Wednesday, August 24, 2011

37 WEEKS


Size: Lindley Belle is about 7 lbs. (according to an ultra sound)
Movement: She is running out of room so I don't feel as 
many "kicks" but a lot of "stretching".
Weight Gain: 24 lbs.
Symptoms: Thankfully my itching is gone - gotta love 
modern medicine! These days I'm just really 
uncomfortable and having irregular contractions.
Sleep: What is that? The Lord is preparing me :)
Best Moment of the Week: My sweet friends in Oxford hosted a 
precious baby shower for me. It was a wonderful time and I was so 
happy to see so many Oxford faces. I miss that sweet little town!

Lindley Belle will be making her arrival in 5 days!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Belly Pics Update

Due to all the craziness of the move and the high risk pregnancy stuff, my "belly pic updates" have gotten lost in the mix. Here are a couple shots to catch up a little.

July 4, 2011

August 1, 2011


This week I will actually do a full 36 week post - I promise! :) 

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

20 Days!


Around mid-July I started suffering with this horrible itching that took over my whole body (head to toe!). At first I was sure it was just some weird pregnancy thing that I would just have to deal with. At the doctor that week I was told to try a bunch of different over the counter meds and home remedies. So another week went by, this time it was full of cold showers, oatmeal baths, lotions, creams, benadryl & claritin - nothing was working and I was feeling miserable. I was hardly sleeping, taking 2-4 oatmeal baths throughout the night, could barley leave the house because the heat would just increase the itching. I was back at the doctor on the 25th and this time they did a bunch of blood work, I wasn't sure what they were looking for but at this point I was willing to try anything. Two days later they called saying that my results were abnormal and that I needed to go straight their high risk pregnancy specialist. Thankfully Craig had the afternoon off so he was home when they called and was able to go with me.

After about 2 hours at this specialist's office filling out paper work, having more blood drawn & ultra sounds we finally met the doctor and got some answers. We learned that I had developed something called 'cholestasis' which is a liver disease that releases bile acids into the blood stream. The main symptom is itchy skin because the acids get absorbed in the skin. We then learned that it becomes dangerous for the baby after 38 weeks of pregnancy; increasing the rick of fetal distress, preterm birth and in some cases, stillbirth. Hearing that was not easy but the doctor was very calm and explained what our "plan of action" would be. The lungs are the last thing to develop around week 37, so the doctor said we should induce labor sometime between week 37 - 38. Along with inducing early, he said that I would need to be monitored twice a week till delivery to ensure that Lindley was not at risk. 

I have had 4 ultra sounds since then and so far everything is looking good. As long as things continue to be stable, we will be inducing on Monday, August 29th. That's in 20 days!! As any first time mom does, I've gone into major nesting mode to get our apartment ready...especially her nursery. We had our last birthing class last night so I feel very prepared in the labor & delivery area...just not prepared at home yet :)

We are so incredibly grateful for our wonderful doctors who have taken such great care of me. We see the Lord's mercies thru all of this and find our security in knowing that this was God's plan all along. We might have been shocked and upset by this news, but how beautiful to know that he ordained this path for our little girl before we even knew about her. What a mighty God we serve! We are so excited to meet our little gift from Him in just a few short weeks!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Matthew 6:34

Hello blog friends - wow, I have not posted in almost 8 weeks. It's been a crazy couple of months for sure. Over the next few days I'll try to catch up on several belated posts but first thing first....

WE MOVED!

In May Craig interviewed with SBEC in Southaven, MS to be one of their assistant varsity football coaches and one of their Bible teachers. Craig graduated from SBEC in 2004 and played football there so of course the opportunity to return as a coach was exciting! Well, after several weeks of waiting on the Lord to show us our next step, Craig was officially offered the job! Looking back on it, 3-4 weeks was not a long period of time to wait but it seemed so difficult at the time. Maybe because we knew that if he got the job, that meant we were moving within the month. Or maybe it was because our lease at our home was up at the end of May and we didn't know what to do. Or maybe it was because I'm pregnant and my hormones were raging :) Whatever it was, in a very short amount of time we were learning more and more about how imperfect our timing was and how perfect God's timing is - even when you have NO clue what His plan is. I wrote down Matthew 6:34 on a piece of paper that I carried around with me for weeks in my purse.



