Monday, June 29, 2009

Pregnancy Update & Ultrasound Pics

happy-woman-pregnant-cartoon3 Today we had our 20 week ultrasound (I am actually nearly 22 weeks).  The report is good…baby is 1 pound, 1 ounce, & the heart, liver, kidneys, spine, and brain are developing normally.  On the screen they colored the blood flow so that we could see it cycling throughout the baby’s body.  We also saw & heard the heartbeat (this was the first time Ben had heard the heartbeat).  It was neat to see all of the little organs and body parts developing.  The technician pointed out the two arm bones, the eye sockets, one ear, and the chin.  We were able to see a “footprint” complete with all five toes.  One fist was visible and each little finger could be detected.  The “aerial” shot of the head showed both sides of the brain.  The close-up of the heart showed the four chambers and valves.  It was pretty amazing!


We want to be surprised, so we didn’t find out the sex.  Even if we had wanted to know, we would not have been able to tell.  Right now I am carrying the baby upside down – his head is pressing against my bladder, his body rests on my left side, and his rump is up by my belly button.  It was difficult to get a good view on the ultrasound, so the pictures aren’t terrific, but here they are!


22 Week Ultrasound 1

This was the best “full body” shot we could get – the leg, body, and head are labeled.


22 Week Ultrasound 3

This is a close-up of the head (on the right).  The dark circle toward the top of the head is an ear.  The dark spots in the body (on the left) are fluid – body parts like the heart, liver, kidneys, etc.



22 Weeks Baby Bump

For what it’s worth, this is my 22 week baby bump.  It’s not a lot, but it’s getting there.


New Swing

Ben had some extra time after the ultrasound was finished, so we stopped at a kids consignment shop.  We found this baby swing – brand new, for only $35 so we purchased it.  It’s very nice!


New Swing 

This is my latest clothing purchase – a onesie that says “Are these people really my relatives?”


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Trip to Colorado, Part 3

While in Colorado I was able to visit with some old friends.  First, my dad owed Katie & Stephanie Kubick lunch for helping him do some work at the church.  (Stephanie was the flower girl in my wedding and Katie is her younger sister).  They put it off for a week so that I could come along.  I went to Littleton and picked up the girls, and we met Dad for lunch at Fatburger.  Stephanie’s birthday is November 4th, so they are voting that I have the baby a day earlier!  (Mike Anderson, the ring bearer in our wedding is also a November 4th birthday!)


Andrea and Kubick girls


A funny side note…I helped Mom with the Primary Sunday School opening on Sunday morning.  I had taught 1st grade and 2nd grade during two summers when I was home from college, so many of the kids were the same.  Mom was trying to introduce Father’s Day, so she asked, “What is special about today?”  The response was, “Andrea’s here!”  After a little probing, the kids remembered that it was Father’s Day!


I also met up with my friend Claudia Gil.  We worked together at McDonalds for about nine years.  We started together as crew people, and we both worked our way into management and became good friends.  When I was the store manager in the Wal-Mart location, Claudia was my first assistant, and she took over when I went back to college.  She came to my wedding, but got lost on the way.  Apparently she arrived just after Ben and I made our exit.  This was the first I had seen her since before the wedding.  Her “little” girl has come back to the States from Mexico.  She was three the last time I saw her…now she is seven!


Claudia & Astrid Claudia & Astrid

Claudia & Andrea; Astrid & Claudia.


Mom & Andrea Scrapbooking

Mom and I enjoyed scrapbooking and card-making…can you tell?


Andrea with Grandma & Grandps

I took this picture when I went to help Grandma digitize the old photos.


I think that covers the activities of the week.  The flight back to Va. Beach was not so pleasant – probably the worst experience I’ve ever had flying.  A little advice…avoid the Kansas City airport and Delta airlines.  I flew on four different airlines this trip, and ended up making two connections on the return flight.  I was supposed to stay on the plane in Atlanta, but I ended up having to change gates, and then my flight was delayed.  But I made it home, and so did my luggage!

