Friday, October 21, 2016

Pumpkin Farm, Cubbie Love, and a Due Date

Hello Friday! We've been having some lovely days with warmer weather, sunshine, and gorgeous fall leaves. But this weekend, it's turning to rain and the chilly 40s. . . so November sure is coming quickly. We were happy to have a nice shopping day last Friday, and a trip to the pumpkin farm on Saturday. Here are some of our highlights:

On Friday, Steve taped up our kitchen and began sanding the walls and cabinets, so the boys and I took off for a day of shopping. Our nearest big shopping areas are all about an hour away, and the boys did really well on the trip so long as I was constantly passing them Goldfish and chocolate animal crackers. :)  We were at Target for a good two hours. Nolan and Ephraim couldn't get enough of the train aisle, so I parked my pregnant self on the floor while they checked out the toys.

Nolan always says his favorite stores are Target, KMart, and JoAnn's. I'm not sure why he says the last two - we never go there! Haha.

Trader Joe's had the prettiest pastel pumpkins! We browsed the store and picked up a box of Halloween chocolate Joe-Joe cookies, which the boys were definitely excited about.

And I got a Chai latte with a pump of pumpkin spice and a pump of vanilla for the drive home.  It was a nice treat!

The next afternoon, we headed out to the pumpkin farm! 

Our local farm is fairly small, but they have a fun selection of games and activities for little kids.

Navigating the hay bale maze together :)

Posing as cute pumpkins.

Bowling together.

They really liked riding along in this little "train" pulled by a tractor.

And they each went home with a $1 pumpkin, so we only paid $2 for the whole experience :)

Little drummer boy in church on Sunday :)

Our backyard maple tree is just gorgeous right now - the iPhone didn't even do it justice.

Steve is doing such an amazing job on our kitchen! Here's its current state. . . It's so exciting! And in the meantime, I'm trying to be creative with the CrockPot and microwave! :)

We're rooting for the Cubbies in the NLCS!! It would be so amazing if they made the World Series! #FlytheW #BricksandIvy 

Tomorrow marks THIRTY weeks of this pregnancy!! I am excited to hit this milestone. I'm still feeling pretty good, though a little more uncomfortable with every passing week and pound gained. I can't believe our baby boy will be here in just a little over two months!

Yesterday marked the due-date of the baby that we miscarried in February. We buried our tiny baby deep in the ground underneath our maple tree. At the beginning of March, it still looked like the dead of winter. The grass was bare and pale, and the tree was completely without leaves. And I cried every time I saw the tree, knowing that our baby was lying below it and not growing inside of me where he or she belonged. I knew that the tree would become full and green in the summer, and then right around the baby's due date, it would be in its prime - a stunning red.

Saying goodbye to our October Baby was raw and painful. We had tried to get pregnant for six months, and it was such a joy to know that we were finally carrying sweet baby number three. We believe that life begins at conception. Eye color, hair color, height, gender, personality. . . everything is determined when those two cells combine. He or she was loved, wanted, and desired. We gave the baby a name, and I will forever acknowledge his/her existence, even though it was only for a month on this earth. And when I'm in heaven, I can't wait to find out more about that little soul. 

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." Psalm 91:4

All that to say, if that baby had lived, we would not be pregnant now with this sweet boy. It's kind of a wild thought. I cannot wait to meet and hold the tiny babe inside of me. We love him so much already. 

At almost 30 weeks now, I hope that I will always remember these three special years that we had with just two sons. And I hope that though life will be crazier, it will be richer with three little boys in it.

Hope you all have a great weekend! XO.


  1. That brick wall in your kitchen is amazing! We have a kitchen that needs a re-do too, but we keep downsizing our dreams--first the goal was to gut it, move walls, everything. But after two bathroom remodels, we're starting to feel a little less motivated 😉

    All the love to your October babe and to your Winter babe. Life is so hard and so beautiful ❤️

  2. Your words about your baby really touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

    Your boys have both grown and changed so much- you are blessed.

    Also- you don't even LOOK pregnant in that family picture at the patch! Gorgeous lady you!

  3. Rachel,

    I sent you an email earlier today, but I wanted to make sure you saw it. I never received the Baby Board book from the giveaway. I am not sure what happened.

  4. What a bittersweet feeling that must be. Thinking of you, friend.


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