Saturday, December 31, 2005
Friday, December 30, 2005
Jawan (groggy): "Mitch, where are you?"
Mitch: "I'm in the living room on the couch."
Mitch: "Because there wasn't any room in the bed."
Jawan: "Huh? Why?"
Mitch: "Because you kicked me out by scooting back more and more and I didn't want to wake you up since you were sleeping so soundly."
Isn't my husband the greatest?!?!?!?!
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Some of our best friends, Jason and Susie Tucker (their family blog link is on the right hand side of this page), and their three children, stopped by to see us on their way through Columbus during the holidays. We were able to spend a few hours with them while eating pizza, catching up, and watching our children play together. What fun to see them again!
Monday, December 26, 2005
It's the day after Christmas and I have been able to spend some time with my two sons here at home, playing with toys on the floor and taking naps together. If you've never heard of Sara Groves or any of her music then I'd advise you to go to her website and listen to some of her lyrics. I've got a new favorite song written by her which is on her album entitled Station Wagon; Songs for Parents, named Prayers for This Child. I love Andrew and Luke so much that these words could have been written by me!
I do not know how I am to pray for this child
as a mother I don't want my baby denied
but in the waiting in the waiting I learned
every instinct in me wants to shield him from pain
take the arrows of misery heartache and blame
but in the sorrow in the sorrow I learned to hold on
I only have two eyes - be all seeing
I only have two hands - be everywhere
I do not know enough - to be all knowing
I give this baby up into your care
I do not know how, how to pray for this child
I want to guard him from everything wicked and wild
but in the trial in the trial I learned to hold on
And in the trial, in the trial
I learned to hold on to the heart of God
Saturday, December 24, 2005
All four of us ventured out tonight for our joint Christmas Eve service with the other PCA church here in Columbus. How wonderful and amazing it is to gather together! What fun it is to delight in Christ by celebrating his birth. We worshipped by singing several hymns and hearing many passages from the Bible. Our voices were united as we recited the Apostles Creed, confessing our belief. Mitch joined with three other teaching elders in leading the service and my heart overflowed with joy as I thanked God for giving me such a God fearing husband. It is really special to have given birth to Luke during this holiday season. I gaze upon my children and wonder why it is that God has chosen to bless me so.....then I hear his voice say, "Because I love you and want to give you good things". As we sang, I was moved by the thought of such a small baby whose birth and life was the greatest event ever. How sad that many then missed it and how few rejoiced. I think of the wise men who chose to go to the home of Mary and Joseph to worship Jesus instead of reporting back to King Herod. How brave and honorable! Of all the songs sung during this time of year, none speak to my heart quite like the lyrics of O Come, O Come, Emanuel:
O come, O come, Emanuel, and ransom captive Israel, That mourns in lonely exile here, until the Son of God appear. Rejoice, rejoice! Emanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free Thine own from Satan's tyranny; From depths of hell Thy people save and give them victory o'er the grave. Rejoice, rejoice! Emanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Day-Spring, come and cheer our spirits by Thine advent here; And drive away the shades of night, and pierce the clouds and bring us light. Rejoice, rejoice! Emanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
O come, Thou Key of David, come, and open wide our heavenly home; Make safe the way that leads on high, and close the path to misery. Rejoice, rejoice! Emanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I don't think I would have made it through the labor, c-section, and hospital stay without the best midwife in the world. I know I've bragged about her before and I will continue to do so as she has been such a blessing to me. She takes care of me far beyond the walls of her office. I know I'm emotional and hormonal, but I want to take this time to thank you, Courtney...I love you.
Sunday, December 18, 2005
After a long stay in the hospital, we have finally made it home. Boy, does it feel good! My recovery from the c-section is going great....the painkillers are working and I've been doing alot of walking, just like my midwife instructed. Since Luke's jaundice levels were high, we had to stay one extra night in the hospital so they could keep an eye on it. Fortunately he hasn't had to undergo the phototherapy light treatment. We'll visit his pediatrician in the morning to have another test run. Andrew has had a difficult week. He's loved being with his Gami, my mother, but he's missed his Mommy and Daddy and is having a hard time dealing with the fact that I can't pick him up or let him sit in my sore lap. I think he's become quite attached to Mitch over the last few days and wants to go everywhere with him. He loves his baby brother and finds it interesting to point out his eyes, ears, nose, fingers and toes to us. My sister and her children plan to be here mid-week to celebrate and early Christmas with us so Andrew has alot of attention to look forward to.
