Thursday, December 31, 2009

Decade in Review: 2000 - 2009

Holy Cow! Is it really the last day of 2009? That's totally crazy! The last 10 years have held a lot for me. I'm going to make a condensed list so as to not write a novella.

High School Graduation
Live in Costa Rica for three months

Get engaged
Buy a house
Get married
Travel to Bahamas for honeymoon

Hubby and I Turn 21
Decide to move to TX - try to sell house - fail

Decide to go to Bible School
Apply for Christ for the Nations
Get accepted at Christ for the Nations
Try to sell house - succeed
Start 1st semester at CFNI
Go to Mexico with friends and family

Continue at school and work in Dallas

Find out six days before graduating from CFNI that we're pregnant with Malachi!
Finish CFNI and graduate in May
Go to Europe with John's family (and Malachi in the belly) for two weeks
Start attending best church ever: Fellowship of Joy (FOJ)
Continue working at hotel until even on the day I go into the hospital
Go to the hospital at 33 weeks and 5 days for a potential issue that proves to be true. Diagnosed with PPROM.
Induced at 35 weeks and 2 days
Give birth to a wonderful baby boy on Nov. 23 2005. 5 lbs 5 oz. 18 inches long. Name him Malachi David Roy meaning: the beloved messenger of the King.
Leave the hospital two days later
Bring Malachi home 12 days after that

Stay home with the baby
Move back to CFNI alumni housing
Join choir at FOJ

Go to China to see how to go as missionaries the next year after John graduates from Dallas Baptist University
Decide we don't want to go to China as missionaries
John starts looking into the Foreign Service as a career option
Starts studying for the Foreign Service Officer Exam

John and Sara join the Marriage Enrichment ABF at FOJ as helpers to the teachers.
John graduates from DBU!
John takes the FSOE
Get job at CFNI Pre School teaching 4 yr olds
Lose teaching job, move to Media Dept to be the Admin Asst to the Director
John passes FSOE and waits for results of Qualifications Evaluation Panel (QEP)
Finds out in Dec. passed QEP

John and Sara go to Atlanta for the Foreign Service Oral Assessment - John passes!
Start process of Medical Clearance and Security Clearance
Esther Study with wonderful women from FOJ!
Medical Clearance Granted
Sara finds out she's pregnant with Roy child #2!!!
Security Clearance Granted 5/15/09
Invitation to Join Foreign Service 146th A-100 starting 6/22/09 given and accepted
Malachi's first seizure on 5/23/05 - has another one before we move
Move to DC 6/20/09
Malachi has three more seizures. Last one lands him in the hospital - perscribed Keppra - hasn't had a seizure since 7/8/09!!!!
John goes through Orientation and gets posted to Chengdu China
Goes through training for his job
Malachi's medical clearance is downgraded because of the seizures - pulled from Chengdu
John starts Spanish until we find out next posting
We take long weekends and go to Baltimore, MD and Virginia Beach, VA
Posted in San Jose Costa Rica!!!
John and Sara find out they're having another boy!!
Pregnancy has a couple of hiccups, but they turn out to be nothing.
John's parents and brother, and sister-in-law come over for Thanksgiving. We all have a nice holiday together.
John, Sara and Malachi have a wonderful Christmas in DC with friends.

That is quite a decade! I'm so thankful about everything that's happened. I know that God has been directing my life to lead exactly where I am. 2010 has great promise with amazing things I already know will happen: have baby, move to Costa Rica, e.g. And things I can't even imagine that will happen. I can't wait to see how the year goes.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, what ever you celebrate. Blessings!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Bah Humbug

I haven't said anything to John yet, but the day after Christmas I was ready for the tree to come down. I don't know why I was in such a bad mood on the 26th. I guess I'm just anticipating the things coming up in the next couple of months and I was ready to move on.

Speaking of moving on, today John and I went to the storage place where the State Department is storing most of our household goods. I hugged the first huge wooden crate that I saw with our name on it. We needed to pick up some of the items that we stored because we couldn't fit them into the UAB (unaccompanied air baggage, I think, if it's something else, will somebody correct me please?).

