Friday, September 17, 2010

So much to do...

I have been meaning and meaning and MEANING to take pictures of things that have been sent to us...things for us, things remembering Matthew and sweet little things for Luke. I've also wanted to take pictures of things we've bought for Luke so he knows how I am looking forward to seeing him in and use things we've gotten just for him.

I've been meaning to write about the Women of Faith conference.

I've been meaning to post the cruise pictures.

I need to post a picture for this week.

I need to do about a million things.

I'm behind in things I want to be done.

But, as I told John the other day (as he is feeling very, very much the same way), there's really nothing that can't be put off for a hair longer and if it means that putting it off gives him a few minutes of sanity, he needs to do so.

Of course, putting it off just gives me so much more anxiety (and it does him too) that that's not really feasible for either of us to actually do happily (put stuff off) but at least saying it makes us feel like it's an option.

*An aside bonus was that I was telling this to John the other day in counseling...that he needed to just let things sit a bit if he needed them to so that he could relax and take care of himself and my counselor said she couldn't believe that those words were coming out of my GAD/OCD mouth. Then again, do as I say, not as I do mentality could certainly explain that!*

So anyway, as a compromise, I am going to post the Bermuda pictures so that's one thing off my list (though not in the order I wanted things done!) and I can move on to others that are more tangible in the house. Like make vacuum lines. Yesterday the kitchen got the 'toothbrush and baking soda' deep cleaning treatment and today is swapping out summer/winter clothes. Oh, and eating chocolate-covered strawberries. John secretly (or not so) thinks this is Luke telling me he likes chocolate like his brother. I don't want to burst his bubble, but even though I've never liked chocolate much, I have always liked chocolate-covered strawberries because I like strawberries so much.

But this is when Matthew started to really let me know he loved chocolate, so who knows?

First, me at 22w1d (and of course, Dixie!):

She loves giving kisses. I love that I still have ankles!

We always take Matthew's Lovey with us....

Waiting for our room to be ready!

The obligatory 1st (of many) self-portraits as we waited!

John playing at Horseshoe Bay with his camera!
The water and beach were amazing!

One of us doesn't like to put on sunscreen. Can you tell which one?

Loving the pool!

Water's a bit too cold for me (and Luke) still!

This water was WAY warmer, but still chilly just getting in!

We LOVED this day!!!!

John getting ready to go Dorkeling....

He lives to do this!

We got a rainstorm, but it was ok because we just covered our stuff and hung out in the water. It was like being in a big, beautiful hot tub!

There were some really neat little caves and alcoves at Horseshoe Bay!

This was in one of the sort-of caves!

It started to *really* rain while John was dorkeling and he came back to me hiding out under the umbrella...Thankfully he angled it better so I didn't have to keep holding it!

John was supposed to *warn* me about waves because I was wearing my contacts. This is how he warned me. He'd take a picture like this, and then he'd say, "Big one." Thanks.

Always, always, always in our hearts and on our minds.

As we were leaving the port at St. George's....cute, cute little town and check out the rain we missed!

On the ferry back to the ship!

It was SO windy!

Vacation took its toll on poor John!

Big difference in me in this suit at 21 weeks...

...and me at 11 weeks!

Our tablemates...all from Baltimore and a lot of fun. They found us entertaining as one of them said she'd like to turn a video on of me and John and then she'd sell it and be a millionaire. Not sure what to make of that...


  1. Lori, you are one of the most beautiful pregnant women I have ever seen! The picture of you in the wave is particularly smile-worthy. :)

    SO wanting chocolate covered strawberries right now. Or chocolate covered cherries. The power of suggestion...

  2. I am so glad the cruise was such a nice time for you and John! You look awesome and truly are glowing. I look forward to seeing the other pics you mentioned :) love you!!

  3. Awww...I love all these photos! And I adore how when Matthews name is written in the sand the 2 t's make beautiful crosses. Such a powerful photo :)

    As for the swim suits...don't we all wish we could look that adorable! I'm so happy that you all had this time for yourselves.

    Keep indulging in the chocolate covered strawberries!

    Much Love

  4. I love the pictures. You look adorable in you swimming suit with that cute belly. You won't be seeing any of me like that!!! It looks like you guys had so much fun. I wish I could have gone with you!!!

  5. Lori,

    I love the pictures. Especially the one of the wave (too funny). You look beautiful. Sending you Lots of Love;o)

  6. Love the wave pic! Maybe you get tired of hearing it, but you are about the cutest pregnant lady ever. Glad you had a great trip!

  7. Loving them! And don't worry---if it makes you feel any better, I am behind on EVERYTHING in life right now! xoxo

  8. Cute pix! Thanks for sharing! Makes me want to go on the one last trip before Evan gets here...

  9. You have some really cute maternity suits. Where do you get them all?

    Gosh, there's always so much to get done and never enough time to do it!! It helps to take small steps. Like with pics. One day I'll download and then maybe the next day I'll edit and then next upload, etc.

  10. fantastic pictures!!!!! mmmmm, chocolate covered strawberries sounds realllllllly good right now! :)

  11. Lori, you do whatever makes you happy-whatever gives you peace-whatever at the moment makes you feel right.
    I love the pictures!!!! So glad the hurricane didn't get in the way of your trip!

  12. Lori - You fill out a suit well! Hmm, that sounded creepy, but meant in a non-creepy way. Love the vacation photos! Hugs, J

  13. What a beautiful trip, and beautiful people! I closed my eyes and imagined I was there with you for just a minute:) Calgon, take me away!

    Thanks for posting picutures! Looks like you had a great time. Not sure I have ever seen such a beautiful pregnant woman EV-AR!


  14. Lori, I just wanted to stop by and thank you for all the comments that you encourage me with. I know that I don't get around to your blog a whole lot, and I actually haven't got around to hardly any blogs at all in the last couple of months. Thank you for sticking by me and supporting me!

    Great pictures of our trip. You look GREAT!!!

    I read the post before this one, about Job, and I'm so glad that I did. Thank you for sharing about Job and what God gave you over your XM radio to help you with your thoughts on the book of Job. It's nice to go to bed with some peace tonight.

    Take care friend,

  15. I love all of your maternity suits -- they're so cute! I never found any that looked good on me, so I obscenely wore a bikini (eeks!). Anyway, friend, you're gorgeous!
    Amanda W.

  16. great fun and wow what a difference 10 weeks makes! you look just glorious and so happy!! giggling at the OCD/Cross off the list comments -- i am with ya sister. In fact moments from now someone may find me writing "check out lori's blog and say hi" on my list just so i can cross it off.. :) no worries what order ya do things in -- so long as you are happy doing them... so happy for the happy i see n your photos!

  17. I'm just going to put it out there: I wish I had looked ANYTHING like you when I was pregnant. And that's all I have to say today -- I'm going to pray for my attitude. *smile* Looks like you had tons of fun. I'm so very glad for you!! Hugs!