About Joys and Trials

"Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me." ~Micah 7:8 (KJV)

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Life of Mrs. Jeffery Barthel :))

So I'm married now! Have been for a month as of tomorrow. :)) We had a wonderful wedding, it was perfect actually. :) We had green and pink everywhere. We did the ceremony underneath an arbor that Nana, Pop and I decorated just for the occasion and it had this lovely, romantic feel to it. Nana's niece's husband George was our minister for the wedding and did quite well. Mom even had a caterer come do the food. We had sandwhiches, fruit, veggies, fruit bars, tea and lemonade. Then Mandi made us some wonderful cupcakes and a cake for the guests and ceremonial cutting. :) Our friend Steve Dj'd for us and got everyone dancing, including the Cupid Shuffle, Chicken Dance, Electric  Slide and several others. It was a lot of fun and it was nice to see everyone that came out for our special day. <3 After the wedding Jeffery and I went down by the St. Louis Union Station Marriot hotel for our wedding night, courtesy of Penny and his Mom. :) It was super nice and so nice of them. For dinner we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, Jeffery had never been. We went home the next day to spend time with the relatives from out of town before they left. It was a busy and hectic weekend, but it was also fun, being able to spend time with everyone and it was our wedding weekend!! :D <3 And so far marriage life isn't too different for us. ;) We are happy and love the fact that we are officially a family now. And in about 11 days, give or take a few depending on how anxious he is, we will have a new addition to our family. :) July 6th will be here before we know it! The baby shower was this past Saturday and it was a great turn out. I'm thankful to every that made it! I got pretty much everything I needed for the lil one's arrival. And got a lot of cute outfits and toys and blankets that he willl just lov. :) My belly is so big tho, everyone thinks I'm going to pop early. Tho the doc told me last week my cervix isn't doing much so he personally doesn't think I will pop early. But we won't really know until it happens! I am so ready and can't wait to be done with being pregnant! lol I want to lay on my belly again, fit into normal clothes and hold my lil man. :) I think he will have his daddy's nose and I hope he has his eyes. :) He is going to be so precious. Jeffery put the crib together and I finally got all the baby stuff put away, so we are ready to bring him home. And I have my hospital bag and his diaper bag all packed for when we have to rush to the hospital. :) But we will probably be staying at my mom's for a 3 days to a week after we leave the hospital. I will need some help adjusting and dealing with things that Jeffery might not understand or know how to help with and I'd feel more comfortable if my mom is there to talk me through it. I know Nana and Pop are willing to help me with everything, but there are some things you just need your Momma for. But other than all that...the our lovely cadillac is messing up and needs to be sold...we are thinking about buying my parent's old van from them, its in decent shape, has plenty of space and has A/C!! And we think that the tires mom n dad bought as our wedding present should be able to fit on the van which would be a major plus!
That should be just about everything for now though...sorry it took me so long to post, I get distracted easily. :) I will do my best to post shortly after the baby arrives and perhaps even post some pictures. Won't be too much longer! I can't wait! Thanks for reading!! <3 <3

Friday, June 22, 2012


Jessica's baby shower is tomorrow! The OB says Baby Barthel is no bigger then 7lbs, and thinks Jess will deliver on time, or a day or so late. We'll wait and see what happens. She's babysitting Ayla for me today so that I can get some cleaning done. Taking a break at the moment to eat and give you an update. Sean and I will be moving during the month of July closer to his main job. We've set it up so that we'll have the entire month to move, it was his preference, not that I mind, since it means I won't have to rush in packing and cleaning. I'm looking forward to seeing what I can get rid of this move.
The rent at the new place is the same as what we pay currently, but it's a bit bigger, with a separate utility room (currently the washer and dryer are in the kitchen in the current apartment). Another great thing is that Sean could walk to and from Esselte if he really wanted to. Church on Sundays will probably require me borrowing a vehicle from my parents or staying the night at their place on Saturdays. I'm sure it'll vary with the weekends.
Ayla's now speaking in three to five word sentences. Though there are still times I have no idea what she is saying, and trying to get her to say certain words properly doesn't work too well. Cup is "bep", milk is "thilk", Ayla is still "ah-ah". Though thankfully she doesn't get "ss" and "sh" sounds mixed up once she knows which is which for words, such as "sit", "seat" and "shirt". Can't complain too much, since I know she is learning. She's still stubborn and ornery. I have no idea where she gets it from.........
I am a little sad that the move will be taking me from our current city as I am the only Master Gardener in Pacific, and there are a number of MG's in Union. I will continue to help the PCGG in ways I can, especially concerning Arnold's Garden and such.
About time to get back to my cleaning. Just wanted to let you all know how things are going currently, and that things are going to slack off again with Baby Barthel's due date drawing near and us moving.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


I know bees are beneficial to the environment, and I enjoy honey, however after this week, I'm building a real dislike for bees. Apparently we have a wood (carpenter) bee nest somewhere around our apartment and they were getting in through holes they'd bored in the outside walls. We've killed about a dozen, and I found more dead. Finally found the inside entrance which was caulked with mortar caulk and the nearby access panel screwed close for safe measure. We've gotten lucky and none of us have been stung by one. However, I'm not willing or inclined to fill Ayla's 3-ring pool so she can play with that while there are still bees buzzing round our "yard". Which is really a shame, because I know she's enjoyed the few times she has gotten to play in it. Hoping this will kill out the nest, though it'll be even better if the landlord would get someone out here to remove them, or kill them off. The one guy working on the outside of the apartments and the one who caulked up their hole is aware of them and is going to get some spray, I hope it's enough.
It's really nice to not hear anymore bees buzzing in the apartment, but I think I'm going to shudder every time I do hear a bee buzz. Bees may now be my second most disliked animal, grasshoppers being the first, and spiders the third.
I had to vent a bit. I hope you all have a great summer, and no bees.