Friday, May 25, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 26 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights  

How Far Along: 26 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as a cucumber or 15 in, 2.2 lbs.  


Maternity Clothes: Yes, I am wearing my maternity clothes on a regular basis. I enjoy wearing my maternity clothes, because they are so comfortable! 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready:  At the moment I am reading, "Bring Up Girls" by, Dr. James Dobson. This is the first book by James Dobson that I have ever read. I am thankful that Dr. Dobson took the time to write this book. I am excited about the practical advice he offers about raising the next generation of women!


Movement: Olivia continues to move all the time. I've been trying to catch it on video. I wasn't very successful this week, but I will keep trying so that you can see her move! 

Sleep: I am starting to feel more tired, especially on days when I go walking. I am trying to take naps and sleep when my body tells me that I need rest. I am sure that I will only get more tired, but I will just take it as it comes. 

What I Miss: I have not missed anything this week, but as I continue to grow I am sure that will change. 

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this week was when Jon was laying on my belly a.k.a. Olivia and she starting kicking him in the head. Whenever Jon comes home, Olivia hears his voice and begins to move. It was exciting, because this time Jon could feel her excitement as he talked to her! It is amazing that Olivia already knows her father's voice! 

Food Cravings: On my way to work, I was really craving Bodacious BBQ. Specifically, a Mel man sandwich. Hopefully, I can convince Jon to take me there soon! 

Symptoms: I've got tons of pregnancy symptoms such as my leg cramps, my expanding belly, mild back pain if I sit too long at work, and many more!! 

Due Date: August 28, 2012   

Doctor Visit Update: On Wednesday, May 23rd, I had my glucose test. The results came back showing that I did not pass. My score was supposed to be 130 or under and I was 133. Thankfully, my doctor is not going to make me take the 3 hour glucose test! I just barely missed the mark and he does not think I have gestational diabetes. However, just to be sure I need to track my blood sugar levels three times over the next three weeks. In three weeks I will go back to see my doctor. At that time he will review the levels I've recorded and see where we should go from here.

Other than that Olivia and I are both healthy! She is measuring right on track and her heart rate is good! My blood pressure continues to be low, but that's normal. I am so thankful that so far I have had such a healthy pregnancy. 

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 4:00pm 

Daddy: Jon's birthday was on Wednesday or this past week! It is a joy to be able to celebrate the day of Jon's birth. I am so thankful that God brought Jon into this world! He means so much to me and I am excited to begin this new phase of our lives as parents!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 25 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights  
How Far Along: 25 weeks 3 days   

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as an eggplant or 9.2 in, 2 lbs.  


Maternity Clothes: Yes! 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane    

Getting Ready: This past week, Jon and I rearranged the living room! I we spent a long time try to decide how to arrange the furniture. However, I think that the arrangement we came up with is just perfect!

Movement: Yesterday, Olivia was moving around like crazy. She can hear when I am talking to other people and she will start kicking me. I guess she just wants to be apart of the conversation too!

Sleep: I have been sleeping well other than the leg cramps that I have been experiencing.     

What I Miss: This week, for the first time this pregnancy, I began to wish that I had my old body back. I am enjoying being pregnant, so please don't misunderstand me. However, I just have a longing to be able to wear the clothes I used to wear.    

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment was last night when we got to watch the California Baptist University Choir and Orchestra in concert at our church! We watched these students perform last year and they were amazing! Jon and I were very excited that they were coming back again this year! The concert was amazing. Olivia loved the concert and was kicking and moving around the entire evening.

We also had two of these student spend the night at our home yesterday. It was such a blessing to be able to get to know these girls, even if it was for just a short period of time. I hope that they will all come back next year too!

Food Cravings: This week I've been craving ice cream. It is slowly starting to heat up here in Texas and a bowl of ice cream at the end of the night really hits the spot!     

Symptoms: There are lots of symptoms that I am experiencing. The major one this week has been leg cramps. I will wake up in the middle of the night with my leg all tight and cramping. I'm not sure if it is just my pregnancy or that I am starting to walk again after taking almost a week off.     

Due Date: August 28, 2012    

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 2:30pm 

Daddy: Jon continues to take care of us in the most amazing ways! This week I was really busy, so he has helped me clean the house and get ready for our visitors. It is such a blessing to know that I do not have to try and do everything on my own.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Grace Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Good


God wastes no time at all when He is trying to teach me something!

