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Week 31
~ 1st Week of Summer Break & Vacation Bible School

Hello Everyone,

Crazy Hair DayI hope you are all enjoying your summer so far. I had a great week, although I admit it had a few exhausting moments to it. I also keep thinking about this precious baby girl of mine and when she finally makes her grand debut into the world. I know I will treasure the moment.

Our first official week of summer was pretty exhausting; however, it was so great to have so many children come to our VBS program at church and be involved. Katie was able to help with the first graders and I helped with an area called Faith Skills. Basically, we were trying to help the kids learn the memory verse and help it to make sense for them. We also sang some songs, jumped around, and had fun too. Oh my goodness and what a workout that was! I tried to keep strong with my energy level, but by the time, I got home every day, all the energy I had left was just enough to walk over to my sofa and lie down. I was completely wiped out! I think one of the reasons I would get so exhausted each day is because this sweet baby girl of mine likes to push up high and makes it hard for me to breathe sometimes. Actually, she does it quite a bit. I kept on having a ton of contractions during this week as well. They were just those wonderful Braxton Hicks contractions helping my body prepare for labor. In addition, my legs kept on cramping a lot; this of course makes complete sense because I was pushing my body a little and walking quite a bit. However, even though I had a few physically uncomfortable moments, I am so glad I was able to help out. Of course, it was for a fabulous cause. Overall, I had a great week; my body was just a little sore.

Crazy Hair dayI am adding just a few pictures from our Vacation Bible School experience. On each day, the kids had a different theme, such as crazy hair day, crazy hat day, crazy sock day . . . I got a couple of pictures, so I am posting a picture from one of those days. I thought it was fun; I even dressed up for a few days myself. Dominic wouldn't wear any "crazy socks" though because then he would have had to wear "girl socks" and on crazy hat day, I rushed out the door and completely forgot until we were already on our way to church. I even dressed up on a few days myself. Quinton tried to do a crazy hair look on the Crazy Hair Day, but by the time, I had time to take his picture, his hair kind of fell back to mostly normal. Oh well, he still had a lot of fun! All my kids did, which of course makes me very happy.

I still have not scheduled that glucose test because of how busy this week was, so I figured I wouldn't have too much time. I already had appointments in the afternoon and the three-hour glucose test would have to be done in the morning anyway. I still have a little bit of time before my next appointment with my doctor, so I should be able to get it done soon. Hoping it all goes well, I am not too worried about it. Ok, maybe a little, but I have tried not to stress about it and I really think that it will be ok. I was only three numbers off on the first glucose tolerance test.

Wow! This baby girl of mine is getting bigger and bigger every day. I am still in awe of the whole process of development form fertilization to delivery. What a truly amazing experience. Feeling all her movements is such a wonderful part of her growing that I feel so blessed to experience. I am not saying that I never get uncomfortable because that just isn't true, but what I am saying is regardless of moments of discomfort, I am still in awe of how my sweet baby girl has grown and continues to grow. I am also saying that I think life is beautiful, miraculous and extremely precious. My daughter's life is priceless and it is such a blessing to be a part of the beginning of her life. I love her so incredibly much! I want everything to be perfect for her and her, for her to grow healthy and strong. I want her to have a sense of belonging and know how much she is loved by God and her family. I want her to know that she has an important part in our family and her life is priceless and so precious. I just keep on thinking about how fast the summer will fly by and before I know it, she will be in my arms. Her daddy will finally get to hold her close and she will be able to meet all of her brothers and sisters. I will patiently wait, but I am so excited for the moment I can hold her and kiss her sweet little cheeks and just gaze upon her and all her beauty.

Until next time,
Barbara

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