Memorial Day Weekend (Baby's First Ascent!)

5.31.2016
^^Our racket enjoying some homemade chocolate chip cookies on the bridge!
Ryan, Owyn, Oliver, Addy, Levi, Lorren, Kendra, Jed, and Abram.^^

The big holiday weekend and kickoff to summer couldn't come soon enough for both Bron and me!  We had a long week here.  Bron had a work trip in Denver while I held down the fort by my pregnant self here at home.  Wednesday felt more like Friday for both of us but we still had two more work days to endure!  In fact, I don't remember what we actually did on Friday night.  I'm pretty sure we just crashed after putting the kids to bed.  However, the party began first thing Saturday morning and we played hard all weekend long!

Saturday morning I agreed to run "shuttle service" for both Bron and his friend Aaron.  They rode their mountain bikes down Third Fork.  The little boys and I hiked and explored around the bottom of the trail until they arrived back.  In fact, the trail was in such amazing condition, that the guys decided to run it TWICE!  I was dyyying of jealousy.  This whole growing a baby thing requires some sacrifice, you know.  Of all the things I miss most, getting on my bike for an adrenaline pumping ride is near the top of the list.  "Next year," I keep chanting to myself because safety trumps risking injury.  But the whole morning was a win-win for all of us after all, I think.  I truly enjoy getting out of the house and into the sunshine with my little boys!

Afterwards, I was the one who came home and napped for two hours!  Sounds a little backwards, right?  Totally.  Bron took the boys with him to the hardware store to buy a long-awaited weed whacker while I snoozed at home.  Thanks, Honey!  He's great.  I think I'll keep him.  :)

Then that night we enjoyed a barbecue with the Horsleys and roasted marshmallows over a fire in the backyard.  Annnd to top it all off, my friend Amy and I got to sneak to the store for some late night shopping.  Pretty perfect day, right?  Absolutely.  But that was just the beginning...

Baby Bump Ahead!

5.21.2016
 ^^Posing with baby #3 in the evening at 11 weeks and 6 days.^^

The rumors are true!  And I'm so thrilled I want to shout it from the rooftops because just when I thought it would never happen again... it is!  Baby Nelson #3 is due to join our family somewhere around November 19, 2016.  I'm already head over heels in love.

It's been a perplexing and emotional two year journey to get this far.  We've wanted to add to our family since around February 2014.  But for no reason in particular, I've had trouble getting pregnant.  Hormones?  Stress?  The will of God?  I suspect the reasoning is a combination of all three of those things.  When I sadly miscarried a baby last April, my world was turned upside-down.  That was something I wasn't prepared for at all.  I had high hopes of conceiving again, but as the months passed by, I began to doubt.  That unfulfilled desire for a baby ate at my heart and soul.

I guess you could say the last two years have been a quiet trial for both Bron and me.  I've learned a lot though: from gaining more compassion for other women who struggle with fertility to gaining more faith to trust in my Heavenly Father's love and timing for me.  And fortunately, I've never felt completely alone.  There are plenty of women in my own circle of friends and family who can relate--even in some small way--and their smiles and words have brought comfort.  I'm grateful for that.  I'm very much looking forward to putting this all behind us in November and moving on to some new challenges!  :)

Anyway, the new year found me making big plans: plans for the second bedroom, plans for another big bike race, plans for an epic trip to Hawaii!  I finally came to terms with the idea of "just" raising two healthy little boys and being completely content with that.  On my visit to Arizona in March, family asked several times if I was pregnant.  I responded, "Nooo!"  Apparently, I was in for a big surprise. I was already pregnant; I just didn't know it yet.