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Tuesday, July 31, 2012






Over the weekend, we savored what would be our last weekend together before we became parents.
We woke up, made a breakfast of blueberry waffles, eggs and bacon and then headed to church. At church, some friends of ours mentioned that they had been up to a local, nearby National park the day before and that it was super green and lush. We decided to go visit it ourselves. So we put Hartley in the car, threw together some snacks, and headed up the mountain.

It started pouring down rain. And the three, or shall I say four, of us were together and it was just magical. We took some time to stop the car and venture out into the rain for a good soak, and of course, the necessary picture taking. As we drove home, I looked behind me: my dog was soaked from the rain and had a huge smile on his face. I looked next to me, and there was my best friend for life, the one who has stood by my side over the past 8 years, holding my hand and leading us down the road.

We came home, where it was still raining, to change into comfy clothes, watch a movie and just enjoy time together. Hartley kept going upstairs and into E's nursery, where he would lay down near her crib, or venture into our bedroom where he would lay at the foot of her bassinet. It truly is amazing how intuitive he's been lately, almost as if she knows she will be here soon.

I feel so blessed these days; it is truly overwhelming. My mom is flying in in two days to spend the remaining pregnant days with me, and then my dad and brother will drive out as soon as signs of labor approach. Joshua's family is on standby, too. Friends have already started asking when they can bring meals and when they can visit us at the hospital. Our neighbors stopped by with breakfast the other morning and a bag of cute baby clothes for E. This little one is already severely loved.

I never take it for granted that I get to experience this gift. People keep asking me if I'm getting uncomfortable yet. Yes, I have my days. But truly, what could be better than this? The last thing anyone wants to be around is a whiny pregnant woman. I am thankful.

She's almost here! :)

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Stesha said...

you look amazing!!!!

xxS

Amanda said...

You are gorgeous! I can't wait to hear that she arrived!! And praise God for your loving family!

Heather Leigh Riley said...

Your pictures are beautiful!! I'm hoping to get some pregnancy pics done professionally soon =) I can't wait! Your looking beautiful girl and glowing more each day!

Amanda said...

eeeek i cannot wait! i remember the day you told us all you were pregnant! you have been a beautiful mama so far and you are going to be an incredible mom to babyE!! can't wait to see her! xoxo love you friend!

Kimberly said...

can't wait!! you look beautiful!

anne. said...

I was just thinking of you this morning, and wondering if that baby had come yet! Then I thought of this post that Jo referenced the other day, and started laughing. This post is so lovely, and honestly, it makes me look forward to the days when my husband and I will be awaiting our first little one. Good luck, my friend! We're all thinking of you and praying for you guys!

The Not Quite Military Wife said...

I'm so excited for your next blog post to say, "She's Here!" You're almost there!

Elisha(: said...

You look soooo lovely lady!!

Jaimie @ {roxylove} said...

So excited for you! You'll be in my thoughts. Everything will go perfectly and soon she will be there with you! Rest while you can :)

Stacey said...

Your posts always bring a smile to my face :) Thanks for sharing your beautiful and grateful heart with us. Best wishes as you await the arrival of your precious little girl!

Ruthie Hart said...

Oh I cannot believe it is almost time!!! I wish I could bring you a meal when she arrives!

Mrs. Baker said...

sounds like a perfect day! enjoy your last few days together!

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It's A Love Story said...

Sounds like a lovely day!!! I love your pixs!

It's A Love Story said...

Sounds like a lovely day!!! I love your pixs!

Sarah Willing said...

i thought of you on Sunday when I was able to stop by a hospital in Jacksonville....I was driving through from a wedding and instead of meeting friends for lunch I was able to meet their baby girl. It was so incredible to see them and meet her at the same time! All last week I had been thinking of a gift I could get for them but it never happened. As I was walking out of the hospital I realized I was able to give them a gift through taking pictures for them. God really has an amazing plan and I love watching his plan unfold....I am looking forward to watching the next days, weeks, months and years unfold for you!

the world so sweet said...

so exciting! enjoy your last days. you're about to experience the most amazing days of your life- there's nothing like having a brand new baby. :) so happy for you!

Maria @ Life on M Avenue said...

how sweet... these days are so precious!!

Joanna said...

So sweet! like something from a movie

Alyssa said...

You look wonderful! I can't believe it's almost time!!

Allyson Butler said...

This is the sweetest post!

Ashleigh Nichole said...

you look great still @ 39 wks :) Not too much longer & little miss will be arriving! I cannot wait to see her to seem whom she looks like the most! & as far as little mr fur brother that is too cute that he is laying down near her stuff its so so sweet!

Hollie Ann said...

you are so so beautiful! i can't wait to see the little babes! aaaand find out her E name :)

The Students Wife said...

oh my! Soooo soon :) You look so good!



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Kimberly Bonham said...

Sounds like a great day. It looks beautiful there. Still looking amazing as always!

Jessi said...

You are beautiful! The end.

Shannon said...

You look AMAZING! I bet you are so excited!

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The Arizona Russums said...

I am soooooo excited!!!

mel @ the larson lingo said...

You look GREAT!!! Can't wait to hear when you have her! I am 38 weeks today, the countdown is on! :)

christina said...

awwww you look fab!!! It is soooooooo exciting the closer you get!!

Lottie said...

you look amazing and it is so close now!

and how wonderful having so many kind and thoughtful people just waiting to help :)

Jade :) said...

I can't wait to be there, I'm 28 weeks so you in 11 weeks!! EEK can't wait! :) I'm sure the excitement is overwhelming soon you will be able to hold your baby from the outside :)

Kim Marie said...

You are beautiful! I wish you good luck!

Kassi Mortensen said...

So exciting!!! I love knowing that Hartley is excited for baby E... We have two dogs that I wonder how they'll take it when we have kids. Sending you best wishes, good luck and so many happy thoughts these last few days before baby.

Allison Clements said...

I just found your blog!! I love it so far!! Congrats on the bump :)

Allison
http://allisonbc.blogspot.com/

Mallorie Owens said...

You're so close!!! Happy you two got to savor the last weekend together as two. Things are about to get exciting. :)