Well, for some reason I haven't been able to put pictures on my blog. I'll keep trying to figure it out, you know with all the spare time I have these days. Until then, click here to see some recent pictures.


Ella and Gus

I had to switch to small pictures because we got a new camera and I think the bigger pictures are too big to load or something - antway I'll try to figure it out.


Well, I guess it's time for a little update on the Genns. Gus is doing well - it feels like he's been with us forever. I think he's a good baby. It's hard for me to say because Ella was a basically perfect baby and I think he's just pretty normal. He's so sweet though, I can't get enough of him. I was worried that I wouldn't feel the same "awe" that I felt when we had Ella and let me tell you that I feel just as in love with Gus. His sleeping wasn't going so well, but last night he only got up once - so hopefully that will last. Some of the novelty of Gus has worn off with Ella, but she still gets pretty excited when she sees him. She's adjusting really well to life with him around - I guess we all are. I helps that Nana and Papa are here to entertain her. It's been so nice to have them around. Our church has been bringing us meals for two weeks, which has been amazing!!!! I feel so spoiled, but tonight is the last one, so back to cooking - sigh.
Anyway, I know some of you have been waiting for the birth story - so here we go. I started having labour pains around 4:30 Thursday morning. Around 9 we went for breakfast with my parents and they were getting fairly strong and were like 5 minutes apart. Since the hospital is like an hour away I thought we should head in. Now, after 2 deliveries - I've learnt a few things - I do not progress very quickly. One thing I didn't want to do was go in and be sent home - but that's exactly what happened. You think I'd learn, but no. Like, I'm supposed to know what I'm doing by now. Anyway, I got there around 11, and the doctor said not much was happening yet, so It would pass the time a little more quickly if we went into town and walked around and stuff. While we were out they got to every three minutes and were a lot stronger. So, at 5 we headed back - once again - nothing going on. Are you kidding me? But she told me to stay and get some rest and hopefully things would pick up soon. So, I took a nap and my contractions almost stopped all together. When I got up, they started again - but they were back to about 10 minutes apart. So at about 9 I went out to talk to the nurses. They called the doctor and she said I should go home. The last thing the nurses said to me was "It's probably just Braxton Hicks." Thanks a lot! So, my parents had already checked into a hotel in town and offered to put us in a hotel room for the night. So we did, and the contractions just kept getting stronger - but they were pretty irregular. So, I wasn't sure what was happening. So I let Josh sleep and I dealt with contractions all night. If I was walking around they were like every 3 minutes, if I was trying to sleep they would wait like 12 minutes. Finally from about 7-8 in the morning they were consistently every 3 minutes and absolutely unbearable. Finally I woke up Josh and told him "OK, I don't know what's happening, but I need drugs" So, he showered and took all the time in the world. In the middle of a brutal contraction he came out of the bathroom to tell me something was wrong with his contacts. Uh sorry, don't really care - can we please move a little more quickly? So we got to the hospital around 8:45 and they put me in a room. The nurse was filling out charts and I was trying to be patient - but finally I was like "I would really like some drugs" So much for all natural. So she told me she would just check me out and see how far along I was. So she did and told me that I was fully dialated - awesome. She said no time for drugs, the doctor would come and break my water and the baby would come. Sure enough the doctor was there 5 minutes later, she broke my water (so I didn't go totally natural), I pushed for 15 minutes and we had a little boy. The cord was around his neck, so they were a little concerned about him - but he was fine. They said it was the best thing for him that my water didn't break - so God was taking care of Gus (as I already knew). For all of you pregnant with your second baby - from my experience, the second delivery is much easier than the first - but labour is labour.

My pictures aren't loading... hopefully soon.


Gus David Genn

So, little Gus made his way into this world at 9:41 AM on Sept 7. He was 7 lbs 12 oz and 21 inches long - not bad for 2 1/2 weeks early. We are both doing really well. Ella is a little too excited - all she wants to do is hold and touch him. Well, enough talking - here are the pictures.

Poor little blue baby. The cord was wrapped around his neck, but it didn't take too long for him to get his colour back.

