Thursday, May 30, 2013

First Week

The first week of Emmett's life has flown by. We have had lots of visitors and special family time. Lots of friends and family have been over to meet Emmett. It is a privilege to be able to share him with everyone. We are so thankful for the honor of being his parents and are looking forward to see God work through his life. We are so in love with his little self!

Big Brother and Big Sister

Ethan and Ella are in love with Emmett. They love holding him and talking with him. They are great helpers and are willing to help get whatever Emmett needs. It has been a special week seeing them grow to love Emmett and adjust to having a little brother at home.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Emmett Drew Barnes

Emmett arrived at 7:15pm weighing in at 6lbs 11oz and 19 1/2in long. He arrived crying and perfect! We are so excited to have him here. Delivery was as expected and we had a great experince delivering at the Goshen Birth Center. We arrived at 5pm and Emmett was here two hours later. Our midwife and birth assistants were so helpful and made the process very special!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Outdoor Fun

This past weekend it was finally warm enough for the kids to have some water fun! We had a water gun fight and ran through the sprinklers. We are looking forward to more hot weather to have some more fun!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Preschool Graduation

Ethan graduated preschool on Friday evening. It was a fun evening of the kids singing, getting diplomas and a new bible. Ethan has loved attending Salem preschool and we are excited for Ella to start next year. Ethan will start kindergarten this Fall. The girl in the picture with Ethan is his buddy Carson, who he also played soccer shots with. We finished our evening by having dinner with Grandma and Grandpa Barnes at Cheddars. What a fun night!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Zoo field trip

Yesterday we were able to head to the zoo for a field trip. It was a beautiful sunny morning. The kids had lots of fun exploring the zoo. We were able to go to the butterfly exhibit and ride the train, which were two special treats.  The kids had lots of fun. Thankful also for my sister who tagged along to help with the kids and keep them close!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day and 37 weeks

Mothers Day started at church with the kids singing to all the moms. It was super cute and our kiddos did a super job at singing and the motions!
We spent the afternoon time at Amy's, where we enjoyed a brunch and just hanging out. It was super chilly but the kid had fun playing together.
Also today I hit 37 weeks in this pregnancy. Its hard to believe its almost over! Not sure I am ready for it to be over but I think my body is:) There is a reason why pregnancy is meant to be 40 weeks.
With today being mothers day I also remember my babies who are not here to sing with their brother and sister. However it has given me an opportunity to feel so blessed to be called a mother by four beautiful children. Wishing they were all here to hold and kiss but knowing someday the complete picture will be beautifully painted. Just a bittersweet day. My heart aches for all the woman who have either lost a child or yearn for one so badly in their hearts and lives. I pray for them. My heart is heavy because through Elias I have come to understand that nothing is guaranteed. There is nothing in this life we deserve, no matter how much we think we need it or want it. Just with the child that I am carrying. As I approach delivery day, my worry and fear of being able to bring home a healthy and alive baby has been under attack. I have found myself having dreams of our baby dying and worrying over delivery. I talked with Corey and he continues to remind me that God is good, its under his authority and it will work for the good of His glory. As I allowed my thoughts to be held captive by God's promises I have been given peace and hope. That as I cast my worries onto the Lord (1Peter5:7), he will carry those worries because He cares for me. That His love for me will persevere through every situation (Corinthians 13:4-7). His power will rest on me, when I am weak (2Corinthians 12:9). That He gives peace at all times and in every situation (2Thessalonians 3:16).
Thankful for the word of God to rest and depend on!


Ethan started playing soccer this spring. He has been playing indoor for the past two years but is now old enough to play outdoor. Our first game was freezing outside; we had rain, snow and sleet. The last few weeks have been better but still on the chilly fifty degree side! Ethan is having a blast and is so much fun to watch!