Saturday, March 21, 2009

 Why I will never forget the past 3 days

Chicago was amazing! I realized what a country girl I really am as we walked through the city at night. It was all so beautiful to me! I couldn't believe that people would just walk by the store fronts and not stand there in awe at every thing to see.
I've never been in a Nine West before. I stood in front of the glass separating me from thousands of shoes and I whispered, "Dave, it's all shoes. A store full of cute shoes!"
He was a patient man through out the trip! Very, very patient. :)
It was so wonderful for us to be together. It was so different for us to be able to focus on each other instead of tending to a million other things calling out for our attention. It just meant the world to me to be able to do this. I am beyond thankful that Dave's mom was willing to stay with the boys so that we could indulge in this sweet time away (She did my laundry and dishes too!).
We loved riding the train.
Once we were in the city we walked all over and it felt so good!
We had a beautiful hotel room,
tasted the best food,
saw gorgeous sights,
loved Shedd aquarium,
got a little bit freaked out at the 4-D movie experience at the aquarium,
Cracked ourselves up over how often we thought about, and brought up, the boys,
Kept saying, "Oh, Jay would LOVE this" or "That little boy looks just like Noe!" and "Doesn't that remind you of K?" Notice the little bag of bath tub toys we purchased at Shedd Aquarium. It strapped nicely to the back of our back pack. Couldn't stop thinking about them.
Missed them, because they are a part of us, but enjoyed every single minute of "just us".
Oh, and the Cheesecake Factory?! One of my new favorite places on earth. :) Wow. Seriously.
So, obviously there is alot I could write about. I will never forget our time away.
But there was one little surprise stop we made before we even got on the train to head into the city Thursday afternoon which out shined any memory we could've made on the trip. And I can not go on without telling you about it. Because I just can't. Nope. I would have writers block if I tried.
It wasn't a surprise stop to me or Dave, we had planned it weeks ago. We planned our trip around it. This trip was originally a celebration of our eighth wedding anniversary. But it truly became a celebration of life. New life.
A beating heart that brought tears to my eyes.
Before heading out to Chicago, we stopped at my doctors office. I had an ultra sound which confirmed that I am 8 weeks pregnant with a healthy baby.
So as we sat on the train next to each other we held hands and quietly talked about the possibilities, about our thankfullness, our relief.
As we walked through the streets of the city, and in and out of shops, our minds were never too far from the child we have yet to meet, but feel very hopeful that we will.
As we passed by restaurant after restaurant Dave continually laughed at the look of longing on my face and we giggled over the familiar symptoms which plagued me. 'Casue really, I am hungry all the time. And it makes us laugh.
I certainly know there are no guarantees in this life. I know. Because of our miscarriage last year, I have spent some anxious moments in prayer. I have struggled to hold on to hope.
I also know that we will be okay no matter what happens. I know that as I closed my eyes and just listened intently to the sweet music that was that heart beating I felt a peace and deep thankfulness from somewhere deep inside of me. Some where that has known hurt and disappointment as well as the deepest kind of joy.
And I pray that, Lord willing, we will learn, grow, and blossom into a family of 6 this fall.
My due date is October 22nd.

Oh, and because I'm sure most of you really came by to see if I chose toothbrush or cute shoes, I solved it by wearing some comfy and cute flats and packing the tooth brush. :)


Mari said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you and I'm glad you were able to have a fun time on top of the joy you are feeling!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

Congratulations and how fun!!!

MoziEsmé said...

Congrats! Enjoy each of these pregnancy moments...

And Chicago looks like fun. I've been there enough times, but never just to do the sightseeing thing! Glad you went for COMFY cute shoes... :)

Mel said...

congrats!!! what an extraordinary anniversary gift, and what an incredible trip it sounds like...cheescake is a wonderful thing!!

Anne Elizabeth said...

I cried when I read the part about your pregnancy! Congrats:)

I'm so glad you had a good time. I LOVE Chicago. It holds special significance for me because it was on a trip there (with my mom) that I first realized I was in love with Robbie. I actually told my mom ( I was in love with him) while eating lunch at the cheesecake factory there. I LOVE the cheesecake factory.

Heather said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you! I'll be sure to add the little one to my prayer list. I'm glad you had an enjoyable trip (and that you packed the toothbrush).

Heather of the EO said...

I'm so happy for you! I love this post, that you got a chance to get away, and that you can feel each other's excitement over the pregnancy!

