This is the first steps in our parenting journey.
It was the year 2000
We couldn’t get pregnant. I needed pills and pills and tests and tests, and the whole time I kept saying, “we can adopt… I want to adopt too, so we could just do that now instead of waiting…” Ron was in agreement, but he was also busy moving us. We had a new assignment at a new church and we were moving back down closer to our hometowns and our parents. We decided to wait until we were settled in the new house and then begin the process of adoption. (We were so naive about how all of that would work).
We move back near home and get settled into our new house. I start to notice that I feel weird and that I’m cranky… well, more cranky than normal 🙂 I’m actually being super moody and freaking out for no real reason. My mother suggests that I take a pregnancy test… I guess she’s had enough of my attitude. Ron was gone to camp to be a counselor during this time, so it’s good that he wasn’t around me during this time.
I bought a test but decided to wait until he came home from camp so he could be there when I took the test. It was positive!! I was so excited. We were busy getting everything ready for the baby, and then busy taking care of the baby. That first year Ron graduated seminary and entered the Air Force as a reservist. He was technically an IMA Chaplain, but that’s not what this post is about. So let’s just say he continued to preach for the UM Church and do his regular monthly reserve duty at Little Rock Air Base. I kept assuming we would adopt, but we would start it all when the baby was a little older.
Once again… I started taking all the pills… and running all the tests… this time we added in a fertility monitor someone sold us and bought our first pack of testing sticks… y’all… those things are expensive!!
One month using the fertility monitor and it told me exactly when I ovulated… I got pregnant. This was 2 years after Price was born, so don’t think this happened right away.
Another baby on the way, getting everything ready for that, and Ron telling me he wants to go into the Air Force on active duty… meaning, full-time. I was completely good with following him wherever he thought God was leading, so we started getting all of that ready and all of that training done.
We had the second baby, Wesley, and I settled in as best as I could with being a stay-at-home-mom with two kiddos, and Ron was still preaching and doing his reserve duties.
When Wesley was only 2 months old or so, we found out our first assignment with the Air Force on active duty… Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
We’ll start the next part at Peterson… July 2007…