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Monday, March 31, 2008

A Run in My Pantyhose

It all started last week with the wonderful news that baby girl had dropped down a few inches and gave me some breathing room. That morning I noticed a small patch of stretch marks. Just a small one inch by 3 inch patch. Nothing major right? Nothing major till the next morning. My sister made the perfect analogy - stretch marks are like a run in your pantyhose. Only these runs can't be fixed with a dot of clear nail polish.

Oh well. I live in Missoura...the only beach around here is at Longview Lake.

Also...the timestamp is going to be wrong again, but it's 3:30am. I wonder if this early VERY early morning ritual is going to continue after our little girl reaches her eviction date.

Monday, March 24, 2008

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See it? It says posted by Danielle at 1:33 am. It's actually 3:33 am, but I can't figure out how to change the time zone. This week I can breath. Hopefully next week I'll be able to sleep. Once her eviction date comes I'm sure I won't be getting as much sleep as I would like.

One other fun thing I forgot to mention earlier - Yesterday was the best. Sean and I spent the whole day doing a whole bunch of nothing together. It was great. (nothing did include the grocery store, Sweet Tomatoes and grilling lamb, but other than that it was pretty much the real nothing)

Taking a Deep Breath

We had a great weekend at the Henry household. It started Thursday night with 8 extra Jr High girls. Israel had a slumber party with several of the girls from The Daniel Academy, something we've never had the space of ability to do until now.

The next morning I woke up to Sean and Judah giggling in the kitchen. Apparently they had been looking online at minivans. We'll be running out of space in the car soon. Once we add our baby girl's pumpkin seat the girls will barely fit in my backseat. We definitely need the extra seat belts. How else would we get all of us and Dana and Emily to The View (our local gym with an awesome indoor pool)? So back to the giggling - not only had they been looking...they had also been bidding and were currently winning on FOUR vehicles! By noon we had "won" a Blue Chrysler Town and Country. At 1:00 we were on our way to St Louis to pick it up. Thankfully, by the time we got home we were only still "winning" on one last vehicle - a 15 passenger van. Sadly, yesterday we lost the auction.

Saturday was Purim. There was a great party at our friend Cristina's barn. We all got dressed up for the occasion. Israel was Barbie, Judah was a Girl Scout, Sean was an Amish Tom Petty, I was Esther after she'd been in the palace for a few years (meggo preggo), and Christina was a stunning Esther. I REALLY wish that I could show you a picture cuz we looked great!

That evening Huckleberry was moving quite a bit and making me quite uncomfortable. I felt kind of bad that I couldn't really focus during the reading and reenacting (thank you Judah) of the story of Esther. Every once in a while I have this feeling of...I can't do this for another month. There's no way. The only way I could do this is if I stayed in bed till she decides to make her appearance.

By the time we got home the most amazing thing had happened. She had moved down several inches and for the first time in 2 months I can take a deep breath! This feels like some incredible gift from God. For weeks now every time I eat a meal or have anything with sugar she immediately responds by sticking her feet in my right lung. She was up so high and kept putting those little feet in my chest that I was actually getting quite good at grabbing her foot (really...I could grab it) and pushing it back down where it belonged. This would only last for a few seconds before she put it right back. Now, even when she stretches out I can still breath. :)

Friday, March 14, 2008

International Hope Blankies

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Looks like some genous paid to have Hope Blankies sent to the orphanage that Li Hao (Hope) is at right now. I wish I could have been there when those little ones opened their gift.

Other good news - Zhe Wei has been adopted! Zhe Wei pictured on the 2nd row in the third block holidng the red blankie and cat.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

It's Christmas All Year

My amazing sister-in-law gave us the coolest Christmas gift this year. Soap of the Month Club. At first I was amazed by such a cleaver gift! I told my friends and sisters. Naturally, they were jealous of my soap and my good gift giving sister. Later, I found out how naive I was in the estimation of the value of this gift. I read her blog one morning while enjoying the wonderful smell of lavender and lemon grass scented hands and discovered that she had been making the soap all along! I immediately informed the friends and sisters who then had no words to respond to the incredibly amazing discovery of my incredibly amazing new sister. Phew! Try and contain yourself.

Monday, March 03, 2008

The Best News Ever!

It has been a long time waiting, but today our good friends got the okay from China to go bring their little Hope home! They will be able to leave in about one month. Please continue to pray that all of their needs are provided for in the next month and that the travel plans come together easily. Woo Hoo!

Wanna See My Big Belly?

Check out Katchen's Blog. 33 weeks down. Who knows how many to go. :)

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Judah the Dairy Farmer

  Yesterday we went to Shatto Dairy Farm. It was supposed to be a TDA field trip, but turned into more of a family event.

We drove an hour and a half out into the middle of nowhere! I'm telling you it was almost to the other edge of nowhere. We walked into their little gift shop and waited for the tour to begin. While waiting a gentleman with mud boots on. He made small talk with me for a few minutes until he decided to walk to the front of the store and introduce himeslf as Leroy Shatto! Welcome to his farm. From there the tour was just about as fun as a barrel of monkeys. We learned all about the dairy farming lifestyle which begins with a first milking at 3:30am. Next we tasted every wonderful kind of flavored milk they make - Strawberry, Bananna, Orange, Rootbeer and their world famous Chocolate milk. We also got to meet and milk some of their cows. There were 2 day old calves that jumped and leaped arround. They were definately the highlight of the tour.

I knew going to the farm that I would leave a raving fan. If you live in the Kansas City area you should be drinking Shatto. Support the local, hormone free root beer cows. Okay?
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