Trip to Colorado, Part 2

Here are some more “heritage” pictures that I helped Grandma digitize.


MaryLou collecting Eggs

This is my Grandma, MaryLou Paul, collecting eggs on the farm.079_79

This picture is old, so the scan wasn’t great, but these are my Mom’s siblings – from left to right: Robin, Marty, Scott, JoEllen, Mom/Sherry (she’s on the tractor), Nathan.


Scott Sherry Nate July 1971

This is my Uncle Scott, my Mom, and Uncle Nate at Cottonwood Pass in July, 1971.  Isn’t my Mom a cutie?



These are the Paul cousins – (from Left to Right, Back Front):

Kyle, Brian, Cassi,

Andrea (Me), Nicole, Nic, Michael,

Kenny, Wesley (he used to be cute!), Nathan, Aaron.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Trip to Colorado, Part 1

I recently took a trip to visit my parents in Colorado for a week.  It was nice to be “home” but I missed Ben at the same time!  Technically speaking, I was flown in to fix the iTunes and the Pictures on the new computer.  Things got a little scrambled in the transfer from one operating system to the next.  Since I know more about these programs than Kenny does, the project was left for me to handle.  I accomplished a lot – sorting and filing over 2400 pictures, recovering lost podcasts and editing music files.  Somehow…we still had plenty of time for scrapbooking and card-making!


I pulled off the week with only a couple of klutzy moments.  I closed the front door a little too hard (if you ask Mom, I slammed it) and Wesley fell off the wall.  Twice.  The worst thing that happened was the night before I returned to Virginia Beach.  I was scanning a couple of Andrea visits Coloradopictures.  I guess I bumped the stuffed pig just right, or rather wrong, because the next thing I knew it was falling on my head.  I failed in my attempt to catch it, and it landed on its ear.  The seam around the ear broke open.  Dad refers to it as a death in the family.  The pig, which Dad named Benjamin (because I was dating Ben at the time) will have to make a visit to the taxidermist for repair.  Until then, he is wearing a Band-Aid so that Dad won’t feel as sad.


My last project on this trip was to help Grandma digitize some very old pictures.  My Uncle Nathan is coming back from Malaysia for a visit, and he requested some pictures of his childhood.  We finally found a scanner at a reasonable price at Target.  After scanning the pictures, I took them home to edit them, and then made a copy for everyone in the family.  I’ve included a couple below. 


In the rush to get things done, I forgot to copy a few pictures to my computer, so there will be another post coming in a couple of days!


Sherry, Pram, Brandy

My Mom in England, pregnant with me, showing off Brandy and the pram that Dad bought.  I get to use the same pram for my baby!



Oct. 1972

My Mom’s family – Marty, Sherry, JoEllen, Scott, Robin,

Grandma/MaryLou, Nathan, Grandpa/Don.



Gypsy enjoyed having me home because I ignored the rules and allowed her on the furniture and in bed with me!


Sherry's Garden

Above and below – some of my Mom’s beautiful flower gardens.  She does a great job!


Sherry's Garden



Southlands Tornado

This fantastic picture was taken from the vantage point of our neighbor across the street.  It hit southeast Aurora on June 7, 2009, bringing 1.5” hail with it.  Part of the shopping mall was damaged, cars were totaled from the hail, and my parents returned from church to find all of the irises destroyed.  The good part…Dad and his company are getting lots of calls for roofing!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father’s Day

Father's DayIt was nice to be in Colorado with my parents for Father’s Day.  Traditionally, we go to Grandma & Grandpa’s house and grill steaks for Father’s Day.  Today was no different.  It was the first hot Colorado day this summer and Grandma doesn’t have air conditioning, so I was a little warm, but it was a nice afternoon. 


I also enjoyed seeing everyone at Highlands Baptist Church today.  Pastor Musgrave preached a great message from 1 Peter.  The music was excellent, and the Sunday School kids were all grown up. 


