Wednesday, April 16, 2008

introducing jack...

JACK...!!!! i thought your mommy was STILL in labor with you after 28 hours until i finally just talked to her briefly. i didn't get the text they sent out to everyone annoucing your arrival since i'm here...and y'all are there...

i thought you may still be in her belly because i asked your mom's friends' (your 'other' aunties) to email me at work, and i know at least ms. angie did, however, due to "circumstances beyond my control" (well, kind of...i inputted the wrong password 3x to lock myself out of my computer, and, honestly, the thing is, these government computers are a little fussy)...!! i'm glad you came at 7:42PM...angie, i have to check this with you...didn't YL club at LHS start at this time????? cool kid, indeed!!

you're a pretty darn cute (and smart) kid (aunt liesel was RIGHT!)...and i'm not surprised....check you out!!



this picture is FREAKY. like freaky enough to make me want to wait a good while before having friends for you to play with...it's in the a.m. sometime the day you were born. i think mommy was in labor 10 or so hours; i haven't talked to her more than 5 mins yet...


here, you are in awe of your daddy...hint, hint: he's a pretty great guy! he also just told you your last name and your dad's tag line in his online photo album was, "my last name is what?" don't worry, several of your friends have and will have "challenging" ones too! in addition to being great, he's extremely funny...like i think (ok, i know, i've peed <<>just a little<>>) when he has said something...(and this happens ALL the time). not the peeing part (honestly), just your dad being funny...

and your mommy is smart, beautiful, cool, silly, and super laid-back. i mean the picture says it all. she loves you so much, but she was very hungry because i'm sure she worked really hard to bring you into this world!! in my opinion, this picture could quite possibly be the best "mom after birth" picture i have EVER seen...

see the love in their smiles...their faces...you're in for quite a ride little jack! and check out your gorgeous, stunning mother. i mean this is her, all - naturale, right after you came into this world...!!! step aside angelina...

i'm signing off for now until i meet you, hopefully sooner rather than later!! but i don't know, yet. but i do know, i WILL scrapbook photos of you, like ones your dad put on his online album (ones i won't put on here)! there's a really funny one but i won't embarass you that much...hmmm...no, ok, i won't. i borrowed these picture above because i didn't think they would mind. when you're 16 and you bring your first girlfriend home, your dad, not your mom, will bring out these old scrapbooks i will starting making you (today)...that's how your family rolls! be strong. laugh it off. :)

welcome, sweet jack! ken and cort are in awe of this miracle for your parents, our sweet, dear friends. we, along with all the rest of your family and friends, are so in love with you...! you'll make it kid. too many people are going to make sure you don't end up like your daddy...just kidding...you would be so lucky...(you'll have enough of your mom in you, you'll seem normal :)
ok jack, buddy, where are you? i sent out an SOS (a SMS through Skype - it's God's greatest invention for us overseas to communicate to folks in the states) to the world (angie, sarah, aleida) to see if they heard. see, now it's the flip side. it's 9:15am my time; 2:15am yours. i don't want to call because maybe you're here and your mommy and daddy are sleepy-sleeping...

i tried to google you (because i'm a little psycho and want to know if the miracle is here) but can't find you on the world, wide, web which is a GOOD thing, for security reasons and well, if and when you're president one day; not sure you want pics of when you just came out (those hospitals same-day ones aren't really the most becoming, i'll be honest with ya) i mean it's the first pic of the miracle so that part is BEYOND cool, but usually you're a funky-a** (you'll learn that word much, much later) color...you don't want those pics up on cyber-freakin' space for everyone to see...??

i gotta go to work soon so somebody might have to make an international call just to tell me you have arrived since i can't be here to answer the skype US number. but you're worth the money that person will have to spend. you're worth much more to so, so, so many people...

peace out little man...did you come on the 15th or were you like me and after i don't know, over 24+ hours of labor, sneak in on the next day - the 16th? my tag date was in july though...april is much cooler!! kids won't be on vacation for your birthday parties...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

sorry baby jack

i'm going to have to "crap out" on waiting up to see if you entered the world or not. it's 10pm where you are and 5am where i am and well, that's why. i have to work tomorrow. i sent an email out to your family and friends but haven't received a reply yet. i'll check tomorrow...until then holding my breath (just doing so while i get some shut~eyes(s)!

p.s. and only 1 this time, i promise. i hope you didn't give your mom extreme labor pains. i'm kind of protective of her, because she is my dear friend. but then again, she's run like 5 marathons and she probably is handling it like a CHAMP! :)

anticipating baby jack



i interrupt this blogging post to bring you the REAL news in my life as it's happening...it's 1:42 a.m. (now 2:56 by the time i am finishing this bad-boy), and about 45 (a little longer) minutes ago (ok, he might already be here!), a series of events led me to find out (because thankfully i've had yet another late night of working/playing), that our BEST FRIENDS ARE IN LABOR!!!! bill and joni are about to have little jack d in raleigh!! i wish i could race over there. i mean, definitely not in the delivery room; just in the waiting room. so i could wait and find out that this little miracle has been born into this crazy, fun, and sometimes challenging world!! a miracle is about to happen, people!! (i made this part orange, because joni loves orange and all us girls got them a stroller as a hostess gift for them hosting us for their shower; and it was, you guessed it, orange. i think we all know how i feel about this color, but if not, i HATE it. joni and i, sometimes, have different opinions...like our feelings about hiking the grand canyon. another story for another day.

