Monday, January 23, 2012

Some thoughts and news on this Monday

As I wait for Olivia to return from DC after joining in the March for Life today, I thought I'd take a moment to write some thoughts down. First of all, I am so proud of my teenage daughters who fully embrace their faith and are as horrified at the idea of abortion as I am. It literally leaves a sick feeling in my stomach and an ache in my heart when I think about all those babies. Both of my older girls have attended the March for Life several times. One day, I hope to have the chance to be there too.

Sophie did not go this year, but she had a good excuse. She is out of the country. A little over a week ago, we loaded up in the van and drove her to the airport to start the adventure of a lifetime. She will be studying in Austria this semester. It is still so odd to think about how far away she really is. I was grateful for the distraction of keeping up with three little ones in an international airport to keep me from completely losing it. It was still more than heart-rending to watch her turn and go through that gate all by herself.

Remember that little announcement about how the Army thought Alaska should be our next duty station? Well, I have some exciting news. Some very nice person infomed us that there is such a thing as senior-year stabilization for families whose children are wanting to finish high school at their current school. We applied for and were granted said stabilization! That means that we can remain here until mid 2013! I tell you I am fervently praying that Alaska does not still need a tuba player then.

I am also glad that our assignment has been postponed because it would have been very interesting travelling all the way to Alaska with a newborn. I have been both excited and nervous to share this news with you. I think once you have a miscarriage it is always scary announcing a new baby. However, I am hoping that all of you will pray for this new little one along with me.

Here is Jack's idea of what is going on in my tummy: (the circle is my stomach and that is the baby)

Here is what we saw 2 weeks ago:

Baby number 7 is due mid August!


  1. Yay! Yay! Yay! Therese and Joe aren't too far apart in age and now our next little ones won't be far apart either! Congratulations!!!

    1. I thought about that when I saw your announcement! Pretty neat, huh?

  2. OH, such good news!!!!!! Congratulations and many blessings and prayers for you!!!

  3. So happy for you. That's awesome news! Congratulations, and I am glad you don't have to make the move.

    PS wish my father's company had had senior stabilization. We moved from FL to OH mid-senior year!

  4. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!! So happy for you on both announcements, but particularly your new little one! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

  5. So much good news! So proud of your girls, and know that any child born into your family is blessed.

  6. Congratulations! I know you're not sorry to see Alaska postponed. Be well!

  7. Dear Jenny....YAY!!!!!!!!! on the new baby!!! and I am so relieved that you won't be going all the way to Alaska. It makes me really glad that they granted you the stabilization and also to know that the Army does, in fact, try to listen to families' needs. I am so happy for your daughter who is studying in Austria. My husband went there for a season, and while he was there, traveled to all the holy pilgrimage sites in Europe. We will still look at his pictures together and he'll tell me funny stories. It was a great experience for him and gave us a sort of connection when we first met, because I grew up in Switzerland, but was not Catholic, and have never been to any of the holy places. Funny that my American husband has been to all of them! Jenny, you and the little one will be in our daily prayers.

  8. Congratulations!!! I am so excited for you! I'll be sending up many prayers for you and your sweet littlest one.