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Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.

Tuesday, July 23


Our house is almost empty! We officially close on Friday, but we are moving out tomorrow and staying at a hotel for a couple days until the weekend.The kids, Korri specifically, is having a hard time with the change. She just doesn't understand why our house looks the way it is, why we are packing everything up and why we aren't sleeping in our new house already?!?! It is tough. She keeps asking me where the new house is and then saying, "really far away?" But I think they will love staying at the hotel, so we just have to get through tonight...the LAST night at our house.

Well, the jerky sellers rescinded their offer to let us store our stuff in their garage! We were SO mad, but bounced back and made a contingency plan. We had more portable storage boxes delivered on Monday and we are still having movers load our things, but they will just load them into the storage boxes instead. Kinda stinks, but a pretty good plan B. Jim was able to fully load one of the boxes last night with all of our remaining boxes, so now they will just need to load up all of our furniture. Other than the excitement about a new place, there is nothing fun about moving...all the last minute throwing things into a box drives me nuts. I'll be super sad tomorrow but also kind of happy to be putting it behind us. I don't do well with transitions, if you haven't gathered.

Jim went to the Waverly house yesterday for the inspection. Overall, he said it went really well with no big glaring problems and we should get the official report today. We are completely at the mercy of the appraisal now. We can't move up our closing date until we get the appraisal back and because of the new laws around home buying, the only thing our lender can do is request a deadline to have the appraisal back to them...which they've set as 8/2. So if all goes well between now and then, closing COULD be moved up as soon as 8/5, but I'm thinking it will be some time between then and 8/22. I guess we'll wait and see.

We decided that this Friday will be the kids' last day at daycare. Jim's mom has offered to have the kids at her house until we close in Waverly, which is very generous, but hard for me (we will obviously visit them on the weekends). I was hoping the kids could keep daycare consistent during this transition, but again, let's face it, transition is harder on me then them! It would be too hard to stay at somebody's house WITH the kids and an extended stay hotel is just too expensive. This way we save on lodging AND daycare, so I guess that is a plus. I started crying yesterday morning when I told daycare Friday would be their last day. I plan to bring treats so they can have a little going away party.

On Friday, we had an impromptu dinner at El Loro with the Motens. It was a crazy, fun time!

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