As we have entered the month of April, Stephanie and I are feeling as if the baby could come any day now. The official due date is not until the 28th, but our midwife thinks we'll be on the early side of that. Stephanie is still working, although she moved to eight hour shifts this past week, instead of twelves. That is a good thing for her, and she's planning to keep going as long as she is able. I enjoy the irony of her going into labor while she's at work (although it wouldn't be ideal). Most people make the trip from home to the hospital, but because we're having a home birth, she'd be going from the hospital to our home. I can just picture her co-workers saying, "Quick let's get you down to . . . oh wait . . . home?"
Baby prep is plugging along in our home. I finished painting the "nursery", and now we just need to get some things up on the wall. We also bought a used car last Monday. We wanted to get a four door with good mileage, very reliable, and decent storage. After several weeks of research and some test driving, we settled on the Pontiac Vibe (actually identical to the Toyota Matrix). We're really happy with it (although I hate that it's red . . . again!) and we just sold the Focus yesterday. Yes, I realize these cars are nearly identical. Many friends may not even notice we got a new one. Still, it is quite a bit bigger, and I have to admit - I'm really excited to have cruise control for our frequent road trips. As I look at it next to some small SUVs, I realize the overall interior size is quite comparable, but the gas mileage is WAY better.
I hope she doesn't mind me saying, but Stephanie shed a few tears as she said goodbye to her faithful little car. It was sad. The decision to remain a one-car family was not an easy one. I always assumed that once we had kids we'd get 2 cars, but as we looked at it more closely, we realized that we will be just fine with one car. We came to the conclusion that if we have 2 cars, we will drive 2 cars, and now that we don't have 2 cars, we'll find alternatives, which is a good thing. We can bus, bike, bum (rides), and it will save us some money as well as save the world from the strain of another car driving around.
The last thing I need to update you all on, my faithful readers, is this: I have a job for next year! God has provided, and we are so thankful. I found out about 2 weeks ago, that there are significant needs in the social studies department at my school for next year and I'll be working pretty close to full time (at least .92 FTE). I'll be teaching U.S. history, global issues, and one section of government. Ok, this post is too long, so until next time . . .