About souksnthedesert

I am a migratory Yooper. *Meaning: a person from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Once upon a time I traded in my plastic toy snow shovel for red cowboy boots and spurs. Only to later find myself trading everything in for the wonders of the desert and the life that was prepared for me here.

All 5 of Us

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All 5 of Us

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What Seems Like Forever Ago…

Barnabas Stephan Nel was born.  It started early in the morning on October 4, 2013 and by 9:51 pm he entered into the world.

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In the early days after his birth, everything was all very fresh and I could remember every detail of his birth story.  Now that he is 10 weeks old, it’s a little foggier.  But that’s what they say happens so it’s no surprise.

I do remember how faithful the Lord was in all of it.  My water broke early at 6 am that morning, and we arrived at the hospital at 10:30 am with no contractions so they put me on a drip.  By the end of the day I had only dialated to 4 cm and they could tell something was wrong.  They rushed me into an emergency c-section and we found out that we were parents to a baby boy.  During the c-section they saw that the placenta was ripping from the uterine wall which was causing the complications.  I’m so grateful that God kept both of us safe so that we could meet each other.

Finding out that Barnabas was a boy when he was born was the best surprise both Etienne and I have ever had.  It was so fun not knowing his gender until the very end, and it helped us give all the glory to God.  And it made that moment he was born all the more special.

For me, besides Barnabas being born, the greatest part of the whole experience was getting to go through it with my husband.  It was an emotional roller coaster, painful and exciting.  And I couldn’t have done it without Etienne right beside me, holding my hand, reading scripture to me and praying for all three of us.  

Not only were those moments an emotional roller coaster, but much of the next few weeks were as well.  Little Barnabas became the patient at the hospital instead of me a few days after he was born when his jaundice levels spiked and he needed 12 hours of phototherapy.  And then at his 3 1/2 week check-up we realized that he had been losing weight since we had left the hospital.  After seeing a lactation consultant, we were told to put him on formula so that he could gain his birth weight back and continue to grow after that.  Now at almost 11 weeks he is as happy and healthy as ever and we are so grateful!

Here are some pictures from the hospital and coming home of our little guy:

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Much love!

Pregnant in Dubai

You may wonder what it was like being pregnant in the summer here….

I have a picture that says more than words.

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Thankfully, after we got the lens defogged we were able to take another picture with me looking a little happier…

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Do you see anybody in the background? 🙂

Nellie Nel

How rude of me!  I posted pictures and personality information about a dog that I have not properly introduced to the world!  Well actually, if you’ve talked to us, seen us or live in Dubai- you know about Nellie.  She’s a bit of an obsession.  We’ve turned into those people in “Best in Show” with the Norwich Terrier who sing:

“God loves a terrier.  Yes He does.  God loves a terrier.  That’s because: small, sturdy, bright and true.  They give their love to you.”  I could go on quoting the song and movie.  If you’ve never seen it, it’s worth a watch.

Nellie is the West Highlands Terrier who came into our lives at the end of April and now she’s 7 months old.  She has been a test run of sorts for us with early mornings and sleepless nights and most of all she’s been a joy.

Here’s Nellie the first day we brought her home.  The first thing I did was take her into the backyard…. big mistake. 🙂  She’s been a yard puppy ever since!

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She was a real ball of fluff.

A little later on, we let Nellie try out some gardening:

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She took over quickly…  She had a better way to till the soil…

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We still can’t figure out why none of the seeds we planted grew….

Until later, stay well!

I must have had help, right?

You’re right, I couldn’t have done this room without some help.  So here comes my acceptance speech, not that anyone’s giving me an award for my accomplishments… I don’t think anyone ever saw my movie… but I can still thank a few people who made this all possible.

Two people in particular….

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Oh wait, one of these people is a dog.  The other people is my husband, Etienne.  As you can see one of them served as the foreman, Nellie the dog, and the other served as the worker bee, Etienne.

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I wouldn’t necessarily say this to her cute little face, but Nellie was a bit of a Micro-Manager during the whole thing.  She was very concerned about quality control.  She didn’t let anything slip by her little nose.

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If you need someone with a rigid ideal of perfection in interior decorating and installation, Nellie’s CV is on linkedin.  Connect with her there.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you though.

Until later, stay well!

Rock-a-bye Baby

Here’s the last picture of the room until the most important thing is added: the baby!!!

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No room is complete without a rocking chair!  But actually since my parents are coming to visit when the baby is born, the rocking chair has been moved to our room to give them some space- and I just don’t know if I’ll want to give it back when it’s all said and done.  It’s nice to have one in every room and makes everything look so cozy!  Maybe I’ll change my habit of buying too many tables and start buying too many rocking chairs instead…

My Belly Button

I always used to wonder what treasures were deep inside my belly button.  Ever since I was a little girl.  I imagined there could be anything in there.  But now, the mystery is over.  When some people are pregnant, they completely lose their belly button.  That hasn’t happened to me…. yet.  But I can say that for the first time I can actually see what’s in there and that’s pretty exciting!  I hope the same thing for all of you one day- not that you will be able to see into your belly button- but that certain mysteries in your life will be revealed 🙂

And on to the next pictures of the baby room.  These are pretty revealing- just like all that talk about my belly button.  Because they contain about 2/3 of what the room holds.  Drum roll please…..

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This painting is of Zephaniah 3:17.  We hope that it will be a great reminder of who God is for our little one, as they grow up and learn more about Him, the One who is mighty to save.

Until next time, stay well!