Me and a pretty fantastic Chaplain I found at the Chaplain Corps Anniversary Ball. ;) I was 32 weeks prego here and I didn't even have to go dress shopping. Lucky for me, I was also pregnant at the last Ball we attended in 2010. lol Stephen was deployed last November so we were thankful to get a date night out of this year's Ball and have a fun time with our Chaplain buddies. Who says you can't cut a rug on the dance floor while prego? :) Many thanks to those who organized such a fun event and all the Chaplains and families who love getting serving our military!
The next day we headed up to MD and got to spend time with family. Tpot was exploring at Grandma and Grandpa Griffins.
Stephen- after speaking at a Men's Breakfast on Andrews AFB while in MD. He was honored to have the opportunity.
Grandma and Grandpa watched all 5 grandkids so that we could go on a triple date with two of my sister and brother in-laws. I don't think any of us cared where we were dining, just getting to enjoy a meal without needing kids menus, sippy cups, diaper bags, and high chairs was so relaxing. :) Thank you, Bruce and Linda! I might add that the 3 preschoolers and 2 infants were fast asleep when we returned...that is talent. lol
Tierzah was the 1st cousin awake in the morning. We heard her chatting through the monitor so I went to get her out of the room before she woke up the other two. She was saying, "Hi Ca-yub! Hi Ca-yub!" lol I tried to sneak in but Caleb was already awake, sitting on his bed, pointing at Tierzah as if to say, "please do something with this girl, doesn't she know it's the weekend!?" :) He was nice enough to shut the door behind us and went back to sleep. Haha! At a more godly hour, the two woke up and this was them trying to teach Tpot how to play their games on the iphone. Such smart kids!
We've had some rare days in the 60's this Fall/Winter so this was us taking advantage of the weather at the Botanical Gardens. T was so excited to run through the forest! I love this picture...they're two peas in a pod.
I believe she was still singing a song from The Sound of Music when I snapped this pic.
Stephen taught Tierzah to "fly" like the airplanes we went to go watch take off and land at the airport.
Sushi! Our eyes are always bigger than our bellies when we make this goodness. No raw fish for me :( so I tried to sniff Stephen's Tuna to get a fix. T wasn't interested in it but had fun saying, "What's that? Shhuuushiii!"
Thanksgiving was spent with family in Richmond. Here's T with 5 of her cousins. She loved their Christmas tree and spent time "decorating" it in many little pieces of paper. :)
After a much needed nap, T had to get acclimated to all the beautiful faces around her again. ;) The only person she wanted to go to was her Grandpa. Such a sweet picture!
All the fellas doing the "man's job" of frying the Turkeys. ;) These are some great men! Proud to know them.
The two oldest niece and nephew seeing how strong uncle Stephen reeeaaallly is. Won't be long before they are taller than him. :)
My Chaps at Chesapeake City Hall Veterans Day ceremony. He got to pray at the event and felt humbled to be apart of remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. The freedoms we either take for granted or enjoy are so precious for they have been bought at the highest price! Reminds me of One who came many years ago to give up His life for us so that we could spend our eternity in Heaven. We did nothing to deserve His gift of freedom from the bondage we were in being born sinners. Jesus paid the ultimate price of death on the cross out of His unfathomable love for us. He was buried, rose from the grave victorious, and is now in Heaven awaiting our final homecoming. He is my Hero, Champion, Example, Savior, and Friend. If you have never felt the peace that comes with knowing where your soul will rest when your time on earth is up...consider these verses:
"There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends." John 15:13
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17
"If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved... For "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." Romans 10:9-10, 13
"But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners... For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son while we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God." Romans 5:8, 10-11
"But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14: 26-27
Thanksgiving continued with Stephen and his lovely mama.
We had already eaten our Thanksgiving feast when my sisters-in-law, mom-in-law and family friends ushered me into a room with set up in a circle. I wasn't sure if we were about to play a game or what was going on when I realized everyone was looking at me! I don't do well with lots of attention and I started getting nervous. I definitely was not expecting a surprise baby shower! Suzanne, my SIL on my left, handed me the first gift and I just felt overwhelmed with emotion. My introverted self was really hoping that I could hold back the tears and not 'ugly cry' in front of everyone...but that was all I felt like doing! I am so grateful for such wonderful women in my life. God has surrounded me with a HUGE support group with people scattered far and near. It's humbling to know so many people care about me and my family! Thank you to everyone who has invested in us...we're forever grateful.
Here's my "deer-in-the-head lights, not sure what's going on, but I like to smile" look. lol
35 weeks prego
4 doz dinner rolls...first time making them in the breadmaker.
I was already up in bed when Linda took this pic, but had to share. It's the Griffin Family Poker Tourney. Stephen was the previous champ and that's why he's lookin mighty fine in that Cowboy hat (the prize along with the loot). However, he was dethroned by his sis, Suzanne, later that night. :) Way to go, Suz!
Soon after we returned to Norfolk, we drove down the VA beach boardwalk to see the lights and listen to Christmas music. No, it wasn't even December yet...we're thooose people who love Christmas time. lol ;)
Stephen's 32nd Bday gift from his parents. :) This boy keeps me young. I'm certain the world wouldn't be as bright without Stephen in it. I love you, babe.
I mentioned to Stephen how nice it would be to have a recliner in our room to read, journal, blog, or just sit my ever expanding body on. So one night, I came home from having coffee with a friend and found this in our room. He's so stinkin sweet! This is where I have my quiet time...I think of it as "mommy's time out chair." :) It's where I am sitting presently while Tierzah naps. Thank you, Stephen, for being such a thoughtful hubby!
Well, Tpot's nap time and Mommy's time out is now over...back to work! Love my job. :) I'm hoping to blog again soo as Baby Boy is due next Sat! Woo Hoo! Prayers appreciated.