Monthly Archives: March 2014

Twins-in-Progress: Week 22

22 Weeks: March 23-29

22 weeks

How far along? 22 weeks (5 months, 2 weeks)

Babies size: papayas

Sleep:  at this point, I am getting used to waking up every couple of hours. Now to be able to stay up and nurse some kids at those points, that’s another story. Good thing I have some time!

Exercise: another week escaped me. I have energy, but I also have a lot of other tasks to do. I just need to shuffle some time and priorities to get my body in shape for the marathon ahead!

Best moment this week: Finally finding cribs I like! What do you think?amazon pic

What do you NOT miss? I realize how depressing this little questions is every week (Miss anything?). So I am changing it to what do I not miss. This week it is zippers on my pants. I do not need zippers and buttons on my pants to feel more human. I like how shapely maternity jeans make my hips. A friend of mine just blogged about “breaking up” with the jeans that gave her a muffin top… (read it here). I am TOTALLY feeling her, and I think women’s jeans should feature the stretchy maternity band business at every stage of life. Of course, this means no showing off our tummies, but I think that would be a glorious fashion trend!

Babies’ Movement: Rolling all around!

Food cravings:  a wonderful woman who works with Shane brought me a FROSTY from Wendy’s this week, out of the blue. Awesome.

GendersBoy and a Girl.

Kids room prep: I think Pinterest is my best friend/worse enemy. There are so many fun ideas! Here’s a few ideas so far from our Twin’s room idea board:

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Labor Signs/prep:. I continue to work on cleaning out the house. I also spend a lot of time in the computer, so I’ve been bouncing on my birthing ball instead of a comfy office chair.

Symptoms: still feeling full, but hungry all the time. When I lay down on my side, my tummy feels like a bowling ball in a flimsy grocery bag… not sure if I am going to burst or not.

Mood:  happy, but overwhelmed sometimes. There’s a lot going on this month! And I feel that my window of productivity is closing. Hey, at least I am being reproductive if not productive. 🙂

Lullaby of the week: When I’m with You, by JJ Heller

Truth I’m dwelling on: Quit elevating my own potential for failure, and start emphasizing the promise of God’s faithfulness in my life (especially when thinking about motherhood/raising twins and our coming world-traveler)

Looking forward to: Baby showers!!!!

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Rest

Anyone needing rest today?

Typically, when I need to rest, I opt for escapeI discover my limit physically, emotionally, and even spiritually. I search for restoration by escaping my current reality…. often by scrolling through Facebook, pinning endlessly on Pinterest, and flipping through Netflix.

Unfortunately, these venues do not provide true “rest”, particularly the kind of rest that Jesus offers in Matthew 11.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matt 11:28-30

God has a plan for restoration of our bodies, souls, and minds. But it involves engaging ourselves in Him, not escaping altogether. I begged God to show me what it means to rest in Him, I felt He gave me this:

REST

  • Resolve
  • Everything
  • Surrendered
  • To Christ

To truly rest, I must let go. Rather than escape everything I am holding on to, I must entrust it all to Jesus. I think this form of surrender is what Jesus meant when He said “take my yoke.” Psalms 46:10 clarifies it well:

“Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

For me, the word “resolve” is an active word. It signifies a choice I can’t back out on.

The word “Everything” encompasses all of my junk, sin, pride, hurts, accomplishments, confusion, questions, joy, love, possessions, and relationships.

“Surrendered” is past tense. It reminds me that I have already given everything to Christ… I just need to remember that He is in control.

“To Christ”… there is no other god who is worthy, no other savior who is able, and no other king who has the power to take what we surrender, and give us peace in its place. Jesus is the only one. I MUST check my attitude and make sure I am not trying to “resolve everything surrendered to myself” or even dump it all on my husband, pastor, or friends.

I hope this acronym encourages you as it has me. Let us continue to walk in submission, and find true rest for our souls there, even in the busy, chaotic, or even mundane days.

