We are so excited and can't wait to be parents.
I know Jake is going to be make an awesome, loving, fun and protective Father and cannot wait til baby is here to watch!
So far I am in the middle of my 16th week. We have had several ultrasounds and appointments and we are in the clear, everything looks good!
Here I am on Sunday, 16 weeks preggo!
In May, Jake and I went on vacation for about 10 days to Bali, Indonesia. We left with another couple, some of our closest friends here in Saipan. We spent 9 days in Bali and the rest of the time travelling. It was an unforgettable, most amazing trip we have ever taken. Loved every minute of it and the pictures will tell...
Jake and I are feeling pretty good. Things will change a bit for us, luckily our house is perfect with an extra room and yard - so we're happy about that.
Love you all!
Jake and Jackie
Jake's new look with a much nicer, trimmer goatee
then I don't post anything for long periods of time because I'm busy, stressed with work, struggling with living so far away from family and just have nothing fabulous to say...so why post?
I don't want it to be full of complaints...
This new job at Gold's has really just changed out lives. We now live in a house (a fabulous house actually) but there are stresses that come with that...like how busy we are that we never really are home to even enjoy our house. Jake is finished by 3pm in the afternoon and I'm not til 7 some nights. That's another major difference for us. We have a crazy dog...whom Jake loves a little more than I do. I want a baby and so does Jake (somedays) but then I just started this new job, we don't have that much money, we're still paying off tons of loans, the economy is shit everywhere...
I'm going to be 25 on Friday.
I feel grown-up. I don't want to feel grown-up. I want to be 5 again and my only decision is what to wear to school and who to play with at recess.
I spent time this morning before work with my adorable little best friend (who is six) Jennah.
She has no school today so we spent the morning going shopping, baking brownies and watching some of Ice Age. She's so wonderful. I love having a six year old best friend. Adds a little perspective back into life...
my complaining/ranting/whatever you wanna call it up above...means nothing. It's meaningless. It's life and that's the way it is.
At least that is what Jennah told me today when I asked her why she had two different socks on this morning..."Duhhh jackie...it's life, that's the way it is sometimes..."
We have the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly, the challenges and the success, the joys and sorrow...it's all life, the way it is...
I really am happy. I'm loving life most days.
I'm down to 156 pounds...that's almost 40 pounds since I started losing weight. I feel amazing, I am in shape, fit, have muscle and feel so good. Jake has been sick lately but he is starting to get back his strength and that'll make him feel better. We have food every day for our meals and clothes to wear. We have an amazing truck that never has problems, an awesome house and comfy bed with air-con, we have money in the bank, we have friends that are like having family here, and we have family way back home that still loves us, we have this amazing monstrous ocean all around us everywhere we look which is a constant reminder of how Great and Mighty our God is.
so that's it...it's life...bad and the great...the ugly and the beautiful amazing parts.
We love you all!
J & J
Our trip to the States was amazing, FUN, long, exciting, tiring and just well needed. We spent all 7 weeks travling all over the States and Canada. I saw three new States, the Grand Canyon and lots of family! It was a blessing to be home and spend time on those relationships!
Here we are with our families!
Me with my sisters and brother!
with Jake's family at Glacier.
We are now back in Saipan and have been for the last month.
It is so great to be home again!
I have started working at Gold's Gym as the General Manager. It is a fun, yet challenging job. I'm learning lots about business and myself! I do miss teaching somedays and all those cute little kids!
Jake is back to school and starting his 2nd week. He is enjoying it again and the more years he teaches the better it seems to get for him!
We are busy with Marriage Encounters as we are in charge of the next upcoming October Weekend. YIKES! Lots of planning and organizing and preparing. Thank goodness we are blessed with the ME Family and have lots of help and support!
We seem to have run into a block with our money and paying off loans so keep us in your prayers as we figure out our financial situation here in Saipan.
Again, what a blessing to see you all this summer!
We love you all!
our sweet capsule pajamas!!!
WELCOME TO TOYKO!!!
At breakfast the next morning - Amanda and I!!!
my breakfast :S
amazing calligraphy in the Art Museum
beautiful painted and hand-crafted fans - such artwork!
me with the giant hookah
my Japanese-Pakistani henna
I was amazed, moved to tears because it was so beautiful!
more cherry blossoms....