This morning, I read this devotional from  Proverbs 31 ministries. It's such a great devotional, please take time to read it! I know that I need to resist the funk and give grace to others. I was going to blog about how excited I was about being able to give others grace. I was going to challenge you all to join me and begin to show grace to everyone that you come in contact with.

While I was trying to write this blog post, I was interrupted with an issue at work. Immediately, I tensed up and explained to my coworker that there was not anything I could do about a particular situation. As soon as I finished my conversation with my coworker, God convicted me. Isn't that always how it happens?

I was so discouraged with the lack of grace I showed my coworker.

I am not perfect. As Lysa says, "I demonstrated the reason I can give grace is because I so desperately need it."

I'm glad that God reminded me that I need His grace just as much as the next person. I hope and pray that throughout the day, I will be able to show everyone grace. Not because of anything that I have done, but because of what God has done for me!

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Grace Doesn't Have To Be Perfect To Be Good
May 17, 2012
By Lysa TerKeurst

"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." Colossians 4:6 (NIV) 

I like this verse. I really do. It interrupts me. It redirects me.

But most of all it challenges me.

And the part that challenges me the most is the "full of grace" part. My conversations should be full of grace. In other words, the bulk of my words should be made up of grace towards the person with whom I'm conversing.

I don't know if you've ever tried this, but it's hard.

The other day I knew I was going to have a challenging day with one of my daughters. It was just one of those days where right from the start, I could tell she was going to push when I wanted to pull. She was going to go when I wanted to pause. She was going to take when I wasn't in the mood to give.

I just knew there was going to be a situation.

So, thinking on this verse, I said to myself, "full of grace Lysa. Absolutely full. Not partial. Not half way. But all the way grace."

With each response, I measured out lavish grace. Not that I didn't correct her, I did. But I did so in calm tones.

I looked for ways to lovingly reassure her. I held her hand. I let her see my pleasure in her through the expressions on my face. And I kept quiet when my nerves were begging me to do otherwise.

I did really well ... for a couple of hours.

And then I lost it. Completely.

I was so discouraged.

But as I think back on it now, that part of it is grace too. I demonstrated the reason I can give grace is because I so desperately need it. I asked for forgiveness and decided to resist my own funk begging me to sit and wallow in my messy humanity.

I dusted myself off, and whispered, "God help me. Please, please help me."

And I took one more step towards the grace I so desperately want to demonstrate.

I don't know who puts "grace" to the test in your life. But how might things be different if just for today you decided to resist the funk and give grace a try with them one more time?

Remember, grace doesn't have to be perfect to be good.

Dear Lord, thank You for Your amazing grace. I hope I show it with every conversation I have today. But when I blow it, thanks for giving me an extra measure of grace. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

My Mother-To-Be Day

As you all know, this past weekend was Mother's Day!!

Technically, I am not a mother yet. However, I have been caring for and loving my daughter for the last 25 weeks, so I think it's was okay to celebrate as a mother-to-be. In church I was overwhelmed with thankfulness to the Lord. I am so grateful that He has allowed me to be pregnant and care for my daughter. It is going to be an honor to be able to be Olivia's Mommy and I can't wait for her to get here.

I am so thankful to Jon for making this Mother's Day extra special for me! Here are just a few pictures we took with Jon's phone this year on Mother's Day.

Me and Olivia at 24 week 5 days
I received this Mother's Day flower in church! What a wonderful gift!

I'm been craving cinnamon rolls, so Jon took me out after church to get some!

For dinner, Jon made my favorite...potstickers! This dinner was way better than going to a busy restaurant!

Next year, will be even more amazing when I get to celebrate my first official Mother's Day with my baby girl!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 24 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights   

How Far Along: 24 weeks 3 days    

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as an eggplant or 9 in, 1.7 lbs.


Maternity Clothes: I am wearing maternity clothes and will continue to wear them until Olivia is born. God actually provided even MORE maternity clothes for me this week! A friend from church gave me a box of maternity clothes that I can use throughout the rest of my pregnancy. I am so thankful for God's faithfulness to provide for us during this time.   

