Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Baby Lawson Update

I suddenly remembered that a couple of weeks ago I said I would post occasional baby updates for those of you who read this blog.

Sorry to say, but there's nothing much to report right now. Today I am at 13 weeks... and I don't really have any signs of a pregnant belly yet... maybe a tiny little "pooch", but nothing major. As soon as I have a tummy, I'll post some photos.

I AM starting to feel a little better, which I am quite grateful for. I have had some pretty awful days, but this week, I've actually felt kind of normal-- almost back to my old self. :) That makes me happy!

According to babynest.com, at week 13, the baby is about the size of a peach. So far, I think this is my favorite week. Because I am, afterall, an Efurd... and as an Efurd, my favorite fruit is the peach!

I have absolutely no idea of course if this little one will be a boy or a girl. I must admit that I'm a little jealous of my cousin Christin who found out yesterday that their newest addition is going to be a GIRL! And Jeremiah and Lindsay get to find out in exactly one week what their little bundle-of-joy is to be! But if I had to guess, I'd say it's a girl. Billy, on the other hand, keeps referring to the baby by the boy name we have picked out. We'll see who is right, come mid-March.

We finally move on Friday to Wilmore! Hooray! We'll eventually be setting up a nursery-- and let me tell you-- that is going to be an adventure, as Billy and I have realized that we have pretty different tastes in styles and decor. It's a good thing we've got 6+ more months to get it all together-- it may take us that long to find furniture and bedding that we BOTH like!

We go to the doctor again in 2 weeks (I think!). Nothing major will happen then. Just a basic check-up and another listen at the heartbeat. Which I am sure will still be fun. :) I'll be sure to give an update then.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Remembering Yoshi


When I was 18 years old, I wanted a pet. And since I was living with friends at the time, and was about to leave for college, the only pet that made sense for me to have was a fish. I actually did not name this fish, but I did give him a loving home. A little tank with some colorful rocks and grass.

He looked like the fish above. He was a black skirted tetra.

A few months later, I left for college at Texas Tech University. I decided that the 7.5 hour drive to Lubbock might be too much for my little fish, so I had to make the decision to leave him behind. Plus, we were not allowed to have fish in our dorm rooms. I left this fish in the loving care of my friend Leslie, with whom I had worked at Tom Sorrels Insurance Agency, and with whom I had rung handbells and gone to church. We made his home at the insurance office.

The fish soon got a name-- Yoshi. And the kids who would come into the office with their parents loved to look at little Yoshi, happily swimming in his tank.

Leslie, fed, cleaned, and took very good care of Yoshi. And you can imagine my surprise, when a couple of years later, while I was in college, Leslie wrote to inform me that Yoshi was still (very happily) alive! I couldn't believe it. I had paid 25 cents for this little fish! For a 25-cent fish to live for 2 years was unheard of!

More time passed. More updates from Leslie came. I was convinced that this little fish would never die.

Until this morning. Leslie sent an email this morning informing me of Yoshi's passing over the weekend. This little fish lived for almost 10 years. I still can't believe it!

So... thank you, Leslie for taking care of the very first pet that I truly called my own. Thank you for giving him a happy life at the office. And thank you for promising a proper burial for Yoshi.

Yoshi the Fish
1998-2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Birthday Fun

On Tuesday of this week, I celebrated my birthday. I am now 28 years old. I actually share my birthday with several friends-- my friends Dana, Joseph, Candice, and my little friend Nathan from church, who turned 5 on our special day. January 22 is a great day for a birthday.

I LOVE birthdays. And thanks to some inspiration from my mother-in-law, I now like to celebrate birthWEEK. BirthWEEK is SO much better than birthDAY. This is all beside the point.

I spent my birthday this year relaxing at home (we had a snow day!) and dining with friends that evening. At dinner, we all went around the table and shared some favorite birthday memories... I heard about Birthday Beach, pirate birthday parties, and really elaborate, wonderful plans made by spouses for their special one's, special day.

What are my favorite birthday memories? I have had some good ones. Here are a few (not listed in any kind of order):

1. The year I turned 23 and got engaged at the roller skating rink at my birthday party

2. The year I turned 19 and got an ice cream cake from my friend Sue-- I'd always wanted an ice cream cake!

3. The year I turned 18 and spent the week with my aunt D and my sister. We celebrated birthweek and had a BLAST! The week ended with a surprise party with a whole bunch of people from church.

4. The year I turned 3 (I think!) and had a REALLY awesome Little Orphan Annie birthday party at my dad's restaurant.

5. Last year's joint party with Dana-- "Party Like a Rockstar", complete with karaoke, fireworks, a fog machine, black lights, and of COURSE Guitar Hero- You can see pictures here.

6. The years we lived in Texarkana and I got to share birthday fun with my friend Carrie.

My LEAST favorite birthday was the year I turned 25 and was stuck in Baltimore, on an airplane, in a snowstorm-- and was forced to cancel my birthday party that night. Major bummer.

