i hope this picture gives you a hint as to why i've been away for a while...we're having a baby! wow. quite a surprise, and such a wonderful blessing. we've been processing for the past two weeks, and had our first appointment with the doctor today. it's true...we're really having a baby. baby even has a heartbeat, and we got to hear it! he/she plans to meet the world march 3rd. keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we go on this journey! i'm really excited to be a mommy. and i know michael will be such a precious daddy.