Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Picture...

I can see the picture so vividly that I often wonder if I took it myself.

I see the cozy little home in the heart of Texas…the kind of home that was common 50 years ago, when life was simple and you could trust your neighbors.

I see sunshine and white cotton clouds in an endless sky that seems to swallow the small home. All of the windows are flung open to welcome the fresh spring air.

There is an old blue dog sleeping in the shade of the porch, between two worn rocking chairs and a small wooden rocking horse.

The opposite side of the porch is slanted with early morning sunlight and a grey cat sleeps on a chair swing, one eye cautiously on the dog.

The yard is green, but there are well-worn paths to the hand-built swing set and the drive way. A black pick-up truck sits in the driveway, partly covered in dust and dry mud. Muddy boots line the back window, shoved heel-up between the tool box and the cab. Horses graze in the distance, unaware of their majestic beauty.

The morning is frozen in time- one distinct spring morning and every spring morning.

The family is awake. I can’t hear them through the picture, but I distinctly remember laughter.

There is a tall man wearing a Stetson, his long lean shape filling the doorway near the kitchen. He is freshly shaven and crisp in starched jeans, a tie, and a white cotton shirt. Even his boots look like they’ve been shined, despite their obvious wear. I can’t see his face clearly, but I can follow his emerald gaze.

He is looking down at a tiny bundle wrapped in pale pink. A young woman holds the bundle proudly, her love for her family obvious and complete. Her long hair covers her face, but she seems to be looking at the owner of the rocking horse, a young boy with the build of his father and wide green eyes full of wonder and innocence. He looks to be about four and is staring up at his father with blatant admiration and love.

The picture is static and I cannot know what they were doing or what will happen next. But I like to think about it...

I like to think that Dad is kissing his wife and kids goodbye as he leaves for work. I can almost feel a tangible love that connects this passionate green-eyed family.

The photograph freezes more than motion; it forever captures the essence of family life, a loving home, pure happiness.

Without question, God is there… in the house, in the wide open sky, in the heart of the family, in this picture ingrained in my heart.

Sometimes I ask myself why I visualize the picture so often. Am I looking for something that I can’t see? Is there something out of place? Have I been to this house before?

But I know that I am just waiting.

Holding my breath and waiting for the woman to look up…waiting for her to look up so that I can see if it is me.

I want it to be me.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Does Love Make a Sound?



Is that not the most beautiful thing you've ever seen?!

Yes, I'm referring to that blob that is a baby. Our baby!

Today we measured exactly 8 weeks along.

First we saw the tiny flutter of the heartbeat... SO tiny, but so amazing!

And when the RE turned up the volume, that tiny heartbeat filled the room and our very hearts to capacity! Oh, the love!

At a very fast, but normal 172 beats per minute, Baby Lietz is healthy and thriving!

That ultrasound rocked my world!

Forgive me for not writing more, but we are still grinning stupidly at each other!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Inquiring Minds Want to Know...


I've gotten a multitude of questions about this pregnancy- either on the blog, by email, or in person. I think I've answered them all!
I might as well get used to answering the same ones over and over for the next 7 months or so, huh?!


When did you find out you were pregnant?
Tuesday, May 26th… though I had an inkling the day before.

Do you know when/where you conceived?
Sure do… but that is our business, thankyouverymuch!

How far along?
We are seven weeks today. (about 231 days to go!) This makes the baby due in early February. (just what our family needs… another February birthday!) Conceived around our third wedding anniversary, and due around Daddy’s 29th birthday! {calling him Daddy just made me tear up!}

How did you conceive?
Naturally; we did not need IUI or IVF, despite what my OB said. But I did take the fertility pill, clomid. The old-fashioned way did the trick!

Is there a risk of miscarriage?
Yes, there is always a risk, for anyone, up until we bring that baby home from the hospital. But it is a good sign that we’ve made it this far, my doctor is taking precautions, and we choose to only think positively! We decided to let go & let God.
{a little note on this… when I tell you I’m pregnant and you immediately ask about miscarriage or show fear that I might miscarry again, this makes me never want to share my good news with you again… I think friends should always try to be supportive and positive. You Negative Nellies stay away from me!}

How far along were you when you miscarried before?
The first time I was 6 weeks and 3 days, the second time I was 6 weeks. But the second pregnancy was never a healthy one as my hcg never got above 200. This time around, my hcg levels are very healthy and very high. I also have nausea for the first time.

What about the blood clotting issues?
You know how I hate needles and sometimes pass out when I give blood? Well, I’m giving myself twice daily injections of Heparin. {sticking needles in myself! sticking needles in myself! sticking needles in myself! twice a day!}
This will thin my blood and prevent clots. These will continue throughout the entire pregnancy and then I’ll be on medication post-delivery and while breastfeeding. My tummy is covered in black and blue bruises, but it is so worth it!

How do you feel?
I’m always very tired, and I get queasy pretty often. I’ve never been so happy to be nauseous! We all know “morning sickness” is a misnomer, but first thing in the morning seems to be the only time I’m not sick! I’ve yet to toss my cookies… but I see it in my near future since I still have about 5 more weeks of it getting worse before it gets better. Oh well, I’ll be thankful with every retch!

Any cravings?
Not yet… but I most certainly have aversions. Even if it sounds great one minute, I might change my mind the next. Ick… I feel gross just thinking about this.

Were you doing acupuncture when you conceived?
Yes, the last two times I got preggers, I was doing acupuncture once a week. I truly believe that it increases blood flow first to the ovaries to promote healthy ovulation, and then to the uterus to encourage implantation. I am still doing it once a week through my first trimester to build a healthy uterine lining, discourage miscarriage, and decrease nausea. If you read my original acupuncture post, you know how much I love it!

