The Aviator – Two Years Ago Today

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I cannot believe it has been two years since our 4th child was born.  Two years since I held him.  Two years since we walked into the hospital pregnant, labored for nine hours, and walked out without our baby.  In some ways it feels as if it happened a long time ago….and in other ways it feels as fresh as if it happened last week.

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It took me a long time to finish writing his birth story.  In fact, I just finished it this past week.  We had decided to share his birth story here on my blog.  But as I sat down to edit it, I realized I can’t yet.  It is so intensely personal, as it is the only moments we had together with our son.  Maybe at some point I will share it.  We will see.

But today, we just remember him with love.

We love you every day, sweet boy.  I am so happy that you get to spend your birthday in the presence of the greatest Love there is.  I can’t wait to see you again! ❤

 

 

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Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

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It’s that time of year again!  October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

This year, I am teaming up with Rachel from The Lewis Note on social media.  I joined her street team for raising awareness to the month as well as for her blog and soon-to-be-published book.

If you have not already discovered her blog….take a minute to check it out.  I first discovered Rachel during one of her candlelight memorial services on Facebook live.  Her kindness and compassion are so evident in everything she writes.  She truly has a heart for women going through infertility, pregnancy loss, infant loss, and adoption.

I know I have said this many times in posts, but I DO plan to get back into blogging.  In fact, I hope to take this month to do just that.  I want to build up some of those posts I’ve had in my drafts folder for forever.  And write new posts that have been percolating in my head.

And stay tuned for a giveaway soon!  I recently passed 400 posts (what??) and will be doing a giveaway to celebrate and also tie in with Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

Be back soon!

Book List – July to September

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July

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Brownie Points by Jennifer Coburn

Unmoveable Witness by Marion Corley

Triggers: Exchanging Parent’s Angry Reactions for Gentle Biblical Responses by Amber Lia and Wendy Speake

Twisted Scriptures: Breaking Free from Churches that Abuse by Mary Alice Chrnalogar

The Wendy by Aaron Michelle Sky and Steven Brown

 

August

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Mistletoe Match by Lindzee Armstrong

Almost a Mother: Love, Loss, and Finding Your People When Your Baby Dies by Christy Wopat

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest

The Puritans by Jack Cavanaugh

Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

How to Manage Your Home Without Losing Your Mind by Dana K. White

 

September

Flowers in the Snow by Danielle Stewart

Love in a Fix by Leah Atwood

Statistically Improbable by Jennifer Peel

The Gender Secret by Bella Forrest

The Overcoming Life by DL Moody

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

A Sip of Murder by Blythe Baker

 

Books Read to date/Min. Goal for Year: 48/48

Book List – April to June

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April –

The One by Kiera Cass

No Little Women by Aimee Byrd

 

May-

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

Conversationally Speaking by Alan Garner

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by JK Rowling

Hot, Holy, and Humorous by J Parker

The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans

 

June –

First Impressions by Debra White Smith (review posted here)

As Waters Gone By by Cynthia Ruchti

The Art of Losing Yourself by Katie Ganshert

Untwisting Scriptures by Rebecca Davis

The Case of the Phantom Frog by E.W. Hildick

 

Books Read to date/Min. Goal for Year: 27/48

Book Review: First Impressions

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A modern re-telling of Pride and Prejudice, First Impressions was a fun read.  Debra White Smith knows how to use words well, although I personally found the re-telling to be a bit too literal in many parts.

More concerning was an undertone of racism toward the end, with some pretty blatant stereotypes of African Americans.

As far as actual story, however, it was light and enjoyable.  The author has several other books that are re-telling Jane Austen stories.

Note: I was given this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for this review.

(Short and sweet review courtesy of newborn + exhaustion)

The Navigator has Arrived!

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Our wonderful miracle, our little Navigator, made his arrival on April 22. He was 7 lb 8 oz and 21 inches long. Labor was fast and intense but we were thrilled when he finally arrived.

The past two weeks have been nothing less than a blur, but the little guy is fitting perfectly into our family. The Wingman absolutely adores him and he frequently calls him “Brother.” He loves to hold Brother and take care of him.

The Pilot of course is an incredible Daddy and we were able to figure out a good tag-team system for the first couple weeks. He is back at work this week and I am excited to figure out our groove and see what our new life will look like!

When I hold the Navigator close and feel his little body breathing next to mine, it still almost doesn’t feel real. I am so so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be his mom.

Book List – January to March

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My reading goal this year is at least 4 books each month.  We will see how the new baby affects that. 😉  But I did get off to a strong start!

-January –

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering (review posted here)

A Tangled Web by L.M. Montgomery

Fit to Burst by Rachel Jankovic

How We Love by Milan and Kay Yerkovich

Red by Ted Dekker

Open to the Spirit by Scot McKnight (review posted here)

 

-February-

The Love Knot by Karen Witemeyer

The Girl in the Blue Beret by Bobbie Ann Mason

Gospel-Centerd Mom by Brooke McGlothlin

Known Only to God by Martha Cummins Love

 

-March-

A Matter of Basic Principles by Don Veinot, Joy Veinot and Ron Henzel

Hearts Entwined novella collection (review posted here)

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The Beautiful Fight by Gary Thomas