The Bell Family

Random ponderings on God, life, and the humor all around us

July/August Family Update


Welcome back, everyone!  If you don’t usually visit the blog, feel free to look around by viewing categories on the side bar.  You might especially be interested in “Cute Kid Stuff” and “Photo Albums.”

This has been an amazing, but very HOT two months.  We have come up with many indoor activities because we have not been willing to battle the heat much, but we’ve still been loving each other’s company.

Some of our happiest news is that we bought our first house.  Yeah!  We will move in at the end of September.  It’s a tiny little house (my dream starter home) with a large yard.  Everything in the house has been re-done, including new pipes.  It’s amazing the work the previous owners did to it.  After looking off and on for three years, we are very excited to have a house we love and that fits all of our needs and desires.  We will actually be living in Southern Indiana, and friends of ours have told us that means we’re Hoosiers.  We’ll see. 

We also are finally going through the membership process at our church, Sojourn Community.  When we started going at Easter, the six-week course you have to go through for membership was halfway over, and then they broke for the summer.  We are in full swing now, though, and will hopefully be members (partners as they call them) in a few weeks.   I am already getting some great opportunities there leading kids worship once a month and mentoring a young married woman as part of their Titus 2 Ministry.  We are making many friends that we have already grown to adore.

Bill is still working for Humana and is getting amazing opportunities there, working overtime and learning many new skills.  His supervisor and team lead have been great to him, and we praise God for them and the job He graciously provided for us.  He also just interviewed for a team lead position (that’s a step up from him) but we haven’t heard anything yet.

I am in my second trimester now, and I am still feeling well.  I have changed to a doctor in Indiana who is willing to let me try to VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section).  There are few doctors in Louisville willing to try because of silly lawsuits, and my original doctor was one of them.  My due date is February 29th–leap day!

As far as the kids go, August was the month of sickness.  It started with Ariana who had a sinus infection and high fever and moved to Liam who had some other kind of bug with a high fever.  Poor babies!  Other than that, Ariana, almost 10 months old now, is getting huge.  She weighs 20 pounds, is cruising all over the apartment, and loves to say “Dada” (go figure), “more,” “all done,” and tries to repeat anything you ask her to (very different from Liam who didn’t start talking until he was almost two).  Her brother is her best friend and favorite entertainer.  We have never gotten her to laugh as hard at us as she does at him.  It is sweetly cute!

Liam is stringing words together, counting to 10 (and 20 with help), saying please, thank you, excuse me, and sorry, and becoming more and more of a boy.  I love it!  He is a great source of joy to us.  He also sings perfectly on pitch and has entire C.D.s memorized (at least the pitches). 😉  Probably his greatest feat this month, though, was beating me in our home bowling version using cups and a bouncy ball.  I’m not kidding.  I didn’t let him win.  I was just pitiful and he was a natural born athlete.  Maybe it’s because I didn’t use his method.  You can watch it below and then look at a few new pictures. 

Ariana standing in her crib

Liam’s first time eating corn on the cob

7 thoughts on “July/August Family Update

  1. CONGRATS on the house and everything!!! What great news to read this afternoon!
    Please let us know your new addy and if you need anything!

    Love you guys!

  2. Congratulations!!! E-mail or call me!!


  3. How sad that the video says, “Video currently not available. Try again later”. We are so happy for you getting the little house with which you had fallen in love. How wonderful that it has a great place to play (rocks and sticks included)!!! And to think you’ll be only 4 months pregnant for this move. Amazing!!! Love you guys.

  4. Well, now I get to see the video. Great form, Liam. Looks much like mine even today, except that I don’t knock down the pins. You are so much more athletic than Nana.

  5. Congratulations on the new house, we are so happy for you. There is nothing like ownership of the place you live in, now you can do anything you want to it. Arlyn and I have done quite a number on our house in the past two years, it looks nothing like it did when we moved in. Just because you are living in Indiana doesn’t mean you are a Hoosier, it just means you can show your true Wildcat side in enemy territory.

    I’m glad to see all the family are doing well. I can’t believe how much Liam has grown since I saw him last. I can’t wait to make a trip back east to see the family, especially Ariana since I haven’t had the oportunity to meet my niece. My trip to Virginia Beach for work last month was cancelled, I was hoping to make the trip and stop in Louisville on my way back to California.

    I guess if the new baby is born on February 29th, you will have to wait 4 years before you can celebrate the 1st B-Day. Arlyn is feeling the baby move around some in the evenings but I haven’t felt anything yet, I can’t wait to feel that first kick or punch.

    Tell everyone we said hi and we love you all.

    Big Brother & Arlyn

  6. Yea! Your first house!! I can’t wait for that to happen for us. We are well and it’s good to hear the same from you!

  7. This is the first chance I have really gotten to read your blog (due to limited internet service) I feel like I have missed out on SO much this family’s life. I miss you all and can’t wait to come see you!!!

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