It's always funny to me how we have to remind ourselves to not worry about stuff. It would be so much easier if we would just be calm and rest in the Lord during those times, but we always seem to choose the more stressful & difficult don't we? Making the decision to move was really hard on us. We knew it would be hard leave our life in Oxford - our sweet church that we had just joined back in January, our great friends and the Regents family. The opportunity for Craig to serve at SBEC and the chance to be back close to family with the baby coming was such a wonderful door the Lord had opened for us. We felt very blessed that He had granted us this opportunity. So on June 27th (our 2nd anniversary!) Craig and I moved back to Memphis! Well, technically we moved to Olive Branch, MS but we live on Stateline Rd so Memphis is right across the street :) We moved into a cute little apartment that we are growing to love. It sits on this little lake with ducks everywhere so Jake is in dog heaven! We have been here for about a month now and just last night Craig and I were talking about how blessed we are. He is really enjoying his new job, I am full of joy to be near my mom again, we are enjoying closeness with family and it's wonderful to be "living life" again with my sweet friends here. This move was so far from our radar just a few months ago but now that we are here, settling in and experiencing God's blessing - we are resting peacefully in knowing that God's way are always better. God's plan will always surpass your plan. God is always good.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

26 WEEKS


SizeLindley is the size of an English cucumber
Movement: ALL the time. I'm getting into the
stage where she keeps me up at night.
Weight Gain: 10 lbs.
Symptoms: Heartburn is about the only
 thing these days.
Sleep: Beginning to be very off and on. I'm either up going 
to the bathroom, tossing around bc I can't sleep 
on my stomach, or laying there while my little 
one kicks and moves around! 
I'm the most grateful for being kept up 
but her movements - not the bathroom :)
Best Moment of the WeekLindley Belle had her first shower! 
The picture above is with all my wonderful hostesses. 
I was so overwhelmed with love and blessings that day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

24 WEEKS



Size of baby: Lindley is the size of an ear of corn
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: ALL the time! She is a mover for sure!
Weight Gain: 8.5 lbs.
Symptoms: Heartburn, heartburn and more heartburn
Sleep: I'm up every an or 2 to go to the bathroom.
Plus, I sleep with a tower of pillows so every time
I move,they all have to move...makes it tricky to
get comfy. But I'm getting pretty used to the lack
of sleep - prob a good habit to learn :)
Best Moment of the Week: Craig felt Lindley kick for
the first time! He freaked out - it was SO fun! He has
felt her many more times since :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Lindley Belle Daniel

I have been pretty absent from the blogging world these last few weeks. We have had a very busy month - I'll blog all about that at another time. I realized yesterday that I have been so preoccupied that I completely forgot to to a week 22 post! I'll be 24 weeks on Monday so I'll just wait to do that post. 

I wanted to officially post what we have decided to name our sweet baby girl and why.

Lindley:

My grandmother (my mom's mom) past away due to breast cancer 2 weeks before my mom's 16th birthday. It still saddens me that I never had the privilege to meet her. I have fond memories of my mom and her sisters telling me all about my grandmother (who my brothers and I have always lovingly called "grand-mama-with-Jesus"). As I have gotten older, my mom has told me on many occasions that I have physical and personality traits like my Grand-mama-with-Jesus. The Lord has allowed me to feel a special bond with her and I know a lot of it has to do with the special bond my mom and I share. I know I'm bias, but I truly believe I have been blessed with the most precious mother - and I feel like I have my grand-mama-with-Jesus to thank for that. Even though she only had 16 years with my mom, she left an enormous legacy behind. It brings tears to my eyes every time I think about how the Lord has blessed me with a daughter and I am reminded of the legacy in my family. Even though I never met her, my sweet grand-mama-with-Jesus has blessed my life beyond words thru my mom and so it would only be right of my daughter was named after her! Lindley is grand-mama-with-Jesus' maiden name! My prayer is that each time I say my daughters name to her, the memory and legacy of great women in my family will remind me of God's faithfulness and the responsibility he has given me to be the best mother I can be.

(My mom and my grand-mama-with-Jesus)

Belle:

As most of you know I grew up in Japan. As a child in a foreign country, it would be easy to loose touch of culture from your home country. But as a young girl growing up in Japan, I still grew a love for the romance and life lessons offered to us thru Disney movies. My mom and I grew a special appreciation and love for the movie, Beauty and The Beast. We watched it together time and time again during our years in Japan. As a little girl, I always felt a connection with the lead character, Belle. I was always impressed by her ability to love and care for people no matter what their story, looks, personality, etc. And everyone she came in contact with felt that about her and were naturally drawn to her. (Even though this character was a girl, that characteristic is the exact same trait that I see in my sweet husband).



