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Here are some pictures from their wedding day, July 14, 2007:
Megan, Mom and Jordan came down last weekend to join our church at Camp Tecumseh. Mom and Megan got up the courage to go down the zipline. I was especially proud of Mom for going; she was very apprehensive beforehand. Here’s a video of their zipline experience:
Hey everyone. This might be a weird post, but many of you already know what’s happening with us. Mike and I have had quite an emotional week, and it’s not even over. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been having several pregnancy symptoms. Because of how careful we’ve been with birth control, I figured it was impossible, but I decided to take a home pregnancy test anyway. A very light line showed up, but we both still felt like it was impossible. On Saturday morning, I decided to take a digital test to be sure. After three minutes, this is what we saw:
Needless to say, we started to freak out a little bit. Well, okay. I was totally excited and ready for the challenge, but worried for Mike. Mike was ready to die. We decided to go ahead and tell people, because we needed to start making some plans very quickly. On Monday, the doctor wanted me to come in for an ultrasound, since I was pregnant so soon after giving birth to Ruby. We got to see our first glimpse of the baby.
The baby is the dark spot (outlined in red) in the big yellow circle. The baby was measuring at about 2 mm in length (so tiny!!!) and four weeks along. I think that’s when we started to get excited. Seeing that little life is a pretty miraculous thing. Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning, I started losing the baby. We prayed for a miracle and asked friends and family to pray with us; however, God’s plan for this little one was not to become a part of our family. Today, we got the results of a blood test that confirms we have lost the baby. Our moods are kind of going in shifts. I think we both cried ourselves to sleep last night, and we’ve cried quite a bit today. I think the hardest thing for me has been seeing Mike so upset. For some reason, I thought he would be relieved and maybe even thankful or happy. I was completely wrong. He’s taking it pretty hard, and it’s hard for me to see. I’m not doing extremely well, either. This is just a lot of emotions to cycle through in a matter of six days. We know that God has a plan in all of this, and we are waiting to see what He’s going to do! Please pray for us as we figure out what to do next and where to lead our family. We have already learned a lot, and we will continue to strive to learn as much as we can through this. On a much happier note, we are more thankful for Ruby than we’ve ever been. She continues to smile at us and remind us that little lives are GREAT miracles, never to be taken for granted. So we've included some recent pictures (taken by a good friend) of our greatest little miracle:
We love you all! Please continue to pray for us.
These are some clips from our Father’s Day/birthday/dedication party at Zach and Sarah’s house. We had lots of fun with family and friends.
Usually, this is Mike’s deal, and he enjoys congratulating his family on the blog. Since he is away this week, I thought I’d fill in for him. I know he’d be doing this, if he had access.
Blessings and wishes for another great year to you guys. We love you very much, and we count it all joy to have you in our lives.
I hope the rest of your week continues to be a celebration! Happy Anniversary!
The last few weeks have been pretty uneventful for us, relative to the last few months. Ruby is now almost four months old; it’s amazing how fast time goes by. I included a picture above (you can find many more in our photo galleries). Lindsay had her first mother’s day a few weeks back, and I really dropped the ball on it. I’ve tried to make it up to her, but I guess I’ll have to try harder next year (and on birthdays, anniversaries, etc.). My work is going well. Wen-Ping, the guy I’ve been working with, is actually headed back to Taiwan for a faculty position. He’s been here about a year, and we’ve made really good progress in building our “soft landing” instrument (which I may post more about at a later date). Even thought he’s leaving, I believe that another post-doc is coming to help me out with completing our instrument. I’m also done with classes now, but I have a big obstacle coming in the very late fall…my OP. This is a huge project that takes months of preparation and tons of reading. I think that I’ll do fine, but I’m still a little nervous about it. It will definitely better prepare me for the pressures that will come with a doctoral position later in life.
Now, more day-to-day things. Last weekend we went to Indianapolis to visit my family. It was nice to see them all. I led worship at Sunnyside Road that night; they’re trying to incorporate some more modern songs in, and Dad thought it would be nice for me to come lead….pastor John seemed to really appreciate it. This Friday and Saturday we babysat Emma and Avry Townsend from church. They were excellent, although it stretched our house to its limits ( : This weekend we went to Terre Haute to visit with the Burkes for Memorial Day. We had a cookout or two, and everyone of course fawned over Ruby ( : Ruby’s been sleeping better at night, but had a few setbacks the last few days. Hopefully she’ll get back on the ball soon for mommy!
Next week I will be in Indianapolis almost all week. The American Society of Mass Spectrometry is having its annual meeting at the Convention Center, and I will be attending. It’s my first time to go, and I don’t want to leave my family for that long. However, it’s something that will be a valuable experience for me in the future. There’s a IMSA meeting on Tuesday night where many Indiana business owners will be; this should be a great opportunity to get to know some future employers.
That’s all for now. I just wanted you to all know that we haven’t given up on the blog…we’ve just been extremely busy with the baby and all.
We’re alive, I promise. I’m sorry we haven’t been updating much. I went back to work last week, and life just got real busy real quick. ( :
First, we want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Aunt Megan. We love you very much, and we couldn’t be more proud of the woman you are and the woman you are becoming. ( :
There isn’t a lot to update. Like I said, I’m back at work now, and I couldn’t be happier. It gets boring at home!! Anja is such a big girl. She can count to 25. She knows all of her letters, and she knows a word that starts with almost all of them (M is Mummy (or Mike), D is Daddy (or Daisy), L is Lindsay, R is Ruby, H is Hoaken, etc… She is also speaking in full sentences and she is quite the chatter-box. I love, love, love spending my day with her. Thankfully, she has taken right quickly to Ruby. She loves to help me feed Ruby and change her “nappies” (all you Americans, read “diapers.”) She quite a helper, and we’re happy to announce that she is going to be a BIG SISTER in August!! Wahoo! ( : Times are so fun right now. We’re looking forward to summer and all the joys it brings.
On the Ruby front, things are going well. We have been out of the hospital and not to the doctor’s office for a full two weeks. I’m pretty sure that’s a record!!! ( : Tomorrow is Ruby’s normal two-month check-up. She will be getting quite a few shots, so pray that she doesn’t feel to icky after her appointment. We’re very intrigued to find out how much she’s grown. She fits well into newborn clothes now, so we feel like she’s going to show some good improvement. Way to go, Ruby!! She is starting to do better at night, and she’s awake a little more often during the days now. She’s also starting to become very alert. ( : It’s fun to imagine how God has shaped Ruby…watching her emerge will sure be a blessing. ( :
We’ll update tomorrow with all the new stats, for sure.
We love you all!!
Here is a recent picture of our little girl:
Here is a picture of the new friends:
We had a great time in Terre Haute and Indianapolis with both our families. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what we did: