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Photo Friday #49

Our 3 week old is giving us lots of sleepy smiles and even a few awake ones.

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Connor had lots of fun at a birthday party for a classmate last weekend.

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Josh went with Connor on his class trip to the new Lego Land in Boston.  Connor was so excited to go on this trip he had a hard time falling asleep the night before.  This boy loves legos!blog3 blog2

Makenna and I went to a ladies tea at church and sat with Josh’s mom and sister.  Makenna really enjoyed the tea, cookies and chocolate truffles!  I wasn’t brave enough to venture out with Reagan so she hung out with the boys at home.

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After bath time Reagan tried on a little robe that Makenna wore when she was a baby.

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Just in case you think Connor is the only one who holds Reagan, her sister loves to hold her too!blog5

Josh’s mom, Deborah Elena, holding our Reagan Elena.

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We also received a visit from my Uncle and Grandmother from NJ today!  We’re thankful we’re only a short drive from family and friends in NJ and that some of them have visited us!

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Photo Friday- Baby!

Reagan had most of my attention the past 2 weeks so I didn’t really even think about Photo Friday.  Now that she is 2 weeks old I’m feeling much better (thanks for your prayers!) and I’m ready to share some photos.

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Reagan has also met a bunch of other relatives like my brother Matt.  Matt and my parents drove up from NJ to meet Reagan last weekend.blog10

She also met Josh’s brothers, Jared and Adam, although we forgot to get a photo with her Uncle Adam.

blog11I’ve been trying to make sure our 3rd child doesn’t have less photographs than our other 2 (although there’s really no chance of that happening)!  If you know me, my camera is always nearby.  blog9 blog3Makenna and Connor were so excited to have snow the day before Thanksgiving which was also a half-day for them.  They had lots of fun all afternoon and went back out before our Thanksgiving celebration to make a snowman with Daddy.blog8 blog6blogblog2

 

A Lot to be Thankful For on Giving Tuesday

BrisbaneDuring this season of Thanksgiving and this season in our family’s life, we have a lot to be thankful for. If you had told us at the beginning of the year that we would be back in the US and have a new baby, we would have said you were crazy, but here we are. We got back to the US at the end of July so that Sarah could see an Obstetrician and visit friends and family before the two older kids would have to start school. We were so thankful that the doctor visits all went well. We are also thankful for the safety that we had during our travels overseas and here in the US driving up and down the east coast. Thankfully, the kids also did a great job transitioning to a new school in a new country.

blog5A week before Thanksgiving we had another reason to be thankful as we welcomed Reagan Elena Kitchen into our family. Both baby and mommy are healthy and happy. Reagan came into the world weighing in at 8 lb. 15 oz. and was born on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:23 pm. We were thankful for first-world healthcare, doctors and nurses. The kids have been so excited and we have to set a timer so they can take turns holding her. The encouraging emails, posts on Facebook, cards and gifts have also been a reason for thanks.

facebookFor the first time in as long as I can remember, we were able to spend Thanksgiving with my parents, sister, and both brothers. It was a fun time; although the kids had a tough time keeping everyone straight (evidence that we need to get together more often). Cap that off with a great Eagles win and the extended Kitchen family couldn’t have had more to be thankful for.

I just found out that today is #GivingTuesday. I had heard of Black Friday, and our last Thanksgiving in the US was followed by a Cyber Monday. Now I learn that there is Small Business Saturday and Giving Tuesday. What better day than on Giving Tuesday than to let our friends and family know that we have been averaging about half of our support that we need each month since we returned from Papua New Guinea. So if you or someone you know are looking for a place to give this Giving Tuesday, consider supporting our work helping Papua New Guineans translate God’s Word into their own language. All you have to do is follow the link below to go to our Wycliffe support page and set up a one-time or recurring gift.

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Introducing Reagan Elena Kitchen

After having been to the hospital with consistent contractions on November 6 and then having contractions all through the night again a week later we thought little miss Reagan would’ve arrived a little earlier.  However, Reagan Elena (Pronunciation E-LAY-nuh) finally joined us 4 days after her due date on Wednesday, November 19 at 9:23 p.m.  Her middle name was chosen after Josh’s mother, Deborah Elena.  She was a whopping 8 pounds 15 ounces and 20-1/2 inches long!

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So now we are a family of five!  Makenna and Connor are so in love with their baby sister and can’t stop kissing her and asking to hold her.  Every time Connor prays at dinner or bedtime he thanks God for giving us Reagan.
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Makenna was so excited to tell her class at school about her baby sister.  She had her cousin do a drum roll on a drum he brought in leading up to her big announcement!  This baby girl is very well loved and will always have hands that want to hold her!
blog8We came home from the hospital Friday.  It’s been a little bit of a rocky adjustment as we’ve had some feeding problems, we’re tired and I’ve had a worsening cold with a soar throat and nasty cough.  However, we’re so happy to have Reagan in our family and are so thankful for a safe delivery and healthy baby girl!  Thank you all for your well wishes!blog10blog

 

 

Photo Friday- Waiting

No baby yet, but she’s not due until tomorrow so maybe she’s just waiting for then.  I actually feel better this week than last week.  I had a blog all set and then we woke up to snow this morning!  The kids were so excited.  A couple weeks ago we got flurries on a Sunday afternoon, but it was just for about 2 minutes so they were a little disappointed.  I apologize to my friends who might be reading this from Ukarumpa.  Stop reading now if you are missing snow!  It was my favorite kind as it’s already started to melt.

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Earlier in the week I suggested we go into our yard and take some last pictures with me and the baby bump.  So, my belly is probably even bigger now.

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Photo Friday #46

Not many photos were taken this week.  Just nesting and waiting for baby going on here.  I posted last week before our Halloween fun so here you go.

We carved pumpkins before Josh returned from Texas.  Makenna cleaned and carved her pumpkin on her own.  Connor wanted nothing to do with touching the inside of his pumpkin.  Instead he just painted his.Connor Carving Cleaning Pumpkin CarvingCarved Pumpkins

The kids went out to get some candy with their cousins and friends.  Connor didn’t remember anything about Halloween and candy was a luxury in PNG so this was a very exciting night.Costumes1 Costumes2GroupHere’s how the baby belly looks this week.  I’ll be 39 weeks tomorrow!  SONY DSC

Photo Friday #45

My parents drove up from NJ last weekend and we had a really nice visit with them. They were able to watch Connor play soccer.  When we got home my dad played hockey (with stick horses and a matchbox car), wiffle ball, football and even raked.  You’d think Connor would be ready for a break after all that that boy still had energy left!SONY DSC SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC

After sports I made sure we got a few more pictures with our beautiful pile of leaves!SONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSC

We also participated in a missions conference at Fairlawn CRC.  They had a nice dinner Saturday night to thank the church for their support of missions and then Josh and I were able to show pictures and share about our life and ministry in PNG.  Sunday morning Josh preached a sermon on “Models for Missions”.   I didn’t get a good picture of it, but it was so nice to see the PNG flag hanging Sunday morning while Josh preached!blog

The kids have been wanting to make cookies.  I’ve been torn between feeling too tired to do much of anything and wanting to do a lot and create special memories before baby #3 joins us.  This day I got the energy to make sugar cookie dough and the kids enjoyed shaping, decorating and of course eating cookies!

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Makenna enjoyed painting the boys’ faces for the Eagles game on Sunday and Connor was happy to match daddy now that he was given an Eagles jersey too!

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I’m thankful Baby K has cooperated and stayed put while Josh has been in Texas this week.  We’re excited for Josh to return home tonight!

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