Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Pregnancy So Far

My first trimester is coming to a close sooncarmen-left .   I seem to have entered a new phase.  Breakfast doesn’t make me nauseous anymore.  I’m getting up earlier in the morning and surviving on no nap or a short nap (as opposed to many naps or long naps).  My back is killing me!  I couldn’t stand in the choir on Sunday or during the invitation.  The medical bills for lab work and the ultrasound are starting to arrive.  Having a baby is expensive!!! 


I would describe right now as the “I can’t sleep at night – my back hurts – everything I eat gives me heartburn – my clothes don’t fit right – I have a headache” stage.  It’s the sleeping and the heartburn that is killing me!  When I have cravings it is usually Chick-fil-A nuggets and fries or a Panera turkey sandwich and Asian chicken salad.  I could eat them every day!  Unfortunately my budget won’t allow that.


So that’s it…the pregnancy so far.  12 weeks, 5 days complete with only 27 weeks, 2 days to go.  And one very long, hot summer looming in front of me…

Monday, April 27, 2009

Today’s Projects

Today I decided to finish up a couple of projects that have been in the “to do” pile for a while.  This is one of them…a visualized children’s song that our Pastor likes to sing in the Sunday School opening.  It can sound pretty awful from a group of unenthusiastic adults, but with a piano and a group of kids it is a great song.  Here it is - “Get the New Look from the Old Book.”








I was pleased with the graphics I was able to find, and the whole thing only took me about an hour to complete.  Why didn’t I finish it earlier???

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

It’s Beginning to Look a Little Like Baby!

First Baby Items


Today I picked up my first baby clothes!  I couldn’t resist the great bargains at the thrift store.  Two of them have baseball stuff on them – to make Daddy Ben happy!  (No, I’m not saying it’s a boy.  Even if it’s a girl Ben will have her throwing a ball before long).  I have a baby afghan in progress, I picked up some cloth diapers on clearance, and the wipes & baby wash were nearly free with coupons!

Newest Residents at Emerald Point

We live in Emerald Point Apartments.  Our court is next to the swimming pool, which is very poorly maintained.  About a week after they covered it for the winter the cover came off on a corner.  It was never fixed.  Recently the whole cover was removed, although they won’t drain, clean, and refill the pool for over a month. 


There is a family of ducks that usually shows up when the cover is taken off.  The other day I threw some bread crumbs into the pool area for them to eat.  Today when I parked in front of the pool, I was surprised to see 12 little ducklings swimming single file, spanning the length of the pool.  Meet the newest residents of Emerald Point!


PICT0193These are the male ducks – I have named them Harry & Willie



Meet the fam!  It’s a little hard to see, but there are about a dozen ducklings there.  Apparently Harry or Willie is a daddy!  Mamma’s name is Daisy.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Easter Pictures

It’s a tradition my mom started…take a family picture at church on Resurrection Sunday.  I carried it over to my new family, although Ben is not always thrilled about getting his picture taken!





Ben, Andrea, and Baby

Tax Day Tea Party Results

I attended the Virginia Beach Tax Day Tea Party on April 15, 2009.  I enjoyed myself, but it would have been more fun if I would have had a “buddy” to go with me.  The PA system was very poor, and even in the middle of the crowd I could not hear most of the speakers. 


Former US Representative Thelma Drake, who was voted out in November, addressed the group.  She shared about the opposition she received when she voted against the T.A.R.P bill and stimulus packages last fall.  It was an excellent speech.


Here are some pictures of some of the signs. It was reported the the interstates were jammed as people tried to exit at the Tea Party.  Our US Senator Jim Webb (D) refused to acknowledge the Tea Party taking place right outside his office.



The front and back of my sign



Tax Day Tea Party

“Keep the Change!  And let us keep ours”


Tax Day Tea Party (3) Tax Day Tea Party (4)

Left: “The problem with socialism is the eventually you run out of other people’s money:

Right: “Stop Porking America.  Congressional Blue Plate Special: Pork Fried Lies”


Tax Day Tea Party (2)

This little girl’s sign said:

“Stimulus??  I’m 9 years old and in debt for life”


Tax Day Tea Party (5)

“Keep your hands off my piggy bank” and “I’m 12 and $42,000 in debt”


Tax Day Tea Party (7)

This was one of my favorites: “One nation under God, divisible by debt, owned by adversaries”


Tax Day Tea Party (8)  Tax Day Tea Party (10)

Left: It was cold and threatening to rain, but this little doggie was prepared in his rain parka!  He had tea bags attached, and a bumper sticker which read “Ax the Tax.”

Right: We took up bags full of pork rinds and tea bags to be delivered to our Representatives and Senators.  Since they like pork so much, we’re going to let them eat it!


Tax Day Tea Party (9) 

I like this sign a lot as well: “We’ll keep our CHECKS and you can BALANCE the budget!!!”

Sunday, April 12, 2009

He is Risen…He is Risen Indeed!


Here’s wishing you a blessed Resurrection Day as we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!


He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Matthew 28:6

Friday, April 10, 2009

Baby’s First Pictures

We had our first ultrasound today.  Actually they call it a “pregnancy confirmation appointment.”  Now that the doctor has said I am pregnant, I really am pregnant!  They do this ultrasound to confirm that baby is there, and I will have my actual first OB visit in about a month.  I am 10 weeks along, and here is our first sighting of baby!


