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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

you know you're exhausted when...

...your daughter is crying and you mindlessly walk to get her pacifier and then try putting it in your husbands mouth.

Seriously, this happened 20 minutes ago. I think I'll go to bed early tonight.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Papa G visits...

Every couple of weeks my dad comes to visit Lucy. He's crazy (about her, that is), so he drives about 7-8 hours round trip to spend about 4 hours with us. And we love it. Yesterday I was able to capture some Papa G and Lucy moments.

Check out this video of Lucy and my dad playing together...

Thursday, October 30, 2008

baby talk

So... I am one of THOSE moms. You know, the ones that annoy you with the way they talk to their babies in sing-song silly baby talk. Yes, that is officially me. BUT, I did read that babies actually respond best to voices that speak that way. So, there's my excuse. And this is all a preface for the video below. The star of the show is obviously Lucy and her adorable smiles and noises, NOT my embarrassing baby talk- so you can ignore that part. Other than that... please enjoy our beautiful daughter...

Monday, September 29, 2008

how sweet it is....

... to be Lucy's mom. She is such a joy, she is adorable, (I'll let you see for yourself), and she is almost 6 weeks old! Oh, how the time flies. Lucy is currently taking a nap, which opens up some time for me to FINALLY update this blog! Yeah!

How was labor and delivery, you ask? Put simply (I'll spare you all the crazy details), it was SO stinkin hard... I do believe, however, that I have an extremely low pain tolerance. But, of course, now that she is here and I get to hold her, I see that she is MORE than worth it. I also had the greatest encouragement along the way. Many of you know that I am married to the most mellow man on earth, so he did a great job of calming me down. My sister and mom were with me, too, in the delivery room... I needed them all- they were wonderful- thanks guys :)

Ok, on to pictures. Who am I kidding? I bet nobody read this before looking at the pictures anyway... :)

after bath time...


She always raises her hand before asking a question... what great manners. :)




Dad and Lucy are giving each other their most serious face. I love this one.


I call this her "sad old man" face... a very cute sad old man ,that is.


She loves her boppy!


If you want to see more pictures... check our album on facebook, we will probably update that one more often.

Monday, August 11, 2008

as promised...

Here are the polls and pictures!





These are a few pictures of when Jonathan caught me putting together the furniture in Lucy's room... after he told me to wait for him to do it. oops, I couldn't wait! :) He wasn't mad, though... he apparently thought it was funny and wanted to capture the moment.


Friday, August 8, 2008

hi there... we're back.

Well, we're settled.
Boxes are all unpacked, baby room is ready but still vacant, and we're feeling pretty adjusted back to life in California. We live in Placentia, CA, now (which just seems like a strange name for a city, especially when you are pregnant. What were those city-namers thinking?), It neighbors Fullerton so we're really close to our new ministry campuses. We love our new hospital, doctor, neighbors and student leaders that we will be working with. We miss Tokyo, we miss LA... but we like it here.

And... I'm still getting more pregnant everyday. I've never made so many friends with strangers in my life- my belly strikes up an amazing amount of conversations everyday. The most popular words that people use to describe my belly are 'torpedo' and 'bullet'. Many of these new friends are also convinced that I am having a boy or having twins. Some of them are so convinced that it seems they would bet their very life on it. I've concluded that the way I carry this little one is somewhat of a phenomenon... at least to the people in southern California that I come into contact with on a daily basis. And this is ok with me...I'm sure I'll miss it when I don't feel famous anymore. I bet Lucy will help me out with making new friends once I'm not pregnant anymore, though (and oh, how I long for that day).

Some of you have asked for updated pictures of my belly... so, brace yourselves people- here are a few.

oops, I lied. My camera is dead, we'll have to wait until next time. And get excited, friends, because our next post (in the next few days) will feature a couple polls where you get to vote on Lucy's due date and weight. Just so you know, I'm rooting for the 17th of August (3 days early) and less than 8 pounds, neither of which, I fear, is very likely.

