Today marks 24 weeks of my pregnancy. That's 24/40. Only 16 weeks to go. We had an appointment this week and my doctor said that things looked fine and that after my next appointment in September, we would start going every 2 weeks. Wow! That means it's getting closer that baby Wichert will be here. Now that we know the gender, everyone is asking what our name is (or if we have a name picked out). Well to answer each question- we know the first name (at least we're pretty sure we do) and we don't have a middle name picked out yet. Are we sharing? No. We aren't for a couple of reasons. The first reason is that we really like our name and don't want other people's opinion to make us re-think it. Our hope is that once he is here, people won't feel as free to share their opinion about our name choice (if they don't like it). The second reason is, maybe we'll change the name later, and that just might be confusing. I think whatever people decide to do for their own child is fine. If they don't find out the gender, if they do and share the name, and any combination of those two- it's all great. This is just what we're doing.
Me and baby boy at 24 weeks. The shirt I'm wearing is from Oklahoma Papa Pete. Good thing it's stretchy. :) Go Icefighters! 

I've started looking at nurseries and think I have found a concept I really like. If you saw my blog a few days ago I talked about pinterest.com. I have used this to "pin" some nursery ideas and I think it is going to be a lot of DIY projects, but I am looking forward to it. So, I'll post pictures once I have a few projects done. Mom is bringing me her sewing machine this weekend so I can experiment a little bit. If you don't see any pictures, it means that it was a huge disaster. 



Hello, my name is Cindy and I love pinterest.com. 

If you're not familiar with this website, you're not alone. I was just introduced to it from one of my besties (thanks Jamie) and since I like it so much I thought I would pass it along. For years, if I got a magazine in the mail I would look through it and tear out any pages that I liked for future reference and put it in a folder. Well, this is a virtual folder or bulletin board. 

Let's say you are looking for ideas on the internet for a baby nursery. You see different ideas and like them but don't want to print them all off or 'bookmark' every one of them, so instead you "pin it". Your favorite things are then "pinned" to a virtual board to reference any time. You can have as many boards as you want. I have a baby one, one for home ideas, one for things to make, and one for my so-called-hopeful style. If you want to check it out, go to pinterest.com. If you would like to join, let me know and I'll send you an e-mail to invite you. If you can do facebook, you can do pinterest. 

I like this kind of organization. 



We Are Blessed

A few weeks ago, the McKim family had a 3-day reunion at Rock Springs 4H camp. The McKim family (attending the reunion) consisted of the kids, grand kids, and great-grand kids of Dick and Virginia McKim. I am one of these blessed grand kids. There were a total of 26 adults and 18 little ones (all 8 and under). 

The whole McKim crew
My Grandpa and Grandma Honey were two of the most Godly and loving people I have ever known. My Grandma Honey got her name from her grand kids because she always called us kids "honey" and was just so gentle and sweet. She let us have milk with strawberry syrup in it, there were always cookies in the cookie jar, and usually you could find a Honey Bun in the freezer. She was the one I remember talking to me about becoming baptized after it was clear that Jesus Christ was my Savior. She told me while swinging on the front porch that it was what I was supposed to do once I knew I was a Christian. Grandpa was a jokester. He would come in from working outside and if I was having a piano lesson (from Grandma) he would say "Is that Salty playing the piano?" Salty was the dog that just basically laid in the bushes all day. He also loved music and that is where my love for 4-part harmony came from. As Grandpa got older and couldn't work on the farm as much, he would watch the Gaithers on video. We did this together and to this day I love the Gaithers and can't listen to them without getting teary-eyed thinking of those days. Grandpa was the spiritual leader of our family. We are so blessed. 
Grandpa and Grandma Honey

At Rock Springs, the McKim family had an impromptu Sunday morning service. Much to our surprise it was an emotion-filled 30 minutes. The theme ended up being that our family is so blessed. We have all gone through tough times and many have gone through great trials, but through it all God has proven faithful; completely and fully faithful. We can trust in him. He has blessed us. One of the songs that was chosen to sing was "It is well with my soul". Wow! What a song. Given all our lack of sleep, our memories of Grandma, Grandpa, Tara, and just our gratitude to our Savior for all He has done, we could barely make it through the song. When I imagined our first family reunion- I imagined we would do a lot of singing since Grandpa loved it so much. Music has always been a part of our family. Any outsider listening to our version of "It is well with my soul" wouldn't think it was anything to write about- in fact it probably didn't sound very good at all- but it was one of the best memories I will take away from our weekend. We are SO blessed.