Fortunately the things we needed were in the first two crates that we checked in. We picked up the pack 'n play, for the baby to sleep in until we move, the baby bouncer, the large Rubbermaid container full of baby clothes and linens (no sheets unfortunately), John's guitar, and our large electric griddle (because it's so annoying to make pancakes, french toast, grilled cheese, and many other things in the skillets Oakwood provided. John wanted to get his guitar. He missed it after going to Guatemala. I saw the griddle in the crate and just HAD to have it. I'm so glad I picked it up.

Now the task of washing all the clothes and linens, the cover on the bouncer, and the surfaces of the pack 'n play begins. I guess it shouldn't take too long. I have a few weeks.

How many weeks do you have left Sara? Well reader, I have 5-9 weeks depending on when he decides to come. Please, please pray that he comes somewhere in the next 5-7 weeks. I really don't want him to be early and I really don't want to go over my due date. I've heard it gets pretty miserable. Plus I don't know how much more stretching my stomach can handle. I can't believe our bodies were built with so much elasticity. Some days I feel like I look huge, some days I feel like I'm not big at all and what the heck are people talking about when they say I'm huge.

John has all week off of work and it's really screwing with our schedules. It's hard to remember what day of the week it is. It's been really nice to have him home though. Yesterday we went to a Babies 'R Us location about 30 miles away from us to get the last Graco Snugride 32 infant car seat in Bombay that was in the area, because they're discontinuing the pattern and I really, really like it. It doesn't match the color scheme I picked, but I'm not having much success sticking with the color scheme because I've only been able to get a couple of things from my registry and all of the stuff that Malachi owned that we're using doesn't quite fall into the scheme, although they are pretty close.

I'm going to try an experiment here. I'd like to learn how to put pictures side by side. I've seen another FSO Wife do this. I've asked for her help, but until she gets back to me, I'll try this:

Nope, didn't work. Jill, help!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Day 2009

Oh what a day! The day we celebrate the birth of Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. Our first Foreign Service Christmas, and certainly a white Christmas.

The boys let me sleep until 8 o'clock, yay! After being up for 2 1/2 hours in the middle of the night the sleep felt really good.

We made ourselves presentable and prepared for our friend to come over (the same friend who was over on Christmas Eve, she's a very good friend) and she got here at 8:30. John and I were in the middle of preparing for breakfast and then Malachi and I started the arduous task of passing out the presents.

Us with our huge pile of presents, almost all presents sent to us in the mail made it on time. Plus John and I might have gone a little overboard this year.

Opening presents took a long time. We let Malachi go first (Lesson #1. I don't think we'll do that again because he then wanted to play with all of his stuff and needed us to assist in opening and putting batteries in and what not, and we just wanted to open our own presents) and that was not quick. I finally had to "police" how much time he took with each gift, plus he had a ton. During the gift opening John was making his monkey bread (so tasty!) and he had to get up shortly after we started opening our gifts to check it - and then had to keep on getting up. After his monkey bread came out, I had to assemble and put in my quiches. So unfortunately the time for John and I to open our gifts was rushed, and a little more stressful than it should've been (Lesson #2. Leave time enough for gift opening to be free of stress and not rushed).

Our friend got her ketchup as well as a scarf from Guatemala. She was nice enough to keep Malachi occupied with his new Animal Encyclopedia while John cooked.

After a delicious breakfast of quiche, monkey bread, and fresh fruit, we played with our gifts. At the same time that our friend had to leave, John, Malachi and I needed to get ready for Puerto Rican Christmas. We drove over to the Maryland side of the city and spent the rest of the day with some good friends (who grew up in Puerto Rico). They had a boy about five months ago (I think, I'm horrible at remembering when he was born), and Malachi loves going to their house to watch their big TV and see their baby. I also learned that he also really loves our friends, especially the husband, who got a running start to a hug around the leg. We enjoyed a really delicious dinner that they prepared for us, and we played a gift exchange game with their neighbor. I got a frame for three pictures, Malachi got his very own playing card set that's just like Mommy and Daddy's but all his own, and John got a pair of earings. That's right...earings. He was gracious enough to give them to me.