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 21

21 Weeks: March 16-22

21 weeks

How far along? 21 weeks (5 months, 1 week)

Babies size: At the ultrasound (21 weeks, 3 days), Baby A (our big boy) was actually measuring 21 weeks and 6 days. The little lady is a bit more petite at 21 weeks, 1 day. And my uterus was measuring 23 weeks. So we are all over the charts, which aren’t very accurate at this point anyway.

During the ultrasound, our little man stuck his foot right in view of the doppler. It measured an inch! An impressive 1 inch foot…

Weight gain: 4 lbs. total

Sleep: Can you say “numb arms?” I have yet to master sleeping on my side without my heavy belly squashing my limbs.

Exercise: Hit the gym once! Better than nothing.

Best moment this week:. Toss up:

  1. Getting the all-clear from the ultrasound that we have 2 very healthy babies!
  2. Experiencing God through Shane’s teaching at the Youth Evangelism Conference.
  3. Building our Babies’ registry.

Miss Anything? I miss my pre-preggo body sometimes. I used to complain about so many silly things, like my tummy flab or the way my butt jiggled when I ran. I wouldn’t trade carrying these kids for anything, but now and then I feel a bit like a potato and miss the stamina and ability to run 3 miles, push myself, and notice results.

Movement: Shane and I can both feel the babies moving, and they are active!

Food cravings: still on the soft-serve ice cream kick.

Genders: Our ultrasound definitely confirmed a Boy and a Girl.

Labor Signs/prep:. I have begun the purging and packing process of our home. I am hoping to get rid of lots of stuff to make room for 2 more people in our home. We won’t be moving for a couple more months, but I want to take it one chunk at a time.

Symptoms: Feeling of fullness, but hungry all the time.

Mood: Nonchalant. Both Shane and I have come to a place of complete trust in God, so much that we don’t have to remind ourselves. God is good, live moves forward, and we are blessed.

Lullaby of the week: Hello Lovely by Beta Radio

I wrote a poem for you
You didn’t have to ask me to
I wanted to because I feel
Nothing else could be as real

L-O-V-E
Hello lovely

I built a home for you
By the garden that I knew
You love more than anything
I lay down my life again

Truth I’m dwelling on: My Savior is BIG! Read John 18, realize that at least 500 men were involved in the “capture” of Jesus (John 18:3), and Jesus knocked them all over with one phrase: When Jesus said to them, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. (John 18:6)…Then marvel with me at how awesome Jesus is, that he could display such power in one moment, then willingly subject himself to crucifixion for my salvation (and anyone else who would believe). That is powerful!

The same God walks with me through each week of this twins-in-progress journey. I am undeserving.

Looking forward to: Moving into the new house and setting up the kids’ room. It is coming along so nicely…

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Twins-In-Progress: Week 20

Whoa, we’re halfway there…… (I know you sang that line with me.)
We spent our 20th week of pregnancy in beautiful Dallas, Texas, on a Spring break missions trip with our college ministry students. Here are the highlights:

Week 20: March 9-15

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Babies are the size of: pick your produce (bananas, butternut squash, carrots… really, they are just getting big at this point.)

Exercise: After spending 18+ hours in the vehicle for the drive to Texas, I was anxious to get some exercise in the gorgeous sunshine of Dallas. It was glorious, but I have to wear a pregnancy belt now to keep my back from hurting with too much exercise.

Best moment this week: We attended a black southern-gospel style church service while in Dallas. Our brothers and sisters have so much spirit and rhythm! Turns out the babies LOVED it. They were rolling and kicking through the whole service. I felt a bit like Elizabeth when John “leaped” in her womb:

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41

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Miss Anything? Stamina

Food cravings: Coffee… we found this delightful cafe called Weekend Coffee in downtown Dallas. I sipped a delectable decaf mocha and even enjoyed a taste of Shane’s Guatemalan coffee.

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Also, I still want ice cream… all the time. Hence the Whataburger shake excitement.

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Anything making you queasy or sick: feeling the babies roll around.

Genders: Boy and Girl.

Labor Signs/prep: Continued prayer and close communication with God.

Symptoms: Congestion and exhaustion

Mood: Distractible… I loved hanging with these awesome people all week… helping in the clothing storehouse, VBS, and other neighborhood outreach ministries kept us busy!