Do you want a boy or a girl?
We slightly prefer a boy first… but of course we are just praying for any healthy baby! (yes, I’m aware of how trite that sounds)

Will you find out the sex?
Abso-freakin-lutely!!!! I wanted to know, like… yesterday. In fact…did you see my intelligender post? I’m dying to know. It looks like we won’t do that little experiment… but we WILL find out at our 20 week ultrasound! (mid/late September, hopefully!)

Have you thought about names?
Our names are set… basically since before we got married! But I’m thinking we will share the name once we know the sex. (if we spilled to you before… surprise! we changed the girl name!)

What’s next?
Our next ultrasound is Wednesday the 24th. We should see the fetal pole and the heartbeat. I’ll be 7 weeks, 6 days. But I’m guessing I will measure about 7 weeks, 3 days since I ovulate late and was measuring about 3 days behind at the first u/s. We can’t wait to see Baby Lietz again! In fact, I’m hoping to be a human popsicle many times during this pregnancy- if they term me high risk, then I get lots of ultrasounds!

What else?
We are thrilled and singing our praises to God! God is good all the time. All the time, God is good. A very huge thank you to the many people out there praying for us. God’s flock is awe-inspiring!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Impatient, Perhaps?


I'm a curious person.


I like to be in control and have as much prior knowledge as possible.


So, I find this intriguing...


That's right, it claims to tell you the sex of your baby at 10 weeks instead of waiting for your big ultrasound around 20-25 weeks.


You just pee... and the hormones tell you boy or girl with an 82-90% accuracy rate. (so they claim)


So, I'm very skeptical.


But I'm very curious.


And I'm dying to baby shop already. (premature, I know)


It's only $35... but I'm broke.


Talk some sense into me, here... this is stupid, right? It probably just measures PH, which can change depending on your diet/fluids. Surely I can wait?


Or... be the devil on my shoulder if you must...


What do you think?

Monday, June 15, 2009

Just Another Manic Monday

I know...
I'm getting a little carried away.
But I love reading all the cool blogs out there. And when I meet a new "friend," I always want to support his/her contests and social games. Plus... you all know I can't resist great photos OR animals!

My friend at Two Dogs, A Girl, and a Husband's Grace is introducing Mutt Mondays.

You guessed it... sharing a photo or cute story about your dogs. And well, ALL 1000 photos I have of our three thrilling pups are worth sharing. Here are 2 from a sibling photo shoot of Hondo, Sydney, and Abbie...


And no, you can't have them.

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My parents were in Mexico when the news that this pregnancy might be "the one" was joyfully shared. When they returned, they gave Skip and I a frame for our future nursery with this inside...


Being hormonal and always overly sensitive, I was moved to tears. It doesn't take much these days. But Baby Lietz will know that his "Sissy" & "Tai-Pan" loved him since the beginning of time. (yes, I know it could be a girl... but I'm thinking blue!)
But the really cool thing is...
I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that hundreds of people are praying for us.
Even internationally!
All ages, all religions, even relative strangers!

That simply fills my heart with bursting love and gratitude. I'm sending up a prayer of thanks ten times over for each and every one of you.

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Back to my blog "friends"... XBox is going to be a daddy! I don't know if they are the praying type, but it doesn't matter...he and his wife could use your prayers, too!
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I'm not ignoring you, I promise. I've gotten a plethora of pregnancy questions and haven't answered them yet. I'm getting to it, really I am...

Thursday, June 11, 2009

You Capture: Nature

One of my {many} favorite blogs, I Should be Folding Laundry, has a photography challenge called "You Capture." I love photos, and I love a good challenge. I think it is meant for amateur photographers, but I couldn't resist.

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The theme of this challenge was nature...


I had to use this one again, because I absolutely love it.

But then I went wandering around the ranch for more examples of God's beauty in nature...


I found this cactus flower (with an ant in it) and some more bluebonnets....

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"Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass ... Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him." {psalms 37:4,7}

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

The Third Time's a Charm?!!!





6 Weeks and Counting Praying! :-)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Giving Thanks

Look at this beautiful bounty from our garden!

"Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God." Hebrews 6:7


"The Lord will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands." -Deuteronomy 28:12


"But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop." -Luke 8:15

"I will praise God's name in song and glorify Him with thanksgiving." -Psalm 69:30


"...how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free." -Isaiah 32:20


"God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food." And it was so." -Genesis 1:28-30

Monday, June 1, 2009

Memorial Madness

My Adorable Loving Husband and I spent Memorial Day weekend camping with some of ALH's high school buddies. We were in the Hill Country on the beautiful Guadalupe River...

We had a wonderful time with some really great people. We did a little fishing and taught a few kiddos how to reel...



Look at Derek's huge catch!


Look at Daddy's huge catch! Derek's dad, Dean, caught 2 huge catfish. The one above was about 20 pounds, and the largest was 35 pounds! They looked prehistoric. But they tasted awesome! We had fresh fried catfish... straight from the river, to the fryer, to our mouths!
On Sunday we floated the river and had a little too much fun!

Danny & Kristin... gotta love 'em!

Skip manning the beer cooler. (well, one of them)

Danny and Cap.

Lindsey and I. (and Skip back there chillin')

At night we gathered around the campfire with good friends, cold beer, and marshmallows. I led the kiddos in a few camp songs around the fire.



It was a wonderful weekend... many thanks to the Marquardt family!
How cute are these guys?!

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