took off for our honeymoon in Arizona,
and immediately after returning from our honeymoon, Shawn got a call from a pastor down in Phoenix, offering him a job as a youth pastor. We flew down for the interview process in May. He got the job, and we moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in July, 1999.
We spent 2 years down in Phoenix at a church called Horizon Presbyterian Church.
Shawn was the youth pastor there, and I was the worship leader.
I also worked as a secretary at Mountain Park Community Church, which was just a mile down the road from Horizon Presbyterian.
In February of 2000, we had our first pregnancy and miscarriage.
It was the start of a long and very painful journey that would eventually lead us to our most awesome blessing, Charlie.
One of the coolest things was that Shawn's sister, Christine, found out she was pregnant, too, right about the same time. At this time, my sister, Melissa, and my other sister-in-law, Maryann, were both pregnant, as well. And we were all 4 having BOYS! We never did get a shot of all 4 bellies, but here's one of Christine and me, our due dates were just 3 weeks apart:
Some more pregnancy pics:
One of Charlie's showers:
I was admitted to the hospital to be induced on Thursday, October 27, 2005. The induction went on for three INCREDIBLY LONG, PAINFUL days of contractions and failed epidurals and they finally had to just go in and cut our chubby boy out on Sunday, October 30, at 3:25 am.
And there he was, 10 pounds, 8 ounces of pink, screaming, fat, but incredibly adorable baby!
Needless to say, we love him to pieces!
From birth on, Charlie has grown and grown and GROWN! Today, at 20 months old, over 36 pounds, and wearing a size 4T, he still has yet to drop under the 95th percentile for both height and weight! He is so far off the charts that all our doctor can tell us is that he is "Over the 99th percentile, that is for sure".
1 month old, 14 pounds:
2 months old, 18 pounds:
3 months old, 22 pounds:
4 months old:5 months old: 6 months old, 26 pounds:
7 months old:
8 months old:
9 months old:
TO BE CONTINUED...