16 weeks till we get to me our own Lindley Belle!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

20 WEEKS


Size of Baby: She is the length of a banana 
Gender: GIRL!
Movement: I keep thinking that maybe I
feel her, but nothing for sure yet.
Weight Gain: 7 lbs
Symptoms: Low energy. Heartburn started this week...
Sleep: Still tricky. I'm not a good side sleeper so I 
have pillows all around me. I really need to get an 
actual maternity pillow!
Best Moment of the Week: My sweet mom and I spent
all day Saturday registering! We had a blast!!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

18 WEEKS


 Size of baby: The size of a bell pepper.
Gender: IT'S A GIRL!!
Movement: Not yet...
Cravings: Still loving all the fruit! 
Weight Gain: 4 lbs.
Symptoms: Sleepy, low energy.
Sleep: Starting to get tricky since I can't
sleep on me belly :( I need to get a body pillow!
Best Moment of the week: Finding out we are having a girl!!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

16 WEEKS


Size of baby: The size of an avocado
Gender: 2 more weeks! (April 11)
Movement: Not yet...
Cravings: Still loving all the fruit! 
Oh, and Cap'n Crunch cereal :)
Weight Gain: 3 lbs.
Symptoms: I am tired all the time. 
I would love more energy. 
Sleep: I love sleeping on my belly, but my 
little baby bump is starting to get hard, 
making it tricky to lay on my belly. I'm up 
every few hours to go to the bathroom.
Best Moment of the week: Hosting a baby shower 
for a friend who suffered thru 18 months of infertility, 
also due to PCOS. What a faithful God we serve!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

14 WEEKS


(not much of a belly yet...but gotta start somewhere!)

Size of baby: The baby is the size of a lemon
Gender: 4 more weeks! (April 11)
Movement: Not yet...
Cravings: Fruit, fruit and more fruit!
Weight Gain: 0 lbs.
Symptoms: Thankfully the nausea and throwing up 
seems to be something of the past! I had a 
couple waves of nausea last week but nothing bad. 
I am tired all the time - would love more energy.
Sleep: I am up every few hours to go to the bathroom.
Best Moment of the week: Scheduling our gender ultrasound!!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

11 Weeks


On Monday of this week, I turned 11 weeks pregnant! Some days the reality of what's going on in my body is hard to even wrap my mind around. Everyday I feel blessed and humbled that God granted Craig and I this sweet miracle. Like any first time pregnant woman, I already had so many worries & concerns. I'm so grateful to have so many friends in my life who have had babies and can help me thru. A fear of mine that I will daily need to give to the Lord is my fear for the baby's life. On days that I don't feel sick, it worries me that something is wrong and the baby must not be growing. The Lord is continuing to teach me that all life is in his hands and that my child ultimately belongs to him. 

Starting next week, we plan to do weekly baby bump pictures :) So be looking for those! I plan on including a few little weekly highlights with the pics.

This Week:

Size: The baby is the size of a fig
Gender: 6 more weeks! (hopefully)
Movement: Not yet...
Cravings: I've been on a cereal, fruit and pop-tart
kick this week. And anything salty or sour!
Symptoms: Between weeks 6-10 I was horribly sick.
All day nausea mixed with plenty of getting sick.
I lost 6 pounds during those weeks.
This week the nausea seems to be slowly
disappearing - on some days I don't have any
- praise the Lord!I'm really hoping it doesn't return -
 fingers crossed!I'm also exhausted all the time
and sleeping is not as good as you would
think when you're so tired bc I'm up every
hour to go to the bathroom :)
Best Moment of the week: Eating whatever I
want with little to NO nausea! 

Friday, February 18, 2011

A New Home

About a year ago Craig & I had just made the decision to not move off to seminary but to stay in Oxford while Craig took his new position at Regents. Up to that point we had visited around at some churches but had not gotten involved in any. For a couple reasons. But mostly, the thought of getting involved in a church was really difficult on me because I was missing my home church, Grace Evan, in Memphis terribly. Grace Evan had meant so much to me and had brought so many amazing people in my life. Every single one of my friendships with my 17 (yes 17) bridesmaids had started in that church. It was at Grace Evan where the Lord called me into ministry and I spent 4 wonderful years (1 as a volunteer and 3 as a staff member) serving in the youth group. When I joined the staff of Grace Evan, I never knew how much of an impact it would have on my life. Fellow staff members became my best friends and the covenant family became like real family to me. Grace Evan was a place of intimacy with Christ, love & comfort of a family - basically HOME for me. Needless to say, I could not wrap my heart around the idea of attending another church and especially ever joining another church. I was battling with the fear we all know too well. The fear tells us "God is not big enough to bring something into my life since I can't see the possibility of it" I was convinced that he could not have another "Grace Evan" for me and so why bother even looking? What little faith I had in these dark months. 

When we decided to stay in Oxford, my sweet husband helped me gain enough desire to look back over the churches we had visited and choose one to visit on a more regular basis. I was hesitant but we decided together that Christ Presbyterian Church seemed to be a good choice. Still battling my fear, I thought, "how could a small town church provide me with all the wonderful things my church in Memphis did?" I also thought things like, "is this small church going to have places where I can serve in ways that I had before?" "will there be women who will take me in and love me the way the women at my other church did?"

