Moving!

No, we didn't sell our house.  I followed the lead of Ethan and Amy Pitsch and headed over to Wordpress for our blog.  Now instead of being a chauvinist pig and only having my name in the web address, both of our names are there:


http://mikeandsteph.wordpress.com

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds!

Posted byMike Fennema posted 8:00 PM 3 comments  

On Being 27

I’m starting to understand that the older that you get the less change that you feel from year to year.  I don’t feel any different than I did when I was 26.  Part of that might come from my forgetting in the last couple of months how old I am.  I had to stop and think on multiple occasions is I was 26 or 27.  I don’t think that I have ever had that happen to me before.

Being 26 was a big deal because I realized that I was closer to 30 than I was to 20.  That was a weird thought.  27 hasn’t had any implications like that so far.

As I look back on this past year of my life, the thing that really dominated was school.  It seemed that I never really had a break from school, not even in the summer.  Because of that I am able to graduate in a couple of months, so I am grateful.  But looking back, it seems that I always had a book that I had to read or a paper to write or a test to study for.  I am glad that phase of my life will be over soon.  After being a student for 20 some years, I am looking forward to not being that anymore.  Time to move on.

Some highlights from the past year include a medical mission trip to Tanzania, which is where I celebrated my last birthday.  It is hard to believe that it has been a year since we’ve been there.  We also traveled to Aruba where I became a voracious reader and finished off multiple books for my own enjoyment.  Love it.  We also ventured to Discovery Cove to swim with the dolphins here in the great city of Orlando.  Thanksgiving was in Chicago, Christmas in Dalton, and New Years and home in Mount Dora.

I think that my 26th year could be described as the year I put a million miles on my car.  It seems that Stephanie and I spent more time traveling to places than we care to imagine.  From traveling an hour each way to seminary everyday, to driving about 40 minutes to get to church and at least 45 minutes to see friends, the odometers on our cars have been extremely busy.  They are ready for a break and so are we.  We look forward to the next phase in our lives when we can be closer to our church, our jobs (which hopefully is the same thing as our church), our friends, and civilization in general.  We know that God has kept us in Mount Dora for a reason, and we have enjoyed our time her, but now it is time to move on.

This past year brought its share of struggles as well.  The year started off with finding out that we were pregnant, but the feeling of joy quickly turned to sorrow when we found out about the miscarriage.  The week between finding out about the miscarriage and Stephanie have her procedure to have the baby removed was one of the most agonizing weeks of my life, and certainly the most agonizing week of our marriage.  I don’t think that joy has so quickly turned into deep sorrow so quickly in my life.  But God is faithful and true, and we were able to get pregnant fairly quickly after we were allowed to start trying again.  Instead of having a baby in January which would have been difficult for us (Steph would have to go back to work immediately and I would still be in school), our first child is now due in August, after I graduate.  this will allow Stephanie to stay home with Elliot, provided that I have a job.  Through that whole ordeal, we were so confused as to what God was doing in our lives.  When we stopped preventing getting pregnant, we felt God calling us to trust him with our lives and with the planning of our family.  When we got pregnant, we thought he was calling us to be parents at that time.  God has taught us much about his timing, resting in him, and allowing him to guide our steps.  It has been a difficult and painful lesson, but we are placing our trust more on him every day.

This next year appears to be a big one in my life.  It starts off with my graduation from Seminary.  Hopefully, Lord willing, it will be followed up with starting a new job, followed by the birth of our first child.  Those three events combined are enough big events for the whole year!  We might have to squeeze in the sale of a house and a big move in there, if God is calling us to a different place.

Posted byMike Fennema posted 9:46 AM 0 comments  

Elliot's Debut


After a month of having his pictures sitting on my desk, I finally have scanned them in for all of you to enjoy. and as you can tell from the title, not only are we unveiling his first photos, but we are also unveiling his name. After much deliberation and crazy occurrences with other names, we are excited to announce that we are naming our firstborn son Elliot Michael Fennema.
We were deliberating between a couple of different names, and we were amazed at how many people were very candid--maybe too candid--with whether they really liked or really didn't like what we were considering. We are just thankful that the people who read this blog realize that it isn't a very nice thing to criticize the name of a pregnant woman's child, especially right in front of her. That usually doesn't go over so well with the pregnant mother, so we are glad that the people who read this blog don't do that. :)
We are very excited about Elliot and his arrival, hopefully at the end of July. When Stephanie went in for her last checkup, she actually measured 2 weeks ahead. That could mean that he is going to be a big boy and would come early. Or it could be just a simple growth spurt. Who knows. We are just very grateful that little Elliot is growing healthy and strong. He is truly our little blessing from God.

Posted byMike Fennema posted 8:33 PM 6 comments  

Happy Easter!

He has risen! He has risen indeed!

Stephanie and I wish all of our friends and family a Happy Easter!  Stephanie and I colored Easter eggs again this year, and once again, she had the opportunity to scour our house looking for Easter eggs filled with jelly beans.  As you can tell, our little boy is getting bigger and bigger inside of mommy.  We can't wait until he's here!


Posted byMike Fennema posted 2:50 PM 1 comments  

The Name Will Be Carried On

It's a Boy!!!!! We are so excited that we are having a boy after countless people telling us that we were having a girl (not that a girl would be bad). We have a few pics of the my tiny shopping spree (

Mike gave me play money to buy some gender specific items- so I went nuts at Target!!!). Even though we have no idea where
we will be living we went ahead and put the baby things in one of our bedrooms. Truth be told all the items have been donated graciously to us and we were running out of room in the garage. So these probably are not nursery shots, but you never know. We feel so blessed that our little "Fennema" is alive and well, kicking and rolling about. We are grateful to our Heavenly Father for the joy of this little guy inside me.

Steph

Posted byMike Fennema posted 9:13 PM 3 comments