I have two boys....wow. I still can't believe that God has blessed me with such an amazing gift. Tears well up in my eyes and my heart overflows with thanksgiving when I gaze upon my precious children. God delights in giving us good things and I couldn't ask for anything more. My little blond Andrew and brown headed Luke are treasures. Thank you, Father, for choosing me to be their mother. I pray that I will be diligent in teaching them your ways, your love, and your Gospel.
Thursday, December 15, 2005
I am on Mitch's laptop typing this from my hospital bed while Luke is sleeping here next to me. Luke is not even 24 hours old yet. He was born last night at 6:50 p.m., weighing in at a healthy eight pounds, six ounces, and measuring 20-3/4 inches long. Unfortunately, I had to have a c-section due to Luke's low heart rate and the cord being wrapped around his neck. He was distressed and not tolerating the contractions so they wheeled me down to the OR where I was strapped, cleaned, cut open, and stitched back up. Mitch looked so good in his white and blue scrubs. I'll post pictures later of all the action so look for more details to come. I am thankful I was able to experience the initial stages of labor without having to be induced and I must admit that I actually have been able to enjoy this labor experience since the pain isn't as great (seriously!). God is good.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
I wish that I could experience the actual bag breaking on it's own with contractions strongly following, since I didn't get that chance with Andrew either, but I'm VERY ready to have this baby! I'm so uncomfortable!
Monday, December 12, 2005
Friday, December 09, 2005
Yeah, that's my 34 year old husband playing on the playground. He's such a kid at heart but he still hasn't learned that he's a bit too big to fit on some of the equipment. Can you say, "You're gonna hurt yourself!"? And that he did! He circled his way down this contraption and ended up with a bruised finger and scratched legs.
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Tuesday, December 06, 2005
I couldn't pass up buying these cute plush antlers....nor could I resist making the silly face. Andrew likes this picture of his mom!
Saturday, December 03, 2005
Friday, December 02, 2005
Me = Dec 16 (there's a full moon that night!), P.M., 7 lbs 14 oz, 20 in
Mitch = Dec 9, A.M., 8 lbs 1 oz, 21.5 in
My mother = Dec 8, A.M., 7 lbs 6 oz, 20.5 in
Mitch's mother = Dec 16, A.M., 7 lbs 13 oz, 21 in
Mitch's father = Dec 17, 8lbs, 21.5 in
Mitch's sister = Dec 18, P.M., 8 lbs 2 oz, 21 in
My sister = Dec 10, P.M., 8 lbs 7 oz, 21 in
My brother = Dec 13, P.M., 8 lbs 3 oz, 18.75 in (he has to be difficult)
My neice = Dec 7, P.M., 7 lbs 3 oz, 19.5 in
My nephew = Dec 15, A.M., 7 lbs 7 oz, 19 in
Our cell phone plan allows us a free upgrade on our phones every two years so we traded in our old ones for the newer model today. Have I mentioned that I'm a camera-happy person? Well, my new phone has a camera on it (yes, I'm a little behind the times, I know) and I have already taken several pics of Andrew as the day progressed. Mitch happened to snap this shot from his phone of Andrew and me. Hmmmm....my eyes look a little crooked...maybe it's because I haven't slept much in the past three nights or because I'm about to pop from so much pressure with this pregnancy...who knows? Anyway, Andrew looks perfect!
Thursday, December 01, 2005
I've been sick for the past two days. Being sick when nine months pregnant is not a pretty sight. I'm just thankful that my "sick-time" fell on the two days of the week when Andrew went to Mother's Morning Out so I could sleep/rest without feeling as if I were abandoning him. I'm still a little weak but feel much better than I did 48 hours ago. I called a good friend of mine who is a nurse to ask her what the chances were of induction if my only complaint were that I were miserable...she wasn't too encouraging, giving me the safe medical answer of, "Sorry...If you're having no symptoms then you'll just have to keep waiting". So, I'll be here blogging until then....
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Thinking to self: "Huh? Is that Andrew's little riding ATV I hear? Isn't it outside on the porch? Why is it in my dream? I mean, that has nothing to do with what I'm dreaming about...weird. Oh well, back to sleep.
"I'm ready to race! Ready, Set, Go!"
What? There it is again! I'm not dreaming.....is there someone trying to break into our apartment from the porch? Did a cat jump up on the ATV? I better look outside and then wake Mitch."
I'm ready to race! Ready, Set, Go!"
"Mitch! Mitch! Andrew's ATV is stuck in race-mode on the porch. I think the rain has gotten into the battery area. I hope it's not waking up the entire apartment building!".
