Blessed in the Mess + Week 20 Update

This week went from routine to plain old chaos. I had started writing this post about our predictions for Baby #2 but that will have to wait til next week...

Here's my attempt at making a long story short:

Little E and I have been staying on Grandma and Grandpa's farm while Daddy is gone for training. Our Monday started with breakfast, visiting with Uncle Ry and a nice bath for E.

During nap-time, I ran 4 miles on the treadmill and cleaned up the house (the aftermath of my toddler tornado). That evening, my mom and I went to Zumba together while Grandpa watched E.

After Zumba, we picked up a pizza and went home to the guys. When we got in the house, it smelled like something electric was burning. I went upstairs to put on my sweats and the burning electrical smell was even stronger.

My parents did some quick investigating in the house and heard crackling in the upstairs wall. Mom called 911 while I threw on E's winter clothes and ran him out to the van. E kept warm while we ran to save whatever things we could from the now smoking house.

Blessing: We all made it out of the house safely.

My parent's home last winter and then on the night of the fire.

Soon flames were coming out of the roof and we were doing our best to get valuables out of the house. While sprinting back and forth with belongings, I asked God to keep us safe in this - all the stuff doesn't matter in the end, but protect the lives!

Blessing: The police and firefighters were quick to get on the scene.

While my parents stayed at the house with the firefighters, E and I went to my grandparents' farm to call it a night. E got some rest but I stayed up until 1:00 am when my parents made it there safely. We were so thankful for warm beds to sleep in.

You know something is wrong if I'm up at midnight watching TV!

The next day we went back to see the house and condition of what was left. The upstairs had the fire damage though my room escaped with only a large whole in the ceiling.

Blessing: The fire started early in the evening before we were all asleep. 

My youngest brother's room wasn't so lucky. As I walked down the hall, I hardly recognized a thing.

Blessing: Uncle Ry had just packed up and left for college at noon so he wasn't in his room.

It is heartbreaking to say goodbye to a place where we had so many memories, but we have so much to be thankful for at the same time. Looking back at the blessings a midst that fire allows us to see God's goodness even when life isn't feeling so good.

Thank you so much to everyone - friends, family and acquaintances - who have helped my family! It so appreciated so much it's hard to find the right words to express our gratitude

God promises to keep us in perfect peace when we trust in Him even when we are facing trials. The Lord is our eternal Rock.
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in You,
all whose thoughts are fixed on You!
Trust in the Lord always,
for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.
ISAIAH 26:3-4
How have you been blessed this week?

To lighten things up a little, here's Baby #2's 20 week update. We're halfway there!

Pregnancy Week 20: Baby #2

E wanted to remind you that he is 22.5 months... Baby #2 can't steal all the show!

Baby's Size: Banana, average fetus size: 6.5 in, 10.2 oz.

Cravings: Dipping eggs and toast. And still that cheesy popcorn.

Aversions: Hmmm... probably the smell of burnt insulation.

I'm Feeling: Exhausted and overly emotional. I think it's due to the craziness of this week rather than pregnancy. I am excited for Baby 2's ultrasound coming up next week!

Sleep: Not sleeping well with Leo gone and lately I've been sharing a bed with my cuddle monster. No complaints though - having a bed to sleep in was a blessing after the fire.

Weight: 135 lbs at the halfway point, +10 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight.

My Prayer for Baby: "Lord, I can't thank You enough for watching over us always and especially in the fire on Monday. Thank You for protecting us and always providing what we need! Give my parents and helpers energy through the clean-up process. Watch over Leo while he is training and prepare us for the upcoming ultrasound. Amen"
But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
Last Week's Workouts:
Monday: 4.05 treadmill miles, 9:52/mile, and Zumba that night.
Tuesday: "Rest" day after the fire issue the night before.
Wednesday: A lot of walking, some jogging and packing stuff out of the house.
Thursday: 3 treadmill miles, 10:00/mile.
Friday: 2 treadmill miles, 10:03/mile. Exhausted.
Saturday: 3 treadmill miles, 10:00/mile.
Total Mileage: 12.05 miles

Linking up at Fitness Friday and Mommy Moments.


  1. all I can say is WOW! I am glad everyone is safe and ok! I hope you have a blessed weekend!

    1. Oh I am so glad we were all safe, too! Such an answer to prayer and a major blessing.

  2. Oh now I'm so sorry. Your blessings were many. I'm so glad everyone is ok.

    I would have an aversion to burnt insulation too and I'm not even pregnant!

    1. The blessings are many indeed! It's weird, even smoked turkey smells horrible right now. Anything smokey smelling... I'm blaming part of that on the pregnancy hormones :)

  3. Oh no! So sorry to you had to go through this. Thank heavens your family is safe!

    1. Yes, I am so thankful we were all still awake and able to get out! God is good, even in times of trouble!

  4. Oh no....I'm so very sorry for you and your family. Praise God that no one was hurt! Will be praying for y'all.

    1. Thank you for your prayers, Julia! Praise God indeed!


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