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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Lots of News from Our House

Well, the last week and a half has been eventful, complete with having to briefly evacuate our house due to a forest fire on our road (everything's fine), my car window being busted out and my purse and ipod (among other things, including my makeup!!) being stolen, and a deep freezer that all of a sudden no longer freezes!!! When it rains, it pours!! These are just minor annoyances though -- a bit of a pain, but nothing more.

Other news... I'm going back to teaching this fall. WOW!! Big changes coming our way, huh? I'll be teaching at a school close to home, we've found a sitter for Izzy who we feel good about (2 good friends' kids are also staying there), and we're soaking up every bit of this summer home together. :) Hopefully we'll all do well adjusting to a newer and MUCH busier schedule.

And we've saved the BIGGEST and BEST news for last!!!!! Izzy is going to be a BIG sister!!!!!! Yes, we're very much looking forward to welcoming a new baby in late January. The baby is due 5 days before Izzy turns 2 (which means, yes, the due date is 2 days after Catie's Heaven day -- we just cram it all into one week!!).

Well..... how's that for an update??? Lots of news for sure. Now, I'm off to take a nap!! :)

47 comments:

Gwen said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is wonderful news! I miss Catie and think of her often.

Love, Gwen

The Smiths said...

Hello - you have no idea who I am (I have been following your story from a link on Marin's page) but I just want to tell you how much I love reading your entries. I truly feel like I know you! You have been through so very much and have handled it all so admirably... you truly are amazing. Anyway, I just wanted to pass on my Congratulations - how very exciting for you! Take care!
Melanie

Anonymous said...

How AWESOME! Congrats!

Sharon H.
A longtime lurker from
Central FL, USA

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Anonymous said...

OH JENNY! How wonderful....your news brought real tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you guys. I think of yall often and love the updates. I always go to Catie's site just to see that picture. Love from Lawrenceville, GA. Tracy Neal

Misty said...

woohooooo!!!! happy dance happy dance happy happy happy dance!!!!! misty dancing around the pc!!! congrats.... sorry aboutt all the bad stuff that has happened though did they find the person that took it?

geenalyn said...

CONGRATULATIONS,i'm so very happy for you :)

Dorothy Gould said...

As soon as I read your title I was so hoping that would be your news! How wonderful! I am so happy for you, you are the best parents a child could hope for, and you know Catie is already searching for another winner for you. Hope you enjoyed your nap, you deserve it!

Martha from NC said...

WOW!! Fantastic news!! Congratulations to you guys. I'll be praying for a beautiful, healthy baby brother/sister for Izzy. Take good care of yourself.
Hope you guys are enjoying your summer. When you get a minute, we'd love to see some "Izzy pictures."

threehandprints said...

Congratulations! Good luck on going back to work too.

~*~Snappz~*~ said...

Guys, that is terrific news and I could not be more thrilled for you! How awesome!

Congratulations! :-)

Talley Images said...

wow.... such great news! congratulations - I cant wait to hear how things progress with this new baby, along with Izzy... :)

good luck with the new schedule... Im just it will be an adjustment, but sounds like you are going to really enjoy it

and sorry for your purse being stolen, that really sucks....

John & Kelley said...

Jenny, this is such wonderful news!!!! (Not all the bad stuff, of course, but the baby!) I'm thrilled for all of you. What fun it will be to have two little ones. My girls are 2 years, 4 months apart and I've found it to be a good age difference. I can't wait to read about pregnancy details you choose to share (how are you feeling, by the way?) and hear, as always, your memories about Catie and your stories about Izzy.

Going back to school, huh? That is a huge change after the last few years, I'm sure. I bet it will be a great outlet for you to use your creativity and be around other grownups (even with the school kids around).

Prayers and hugs for you!

--Kelley

Marti said...

Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you all. Think of Catie often. Enjoy the summer!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for your family. Catie just keeps sending blessings...to keep you on your toes. Good luck going back to work.
Sandy in Edison, GA

Tammy said...

CONGRATULATIONS! That is just awesome! I know of one little Angel who is very excited for you! Sorry about all the crappy stuff happening. Good luck with going back to work, you sound very excited, I'm sure you are a great teacher! Hugs from Fort Worth!

BP said...

Wow, Jenny! Thanks for sharing your exciting news. When I saw the title I wondered if that meant you were expecting! I hope you enjoy going back to teaching. What grade? Have fun getting things ready for that!

Cate said...

GREAT NEWS! Congratulations! I'm sure the angel girl will help pick the perfect baby for you.

Sandy P said...

I have been waiting for this news for some time. I have to say you are braver than I am with having them 2 years apart. I still can not decide if I can handle a 3rd after wild girl! (Plus I have a few years on you)

Pam Doughty said...

Yay! (well, boo for the first part, but it got SO much better!). My heart is so happy for all of you; I'm already praying for a perfect pregnancy! Savor every moment (that Izzy will let you..)

Anonymous said...

Oh Jenny!!!!!!!!! YIPPEEEE I am so excited for all of you! Glad everything is OK with your house and the fire. I thought about you and wondered if you were close by.
I am so excited about the baby news! That is so great!
Now about the school stuff........you know I am hoping and praying it is at the best school in the county...haha We won't mention any names in case the competition is reading! haha That is great that you are going back. You are such a great teacher. :-)
We wish you much luck! Thanks for sharing the good news!!!! We need to get together again soon! It was nice to see you and hang out at Lisa's going away gathering:-)
Give Izzy a hug! Hope to see you soon!
Tania

Stephanie Deal said...

