Friday, June 25, 2010

Goodbye, Stampin' Up!

Yesterday I went to the office one last time to say goodbyes and introduce baby Eva. It is a bit surreal to say goodbye to a job I've held for 10 years. (I can only imagine what it would be like to retire from a job after 30 years as some do!)

The day was bittersweet and I will miss the great friendships and amazing talent that I had the privilege of working with everyday. Goodbye, and I will miss you all! Keep in touch.

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A big journey

Blogging from my phone seems like a great way to stay awake at 3:00 AM when I'm up with a newborn. I might not make a lot of sense and I might fat finger a few words...

Today we headed home to Montana--for good this time. We started off after Eva's doctor appointment (she has regained her birthweight of 7 lbs. 11 oz. and looks great)! Tonight we are in Butte enjoying the comfort at the Comfort Inn. Eva was delighted, as she expressed like only a newborn can, to be rid of her carseat for the day. We normally would have reached the farm after spending 11 hours on the road, but we were happy with the progress we made and are glad to only have what would usually be about a 4 hour trip ahead of us tomorrow. It might only take us 8. :) Traveling with a 2 week old is for the birds. My mom and Sarah are with me, and Tom and Abby follow us up tomorrow (or later today, that is, at this point). Soooo glad to have my Mom's help. You're the best, Mom!

See you home on the range!

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Eva's first day

^ Not loving her first bath . . .

^ Meeting sister for the first time

Friday, June 11, 2010

Feeling so blessed

We have a healthy baby girl! Eva Grace was born at 12:25 today, June 11th. 7 lbs., 11 oz., 19 inches long. (We are pronouncing her name ee- va with a long e.) I went in this morning to be induced but was well into labor on my own before we got there. More photos later!

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Our Big News

No, not baby news. (Psych!) Hopefully that news will come in just a few days.

This may be old news to some of you, but now that both of our employers know, it is nice to finally be able to be open about our plans here on the blog. I haven’t been the best blogger over the past 9 months, largely due to the fact that most of our news centered around plans we needed to keep to ourselves for awhile as they developed.

We are planning to move HOME—to the place we both still consider home even after living in Utah for 10 years—MONTANA! It was an idea percolating in the back of our minds for a couple of years, but since we have had a great life in Utah, there seemed to be no reason to rush the decision. THEN, we got pregnant. It was the first event in a series of events that made it obvious to us that it was God’s plan to lead us in that direction.

Our plans are to move to my family farm in Fort Benton. My parents could use some extra hands, plus, when they are ready to retire they would like to see their years of hard work stay within the family, so it is a great opportunity. Yes, it is a major career change for both of us, but we both feel like it is a different pace of life that will be so good for our family. And the best part is being closer to both of our families!

We will be moving into my Grandpa’s home that is filled with memories of both my Grandpa and Grandma. Grandpa reached a point this fall where it was just too much house for him on his own, and we appreciate all the efforts of my parents and other family to get it ready for us to live in.

So, we have sold our lovely home of 5 years and are living with a dear, kind and generous friend from my work while we wait for the baby to arrive. Soon after, we will head north, for good! We look forward to keeping you up-to-date on our adventures!

Until then, we have many goodbyes to say to the wonderful people we have come to know here in Utah. We will miss you all!