Friday, May 22, 2020

11 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

Hello, and happy Friday! This was my husband's first full week back to work since March and so, Friday is a very exciting day, again! At just over 11 weeks pregnant, I cannot wait for the chance to sleep in tomorrow morning.

Now that Nick is back to work, I am working from home with my 5 year old daughter a couple days a week. Working from home wasn't as hard as I thought it would be this week. The first day was a little rough but, the second day couldn't have gone any better! Being able to take my laptop outside on the nice-weather days really helps. I think we're working on figuring out a rhythm that works best for us, already!

At 11 weeks pregnant, I have been seeing some improvements while also struggling a bit. The improvement is that my nausea is starting to fade! It's so incredible to be free of that nagging nausea feeling all times of the day and night! 

I have been struggling, however, with some intense fatigue and back issues. I actually had to call in a chiropractor on their day off to help me with my back issues because my rib had slipped (I suspect it happened when I was dealing with some morning sickness) and the rib being out made it difficult to take a full breath without intense pain. She was able to fix it so I could breathe again, but I have still been having pain and have been generally uncomfortable because of my back issues this week. My actual chiropractor is back from surgery next week, and I cannot wait to see her again!

Another benefit of working from home is that I haven't actually had to wear jeans or any other kind of pants that aren't either sweat pants or pajama pants. I am actually nervous to try on jeans again because I suspect they will no longer fit, and feel super uncomfortable. 

The bump is starting to grow! Dresses are going to be my friend this summer!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

10 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

I'm 10 weeks pregnant today (with baby #2) and I finally had no choice but to give in to morning sickness this morning. That's just about as fun as I remember it being in Piper's pregnancy. Bleh.

As hard as morning sickness and extreme afternoon/evening fatigue is, I've been finding reassurance in the pregnancy symptoms. That may just be part of being a pregnancy-loss mom (x3).

The wait between my 7 week sonogram and 12 week sonogram has been... long. Thankfully I'm over halfway through the wait. Only two weeks to go!

As for my eating lately, peanut butter toast has been about the only thing I can stomach first thing when I wake up. I eat frequently in the mornings (every hour or two), which is so different than my norm. Ice cold smoothies have been so satisfying after I have my pb toast. 

I have been loving grilled cheese and tomato soup for lunch, which usually gets eaten around 11am. I've been ready to eat dinner around 3pm, and usually make myself eat one more time before bed, just to help with the morning sickness. Carbs have been 85% of my diet during this first trimester!

While the first trimester has been a little challenging, it really hasn't been too horrible. I am just so happy to be pregnant right now, with this baby we've been praying for, for years. 

I am also happy to be going through the first trimester during this (very chilly) Spring and season of sheltering in place. I haven't had to miss out on much due to not feeling well because there isn't much to miss out on right now. I will be going into my second trimester, and gaining more energy in my days just as summer begins. I am so looking forward to the second trimester and this summer!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

First Trimester: Week 3 - 8 | Baby #2

I am 9 weeks pregnant today! I woke up feeling a little more "normal" today! I had a couple days with some intense morning (all day) sickness/dizziness this past weekend. The fatigue really wiped me out, too. Yesterday and today, however, have been much better days! Praising God for every day!

I have been trying to keep track of my pregnancy symptoms ever since the pregnancy test turned positive on March 26th. I was only 3 weeks and 1 day pregnant at the time! I knew in my heart this baby was strong from the very beginning.

Week 3:
- Extra tired (by 6pm each night)
- Early bedtimes (around 8pm)
- Hardening feeling in uterus (3/25)
- Face randomly feeling warm/flushed
- Slight cramping
- Sense of smell increasing

Week 4:
- Cramping
- Very tired and emotional in the evenings
- Bedtime routinely around 6pm
- Lots of blood work
- HCG was rising appropriately

Week 5:
- Morning sickness began! Nausea and light heartburn. (never been so happy to be sick!)
- Bedtime still between 6 - 7pm
- Mood swings in full force
- Cramping was dwindling
- Light spotting but emergency sono showed all was well and the heartbeat (100bpm)
- Cravings began! Craving salty food, hot fudge sundaes (never really cared for them before), voodoo chips and cheeseburgers (Nick went to my moms at 9pm one night to pick up ground beef and grilled a cheeseburger for me. Craving satisfied!)