We drove home that night during a rain storm. Earlier in the week I had heard that it was going to be a wintry mix, and I was really afraid we were going to hit some icy patches, but it was warmer than I thought it would be and it was just wet. Not a hard ride home (except for the difficutly of seeing because of the shiny-ness of the road). Malachi went to bed almost on time, and John and I made it to bed early. We were all pretty exhausted. I'm very sad that I didn't take pictures at our friend's house. I had the camera - I was just lazy.

Over all, we had a great couple of days. My fears that it wouldn't feel like Christmas were proved wrong. We spent the days with some great friends, ate some good food, and really enjoyed our first Foreign Service Christmas.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas Eve!

I started this entry on Christmas Eve (which is why the date says the 24th - don't be fooled it's still the 27th) and then the internet stopped working in the middle of my writing the post and Christmas was busy for us, and since then I haven't been in a blogging mood. I'm still not in a blogging mood, but if I don't write something quick it's going to be a crazy entry. As it is, I think I'll make it two entries so I don't have one that's crazy long. Enjoy Christmas Entry #1:

One of my fears for this season is that we'd have nothing to do today and it wouldn't feel like Christmas Eve. That did not happen.

This morning we checked the hours for Costco and made it there 10 minutes after they opened. We bought the one present we went for (which I can't yet divulge because this person hasn't received it yet (note: it was ketchup - and it's a very funny story)) and the boys ate pizza for breakfast. We made it out of the store 10 minutes after they normally open and when we were leaving it was so crazy. People were pouring in to do last minute shopping. The lines to get in the parking lot were at least 15 cars long. We stopped at Target and a grocery store to get presents for a game we're playing at a friend's house tomorrow and food for their party.

After that we went home and while I wrapped presents and Malachi watched TV, John was somewhere doing something. What he was doing has completely left my mind.

During Malachi's nap John played his xbox and I did dishes. Our friend (who's more like family) came over and we sat talking for quite a while until Malachi woke up.

Once he did we made our way over to the White House and saw the Christmas Tree. I was underwhelmed by the tree but the whole display was pretty cool. They had Santa's Workshop, a Nativity Scene, a Yule Log, and around the base of the tree was a very long train track and a couple of villages, one of them being a Thomas village.

After that we came home and I taught our friend how to make one of my recipes that she's had with us and she really likes. She's young and not very experienced in the kitchen and when she had it the first time thought it was too complicated to make by herself. I tried to convince her that it's not because I don't do complicated. She was excited to find out on Thursday night that it's a lot easier than she originally thought. It was a lot of fun for me to teach her - although really, she's so smart that it was more like we made it together and I didn't have to "teach" her much.

I can't remember what we did after dinner, and neither can John. Malachi went to bed on time (not what happens most of the time), and I went to bed early while John stayed up late. We didn't have anything to do to prepare for the morning so as far as I know he just chilled.

Malachi woke up at about 2:30am. He said he had a bad dream. We let him come into bed with us for a little bit and then sent him to his bed. I couldn't fall back asleep and I thought I was keeping John awake (I was) so I came out to the living room. I turned on the TV and opened the laptop to play spider solitaire. Malachi joined me after a few minutes crying saying he was scared. I let him sit with me for a while, but his eyes wandered a lot to the tree and the HUGE pile of presents under it. I sent him back to bed. I made my way back to bed at 5:00 am to sleep until 8.

See Christmas Entry #2 for the rest of the 2009 Roy Christmas Story.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

So much to write, So little desire to write it.

It's been a while since I've blogged. I just haven't felt like it.

So last weekend we had a killer storm here (literally). After 11 straight hours of snow fall, we ended up with over 16" of snow. It was the record for December snow fall and the 8th deepest snow the area has recorded. I have had mixed feelings about it. I really hate snow. I hate winter actually. The snow and cold just drive me nuts. People who like it can have it - I don't want it, and don't get me started on dumb winter drivers!! But Malachi LOVES the snow. And it's so much fun to watch him play in it.

