Wednesday, July 28, 2010

beautiful santa rosa

i'll let the pics speak for themselves, but we had an incredible week at the beach last week. it was SO HARD to go back to work this get back to the "reality" of the concrete jungle. but here we are, missing the beach! natalie loved bikeriding, the pool, going to play putt putt (because she got to ride the choo-choo train and the swings!), powdered sugar donuts at modica market and by the end of the week, had caught onto liking the beach alright. i loved watching her experience new things--the pure joy and happiness on her face. what a precious little blessing! i also had so much fun spending time with sweet baby molly. i've never gotten to spend a whole week with her, and what a doll she is. she was a true beach babe and loved the sand so much that she ate it! all in all, a fabulous week full of hot days and sweet family. no pictures of me, obviously, as at this point i officially feel like a beached whale. five weeks to go! hope you enjoy the photos...

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010


It rained this week...not for long, but it cooled down the evening so nicely that Natalie and Dave decided to head out and play in the puddles. The rain came Tuesday night. Wednesday brought sweet relief.
I finally took the LCSW exam on Wednesday morning...and passed! The past month has been full of studying and preparing...getting ready for the big test. For years, I've thought about having my LCSW, and I can't believe it's done. I passed. I am an LCSW. My heart pounded as I pressed the "submit" button after completing the test at the testing site on Wednesday. The baby was jumping in my belly from all of the anxiety. And then it flashed on the screen...PASS. Whew. What a relief, I tell you. Sweet, sweet relief.
I feel as if a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It is the culmination of years of practicing and being supervised. It is a goal achieved. I knew that I had better take that test before this new little one entered my life, as I was sure that life with two little bits would be even busier than life with just one--and there would be no time for studying. And now it's done. The rain has passed.
I have 7 weeks left until my due date. 7 weeks of being especially pregnant in the hot july and august months. But I will cherish these weeks of praying and preparing for my son's arrival. Because I have a lot to do in 7 weeks! And I'm having a little boy! I can't believe that John Harman Sprinkle will be here so soon. Now that my test is over, I can wholeheartedly prepare for this little blessing to enter our lives.
So I thank God for the rain. And for His blessings. And for giving me the wisdom to pass the test. And I pray that I will use my LCSW to honor Him as I continue to practice social work. And I pray that He would give me wisdom to be a mommy to a sweet little boy named John.
Today I learned some very sad news about a young and beautiful mother dying of breast cancer. It stopped me in my tracks. While I am experiencing relief, she is saying goodbye to her children. So I remember that life is a short and precious gift from our amazing God. I thank Him for today. For rain and relief. For love and joy, and the blessing of children. For forgiveness and redemption. And I thank Him because I know that there is life eternal through Him.

"Oh Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways...You hem me in, behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me...For you created my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well...All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be...Search me, O God, and know my heart. Test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Psalm 139

sweet friends


This summer, I've been keeping Tyler on Mondays and Natalie's been heading to Tyler's house on Tuesdays. It's been so much fun to see them play together. They were born one day apart, and Tyler's mom and I are both due for baby number two during the first week of September. What a blessing it has been to have Brook and Tyler as friends!!

my silly girl

natalie is always cracking me up these days! she wanted me to take her picture when she was all dressed up in her bathing suit top and ballet skirt...and her bunny ears of course!

fourth of july

tired after a l-o-n-g day, and waiting for fireworks!

natalie and tyler, mouths full of grapes

heading to pick up water balloons

watching the parade in lagrange on daddy's shoulders

jumping into the pool with pappy

waving at pappy driving the grand marshall of the parade

sweet molly in the wagon, lonnie doing the hard work!

look at our bigma, waving her flag! she is beautiful at 101!

checking out the fountain in downtown lagrange, one of nat's favorite spots

my new favorite pic!