Week 6:
- Very tired in the afternoons, naps help
- Bedtime still between 6 - 8pm
- Extra emotional in the evenings
- Cramping no longer happening
- Nauseous if I don't eat every 2-3 hours
- Aversion to chicken wings (a previous favorite of mine)
- Craving: red meat, salt and ice cream/sweets

Week 7:
- Bedtime between 7 - 8pm
- Morning sickness is getting stronger/lasting most of the day
- We had another sonogram and saw the heartbeat (163 bpm)
- We told Piper the news! She checks on the baby daily and prays for it's health and strength!
- Hungry for dinner at 3pm most days
- Experiencing more aversions than cravings this week
- Craving: Arby's beef and cheddar sandwich
- Strong aversion to chicken

Week 8:
- Bedtime stretching to 7 - 9pm most nights now
- Evening mood swings are still happening
- Starting to have more aversions to foods/meats but finding that it's not bad once I take a bite
- Morning (all day) sickness / fatigue / dizziness was strong for a few days this week
- Also had a few days this week where I didn't feel sick much at all and it was great
- Craving: peanut butter toast, scrambled eggs, pretzel salad

I'll post another update like this once around 14 weeks! Until then, keep an eye out for different updates along the way. We are so grateful to be on this journey with Baby #2!

Monday, May 4, 2020

Jesus Will Not Let Us Sink

Hello! If you missed our special announcement, you can find it here: Baby #2!

We have been praying for this second child for so many years. For those of you who were around when we first got our new-to-us SUV - that's a good marker of just how long we've been waiting and praying. 

Two years. Two miscarriages. We've fought through fear and heartache after heartache for you, Baby #2.

Our most recent miscarriage was in January, so I was surprised when just a month later, around Ash Wednesday, I felt the call to begin trying to conceive again. I was paralyzed with fear, which led me to giving up fear for Lent.

And let me just talk about giving up fear for Lent. It’s much different than giving up chocolate, right? I mean to give up chocolate means you don’t eat the chocolate. But fear is a natural part of being human. So how do you give it up?

I found the answer in 1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand that He May lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

I’m definitely not an expert in this, but the way I went about it was a very simple but effective approach. Daily, hourly I was just being honest with myself and God about my fear. When a fear would arise, I’d say (either out loud or in my head) “Lord I give this to you, and I trust you”. After some time of being obedient in this, I felt the release of those fears and I did feel my trust in Him grow.

In the first few weeks of Lent, God was faithful to show me new areas where fear was also hiding. Anger, frustration, irritation. Fear was at the root of so many of those emotions. When he revealed that to me, instead of feeling shame for those feelings, I felt such grace for myself. And that is what he wants for us.

Galatians 5:1 “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”

So after a few weeks, with my fear and all the things that come with it being release daily to God, we were able to step out in trust in this new journey of trying to conceive Baby #2.

Now, we are newly pregnant, during a pandemic. And for somebody whose core weakness is fear, I, like many of us in this season, feel like I’m on a seesaw of feeling His peace and the world’s panic.

Which brings me to the scripture where Peter stepped out in trust onto the water with Jesus, and was so quickly taken by fear in Matthew 14:28-31.

It says, 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

I don’t know about you, but I can so relate to Peter right now.

Jesus asked Nick and I to step out into the water IN TRUST, then the winds pick up, and we’re hit with a pandemic at the same time when the pregnancy test turns positive.

I’m wondering if any of you can think about a time when God has called you out into the deep and the winds picked up?

God is so good to have given me peace in those first days after finding out we’re pregnant again, it really was a sense of peace beyond understanding. But this hasn't been a completely smooth ride for us. The winds of fear picked up a couple weeks ago and had me feeling like I was sinking. During week 5 of this pregnancy, we had a scare with some spotting and I was sent in to get an emergency sonogram. Nick wasn’t able to come with me, and probably won’t be able to be with me for any future appointments for a while. Thankfully, I was able to see the baby’s heartbeat and got reassurance from the doctors that everything was continuing to look good. As for me, it took a while to be convinced that this wasn’t the end of yet another pregnancy. My immediate reaction was to assume that this was just the start of another storm.