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane 

Getting Ready: Jon's brother Josh is coming to live with us for a little while. Josh will be coming down to live with us toward the end of June. At the moment preparations for Olivia are on hold, because we need to get things ready before Josh comes. After Josh arrives we will shift our focus back to preparing for Olivia's arrival.     

Movement: Olivia moved around a lot this week. She was especially active on Sunday evening when Jon and I were in Frisco, TX watching a Major League Soccer game between FC Dallas and the Colorado Rapids. There were drums, screaming fans, and many other noises that had Olivia awake and moving throughout the entire game!


Sleep: Other than getting up every night at 2:00 am to use the bathroom, I am sleeping well. However, as my belly grows, I am getting to the point where I think I might have to add some extra pillows to my bed for me to cuddle with.  Thankfully, my friend Meagan let me borrow her full body boppy pillow to use throughout the rest of my pregnancy! If you do not know what I am talking about, please click here to check it out. 

What I Miss: This past Saturday, May 5, 2012, I had to work graduation at LeTourneau University. I am in charge of an awards ceremony and brunch that is held the morning before graduation. It was so frustrating that I could not lift anything. I was trying to show people how I wanted the room set up, but it was much more challenging than if I had been able to show them myself.     

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this week was when Jon and I bought our first gift for Olivia!! Up until  Monday, May 7, 2012, Jon and I have not bought anything for Olivia. The be honest we have not had to buy anything for her, because people have been so generous to give us gifts for our little one. However, while Jon and I were shopping in Lifeway last Monday we found the perfect gift for Olivia.

Jon and I bought Olivia her first Bible! I could not think of a better gift to buy for our daughter. We bought her "The Jesus Storybook Bible". We have even started reading it to her each night before we go to bed. I hope that we can read through the entire book before she is even born!


Food Cravings: Honestly, this past week I have been craving more sweets and chocolate. I am not sure why, but that's what I've been craving. It was so bad one night that I made Smores in the microwave with chocolate chips just so that I could have a taste of chocolate!     

Symptoms: Any pregnancy symptoms that I have are very mild. Thankfully, so far I have had an extremely healthy pregnancy.     

Due Date: August 28, 2012     

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 2:30pm 

Daddy: Jon is amazing! Please keep him in your prayers as he is going through some different transitions.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Desperate Enough


It was a very long weekend for me, which is why I did not post anything on my blogs yesterday. There were a lot of things on my schedule and to-do list that needed to get done this past weekend. I was tired from getting up early, staying up late, and traveling to and from Frisco, TX.  Being tired made me moody, so Jon and I were fighting most of the weekend.

To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. Even though I was overwhelmed I still did not come to Jesus! I did not go to Him in prayer and ask Him to be my source of strength for the things that took place this past weekend. Instead, I tried to do it all in my own power. To be honest, I didn't do a very good job on my own.

Why didn't I go to Jesus sooner? Why is it so hard to admit that I can't do something?

This morning's Proverbs 31 Ministries devotional was so encouraging to me! It reminded me that no matter how desperate I am, I can still come to Jesus! I pray that the next time life gets overwhelming, I will have the courage to reach out to Jesus and touch Him.

Is there something in your life that is too much for you to handle? Stop trying to do it in your own power and call on Jesus!

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Desperate Enough 
May 8, 2012
By, Glynnis Whitwer 

"She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped." Luke 8:44 (NIV 1984) 

Having three little boys in five years just about did me in. There was no such thing as a routine, as much as I tried to implement one. Just when I thought I had one behavior issue figured out, another one popped up.

Parenting books were somewhat helpful, but they didn't address how to manage three kids, with three unique personalities, at once. What worked for one didn't work for another. I was drowning and desperate.

My husband and I signed up for a parenting class at church, and received a glimpse of hope. We wanted more than one class, but there was no one to head up a parenting ministry. Our pastoral team was overwhelmed with existing responsibilities. Even though their hearts wanted to offer more, their time was limited. So when one of the pastors asked us to help out with the parenting ministry, we were desperate enough to say "yes."

As we stepped into a leadership role, we discovered most people declined to help, saying they didn't feel qualified. "Neither do we," we replied. But we were ready to try anything to get support, even revealing to everyone that we weren't perfect parents.

For the few years we led the parenting ministry we had to step far out of our comfort zone and risk much in order to get help. But it worked. As we shared our problems with other parents, we received wise counsel and practical suggestions that made a big difference.