So, just imagine Mitch and I in our pajamas at 5:00 a.m. on our front porch trying to keep the stupid ATV quiet so it doesn't wake Andrew or bother the rest of the tenants. I'm scurrying around in the dark trying to locate the toolbox & electric screwdriver so Mitch can take the batteries out (apparently the manufacturer decided against installing an ON/OFF switch) while he's covering up the speaker on the ATV with his palm & mumbling something under his breath.
Fortunately, we both climbed back into bed, thankful Andrew was still fast asleep & that no one was knocking on our door to tell us to call off the races. Oh, & we laughed about it, too....later. Oh, me and my quiet-apartment-living self-righteousness.....God sure showed me!
By the way, another routine visit to the midwife today....Luke already weighs a good 7 pounds & is still showing no signs of coming early. I go back next Tuesday for another routine checkup.
Monday, November 28, 2005
I can't believe that I've gone five days without typing a new post. I was waiting to download my pictures from my digital camera upon our return home from Mom's house, but, once we arrived, we realized our Internet service was down. Oh well...better late than never.
We really enjoyed our time in Thomasville with my family, especially since we knew it was gonna be our last little "get-a-way" for a while. We ate lots of food with my mother, sister and her family, and my brother. We missed not being able to celebrate with Mitch's family but we thought we'd better make the trip to Thomasville while we could (I'll probably have a house full of family in about three weeks anyway). I've inserted a few pictures of our time there. I was also able to visit with my two best friends from high school, Dawn and Claire, who were also in town for the holidays.
Mitch went to Lowe's last night to purchase a 7 foot artificial tree so we could get something festive put up before Luke arrived. I'd hate not to have a tree up and decorated when he decides to make his appearance! We haven't taken it out of the box yet but it's on my TO DO list for this week as well as trying to find our boxes marked "Christmas" that I assume are in the mini-storage room.
I visit the midwife on Tuesday......I'll keep you updated on any progress.
Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Monday, November 21, 2005
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Friday, November 18, 2005
I got a haircut today. I'm not all that wild about it but I'll learn to play with it and figure out how I like to style it. The girl that cut it looked and dressed like she sold cosmetics at the MAC counter in the mall. She was sweet but all decked out in black with dark eyes, dark lips, and jet black hair. It made for good conversation and I'm sure she thought this pregnant white girl was a little strange, too. Of course, the weirder the hair-dresser looks/seems, the better haircut I walk away with! HA!
I told Mitch a few weeks ago that I was gonna let my hair grow out but I've finally admitted to myself that the longer my hair gets the thinner and trasher it looks...so, I've not labeled it a "Mama-cut" just yet but it does seem that my hair keeps getting shorter as the years (babies) go by. I hadn't had a haircut since this past May so my split ends were thanking me. I'm sure that once Luke arrives that the time between now and my next cut will probably be even longer.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
This is Andrew with a sad face b/c Mom left -- he didn't know what fun we would have!
Here's another sad face from Andrew.
Here's a pic of Andrew & Dad highjacking Mom's blog!
Finally, here's Andrew thinking "Stealing Mom's camera is FUN!!!!
WE LOVE YOU, MOM!!!!
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Sunday, November 13, 2005
Saturday, November 12, 2005
Yeah, I know....it's just a game.
Friday, November 11, 2005
My brother confessed to me that he doesn't spend the time to read my long blog entries if there aren't any pictures attached...so, I looked back in some old files and decided to post these older photos so he'll be happy. (*tee hee*)
Dawn came to visit me soon after giving birth to Andrew last year on her drive south from Atlanta to Thomasville. It was good to see her and take a few pictures of her with my little one. She's due to have her first child just three weeks after I deliever my second, so I hope we can capture another moment like this one.
The other picture was one Mitch happened to snap of me admiring Andrew just minutes after he came into the world. He was so tiny and I was so amazed. I can't wait to have those bonding moments with my next child, Luke, in a few weeks.
Finally, how could I NOT include a picture of me with the finest man on the planet!?!?!?!?!
Thursday, November 10, 2005
Andrew and Daddy take a break to rest on the bed while Mommy is, once again, taking another picture. I can't believe Andrew was ever this small. He's growing up so fast.
By the way, my sister-in-law, Valerie, is having another girl (due in March)! It seems that she is going to supply the extended family with all the granddaughters and neices while I'm gonna be the one to give them the grandsons and nephews. I'm looking foward to the many stories we'll be able to share as we watch our children grow.
