The past year and a half has been a roller coaster of a ride.  From learning how to grieve and begin to heel after the loss of Samantha, to deciding to try again to get pregnant, to the months waiting for our hopes to be fulfilled.  This ride has had many twists and turns, ups and downs.

After months, the pieces have all fallen into place.  We are pregnant again!  At this point, we are a little over 6 weeks along.  So far I am tired, hungry, and nauseous all the time.  From what I’ve heard, all are good signs of a healthy pregnancy.  As the months move forward I will continue to put updates up.  All my thoughts and how things are going.  In April we will have a little bundle of joy to bring home with us!  Our little rainbow


For the last ten days Raun and I have been on vacation.  What an amazing trip we had!  We spent two weekends in Rhinelander, WI with my folks, sister in law, niece, & nephew.  And we spent five days in Door County, WI with Raun’s folks.  It was a great time filled with relaxing, shopping, family, eating good food, camping, sitting by the fire, chilling by the lake, hiking, and exploring.  By the end of the week our cameras was filled with photos and videos.

It was the first time when I was nearly unplugged for ten days.  Very limited access to the internet, which meant that the things I usually spend time on the computer doing I wasn’t really able to do.  A few times in the week I was able to do a quick email check and quick glance at facebook.  But it definately was not the daily checking in that I was used to.  It was a little odd feeling at first, but after a few days it wasn’t so bad.  I think it allowed me to really unwind and relax for the week.

I was long overdue for a time to unplug and unwind.  This vacation allowed me to do that, all the while still being able to do all the things I enjoy doing.


Have you ever wanted to take a vacation from your mind? You know, some time to get away from your thoughts, stresses, worries, and fears in hopes that things will be clearer when you are done.  I know, it sounds kind of funny…a vacation for my mind.  But I was thinking about it the other day.  I had so much going on in my mind, a lot of different thoughts all trying to go on at once.  It was causing me to loose focus easily, get frustrated quickly, and feel a bit overwhelmed.  I am one to sometimes bring things on myself but thinking on them so much, almost to the point of over-analyzing.  Only to find out in the end, things went more smoothly or easier than I had worked out in my mind.  Even completely different then I tried to play out in my mind.

It’s not like I have a ton of stuff going on in my life right now, but apparently the few things that I do have going on are causing mind overload.  So, today I decided to take a vacation from my mind.  I am going to put the thoughts down on paper as necessary, ask God to help release some of the load, and break down each the items on my mind into smaller, more manageable pieces.  This way I can work through them and attempt to regain a little balance.  In the end, I hope to have a sense of clarity and calm.

Have you ever wanted to take a vacation for you mind?  Did you?  What have you done?

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