I'm also glad you were comfortable AND brushed your teeth. Good job :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, Wendi, I was about to comment on how gorgeous you look in that red jacket but OH MY GOODNESS!! A BABY!!! Congratulations!!!! I am SO excited for you (in case you couldn't tell from the caps & exclamation points). :D Oh, wow, I can't wait for all the baby updates. I feel like one of my real life friends just found out they were pregnant. YAY!!!

Anthony's Mommy said...

Congratulations!!! Heres to a happy and healthy 9 months!


Joyfulsheep said...

I am soooo excited for you! I am glad you had a wonderful trip too.

Melissa said...

Oh Wendi ~ as I was reading thru your postI thought how beautiful you looked...I lovethe red jacket your wearing, cute photo with the turtle...and then you brought me to tears. I am so happy for you and Dave. I could feel your joy inyour writing. I then snuck over to your photo blog to see if...and whatda know I was right! Thanks for sharingyour story and your photos with us all...this baby is blessed! Take care of you.

Cindy said...



I will keep you in my prayers - what an exciting time this is for your sweet, sweet family.

So glad you were able to enjoy some special time away!!

God is amazing!


Katarina said...

YAY! Congratulations. Praying that this pregnancy will be filled with joy and hope.

Lindsay said...

♥ the photos! (especially the train track one)

♥ that you enjoyed GREAT food!

♥ that you will never forget such a fun trip!

♥ that you are expecting another miracle ... praying for you friend!!


BaronessBlack said...

Yay! More miraculous chaos!
Many Congratulations!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

My sweet Wendi!

Oh, I have no words for how excited I am for you. God is SO good, isn't He? More than anything, I pray for an abundance of peace in your heart right now - that you would not be anxious about this pregnancy, but that you will rest in Him, and that this little miracle will grow and develop right on track. What a fantastic thing to celebrate on your anniversary trip - awesome how that worked out!

I love Chicago, I LOVE Cheesecake Factory, and I love Nine West shoe stores. And I are rockin' the red top. :)

Little Candle said...

So thrilled for you!!!!
Hugs and hugs and hugs!

Sara@i.Sass said...

As you were talking about Chicago and showing us your pictures I thought about how Rob has promised me a trip there and it would just be the two of us. And how completely I understand the LOVING every second alone with your honey and still thinking of the kiddos at home. And then I felt something coming...
A Baby! *sigh*
I am so thrilled for you, oh hearing that heart beat and hearing the word healthy...I will be prayful for you.
How exciting.
I am so glad you and your husband had such a wonderful time and got to "keep that secret" for just you those few days.
Congratulations!!!! :)

LuAnn said...

Congrates to you both. Looks like an awesome weekend!!!

Amanda said...

hooray for a wonderful weekend, and oh how thankful i am that you and dave were able to hear that little heartbeat before heading out...that God gave you this time together to rejoice in the miracle of this new life, in the miracle of His renewal and dream, to love one another! :)

Elizabeth said...

So very excited for you! I truly expected you to be able to announce this blessing soon...just had a hunch! :-)

Hip Hip Horray for the heartbeat! What a blessing!

Hope you are feeling good!

Stacey said...

Congratulations! This is awesome news!!!

Jenn said...

Sounds like you had a great time! Congratulations!

Noah and Ryders Mommy said...

Oh Wendi!!! First of all, Congradulations girl!!! I am so so happy for you and I just know that God is going to see you through it all! :) So happy for you!!!
Secondly what an amazing time it sounds like you guys had! I would kill for a bite of that cheescake right now! Oh my word, does it look so good lol
I'm so glad you two were able to get away and enjoy eachother's presence. I never knew how much Benji and I needed our weekend away until we were alone and just enjoying eachother's company without every day things being thrown at us.
Love you friend and so excited for you!!!

Chelle said...

So thrilled for you guys and your sweet baby news. And your time in Chicago sounds so amazing. How perfect that you guys were able to get away together...and with your little secret to keep you smiling the entire time.

photomama said...

I can only imagine what a great time you had in chicago, time away is always so wonderful even if you talk about the kids half of the time.
I am so happy for you and hope for a healthy pregnancy.

Journey to Heaven said...

Hello Wendi,
You do not know me, but I am a friend of your Aunt's.
she speaks well of you and I am thankful that you decided to be a blogger. Everything that you speak about, I have been through or know others who have. Your truthfulness and openess brings peace to us all.

Thank you for being so inspiring. By the way I loved the box blog, gave me ideas for my children and husband as well as around work.
Thank so much, hope you will become a follower of mine in the future.