Monday, December 31, 2012

An Overview of 2012

It's New Year's Eve and I am sitting here thinking about the things that I have accomplished (and not accomplished) in the year 2012. I cannot believe the New Year is tomorrow. 2012 has been filled with sadness as well as lots of joy. This blog post is going to be all about our year here in the Jensen household and how God has been with us throughout it all.

The beginning of this year was full of excitement as we found out we were expecting baby #3. We were so full of joy and Bear and Ducky were very happy to have another sibling. Unfortunately, baby Kendall was called home to heaven before we could meet him. I learned a lot through losing our baby. I learned that although I call them "my children", they are the Lord's children. He has given my husband and I the great privilege and responsibility to raise them in a Godly manner. We know that we will see baby Kendall in heaven one day but the pain is still there. God has comforted me and helped me through the hardest time of my life. Bear and Ducky took the loss pretty hard, especially Bear (he is 4 now). He didn't understand exactly what happened to the baby and why mommy was so sad. We got some books and advice on what to do and we all started the healing process together.

As a family, we all slowly returned to our normal routines and the boys got back into school. We spent most of our summer going to a local theme park. Since we didn't go on vacation we got passes and went just about every weekend. Speaking of school, we have been learning so much this year. Bear has learned how to write his name and spell it out loud. He can count to 20 and knows his ABC's. Ducky knows his ABC's as well and he is only 2. We go to the library often and read books every day. The boys color and draw constantly. We do unit studies every month and are currently learning about Jesus' birth.

Hubby and I celebrated our 8 year anniversary over the summer. It has been 8 wonderful years. I can't imagine my life without that man in it. He is such a Godly, loving, caring person. Ducky turned 2 over the summer as well. He has a Thomas the train birthday party. It was a wonderful time and he was a very happy little boy. He just loves his older brother and does everything Bear does. I mean EVERYTHING! LOL! Bear turned 4 in October. His birthday party was Lightning McQueen. It was also a great party. They are both getting big so quickly. I want them to stay little forever. They are both so sweet.

In July, Hubby and I found out we were expecting again. We were both very thrilled but very nervous. We learned that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. He is blessing us with another tiny baby to take care of and love. We were not necessarily "trying" to get pregnant but we are both VERY happy to have another baby. This one is a boy (nameless at this point) and he is due March 2013. This pregnancy has thrown me for a loop. It has been the roughest so far. The first 18-20 weeks I was so nauseous I couldn't stand myself. I also had migraines 5 days a week for the first 20 weeks. Now I only get one or two a week. My sciatic nerve is already killing me (I am currently 29 weeks). I am not complaining but this one has done me in for sure. My other pregnancies were not like this at all. My little peanut will be well worth all the "trouble". LOL!

Oh, I turned 30 in October as well. I was very nervous about turning 30 but it's not so bad. Haha! Hubby threw me an amazing party with all of our friends and family. I really am very blessed. It was a great time.

We celebrated Thanksgiving with Hubby's family here at our house. There were a lot of people and a lot of great memories made. We had great food and watched football. The kids played with their cousins and we all laughed and had fun.

When December came upon us it was quick. We had a wonderful Christmas. Bear and Ducky were surprised to get presents. We taught them the reason we celebrate Christmas. Bear really got interested in learning about Jesus' birth and about the angels and shepherds. Nanny and Poppy even got them both a Little People manger scene to play with. They love it! Hubby's birthday is the day after Christmas and we went to a restaurant and had lunch with his family. It was a lovely time. I am so thankful for every day I have with him.

Well, there you have it. Our year of ups and downs. More ups than downs though. I have been reminded time and time again this past year that God is in control. I pray that 2013 is filled with joy for each of you and  for my family as well. None of us are promised our next breath so let's enjoy every moment like it's our last. May God bless you all this next year and bring you much happiness.

Blessings to you and your family in 2013,


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Happy 4th Birthday Bear!

Happy Birthday Bear! Mommy and Daddy love you so much. You are a great big brother. You have grown up so much and I see you becoming more like your Daddy every day. Here are some pics of you:

I love you my special boy!

Birthday Surprises!

Recently I turned the big "3-0". Yeah, I know. It's not a big deal. But it is a milestone birthday and I really wasn't feeling it. My wonderful Hubby threw a party and invited our friends and family. It was so much fun and I feel so blessed to have so many people in my life who care about me.

The day before my birthday party, Hubby and I and my best friend "Mrs. A." went to a special place that does the 4-D ultrasounds. We wanted to find out what our little peanut was...boy or girl. For those of you who don't already know we have 2 boys already. Bear is 4 and Ducky is 2. They are best friends and get along wonderfully. My heart was set on a girl. But deep down I knew it would be a boy. Well, it's a BOY! I officially have the 3 amigos. We are so thrilled and excited by the news.

During my birthday party we played the DVD of the ultrasound and had people guess what they thought it might be. Just about everyone said girl. You just figure that eventually one will come out missing a certain part...but everyone was pleasantly surprised when the part was there. LOL! My 30th birthday turned out to be amazing. My husband gave me a Keurig coffee maker. Let me tell you, I will never go back to a regualar pot. Yum! Here are some pics of our adventures from my party:

Don't I look funny with that hat on?!

Chatting with friends and family.
Eating cake...yum!
Opening presents!
Bear took this picture.
Me and my niece!
My birthday gift from my Hubby!
I woke up on my birthday and it was waiting for me :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Great News for the Jensen Family!

I know it has been a while since I last posted anything. I have been very ill and extremely exhausted. That can mean only one thing, right?! Well, if you guessed I am pregnant you are RIGHT! We are expecting a new baby in March 2013. I am about 13 weeks along and we waited to announce it to everyone until we were out of the "danger zone". Considering we lost baby Kendall back in March this has been a bittersweet journey for us. I have cried and I have been over-joyed. This new baby is due just about the same week we lost baby Kendall this past year.

We are so excited about having this new little one and wouldn't trade it for the world. We find out at the end of this month what sex the baby is. We already have 2 boys, Bear (almost 4) and Ducky (2). I love that my children are so close in age regardless of what sex they are. God has blessed us with so much love for them and from them. Here is a picture of our newest little one:

What a beautiful miracle! I am so happy!

On a side note, we just started diving in to preschool at home. Most of you know we home educate our children for various reasons (I will be doing a post about that soon). So, I thought it would be nice to post our homeschooling adventures here on my blog. I am very excited about this new adventure. Look for more Bear and Ducky's great adventures in preschool soon!



Friday, August 3, 2012

{Happy 2nd Birthday Ducky}

Today is Ducky's 2nd Birthday. At exactly 12:20pm he will officially not be a "baby" anymore :( He is growing up so fast. I am just going to share a few photos today to remind me just how much he has grown.

The day you were dedicated at church!

Your 1st Birthday!

This is you now!

We love you to the moon and back Ducky! God gave you to us and we treasure every moment that we have with you. You and your brother are both huge blessings in our lives!

Love always,