Here it is!! The day some thought would never come! The day I FINALLY update the old blog!!
So, it's been a really long time, friends. (Assuming I still have friends that check this thing...) I have been a terrible slacker lately, but I figured an update was in order, considering some major developments have taken place in the Nobles' household since my last post.
I'm sure anyone reading this already knows, either via Facebook or human contact, but in case anyone has been living under a rock for the past 3 1/2 months, I'M PREGNANT!! I know, crazy, right? But there it is. A new little baby Nobles will be entering the world sometime at the end of January. My official due date is January 29, but we all know how likely that is to be accurate. We don't yet know if this little person will be of the male or female persuasion, but we should find out in another 4 weeks or so. I go in for my 3rd appointment on Wednesday, where we will get to hear little Jellybean's heartbeat once again. Yay! The sonogram happens on the next visit. I don't really have any preferences as to which gender we have, although the vast majority, if not all of the people who have ventured their predictions have gone with girl. I would be happy with that. Charles is just happy there's only 1 baby in there. :) Needless to say, we are both super excited about everything, and also wondering how in the world we became grown up enough to become parents. Weird. So far, everything is going smoothly. I have had my fair share of the morning sickness (which people assured me would go away in the 2nd trimester...so far no such luck), but if that's the worst I have to deal with, I will consider myself blessed.
Let's see...what else? Charles finished up his first year of teaching at Martin, and is getting ready to start year 2 in just a couple of weeks. This year he will have an added adventure: coaching ladies' wrestling! This was an unexpected opportunity that was offered to him, and even though it's probably (ok, definitely) not his first choice of sports to coach, he is super excited to have the opportunity to get a start in high school coaching. Who knows what kinds of doors this will open in the future. Until then, there is much to be learned and girls who might be able to beat us both up to keep happy.
Work is going really well for me. The summer was interesting, as they were remodeling half of the floor I work on, so I got to spend a lot of time floating to other units in the hospital. I don't mind floating at my job here nearly as much as I did in Abilene. At least here, no matter where I go, I am always taking care of children, and not being forced to palpate funduses of women who have just given birth. (I am super glad there are people out there who enjoy that kind of nursing, and I'm sure I'll come to appreciate them even more after having my own child, but I am just not cut out for that.) Anyway, the remodeling process just finished up about 2 weeks ago, so now we are back to full capacity. The new unit is so pretty! It's all bright and festive, and even smells new. I've had the opportunity to work on that side of the floor twice so far, but the last couple of times I've worked I've been on the old, drab, gray and blue side. Oh well. I still love my job.
This summer has been fantastic as well. In June, Charles and I went back for our second year of working at New Beginnings Camp. Charles was a counselor and I was the nurse. I had to do the nurse thing all by myself this year, which I was slightly freaked out about, but we ended up having a fabulous week, free of any major illnesses or injuries. We recruited my brother Brandon to come along this year as well, and I think he enjoyed it too. I hope we get to go back again next year. Just the week before last, I went to camp again by myself, this time at Camp Heavenbound. There I was one of 3 nurses, which I was super glad about, because we were much busier there! It was kind of an interesting experience though, because this is the session of camp I grew up going to and working at as a counselor. It was weird to go back as "adult staff" and to realize that all the teenagers who were the counselors were my campers back in the day! It definitely made me nostalgic for the youth group days as well. I was definitely blessed to grow up in an awesome church family with a very active youth group that did so many fun things. It also made me feel a little old, but that's beside the point...
Well, that's about all I've got for now. Sorry I fell off the face of the earth. I guess I really should get back into the habit of updating with a bit more frequency, especially so when the baby comes I can share all the interesting experiences we are certain to encounter... I will work on it. Thanks for sticking with me. Love to all!!