Monday, December 13, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 1, 2010
In case anyone was wondering, my Fall Saturday was a bit different than Gabe's. After we got home from Seward... I needed a diaper pail... I spent the rest of my day in the kitchen mostly. I had made myself a nice long list that included things like cleaning the bathroom, dusting and vacuuming the floors. Much to my sorrow, none of those things got done :( By the end of the day, my kitchen was clean and the pumpkin was put away.
I had myself a little pity party that evening as I reviewed my day of working and getting nothing done. Gabe says I got a lot accomplished, but I didn't feel like I did. Does anyone else ever have days like that? I still get depressed just thinking about it.
Right now Gabe and Gwen are playing a game in which Gwen dives off the couch and Gabe catches her and throws her back up... and over and over again. Gwen thinks this is most exciting is laughing gleefully. I am glad she is happy now. About an hour ago she woke up very sad and didn't want her Daddy's comfort but cried for "momomom". I don't think she is feeling very well, but she has Tylenol in her now.
Speaking of Gwen... I have decided to start using cloth diapers for her. Now, lest any of you get the idea that I am deeply concerned about saving the earth or something, I'll just let you know that my only motive for doing this is that it does save quite a bit of money. Especially since we will be diapering two babies in the near future. After reading lots of reviews and opinions and buying a few different brands of pocket diapers, I ordered 20 Sunbaby diapers off of Ebay. I am very pleased with them and as far as I can tell, they are just as good as the expensive "Bumgenious". I bought one of those too, so I think I do know what I'm talking about.
Sometime I wonder if it's worth the bother... like when I'm dumping the dirty diapers from the bucket to the washer... but then when I hang them up on the line, all nice and clean, it gives me a sort of smug, virtuous feeling.
Now lets see... maybe you would like to know about my day today. This morning was most exciting, because we went in for the ultrasound so we could see how our new little baby is doing.
Rita, the lady who did the ultrasound, said everything looked very good and that I am 20 weeks along... I wasn't quite sure about that so far, so it is nice to have a better idea about that. I am so happy and relieved to know the baby is doing well, and that I am halfway through this pregnancy. I guess I didn't realize before that I was actually worried about how the baby was doing... and no, mom, it isn't twins :)
So then after we had a bite of lunch, Gabe went back to work, and I stayed in town and whiled away some time at Walmart and Etcetera, and then went to my doctor's appointment. Dr. Novak had a squeaky voice today, but had plenty say anyway :) ... Yes, I know Gwen is most adorable. No, I didn't dress her up for Halloween or take her trick or treating. Yes, I am taking my prenatal vitamins. No, I haven't thrown up lately. Yes, it is lovely fall weather, but I wish it would snow sometime, even if you don't. I'm sorry that Gwen is trying to rip you necklace off and your earrings out... I can imagine that could be painful, on the ears especially... How do I feel? Mostly just tired all the time... Oh, that's normal? Ok. Especially with the second child and the first child only being seven months old? I guess that makes sense.
I like Dr. Novak.
Now I think I will close this epsitle. I didn't make Gabe any supper tonight because he said he didn't want any and wasn't hungry. Now he is eating cookies and milk :) Gwen is trying to help me and would like to tell everyone "HI" but she isn't a very good typist yet.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Sunday, August 22, 2010
Saturday, June 12, 2010
Great Grandpa Sid and Gwen.
And Hans and Mandy stopped in for supper last Tuesday evening. They were only around for a day, and we were privileged to have them come by for the little time they did.
Today Jenny got a new sewing table. I went to an auction and was able to get this for a quite reasonable sum. Jenny has been wanting something like this to keep her sewing stuff in, as well as a place for her machine that doesn't include clearing out one of our other tables.
More pictures will be on my Picasa.... See ya later ~GB
Monday, May 17, 2010
I guess that we're probably typical parents in that we think she's not only a lot of fun, but probably the cutest baby around.
Saturday, May 8, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Mother, oh Mother, come shake out your cloth,
empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
hang out the washing and butter the bread,
sew on a button and make up a bed.
Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking.
Oh, I've grown shiftless as Little Boy Blue (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
Dishes are waiting and bills are past due (pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
and out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
but I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue? (lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo).
The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
for Children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep......