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Lullaby of the week: Stick by You, by Andrew Lipke. I first heard this song in 2008. I shared it with Shane, who at the time was “just a friend.” His friendship meant so much to me then, and has continued to be a steadfast example of God’s love to me through our dating, engaged, newlywed, and now (almost) parenting years. I look forward to singing this song to our awesome kids, adopted and biological.

Truth I’m dwelling on: Our love has sticking power, but it is NOTHING compared to the love of Jesus Christ…

“for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Looking forward to: A lighter schedule with more time to concentrate on resting, purging our house before the move, and getting our baby registry all set up.

Sorry the update was a few days late… we returned to Sheridan and jumped into catch up mode! Someone tell me to slow it down and say “no” more often 🙂

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 19

This week was full of God’s grace. We were privileged to find out the sex of our babies. 

Week 19: March 2-8

Babies are the size of: Mangos (but we are starting to think they are our little minions)

minion babies!

Exercise: I am struggling in this department. I noticed this week that my flexibility is SEVERELY less than it was 3 months ago. Any tips?

Best moment this week: The gender reveal party!

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Miss Anything? Shane and I had a lot of great names picked out: 2 for each gender. Now that it has to be narrowed down to 1 of each, I find the narrowing process a little bitter sweet. I will just have to wait for God’s next blessings in our life to bestow the other names upon! By the way, we are waiting till we meet these little people before we decide on names. For now we call our daughter “Lil’ Lefty” and our son “The Right Ninja.”

Food cravings: Soft serve ice cream.

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Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender prediction: We’ve got one of each in there!

Labor Signs/prep: We finished our birthing class on Monday. I am practicing relaxation techniques to prep for a calm labor of meditating in the Lord.

Symptoms: I know I say this every week, but I just feel so big and full… and I’m barely half-way there! Also, congestion is still a problem, but my skin is less itchy!

Mood: So excited!

Lullaby of the week: “Psalm 46” by Jenny and Tyler is a great influence on my relaxation and trust in Jesus. This video by  captures it well.

Truth I’m dwelling on: The words of Psalm 46 (the chapter) speak such truth! I hope to have this chapter memorized by July:

1. God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Looking forward to: Starting a prayer and memory journal for each of our kids.

Please keep us in your prayers as we serve Jesus and the inner city Dallas community next week with our brilliant college students!
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Rosty Twins Gender Reveal

Gender Reveal party

Drumroll please………………………..

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for!

Allow me to stall 2 second’s longer and share the story of the weekend (I know you’ve already scrolled through to find out the sexes anyway). 

Needing a hiatus, Shane and I were ecstatic to take a mini-vacation for the weekend in Casper. Yep, we were excited to visit Casper, Wyoming. It’s where we met, where our family and many great friends live, and where we can re-live classic date nights from simpler times.

Alas…. the snow. It blew in, set up camp, and dumped great big flakes for days.

The weather was bitter. I was bitter.

In my heart, I knew better; I should grasp this opportunity to train my expectations for the patience and flexibility required to parent twins. But I wanted to hug my family. I wanted to catch up with old friends. And I desperately wanted to learn the sexes of our twins!

I had been elated all week, then quite disappointed with the weather, but feeling immature for feeling so. I opted for numbness and turned off all emotions. When the potential for us to reschedule the ultrasound and reveal-party, I almost didn’t even care anymore. I needed an attitude check, but I wasn’t interested in reading my Bible or praying.

I blame my hormones, but I shouldn’t. Regardless, God has never left me wallowing in self-pity. As always, He gently coaxed me back to truth. Though I avoided my Bible this weekend, the Holy spirit used everything else as an instrument to preach to me.

Shane, ever patient, massaged my feet and prayed over me. Then the babies started moving. I haven’t felt them in a week, so this was an unexpected joy. Shane was able to feel them move too! We spent Saturday night resting in the Lord.

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Waking up Sunday morning to sunshine was also unexpected. We skedaddled our butts to Casper quickly on the dry roads, catching this phenomenon just in time.