 Father's Day

Mom, Andrea (& Baby), and Dad at church on Father’s Day


Father's Day

“The Girls” at Grandma’s house – my cousin Nicole, Mom, Andrea, and Grandma


Father's Day

Uncle Scott & his kids Michael & Nicole.  Michael gave Scott a whale for Father’s Day – he adopted a humpback whale named Diego for a year.


Father's Day

My mom and her dad


Father's Day

This is what Ben & I gave to Dad for Father’s Day.  It’s a T-shirt that says: “You Don’t Hunt.  I see no point in talking to you.”  How appropriate…what do you think?


Father's Day

My parents.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Obamaman Can

Take a minute to watch this video of a great song – Obamaman Can, a spoof on the Candy Man song.



I love it…

“Who can pick the teams that are in the Final Four?”

“Obamaman can because he mixes it with hope…”

“Who can take tomorrow…spend it all today?”

“Who can buy an iPod?  Give it to the Queen?”

Watch to pick up more great lines!

Monday, June 15, 2009

O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go I have recently been inspired by two things to learn more hymns.  I am reading “A Chance to Die” by Elisabeth Elliot.  It is a biography of Amy Carmichael.  Amy was herself a great poet, and a lover of all things beautiful and lovely.  There is so much doctrine in the old hymns.  They are wonderful to mediate upon.


The second thing which inspired me was an interview on Revive Our Hearts in which Nancy Leigh DeMoss interviewed Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth and their family.  They use hymns as a tool to teach the youngest of children about the Gospel and doctrine. 


I have been blessed to have a great teacher (my Mom) and I think that my brothers and I know a lot of hymns – we are both familiar with many, and have a great many memorized.  I am surprised even at our Baptist Church how many hymns the people do not know.  Sometimes Ben will choose a song that we both grew up singing, and after the first stanza it is apparent that we are the only two who know it. 


So, I have determined to memorize some hymns, and I thought I would post my selections here also.  The first hymn is “O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go” by George Matheson (1842-1906).  I did not know this hymn until I went to Ambassador Baptist College.  One of the girls in my hymn arranging class did an arrangement on it.


I looked up the history of this hymn.  Apparently Mr. Matheson was the eldest of eight children.  He was born with bad eyesight, and by the time he was twenty he was completely blind.  He was educated at the University of Glasgow where he graduated top of his class.  He desired to go into the field of theological study.  His eyesight would not allow this. 


Since he was educated for the ministry, he accepted a pastorate.  He lived with his sister, who cared for him.  It is said that he would dictate his sermon to his sister.  She would then read it back to him twice, and

he would memorize it to preach on Sunday. 


On the night that his sister was married, Mr. Matheson penned the words to this hymn.  Some say that her wedding was a tragic reminder of his own romance in his youth.  It ended when his fiancĂ©e learned of Mr. Matheson’s failing eyesight and refused to go through life with a blind man.  Whatever the thoughts and inspiration that provoked this hymn, Mr. Matheson himself said,


“I am quite sure that the whole work was com­plet­ed in five min­utes, and equal­ly sure that it ne­ver re­ceived at my hands any re­touch­ing or cor­rect­ion. I have no na­tur­al gift of rhy­thm. All the other vers­es I have ever writ­ten are man­u­fact­ured ar­ti­cles; this came like a day­spring from on high."  (Wikipedia)


Here is the text of the hymn:


O Love that wilt not let me go,

I rest my weary soul in Thee;

I give Thee back the life I owe,

That in Thine ocean depths its flow

May richer, fuller be.


O Light that foll’west all my way,

I yield my flick’ring torch to Thee;

My heart restores its borrowed ray,

That in Thy sunshine’s blaze its day

May brighter, fairer be.


O Joy that seekest me thru pain,

I cannot close my heart to Thee;

I trace the rainbow thru the rain,

And feel the promise is not vain

That morn shall tearless be.


O Cross that liftest up my head,

I dare not ask to fly from Thee;

I lay in dust life’s glory dead,

And from the ground there blossoms red

Life that shall endless be.


The music to this hymn was written by Albert L. Peace, 1844-1912