But things are okay. The baby is doing so well! We are 8 weeks and 5 days along in this pregnancy, now.

There were many times over the past few weeks when I called out, "Lord, save me". And I imagined Him reaching out His hand to me like he did for Peter.

God is faithful to begin a new and good work in us exactly when we need it. I can see His faithfulness in preparing us for these moments as He nudged me to begin working intimately with him on my fear on Ash Wednesday, and if I hadn’t begun then, I don’t know how well I’d be handling everything right now.

I know there may be times when you also feel like you’re sinking, and I just want to remind you that if we call to Him, He is faithful to immediately extend His hand to us, like He did for Peter.

If we call to Him, Jesus will not let us sink.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Our Special Announcement - Baby #2

Sharing our joy! Blessed to announce Baby #2 is coming to town this December, 2020!

Piper is so excited for her little sibling to arrive this winter!

I am a little over 8 weeks pregnant now, and just feeling so incredibly blessed. During our last ultrasound, baby's heart rate was 163 and growing perfectly on track for December 9th due date. Now that we've announced this blessing to all of our friends and family, I am excited to start blogging more about it, soon!

For [these children] we have prayed.
1 Samuel 1:27

Monday, April 20, 2020

Easter at Home 2020

Happy Monday, everyone! The sun is shining here and I am feeling a sense of clarity in my mind.

Tomorrow marks 40 days since life started changing for our family, due to COVID-19. I feel incredibly blessed that we've been impacted in such small ways (small ways that sometimes feel bigger than they are) in comparison to others. Nick is partially back to work, and I still have the awesome opportunity to be working from home during this season.

Personally, I've had some incredible days at home, and also some days where I have been battling anxiety. Thankfully the good days far outweigh the bad, and today is one of those incredible days! 

It's the first day in weeks where I used my planner to keep track of some tasks I wanted to complete for the day. Something as simple as making a to-do list has helped bring some sense normalcy back into my day, and it feels good. Typing out this blog was one of the items on that list!

While Easter was a little over a week ago, I still want to share some pictures and a recap of our day!

Piper was so excited to see what the Easter bunny brought her on Easter morning! She especially was excited for her big surprise from mom and dad - her brand new bike!

After the Easter basket fun, we went back upstairs to watch Church online, from the comfort of our bed. I wasn't feeling too well that morning and it was so great to have the opportunity to rest in bed while watching the service!

Later that afternoon, we took Piper's new bike out for a spin and she did really well with it! We were blessed with some warmer weather on Easter, so we spent as much time outside that afternoon as we could! As for Easter dinner, my mom spoiled us with a full Easter dinner delivered to our house! We had leftovers for days! It was awesome!

As for the week following Easter, it was really cold and snowy! We made the best of the snow but, we still didn't get outside as much as we'd like last week. We are looking forward to some warmer days coming soon!

I'm hoping this was one of our last (if not the last) snowfalls for the season. Staying at home during this seasons is so much more manageable when we can get outside!

Saturday, April 11, 2020

One Month at Home

Hey, guys! It's been a while. It's been 3 weeks to be exact. I really thought being at home more would mean that you would be hearing from me more often on the blog. However, I've come to find that maybe "having enough time" to update the blog wasn't ever the issue, but rather it's more dependent on where it lands on my priority list for the day.

I honestly can't believe that it's been 3 weeks since that last time I sat down with the blog. Time has been moving at a strange pace where I'm never quite sure what day it is. I'm sure there's a bunch of you out there that can relate. For the most part we have just been floating through the days when both Nick and I aren't working. We almost always get a good amount of time outside in our days, even when it's chillier out. We just bundle up a little more.

Since it's been so long since the last time I checked in, let me catch you up with some photo highlights from the past three weeks:

Nick created a little workspace for me in our spare bedroom a few weeks ago, which has made working from home so much easier.

So far, we have only had one picnic in our time at home but, seeing this picture reminds me to make sure we schedule a few more picnics together as the weather continues to get nicer!

One highlight of our week is on Friday mornings when Piper gets to have a video call with her teachers and friends from class! This has been extra special given the news we received this week, that all schools will be closed for he rest of the academic year.

Camping "under the stars" in our living room has become a weekly thing.

