Monday, March 24, 2008

Easter 2008

Well, it's that time of year once again. Hard to believe that Spring is bounding in so quickly! We had a good weekend. We went to my parents on Saturday. Mom and Dad bought a swing set for Ella to have at their house so Stephen and Dad put that together. It was only part way put together and Ella started climbing and hanging all over it. She was excited about it. We hope to get one this summer for her at our house. She LOVES to be outside!

Sunday we went to church early service and they didn't have children's church so I was stressed about Ella making it through the service. She did great and didn't really make a sound. She colored most of the time. After that we got our things together and went to Pacolet to Stephen's sister and her husband's house (Robbie and Bob). His brother David came as well as his sister Mary Kay and Chip. We had a feast of lamb and so many sides you couldn't count. It was very very good. After we took some photos and Ella searched for eggs. That afternoon Ella was in Robbie's bed watching cartoons and I climbed up there with her to relax. The next thing I knew it was 45 minutes later and Ella was fast asleep too. I think everyone there found a couch or a bed somewhere and took naps. That is the best kind of day!!!

Things are going well and I have a Dr. appt tomorrow, I hope to hear the heartbeat. I have seen it on the U/S but I haven't heard it yet so I am excited about that! I think the morning sickness is starting to pass and I am a week away from the 2nd trimester. It has been easing off the past severl weeks so my energy is slowing coming back. I keep saying I hope next week I feel well enough to make it to the gym. Even if I just go 2-3 times a week and get on the treadmil I think I will feel much better. It's just having the energy to go that's so hard. I can hardly make it past 9pm before I am in bed any more!

Until next time....


Monday, March 17, 2008

Showing Already???!!!???

Ok so I think it's a cruel joke in life that almost the moment you find out you are pregnant, your belly just pouches out. Now this was not true with my first, but's it's like the second time around your body says..."Oh hey I remember this, I know what to do.....POUCH!!" I can't belive that I am in maternity pants already. With Ella I was 15-16 weeks along. This time in a span between my 9th and 10th week everything just spread out. I shouldn't be bothered....and most of it is in jest but I really am shocked! But, I am just thankful that we are having another baby. I just hope that I can still fit a seatbelt around me at the end of June when I go to the Ukraine :)

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Holly Howard

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Busy Busy Busy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Time is just flying by and I can't really keep up. I am now 11 weeks along and all is going great. I am sick off and on but starting to feel a little better. The Dr. says eveything is looking wonderful. So we are certainly grateful for that. Ella is understanding more and more that she is going to be a sister and always wants to give my belly a kiss for baby!

Work is going fine and I am really enjoying Upward. I love Global and doing research about countries that we may be able to enter. We have had the opportunity to talk to a missionary in Bethlehem and he wants to start an Upward league amazing is that??? In Jan. I went to Vancouver for Mission Fest and in Feb went to Mission Fest in Edmonton, Alberta. Both were fantastic and Upward was well received. We have several leagues in Canada and it continues to grow. I will be going to Calgary for one of our trainings in April and then in late June I will be going to the Ukraine to help with a couple of camps going on there. I am really excited to see what God is doing and just so thankful that He sees fit to invite me along! Most of the Global have been or are presently in Brazil and it is amazing the reception. 24 (90 people) churches came to training and want to incorporate Upward to reach their community. That is awesome. I was sad that I couldn't go. I can't get the shots needed to travel there because I am pregnant. So it's worth it but I would have loved to have been there!

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