Sunday, April 26, 2009

Ian Elias Copeland

Saturday, April 25, 2009


Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! Ian is here, as of 2:20 pm, April 24, weighing in at 8 lbs. , he's 20 inches long. He has a good amount of hair, a good sized head (mom is glad she went the C-section route after hearing that) and pretty content so far. The first thing he did when the nurse laid him on the table was to pee all over the place. It caught the nurse by surprise and I had a good laugh. Maybe the beginning of a great sense of humor? He is doing great, and after waiting 5 1/2 hours to finally get to hold him, mom and son are together atlast. The last hour before I left the hospital to come home Martha finally felt a little bit of relief from the constant pain she is in- the med. helps take some of the edge off, but she has been through alot! Sorry there are no photos yet, it is late and I'll get on that tomorrow and post one as soon as I can. . . .thanks so much for all the prayers, the love and little facebook notes sent our way throughout this last little bit, we appreciate it all. That's all for tonight!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

birth days

happy birthday to my dad! he would have been 62
happy birthday to chrissy! a stunning 21???? :D
and it will be a BIRTH day on friday for our little #4! YAY!

we have relocated to a very nice place in seal beach and we are enjoying the area a great deal...the sun has been hot since we moved so we get in on the pool action and the beach every day! life is refreshing...and then life is also coming at us very quickly...little baby #4 has turned into the breach position so i was advised that standing on my head in a pool would work to turn i did...and he did! i KNOW he did cuz his feet remained in my ribs for the entire night. the next day we went swimming again and i could tell he was moving around but didn't expect him to totally flip...but he did. so he is breach again. the dr doesn't really want him to be flipping around any more for fear of getting all tangled we had to weigh the options of having him turned in the hospital (which i hear is very painful) and then being induced right after...or going for a C-section. i don't know why, but C-sections are way scary for me...maybe because all 3 of my births have been prepped for an emergency one? i don't know? but i have never had one...but i couldn't make a decision on what to Greg made it for me. he called it out that there are still lots of tricky parts going for inducing...but with the's easy and done and people do it more and more these days and it's less stress on the baby and most likely that is what we are going for. We prayed for peace and we both feel relieved today to say this is what is going to happen:

1:00pm on Friday, April 24, 2009...we will be having another baby! that is weird to even say that we know the timing and all but it's also a relief to make the decision and just pray we don't go in before that. my contractions are still hard and often but not consistant so today i am trying to lay lower and not do as much so that we make it to friday with no big deal.

so now i can say i have had all the ways of epidural, epidural, and C-section...i can give my opinion on all 3 ways...crazy! so if anyone has good advice on a C-section...let me know...otherwise we would appreciate your prayers as we go into yet ANOTHER transition :D

Monday, April 13, 2009

Gavin my Gavin

What a kid! i can't believe it's been 7 years...that seems like another stage of life he has entered now. he now reads, writes, plays grown-up games with us, takes care of babies and little kids without being asked cuz they love him (maybe he is like his father and will be a pied piper as well???) i love what gavin brings to our family. his character is all his own and he represents sensitivity, structure, commitment, love, sillyness, creativity, adventure, and his inward world is yet unknown to anyone...his brain and emotions run deep inside him and it's mysterious to us. how great to know he brings such things into our family. i love his freckles that come out more and more as we have been playing at parks and at the beach (where he feels most comfortable in the waves). i think his doggie that he has had since his 1st birthday (given by grandpa paul and grandma linda) will stay with him till his wedding day...he holds on to those sensitive things...and even though i am not one to hold onto much...i can appreciate why he does and how he does it. as we wait for our new little addition to come into the world, he asks how i am doing and asks how he can help and wonders what is wrong with me when i grunt and groan to get up into our van...ha ha ha! he cares for people...and...he knows his role as big to get paul and hazel to do what he wants, how to get them in trouble, how to make them scream, how to trade candy for his's so funny to watch! Greg and i are proud of gavin for going through so much the past year+ in's not easy for him to go through what he does but we are all learning to trust in our God more. i pray that as he grows even more this year that his faith develpes as he grows to know he is a SON to our God and not an orphan just wandering about aimlessly...there is a purpose to math, reading and writing. there is a purpose to learning responsibility and the hard stuff of living overseas... there is a purpose to having fun in life...there is a reason he is the oldest in this family...we praise God for gavin in our family...happy birthday mister gavin...we love you!

too long

i know, i know, i know...
i haven't been keeping up with the blog...mostly cuz i can hardly keep up with my own daily life. but nonetheless...i have heard from MANY of you that you want updates so you know we haven't fallen off the grid here in good ol bellflower, CA

no baby as of Easter sunday night :D...still waiting...
the first main one...told me he thinks i am earlier than we thought and wants to induce on the 24th of april...trying to wait for baby to be ready INCASE the 24th is early and yet trying not to wait too long in case he is right. he can't prove his theory without a test and the test normally starts we wait...on God...and HIS perfect timing...right? :D but i am definately ready to go!

we have been active and busy out most nights visiting friends and catching up with stories of life. during the day greg has been super busy with work and we praise God for the work but now he needs to slow down and we are thinking 3 days a week will work good. he has quite a few murals lined up and has already done one...he loves that! i am trying to keep 3 kids busy and happy at the same time while also homeschooling gavin. this has been a huge challenge for me...i knew it wasn't going to be easy...but it's way harder than i thought it would be! i am just not that structured of a person...but i have heard of this new thing called "unschooling" and i think that is what we do in our lives...learn without curriculum...but thankfully i have a friend who is helping me and gavin out in a most huge way! she takes him every wednesday morning and does a bit of schooling with him and then gives me "lesson plans" for the that it's not so overwhelming for me :D what a gift she has and i am in debt to her (pamela) for this blessing in my life! and gavin loves going to her as well...cuz she is a "REAL" teacher...i'm his "MOM" :/

the kids still love it here and often say they don't want to return to indo...hmm...what to think about that? i don't know? we have so much we have yet to accomplish that it's not yet time to think of going i think we have time to cross that bridge at a later date. but you can pray for them as they process america, indonesia, friends, new baby...and pray for us to have wisdom in helping them along the way...

juggling...i feel we are juggling a lot of balls right now...

i have some friends here who are very precious to me and it's been sooo sooo sooo great to have them around to look in their faces and talk and laugh and cry and live life again...but i am learning that writing has become my main form of in which i just am not doing right i think i better start again! ha!

so tomorrow i will write the delayed birthday blessing of gavin...only 2 weeks late!
and we will do homeschooling...
and help greg recover from a small surgery he had this in which will aid in us NOT having more than 4 children... :D i have taken extra good care of him so that he recovers as fast as possible in case i should go into labor! and just be able to help with the kiddos again!
we will go to the library and check out more books...return some books...get some movies and return some movies
greg will go and check out a job and we will research for a mural he is doing next week
i have two loads of laundry
3 meals to fix
deal with hazel who has a least she did today
and 3 kids who will be coming off the sugar high of Easter candy...
but i will get to this blog tomorrow...i promise :D