~Author Unknown ~
Perhaps, the mother in this house will have time to post something sometime, but as the poem says.....
Today I mowed lawn for the first time this year, and over the last week or so we have planted nearly half the garden. So it's beginning to feel like Spring is really here, and we're awfully glad after this winter that we've had.
Gwendolyn Marie has been doing really well (although her mother might have more and better details than I). She was to the doctor at about ten days and has regained her birth weight plus two ounces. (She's now 7lb 2oz.) She likes to look around at things when she's awake, and has been doing better at sleeping at night. Last night she went five hours between feedings, which was a record, I believe. Well, I must be going, at least you got a little update! Be sure to check out picasa for the latest in pictures.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
We're currently at the Seward Memorial Hospital with our little girl. Click here to watch for a picture of her on the hospital website. It's not up as I write, but it should be soon. Just so you know, Lydia Ruth (on the same page) is her cousin. So is Jolene Danae on the February page. Everything has gone super well, Jenny and little Gwen (yes, it get's shortened sometimes) are doing splendidly. Except that right now the little one is testing her lungs and vocal chords. It's all normal though.
Gwendolyn is a pretty strong little baby, she can hold her head up and look around, although she's not looking around much yet. So far, she's been very good and likes to eat pretty often. Last night we let the nurses take care of her in between feedings so that Jenny could get some sleep. Jenny didn't get as much sleep as I did (on my cot) but she's doing pretty well, and hopefully can catch a nap this afternoon.
We are planning on being released tomorrow, although Jenny would rather have gotten out of here today. Doc says that they'd like us for a 36 hour minimum, especially since it's a first baby. She followed that up by saying, "although you sure don't act like a first time mommy!" She was very happy with how things were this morning when she checked over mommy and baby, and so we expect there will be no problems with being released tomorrow.
Anyway, that's how things are going right now. We've been having lots of company (see the pictures) and it's been fun and exciting. I don't expect to have a lot of spare time to post anything once we get home, so I thought you'd all like if I said something now. Of course, we will try to keep you all updated, but don't expect a lot right away! I'd put up a picture or two, but right now I think we'll just let you click the above links to see all the pictures on picasa.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
As you can see, we have a regular little greenhouse inside our regular little white house, and unless it starts warming up outside soon I'm a little worried that these plants will expand until we won't have enough room to give them all a little sunlight. We're a little challenged to find windows that let sunlight in, and these lamps aren't going to cut it when the plants get bigger. I hope to be able to put the plants in the porch, which will give them plenty of morning sun, but it simply gets too cold in there to do that anytime soon. I don't care to leave the inside door open to heat the porch at zero temps even if my heat does come from a wood stove.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
A P.S. here. On my own account, it didn't actually get rid of the Buzz icon, it just deleted my profile and my followers. I still have to click the "Turn buzz off" thing to make so I don't see it. Oh, and an easier way to do the whole "delete Buzz etc..." is to just turn it back on (if you've turned it off) and then hit the "turn off Buzz" at which point you will see the option to permanently disable it. (Well, permanently as in until you click the icon to turn it back on)
Monday, February 15, 2010
The last year has brought many changes to my life. Nebraska is definitely different than Wisconsin! But I've learned to love it here too, and have found that Nebraska does know how to have winter after all! I guess the landscape isn't really the most important change I've had in my life. Getting to know a new church and making friends here, has had challenges all of it's own. I am happy to say that I have learned to know people so much better, and I really appreciate our church here. And then, of course, it is so nice having Gabe's parents and family all nearby, so that we are not lacking in family either!
Of course the biggest, most important change that has happened in our lives, is one that is still in progress, you might say :) We are looking forward very much to our baby's arrival. I am becoming more impatient, since I have begun to feel most elephantine. I think wistfully of the days when I could bend over to tie my shoes. We have the cradle all set up, and I was showered with many lovely gifts by the church ladies last Monday evening, so now all we need is the baby!
I hope you all have a lovely week, and I will post again someday, but not too often, since that wouldn't be in keeping with my record so far. I have to wait until something dramatic happens. JMB
Friday, February 12, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Two years ago, I was here in Nebraska, helping Amy, since she had just had a baby, Keagan Michael.
The first week and a half of my stay was rather dreary and emotionally unsettling for me. You see, there was a certain young man, who was causing me much distress and anguish of heart.
