Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Baby Bucket List (o:

After reading a recent post on my sister-in-law's blog, I decided to create my own "to do" list for preparing for our little guy to come! She had some great ideas that I will promptly steal and add on to. (Thanks!)

Before the fun list starts though, I've got to be practical. The list of things that NEED to happen (and as quickly as possible in my book!) are as follows:

1. Obtain permanent living headquarters. AKA get into that house as soon as possible! I'm in my 6th month of pregnancy now and that means nesting mode is in full blast. Which is a need that is difficult for me to satisfy at this point because there is no nest to be preparing at the moment. I just want to tackle a billion painting, organizing, revamping, cleaning, and baby-proofing projects all at once! Which brings me to the next thing on the list...
2. ... Moving! And cleaning, and getting things in place, and starting a nursery, and buying new decorations and home-living essentials and getting into some sort of daily routine...
3. But first - I need my mind to focus on something I CAN do while I'm waiting, which is school. I'm done on October 9th (hallelujah!), but wouldn't it be nice if my assignments were done even sooner???? I wish my nesting urges could be directly channeled into homework-accomplishing urges. If I can focus, I can get things done ahead of time. If I focus. And if I stay focused. With a focused state of mind.

Ok, on to more fun things I want to accomplish before our little peanut arrives (speaking of staying focused):

1. Slip-covers for our living room furniture, yes?
2. Work on and hopefully finish a Shutterfly wedding album (WHICH i started about 3 years ago...)
3. A valence for the kitchen and a valence for the baby's room
4. (Stolen from Linnea's blog) Christmas preparations! Including making/buying all the gifts possible and preparing baked goods which can be frozen in my wonderful in-laws' giant freezer until we acquire freezer space of our own (o:
5. Speaking of freezers- I'd like to find an upright or chest freezer on craigslist or in the classifieds for when we have our own place again.
6. (Also stolen) Freezing some meals for the crazy baby-loving days ahead this winter!
7. Saving, saving, saving our monies and doing lots of researched looking to be able to buy a new vehicle this fall.
8. Enjoying all the new fall ministries that Dan and I are jumping into this coming week!
9. APPLE SEASON! Making applesauce and apple pies!
10. Three of the four amazing baby showers that wonderful people are throwing for me - can't wait! (The fourth one will be after baby comes - looking forward to that one too!)

There are probably a million more things I could add to the list, but I'm thinking that 10 is a decently manageable number.

Baby is growing nicely and continues to show his health in sonograms and in his monthly check-ups (I had one this morning and all is great!). Love hearing that heartbeat. And I'm loving that I can feel him move every day. Sweetheart, I can't wait to actually meet you, but in the meantime I suppose I can be content with all the preparations it takes to get ready for your arrival! Love you!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Thought this was so cute! Can't wait to meet our little snow baby!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lists and Listlessness

It has been hard for me to stay patient lately....

1. Living with my in-laws for the past month and a half has truly been a blessing, but not a day goes by without me thinking about and dreaming about moving into a new place of our own. I feel an overwhelming need to get into the house that the church wants to provide for us and start getting it fixed up and ready! Call it nesting, call it normal wifely responsibility calling - I call it... hard to wait for!

2. School. I am in my last semester of my Master's degree. PTL!!! However, these last few weeks seem to be passing more slowly than ever! October 9th cannot come fast enough! I'm very anxious to be done and to feel like I can move on to the next thing- maybe even a stay-at-home position that is related to my degree in Instructional Tech and Design? I've been communicating on and off with a few people who may have something available for me to do from home - how great would that be with the baby on the way?

3. Speaking of babies... I'm BARELY over the half-way point in my pregnancy, but I already want him to be here!!!! Nevermind that we aren't settled in anywhere... nevermind that I don't have most of the required supplies yet... nevermind that I'm still busy with school and getting into Dan's new position at the church.... I simply can't wait to hold him and see Dan snuggling him!

Planning and wishing has been helping with all these things. You know me- I'm a crazy list person. So I'm listing everything that needs to be done today and listing everything we will need for the baby and listing things that I plan to tackle once we (hopefully) move into the house and listing all the homework I still have left to do and listing.... just about everything possible. My baby registry is all set. I can't think of anything I still need to put on it! My plans for how I hope to tackle the house remodeling are pretty set. And we don't even know for sure what is happening with that yet! My plans for doing homework include: filling up most of my spare time lately (which, there has been quite a bit of it) with finishing homework and doing it very well. But who wants to do homework with all their spare time? Not this lady.

It's just a time of waiting for me right now. God is using this time to stretch me and draw me to Him. I need to let go of worry and anxiousness and just be still. After all- in a short time I'll be extremely busy again and wishing I had all this spare time!

I leave you with another list. Of good waiting-for-baby thoughts!