Thousands of years ago there was another woman who was just desperate enough to get help. She had been bleeding for 12 years and no one could help her. But when Jesus came to her neighborhood, she was ready to try anything. I imagine she was embarrassed, and weakened because of her bleeding. She must have gathered every ounce of energy and courage to get to Jesus.

The Bible tells us there were crowds following Jesus that day. Yet somehow, this determined woman navigated her way through the masses to touch the cloak of Jesus, and the Bible tells us she was healed immediately.

In spite of all those people who must have been pressing up against Jesus, He knew someone had reached out and touched Him. As He stopped, the people stumbled into each other, turning their heads to determine what happened. In a gentle voice, Jesus asked, "Who touched me?"

After everyone denied it was them, the woman came trembling before Him. She told Jesus and the assembled crowd why she had touched Jesus and how He had healed her. Jesus then said to the women, "Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace."

Desperation causes people to do different things. Some people make wrong choices, believing their backs are against a wall. Some people go into hiding, hoping a problem will go away.

Yet others are desperate enough to do something risky and full of humility to get help. Sometimes God uses other people to help us, and sometimes He is the only One who has the answers.

In the difficult times we face, many of us have problems that push us to the point of desperation. It is my prayer that instead of desperation defeating you, it motivates you to seek help. Whether God Himself provides your deliverance, or He uses someone else, trust He already has a plan to help.

Dear Lord, only You know the desperation I feel right now. Only You see the troubles that weigh me down. I confess that I don't have the strength or wisdom to find an answer. However, I trust that You are already planning my deliverance. I trust in Your perfect timing. Please show me what to do next, and direct me to the source of help. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pregnancy Highlights: 23 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights   

How Far Along: 23 weeks 3 days 

Size of Baby Newsham: Our baby is as big as an ear of corn or 8.5 in, 1.5 lbs.

Maternity Clothes: Yep I am in maternity clothes! Although, I can still fit into some of my regular clothes, with the help of the BeBand. So, at this point in time, I am wearing a combination of both until my belly gets too big. 

Gender: Girl 

Name: Olivia Jane     

Getting Ready: There are only 116 days left until my due date! Should I be panicking? At this point in time I am not panicking, just trying to do everything I can to get ready for Olivia. I know that little by little, we will get everything done.

Most recently, I have been having a lot of fun designing my Timbuk2 diaper bag!! I love Timbuk2 bags!! After doing some research online, I discovered that I could a Timbuk2 diaper bag in place of a traditional diaper bag. This made me so happy, because I wanted to find a bag that I could continue to use even after my kids are out of diapers.

My Timbuk2 bag of choice is their medium Cargo Tote. I customized the bag myself and even added the shoulder strap. The picture below is the bag that I designed. I have not bought this bag yet, but I am looking forward to getting it sometime before Olivia gets here!


Movement: Olivia moves all the time! Her favorite times to move are about an hour after I eat. She also loves to go walking with me and remains active long after I have finished my walk. I cherish every movement that I feel, because I know that once she is here I will miss this feeling.     

Sleep: This past week my sleep has been okay. I am starting to get some leg cramps which have woken me up a few times in the middle of the night.    

What I Miss: I know you do not believe me, but I don't miss anything right now. I am sure that will change as I get bigger and more uncomfortable, but today is not that day.     

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment this week came on Monday, April 30, 2012 when we welcomed our second niece into the world!!

Charissa Ann Berger was born on April 30, 2012 at 7:30am. She weighs 7 lbs 0 oz and is 20 inches long. Everyone is doing very well!! 

Food Cravings: I do not have cravings very often. However, this week on Wednesday after choir I was really craving some Chick-Fil-A ice cream and french fries. I would not let Jon take me, because it was too late. However, maybe some time this weekend we can go get this, because it sounds so good.


Symptoms: I will not experience labor symptoms for a few more months and most of my other symptoms are pretty much the same as last week.   

Due Date: August 28, 2012    

Next Dr. Appointment: Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 2:30pm
I will take my glucose test that day, so please pray that I pass it!  

Daddy: This week Jon took me and Olivia flying with him to Memphis, TN!! To read more about it, click here. This was the first time that Olivia has ever been in an airplane!! I know that this is the first of MANY airplanes rides that Olivia will go on. However, it was so special to be able to go with Jon on his trip like this.


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