Date: Monday, June 10, 2013
Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
Once again, I find myself scrambling to catch up after many months of silence. My writing endeavors have been limited to reminder notes for the daily basic things of life and random posts I’ve managed to put on Facebook. I have to admit that only about 50% of the witty and charming ideas I have thought of putting on Facebook actually make it there. Usually, my thoughts hit on something especially “Facebook” worthy at a moment when I cannot access my computer. By the time I’ve actually sat down and logged in, I can’t remember what I had wanted to post several hours (or days) earlier.
So, when I think about writing for my blog or attempting to work on re-writing the first few chapters of my dissertation, it usually becomes a fleeting thought that never quite materializes in during the busy, awake time of my day.
The last time that I attempted to update my blog, I was still pregnant with my fourth child. We were expecting another boy. We had decided that his name would be Seth Adrian Meier and we were hoping that we wouldn’t have any major complications in giving birth. We were also praying for God’s provision since our health insurance doesn’t cover maternity costs. We made our final road trip to Florida over Thanksgiving break and returned to Lake Jackson, Texas to enjoy Christmas and New Year’s and to await the birth of our son.
(Cristina’s side of the family took pictures in Gainesville, Florida)
White – Philip’s family / Red – Cristina’s family / Black – Anita’s family / Black with design – Tim’s family
(Christmas / Maternity Photos – December 2012)
Now, we are nearly half way through 2013, and our fourth child is nearly five months old. The months in between have brought many adventures our way. If I were to summarize the highlights in a series of Facebook posts, it would probably look something like this:
*New Year….Baby on the Way. We can’t wait.
(39 weeks pregnant)
*Luke had a blast at his firefighter birthday party. I can’t believe he’s four already. I’m glad I didn’t go into labor today.
*Uh-oh. I found out that I do have placenta accretta and will not be allowed to go into labor naturally. They are going to schedule a c-section for January 17.
*Praise the Lord! Seth Adrian Meier was born with no complications. My placenta came out without any problems. I am looking forward to going home in a few days. I am grateful for my mother being at home with my other three kids.
*Jared enjoyed celebrating his “half” birthday at school today. He’s five and a half today (January 25).
*My mom went home after her three week stay. I miss her already.
*Grace keeps getting ear infections. She might need to get tubes in her ears.
*Valentine’s Day is so busy! I’ve spent so much time making valentines for all the kids in Jared’s kindergarten class and in Luke’s Cubbies group that I hardly have time to make anything special for my family.
*We’ve been discovering the true meaning of St. Patrick’s Day. Let’s celebrate missionaries worldwide. I might even try to make some Irish soda bread.
*Grace is the first in our family to start seeing a chiropractor. I never would have guessed that these adjustments would work so well to help clear the fluid in her ears. The ear specialist agreed that she doesn’t need ear tubes and that her hearing is perfect.
*We enjoyed Easter with the kids this year. No one was sick this time around.
*Grace turned two years old! She loved being dressed up as a lady bug for her lady bug birthday party.
*Seth is 100 days old today (April 27)! It’s the only time I dress up in my Korean hanbok to celebrate the occasion.
*BCS had a successful auction and was able to raise a lot of money for the school. Several scholarships were donated so that more students will be able to attend in future years.
*We celebrated Stephen’s birthday at school today (May 1). Jared’s kindergarten class came to his office to sing “Happy Birthday” to him. Jared made a birthday cake for him all by himself.
*Another school year is quickly coming to an end. Jared graduated from kindergarten on May 21. We are so proud of our eldest son.
*The weather is finally staying warm enough to bring out the pools. The kids are excited about this summer. Jared is already planning on what he wants to do for his sixth birthday.
So, there you have it. That is a rundown of the most important events that have happened this year so far. I look forward to adding more posts in the future. I hope all the writing ideas that formulate as I’m driving or folding clothes or making dinner actually get typed at some point in the near future.