I guess I'll start with a pregnancy update. Those are always fun & it means I have something to write about for at least 27 or 28 weeks! Unfortunately, it's not really that exciting yet. Meaning I have no belly pictures since the only belly I have is leftover from Caleb. Trust me, you don't want to see that!!
At least I am out of the 1st trimester. As of Wednesday, June 10th I was officially 13 weeks!!! So exciting. I have another doctors appointment coming up on the 17th and hopefully we'll be able to hear the heartbeat! We weren't able to the last time since I was a little over 10 weeks and the baby was too tiny. Speaking of tiny, the baby is about 2 1/2 inches long right now! To get a visual I pulled out a measuring tape! It was so cool to see the actual size in real life! Then we showed the kiddos how big there baby brother/sister is!
Speaking of boy or girl, we will be finding out what we're having. We couldn't wait to find out to save our life!! We're much too excited!!!
In other news, we had a bit of a shocker last week. Thursday to be exact. Mike called me from his work cell phone around 3pm. That was a bit odd, but usually there's a pretty good reason. He ended up asking me if I would mind if he came home a little late that evening. I immediately thought he had scored some awesome tickets to some game in Boston. However, that was not the case. Instead he needed to see about getting work since he had just been laid off!!!
My first words were, "Are you for real?!?!"
I think I had about 5 seconds of panic and then it was like a peace just washed over me and I knew things would be ok. As uncertain as our immediate future was I knew God had everything under control (as He usually does....lol). Our job was to be faithful with what we had, diligent in providing for our family, and trusting Him to provide for us.
All that to say I was still shocked. It turns out the layoff is only temporary. They allowed Mike to keep his work cell phone so that is a good sign. The only other concern we had was the insurance. Seeing as I'm pregnant we knew we would need it eventually! So, after a few days of going back and forth Mike found out they will cover his/our insurance throughout his layoff! What a blessing! See how amazing God is to provide for us! At least that is one thing we don't have to think about! I can still go to the doctors and not worry about having to postpone or skip a few!
Right now he will be collecting unemployment while still looking for other employment. We both know this layoff could be God's way of saying something needs to or will be changing. We're just praying God will make His will known to us in an obvious way. It's exciting to see where God will lead us and what changes may come about now that Mike isn't employed full time. We have many hopes and prayers, but are waiting for God to open the doors for us.
So, you can be praying for wisdom for us during this time. We're not nervous or scared. We know God will provide for us as it says in Philippians. We're just praying for wisdom in all of the decisions we know we'll need to be making. We have some pretty big things happening right now and your prayers are coveted!!!
Before Mike was laid off we made a trip or two to a local ice cream place. They have the most delicious homemade ice cream and homemade waffle cones! They are simply to die for. The kids love going there for obvious reasons, but also because they have goats, which they love to pat and feed grass to. However, the goats are not easily fooled because they know that kids bring ice cream. So, Afton was a little miffed because they wouldn't take the grass from her hands!
I don't think she thought feeding the goats was a good idea after one slimed her.
(She's trying to wipe the slime off in the grass!!)
Anyway, they still ask to go there so I don't think it bothered her that much!
We've had some absolutely gorgeous days recently and on one of them I took the kiddos to the local parkway to ride their bikes and eat lunch. It was so pretty and the sun was shining! I'm so glad I brought my camera!!
Now that Mike is home a lot more he's been taking the kiddos out and about while I work. It's been nice for everyone seeing as I don't have to referee kids while I'm answering phones, plus the kids get out instead of having to play with each other (or alone if they are fighting).
One of the days they went out for a ride and Mike decided to head to the beach. From what I hear the kids had a great time. However, Caleb met up with a wave, face first. He walked in the door and said, "I'm salty!"
We promptly showered that boy!
Last, but not least....
Afton has another tooth that is ready to come out. However, she is a bit apprehensive about letting us pull it! She insists Grampa has to do it with fishing line! We were able to convince her to let us try, but the tooth is being a bit stubborn (and so was Afton!). Mike tried a few times then I tried. After 2 unsuccessful pulls I stopped knowing that Afton wasn't ready!
Who knows, maybe it will fall out when she is eating ice cream just like the last time!