Therefore, Malachi and I went out to play during the storm on Saturday. It didn't last very long because Malachi only has cloth gloves (we looked for better ones and couldn't find any). Sunday we went out again with John. The sun was setting, so we'd had some meltage on the car and the snow was able to become heavier and packable. There were some snow balls thrown, Malachi played at the playground in is gear (weird, right?!), and he enjoyed just sitting in the snow (which made him a pretty easy target for daddy.

Sunday night we found out that all government offices in this area were closed on Monday so yesterday John had the day off. What a treat! That means that today and tomorrow are his only work days this week - yay! We did some shopping with a friend and then last night went to see Avatar. We had a pretty good time with our friends.

We're done shopping for Malachi, John and Malachi are out right now getting Malachi's present for me, and mommy is done shopping for daddy. The present to daddy from Malachi is in the mail. I don't expect to get it before Christmas but it shouldn't be too long after.

Out of our families, the only person getting their presents on time is my mom. Everyone else is going to have to wait - sorry.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


John's home!!! He was missed so much over the last two weeks. He has some great pictures to share and I think he plans on blogging about it soon.

Another yay in our life came to us at our 31 week check up yesterday. After reading the report from the Radiologist he said that the low placenta is no longer low. I was so happy to hear this news! I now look like any other pregnant woman and now I just need to get the apartment ready for the baby.

We need to go to storage and get a few things. I need to wash the clothes that we get out of storage, I need to set up the play pen with the bassinet attachment in our bedroom for the baby to sleep in and set up a diapering area. We also need to buy a car seat, that being the most important thing. We will use our gift cards from our Dallas shower to buy all the linens that we need and maybe some diapers and wipes.

Unfortunately we brough ALL of Malachi's books with us and they're taking up the bottom two drawers of his dresser. I'm going to buy the kids a book shelf and put all the books on that. Then I'll have two drawers for the baby. They're pretty good sized drawers, so it should be enough room.

I now have less than nine weeks until my due date! I'm so excited to meet him!! John had a dream about him when he was in Guatemala. He had brown hair!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Counting down the hours!

Right now as long as the flight is on time John will be arriving in D.C. in 34 hours and 4 minutes. Hopefully the next 34 hours aren't impossibly slow.

I'm so excited to see him, and I can't wait until he sees the belly. I feel like it's huge compared to when he left. Malachi is coming with me to the airport, I know he's going to be so excited to see daddy.

John told me today that the group is pretty tired so they're taking it easy, seeing some more of the city, but relaxing a lot today. I imagine he'll be pretty exhausted when he gets home but in less than 12 hours after he lands he'll be at work.

Thursday, December 10, 2009


Malachi said something really cute tonight and I wanted to blog it to remember it, but I've now forgotten it, and I'm so sad because it was really cute!

Tonight I'll rip off another link in the paper chain that leads to John's homecoming and there'll be only four left! Yay!

I don't think I have anything else to say which is weird for me.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009


Malachi's runny nose went away quickly. I don't know what it was from, or why it went away, but I prayed that it would, so maybe it's as simple as God healed him.

I chatted with John yesterday a couple of times on Google. He's still doing great. I think when he gets home he's going to be exhausted. I can't wait to see him!

Today Malachi and I are going to a friend's house to bake Christmas cookies. I'm going to a cookie exchange on Monday morning, so I'm making some sugar cookies that Malachi and I will decorate on Sunday. I may also use some cookies to decorate my tree. We'll see if I like the look. I really didn't like the popcorn look.

I've done a pretty good job of filling the rest of my time while I wait for John. But I have zero plans for tomorrow, so I might have to think of something to do with Malachi.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Runny Nose

We seem to be battling a runny nose. That with the combination of the black ice and snow on the roads means we're not going to church. No fever to speak of and very little coughing. Hopefully this doesn't get bad.

We're still missing John. I've gotten to talk to him on Skype a couple of times. It's been great to hear his voice. I can't wait until he blogs about his trip, he's experienced some great things. It sounds like the immersion is really working to. Accoring to the paper chain it's eight days and about 12 hours until we see him again. It's probably too early to start counting down the hours.

