Last night shortly after 5:15 CST, a mile-wide tornado ripped its way through Tuscaloosa, AL, mangling everything in its path.

And today, even as I type this post, my heart is broken.

I'm not going to repost photos of damage done to the city I called home for over 3 years. Instead, I ask you to pray for Tuscaloosa and to pray for Alabama. May God be merciful.

I am going to post one photo so that I will always remember it. This is 35 Beverly Heights. I spent 2 years of college life in this little 2 bedroom, 1 bath house. Some of my most favorite memories in the world happened in this house. I made best friends in this house. Mat proposed to me in this house. I have numerous memories of cook outs and game-watching parties at this house. I lived my college life in this house. I can't look at it without crying, but I always want to remember.

The standing mailbox in the front yard, without a single bit of damage to it, is a reminder that God is faithful even in the tough times. Even in the storms.

But still, today, the day after numerous storms ravaged across the South, my heart breaks for Tuscaloosa. And my heart breaks for the city that was home for those three years, and will always be home in my heart.


9 weeks

I promise I won't turn this blog into everything baby, but I realized that if I don't document this pregnancy on my blog, I won't write anything down about it. And many years from now, when Peanut's dating/getting married, I won't have anything embarrassing to say about when his/her mom was pregnant! So, I am posting an update on my pregnancy. Sorry--this is a boring post with no pictures.

I am 9 weeks today.

Ever since I found out I was pregnant, my symptoms have pretty much been the same. I'm tired. I have no energy. I am sick as a dog in the mornings. I am never hungry, but always feel better after I eat. I crave anything with caffeine, so I have to limit myself to one cup of a caffeinated beverage per day.

My daily routine looks something like this: I get up. Gag a million times. Go to work. Come straight home. Lay on the couch and watch "Friends," "Seinfeld," and "American Pickers," (in that order). Eat something that Mat cooks or heats up for me. Sleep on the couch for 2-3 hours. Wake up. Go to bed. Wake up in the middle of the night a thousand times. Get up for work, and do it all over again. Exciting life, huh?

I had my first real doctor's appointment last Monday. Mat got to meet my doctor, Dr. Link, and I was so relieved when Mat told me he really liked him. Dr. Link was recommended to me by a friend who had a baby girl last year, so I knew we were in good hands. Still, it was nice to hear Mat say he really liked him.

We didn't learn anything new at the doctor's appointment. I did not have another sonogram, but I will have one when I go back to the doctor on May 25. I will be 13 weeks then.

We've gotten a few little gifts for Peanut over the past few days. Mat's parents bought us lots of little onesies, a few outfits, and some cloth diapers. Mom sent a package full of books and a Peter Rabbit blanket. One of the books Mom sent is a recordable storybook, and she recorded her voice reading the book. She made me promise to hold the book up to my belly and let Peanut hear her voice every night so that he/she will know her when he/she arrives. So cute, right? Finally, our friends Adam and Maggie sent us a Peter Rabbit book. Peanut is already spoiled rotten.

Other than all of this, life is pretty much been the same. Mat's parents and Lenze got to come to Shepherdsville this past weekend, and we so enjoyed having them come stay with us. We had a wonderful weekend with them.

Happy Tuesday!


oh, baby!

That's right. Our little family of two is going to be a family of THREE!

Our sweet baby, who has most affectionately been nicknamed Peanut, is due November 29, 2011.

We praise the Lord for His gracious gift of life, and we wait with eager expectation for the arrival of our first child. We are overcome with joy and thankfulness to God, who hears all prayers and answers in His perfect time.

"The LORD has done great things for us,
and we are filled with joy."
-Psalm 126:3