Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Goodbye Big Belly ... Hello Big Baby!!

He has arrived!

(Sorry this took so long to get up; first day of non-zombie status!)

Aiden Zachary Harrist arrived on Friday morning at 6:50 am.

Being that nothing about this pregnancy was the same as it was with Christopher, Aiden decided to let his personality be known and chose when he would come into this world, rather than waiting for the surgeons to let him know! Maybe I finally have someone else in my house that has issues with always needing to be early. Hmm we'll see.

But on to the more important stuff. He weighed in at an hefty 9 lbs, 1 oz and has the chubbiest cheeks. He was 20 1/2 inches, only 1/2 inch shorter than Christopher. He won the hearts of our nurses very quickly and us as well.

Christopher adores his little brother and has already gotten very protective of him.

For now, enjoy the pictures! (and no judging the chubby, tired mommy look either. ;) )

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's in the air...

My fellow Texans.... I have a rumor that needs to be addressed here and now because, frankly I could not believe it myself.

That mythical season known around the world as "fall" or "autumn" does in fact exist. Not only does it exist, but it is marked not by the coming of football season and tailgate parties, but by actual weather change and the turning of leaves!

I know, it is shocking, and we were not prepared for it when it happened to us last week, but it is true, and it is beautiful!

We first noticed that the mornings were getting a bit cooler. Almost needed a jacket in the mornings. Then, one day, we noticed a tree that was no longer green by fiery red. Magnificent!

I will be posting a photo of our backyard, and as it changes colors, we will keep you updated with the progress of fall in our little slice of New England.

But, you know that this can't be a post just about a changing season; not with all the change going on in our lives right now.

Change has become almost an anthem in the Harrist household over the last year. First, I changed careers (actually started following what the Lord had called me to, what a blessing).

Then we found out we would be changing from a family of 3 to a family of 4. The last change was that we were going to be removing ourselves from Texas to New Hampshire. This was probably the biggest shocker of them all.

We have now completed one full month in New Hampshire and I must say it has gone much better than expected. We have explored some, and are finding our way around. We think we have found a church home as well.

Next comes the change to a family of 4. Since I survived the move to the north, I am now very much nervous for this one. It has been so long since there has been a baby around.

But the one thing that has been consistent thru all of this change has been trust. Not little trust, but big TRUST has been required of all of us in the Harrist household, even down to Christopher.

We have learned so much about TRUST and what it means to really rely on the Lord through all of this. He has shown us time and again that we cannot make it through these changes without Him right by our side.

Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you. Psalm 9:10

Trust in the Lord with all of your heart... Proverbs 3:5

So many of you have been right beside us as we have sought His face during all of this, reminding us through it all that we must remain in Him and TRUST that He is in control. We have been daily reminded that there is nothing that is a surprise to Him. I remember that daily and am so thankful in His sovereignty.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Busy, busy weekend

We are really starting to find our way around our new home state. This weekend we did some more exploring for our shopping and leisure needs. On Saturday, we headed up to Maine, only a short 20 minute drive away, for some outlet shopping and lobster. Shopping there was pretty much a bust, but Christopher's new favorite is lobster, and since it is so cheap here, we can indulge him every now and again.

We also spent some time that day getting ready for Aiden's arrival. I am finally feeling like we may be about ready for this kiddo. Just a few more things to do and then he can at least come home and we can fill in the gaps.

Sunday was rest day and then on Monday we did one of our new favorite activties - the Pick Your Own farm (or PYO as it is known around here). The last of the fresh blueberries are out and there are some yummy peaches as well. This will definitely become a Harrist family staple year round. I am looking forward to the 20th so very much as that is when we can go and pick our own Honeycrisp apples right from the tree. YUM!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Today we made a mess..

And had the best time doing it!

We made blueberry muffins from scratch. Definitely a first in the Harrist household.  

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Who let this happen?

It happened today. My little boy officially started school. 

Today Christopher started Kindergarten and broke my heart by continuing to grow up right in front of my eyes.  Isn't he just the cutest (handsomest)?!  

His school day started later than usual today in order to allow for nervous parents and kiddos to have some last minute time together.  He was so excited to start school today that he asked several times to go yesterday.  And what was he looking forward to?  Recess, of course. New friends. Chapel. And most of all... not having to run errands with mom any more!  Yep, that really was on his list of why he was ready to go back to school.  Gotta love that honesty.

But what this means is that we have sent our son to school and in a mere 18 days we start all over!  That has weighed heavily on me the last few days. Here we go again!