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We were so in awe, Shane had to pull over. What we thought was a rainbow– circling the sun, refracting the light at 2 focal points– took our breath away. As the sun rose, the frosty air was replaced with clear blue skies. I found out this weather marvel is called a sun-dog. It too preached to me.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world. Psalm 19:1-4

We arrived in time for an ultrasound with my FANTASTIC sister-in-law, Amber, who’s calling and ministry in life is to bring God’s glory to the pregnancy and birthing process. She is a registered nurse at a pregnancy resource center in Casper, will be our doula for the twins birth, and is training to be a midwife.

I chugged a very sweet cherry-limeade to get the babies moving, and Amber squeezed the goop on my belly. We watched 2 healthy babies toss and turn, hearts beating strong. Baby A, whom we call “The Right Ninja” (because I tend to feel more movement on the right), wasn’t cooperating with the camera. Amber moved on to Baby B, “Lil’ Lefty”, who promptly closed legs and shoved hands down to the gender-telling area. Hmm, a modest little lady perhaps? A few movements later Amber knew for sure, one way or another later. After that, The Right Ninja gave us a peek of… “Shane did you see that!?” I squealed. Amber didn’t confirm anything.

Within the hour, Amber released us and called my sister, Hannah, with the secret. Hannah purchased balloons for the big reveal, and we were all set for a celebration. My mom took me shopping for some much-needed prego-pants while Shane caught up with some old friends.

Finally it was time for the party. The reveal was delayed a bit while Amber attended a home-birth. But it didn’t matter. Shane and I were overjoyed just to be in the same room with so many people we loved. We enjoyed cake and punch while discussing gender-guesses with family members. Here’s what we came up with:

It was a fantastic day, and I couldn’t have been more blessed to share it with everyone. I don’t know why I doubt God, or let the weather become such a disappointment… How many times have I said on this blog that He is faithful, He knows our hearts desires, and He delights to love us so intimately and specifically? I am undeserving of it all, but ever grateful.

By the way, I was right! Lil’ Lefty is in fact a modest little lady (despite the fact that she is pretty much sitting on top of our little gentleman’s head). The Right Ninja is as active as they come… I can feel his kicks on the right side of my belly button pretty regularly now.

Thank you Jesus for our little boy, and our little girl!

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Twins-in-Progress: Week 18

Week 18: February 23-March 1

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Babies are the size of: Baked potatoes baby! I like mine topped with pulled pork, cheese, sour cream and… we are talking about baked potatoes right?

Exercise: Babies are getting tons of exercise this week. I don’t feel them as often as I’d like (because I just can’t sit still that long), but they are practicing their somersaults and karate moves. Unfortunately, I am not getting as much movement, due to nasal congestion and freezing temperatures… turns out I’m a wimp when it comes to exercising at home.

Best moment this week: Shane and I sat on the couch and sang our favorite hymns to the kids. Their ears should be in full working order now, and we got to feel a couple of “bubbles” as we sang.

Miss Anything? Honest moment here: I do have occasional feelings of missing more simple times. When 2 people weren’t dependent on our finances, my food-intake, or even my emotional state. Shane and God give me grace, and soon enough I’m back to rejoicing over this incredible blessing we have already in this pregnancy.

Food cravings: Oatmeal cream pies!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Orange juice

Gender prediction: Oh boy… or girl… who knows at this point! (Our gender-reveal is being interrupted by the lovely winter white-out….)

Labor Signs/prep: We officially asked my beautiful sister-in-law to be our doula for the twins birth.

Symptoms: One big tummy.

Mood: Cheerful, with the occasional flow of unexplained weepiness

Lullaby of the week: Sweet Pea, by Amos Lee

Truth I’m dwelling on: take each day as it comes… one day at a time. 

“Therefore we do not lose heart. … inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-17

Looking forward to: Serving God in Dallas, TX in a week (warmer weather, a week with my favorite students and mentors, what more could a girl ask for?) Also, when we get home, everything is supposed to slow down a bit, so I can start sorting and packing up the house for the big move in May!

Thank you for reading and praying for our growing family!
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