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We are a family of five (yes we count our dog) who are loving every minute that the Lord has blessed us with!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Top Ten Reasons I LOVE Being Pregnant

1. I have a constant reminder that the Lord is using my body to create a miracle. Yes, I know that there are a million other ways that He remind us, but I will just be honest and own the fact that I am human and allow myself to get way to busy to notice His miracles.
2. Having Ryan talk to our unborn child. IT IS PRECIOUS!!! He is going to be such an amazing daddy and I can't wait to see him in "action".
3. Seeing Ryan give Snoop "Pep Talks" to prepare him for this child.
4. Walking through my parent's front door and hearing my dad say "How is Clyde?" Don't worry, we aren't actually going to torture this child and name he/she Clyde. My dad, however, thinks that it is a brilliant name and can't get off of it. So, we have decided that it doesn't matter what he wants to be called, he will be Clyde!!! He makes me laugh.
5. Listening to all of my children's comments and questions about having a child. We actually had a 45 minute discussion one day at school after I showed them the ultrasound video. One kid explained to the class that "When you get pregnant, you get this thing called hormone (yes it was singular) and that we need to watch it and not make Mrs. Shelton mad or she might go crazy". He continued to tell us that "my momma said when you are pregnant or a teenager, your hormone is raging". Poor guy has a 14 year old brother and a 16 year old sister. It did make for great entertainment.
6. Not finding out the gender of this child. For those of you who know me very well, pick your jaw up off of the floor. This is totally out of character for me to not want to know the sex of my child. I am a whee bit of a type a personality. As soon as I let Ryan know that we were pregnant, his immediate reaction was, "we can't find out what it is"! I fought with arguing it, but decided to go along with his request. Boy am I glad. It is such a neat feeling to be reminded that there is something that is completely and totally out of my control and that only the Lord knows. Don't worry, Ryan asked the ultrasound tech and she supposedly doesn't even know! This also brings up very interesting conversations about how to tell if it is a boy or girl. That brings me to number 7.
7. Hilarious ways that people try to figure out the gender of your unborn child. Yes, I have to admit that we did the voodoo pencil test. It said it was a girl, so we will see. Being a teacher, I have about 60 women's opinions to spring off of at work. They will come up to me and "size me up" trying to determine what the gender is. It is actually pretty hilarious. Ryan is sure it is a girl. I have not a clue!
8. Looking at those cute little clothes. I was with my grandmother this past weekend in an adorable store back in my hometown. It was a relief to know that we didn't know the gender, or I would have walked out of there bankrupt. I wonder if that was Ryan's true reason for not finding out?
9. Talking to the ones who I know will be the closest to this child and thinking of how awesome it will be for them to have these role models in their life. I can't wait for Baby S to meet it's grandparents, great-grandmothers, Cousin Noah, Jacie (That's Jamie's name for Baby S to call her), Aunt Anna, Uncle Jason and all of the other aunts, uncles and friends that they will share life with. I feel blessed to have such a support group in my life.
10. Knowing that I am not taking classes at all in the Spring.

I am sure that some people's pregnancies are horrible. I know that Ryan and I have been very blessed so far. I haven't gotten sick and besides being tired, I have felt great. I am just going by one of my friend's motto's that told me to "love every inch and every pound that the Lord lets you experience". What a great way to look at this. Now, don't get me wrong, Ryan has had to listen to the complaining and frustration of not being able to fit in my favorite jeans anymore and all of the other petty things that those "raging" hormones have taken over. Overall though, I just feel blessed! Thank you Lord for this miracle!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007


It sure it great to be an Auburn Tiger!!!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Second Trip to See Noah

Sugar needed a little attention from Uncle Ryan too!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

My "sister" had 6 kids!!!

Okay, well my sister is actually a bulldog, but it's as close as I can get! My mom is being a stellar grandmother already. She has to help the puppies nurse EVERY TWO HOURS!!! A breeder's dream come true, these cutie patooties will be ready to go to their new homes on Christmas Eve. The picture was too cute not to share!

Monday, November 5, 2007

Noah Thomas Cranford

Yay! He is finally here! Noah came into the world Friday night. He was 8lbs 6oz. Anna is still sore from her c-section, but doing well. Noah is handsome as can be and sooo sweet. We were able to "swing" by to meet our little nephew Sunday night after our trip to Auburn. What a great weekend. Seeing some of your best friends and becoming an aunt! Can it get any better? Here are some pictures of the little stud muffin!

Anna introducing Noah to his Uncle Ryan
Cuddled up on his chunk of an arm!
Proud Momma
Proud Uncle (and very tired Noah)

Congrats Anna and Jason. We are so excited for you. We are so glad you are finally here Noah. We can't wait to spoil you!


Baby S's Jacie and Momma! I love you Jamie and miss you like crazy. It was so good to see you!
Casey, Paula and Jamie- The Braswell Ladies
Big Jon and Ryan (he really isn't as disgusted as he looks)
Lisa and Jon!
It was so good to meet you Lisa. I am proud of you Jon. Good catch ;)!
What a great feeling to be at an Auburn game!
And we got to see Ford. He was 1 on Friday. Congrats to Sarah and Joseph who have accomplished the amazing task of parenthood for an entire year. You are awesome parents and Ford is so blessed. It was good to see you.

Halloween... a little late

Zach dressed up as me for Halloween. How funny?! P.S. This kid looks sooo much like Ryan!
John (our art teacher) and Carol, who dressed up as John!
Matthew dressed up as his sisiter. If you didn't know it was a wig, you couldn't tell the two apart!
and then there is Renee. What can I say? HAHA!