Friday, November 26, 2010

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Cool Cool Boys

At the Father's Feet

The other night, Hudson, who was surrounded by all his toys and playing very happily, dropped what he was doing and crawled over to my feet and looked up at me, wanting me to pick him up.

…and I was struck by a thought, that this is the relationship God desires from us. Though surrounded by the world and all our toys, and all the busyness that life presents us, we would instead be at his feet, gazing up longingly, and desiring him.

Just as Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, we should make the right choices with our time.
You learn so much being a father! :)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010

Family Photo

Family Photo
Originally uploaded by Alverdi Photos
Julie has shot over 700 Photos this month, so it makes sense that we have a few more to show off... enjoy!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

More photos of the boys

Originally uploaded by Rich & Julie's Photos
We have posted more photos of Hudson and Dixon for your viewing pleasure :)

Monday, May 10, 2010

Me and my Taggie

New Photos of Hudson and Dixon up on Flickr! You know what to do!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Originally uploaded by Rich & Julie's Photos
More Photos of the boys are up on Flickr! Go see some!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Hudson Awake
Originally uploaded by Rich & Julie's Photos
Welcome Hudson to the world! Pictures up on Flickr! More coming soon!!

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Official Due Date Nonsense

I don't think I will ever believe that children are born on time. Dixon was two weeks late (actually only 13 days...) and now here we are just a couple of days past Hudson's due date (or exactly on his due date depending on who you ask) and he is currently a no-show! Trust me, I am willing to wait for him as long as possible, but I just wish he was here already... :)

It started just over a week ago, Friday the 19th to be exact, when Julie was telling our Doctor about how her hands and arms had been going numb, and how she was feeling somewhat faint that day. The good Doc ordered some blood tests, a glucose test and because Hudson measured a centimeter shorter than the week before (which would be two centimeters shorter than he was supposed to be at that week) he also lined us up for a ultrasound.

The Blood tests popped up flags all over the place for stuff, glucose mainly I think, and a UA showed high protein, and when Julie took the 1 hour Glucose test on the following Wednesday before the ultrasound, well she failed it by posting a blood sugar level of 172. Yowza! So, then that set off alarms as well...

Fast forward to Friday, the Doc asks Julie to come in and do another Glucose test. This time the 3 hour test, which is a stronger mixture, and that test she "failed" because 7 minutes or so after she downed that kool-aid concoction from hell, she threw it up. That sent her to the Urgent Care clinic where they took her blood pressure, and stuff like that. The Doc came down and talked to us and told us because of the results of the first glucose test, and because she didn't finish the 2nd test, we were just going to proceed as if she had gestational diabetes. obviously something that is easier to deal with when you have a few months before your due date, than when it IS YOUR DUE DATE, however with a proper diet it can be managed and lowered so that the baby isn't born with a high blood sugar count. So we went home with the number of a dietitian to call and a blood glucose meter to test her blood sugar levels.

And just so you know, her blood sugar levels have all been within normal ranges, or slightly lower, since we have been testing. I wonder what she ate that one day...

Anyway, yesterday we go to providence to do what is supposed to be a simple "non stress test," and it really was, Hudson was so good the nurse was like, "well, this will be quick." But they took Julie's blood pressure and it was slightly elevated for her, which would be something like 130/70 instead of her normal 110/60, and then when we were just about to leave they did another UA, which again showed high protein, and that mixed with the elevated blood pressure is a sign for Preclampsia. Oh oh... that means we can't go home.

So, more blood tests, more waiting, our doctor happens to be in the building and sits down and talks with us and tells us that even if Julie just has mild Preclampsia, or none at all, just that mixed with everything else in the last couple of days, he would recommend inducing TOMORROW (Sunday). That would mean we would be admitted that night (Saturday.)

Wow. All right. Change of plans. But wait, it's not over yet. ALL the blood tests come back NORMAL (Thank You Lord!) and so the Doc says, well we could wait a day or so if we wanted, but still we would rather be safe than sorry. So we set a tentative plan to be admitted Sunday night, and induced Monday morning. But first, Julie asks if she could run her blood pressure again, and so they do a series of blood pressure checks, every ten minutes for 30-40 minutes, and guess what?

Her blood pressure is FINE every time. No Preclampsia at all they say. (Thank You Lord!) So, once again plans are changed and the we are sent home with a 24 hour urine test and the results of THIS test will decide if we are admitted before Thursday night. Those results we should have 7 hours from or so...

Just so you know, Julie is having mild contractions here and there, she doesn't even feel them all the time but they are picked up on a monitor. When she does feel contractions, or pains, or whatever they are, they usually stop her in her tracks... all this other stuff could be a moot point here soon, that is what I am praying for anyway. Right now Julie is cleaning up the boys room, straightening stuff and cooking some hard boiled eggs.

All I have to say is this, if I didn't have faith that God is bigger than all this, that he works all things for good, for his glory, for those who believe in him, if I didn't believe he was faithful, then these last couple of days would have been really stressful.

Thank You Lord for your hand over all of this!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

The #41 Hat Trick Post

So, what does the #41 have to do with Julie and I this month? Well, it is quite interesting how the number 41 features so prominently in our lives during February of 2010. Here is some #41 trivia for you, first, I turned 41 this month, second, on the 23rd of this month, Julie and I celebrate our 41st month-a-versary (Yes, we still try to celebrate month-a-versary's) and on the 14th (41 backwards...hmm) we will be 41 days from the birth of our second son, Hudson. That is the #41 Hat Trick. Of course baby Hudson could be early... :)

Speaking of the baby, the pregnancy is going perfectly fine, no health issues, all the tests were great and despite morning sickness, heartburn, bouts with acid reflux and lots of vomit, Julie is doing marvelous! Dixon is all about the "baby," wanting to listen to the babies heartbeat on the computer, and calling every one of his stuffed animals a "baby" as he puts them to bed, or wraps them in blankets. Dixon just got a toddler bed, which he has been sleeping in for almost a month now, and he points at the crib and says, "baby!" in anticipation of his little brother's arrival. Of course, every time he is playing with one his "babies" and throws it across the room, or drops it on the floor and body slams it, I start to worry a little... lol... but Dixon will be a great big brother and we are looking forward in anticipation for Hudson's arrival!

As I write this, Team USA in Hockey just tied TEAM Canada to force overtime in the Gold Medal game. The Sun is out, it is close to 60 degrees out on the last day of February, Dixon is napping, Julie is packing baby clothes. We are blessed with jobs, blessed by our jobs, our ministry here in Keeler's Corner, and blessed by our friends and our family. We live life loving God with our hearts, mind and soul and loving our neighbor.

Life couldn't be better.