Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Home Sweet Home

We are home and it's GOOD TO BE BACK! I've definitely been enjoying the tastes of Texas! And it's been quite a convenient time, as I have really noticed my appetite increasing these last two weeks! I'm 18 weeks today and GROWING. :)

Yesterday was my first day "out and about" on my own. Brian had some things to do, so I borrowed my mom's car and went driving wherever I wanted! I checked out the Conroe shopping scene after grabbing an iced Passion tea from Starbucks. I hit up Hobby Lobby just to do some browsing and happened upon the YARN isle where there was a huge sale... all this yarn for only $1.99! This was VERY convenient for me, since I have been crocheting a baby blanket with some multi-colored yarn my mom sent to me in Africa. I had been wanting to get some orange yarn to go with it and there it was... 2 rolls of the exact same brand as my multi-colored yarn--on sale! I bought that up! Now that I'm home, I work on the blanket during late night conversations with my parents, at prayer meetings, and at band practice. It's coming along nicely!

After Hobby Lobby, I headed over to Old Navy, TJ Maxx (THAT is the place to get everything!), and random shoe stores... I was behaving myself and not spending money though I would have liked to buy the whole world! Need to wait 'til we have some sort of income before I start depleting the small savings we're floating on right now. It was still fun to look around though.:)

Then, I headed toward the Outlet Mall, where I browsed the Motherhood maternity store. (I actually tried on a pair of pants that were too SHORT for me. That has NEVER happened before! EVER!) My last stop was Carter's which I had been hearing about from new mommy friends, and I looked around for a while before deciding that I HAD to buy at least one thing for my baby (my first baby purchase ever). Isn't this cute!?!

All in all, it is WONDERFUL to be back home in the U.S.A. Brian and I are seeking God's direction for this next season of our lives, and we can't wait to see what He has in store. For now, we are staying at the Crouse House (THANK YOU MOM AND DAD!) and taking care of the small things that are in our hands until we know a little bit more about our future living/working situations. Please keep us in your prayers.

Here are a few bonus pics of us during our layover in London on the way home.
We rode the underground "tube" into central London and froze as we walked around trying to soak it all in... We ate at a little hole in the wall GENUINE Italian restaurant, and the food was VERY tasty... but I couldn't help feeling self-conscious that I didn't know how to use a fork and knife "properly". :) Here we are:

FUN TIMES!

19 comments:

Hannah Elizabeth said...

well you look very happy in those london pics. that was many long hours before you landed on our shores looking slightly less awake. :)

unfortunately, the pics of whatever you bought your baby didn't show up... just boxes with question marks. hohum.

so glad you are back in the u s of a, my sister. just listened to your message a few hours ago that you left me last night/this morning. how great that you can just call me up any old time! how very unusual!

love you!

Melissa said...

VERY fun times! You are looking awesome, Lindsey! So glad you are enjoying being back in the States! We'll be praying for clear direction for you!

Cara's Jeans said...

Awesome!!! Is your phone number the same? I would like to call you sometime soon to say aloha. :) I'm coming home this weekend so I'll be at church on Sunday for Easter- hope to see you there?

Mama PC said...

hannah, that baby you're referring to up there is YOUR NIECE!!! can you believe it? You're going to be Lindsey's baby's AuntTannah!

Thanks Lindsey Lou for posting... we love to see pics and hear your stories (even though I have the blessing of you guys living here for now)...

Mama PC said...

Dott(er) and Grand Dott(er)

What goes around comes around.... Meme will smile when she sees the colors of yarns you're choosing for your baby blanket! She will remember the agony of me, as a child, wanting to buy ORANGE patent-leather Easter shoes! to go with... well, i didnt' have anything to go with those ORANGE shoes... but I LOVED the brightness of the color orange on my feet! Happy told Meme that if I loved those shoes that much, that I should be able to have them... and so, I got ORANGE Easter shoes...and had to wear them every Sunday til i outgrew them...

(Meme - go back up and look at the yarn pictures... See that travel iron in the back? - that's the travel iron you bought for me when I went away to college back in 1978!) things have a way of showing back up, don't they?)

Lindsey, your little girl baby will be the liveliest little blessing this side of heaven and will LOVE that new blanket. i LOVE IT TOO!!! the colors are GREAT!

Beth said...

i love the blanket colors and the texture. it looks great. are you also wearing the blanket around london with you?

Sami... said...

I love the colors of your blanket!
I need to learn how to knit...it probably comes in handy...
(p.s. I was referred here by your mom :) )

Deborah said...

How wonderful! You look great! And you sound great! I'm so excited for you and your little family. I will be praying for you guys...that God will show his direction for your lives. In the meantime, I would love to get together. Maybe you can teach me to crochet...since I have oh so much freetime to do this!! :)

Lindsay said...

lin you are here!! those beenie pics of you remind me of 8th grade and convention. you look great. Look at that baby belly!

I have two bags of stuff for you now :) Hopefully some of it will come of use for you.

♪essica said...

lookit your blanket and your belly and your cuteness.... OH THE GOODNESS.

lindsey brooke said...

ahahaha--yes, i AM wearing that blanket around london! at that time, it was still small and the perfect size for a scarf which really came in handy since we didn't bring warm things to AFRICA with us! :)

Shannon2-24 said...

growing, growing!! cute!
the blanket makes me think of popsicles!! so bright & sweet! goes well with the rainbow bib.

sweet London memories captured!

you feeling her kick or jump yet??!
you'll looooove it!

alicia said...

Thanks cousin for the sweet comment. Your belly looks super cute. And I love the scarf/baby blanket. I need you to teach me how to do that. That looks like fun and so sentimental too. Hope you are doing well and we are happy that you are back home in Texas. See ya soon sometime.

lindsey brooke said...

when i crochet the blanket, i always think of snowcones with every changing color! yay for popsicles!

i can't tell if i've felt the baby yet... i feel all kinds of strange things... but not like what people describe at the "flutter" or whatever... i definitely feel my "round ligaments" stretching though... :)

Jenny said...

yay for being home cousin! your belly is just the cutest thing ever. i love the blanket you are knitting too...BEAUtiful. hope to see you soon!

Mama PC said...

we want MORE!

Joe and Melissa said...
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Joe and Melissa said...

we miss you guys!!! some days we drive by akiba and it's still closed or some nights we think of calling you guys and you aren't here. you are greatly missed and loved here! ps:your blanket is looking great! I learned how to make hats about a week ago...it's fun!!

Joe and Melissa said...

oh your comments brought me so much joy! you are so missed and loved and I want to send you things! can you email me your mailing address? melissasuecarter@gmail.com