Saturday, February 4, 2012

Baby Shower and...

...a much needed girls night :) This past Wednesday our other Small Group through me a wonderful baby shower. I hadn't seen these girls in awhile, and they are precious to me. I've missed them! 

The night was perfect. First we met at a restaurant in Homewood called Jackson's and enjoyed catching up. The place was packed downstairs, but thankfully we had the entire upstairs to ourselves, which made it easy to have real conversations.
Then we headed over to one of the girl's houses for gifts and desserts. They spoiled me and everything was so girly and fun. The decorations were too cute and one of my friend's made these absolutely delicious strawberry and cream cheese cupcakes. They were bite size, so I didn't feel so bad eating a few ;) I received some baby essentials and some new adorable outfits--which is always so fun!
I'm beyond thankful for these women as they all point me closer to our Lord and Savior. I left feeling so encouraged, loved, and refreshed. Thank you girls, I love each of you!

False Alarm

Last Monday I woke up at 5am to contractions which pretty much lasted throughout the entire day. They never really hurt though and eventually just stopped at 11pm that night. My sweet parents decided to come in town just in case and they even left sunny Florida for this false alarm. Oops. To say I felt horrible is an understatement!! We had a great couple days together and they were a huge help getting final things ready for the baby. Extra hands are always needed and so appreciated too. Since then, I've had some much less consistent contractions throughout the week. I know my body is just preparing for the real thing and I'm doing my best to trust in God's perfect timing as well as soak up these last moments as a family of four. 

Surprise Baby Shower

This past week our Small Group completely surprised us with a baby shower for our little girl. We had a wonderful evening of snacks and delicious cake, followed by gifts, and then our normal Bible study. They even thought of Micah and Jordan and bought them "big bro" and "big sis" shirts--which we can't wait to see them in soon. It was such an encouraging night and we so appreciate their excitement as we wait for our girl to be born. They are such a blessing and we are so thankful the Lord has brought us all together. 
37 weeks

Thursday, February 2, 2012


This past weekend Paul and I took our two little ones I-Jump. We had only been here once before, when some of the Akin crew was visiting last fall and poor Jordan was sick and miserable. That wasn't the case this time around. She was out of control, going nonstop, and pretty much fearless. Since I'm pregnant, I'm banned from the jumping machines, so Paul and our friend, Josh, enjoyed the craziness ;) It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning and love on our kids before adding our newest addition here shortly.