When I had been in Nebraska a few months earlier, I had become quite impressed this young man. An excerpt from my journal during that time says this... " Gabe came over and played "Acquire" with Dad, Matt and I. It was good to see him, even though he hadn't shaved his whiskers all week". Actually, that was the same evening when Gabe backed into Mom and Dad's car...
So here is my version of the story...
After getting to know Gabe a little bit, when I was here in Nebraska in the fall, I really thought he was a pretty nice guy, but did my best not to admit that to anyone. Mom and Dad had their suspicions that something was going on, because they asked me what I would say if Gabe would ask me... I told them "It would be pretty dumb to say 'no', wouldn't it?" I thought it was kinda mean of them to ask me that, since I didn't think there was any hope that this would actually happen.
I spent the next few months and home in Wisconsin, going about my normal life and trying to forget about Gabe.
I went back down to Nebraska in January, and I guess that is when things really began to happen. :) I was enjoying helping Amy, but I was having an awful time getting my sleep... I remember lying in bed, trying and trying to sleep, and then, at 3 AM or so, I would get up and write in my journal or read my bible and pray. Of course there were some tears being shed during these little nocturnal sessions.
On Saturday, after I had been in Nebraska for about a week, I went with Matt's to Lincoln for the evening. Coincidentally, Gabe happened to be in Lincoln the same evening and joined us for supper. I had been extremely hungry, until we got to where we were eating. I think I did manage to choke something down anyway.
When we were leaving, Gabe gave me an extra mint that he had... I still have it somewhere, it was much too precious to eat of course!
That evening, Amy finally worked up the courage to ask me how I was doing and told me that she was pretty upset with Gabe for being so friendly and not getting serious about it. She was worried that I was going to get hurt. I still didn't really want to let myself believe that Gabe was showing me any special attentions... I wrote this in my journal that evening, "Amy is worried that this is really upsetting me and I don't think it really is, unless that's what is keeping me awake at night". Silly me.
Well, I endured Sunday and Monday and Tuesday yet. Tuesday, Gabe stopped by with Pat's and Thad's and ignored me all evening, so I pretty much decided that there was no interest there on his part.
Wednesday morning, I learned differently! Here is what I wrote in my journal...
"I just can't believe what is happening to me! This morning I got a phone call from my Dad... he said that Gabe called him!!! At first I couldn't quite believe him... I had to ask if he was serious. Ok, so I told Dad that he could give Gabe the go-ahead to talk to me. I am quite nervous. I guess Gabe is going to stop in here after work to talk to me.
Dear God, please give me calmness and peace and the right words to speak... Thanks so much!"
Gabe did stop in that afternoon, and we went on a short walk outside in the wind and snow, and he had a beautiful little speech that I had been longing to hear, and I said YES! He was a little surprised that I said yes just like that I think, because he said "Really?". Then, of course we had to go meet his mom and dad, which was little embarrassing, but I lived through it. And Gabe all the sudden had a whole bunch of phone calls to make to various relatives and friends. He was pretty pleased with himself I think :)
So that's my story... and it is really only a very, very small portion of our story. We were in love, of course, and loved to be together and talk together and it was wonderful, but it only gets better.
I may have thought I know Gabe 2 years ago, or 1 year ago, but it changes and grows and matures and gets better. Some days it's not all the gooey, warm feelings, but that trust and commitment and faithfulness, that is what really matters when the gooey, warm feelings are hard to find. I thank God every day for my wonderful husband, who takes such good care of me and who loves me even when I am cranky and unreasonable. Or when I laugh about dumb things. Or drive the car into the snowbank. And he even still loves me when I'm fat and awkward and want to eat ice cream.
Now we are nearing our first anniversary... it seems that time has gone by so quickly! We are looking forward to having our new baby and hoping to have "normal" life and no trips for a long time now. Gabe has work at the shop right now, and we are thanking God for that too. We haven't had a blizzard for a few weeks now, so that is nice.
On Sunday we plan to have Mom and Dad Burkey, Grandpa Burkey, Karen, and Steve and Wanda Kremer, over for dinner. Gabe has taught me to enjoy having company and I am glad about that. We always enjoy having people at our house.. so come and see us sometime!