The last picture of the family of three.

Such a nice picture.

So do you think these 2 could maybe be siblings? Yeah, Ella is the one in the pink.


Such a beautiful girl!
How did she grow up so fast?
This is from our youth canoe trip a couple of weeks ago. Ella loves the water, only up to her butt though because it was super cold.
I don't think I've ever seen her do one thing for so long. She sat for hours making "stone soup"
These two pictures are my favourite - maybe ever. Josh doing his two "most favourite" things - hanging out by the water and playing with his little girl.
This was taken at 4:30 in the morning! Josh had to go to Winnipeg for the day for work, so I sent Ella along to hang out with Grandma. We told her the night before - and she woke up so excited to go see "Mama and Papa" with just daddy. This is her waving bye-bye to me.
We had a little weekend family camp with our church. Ella loves hangin out with "Shon"

The van and the belly.

I wanted to write more, but I'm out of time for now. Hopefully soon...


Bad days and best days.

So, today was one of those bad days. I woke up this morning stressed out about all I had to do - and the house was already hot. I got a little work done, and then I started thinking too much (always a problem) and before I knew it I was just bawling for no reason. I called Josh and just cried to him, but he's working about 2 1/2 hours north of here and couldn't do much to help... or so I thought. I am a very prideful person - something I need to work on more - and there is no way I would call someone to help me. Well, Josh decided to call my freind Abbie and tell her I was having a rough day. She was home today studying for an exam and doesn't have any kids. So she was willing to drop everything, come on over, bring me flowers, do my dishes, mop my floor and take Ella for the rest of the afternoon! I am crying now as I write this because I am so overwhelmed by her kindness. So even though I have plenty to do, I knew I needed to post this while the emotions are fresh. God is so good to provide for me even when I am at my most selfish point. Now I need to pray to be able to see when someone else needs the help of a friend. So today I thank God for friends and a husband who sometimes oversteps his boundaries only out of love for me! Bad days sometimes end up being the best days.

Abbie, her husband Cam and dog Coda



So, I added some pictures, but I guess that doesn't really let everyone know how we are doing. This has been an incredibly busy summer - and I'm not even sure what we've really done. Only 10 weeks till the baby is due and the last 2 weeks have been really hot here. This area is not really prepared for heat. Nobody has airconditioning - even a lot of restaurants don't. The nice thing is the nights usually cool off, so at least we can sleep. Needless-to-say I've been a little uncomfortable and lazy. Today I'm so sore - I went to yoga on Monday and I'm a little out of shape. I have never been to a yoga class before and I really enjoyed it. I've always been a little leary - you know the whole Hindu thing - but there wasn't one word of "higher powe" or meditation or anything of the sort. I'm sure some are different, but this one was really good. Anyway, we are kind of working on potty training - it's going alright. The other day Josh was going to get the mail, so he took Ella along. (the mail box is just a little down the street) So, I forgot that she was wearing panties, which I put on her when we're home to help her know when she pees. Anyway, standing in front of the mailbox she just squats a little and goes on the sidewalk. Josh was so embarrassed and the walk home she just kept turning around and yelling "I pee, I pee." Funny girl. Anyway, we obviously have a ways to go. So that's all I have the energy to type right now.


Summer Frivolities

Well, this will be a long one - since it has been so long, but at least there will be lots of pictures. First off, we were in Winnipeg a few weeks ago visiting family. Sadly, these are the only pictures I took. I really need to get better at this.

Then my parents came out for a little while. These are pictures of a lovely evening we had at our friends Darrel and Sharons. Probably the best hosts I've ever met.

The cutest icecream cone ever.

Papa and Ella going "wheeee" (that's what she says when she sees this picture)

Grandma just watching.

Just eating up the attention

She loves this new book Darrel and Sharon gave her.

On Sunday afternoon we went to the creek to beat the heat. It was such nice family time.

I'm not sure what that face means

Later on we met up with the Falconer fam.


Sitting in her new rocking chair, wearing her new dress Nana sent her. Thanks Nana!