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Week 24
~ Bring on the New Year

Welcome 2010!!!

It's hard to believe that yet another year has passed. It seems the older I get, the quicker they go by. I am anxious to see what the New Year has in store for us. Obviously we will be welcoming a new addition to our family, but I can only hope that it will also bring some much-needed relief in other areas as well. Don't get me wrong; I am very grateful for all of the blessings in my life and don't take them for granted on any day. However, we've had a rough year both financially as well as mentally with two deaths and a lot of hardships. Hopefully this year will just be better all around. At least my family is taken care of and we have a roof over our heads and food to eat. My children are healthy and we are employed and I know that is so much more than many other people have right now.

It's hard to believe that another Christmas has also come and gone. All of the decorations are taken down and put away and life seems to have just returned to the normal pre-Christmas life. Almost makes it feel like it didn't happen at all. That always strikes me funny each year. So much work goes into getting the house all spiffed up and presents bought and wrapped etc. And as long as that all takes, it's all over in one day. Reminds me a little bit of a wedding. You spend all of this time preparing for it, and then it is all done in just a few short hours.

Next week things will really return back normal. The kids will head back to school, my husband heads back to work after being off for four days and my days go back to grocery shopping and house cleaning. And we start the year all over again. I guess it's our "circle of life".

Ethan and babyAs for the little wee one inside my tummy, he seems well and oblivious to all the changes going on around him. Must be nice to not have to worry about anything. He is moving more each day and I'm anxious for the big kids to get to feel him. Every time they try, he still decides to hold still and not allow it. Ethan has become quite enamored with my large belly. When you ask him where mommy's belly is, he will come over and lift up my shirt and point to it. Of course, he has no idea there is a baby in there; he is just looking for my belly button. It's still very cute though. He'll also give my tummy a hug if you ask him too. I love it. I know he doesn't understand at all, but it still melts my heart. He's such a sweet boy.

I think I forgot to mention also that Ethan has started walking. He was a late bloomer compared to the other two, but he's finally there. Each day he seems to be taking more and more steps and tries hard to walk places instead of crawling. He seems to grow older by the second.

Life is good. I'm looking forward to this New Year and the arrival of this baby. I have moments where I feel a bit overwhelmed with it all, but it passes quickly and mostly I'm just excited. I can't wait to meet him and see what he looks like. All three of my kids are so different looking from each other and I just wonder if he'll be different yet from all of them. We have yet to come up with a name, but at least we still have some time on that one. Names are really hard for us for some reason. We have a hard time agreeing. I'm sure we'll eventually come up with the perfect one though.

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season and that the New Year brings you all you hope for.

Until next week . . .
~Laura

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