Mrs. Jenny,
How exciting. I'm so excited that your going back to teaching. You made 4th grade so much fun which is hard to believe that its been over 7 years ago! Wow! Congrats on the new baby.
Stephanie Deal

Erin said...

Congratulations on the job & the new baby on the way!!

Shannon Kilstrom Photography said...

How wonderful!! I will be praying for a healthy and happy pregnancy and delivery for you and your new sweet baby. This was such a great post to read and filled my heart with so much joy for you and your family!!

Shannon

Liz from Maryland said...

Congratulations!! What absolutely terrific news. I couldn't be more happy for you. Catie is probably looking down with a big smile on her face.

Liz Unger
Arnold, Md.

Brenda said...

Congratulations! So happy for you and your sweet family. Love your updates. Praying for an easy pregnancy, a healthy baby, and a great summer together.

Kelly said...

I'm so sorry about the bad news, but admire your upbeat attitude about it.

And...CONGRATS on the two pieces of big news. So exciting!!

(A long-time reader and occasional poster)

Stephanie said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy! I'm sorry to hear about all of your troubles though.

ELaw said...

I wondered what was happening at your house! Now we know craziness was happening - and wonderful blessings too! Woohoo!!! Couldn't be happier for all of you - and hope that you continue to soak up summer and take lots o' naps! ;)

The Running Girl said...

Congratulations on your pregnancy!!!! And on you going back to being a teacher. Wow. Lots of news from your house, but all good. Wishing you the best of luck.

Kelly said...

Congratulations! You don't know me...but I followed your story on Catie's site and now read your updates on here. Very exciting news! I'm actually due right around the same time (January 15th) so I'm in the same napping mode as you are!! :) Here's to TWO healthy and happy pregnancies and babies!

robinandamelia said...

Congratulations!! That's terrific news (about the baby that is, not the other stuff). I guess the baby news makes the other stuff seem less important.

All the best.

Cathy said...

Congratulations, and good luck going back to teaching! Wow, lots going on with your family this coming school year.

I have read your blog since ... well, almost since you started blogging about Catie's journey, but have never commented before.

I just want to say that I am very happy for your family and I think that week in January will be filled with Catie love. :)

Anonymous said...

WOW!! That is great news!! I just know you are excited. Boy, are things about to get busy at your house. Going back to work, new baby, toddler, etc. I know you can handle it though and we are excited to be in the "know". Congratulations!!
Wendy in Winder, GA

ClarkFamily said...

Oh Jenny, Tre, Izzy and Catie - I am SO excited and happy for you - Gosh, how things happen at perfect times ... in fact you and I are both due around the same time ... it will be fun to track my week by week with you and I am excited to see Izzy as a Big Sister! YAY!

Congratulations again!

Rebekah Clark - Prior Lake MN

www.jadenalexandra.blogspot.com

leeanne said...

Oh Congratulations!! How exciting!
From a long time lurker and follower from Nebraska.

Anonymous said...

Jenny, I just stopped by again! I am so happy for your family. Again Congratulations on this new little life! Love, Tracy Neal

Dianna in Louisiana said...

Wow Jenny---- You just made my day!!!! What wonderful, wonderful news.... I'm sure this new baby will be just as blessed as Ms. Izzie and Sweet Catie..... Really, I have a grin from ear to ear for you all!!!! Oh, how I wonder how/if Catie learned of the news in Heaven. I'd like to believe that she's already met her brother and sister and advised him/her of the AWESOME family that awaits. Prayers being sent that the next year bring you much grace and happiness.

Dianna
P.S. Sorry that I haven't signed in a while. Please know I have been lurking (bad, bad me!) and think about your beautiful Catie and pray for your family often.

melinda said...

Congratulations!! That is awesome news! I have had lots of fun reading the Izzy Adventures so I am looking forward to reading all about the new baby! :) Thinking of Catie often and keeping you all in my prayers.
Love
Melinda

Faithful Froggers said...

WAHOO! I am just so excited for you all. Congratulations!!! My guys were 25 months apart - and I love it! Izzy and this little one will be the best of friends. How truly blessed you are. :)

Mamasita said...

Wow! Yay for the new baby!!! January will continue to be a month full of many emotions for you all.

Believe it or not, my sisters birthday is Jan. 12, and mine is Jan. 13, so we always have our birthdays together. Since she is 8 years older, she probably wasn't always thrilled with that. ;-)


Awesome news for you guys! Can't wait to hear more as the pregnancy progresses!

Anonymous said...

Hey Jenny,
Wow am I glad I checked in! Good, good news and congrats!
Kay Hawkinson

Denise said...

Oh Jenny! We are so happy for all of you! How exciting! Sorry you have had to deal with all the junk! Hope you are feeling okay! We think of you often, and Catie is always close to our hearts!

Love,


Denise & Rebecca Adams

Proud Grandma said...

Congratulations - that is great news.

Amanda: said...

Oh my goodness - a new baby! I'm so thrilled for you guys!! Big, huge, fat congratulations coming your way!!!!!! That is so exciting!!

Thinking of you always!!!
Amanda Holman and Joshua

sara said...

Congratulations! The news brought a tear to my eye. I miss Catie.

sara said...

Congratulations! The news brought a tear to my eye. I miss Catie soo much.