And oh yes. I almost forgot. I love to tell stories on my little sister. My sister Katherine, who is now 18, was a very funny child. That year that I turned 18 and spent the week with my aunt, my sister gave us a great reason to laugh. My aunt reminded me of this story the other day, so now I will share it with you. We were going out to eat one night and as we sat down to our meal, my aunt turned to my sister and said, "Katherine? Did you wash your hands?" Katherine responded with, "No ma'am. But I licked 'em." We quickly told Katherine that LICKING your hands is NOT at ALL the same as washing them. And then we proceeded to laugh hysterically.

Well, that hits a FEW of the highlights. Now share with me YOUR favorite birthday memory!!

Monday, January 21, 2008

Love Found Me...In Song

A few months ago, I had an extremely powerful experience... where God completely overwhelmed me with his love. I was reminded that Love found me in the midst of darkness. You can read about it here.

Well, the other day, my friend Nathan sent me a link to a Sandra McCracken song (wife of Derek Webb of Caedmon's Call fame) that reminded him of what I had written about that day. It really is a beautiful song, and the lyrics are even more lovely. I wanted to share those lyrics with you here, for it really is my story-- in song form. It's really all of our stories-- Love has come for each one of us. And if you're interested in downloading a free MP3 of the actual song, you can click here.

Ten Thousand Angels

How long you have traveled in darkness weeping
No rest in language, no words to speak
But there in the wreckage beneath bricks and bindings
Love has come, love has come for you

Against the night sky of your waiting
Your face is like starlight when he walks in
Everything worth keeping comes through dying
Love has come, love has come for you

So lift up your heart now, to this unfolding
All that has been broken will be restored
Here runs deep waters for all who are thirsty
Love has come, love has come for you

Ten thousand angels will light your pathway
Until the day breaks fully in the East
They will surround you and make your way straight
Love has come, love has come for you
Love has come, love has come for you

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Karaoke

I love to sing. And if you know me at all, you know that I'm also terrible at it. But today, I felt like I needed to find some new sing-along songs for the car. The iPod is in major need of an update. And thanks to some folks at Christmas, I ended up with some iTunes gift cards. I cherish such gift cards, and it generally takes me forever to spend them. It's such a big commitment-- with millions of songs to choose from, how DO you choose? Well, don't judge me, but I thought I'd get some good karaoke-type songs-- songs I can yell out in my car, knowing that I'm safe from the possibility of anyone hearing me. Sure, they'll see me acting like an idiot, but I'm much less concerned about that part.

So here's what I downloaded today. Just 5 songs, but I thought they were a good place to start:

1. Dancing' in the Moonlight -- King Harvest
2. We Built This City -- Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship (or whatever they were called at the time of this song's release!)
3. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now -- Jefferson Airplane/Starship, etc.
4. Ain't Too Proud to Beg -- The Temptations
5. Everybody Wants to Rule the World -- Tears for Fears

Random, I know. And maybe you would have spent your gift card differently. But I think this was $5 well spent. If you had to pick 5 guilty-pleasure songs to download today (free from the judgment from others!), what would they be?

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

MORE dreams have come true!

Well, the biggest secret I've ever had to keep in my entire life is officially "out"! Finally!!

Billy and I are going to be parents!! Baby Lawson is due 08/08/08, and we couldn't be more thrilled! We heard the heartbeat for the first time today, and honestly-- it had to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life so far.

I will be sure to post periodic baby updates as the weeks progress.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Our Dreams Have Come True

Almost one year ago, I made a post about my dream to own a Dyson vacuum cleaner. You can read the original post here.

Well, today I am here to tell you that dream has come true. We did not make this extravagant purchase ourselves. We are, after all, a struggling seminary family. However, at Christmas, some very generous family members surprised us with one. Okay, they didn't actually wrap up the vacuum cleaner and give it to us. They instead printed off a picture of one and included the cash for us to go buy it. We were shocked... and of course excited!

So. Last week, we made a trip to the store and made one of the most exciting purchases of our lives. I quite honestly feel like this vacuum cleaner has changed our lives forever. I'm proud of my clean house. I find myself less annoyed with Riley the Shedding Dog. I am more excited to invite people into our home.

If you own a dog that sheds as much as Riley does, I highly recommend this vacuum cleaner to you. Sell a kidney. Sell your car. Do whatever you have to do to get this vacuum. You won't be sorry.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Four Years

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Today Billy and I celebrate our FOURTH wedding anniversary! I can't believe it. Four years have flown by in flurry of excitement, fun, and occasional frustration. The above photo was taken when we celebrated our FIRST wedding anniversary. I'd love to post a wedding photo, but I apparently do not have any electronic versions of those. Boo.

It's hard to say what the highlights are. To try and recall four years of memories would be difficult. Let's just say that we've had a lot of good times. When we got married four years ago, I never thought we would move to Kentucky 2 years later-- I am grateful for a husband who is in support of my dreams, desires, and most importantly-- God's desires for our lives.

Today is a good day.