Sunday, October 7, 2012

Not Gone, Just Busy!

Well, it has been a few months since I have posted anything. I didn't fall in a well, or off a cliff or anything! I realize as my life gets busier and busier, I need to set aside a time to write, or it will never get done!
Well, first I would like to say, IT'S A BOY!!!
You read that right! The girls were so very excited to find out they were to have a little brother. Josh too was very excited. He had this big goofy grin on his face for about two days. I was surprised to learn I was very excited too! I guess I never wanted a boy, until the Lord gave me one. Now I am thrilled to think of a little Josh running around our house. I love having a little blue nursery, and find myself looking at super cute baby boy clothes when I go get our groceries. (Meijer's baby section is right next to the cereal). :)
We had a great summer. Spent time with Josh's family, and my family at various reunions. We went camping with my brother's family and friends at Silver Lake. We also got to spend a week at Blue Gable! What a relaxing fun summer.
This fall brought on a lot of new changes for us. Josh transitioned fully out of the business office, and now is fully in the student life department here at New Tribes Bible Institute as a dean of single men, and the Campus Life coordinator.
Adelaide joined the ranks of the formally educated, and is now enjoying kindergarten. We are so happy that she has the same kindergarten teacher as Emma and Josie had. She is the BEST!
Emma is now in fourth grade and loves playing soccer. She is getting better and better at it too!
Josie is in second grade now. She is still learning the piano, and has a talent for writing her own! We are so blessed by God to have three of the most amazing girls in the world. :)
I am growing bigger every day. Baby boy (who we now refer to as lil dude) is an active little one. I have had a couple of complications with this pregnancy, but we are making it! Just last week I went into labor, but thanks to a couple shots of Terbutaline, the contractions slowed enough that I could go home, as long as I laid low. Not as easy as one may think in the middle of a move.
"A move?" you say? Yes! As if we were not busy enough, we decided to add a little more crazy into our lives and move! ha ha
Actually, we have a couple new staff members joining our team, and our old house is technically a duplex that we have both the upstairs and downstairs too. Since we don't really need two kitchens, and two separate families could us our house instead of just us, we agreed to move. It is only two blocks away, so it is more of a shift than a move. This shift I think is a bigger undertaking than we originally thought. With the help of staff and students, and family and friends, it is coming along quite nicely.
I tell you what, people are coming out of the woodwork to bless our socks off! We have had a million people help us paint, move, unpack, make meals, watch sick kids so I could rest, give our children rides, even bringing me a seasonal cup of decaf coffee I crave (I sure do love pumpkin spice lattes!) Feeling the love of God through the body of Christ: there is nothing like it!
This is me about a month ago. Told you I was huge! :)


Mandi said...

So glad you guys are getting so much help! We love you and miss you very much!

Jamie Hoeppner said...

There are a few things I need to spill out...
1. I HAVE NEVER SEEN YOU PREGO! and I am in love with the fact I get to see you PREGO!! :) You momma of a boy!!!
2. A little Josh, how stinkin' adorable!
3. THE "DAY" is ALMOST HERE!!! November, right?
4. BABY BOY, wait to come out. :)
5. Please post pics of the new house!! Which house are you moving into to??

WE MISS YOU! :) Crazy to think of ALL THE CHANGES in 2 years- and TO THINK 2 years has gone by so quickly.

I get teary just thinking about it.
I love you!

Cassie said...

I sure miss you guys, Tamara! I'm super glad you posted ... can't believe Emma is playing soccer (go Emma!!!), Josie's writing music (that's just plain awesome) and Addie's in school. AAAGH! You're looking beautiful -- I wish I was in Michigan now with the schedule I've got now so I could help you guys move and get settled ... or just be your coffee girl. :) Love ya!

Cassie said...

Okay .... so it just took me 6 tries to "prove I'm not a robot" so my comment would post. Apparently, robots are smarter than me. Sheesh!

Bemily said...

Wish I could rub that belly!!
You look great!! Missing you as always!