 BabyFruit Ticker
1. Our baby is the size of a banana. (o:

2. Here's our baby website - check it out! There are some great sonogram pictures on there!

3. I'm feeling him move every day now!

4. I'm 21 weeks and 1 day into the pregnancy - over halfway done (o:

5. I have slowed down my sick days to about one every 2 weeks now (yayyy!!!!!)

6. Baby weighs almost a pound already - but he's starting to pack it on from here on out!

7. Baby is a boy! And we are so excited because he will have several boy cousins his age when he arrives!

8. I have new maternity clothes coming in the mail soon. (o:

9. I have four baby showers coming up!!!! FOUR! It's going to be so much fun!

10. Every day I see Dan becoming more and more of the wonderful father I always knew he would be. I love you, hubby!

Just thought of something else I'm anxious for.... autumn!!!! That will be another post....

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer 2012

 The summer of 2012.... this will be a summer to really remember! Much has happened and we are delighted about all of it! 

Starting back in March/April, Daniel and I had been feeling like something big was going to happen... or if nothing big happened we'd go crazy! Life was getting monotonous and we felt like things were slightly out of place - like WE were slightly out of place. We were definitely anxious for the next big thing in life. Thus began long pillow talk discussions, whining sessions, prayers for direction and guidance, and drudging through many days wondering why we were doing what we were doing. I can see now why God had those feelings in our hearts - it was time for a change - and he was preparing us for more than one change!

Not long at all after Dan and I took the leap of "not trying not to," we discovered we.... were going to have a baby! On April 26th, I surprised Dan after breakfast with a positive pregnancy test and hugs and tears and shaking. (o: We were so excited, but so nervous! After all, nothing else in our lives was REALLY ready for a baby - just our emotional state and our anxiousness for something new. But God knew what was going to happen next, and now that we had taken that leap of faith -things were going to fall into place. 

Dan and I knew that even though our finances were not terrible or impossible with the baby on the way- we needed to look for a full time position somewhere. I was working at a daycare and things were going well, but Dan was juggling two part time jobs in order to bring home the bacon. Three jobs was nice (especially in a time when it was hard to even get one!) but one full time one that could support us in the same way sounded more practical and less stressful. Out went the applications and the resumes and up went the prayers. 

All of a sudden, Dan had two interviews - both sounded great and were exactly what we were looking for (maybe even better than what we were hoping for!). Youngsville FMC was looking for a full time associate pastor and so was Panama UMC. We were elated with the fact that both churches were within 30 minutes of both of our families - we would be so thrilled to move close to our hometown again, especially with a new baby coming.

Youngsville interviewed us and everything went great - what a wonderful feeling we had about it! Then Panama interviewed Dan and it too went extremely well (Dan later told me, "that was the best interview I've EVER had!"). Panama contacted Dan for a second interview shortly after, explaining that he was one of the final two in the selection process and that the church would need someone to start very soon. We went to the interview and were met with an overwhelming sense of welcome and calm and honestly- it felt like we fit right in. Sure enough, God wanted us there - because less than a week later Dan was accepting the job offer. 

Panama UMC has felt like home ever since we started on July 8th! God is good!

Sadly, moving away from Rochester has meant that we have left some wonderful friends and coworkers behind. We miss the city very much, but realize that there really isn't anything better than being here where God has called us (and SO CLOSE to family!). We are truly blessed.

This August has also been exciting already. The 1st was our third wedding anniversary. We made the trip to Niagara Falls - somewhere neither of us ever remembers being at before. Here are some pictures from our fun and special trip:

And that little baby on the way??? Well. Yesterday we found out... it's a BOY!!!!!!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A Very Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year!

Praise God for a wonderful holiday season spent with family and friends!
December flew by without even letting me blink, and now we're already on day 5 of January. What?!

A little update on life with the Landins:
This month I am going full time at my job - I'll be in the same classroom at the daycare that I've always been in, but now I'll be there for a full day instead of my normal 6 hours. My class is almost all brand new - lots of girls! They are all 20 months and younger - cuties.

Dan is working hard with the youth group - we have a winter retreat coming up this month, among other fun events. Please pray for the youth to be open to the Spirit's calling. (o:
Dan is also working hard at Ace. In December we had a great time attending the Ace Christmas party! Got all dressed up, ate some fabulous food, and enjoyed an evening of games at the Hyatt hotel.

I've got some pictures to share (finally!) of all the siblings. These served as several of our Christmas gifts this year.

School has been going well for me, and Dan is anxiously awaiting his new semester which begins on the 16th. We look forward to having Matt and April come up for a visit this month, and we also can't wait to spend time with Brad and Linnea in a few weeks. Moms and Dads are ALWAYS welcome to come spend a night or two! (Same goes for sisters!)

January is looking pretty good! (o: