Friday, 29 August 2014

God is good. Our baby boy is here!

 On 15 of August we meet our baby boy Alex Noah.
 He was born at 10:04 and he weighted 3.480 kg. We are so grateful and filled with  so much joy to finally be able to hold him. He is a perfect little healthy boy! 


 
I had him by Cesarean, I delivered all my three babies by a c-section ( you can read the reason for Cesarean here)  and everything went well and I am now slowly recovering.
We were so blessed to have some wonderful ladies from church cook for us for the first week and a half. It was fantastic not having to worry about cooking.
We love our church!  We now have my sisters in law here helping me with the school runs, as the girls went back to school/preschool.
The girls are so excited about having a baby brother.
Emma prayed for him even before we decided on baby no three.
They love to help mommy and give him kisses and hugs. They are great big sisters.
 


                          I think this must be one of my favourite picture ever! My heart is so full!


                                                                   Our sweet little baby!

 

For this child I prayed; and the LORD has given me my petition which I asked of him.
1 Samuel 1:27


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Letter to my son.

 
 
 
Tomorrow is the big day.
Tomorrow we meet for the very first time.
 Tomorrow I get to hold you.
 
I, your daddy and sisters loved and prayed for you even before God sent you to us.
You are a blessing and a joy !
 
I pray, I don't  take it for granted that you are here with us and that we are privileged, oh so very much so, that you are our child, our son. I can't wait to watch you giggle and grow and just be.
 
As you come into this world I pray you will live, live a full life. Serving courageously your maker, our Lord. That you seek to please Him and not the world.
 
And my son, when you fall, my arms and Gods grace will be right there to pick you up.
He will always be with you and as far as you look to him first and always, you will be in the arms of the one who holds the world in his hands.
 
Your name will be Alex (Defender of men) Noah (Rest, Comfort). 
He already knows so much about you that we now can only wonder about.
 I love you. God loves you more.
 
 
 
 
 

Friday, 8 August 2014

small bathroom remodel - inspiration

I gave myself a challenge.
My due date is in a week, but that doesn't seam to stop me. I blame it on the spurt of energy they say you get when you approach your due date.
 
 So, here is the challenge:
 
To make over our in suite bathroom. The girls bathroom will be next on the list, we need some storage there too and some fun artwork.
Now our tiny in suite bathroom, it works as a shower room and  laundry room, and did I mention it is very small? It has a window, so I'm thankful for all the natural light because I get ready for the day in there too.(makeup and hair).
Oh..and to add to the challenge, we live in a rented property...so we are a bit limited in what we can do with the space.
But I'm determined I tell you!
 
I keep gathering inspiration from allover the Internet, magazines and lately my many trips to Ikea...it's just really hard to decide...I blame that on  pregnancy hormones too. :)
So to make a move on it, I decided to share the process with you. So stay close for a before and after blog post and DIY tutorials that I might tackle.
 
Here are some ideas that caught my aye and inspired me.
 
 
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This would be a dream come true! Just imagine all your makeup or body/face care products neatly organised , exactly where you need them, by the sink!
I'm telling you, My Bathrooms gets it! They have some really great designs!
No more spills on the carpet ( we do have a carpet in there), Oh my husband would be overjoyed! :)
 
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*I take no responsibility if after this post you are going to decide and redo your own bathroom.
You are welcome!
 
 

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

First time at the Sea side. Hunstanton Beach.

 
 


A few pictures from our road trip to the Sea Side at Hunstanton Beach.
We had a fantastic time! It was the first time the girls saw the sea! They were beyond excited!
 







 
 
 

Friday, 18 July 2014

Our Summer Fun List!

 
 
We have put together a fun Summer List with things to do this Summer for the hole family.
Now, there is a major event happening on the 15 of August in our family.
It's baby Alex Noah 's arrival (that's the name we decided on by the way:) ).
It's a planned Cesarean, so if he doesn't plan on coming sooner then 39 weeks, 15 of August it's going to be his birthday and a big event this Summer.
 
In England Summer Holiday it's really short, only 6 weeks...when I was a kid, growing up in Romania I had three full months of Summer Holiday to enjoy !
So there isn't a lot of time really to fit everything in, but that's our aim, to make the most of our time!
 
So here is our list, I hope you feel inspired and you make your own!
 
Happy Summer everyone!
  

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

SCHOOL IS OUT!

 
YAY!!
Summer Holiday is finally here!
 

 
We celebrated the end of the school year for Big Sister starting with some fun balloons  at the school gate.
It was a little embarrassing to be honest  being the only parent holding a bunch of helium balloons and waddling ( it's just the cool walk you get when you are 34 weeks pregnant and your baby mistakes your bladder with a squeeze toy ) trough the school.
But hey, anything for my babies! I am so proud of her, I don't care how silly I look, all I care is that she knows she is loved and that mommy, daddy and Little Sister are extremely proud of her.
 
 
Little sister and I went shopping ( her favourite  activity lately)  to put together  a basket full of goodies to keep them entertained for a few days at least, while mommy recovers from a not so fun lung infection...booo. :( 
 

 
 
 
Time sure flies by so quick. 
 
I read this the other day,
 
"Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise."
                                                                                -Andy Stanley
 
I leave you with that. :)
 
Thank you for reading and enjoy your Summer! Make time count!

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Going green without going in the red


 
      If you are considering making changes to adopt a greener, more environmentally conscious way of life, then you may have concerns over potential cost. Does greener energy cost more, and do you need to invest in gadgets or devices to monitor your energy usage?
Will switching your car cost you more money than you can afford? In this article we take a look at a number of ways you can "go green" without breaking the bank.
 

      Firstly, there are any number of small changes you can make around the home that will save energy and, importantly, will also save you money!

     Turn down your radiators or your heating controls by a single degree and not only will you probably not even notice the difference, you'll see your bills shrink.
Alternatively, turn it down a few degrees and wear a jumper!

   Similarly, there are great efficiencies to be made by using a lower heat setting when washing clothes, or, with summer approaching, by hanging clothes outside to dry rather than burning up energy with a tumble dryer.
    One major change that could help with the environment and save you money is by switching your car to a more efficient model.
Hybrid cars remain fairly pricey, but there are plenty of lower budget models which now boast fuel economy approaching 80 or more miles per gallon and with very low emissions.


These will not only save on fuel and vehicle tax costs, they won't break the bank to buy. Alternatively, if you can't afford to change your car just yet, why not walk or ride a bike for shorter journeys. It'll save money and help get you fit into the bargain!

        Another good way to help the environment and keep your costs low is by topping up your loft insulation or by getting cavity wall insulation.
 Most of the major energy companies (together with other suppliers) offer these services at very low cost for most customers, and completely free for others. It's well worth checking to see if you qualify for an offer.
   
The government also offers Green Deal initiatives, where you can get a grant to make energy-efficient changes to your property (e.g. a new boiler or insulation) - there is no upfront cost and repayments come via your energy bill savings. Installing solar panels is also a way to generate your own electricity, though the market and opportunities available aren't quite as affordable as a couple of years ago - though do shop around and you can still find a good deal.

        Many energy suppliers now offer ways for you to monitor your usage directly and alter your behaviour accordingly. Wall-mounted or handheld monitors are available free or at very low cost, so there's no need to spend a lot of money to track your use. Alternatively, keep an eye on your usage using online tools.

A big step you can make is in switching your energy supplier to adopt a green tariff. Many consumers are quite savvy when it comes to looking for a better deal on their energy supply, and there has been an increase in the type of tariffs offered. Some suppliers such as Ovo Energy now offer 100% renewable energy tariffs and are becoming major players in the marketplace as consumers seek greener power alternatives. The cost of these tariffs is also coming into line with other offerings - Today is a great time to start making big changes!

 
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