Again, what little faith I had. And what a selfish attitude I had. 
We began visiting in January of 2010. By April we had landed in an amazing fellowship group. The couple who leads our group, Lee & Susan Tyner, have been wonderful to us! He is an elder at the church and she is our Women's & Children's Director. The other couples in this group have become sweet brothers and sisters in Christ. The group welcomed us in immediately and have made us feel so loved. In the summer I volunteered to work VBS and Craig went on the summer youth RYM trip as a leader - we both felt our hearts opening and desiring to serve there. By the fall, we were enjoying our new found love for the church, the people and the uniqueness that is Christ Pres. We had made many wonderful friends and built sweet relationships with so many great couples and families - who always made us feel so welcomed. We never felt like "the new couple" which I think shows how great the character of the people are. We truly feel that we have made true lasting friendships! One in particular I have to mention is Kyle & Jessie Routh. Kyle is the youth minister and his sweet wife Jessie and I actually both attended RUF at the University of Memphis but just missed each other. Kyle and Craig have become great friends as have Jessie and I! They have a sweet one year old named Parker - we love him! We were so touched by Kyle & Jessie's reaction to our pregnancy news. We are so grateful for their friendship and look so forward to growing closer and living life with them over the years.

A year ago I thought that joining another church and finding a home there meant I was "replacing" what Grace Evan meant to me. I have since learned that no church will ever replace Grace Evan, but that doesn't mean that I can't love another church and find a home there too - just in a different way. When I was moving away from Memphis I spoke with my pastor about this fear and he said to me, "Missy, Grace Evan is your first love and so of course you will never forget your first love and no one expects you to - but that doesn't mean there is no room for another love". Grace Evan will always mean the word to me and hold a sweet place in my heart - but my sweet Lord has provided so much love in my heart for Christ Pres and I can't wait to grow and learn there in ways that I could never had imagined!

Last month on January 23rd Craig & I JOINED Christ Pres - one year after we began visiting! We could not be more happy. We feel so blessed that the Lord brought us to this place!


Craig & I right after joining!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Psalm 28:6

"Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications" 


Many people have asked me what I felt that morning I looked down and saw a "positive" pregnancy test. My initial emotion was "Lord, there is no way it was that easy". I felt so small in comparison with the miracle the Lord had worked in my life. Craig & I had geared up for a very long infertility journey - we are just so humbled that our journey was a short 10 months. Looking back on those months, I am grateful for what we went thru and the lessons we learned - both personally and together in our marriage. Our journey is of course not over - it has just begun! I am 8 weeks along in my pregnancy so we still covet your prayers for a healthy pregnancy. Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Snow in Mississippi

We woke up to a winter wonderland down here in Oxford yesterday morning - 8 inches of snow! Craig was out of school yesterday and again today. He was beside himself excited to play in the snow! I love that my husband can still find his inner child :)












Sunday, January 9, 2011

It's The Holiday Season

Craig & I spent a week in Memphis for Christmas with our families. Our parents live about 15 house down from each other - which is so fun, but crazy at times :) But a fun crazy! Craig & I are very blessed with families who love spending time together and have lots of great traditions. There is never a dull or quiet moment during holidays :) I wanted to share with you a few pictures from our week of Christmas!

Craig's Family:


Craig & Emma - our niece 



Emma & Jack - our niece & nephew  



Craig's mom - playing Christmas hangman!



Craig & I with our cousin Angela



Mimi & Jim with her daughter & son-in-law, her son, and her niece & nephew 



Mimi with all her grandkids and great grandkids



The Daniel Family - Jerry, Diane, Will, Elaine, Emma & Jack (Savell), Craig & I


Missy's Family:


 Our annual Christmas gathering with the Oates/Orth Family



Sharon & Richard Oates with their grandson, Mom & Garry with their grandson



Telling everyone the rules for Dirty Santa (my brother called me a "Cici in Training")



Mom was excited about her jersey...so was Isaiah!




My brothers, Matthew & Nathan with our grandparents




Craig & I with my grandparents




Mom was so happy to have all her kids in the same house! Our family just keeps growing!
Garry & Cindy Shriver
Matthew, Starr & Isaiah Ludlow
Craig & Missy Daniel
Joel & Emily Larsgaard (newlyweds!)
Nathan Ludlow
Ben Shriver



Craig & I, my sister Emily & her husband Joel - with our cousins Jamie & Elizabeth 




My sweet Mamaw




Craig and our cousin Jamie





Matching sweaters! Craig, Garry (my dad) & Isaiah (our nephew)