Heartbeat and Home

It has been another whirlwind week. I guess one of the good things about being busy is that the weeks go by fast. I can’t believe that I am already 15 weeks pregnant and nearing the halfway mark!! So much has happened since my last life update.

14 Week Pregnancy Appointment

Okay, so today I am 15 weeks and 4 days along, but last week on Wednesday was my 14 week appointment! I don’t know why I get so nervous before each appointment, but I do. I was so thrilled to hear a healthy heartbeat from our growing baby. We also found out that we will have our gender reveal ultrasound on January 3rd!!

I know I haven’t done a pregnancy update for a couple weeks (it has seriously been so busy), but keep an eye out Friday because I will certainly have our 16 week update!! Just rest assured, baby is doing great all cozy in mom’s tummy. Mom on the other hand…has been a little worse for wear with everything going on. I’ll catch you up.

The Move

Wednesday also began our move! My mom came up to help me get all packed and start moving things over to the new place. In the evening we had my dad, my husband, my brother-in-law, and some friends come help us move the big stuff. Our new place is a serious improvement from the old one, but it does have significantly less storage. Looking at the boxes and furniture, I honestly wondered where in the world we would put it all. I was pretty well spent by Wednesday night.

Both my dad and mom stayed the night Wednesday night. Thursday morning my husband went to work and my parents and I got to work on the apartment!! By the time my husband got home from work that night, we were completely unpacked, moved-in, and cleaned up. I actually wanted to cry having that finished. I truly could not have done it without my parents. They were so good to come and help and we are so happy to be settled in so quickly!!

 

An Afternoon With My Sister-In-Law

On Friday I wanted to relax and recover. However, I had an appointment to tutor a gal and then decided I would go grocery shopping. Before I went to the grocery store, I stopped by the pick something up from my sister-in-law who lives nearby. 30 minutes soon turned to 3 hours as we just talked and talked. I absolutely loved it! I don’t know if everyone feels this way about their in-laws, but I just feel blessed as I am forming true and lasting relationships with these amazing people. I have already learned so much from this sister about motherhood, marriage, womanhood, and life. She is so great! I truly loved that time I got to spend with her just talking about everything.

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Relaxing Saturday

When Saturday finally came around I resolved to do absolutely nothing all day. I needed a recovery day. I think my husband did too! He took a nice nap in the afternoon while I watched plenty of Netflix. I firmly believe that you have to give yourself breaks every once and a while, especially right now while we don’t have kids!

The Sabbath Day

Sunday is the day we worship. Both my husband and I had meetings at our church before the services start. We are involved in different organizations and have meetings to attend for those callings. We then went to the actual services. They were really nice! The first Sunday of each month is called “Fast and Testimony Meeting.” Instead of having just two or three people present their talks (like sermons) on assigned topics, any member of the conversation can come up to the pulpit and spend a couple minutes testifying of a principle of the gospel that they have applied in their lives. It is always a wonderful and uplifting meeting as we share our convictions with one another.

The first Sunday is also a day of fasting. In our church you fast two meals and pay an offering on those meals once a month. It is a wonderful time to draw closer to God. We read about fasting all over in the scriptures and it is a wonderful principle to practice and apply.

After our church service we had a linger longer to break our fast. It was a potluck where members of the congregation brought food to share. It was so nice to eat a meal together and get to know members of our congregation (congregations are referred to as wards in our church) better. There are so many young families, like us, in this area. The friendships we are forming are really fun! My husband stayed until the very end to help clean up. What a stud!

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Sunday we also put our first little Christmas tree up, and I LOVE it!

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My Little Sister Left on Her Mission

In our church young women and young men can serve church missions at the ages of 19 and 18 (respectively). Young women serve for a period of 18 months. Young men serve for a period of 2 years. I served a mission in Dallas, Texas. It was an amazing time in my life and certainly a formative time for the rest of my life. You don’t get paid (in fact each young person pays to go), you only get to communicate with family and friends once a week via email, you only get two phone calls home per year (one on Christmas and one on Mother’s Day), and you dedicate all your time to serving others and preaching the gospel in pairs. It is an absolutely amazing and unique time of life.

My sister decided she wanted to serve a mission as well. After serving for a little while, she was injured and had to return home for surgery and recovery from it. After 8 months, my sister returned to her mission today to finish out the remaining year of service she has. We are very proud of her in the face of adversity. She didn’t owe anyone a thing. We would’ve understood if she decided not to go back after having her surgery. But she was determined to finish and went back out today. I look forward to hearing about her experiences each week!

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