A special thanks to all you 'faithfuls' out there that are still checking this blog after my long absence. It's good to be back. Stay tuned for more...

Saturday, June 7, 2008

wrapping up...

This is our last week in Tokyo. We leave Narita Airport June 13th at 5 pm and arrive in LAX June 13th (yes, same day) at 11am. We are in fact time travelers, Gene.

Our last couple of days on campus were awesome. We were so loved on by students that we have been sharing Jesus with over the last 9 months. And...so exciting... our team has seen a few people place their faith in Jesus just in the last month, or so. God is so faithful. He didn't have to show us fruit like that, but He did. And we are thankful. Mostly, we are overjoyed that we will be spending eternity with a few more Japanese friends.

Here are some highlights of the last month or so in pictures...

We went on a staff retreat with the Japanese staff last month. This is Yusuke and Kaori, 2 JCCC staff giving Jonathan and I a farewell gift... a sweet little shirt for Lucy that says I love Japan (in Japanese) on the back. So cute. We'll miss them.

Riding on crowded trains never gets old. We're actually really going to miss being able to walk or take public transportation everywhere.

This is my campus team (a mix of stinters and staff) on my last day at Waseda university. They gave Shyla and I flowers to say thanks...

...and Jonathans silly team took purikura to celebrate their last week on campus. :) We have SO many pictures like this from this year... a very Japanese activity.



Strange to think that my next post could very well be from the States. We'll miss it here for sure.

By the by... if any of you readers out there are San Diegans, we are having a dessert at Jonathan's parents' place on June 24th at 7pm to share some stories about our adventures in Tokyo. YOU are cordially invited to join us.

By the by, once again... my belly button has popped out like a butterball turkey. That is supposed to be an unofficial sign that the end of pregnancy is near. But, on the contrary friends... I still have 11 weeks to go. I keep trying to remind Lucy of that; we'll see if she's a good listener.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

SUMO!!

We have experienced that once people find out that we have been living in Japan, they like to ask 2 questions...
1. Do you eat sushi? Answer: yes. we LOVE sushi.
2. Have you seen Sumo Wrestling?
Well, we can now emphatically answer, 'YES!'

This weekend our Stint team and a couple JCCC staff went to one day of a sumo tournament. It was amazing. We have a new appreciation and respect for this sport. It's so much more than huge men in thongs,with their hair in buns, pushing each other around... this is an EXPERIENCE. There is so much Japanese history and culture that has really been preserved in this sport. So, it's kind of like going back in time. The clothing (or lack there of), food, entertainment... it's awesome. If you ever get a chance to go... take it.

For your viewing pleasure, here are some sweet photos. Warning: brief partial nudity. proceed with caution... :)


Thursday, May 8, 2008

bad bad blogger

I know it. I'm a really bad blogger. I'm far from reaching my once a week goal and I'm barely making it once a month. I think I'll be better from now on. There is no promise in that, mind you. I just think I'll be better at it now. Time will tell, I suppose.

So, for the updates on life... there are many. Here are a few. There is a lot of emotion attached to all of these changes in life... excitement, sadness, hope, anxiety, etc. One common thread in it all: God is good. Really good.

- We leave Tokyo on June 13th. That feels soon, maybe because it is. I have been thinking lately about how before we left, my friend Lauren prayed for me. She prayed that Tokyo would be a hard place for me to leave. God is really faithful. There have been several things that have not been easy this year, but I can honestly say that I have fallen in love with this city and these people. Tokyo will be a very hard place for us to leave. I think that I will highlight some special Tokyo favorites and moments in the posts to come...

-We are moving to the Fullerton area to lead a new Campus Crusade missional team. We will be working at CSUF and other surrounding colleges. Although this was somewhat of a surprise option for us to consider... we have definitely felt Gods confirmation in the last couple of months that this is a place where He is preparing a home and ministry for us that honors Him. We will be apartment hunting as soon as we get back and hope to get settled in July sometime.