While we haven't had much structure to our days, and we never quite know what each day will bring, I can say that our hearts have been so full during this time together! All of this extra family time has definitely been the highlight of the season! There have been more than a few occasions when Piper has ended her day randomly declaring "this is a good life" or, "this was my favorite day" or, "I loved this day together"! While we may have started off unsure of how to navigate this time of such uncertainty, I think we're doing something right.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Self-Isolating during COVID-19 Outbreak

We are about a week in to self-isolating as a family (funny how that is now a positive thing) and so I wanted to fill you in on how we've been spending some of our days.

I don't think I can stress this enough - I am extremely grateful to have the opportunity to continue working from home during this time! Last week, I continued with my schedule of working on Tuesdays and Thursdays (from home). My husband had a few hours of work on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, which worked out very well for our family.

I know that with the kids being out of school, some people are wondering what to do. We weren't quite sure right away either but, I think what we did last week worked out really well for Piper and our family.

Mon: Mommy & Piper Day (Morning homeschool; Afternoon movie/free play; Evening family time)
Tues: Daddy & Piper Day (St. Patrick's Day! Arts and crafts, games, movies and free play)
Wed: Mommy & Piper Day (Morning homeschool; Afternoon movie/free play; Evening family time)
Thurs: Daddy & Piper Day (Arts and crafts, games, movies and free play)
Fri: Mommy & Piper Day (Unscheduled mix of a little bit of everything)

If that plan looks simple, it's because it is. While I love structure and plans, I also value simplicity. Last week kind of fell together in this way, and so we went with it! This next week is going to look different. We just found out that Nick will be out of work for a while which means every day is family day! :)

Besides having the opportunity to be able to work from home and more family time, here are a few other things I am really grateful for right now:

- Living life at a slower pace
- Running water, shelter, food (basic essentials)
- More time for Nick to get projects done around the house
- More time for prayer, reflection, bible study
- More intentional conversations with friends
- The opportunity to help others in new ways
- Warmer days are coming and we already got to enjoy some last week

During our time outside almost every day last week, we saw others from a distance. We've passed by people who were fishing, walking and riding their bikes. Before all of this, when things were busier, we might have merely managed a smile in passing. This past week, I have noticed more intentionality. I jump at any opportunity to wave at others, say "hi", and engage them with the thought in mind that this might their only face-to-face contact today. 

This is one thing I hope sticks around after all of this is over. I hope we never take for granted the opportunity to be in community with others.

Monday, March 16, 2020

March is Looking Different, Now

Hey, everyone! March is looking different for a lot of us.

Piper is off school for the next two weeks, and Nick is day-by-day on whether or not he has work. Nick had work initially today but, it looks like he will be coming home early. It is also looking like there won't be work tomorrow. My work with the church will continue, but I am grateful to say that we're welcome to work from home, and we'll also be working in some new creative ways.

When news of COVID-19 began amping up last week, I have to admit I was getting very annoyed. I thought people were overreacting, and wished they would just stop talking about it. 

There I was, wondering why everyone was acting out of fear (panic-buying food, non-stop talk about the virus, etc.) while also thinking that I wasn't acting out of fear by "not wanting to talk about it". After some time, and becoming better informed, I realized that in some instances people weren't overreacting at all. Something needed done. We needed to talk about it. I also realized that my initial reaction (avoiding the topic) was also rooted in fear, which gave me more to pray about.

Now that March is looking different, I am hoping to dedicate some more time to blogging and will be spending some time outside each day - no matter how cold it is. This is how I am practicing self-care. My brain seems to be in "high processing mode", which is exhausting. Getting out for a walk each day has been helping calm my mind, and gives me more intentional time for prayer.

What's one way that you're practicing self-care today?

Friday, March 6, 2020

Update: March - Week 1

First week of March has come to an end and, I'm down 2lbs. on the scale. I'm really happy with how this week went! 

While each meal wasn't perfect, I feel like I did a good job at balancing my plates overall. I went out to dinner with a friend (+ dessert), had a breakfast date with my husband, and I still lost weight this week! 

I managed to get in some extra activity this week which helped the balance of everything, as well. We had a night at the trampoline park and most days in general I was able to keep my steps between 7,000-10,000.

On the evening of Ash Wednesday, I felt called to give up fear for Lent. That's a daunting thing to give up, personally. At first, I was unsure how to go about following through with such a thing. 