First Ultrasound Whole Baby

You can see the little leg sticking up in the air!


First Ultrasound Baby's hand

Baby has his hand up by his head!  (By the way we don’t know it’s a he and we aren’t planning to find out until baby arrives!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Join the Tax Day Tea Party!

tax day


Join conservatives across the country in a nationwide tax day “tea party” reminiscent of the Boston Tea Party of the American Revolution.  Speak out against socialism, higher taxes, bail-outs, and generational theft.  Visit this website for more information, to locate your local tea party location, and to R.S.V.P your involvement.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Recipe: Cowboy Soup

This recipe came from Gizelle Greene in Shelby, NC.  I enjoyed it so much I thought I would share it with you!



1 lb. lean ground beef

1 med. onion

1 can Veg-All mixed vegetables

1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilies

1 can cream style corn

1 box Rice-A-Roni Spanish Rice

1 large can tomato juice

Muenster cheese



Brown beef and onion, drain grease.  Add other ingredients.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for one hour.  Serve with shredded muenster cheese and bread.  It is so easy, and so filling!  Perfect for a rainy day!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Israel Pictures, Take 8

I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get the last of the Israel pictures posted.  I was gone last week to attend the 20th Anniversary Bible Conference at Ambassador Baptist College, and I was sick before that.


Our last day in Israel was not as busy.  We went to the Davidson Center which is a museum on the Southern side of the Temple Mount.  We explored the southern side of the temple wall and saw the Hulda Gates and ritual baths through which people would have passed to get to the Temple.  We went to an outdoor market, and then had some time to pack before our visit to the Garden Tomb.  After our last dinner at the hotel we went to the airport and the rest is history!



This is Ben and I next to the Temple Wall.  You can see how large the stones are that were used to construct the wall.  The we are standing in front of is called a Herod Stone because King Herod had all the edges of the stones beveled.



This view looks over the southern side of Jerusalem.  You can see the wall that surrounds the Old City of Jerusalem.


Here I am with Ben on the city wall.  I was grateful that they had added the fence to keep me from falling!



This picture, as well as the one below, show the perspective of how large the stones are on the corner of the Temple wall.  This is the Southwest corner.  We were told that there is not a piece of heavy machinery today that can lift on of these stones.  You can see it goes the whole length of the picture – that is just one stone!  They were about 50 feet long, four feet high and six feet deep (I think?).  One possible theory on how they moved these large stones is that they rolled them on smaller stones – like a ball bearing.  The small stones could sustain the weight of the large stone.  Then, when the large stone was in place, they had only to add 100 pounds of weight and the smaller stones would be crushed beneath the corner stones.  Imagine the calculations that went into that process!




Our last tour stop in Israel was at the Garden Tomb.  What a way to end the tour!  Our guide at this location was a British gentleman who loved his job because he “gets to talk about Jesus all day long.”  He explained the process by which the Garden Tomb was discovered.  



First, they needed Golgotha – the “place of the skull.”  This rock cliff was discovered which looks like a skull.  It is not certain if this is indeed Golgotha.  It had to be outside the city wall, and near a main thoroughfare.  This cliff meets both criteria.  Secondly, the tomb needed to be near Golgotha, because Joseph of Arimathea had to go to Pilate, get an audience, Pilot sent back to verify that Jesus was dead, and then Joseph was given permission to bury the body.  The Sabbath was fast approaching, so the tomb would have had to be close to the site of the crucifixion.  We know that a large stone was rolled in front of the tomb to seal it, and that it was located within a garden.  Thirdly, for this area to have been a garden, it would have need water cisterns for the foliage.  A large water cistern was discovered.  Actually, they were looking for the cistern when they broke into the tomb.  They have also discovered a winepress on the location, making it an ideal garden.


There is a trough along the door of the tomb which could have held a great stone in place to block the door.  The disciples had to stoop down when they entered the tomb, but the door opening has been enlarged a little bit. 



When the tomb was first discovered, it appeared to be only one room – straight ahead as you entered the doorway.  Mark 16:5 says that Mary Magdalene and the other women entered the sepulchre and saw the angel sitting on the right.  Further excavation revealed a room off to the right as you enter the tomb.  Towards the back there is a stone table where the body would have been laid. You can see where they hewed out the stone a little more to allow the room needed for the feet of the body.



Here we are in front of the Empty Garden Tomb.  Our guide made it very clear that while this location seems to meet all of the Biblical criteria, it cannot be known for sure.  And it really doesn’t matter…because Jesus isn’t in the tomb anymore!  He is risen!  Perhaps God never wanted us to know the exact location so that we would worship the Son instead of the site.  It was very neat to see these things and think that perhaps this is the place where Jesus conquered death!



A door has been put in place of the stone that used to seal the tomb.  How fitting that the sign on door says, “He is not here – for He is risen!”  As I said, this was a great way to end the tour!



This is our bus driver Aria and our tour guide Shimon.  I have a new respect for bus drivers after seeing Aria manipulate our tour bus on the narrow streets of Israel!