-We are having a baby GIRL! Lucy Joy. And let me tell you, she is indeed joyful. She dances around in my belly like she's in constant celebration. At any given moment wen I am sitting, you can look at my belly and actually SEE her doin' her thing. Pretty exciting stuff. I am 25 weeks- that's 15 more weeks of growth (which seems almost impossible at the moment). The most common greeting I have gotten from Japanese students lately is "Oki!" which means... "big". How sweet of them to notice. :) We are so thankful for how healthy Lucy and I have been.

Lucy is actually due a couple days before school begins at CSUF, what a whirlwind that will be!

-I have a wonderful husband. This is not really an update, he has loved me selflessly since we have been married. However, I feel like he should win some sort of medal for the way he has served me since I have been pregnant. He is a daily reminder to me of Gods faithful and loving provision in my life. Thank you, Jonathan and thank you Jesus.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

march madness...

... sorry sports fans, this is not about basketball. :)

We have had a very eventful, VERY fun month. Baby is growing really quickly (in my opinion, my belly seems huge all of a sudden) and is very active. We had TWO family visits that we packed with as many exciting Tokyo experiences as possible. Having family here was so refreshing and much more normal than I thought. Thanks to skype and ichat, we really get to see family pretty often... and I love that. It was just really sweet to have them in our world... a place that has become really familiar to us, but is so unfamiliar to many people that we love.

Everyone loved it... I think it's hard not to love Tokyo. The people are very friendly, the city is so exciting, the food is extremely yummy and everywhere you go is safe and clean... it's hard to beat. Here are some picture highlights of family time and growing belly madness...








And... a big thank you to those who voted for a middle name! We'll be posting results and decisions soon! We find out in 10 days whether this is little Lucy or little Davis wiggling around in my belly.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

a little help please...

So, I don't know if people usually have names picked out for their unborn children this early, or if they share this information with anyone who asks or stumbles upon their blog.... BUT, we do in fact have names picked out, and YES we will share this with anyone who wants to know. And actually, we would love your input...

If we have a girl (Kristen's vote) her name will be Lucy Joy. You are only allowed to make nice comments about this because our hearts are set on it :).

If we have a boy (Jonathan's vote), his name will be Davis ___? Here is where we need your help. We have created a little poll for you to let us know which of the 4 middle names that we are thinking about you are most fond of. You may also add an idea of your own. We'll let you know the results of the poll soon. Now... please don't be surprised or offended if the popular vote on the poll does not match our choice of the actual baby middle name (we're just not ready to relinquish that much control :)).



Thank you for your participation! We're really excited- maybe you haven't noticed that yet...

Monday, January 28, 2008

priority seat

Exciting news! I am now among the elite and respected in regards to the Japanese Train System... I qualify for a priority seat. These special seats are reserved for the elderly, handicapped, expecting mothers and people traveling with small children. Can you guess it? Yes! I am that green figure below with the booming belly! I would put pictures of my belly on this blog, but I'm pretty sure I am the only one who thinks I am showing in the least bit.

I am currently 10 1/2 weeks prego (I count the 1/2 because I'm new at this and really excited:)). According to babycenter.com our baby is about the size of a kumquat right now. If you're like me, and you don't know what that is, I've added a picture. Thankfully I don't have four of them like in the picture, just the one. :)

We are so excited about our little kumquat. We get to meet him/her (and yes, we want to find out what it is) sometime around August 22. We haven't quite finalized where in the world we will be on that date... but in the meantime, I am getting fabulous prenatal care from a Japanese hospital. All the doctors speak at least a little English, praise the Lord!

A big thanks to some of of my college girlfriends who bought me my very first maternity wardrobe. Confession: I've already worn the jeans a couple times eventhough I don't need to... they are just SO cute, I couldn't resist. You girls are the best.