Fear isn't tangible, and it's hardwired into our human-ness. I don't think fear is something that will ever fully go away and, I don't think that's the point. Instead, God is showing me that while fear will never fully go away, it is something that I must constantly give away -- to Him.

After a week of diving into The Word and being more faithful in prayer, I can already see how God is helping me overcome fear in some situations that were starting to feel a little hopeless. God is so faithful to transform us in ways beyond our own ability!

March - Week 1, was a good one!

Monday, March 2, 2020

Weight-Loss Update {March 2020}

Coming on to the blog today to share a little more of an update about my weight-loss journey so far this year. Obviously, this year didn't start off the way I had planned. 

We started out the new year pregnant! Then, we suffered another early term pregnancy loss.

These past couple months have been another teaching in how to balance grief and joy in life. Some days I feel like I balance it well, while other days are a battle to keep my head above water. 

In all that has happened, I'm up 10 lbs. from my lowest weight. I've been maintaining somewhere around 230 lbs. I'd really like to get back to where I was before this most recent pregnancy loss, and hopefully that is something I can achieve this month.


There are a few blog posts that I feel like I still "owe you" and, those will come eventually. I am not sure how often I'll be blogging this month but, I hope to start focusing more on my self-care, again. I know that when I do, everything else seems to fall in place.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Last-Minute Getaway to Orlando, FL

Please forgive my unexpected absence on the blog last week. We kind of just packed everything up and flew out of town for a last-minute trip to Orlando, Florida.

It was a whirlwind of a trip! We arrived in Orlando on Thursday afternoon and returned home yesterday afternoon!

Here are a few photos from our trip: 

I'm hoping to share a more detailed blog about our trip with more photos, soon; as well as a video from our trip!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

FitBit Versa 2

Yesterday was my birthday and, my husband got me the sweetest gift!

When I got home from work, Nick surprised me with the FitBit Versa 2! I wasn't expecting this at all, but I was hoping to get a new FitBit sometime this year since my Charge 2 recently broke. 

Day one with the new watch was great! I didn't reach 10,000 steps but that will be one of my goals moving forward. I am extra ready for the weather to improve now that I have this watch. I want to go on all of the nature walks, and track my steps along the way!

I am excited to see how this FitBit helps me to achieve my goals this month! So far, I've walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes, twice this week! I am hoping to get one more walk in on Friday, too!

Monday, February 3, 2020

Meal Plan - Week 1, Feb 2020

Hello, Monday. Hello, February!

In case you missed my last blog, I will share that I have made a goal to lose 10 lbs. this month! In order to reach that goal, I am going to have a set of mini-goals that I'll be focusing on.
  1. Schedule a self-care activity weekly
  2. Drink 80 - 120 oz. of water each day
  3. Begin blogging 3 times each week again, for accountability
  4. Go to the gym or spend 30 minutes being active 2 - 3 times each week
  5. Stick within my personalized nutritional ranges 6 out of 7 days each week
One way that I work on sticking to my personalized nutritional range is by planning out dinners for the week ahead, and stocking up on everything I'll need so that I have less of an excuse to go off-track. 

I'm currently in the routine of meal planning dinners for the week ahead on Fridays. So, last Friday, I took our calendar into consideration and came up with the following meal plan for our family.

Meal Plan:

Saturday: Marry Me Chicken + Soybean Pasta
- Check out the pic below, and click here for the recipe!

Sunday: Chicken Stir Fry + Rice
Monday: Fish + Broccoli + Edamame Pasta
Tuesday: Tacos
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken + Rice
Thursday: Shrimp + Mixed Veggies
Friday: Homemade Pizzas
Saturday: Date Day! Sushi?

You better believe I am looking forward to "Date Day" on Saturday! 

Make it a great week!

Friday, January 31, 2020

Getting Back on Track (after our third miscarriage)

Before the holidays, and our recent miscarriage, I was super excited to be at my lowest weight in the history of my weight-loss journey. For reference, my highest weight was 270 lbs and, this past Fall I was able to get down to 222 lbs. I felt so much healthier physically and, I want to get that feeling back!

