Monday, February 1, 2016


Hello January.  We have spent the time mostly in our normal routine, our normal snapshots of life.  My hardworking husband power washed our back driveway which was such a drastic & awesome change.  The boys have all gotten back into their school schedules and are having great fun with their Christmas gifts.  James celebrated his 6th birthday with a Lego Star Wars birthday party at our house.  We have been doing all our baby prep and have been in town because we cannot leave!  We took our hospital tour for when the baby decides to come, and we packed our bags.  We have celebrated friends birthdays as well, and been enjoying going to our church weekly again after the business and travel of December.  We are fully into our new year, and we cannot wait to see what comes next!

Sweet baby boy, mom has been playing with baby clothes and getting your things ready now.  We cannot wait for you to come!  My Clemson tigers played for the national championship in football for the first time in 35 years, but unfortunately they lost.  The boys and I really enjoyed pulling for the Tigers, especially Calvin!

Mommy at 36 weeks.

The first baby gift we received for our sweet new babe.  I could not believe how generous & thoughtful a sweet momma friend from preschool was!!  So perfect & his brothers LOVED it.

Mommy at 37 weeks.

Your second gift was a hand made blanket crocheted by a sweet friend of ours at church.  What a surprise!  I was thrilled to have a beautiful, special blanket made just for you.  So incredibly thoughtful.

I ordered a special 'coming home' outfit for our little buddy & little lion loves for him.  Packed them all up in my hospital bag, and we were on the lookout for his arrival.

Our friends were due 2 weeks before us & had their beautiful baby girl.  I was so excited to meet her & hold her for the first time!

My lovely girlfriends threw me a baby shower brunch to celebrate our new fella's impending arrival.  I was so blessed by their hospitality and generosity.  I have special gifts from some of the special women in my life for my son now, and it means so much to me.

What would I do without you!?

Our Bible study group at church also threw us a diapers&wipes shower to celebrate, and they took time to pray over us & our son's delivery.  I appreciated all the support we received, and could not be more thankful to have them in prayer for us as we count down the days!

We were lucky enough to find a sweet teenage girl to come and be a helper for me before the baby arrives and after.  It has been a blessing to have an extra set of hands to get my chores done & it takes the burden off of me for all that I couldn't have done.  Also, she taught me to froth milk in my french press.  Which has been an invaluable skill since my learning.  haha!

Just before I hit my 39 weeks mark, our boys got sick.  James and Hayden both ended up with Strep throat, and Calvin was just probably the furthest removed from catching it.  So all three ended up staying home with me & getting some medicine & our sick days were such a welcome relief from the daily schedule.  I was so thankful for the opportunity to have everyone resting in the afternoons, and for the lack of 'rush' and 'hurry' in our mornings.  I'm so glad they didn't get sick after the baby was born!

Mommy at nearly 39 weeks.  Woah belly!!  Will I actually hit 40 weeks for the first time!?!

Luckily for me, I have these beautiful, sweet guys running through my house to keep me company as I wait.  To lift my spirits when I get down.  James gives me kisses & asks me if I need a glass of water.  Hayden loves to give the new baby kisses in my belly & feel him kick.  Calvin is just the happiest little thing & it makes it hard to be grumpy around him.

And my husband is just the best.  He is the best father & the best friend.  He is the best support & the best encourager.  I am so thankful, unbelievably thankful for you Matt Prose.

I thought maybe some 'spicy' Mexican food & a late walk on the beach would help encourage our baby to come, but sadly that did not happen.  So, au revoir Janvier.

Thank you Lord for my wonderful husband and my 3 sons.  I am so grateful for this life I have been given.  Amen.

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