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November 03, 2011


Natalie VV

If only we could bank these days, and pull out the ease and freedom later, when we need a retreat. Keep soaking it all up!

Val Reaves

I just had a chance to read your 10/31 took me back to my childhood and I, too, wishing my father was here today to see how I had "come along". My very best wishes to you both as you play your part in the waiting game...

Val in Kansas

wasabi honey bee

I think waiting is one of the hardest things. Trying to have patience when your filled with momentum . . .


You know storms bring babies, don't you?

Seanna Lea

It is only since college that I have lived in any one space long enough to feel that pull and rememberance if something has changed. I love your stories. You may not have the greatest sense of time, but you have a huge sense of memory.


I usually check your lovely lovely site about once a month. Lately, it's once a day. Yes, I've joined the ranks of your Internet Aunties on Babywatch. Aside from wishing you and your family the very best wishes, I want to thank you for each and every blog post you have written. It's a great blog.


You are so funny! Word is, you can save big money at Menards! We are in Chicago, too. Cold and rainy for sure :)


Woo trip to Menard's! Make sure to go through the Christmas Wonderland :)


tick tock...feeling the love filled anxiety...xoxo


It's going to be the 5th - I can feel it in my ... well, you know what I mean! Fingers crossed it all goes really well for all of you.


Maybe the waiting is God's way of allowing you the luxury of time to think of how your life is changing. Not usually much time for that in everyday life as we rush from one thing to the next. And it gives us all the time to let you know how many are there waiting with you! Wishing you the best. . .


Luxuriate in these quiet moments, although that's advice I don't need to give you! Clicking over here three, five, ten (!) times a day, anxious for news from you as I would be from a favorite cousin. It's crazy how often I think of you and your family, friends so very far away, and the happiness you bring into my life, even without having ever met.


I have a sense of where you are staying and it really is in the middle of nowhere without a car.
Memories are wonderful. You are about to embark on a whole new chapter that will be just as wonderful.

yummy lavender

Your SOH cracks me up! Happy waiting, we're all on the edge of our seats...


Very grim weather here in Chicago, indeed! The lake was grey and roiling, dotted with white caps, as I slowly crawled down Lake Shore Drive to Hyde Park this morning.

It sounds like a surreal experience for you two. Wishing you all the best!

P.S. Oh Menards, nothing says Midwestern values like a trip to the store where you can "save big money."


You can spell Pastitsio but not Hoveround? I would automatically think double r on that, btw. When in doubt, I google because it says "did you mean"...with the correct spelling." If I was real bored I would play Angry Birds or Mahjong. I love this dark, rainy weather we are having...I'm closer to you than I usually in Southern Indiana.
Have fun at Menard's. Menard's AND Lowe's are our homes away from home.
Happy waiting. xo, Cheryl


You would have heard similar sounds at home in Portland last night - crazy rain and wind storm.


So does that make that dog a "Hoverhound"?


Mmmm...that stew looks delicious! I love having a gas stove. It heats up like right now...:) Your photos are beautiful.

Storms DO bring babies! Our last baby, Beth (23 yrs old already), decided she was coming into the world a little early during a storm. She was the first hospital delivery that morning on Leap Year! :)

Have a fun day out!


auntie m

Slow is good. Babies like slow. The hurried days will come soon enough. Peace and contentment wishes to you from a fellow Portlander.


I know you have a name chosen already, but at this point in time I think Patience Paulson would be a winner. Best Wishes!!

Bethany Hissong

Hang in there!!!! I am cracking up at this new lifestyle you've had to adopt!! ;P


The days before we had our first baby linger in my memory as some of the most special, surreal days of our marriage. It truly is a sort of timeless space.

so, so excited for you! many blessings.....

Laura gf

I live in Massachusetts and am on my sixth day with no power. I am so glad for my iPhone so I can still check in here every day as your story unfolds. Thinking of you and so glad you are surrounded by love in this waiting time.


Menards is a great place to wait for a baby! Exciting times!

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