Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the Gilmer clan. River Louise is here! And she is beautiful and perfect and amazing and magical. 

I am working on a post about her birth story that will be up on the blog this week, but I had to post a photo introducing her. I am certain she will be on this blog a lot more in the future. 

Trip to PA for Our Baby Shower

This is our biggest post picture wise to date so I will try to make it not so wordy... but who are we kidding :) We got to go to PA for a few days to see family and friends and have a huge barbecue to celebrate the coming of our sweet baby girl! It was a blast and everything I could have hoped for (Thanks mom, dad and aunt Jeannie and everyone else who pitched in!). It was at my aunt's farm which is the property that my dad grew up on. That property is so special to me and perfect to celebrate such a special event to us. There was good music, food, and friend and a perfect summer night. Our super talented friend Sarah Abraham was kind enough to photograph the whole event so more on that to come :)

During out trip we got to spend some time in Pittsburgh with my parents, one of my best friends from Florida SURPRISED ME and flew in for the weekend, and we got some one on one time with family and friends. Every time I go home I realize how blessed I was to grow up there surrounded by so many amazing people who are still some of my biggest supporters in life. I'm also reminded of how beautiful East coast history and landscapes are too.

Also as you will notice below, baby girl has a name….River Louise Gilmer. We love it! We knew for a long time that if she was a girl her name would be River. Then late last year my amazing warrior of a grandma passed away so we are privileged to give River my grandma’s middle name of Louise. So crazy that October is right around the corner! Can't wait to meet that little girl of ours!





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Gender reveal

I climbed up on the table and exposed my belly. “Don’t worry our gel is heated he said as he covered my stomach in goop. Lets see if we can find out a gender for you guys today. Going in to that appointment that day we had our guesses with the gender (Let the record show that I guessed girl! ) but the main thing on both of our minds was to see our sweet little human move around.

He put the machine on my stomach and started to move it around and just when we caught a glimpse of her she started to slowly move. “Wake up little one” he said as he poked around to get her in another position. Nathan and I just stared at each other in shock at the movement of this tiny little human. A head showed up and then a foot as I quickly counted all of the toes. Next we saw her spine. “I bet you love seeing that” Nathan said as we explained to the guy that I am a Chiropractor. He snapped a quick photo of it for us.

He kept moving the probe around until finally there it was. Her butt was in the air and he closely examined as we tried to figure out what we were looking at. “Well it looks like you have a baby girl in here!” he said as I squealed with joy and threw my hands in the air. Nathan’s eye teared up and my dad reminded him later that he was definitely in trouble and to say goodbye to the rest of his heart :)

It was surreal enough to hear her heart beat for the first time a few weeks prior but to know now that she is a girl and to see her wiggle around (I haven’t really felt her moving yet) made it even more real. I suppose those surreal moments keep happening with every phase until we are literally staring her in the face, holding her in our arms. Even at that point I'm sure it continues daily. 

As soon as I found out she was a girl I found a random fireworks store online that had hot pink smoke bombs. I’ve always wanted to do a smoke bomb photoshoot with Nathan and what a perfect occasion. It was so beautiful in the mountains that day and a fun way to celebrate this exciting news together. P.S. don’t worry about the smoke around me. These were all natural, organic, cage free, free range, grass fed smoke bombs ;) Thank you guys for all of your support and sweet words! We would love it if you guys would keep praying for the health of this little girl!

It's a baby, see

First off I have to start by saying that the title of this post must be read in your best 1920s mobster voice hah! Now on to the important stuff...We saw the baby for the first time today! It was one of the most beautiful things I've ever experienced. The baby was moving around and we could see the heart beating and it was just so cool. We also found out the gender but we aren't going to spill the beans about that until next week :)  

I will be 16 weeks along on Saturday and feeling mostly great! I think I'm pretty much over the hump of the nausea and all that fun stuff. Although I don't know how all the pregnant mommas are rocking it at the gym with all that energy! 

We decided to do a monthly bump photo if you'd like to follow along. Our friend Carol affectionately nicknamed our little one Gilmerino (Gilmer+Bambino) so the series is titled that up in the galleries until we reveal the name. The first three months are in this post :)

We are so overwhelmed by all the love and support you all have shown us. It is so comforting to know we have such an incredible support system for such an incredible task we've been gifted with. You guys are seriously amazing and we love you tons.  

Easter Sunday (Plus a Special Announcement)

Easter morning is one of my favorite days of the year. I honestly appreciate it more than ever now that we are a part of the Bloom faith community. Bloom follows the church calendar. This is something that I honestly didn't know much about growing up but I have come to appreciate it so much. The Easter season starts 40 days before on Ash Wednesday. For the most part lent is a darker and more reflective time. It reaches a finale on Good Friday when the table is covered, the lights are turned out, and we enter a period of doubt. But then Sunday morning comes. There is hope again. 

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For all of lent the liturgy of our service changes. One of the biggest things is we cease to sing the Doxology. On Easter morning we bring it back. I sat there singing, and crying, thinking about how living in a community of faith is such a weird but beautiful thing. Sometimes life and faith can get kinda routine and normal, but then there are these times that are little glimpses that there is something more. The veil between the physical and the spiritual is stretched thin somehow and we can see a little bit of the true reality. 

After Easter service we made our way to my grandparents house. They were still at there Easter service so we prepared a big lunch for everybody. We were so busy that we didn't really get any pictures of this. In fact we kinda forgot to take pictures most of the day which isn't like us, we were just having so much fun that it slipped our mind. 

We enjoyed a great lunch with members of our family and then dyed some eggs, because its easter. :-)

Later in the day I got to spend some time with my dad flying remote control planes at the field. It's one of my dad's favorite hobbies and I love being able to share it with him. It was a beautiful night and flying planes is such a relaxing and fun way to enjoy it. 

As we were out at the field finishing up our last couple flights we got a really simple but beautiful sunset. It was really the perfect way to end such a beautiful day. 


Special Announcement!!!

We have a big announcement for you guys. Watch the video below for the latest news. It has been hard to hold this news in.