My sweet brother, Stuart, sent me the cutest movie he made of Andrew today. It made me cry. Thank you, Stuart, for taking the time to make and give me such a special gift...and, yes, you can call that my "belated birthday gift" so now you don't have to feel as if you should buy me something! HA! Nothing could mean more to me than the time it took for you to make the movie. Thanks for saving all those pictures I've sent to you over the years and for sharing your heart in your latest blog. Blah, blah, blah...... (*tee-hee*)
Monday, November 07, 2005
(1) I am thankful that from the beginning of time that the Father chose me to be His. What a priviledge it is to be called a child of God. I know that my name is engraved on his hand, never to be wiped away. His death has brought me life...I only hope that my life displays the light of Christ, the grace of the Gospel, and that I strive to live out the verse John 3:30, "He must increase, but I must decrease".
(2) I am so thankful for my family:
My husband, Mitch, who is my best friend and constant encourager.
My son, Andrew, who is the apple of my eye.
My mother, Wanda, who is such a prayer warrior and excellent example of a godly woman.
My late father, Jim, who, although he was rough around the edges, wrote the sweetest words to me in various notes, letters, and emails.
My sister, Angela, who makes me laugh and is someone I admire.
My brother-in-law, Steve, who has built a home of love for his family.
My neice, Meredith, who is sensitive to others and longs to serve others.
My nephew, Ethan, who is ALL boy but still gives me a hug when we're together.
My neice, Emily, who loves to share her personalized songs and stories with me.
My brother, Stuart, who shares his heart with me and isn't afraid to take risks.
My grandmother, Ruth, who is still spunky and energetic as ever in her early 80's.
My mother-in-law, Cheryl, who loves me as if I've always been a part of her family.
My father-in-law, Anthony, who hugs and kisses me, especially since he's the only father I've got left.
My sister-in-law, Valerie, who calls me just to say hello and trusts me with her daughter.
My brother-in-law, Tyler, who is my side-kick on the McGinnis vacations.
My neice, Emma, who cracks me up with her stories and two syllable words.
And I'm thankful for many, many others.....uncles, aunts, and cousins!
Saturday, November 05, 2005
Friday, November 04, 2005
In case you hadn't heard...I'm married to the most wonderful man on the planet. We've been married for six years and each day our marriage gets better and better. How blessed I am that God has given me such a wonderful gift. I love you, Mitch.
I know this picture is on the humorous side and this blog sounds somewhat "deep", but that's one thing I love about Mitch. He makes me laugh and there's no other person in the world I'd rather spend every minute of my day with. I've always said that I wish I could carry him around in my pocket with me all day, everywhere I went, just so I could see his face and hear his voice. Right now, he's sleeping.....and, as I type, I can say that I love hearing him snore. Now, where's my tape recorder?
Why do I love him so? He faithfully seeks ways in which he can serve me, especially since I'm currently eight months pregnant. He carries Andrew on his hip so I can rest, he pushes Andrew in the stroller so I can waddle behind, he cleans the toilet, he takes out the trash, he cleans out the van with the dust buster, he switches the car seat from car to car when needed, he is always home for supper, he calls me many times during the day just to say "hello", he spends his day off with me and Andrew, he seeks out "moments of retreat" to keep our flame alive!, he works hard, he speaks gently to me, he communicates well, he's forgiving, he listens, he confronts with sensitivity, he is reliable and trustworthy, he stands firm on the Word of God, he is affectionate toward his son, he talks to my belly so Luke can hear his voice, and, most importantly, he preaches grace and the Gospel of Jesus Christ not only on Sunday morning from the pulpit but also to my heart.
Thank you, my buddy.....I love you.
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Yes, I'm a mother who is always snapping pictures of my child doing almost anything. I remember being in the hospital room two days after giving birth to Andrew and my friend Crissy saying to me, "Remember, Jawan....you don't have to take a picture of EVERYTHING that he does!". Oh, how Mitch wishes I had heeded her advice. It seems that my camera lives in the car or on my shoulder. I am constantly clicking, downloading, adjusting, ordering, deleting photos only to start the process all over again. I mean, we visited the local pumpkin patch three times this week and I managed to take pictures of Andrew all three times in three different outfits. That's gonna be a difficult layout to journal/explain in his scrapbook. Well, anyway, let me share this picture with you while I'm "at it". We were stuck inside ALL DAY today since it was raining but I managed to find a few minutes to take Andrew outside to escape with his bucket so we could go "rock-hunting" in our small patch of grass in front of our apartment. He found 36 rocks! He's washing them off in the kitchen sink here in this photo. He's our little geologist.
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Why is it that when there are three lanes of traffic, all headed in the same direction, that the car in front of you, who plans to go straight, always decides to stop in the lane farthest right at the traffic light when you want to turn right?
"Is that a car behind me or a huge bug? Ok, get off my tail! You're so close to my bumper that I can't see your headlights when looking in the rear-view mirror! Not to mention I have a child in the car...can't you see I'm driving a mini-van!??!?!?"
