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Here we go again… October 13, 2011

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Two years & one child later, I’ve decided that I’m going to start my blog up again🙂 So stay tuned cause there is more to come! Blog to you later…

 

finally… September 28, 2009

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We must apologize for keeping some of waiting to hear the news…we had a girl! She’s already 2 months old…wow, they weren’t lying when they told me that the time will fly by! It really has…I wish I could slow it down. At this rate, our baby will be 27 tomorrow! So…her name is Hadessah Lynn Carter. She was born on July 25 @ 3:18 pm, she was 20.5 inches & 7lb 6.7 oz. I saved the best for last though….she has red hair! Where it came from we’re not exactly sure.  We both have a little bit of red haired family members, but nothing really consistent. We’re hoping that it will stick around, because we know that hair usually changes a couple of times…we’ll see! She’s amazing…God is so good! We are so blessed to have her in our life. She’s getting to the age where she is smiling at us instead of smiling from gas & it is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear her belly laugh! She loves having her hair washed…she almost falls asleep every time. Brett has also discovered that she ticklish! She doesn’t really laugh yet, but she wiggles around like a little worm when daddy “gets her gizzards”, which is Carter Chat for tickling someones ribs/waist area. Ummm…let’s see, what else is going on? I’ll be going back to work on Oct. 13. Originally…my boss wanted me to come back full time, but there was no way that was going to happen, so then I said & really thought that part time might work for us. Well, as you all know, we don’t have anyone around who can baby sit (for free:)) & with Brett’s crazy schedule this fall, I talked it over with my boss & she basically said I can work when it’s good for me…isn’t that crazy! She told me that she would only expect me on the days I’ve told her I could work, so I’m pretty much just working around Brett, which isn’t very much right now, but it’s enough. I’m not looking forward to being away from Dessah for 10 hours in a row…you’ll be able to find me in the bathroom shedding a little tear! Well, she’s ready to eat…again, so I’ll be putting up some pictures soon! Blog to you later…

 

wow… April 26, 2009

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Has it really been that long…February?! We’re terrible. I’m kind of embarrassed to even think that someone out there is still tuning in. We’re very sorry…So what’s new? Well, probably one of the best bits of news we have to offer is that we have our debt paid off, but…we did create a new set of debt by purchasing a new (well, new to us) 2006 Saturn Vue! This is very exciting though, because this is in preparation of lil’ C, who will be arriving in July. It was perfectly orchestrated by God, because this Vue is better then what we were expecting to find & the price was lower than we were expecting to pay & well…to make a long story short, Brett’s truck ended up breaking down & was out of commission for a couple of days, so it was a good thing we had the Vue & my little Saturn. Just a little FYI, the little Saturn has been dubbed “the cracker”, along with Brett’s truck which is “white lightning”. We’re still trying to discover the perfect name for the white Vue, so if anyone has any good ideas, we’re open to hearing them! In other news, our laptop also broke, so just when we were getting use to “skyping” with our peeps, its ripped away! No fear, we will be getting it fixed, but until then, we’re using Brett’s very old desk top, which does not have a camera. I think this computer is actually bigger than the washing machine…just kidding, but it is pretty ginormous! The baby is doing good, from what the doctor says anyways. He/she moves a lot at night & on my drive into work & as all you mom’s out there know, it is both the weirdest & coolest feeling! I also feel like I’m really starting to pop out & it’s about time because I’m 28 weeks (a.k.a. third trimester & the second week of the seventh month). Well, that’s all for now…it’s absolutely beautiful outside, but I think I need a quick nap! Blog to you later…

 

good news… February 19, 2009

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Hey everybody, I have good news…I finally posted some pictures from our honeymoon! I didn’t have a chance to post all of them yet, but I hope you enjoy what I’ve got up there so far. There will be more to come, but it is a slow process & it takes forever it to it, so I’ll do it in phases. Everything is going good on the home front. We went for another check-up about 2 weeks ago & the baby’s heart beat sounds strong. We will be going to a 4-D sonogram on March 3, which will be exciting, but we’re not finding out the gender, so I guess all of you have to wait in suspense, too! Our family came to visit  this past weekend, which was awesome! We went to the Hagerstown Outlets on Saturday & we decided to just hang out on Sunday, which is always nice. My parents & my  brother will be coming next weekend, too & I can’t wait! Our house is actually feeling like a home now. We bought some more furniture & I was able to hang up some pictures around the house & boy, does it make a difference! In other news, I have orientation for my new job on Mon & Tue. I’m going to be working at the Washington County Hospital in Hagerstown, MD. I’m getting more & more nervous as the days pass…I’m trying not to be, but I’ll be working inpatient & that is something I’ve never really done. So please pray for me! I know this is what God wants me to do, because every time I’ve prayed for guidance, He’s given it to me in some way. It has been quite amazing! God is good! This will be good for my growth as a physical therapist assistant…but ya’ all know how it is starting a new job, it’s not exactly fun. At least I have a family vacation to look forward to when things get rough! There are about 25 family members of mine who are renting a house in the Outer Banks at the beginning of June! It is going to be so fun, even though I’ll probably be huge by then. O’well, I told some of my little cousins that they can use me for a  floatation devise in the pool, haha! Well, I’ll let you guys know how everything goes next week! Brett is having a lot of fun in “his garage”!  Yes, it’s HIS garage… He had decided to re-build the engine in my old red Saturn & he is learning a lot & having fun doing it, which makes me happy of course! I’m glad he’s found a hobby, because he’s always enjoyed working on cars, just like his dad! I must admit, I don’t always enjoy him giving me X’s & O’s when he smells like transmission fluid or whatever it is that makes him smell like a car! I guess it could be worse, right? Well, blog to you later…