Between the holidays and surviving our third miscarriage, I am back up to 230 lbs. I'd like to make a goal for February, to get back down to my lowest weight and, then some. I'm going to shoot for a 10 lb. loss in February!

In order to reach that goal, I am going to have a set of mini-goals that I'll be focusing on.
  1. Schedule a self-care activity weekly
  2. Drink 80 - 120 oz. of water each day
  3. Begin blogging 3 times each week again, for accountability
  4. Go to the gym or spend 30 minutes being active 2 - 3 times each week
  5. Stick within my personalized nutritional ranges 6 out of 7 days each week
If you'll notice, in my mini goals, I have given myself some area of grace. I've been trying not to be too strict with myself because lately I have felt that "all or nothing" mentality starting to creep back in. I am really needing to remind myself of the basics of living a healthy lifestyle.

My back-to-basic reminders for living a healthy lifestyle include:
  1. Consistency, not perfection
  2. Moderation, not deprivation
  3. Baby steps, baby steps, baby steps

February, I'm ready for you!

Monday, January 27, 2020

With Grief and Gratitude

It's Monday! I am very excited for a fresh new week because, to be honest, last week was a rough one.

It kind of breaks my heart to say that last week was rough because, last week we celebrated Piper's 5th birthday! I wish I could come out of that week saying it was the best.week.ever, however; the week was filled with some intense highs and intense lows. 

I guess that might be expected considering I'm still recovering from my third miscarriage, which coincided with my daughter's milestone birthday. I have so much to be grateful for, while having so much to grieve. I think my most recent Instagram share says it best.

Grief and gratitude are often clenched in the same fist. 

The deep truth of that sentence brings some fresh hot tears to my eyes.

Okay. Deep breath. Back to where I started going with this post. 

I am excited for the fresh new week ahead! I am excited to have a week planned out with normal, routine things to do. I am also a little anxious about where the waves of grief might take me, despite my plans.

If I've learned anything from my past seasons of grief, I've learned that the weeks months after a trauma such as this feels a lot like floating in water.  Last week, there was an entire day when I was drowning in the waves of grief. I literally woke up crying, and didn't stop crying for hours. Have you ever cried for hours before? I don't believe I have cried for such a length of time. I ended up needing to wear a hot compress on my face by the end of the day because of the pain from squeezing my eyes shut for so long as I wept. 

The day before, I was fine. That's why I use the analogy of floating in water when navigating grief. The water was calm, and then, all of a sudden, it wasn't. When I tried to get out of bed that morning, I was unexpectedly swept off my feet, drowning in the dark abyss of grief for an entire day and night. Once the waves finally calmed, it took a while to catch my breath. 

Today, I feel like I am floating in calm waters again, but I'm well aware that the waves of grief could come back at any minute. So, I am going to enjoy these calm waters while they are here, and I'm going to go about this week, with grief and gratitude.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Piper Grace is Five Years Old

Yesterday, Piper turned 5 years old. It has been an incredible privilege to watch her grow. It has been an incredible privilege to be her mother.

At 5 years old, Piper is a little caretaker. She loves to help people. She loves to take care of her family and friends. She cares about the right things. She cares about making others feel included. She mentors others, teaches others, and fights for what's right and just.

Piper has a thirst for knowledge and I believe she has an understanding of things far beyond her years. Piper loves Jesus, and knows that He died on the cross for our sins. She knows that our Heavenly Father wants us to care for others, in the way He cares for us.

Piper loves to be around people. She is always asking us, "where are we going today"? She wants to be out, with others. She wants adventure. She loves to play, dream, and imagine. Piper loves all things "squishy". She has a container filled with squishy toys. She also has a container filled with various erasers.

Piper loves to go swimming. She loves to jump at the trampoline park. When the weather is nicer, she also likes to be outside for hours. Piper loves to make new friends at the park. She likes to venture in the woods at her Nina and Poppa's. She likes to run down hills and, explore in the creek. 

Piper is foodie. She tried seaweed snacks the other day, and loved them. She likes avocado toast and berries for breakfast. She's known to eat a pint of blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries in one sitting. She also loves chocolate cake and ice cream.

There is so much more I could share about Piper. We are so blessed to have her as our child. I am so proud of this little girl. The love we have for her is as close of an example here on Earth of how I imagine God loves us. Unconditionally, and forever.