Monday, February 18, 2008

Trip to Texas

Well, hello everyone! I am taking a turn blogging because Yvonne is eight months pregnant, and lately, I am doing things I just don't normally do. What things you might be asking? Well....I am running to the freezer to get cups of ice for her to munch on, arranging pillows in a comfortable manner, comparing the various pros and cons of differing onesies, and discussing crib color schemes. Oh yeah, and then running back to the fridge for more ice..... My favorite phrases now begin with, "Umm...can you..." I wouldn't trade it for anything though! Fun stuff I say.

A little update: Yvonne is doing great, while she is still considered high risk because of her blood clot, the pregnancy is progressing normally. Little Elise (yes, I am officially refering to her by her first name these days) is doing great! I am forbidden from rubbing Yvonne's tummy in public, but every now and then I sneak in a quick hello to my little girl! Yvonne was released from Young Womens a few weeks ago. I am proud of her, and while she won't admit it--she did awesome things for those young girls. But now, a little rest is in order for the next few months. We have been blessed with great gifts from showers etc, and are almost "ready" for her to arrive. I say almost cause I don't think anyone is actually really ready for the event.

For us, life these days is a little crazy. I have been accepted to the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Syracuse, and I just got back from an interview down at Texas Tech that I really enjoyed. I should hear back from both Texas Tech and BYU in the next few weeks as well. It's an exciting time as decisions on where we will live for the next 2-6 years are being made. Want to hear something cool though? Whenever I start to get stressed out about it all--I just think of my pregnant wife and little girl, and it all washes away! I have found that the family can be a source of great comfort and strength. Almost, as if, there was a grand plan behind it? Hmm.... Anyway, we should know in a month where we will be headed: Syracuse, New York; Lubbock, Texas; or Provo, Utah.

Last Tuesday, Yvonne and I went to speak to a group of girls who are, or have been pregnant, and are considering adoption or keeping the child. Yvonne rocks! I love to watch her talk, bear testimony, and give advice at these events. She really is amazing, and I realize the importance of this type of work in general, and of adoption in particular.

Ok, well, that's about it. I do want to say thank you to all of Yvonne's friends and family who are doing so much to help her/us out!! One last thing, while I was at the Dallas Ft Worth airport I picked up the Dallas Cowboy onsie. I don't care if it's not girl colors!!!


Janet said...

Thanks for keeping the blog going. I hope the next few weeks go by quickly and that everything goes well! Good luck with everything. It sounds like you have a lot of exciting things going on!

Traci said...

Glad to hear things are going well for you guys. Great of your hubby to keep us posted!!
Love the cute name you picked for you girl!
I think that is great about you speaking to other young girls in pregnant situations- I bet you were fab for sure!
Hey- that would be cool if you guys came to New York!!! I would have to visit!! Now I just need to find out how far away Syracuse is from me. Good Luck~!

Devri said...

Yeah an update!!! I'm so glad to hear that things are going well for you and Yvonne! What a beautiful name you have chosen! You guys have a lot of exciting things going on right now. Keep the blog updated for us! Give Yvonne my love!

dezertgirlaz said...

Yay for the Drake Family! Good job stepping up too Captain Jim! Good luck with the college choices, you guys will have a great time where ever you go. Oh and big kudos on the Cowboys onesie little Elise will definitely look very good in that! Give Yvonne a big gentle hug for me and keep us posted on where you go.

aaron said...

Exciting! Hope the little one comes soon! We would love to see you come to NY! We are in Buffalo. Good luck everything!

Matt and Erica Johnston said...

Elise is such a lovely name!! Good job and keep the ice're a good man. After spending 4 years in Philly, my vote is for Syracuse- the east is so awesome to experience! Congrats all around!

LINDSEY said...

Hi Yvonne! This is Lindsey, the wife of the guy that Jim stayed with when he interviewed at Tech. :) We sure enjoyed hosting Jim and have been wholeheartedly rooting for you guys to pick Texas! Good luck with your upcoming delivery...Elise is a beautiful name.

Amy, Spencer, and Kids said...

I love to see a good man post. Way to go Yvonne! I wish you both the best and can't wait to see the princess pictures when she arrives.