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Monday, July 25, 2011

We Have a Name!

We decided on a name - about an hour before we left the hospital...

Kaylee Aveolela

I think it suits her perfectly!

Kaylee comes from a combination of family names on my side (Kay is a middle name for several female relatives and Lee is my dad's middle name). Plus, we have always liked names starting with a "K".

Aveolela is Samoan and it means rays of sun. It's pronounced "ah-veh-oh-leh-la". I LOVE the meaning for several reasons. One, she was born in the summer. Two, this birthing experience was definitely a bright spot in my emotional struggles that lingered from my first birthing experience. And lastly, I hope and pray she can be rays of sunshine for the Lord!

I am recovering well and feel SO much better this time around! I promise to post my birth story soon. :)
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Thursday, July 21, 2011


I am pleased to announce the birth of our second daughter, born this afternoon at 2:15pm. She was a whopping 10 lbs and 3 oz - which was definitely a shock! Even after the doctor saw her, she guessed 8 lbs 8 oz. :) God was so good and allowed me to have the natural vbac I desired. Praise God for this precious gift! Oh, and we still haven't decided on a name. :)
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Friday, July 15, 2011

Anything for Fashion

So my sweet daughter has always loved her brown Disney princess boots. My sister-in-law, Kari, and brother-in-law, Stephen, got them for her about a year ago. Since they are a size 5, she wasn't really able to wear them much this past winter. She's now currently in a size 5 shoe (some size 6) but obviously, it's a bit hot for boots.

Today has been a VERY unusual day as far as weather - overcast and barely 70 degrees (a nice break from the heat advisory 100 temps earlier this week!). Ri found her prized boots in her room before nap and got frustrated trying to put one on herself. I asked if she wanted help, to which she promptly replied, "ses sir" (yes sir...we're still working on ma'am). I tried to get it on her foot, but it was a bit small and I was afraid I'd hurt her. So I told her they were too small.

Break-down of the century!!!!

So I tried again and stuffed her foot inside. Her mood instantly changed. She never did care to find the other boot and was very quick to show her Daddy her pretty boot. She walked around with one boot on for a good 30 minutes before nap time. As soon as she got up from her nap this afternoon, can you guess what the first thing she said was - "boot, boot!!"

I think she may wear them to bed if we let her.
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Thursday, July 7, 2011

What a Difference a Month Makes

After "the great flood" this was my living/dining room about a month ago:

This was my living/dining room this morning:

I LOVE the new floors. They're actually laminate but look like we got the look of hardwoods but the durability of laminiate. The Lord was very good to us financially through all of this. Since Septtro did the labor himself, we were able to save a significant amount of money and actually had no out-of-pocket cost. Yes, it was a huge inconvenience but we got a new floor and new washer. :)

In addition to replacing the floors, molding, etc, we had some field mice get into our house. Plus there was a lot of dust everywhere. Honestly, I was a little afraid that we wouldn't get the house put back together by the time the baby came. But just yesterday, I finished my last absolutely-must-do-before-baby-comes task (with the help of my friend Kris and my mom!). I'm so thankful to the Lord for his care for us throughout well as for my parents as we stayed with them for 44 nights before moving back into our house this past Friday.

So...I'm ok if baby girl wants to come now. We're ready for you!