Wednesday, July 25, 2007


we are the schilperoorts. this is our home. come on in. come stay for a while.

that is what runs through my head when i look at this picture (thanks annie for taking this...we are so bad at documenting). we are still just LOVING our place and our new neighbors. God has placed us in a real community, and we are excited to see what it looks like to love on them and be loved, and to share our lives together.

casey and i, before thinking, gobbled up our first tomatoes last night without taking their picture. two, beautiful cherry tomatoes that were calling our names. our backyard has just been a haven, and we cannot wait to have it just the way we want it - overflowing with produce from our garden, a nice rock patio, complete with inviting table and chairs and candles and, no stray cats visiting. i have heard that cayenne pepper keeps them at bay, so, i now have a red border around our yard. we will see how effective it is.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

the latest

i had an appointment today, and as the apprentice midwife that will be at our birth walked into the room, she said "wow. you have grown." only in pregnancy is it acceptable to comment on someone's size, and tell them "they have grown." i love it!!!

so, without further ado. the appointment we had with our midwives today went really well, and provided much reassurance, as well as info, about what birth could like for us. at our follow up ultrasound last week, we learned that my placenta was still somewhat low lying (for those that i haven't talked to, my placenta was close to the cervix, providing for some difficulties with having natural childbirth. with it being too close to the cervix, it causes the placenta to tear away during labor, causing bleeding for the mother and depleting the amount of oxygen to the baby), discouraging at best. but, after talking with our midwives today, we (and i must admit, i) feel very much reassured. although it is still low lying, it is within a range that the technician noted as "doubtfully significant," and, that my midwives do not feel is anything to worry about. they did mention that with it still being within four centimeters of the cervix, it will cause more bleeding during labor and delivery than what they would usually see, but they assured me that it will not come as a surprise, and it will not be something that they will be ill prepared for.

so, all that to say, we will continue with the plan to have the baby at the birthing center. after thinking about the whole situation, i feel even more comfortable having it at the center, knowing that we have three women who will be focused solely upon the health of our baby, myself, and the situation, staying with us the whole time. i feel comforted knowing this is all these women do, deliver babies, and that they excel at their jobs.

thanks for your prayers everyone. thank you, mom, for taking it upon yourself to start a chain of people in prayer for our family. please continue to pray as we get closer and closer.

Monday, July 16, 2007


that is casey's new legal name. he has done nothing but projects over the last month or so, including but not limited to - building a a two compartment compost bin (yes, joel and naomie, we are getting even more hippie), clearing a space and filling, our raised garden bed, helping our friend lay part of their patio, shovelling sand for our soon to enjoy patio, and on and on. the latest... casey assembled the crib last night for the baby. yes, it might be a bit ancient (it was the crib all three of us, my siblings and i, used as babies), yes, it did not come with directions and there are various, unexplained metal parts, but he did it. we now have an assembled crib in our guest/baby's room, only to leave us with the dilemma of how to squeeze it all in. i even put a happy crib sheet on it to look inviting. below, the documentation of the whole project....

my stud did good.

Thursday, July 5, 2007


for all those that have been waiting (especially jaime's mom.... love you diane.)
the belly, at 16 weeks
and at 19 weeks.


and at 29 weeks.

this is the current one, at 33 weeks. seven more weeks to go, and counting.