Thursday, March 21, 2013

This and That...`

  Living in town can get boring, to say the least!  Especially for little ones who have more energy than you can imagine all bound up in their little bodies, so much so, that at times I think they are going to explode!  You can only come up with so many new indoor ideas.  Christian LOVES being outside, but these long cold winter days make going outdoors almost impossible...that is if you want to avoid the ever present colds and flu bugs that seem to be hanging around til the last possible moment before Spring arrives.  Christian has been like a caged animal lately, and actually, I don't really blame him.  I think we all have a touch of cabin fever!  I'm SO ready for spring.
   A few days ago we had a relatively nice day so I packed Christian up, and we headed for the park, leaving a napping Audra in the care of her Daddy.  We played at the playground for awhile, then went to an ice cream place for a shake.  We had a great time, and it was so nice getting out of the house for a couple hours.

   Things are going very well here at the church.  A family of four has started coming regularly.  All but the 21 yr. old son are not saved, but are searching for the truth.  They love the church and people there, and really enjoy the preaching.  They have also been bringing the grandparents with them.
   Andy received a phone call late Sunday night from a man here in town.  The man had been having doubts about his salvation and the Bible for years, and finally decided to try to find some help.  He found our church and called, hoping to find some answers.  Andy talked to him for about an hour on the phone, then set up to meet him at the church the following day.  The man showed up and they talked for a few more hours.  Andy thinks the man got some help and assurance, and invited him to church.  He came last night for the first time and it sounds like he's going to start coming regularly.  He really enjoyed it.   
   We've been getting visitors almost every week.  God is really been blessing this ministry! We've been amazed at the hunger for the Word of God here.  People tell Andy they could sit for hours and listen to the preaching.  Andy's going through the book of John right now, and they are soaking it up, having never heard some of the things being taught, or at least never understood it. 
   We're still waiting on the house to close.  It should be within the next week or so.  Then we'll be able to start thinking about getting a minivan.  With the family growing, we'll shortly be outgrowing our vehicle situation. 
   Audra is trying to cut some more teeth.  She's been pretty miserable lately, and well, to be honest, it makes everyone else miserable as well.    Hopefully, this won't last too long. 
   I've had quite a bit of morning and evening sickness.  Its funny, every pregnancy has been so different.  This is the first one where the sickness gets worst at bedtime.  I haven't been to the doctor yet, but there's really no rush.  I reckon I'll go soon enough.  We found a good hospital in Oxford, Ohio that everyone recommends, so that eases my mind.  I've always had problem deliveries, so its a comfort to know that there are good doctors close by.  It only takes 15 min to get there, whereas in TN it took us almost 2 hours to get to the hospital.  I'm a little over 9 weeks now, and already having a hard time "hiding" the fact.  My clothes are getting tight a whole lot faster this time.  Of course, the news is out now, so there's no need to hide it anymore.  I may be pulling out the maternity clothes soon.  Hey, with this being my fourth, I think I can get by with wearing the maternity clothes at 9 weeks  :).  Besides, I love maternity clothes.  They are SOOO comfortable!  Am I the only woman who thinks that!?  :)  I hate giving them up after delivery. 
   Andy's been keeping very busy with the church, Vietnam Ministries work, and piano lessons.  Today he's going with a preacher friend of his, who is also a policeman, to look at the piano at his church.  Of course Andy is going to enjoy the trip for more than just the fellowship.  This policeman friend drives an unmarked car...a shiny new blue mustang with all the latest police gadgets.  Now that's right down Andy's alley.  Mostly because of the gadgets.  :)  Its because of this policeman friend that the new family of four started coming to our church.  He's become a good friend of Andy's. 
   Well, here's some pictures....

Exploring the stock barns

Christian enjoying his shake.

Audra loves music every bit as much as Christian does.  Her favorite toy these days is the CD player when music is playing. 

She was having the time of her life riding around in Christian's truck.  :)

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