I went to a women's meeting yesterday. We had a pot luck brunch and our Pastor's wife spoke to us on Isaiah 61: 1-4. That God is with us during the rough times in our lives, and if we're not the ones going through the rough times then maybe we're the ones to preach the good news to those going through it, for the Glory of God. We broke up into small groups and the moms all got together to reflect on what Ms Lisa said and to bring up anything we might need prayer for.

When the leader of our group asked me if there was anything I needed, I brought up the low placenta issue. I really want a miracle from God. I want Him to move the placenta up so I don't have to have a c-section. I believe that He can! However! If he decides not to, I know that he's Sovereign and he'll be with me through the whole c-section process. I'll keep y'all updated on that.

Friday, December 4, 2009


Malachi had a fever on Wednesday night that reached 102.4 and a bit of a cough (a very little bit). I called his Dr.'s office and she said that it could very well be a reaction to the shots, but if the cough persists more than a couple days to give them a call.

Yesterday the fever was still there, but not as high. The highest it reached was 101.7. I let him lay in my bed and watch TV for six hours (not something he'd normally do. He can't sit still for a whole movie). And then put him down for a nap. I expected it to be short because of all the nothing he did all day. It ended up being a very sweaty three and a half hour nap. When he got up he didn't feel like he had a temp at all (I stopped taking his temp because he was so miserable during temp taking).

We went out do dinner with a friend and by the time we were finishing up, Malachi looked really tired. I was surprised, but had figured the fever wore him out. He coughed a little bit here and there through the day, but it wasn't an issue. He went to bed easily and I asked him to let me sleep 'til 8 (I was tired too!). He did and when he came in he was his normal self! I've decided it was just an adverse reaction to the shots. He did get four! Thank God it's over with!

He's been great all day so far. He's at play group with a friend now while I wait for the laundry to be ready for the dryer after which I'll join him.

Tonight we're going to watch UP at the clubhouse with a friend of ours. Malachi really liked that movie, so I think he'll be excited.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

4 Year Well Check

Today was his 4 year check up. The nurse called him in and weighed and measured him. And then we went next door and he did a vision test and a hearing test. It was so much fun to see him do those! I was sad that John couldn't witness that. The nurse said that he did perfectly on both.

The Dr. was really impressed by him. She said that some of his skills (I think verbal mostly) were at a five or six year old level. She just really gave him a glowing report. She said we need to bring him to the dentist. She gave me a recommendation for a great (her words) Pediatric Dentist in the area. She said the 4th year is the one for developing social skills, therefore we need to make sure he gets lots of opportunities for social interaction.

Then we discussed shots. He was eligible for four boosters. I decided to do them all and get them over with. When the nurse came in with the needles he got really scared. She had to go out and get another nurse. I had been discussing shots with him and reminded him that it hurt for just a little bit and then stopped hurting. Apparently our talks didn't seem to help. The only thing I didn't try was singing with him. The crying, rage, and fighting actually calmed down during the shots and he didn't need too much calming after they were done. Poor guy!

Then he peed in a cup! That's right...peed in a cup! I had him sit on the toilet and put the cup under him. It was a little awkward, but it worked out pretty well. Then he accidentally spilled it when getting his hat, which was near the cup, from the back of the toilet. Almost all of it spilled, but I told him it was my fault because I told him to get the hat while the cup was still up there. The nurse said there was enough left. Whew! I felt really bad.

We've done well so far with keeping busy since John left. I made two paper chains today. One to countdown John getting back, and one to countdown until Christmas. I have to get off the computer now though, and play Uno Moo with Malachi - I promised. :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Yesterday at my appointment I got to see my baby boy. He's growing perfectly! He's really doing great. He's going to stay in until we want him out! That was my biggest concern. The secondary concern was the location of the placenta. It hasn't moved. This is no danger to the baby. He's going to grow and develop fine. It does mean that I'll most likely be having a c-section. It's the last thing I wanted for delivery, but the risks in c-section are much less than the risks if I start to dilate.

Overall I feel very positive about it! I have a very cute profile picture of the baby. I have to find it again. Once I do, I'll scan it and get it online. He's so cute!!