 

a house, a baby & a dog with nine lives January 5, 2009

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Well, it’s been a while since we’ve blogged & there have been a lot of changes in our lives. First of all & the most exciting…we’re PREGNANT! We found out a couple weeks ago & now that most of our families know, we wanted to share the news with our “blog family”! We are due in July, which puts us at about 12 weeks. We’ve already been to the doctor two times. We had an ultrasound & we were also able to hear the baby’s heart beat! Amazing…that little thing is pumping so fast!  For those of you who are wondering, we are NOT planning on finding out the sex of the baby! It’s really exciting! I’ve haven’t puked yet & I hope that I never will, but I’ve been really fatigued. I really don’t know why they call it “morning sickness”…it should be call “all day sickness”! I’ve been drinking lots of water & I feel like I am always munching on crackers! If I keep my blood sugar up, I don’t feel too bad, but if it drops I start to feel nauseous. In other news, we are now residents of Shippensburg, PA. We had planned on moving out of the DC area after about a year & so we did! I was really sad to leave my job at Ft Belvoir & to leave our church, IBC, but it was time. God was looking out for us (like He always is) & He provided a house for us. We’ve decided to rent for now, because we aren’t exactly sure if we want to buy land & build or just find a new house. We’re renting a house from an older couple & we are so happy to be in a house, with a yard & a garage! We are close to Chambersburg & Shippensburg, PA, which is kind of out in the country. Not the boonies, but not Alexandria! You can actually go down the the local grocery store & be back home in about ten minutes! It’s awesome! But here’s something funny…yesterday morning, I let Ellie outside & I could actually hear the cows! It was really funny to me.

Anyways, some of you may know the issues that Ellie has had over the past 2 1/2 years of her life, but for those of you who don’t, I’ll give you a little run down. We thought that we would make a difference in a little orphan dogs life, so we picked Ellie up from a WV rescue shelter.  She was about 3-4 months old & by the time she was 6 months old, the problems started. Now don’t get me wrong, she was a very good dog & very smart!  I took her to a training class & she did very well! The problem was allergies. You see, when a dog has allergies, they show up through skin issues, which is different than humans. Our allergies show up through sneezing, coughing, watering eyes, etc. Basically, we tried everything to clear up her allergies. First, we thought she may grow out of them, because she was so young, but when that didn’t work we started trying different things. We changed her food, gave her fish oil, tired prescription food, gave her baths with special shampoo & lotion conditioner, then we even had her allergy tested & gave her allergy shots. All of the following processes obviously added up & when nothing worked, but usually made her worse, our vet recommended prednisone. Now, she had taken the steroid before, because while we were trying all these different things she would scratch herself so bad that she would cause skin infections, so we would have to allow it to heal before moving onto something else. She even had to wear those plastic cone around her neck…it was actually kinda cute, see…

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Our vet does not like using prednisone, especially not for long term use. But after trying EVERYTHING, she decided that the only way for Ellie to have a decent quality of life was  if she stayed on prednisone. She said she might live as long as 6-7 years if she stayed on the pred., but it was tough to tell.  Well, poor Ellie is constantly hungry & thirsty because of the pred. & it gets her into trouble! One time, she had busted into a trash bag outside & started eating stuff, which included glass! My mom took her to the vet & they did an x-ray & told us that she would need surgery! Well, none of use had a couple extra hundred dollars to pay for a dog surgery, so we had to make the decision to put her down. Well, this was the same vet who had spent months trying to help her allergies & she was like “we’ve come too far to just put her down, so if you sign the dog over to us, I’ll do the surgery for free.” What!? Was she serious…well she was & she did the surgery, the signed the dog back over to us! There was another time when she ate four sticks of butter that was wrapped in foil. It wasn’t the butter that put her in trouble, it was the foil that could wrap up her stomach & kill her. So under the instructions of the vet, my brother had to take a turkey baster filled with peroxide & force it down her throat, because it would make her puked everything up. It worked, but that was just one more story of the dog that has nine lives! Back to her present issues, she is much fatter than she ever use to be, because just like in humans it made her “blimp” up, which makes her uncomfortable when laying down & playing. She use to like to run around the yard & play, but now she just lays around & sleeps & searches for anything edible!  She has even started getting liver spots are her stomach & I haven’t even mentioned how she has lost about a third of her fur after she scratched it off!  Because of the pred. she has lost the ability to grow any fur. She has also started getting more aggressive because of all of the side affects. So in conclusion, Brett & I decided that we should put her down, which we had scheduled for Saturday after Christmas. Well, we made a BIG mistake! We went & watched Marley & Me on Friday afternoon. Let me tell you, they took the end of the movie way too far!! This is also NOT a kids movie! It would traumatize your child, trust me, I’m traumatized! So a movie saved Ellie’s life! Well, actually I made the choice not to put her down just yet, I wanted to give her a chance over in PA, but Brett & the rest of my family is making fun of me & telling Ellie that a movie saved her life!  This post is way too long…Sorry! Blog to you later…

