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I don’t even know where to start.

Clearly I’ve been neglecting the blog.
BUT – my kids are still alive and clothed.
So I consider it a victory.
I know I only have 2 kids…and lots of people have 4 or 5 or 6…
but somehow going from one to two has really given me a run for my money. 🙂
It’s also taken all our money…but that was a given, right?

SO,
here’s an abbreviated update:

June 17 – Isobel was born.
7 lb. 5 oz.
19.5 inches
2 weeks early and healthy!

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She is the sweetest thing ever.
4 and 1/2 months old now,
and I couldn’t be more in love with her.
Looks nothing like her sister,
and she acts nothing like her either.
It’s really funny how different they are.
We are so grateful God added her to our little family.

July – I don’t really know what happened in July.
Oh wait – Julia turned 2!

julia turns two

August – 2 weeks vacation.
1 in Bethany Beach with the Smiths.
1 in Ocean City, NJ with the Sharps.
And I don’t have any real pictures.
Here’s are more Instagrams to make it interesting though.

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September – I turned 26.  This is sad because I’m now almost 30.
Mike is rolling his eyes.

October – we are finally settling into a more predictable routine!
And I am digging out of all the laundry that has been piling up.
Mike went to England.  Again.  Without me.  Again.
But I went to visit Jer and Ange and Ally!

colbs and Jbelle and ryder 

Interesting fact:
Isobel and Ryder are 1 week apart.
Julia and Colby are 2 weeks apart.
Clearly we planned for them to marry each other when they grow up.

And Meg and I went out to Springton Manor to take some pictures of the kids.
Which brings me to the first real pictures I’ve taken since Isobel was born.
They’re mostly of Julia and Chloe.
Who wanted to:
jump
pick up sticks
pick up stones
throw stones
not pose for pictures.

Enjoy.

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And there’s my long abbreviated update.
When you’ll hear from me next is anybody’s guess.
We’re hunkering down to brave Hurricane Sandy for the next few days,
so it could be months!
But that’s ok.
Life changes, and it’s not all bad. 🙂

Everybody stay safe out there!

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I have been a slacker at blogging lately.
I hope to get back at it soon.
Because life is sure to only slow down from here on out 😉

As far as baby news,
I had my 20-week ultrasound this past week,
and we are praising God for a healthy report!
An added bonus –  we’ll be adding another GIRL to the mix this summer!

Isobel Rose

And this girl has a name:
Isobel Rose.
Isobel means “God’s promise,” or “Pledged to God.”
Now, in the interest of full disclosure,
we didn’t look up the meaning of the name until AFTER we had picked it,
but once we did,
we really couldn’t believe how fitting it is.
Before I got pregnant with Isobel,
I had a very early-term miscarriage.
I only knew I was pregnant for a week,
but it was heartbreaking,
and I struggled with a lot of fear afterwards.
I still do at times.
During that time, I clung to the truth that
if God wills, He absolutely can.
”Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14)
It’s a truth that God continues to teach me about Himself.
He is good in all that He does,
even if we don’t understand His ways.
And if God makes a promise, He will be faithful to fulfill it.
It is comforting for me to know that Isobel is first and foremost His.
She is a gift from God, and we pledge her to Him.

Now, she has a name…
but I am a little less certain she has a nose.
(though Mike assures me she does and that I am ridiculous)
I went back and looked at Julia’s pictures from 20 weeks,
and she also appeared to be lacking in nasal features,
but has quite a nice nose now…
so I am hopeful 😉

The day after we found out we were having a girl,
Julia and I went out on a mini shopping spree.
I am typically not big on the matchy-matchy sibling love,
but these dresses were too cute to not swipe two of them.

 julia & isobel

Half-way there!
We cannot wait to meet you, sweet Isobel Rose.

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