"Do not yield to discouragement in the face of difficulties and do not abandon yourselves to false solutions which often seem the easiest way to overcome problems. Do not be afraid to make a commitment, to face hard work and sacrifice, to choose the paths that demand fidelity and constancy, humility and dedication. Be confident in your youth and its profound desires for happiness, truth, beauty and genuine love! Live fully this time in your life so rich and so full of enthusiasm."
"Let us look with greater hope to the future; let us encourage one another on our journey."
~ Papa Benedict XVI

Friday, August 12

Still here...still pregnant......

Dear Friends,

Sorry that I haven't written a post in a while, but....
  • trying to get ready for the upcoming school year
  • in my 9th month of pregnancy
    • with gestational diabetes
    • with carpal tunnel issues
    • with swelling in my feet and hands
    • with weekly appointments (soon to be twice a week)
    • with doctors who don't listen
    • with people who think that anyone who is pregnant is obviously on their first child (regardless of how many of my 5 kids are with me at the time)
    • in NC during the hottest part of the summer
    • with no regular sleep 
      • and none expected for the next eighteen years or so 
    • and, oh, so much more......
  • trying to get boxes unpacked before it is time to move again (whenever that may be)
  • my aunt and uncle stopped by for a visit
  • starting up another year of lego league with not 1, not 2, but 4 teams that I am coaching/mentoring (two FLL and two Jr FLL teams) and currently, all are meeting weekly at our house
  • hosting a Pampered Chef Party
  • now currently involved in local homeschool group
    • welcome committee
    • website committee
    • curriculum fair/info event
    • used book sale
    • co-op
  • trying to maintain a well run home 
  • a husband who tries to help but often misses
  • trying to keep the kids from killing each other (or themselves) by
    • jumping down the stairs (4 or more at a time...stairs, not children)
    • playing hockey/football/baseball/ basketball/soccer in the house
    • swordplaying
    • throwing each other at someone else
    • flying projectiles.....or something like that
    • whipping their siblings with clothing
    • making mom upset by not listening
  • did I mention pregnant?
  • money
    • or lack thereof...
  • keeping my sanity
    • or lack thereof....
  • worrying about family and friends, and which hospital they are calling from
  •  and normal everyday life
Going forward I will try to post more often (maybe). I hope that you are doing well. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Your Friend,

Allison (ghostwritten by her loving husband while waiting for the brownies to finish cooking)


Eva said...

I didn't know you were expecting! I'll be thinking of you during these last days and wish you a pleasant birth. We'll light a candle for your family in church tomorrow.

Eva said...

Hello Allison, there is a OLVS yahoo group, but it seems quite dead. Here is the link:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/OLVS/. I just thought you might be interested.

Jessica said...

Hugs to you, Allison. We miss you guys so much!!! I can't wait to hear about your new arrival. :)

allison said...

thank you! The little one will be here before we know it! We are all very excited!

And thank you for the yahoo link! i will be sure to go check it out.

allison said...


What a joy to hear from you!! Hope you all are well!
Say hey to your wonderful bunch for us!
you guys are in our prayers daily, how's our little God-daughter doing??? : ) not so little huh? Cat is getting so big here, i'm sure all the kids are growing like weeds!