 

yes…we’re still here! December 10, 2008

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So, if we ever had any “loyal followers”, we certainly don’t have any more!  We’re so sorry that we haven’t been in the blogging world… But we’re back! Our honeymoon was absolutely amazing! The Dominican Republic (Dreams Punta Cana) was gorgeous! I could go on & on about our trip, but I’ll resist because I think pictures will say it better, ya’ know? So, I’ll be working on that… I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We did! We actually went back to Ohio & surprised our family! Brett was going to be working the day after Thanksgiving, so we weren’t going to be able to go home but we decided that he could just take the day off, so that we could go home. The best part was that my mom & dad had no idea! Well, nobody had any idea! Mom & dad thought that I was going to be making my first turkey, so they called @ about 10:15 on Thanksgiving morning to see if our turkey was smelling delicious…how funny, because about 30 minutes later we showed up knocking on their door! It was great! Of course there were tears! In other news, we found a house to rent up in Shippensburg, PA. The house is almost exactly between Chambersburg & Shippensburg. It will be about 4-4.5 hours from our home in Ohio, which is awesome! The house is pretty great, but it is a little out dated. For example, there is wallpaper in the hallways & bathrooms. It would make a big difference if we just took it down & painted it white or something, ya’ know. It’s four bedrooms & three bathrooms, on about a half acre of land in a mature neighborhood. There are nice big trees in the yard & I love that! Half of the basement is finished & it has extra tall ceilings down there, too. We’ll post some pictures once we move in. The bulk of the move will be the weekend after Christmas. I’m pretty excited, but I’m really going to miss my family @ IBC & the DeWitt PT clinic!! I won’t be too far though, so that’s good! Well, pictures will be coming soon! Blog to you later…

 

football… October 11, 2008

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O my goodness…you can’t truly understand to staggering difference in Ohio football vs. Virginia football until you see it for yourself! Last night Brett & I went to our first high school football game here in VA & we were amazed…unfortunately, not in a good way. As you all know, we’re from Northeast Ohio, Stark County to be exact & we are use to seeing some of the best high school football in the country. Hayfield High School is a secondary school just down the road, about two miles from our house. The enrollment at this school is about 3,000…did you get that…3,000! The high school I graduated from enrolls about 1,200 each year. It’s only a little over a third the size of Hayfield! Because it is such a ginormous school, we where expecting to see a somewhat decent size team…not so. The size of their high school team, was about the size of my middle school team (Go Faircrest Falcons!) back in Ohio. Seriously, went they came out onto the field, I said to myself, “OK, maybe this is just the seniors.” It was the homecoming game, so I thought maybe the coaches would have the seniors run onto the field first & then the rest of the team would follow. But as we stood there waiting for more players, they never came. I couldn’t believe it! I know that some of the schools in Ohio can get a little “crazy” about football, but I really didn’t expect that big of a difference. Not only was I surprised about the home team, but I was also shocked by the visiting team. Hayfield was playing T.C. Williams & if that sounds familiar to you, it probably should if you’ve ever seen the movie Remember the Titans. This is the school that the movie was created from. Cool, huh?! Anyways, T.C. Williams is about 10 miles away from Hayfield, so you would expect to see a pretty good turn out from their fans (being so close & all), right? 21…the number of people in the visitors stands at kick off. These were just the adults, some of them did bring their small children, so the true number was more like 30. However, there was no student section at all. Crazy! Brett did bring up a good point though, he said most of the parents from T.C. Williams were still probably getting home from work around 7:30 or 8…thanks to traffic. Even as the game progressed, the numbers only grew to about 75 or 100. The game was half way decent, but if either team came to Stark county, they would get run over by pretty much any team there. Anyways, this is just another culture shock that we have experienced here in VA!

On other note, Brett & I have started reading this book called 90 Minutes in Heaven. It’s about a pastor who is driving home from a conference when he is suddenly hit by an eighteen wheeler & dies. Everyone on the scene checks for a pulse & they declare him dead. Well, the book is his true story account of dying, going to heaven & then coming back to life after an hour & a half. Can’t believe it? We were obviously very sceptical, too, but in reading this book, I totally believe him! It is crazy…we’re not done with it yet, we’re only about half of the way through, but it is insane. You’ve gotta’ check it out, even if you don’t choose to believe it, it’s a pretty amazing story! Blog to you later…