Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Cole Thomas Sovereign has arrived!

He has finally decided to join us! Ashley's water broke at 4am on the 29th. We arrived at the hospital by 4:30am and cleared triage by about 5:15. The contractions grew more intense and closer together by about 10:30. She received the epidural (a MUST for her) before noon and was ready to deliver by about 2:15. It took the staff 10 minutes to prep the room for delivery but only took Ashley about 2 minutes of pushing!
Since Abigail was delivered by an emergency C-section, there was an increased risk of rupturing the uterus by going back to a vaginal birth. Ashley came through everything with flying colors!
Cole was born at 2:29pm on the 29th. We weighs 7lbs 4oz and is 20.5 inches long.

Everyone is doing great! We will bring him home Wednesday morning.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Still waiting.

For those of you who are waiting to hear about the babay....WE ARE TOO! This little one has a time table of his own! If he is not born by Friday Oct 3 I am scheduled for a C-section. We are hoping this will not have to happen, but it is in the Lord's hands!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Long time No...BLOG!

Oh my goodness! I cannot beleive that we have not been on here to update in so long! Let me just give you the run down of the past couple weeks...

1. We shopped for and bought a 2004 Toyota Sienna. The first week we heard a funny noise and took it into the shop only to discover that it needed new struts($800!). We went back and forth with the dealership that sold us the van and finally agreed on a reimbursement that would cover a few issues they did not disclose. On a side note: We took it to get it fixed last week and it the struts only needed to be tightened so that $800 will now be able to go toward new tires for the winter!!! Praise the LORD!

2. Caedmon started 2nd Grade! We tried to take pictures but he did not want that at ALL! He has said nothing but nice things about his new teacher. He is slowly getting back into the swing of things.

3. Arcadia Students are BACK! We have been very encouraged by the beginning of ACF (Arcadia Christian Fellowship) this semester. We have had lots of activities like going out for ice cream, playing ball or frisbee, and of course having them over for our ever popular "After Party" that we host after the weekly ACF large group meetings. The small group meetings are also off to a good start.

Greg also led a fall retreat to the Poconos over the weekend. Picture of the group above)The focus of the retreat was building community. They were able to share with each other about their spiritual journeys and come up with ways to support each other in their current walks.

4. I (Ashley) finished working last week at the preschool where Abby attends. I cannot say enough good things about my time there. The Lord provided that job when we needed it the most. It was a blessing to work in a Christian environment. Abby will still attend the 1/2 day nursery school class 2 mornings a week.

5. Abigail turned 4! Abby and I made the cake with some PINK icing and LOTS of Barbie sprinkles. Below is a picture of a brithday smooch from her "Bubba".

6. Getting ready for the baby is an on going process. Not much longer! I am offically full term today! Our little boy could make his debut anytime in the next 2-3 weeks! Thanks to very generous friends and family we have everything we need and have not had to buy much at all!

Whew! I am tired just thinking about it all again!

Monday, September 1, 2008


I woke up this morning and immediately freaked out because the scale-- often my friend, this morning my foe-- told me I needed to "re-lose" 3 lbs! After my longest run since college (7 miles) I weighed in at 233.2 for a total loss of 40.4 pounds in 5 months! The Get-Fit-A-Thon was a success and the money we raised will have paid for about 2/3 of our minivan!

Thank you for journeying with us! We will again use this blog to keep you plugged in to our life and ministry to students!

For His glory among the nations,