Friday, September 5, 2014

Our Farm is Growing!

My Farmer and I have been making plans to grow our farm over the past several years and today, I'm proud to announce that over the last 23 weeks we've been incubating a very special genetic variety that we can't wait to see how it yields around January 2nd.

Did I confuse you or do you get how we're growing our farm?

My Farmer and I are expecting our third child this winter!  This pregnancy has been so much fun and we love how excited the kids (mainly LP but MP is excited too - mainly because LP is...) are.  LP gives the baby a kiss and hug daily and already has big plans to build a snowman with MP and the baby this winter.

To answer questions you might be having:

  • We didn't find out the gender and will be "surprised", just like we did with our previous two pregnancies.
  • LP wants another baby sister but he tells everyone that God is the one who chooses if we have a boy or a girl.
  • For a couple of months we will have three kids ages 3 and under.
  • And even though that seems very close, because of the kids' birthdays they'll be every other year in school.
  • I have been feeling very well this pregnancy and hope/plan for that to continue the rest of the time.

Baby Bump 23 Weeks

And now I need your help.  What should our nickname for this baby be?  Our son's nickname during the pregnancy and continues today on the blog is LP (standing for Little-Our Last Name) and our daughter's nickname is MP (standing for Mini-Our Last Name).  Now we don't have to keep up with _P for a nickname but that is possible if we hear some good ideas.  I just want to give the baby something else to call it other than, "the baby".  So leave your ideas down below in the comment section and remember to Comment for a Cause!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Comments for a Cause - Hampton Public Library

Happy Labor Day!  I hope you all were able to enjoy and relax for at least a little bit today.  Since it is the 1st of the month, it is time to talk about Comments for a Cause.  In the month of August I had a total of 26 comments, equally a $13 donation to the ELCA Malaria Campaign.

In the month of September I'm looking forward to donating $0.50 for every comment to the Hampton Public Library and their current projects they have going on right now to make the library more user friendly, including a new entrance to the the Children's Library & improved parking lot.

Hampton, Iowa Public Library

I have talked about my family's love and appreciation for our local public library in the past and thought what better way to promote our library, as well as encourage everyone to use their local library through this month's Comments for a Cause program.

I grew up going to my hometown's library and participating in "Story Time" as a child, and I have continued the tradition with my children.  I started taking LP to the library when he was just a couple of months old and MP's first trip to the library was at age Day 6.  We are so lucky to have such a great library just 15 miles away.  If you live in North Iowa or travel through, I encourage you all to visit the Hampton Public Library.  This Carnegie Library offers a wide variety of services for all ages, including these fun and unique things: book clubs, public computers (including a bilingual AWE computer), interlibrary exchange program (they'll borrow a book, movie, etc. from another library for you if they don't have it), eBooks, youth drama club and LP's favorite - children's "Story Time" (which is held on Tuesday nights and Wednesday mornings).

Currently, the Hampton Public Library is celebrating 125 years serving Franklin County.  And what makes this year even more special, is that the Library is currently working on creating a new entrance and access to the Children's Library, as well as improving the parking lot and adding a courtyard for the library patrons.  My family visits the library on a regular basis and I can't think of a better way to give back to this great service for our community than supporting their efforts through Comments for a Cause.

Do you have a library card?  Do you participate in programs at your local library?  If not, I encourage you all to sign up for a library card and see what your local library all offers.  If you have children, I especially hope you check out your local library's children's programming.  (And if you're in the Franklin County, Iowa area, be sure to check out Story Time, it starts up October 7th and 8th.)  Remember to Comment for a Cause!