.B. Coincidentally, that is our anniversary. She said that everything looked really good, but wanted us to abstain from "trying" for the next 2-3 months. In our conversation it came up that it was our anniversary and she said that it shouldn't be an issue to "have fun" for that night and then back to strict orders. We had a refreshing night at The Woodlands Resort and "fun" was had.

The doctor scheduled me for a follow up sonogram a few weeks later to double check that everything was looking okay on the inside since I didn't have a D & C. I had been feeling sick before I had gone in, but I had read online that some women have pregnancy symptoms even 6-8 weeks after losing their baby. I just figured that everything with my hormones was out of wack and I was interested in meeting with the doctor. For precautionary sake, Joe (and Isaac)came along to the appointment in case we needed to make any decisions.

As we arrived at the doctor's office, the nurses were acting kind of strange and when the doctor arrived she had a very puzzled look on her face. She said, "Well, we're not here to talk about what we thought we were going to be talking about." In which, I responded apprehensively with , "okay." "Because you're pregnant." I'm PREGNANT! We were in total shock and still have been realing over this miraculous surprise! Apparently, we have an anniversary baby!

The doctor did a full sonogram that day and everything looked pretty good. There was some fluid in my pelvis and due to the circumstances, she wanted me to come back in 2 weeks for another sonogram.

When I came back 2 1/2 weeks later, everything with the baby looked great. She saw something outside of the chorion (outside layer that the baby is in) that was concerning her. After seeing her another couple of times, having blood work, and her reviewing all of my information, my doctor really believes that we had twins (that runs in our family) and one of them didn't make it early-on in the pregnancy. That sack filled with blood is on the side of the chorion (medical terms are a sub-chorionic hemorrhage). We really believe (Lord willing) that everything is going to be fine, but the doctor would like for me to take it easy and continue to monitor it until that blood dissipates.

By God's grace, I am 12 weeks. I saw that sweet baby again yesterday and they even gave me a 3d sonogram. It is so precious and I have felt this entire time that the Lord wants me to know that this little life is a miracle. The conception... a miracle. The fact that I have had periodic bleeding and the baby is doing great... a miracle. I am believing and standing for this little miracle to arrive in our arms healthy, peaceful, and joyful somewhere around January 19th :) Praise God that He still works miracles!

These are the scriptures we feel like we're supposed to pray and would love if you joined with us as we pray for protection over the baby.

Psalm 118:17 I shall not die, but live, And declare the works of the LORD.

John 20 And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.

Nehemiah 9:6You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.

Psalm 63:9They who seek my life will be destroyed; they will go down to the depths of the earth.
2 Kings 13:17, 18 Open the east window," he said, and he opened it. "Shoot!" Elisha said, and he shot. "The LORD's arrow of victory, the arrow of victory over Aram!" Elisha declared. "You will completely destroy the Arameans at Aphek." Then he said, "Take the arrows," and the king took them. Elisha told him, "Strike the ground." He struck it three times and stopped. 19 The man of God was angry with him and said, "You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times."

So much more to tell, but I hope to do that in the coming weeks. Thank you for standing with us! Here is a little glimpse of our miracle. We love and miss you all...