Why is it that some drivers don't stop at a crosswalk (like the one at the grocery store) to let a pedestrian by...especially when that pedestrian is a woman with children or is pregnant (did I mention that I was eight months preg.....,oh, yeah)?
"How long have you lived here? Ok, you've got a Muscogee Co. tag so how could you not have known that that lane was going to evolve into a turn lane at the top of the hill? Now you want to get back in my lane, cutting in front of me, huh?". For those of you who have also had this thought, I'm referring to the right hand lane which turns onto OLD MOON RD as you are traveling north on Veteran's Parkway.
Got blinkers? Please use them.
Whew....it's late and I've got if off my chest so that's enough for now.
NEXT WEEK: Semi-truck drivers......
Monday, October 31, 2005
We have all graduated (7-8 years ago!) from college, have moved our separate ways, married wonderful men (we're praying for you, Mary!), and had children. I just wanted to let you know, my college friends, how much I love you. I miss spending time with you but I'm so glad that we still keep in touch through phone calls and email. This is a picture from a baby shower in Atlanta given to me by my college roommates when I was pregnant with Andrew in Dec 2003. Pictured are Heather (with Will Ramsey), Bree, Malisa, Cory, Amy (with Dalton), Mary, me, and Libby (with Annie & Riley). Go VSU Blazers!
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Mitch and I had our sixth wedding anniversary two weeks ago but didn't manage to "celebrate" it until this weekend. My mother drove 2.5 hrs to come spend time with Andrew while Mitch and I escaped to Atlanta for one night. It was a wonderful retreat! We stayed in midtown Atlanta on Peachtree St, right across from the Fox Theatre. While there, we took the Studio Tour inside the CNN Center/Newsrooms, saw Richard Petty as he signed his autograph for fans in Centennial Park, ate at The Cheesecake Factory and ESPN ZONE in Buckhead, walked around Lenox Square Mall, and then headed home. I really missed Andrew and was so glad to see him when I got home. We immediately sat down to a wonderful home-cooked meal upon our arrival that my mother prepared. Thanks, Mom!
By the way, because some have been asking, here's a picture taken of me today while in Atlanta. I'm 33 weeks pregnant with Luke....and counting.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
I love this picture of Mitch and Andrew peeking at each other through the stalks of corn and pumpkin stacks. We had fun today with Daddy and the weather was much more pleasant than on our first visit. Instead of choosing an orange pumpkin to bring home, Andrew went with a smaller white pumpkin this "go-round".
Monday, October 24, 2005
We visited the Pumpkin Patch with my local MOPS group today. Andrew had a great time playing in the field of orange pumpkins and he loved getting lost in the maze of them. Of course, his favorite part of the day was riding on the back of the tractor during the hayride. We had so much fun that we're gonna go back in two days with Daddy!
Saturday, October 22, 2005
We've been busy today! We spent a good part of the morning at a children's expo in downtown Columbus which was really fun for all. There, Andrew rode the pirate ship, waved at everyone, laughed at the martial arts team, painted a pumpkin, and made friends with a lion...or at least someone hidden inside of a lion suit! After naptime we all went to the Fall Festival at Andrew's Preschool where he wore his lion outfit (see picture). He didn't stay in it any longer than it took me to take some pictures. He was more interested in sitting in the fire engine or on the police motorcycle. For the first time, Andrew slid down one of those huge inflated slides all by himself....and loved it! Thanks for letting me share and for visiting often to read about our family events!
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
This photo needs no explanation. Andrew is roaring and ready to go after freshening up in his bath; but Dad...well, that's a different story.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Since Mitch was already with Andrew at Burger King on the playground, I decided that I'd spend my "extra" hour going downtown to the tag office to renew my tag since it expires in two weeks. After struggling to find a parking space, going through the metal detectors and security, and standing in the beautiful concrete room with several others, I am told that no debit or credit cards are accepted...only checks. WHO CARRIES A CHECKBOOK WITH THEM ANYMORE? Maybe I'm just weird.....I don't shop anywhere that doesn't take a credit/debit card! I only write checks to put in the mail to pay for bills! I got nothing accomplished, it seems....well, I take that back....I did manage to stop at a roadside sale to purchase a $1.00 pumpkin for Andrew to take to Preschool and decorate on Wednesday. But, wait....he's got a cold now so he probably won't be going anyway.....figures.
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Andrew got a hold of his vacuum cleaner after naptime so he's been busy cleaning and emptying the bag. He's no longer mad at me 'cause I'm letting him play....oh, I mean "clean".