The Weekend

Wow! What a weekend! John's parents got into town on Thursday morning. The turkey was in the oven, and before noon the whole Roy family was together for an awesome Thanksgiving dinner. It was a chill day with eating and hanging out at our apartment. The grandparents offered to babysit while their kids went sight seeing on Friday.

And that's what we did. John and I took the metro down town and met Ben and Sarah at the National Gallery of Art. We took our time going through, with a break for lunch. Shortly after lunch I wasn't able to walk around anymore so I made my way quickly through the Photography exhibit and then spent about a half hour sitting in the lobby while John, Ben, and Sarah finished and saw most of the famous stuff. It's too bad I missed it, but I could always go back.

After that we headed over to the National Archives. The line to get in was pretty long and very slow moving. Then an employee came to tell us that the line was stopped for the next 15-20 minutes. It was very, very cold outside and we didn't feel like sitting outside for what could be 45 minutes waiting to get in. So instead we headed over to the Natural History Museum because Ben and Sarah were interested in the Hope Diamond. After seeing it, they went through the rest of the gems, and after that we sat in a stairwell resting our feet and trying to figure out our next move.

After some weird looks and some deliberation, we decided that John and I would go home, change, pick up the car and then head back downtown and meet them for dinner. Since it was still freezing outside when we got home, I fixed myself some hot was so tasty! John changed, and we took the car downtown to pick up Ben and Sarah and head to the restaurant. They chose one that served organic, natural, and/or local foods whenever possible. Unfortunately when I read the menu the only thing that looked tasty was one of the most expensive things on the menu and I didn't feel like spending that much that day (even though my husband told me I should (I think something inside me is becoming more frugal, which is weird since John's job provides plenty for us)). I ended up ordering a pasta and a side of carrots. Both of them were really tasty!! The menu said that the pastas were served at a moderate portion. I thought that I would be getting a small portion, which is fine since I'm pregnant and can't eat American sized portions anymore. When I got my pasta I was taken aback by what their definition of moderate was. I felt like I got a big bowl of pasta. I may have eaten too much of it. :)

We headed to a movie, that I ended up not liking, so I walked out and got a refund. I didn't expect anyone else to come out, so I hung out in the lobby, journaling (it's been FOREVER since I've done that) and making lists. I made a pretty comprehensive list of what we need still for the baby.

Saturday we as a whole family went out to Mount Vernon. What a beautiful place! We have lots of great pictures from that, and they're on my facebook. Everyone enjoyed that, and since it's the holidays we got to see the third floor where Martha Washington slept after George died. So many important people visited that house and stayed with the Washingtons, and it's supposed that's where General Washington found out he was voted in as our first president (not what he wanted to hear by the way). It was really great to step back in time and see the house the way it was when the Washingtons lived there.

After we got home I had to nap. I was so exhausted from the weekend so far and I hadn't slept all that great either. When I woke up the in-laws were being taken to the airport by John and Ben and Sarah were watching Malachi. Saturday night was another chill night at our apartment with a movie.

Sunday was church followed by naps and Christmas tree shopping! That's right! John and Malachi went and found us an awesome real Christmas tree (and supported the Boy Scouts too). John set up the tree while I went downtown and picked up Ben and Sarah. We headed back to our apartment to get John and Malachi and all went out for a Peking Duck dinner with some of John's coworkers. It was a tasty meal and it was fun to have Ben and Sarah meet some of our friends. I even made a new friend there with one of John's coworkers that I'd never met before. She and I clicked very quickly.

Yesterday John left at 4:30am for his two week trip to Guatemala. I haven't heard from him since he was in Atlanta. Hopefully he's enjoying his time. I had mom's group with church in the morning, and an ultrasound in the afternoon. The day really went by pretty fast.

Right now I'm going to get off the computer and get ready to pick up Ben and Sarah again. We may be going to a museum by the Dulles Airport, we may not. Either way, I'm taking them to the airport. After that Malachi and I are going to the store to get some things (including Christmas tree lights!).

I'll blog again about my ultrasound appointment, and about Christmas decorating this year.