Three major topics for this post:
1. I feel great! :O)
2. We're expecting (at least - haha) number five! :O)
3. My oldest "baby" just grew up! He was baptized. :O)
Wow, I can't believe it's already been an entire month since my last post. I have so much to tell you all about. First of all, I want to let you all know that I am feeling so incredible compared to how I felt last month when I last wrote. :O) I honestly think that just calling out and naming the elephant in my living room has helped me incredibly. I'm sure it's not the end, but it's a great beginning. :O) Long story made short: I feel great!
Our super surprise happened on Monday, February 20, 2012. I had been "wondering" if I needed to get a pregnancy test or not. ;o) So I finally drove all over town trying to find one that didn't cost $15 or even $10. I finally found a Dollar Tree and bought one for exactly $1. I got home and used it and got the fastest positive I've ever had! We were pretty tickled. (Well, Luke had a bit more of a shock to overcome than I did, but he came 'round pretty quick. ;o) ) I am totally fine and excited about having "another baby," but when I count them all up and realize that I will have FIVE children, I get a little nervous!!! :O) Some of you may think I'm nuts - some for having so many, some for being nervous with so few to tend! You're both probably right. ;O) I probably am nuts for having FIVE KIDS. I mean, who does that nowadays anyway? (I do and many of my friends do! Haha.) And I am nuts for freaking out over JUST five kids. After all, there are only five of them. My point is, WE are so VERY HAPPY for this great blessing and gift from God. My husband and I decided before we married that we would be willing to take as many spirits as the Lord saw fit to send to us. We are grateful for a rest between pregnancies/babies but still hope to have more in the future. We both have always wanted a large family and I think we've got a good start. :O)
Oh, and for those of you who may be wondering about details: the baby will be born before Thanksgiving. :O) I am choosing to not give my "due date" this time around to see if it makes a difference in difficult-to-endure comments at the very tiring end of pregnancy. ;o) A woman who has been pregnant for a very long nine months does NOT want to hear, "Oh, you're still pregnant? You look like you're about to burst!" SHE KNOWS THIS!!! It's is very difficult sometimes to gracefully handle well-meaning, all be it super annoying people's ignorant comments late in pregnancy. So, I've chosen to not disclose my due date to anyone. If the baby is not born by Thanksgiving, you can all express your deep concern for me and the baby's health. :O) We are planning a home delivery just like the last two. I'll be meeting with a possible midwife later this week or next. (I'll have to see about getting some pictures taken to document my "progress" throughout the pregnancy.)
I was so unprepared for the deluge of emotions and memories that overcame me that beautiful day! I had visions of my own baptism as a young teen. I had memories of gospel conversations with my Grandma Thorp. I thought about my own mother's recent decision to be baptized just last spring (May 2012). I thought about my wedding day and the covenants I made in the temple to my husband and my Lord. I thought about how terribly I miss my grandparents now that they are no longer here on earth. I FELT the actual presence of my grandparents there celebrating with us that special day. I like to think my Grandpa Anderson was there too, but I was quite young when he passed away and consequently, I don't feel that I knew him well enough in life to recognize him.
It was such a happy occasion. As soon as it began, the tears began and didn't stop. :O) Lukey's Uncle Jacob gave a really fun talk about baptism with a neat visual using water, food coloring, and bleach. It illustrated the purity we have before sin enters our life, the harmful effects of sin, and the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was wonderful. Then, as a family, we stood together and recited Mosiah 18:10 then sang "When I Am Baptized." Lukey was baptized after that by his daddy. While Luke and Lukey were changing into dry clothes family members came up and shared their testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When the boys rejoined us Grandpa Bahr gave a brief talk about the gift of the Holy Ghost. Then Lukey was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. Sister Thacker gave Lukey a picture of the Savior to hang on his bedroom wall and welcomed him on behalf of the Primary. Then Bishop Metcalf shared a few words.
It was so lovely to have so many family members and friends there for such a special event for us. Luke's mom and dad and youngest sister, Jean were all able to travel from Louisiana to be here for Lukey's special day. Kaylene & Aaron Barker and their boys Dallin and Daniel were able to come from Springville. Shersti and her two boys, Thane and Kirstian came from West Jordan (her husband, Jason was sick and wasn't able to make it). Tom & Michelle and darling Josie came from Orem. Jacob and his new fiancee, Rebecca were there from Provo. My dear friend Joy Zuniga and her beautiful three girls, Camila, Alondra, and baby Andrea came up from Provo also. Another great friend, Heather & Keri Dillingham and their cute-as-can-be kids, Abigail and Kyle came all the way up from Payson. Brother & Sister Christensen and Sister Thacker from Primary were there, as well as, Bishop & Sister Metcalf and their adorable crew. It was such a treat to have so many beloved people here with us. Uncle Aaron got some great pictures of the festivities. They can be seen here.
Nearly half of Luke's siblings were gathered together that beautiful day. We can't wait until Jacob & Rebecca's wedding in April when, hopefully, the whole family will be able to be together. :o)