i regress. i mean, i can't imagine the anticipation our friends are feeling? how their lives are about to change?? i feel a little like i'm about to become an aunt because a) they are our very best friends, who met at our wedding, and got married 18 mos later in April 2006; (the 23rd to be exact); and b) i don't have any nieces or nephews from my sister or brother yet. ken is lucky enough to be an uncle, and i get to be one now too - not an uncle of course, but an aunt who's still learning how to be one! :) - to 4 beautiful girls and 1 handsome boy, but they live too far away in north dakota and we desperately wish we could see them more. at this moment, it just seems like everyone lives too far away - friends who are in labor; family who we want to hug and kiss.

i can barely contain my excitement...can you tell?? she's at a NINE (whatever that means), and jack is about to POP OUT! don't they do webcams nowadays so you can set them up for your friends in greece? i mean i don't want to be IN the room watching it; the waiting room will be sufficient. i want to be there when they shout from the rooftops, "it happened. God gave us a miracle today!"

we love you bill & joni and we can't wait to experience this adventure, albeit from greece, with you! love, love, love...

hello in advance sweet little jack! i've been thinking about you a lot over the last couple of days. i briefly spoke with your mom on saturday and told her not to have the baby while moving your grandma (i don't know what you'll be calling her), danjczek's stuff out of new bern, n.c. i was just telling a friend here in greece how your mommy was due in just over 2 weeks from now and i just had a feeling...still i was surprised when i saw the emails in my inbox (that would not open because our computer was slow,) and i was so surprised and excited when ms. angie told me on the phone your mommy was in labor!

i've been praying for you for a long time, before you were conceived. your mommy told me on the phone (because i live kind of far away right now in crete, greece.) we are your parents' best friends and they met at our wedding in 2004! they married in 2006 and well, here it is april 15, 2008 and you're about to arrive!!


we will be "on the move" for the first 10+ years or so of your life because mr. ken is in the navy until he retires. :( i really wish raleigh had a navy base; even more so now that you are about to make your grand entrance! your mom is at a "nine" (whatever that means because i don't have kids of my own yet), and really that was like 2 hours ago...


i spoke to your daddy and he told me mommy was near having you and the excitement in his voice was overwhelming. mommy couldn't talk...i think she was really concentrating on her breathing and processing that their "little miracle" would soon arrive.


so i'll shoot straight with you, (so maybe one day you can convince your daddy!)...we really want y'all to move to austin one day when mr. ken gets out of the navy and have a back yard that meets up with ours! but well, your dad isn't quite convinced about texas. and i can understand, because i always tease him about being a "yankee" and i was one for a few years only a couple of hours from where he grew up in pennsylvania. sometimes "those types" can't see texas for texas, or even better, austin for austin. but guess what. you're being born in raleigh and you might live there your whole life or you might not. (i'm going to go out on a limb and say your other grandparents, aunts/uncles/cousins in tejas, would like to see you closer??) it doesn't matter. the thing that matters is that you have a lot of people who love, love, love you already and we haven't even seen your cute picture!! one thing i can guarantee you though - your parents have so many surprises in store for you! they're so wonderful, so creative, and so cool. they are FULL OF LIFE! they don't just live, just breathe, just go day-to-day. i mean they pound the pavement in search of this adventure we're apart of here on this Earth, and they have so many people who love them and who they love. they are the "salt of the Earth" kind of people. you are a pretty lucky kid to be born to them!! i hope i learn a lot from them and how they care for you, little jack, because i think they are going to be wonderful, real, parents who are honest and loving. your God is a BIG ONE and he is bringing you into this world (apparently on tax day so a lot of people will probably remember your b-day!)


the love you already have surrounding you even before you were born, from near and far, extends further than just your mommy and daddy. you have a whole slew (don't worry, i think it's mostly a texas-speak word) of folks who can't wait to meet you; great grandmothers, and grandmothers, a grandfather here on earth, and even one who went to be with jesus last year. you have fantastic aunts, uncles, and cousins galore (ok, so, i think it's like 4 so far...), even great aunts and great uncles, but they aren't "older", they're just GREAT! plus you have a TON of your mommy's and daddy's friends who rejoice in the fact that you are going to enter this world very, very soon. i can't guarantee i didn't leave off family members because after all, my mind is on one thing...hearing the news that you, indeed, have arrived!! you want the short version? after all this i dare ask? all of these people cannot wait to see you and hold you in awe...for you are loved by so many...you will be an honour and blessing and bring great riches to many lives.


we love you, ken & cortney schwalbe (don't worry; it took me 6 mos of us dating to properly pronouce it.) your daddy calls him schwalll - bles (he'll have to teach you how to say it), and if that's easier, you can call him that too!! send us lots of pictures as you grow up, especially in the next 10 years because, like i said earlier in this letter, the navy "owns us", well, kind of, and maybe, just maybe, we'll all live in the same city one day, and you'll have siblings and we'll have friends you can play with and grow old with; like we will do with your mommy and daddy. many blessings, little jack...

p.s. one day i'll show you this silly blog so you can see your mommy's belly...attached to this entry are a couple of pictures from february 29-march 3. we had a shower with 9 of her girlfriends (and mr. ken came as well to entertain your daddy and make pizzas). everyone flew in from all around (the world), to celebrate your anticipated arrival (thought to be in early may)! see, i just know you're going to live your life surprising everyone! we got to see your mom's big belly, see her dance and try to act out charades in the game of cranium. i know, it'll be ancient and old-fashioned by the time you start playing games, but maybe just maybe you'll think it's cool? she was funny doing this "acting" 7+ mos prego (which is a cool word for pregnant in case the kids aren't still using it when you're old enough to know what pregnant means! we had fun feeling your mom's belly and were all blown away when you kicked! are you going to play soccer??? the anticipation of your arrival was overwhelming to experience with your cool parents (i've used this word many times so i hope you grasp how great they really are); and now...this day...we can't believe the day has come - april 15, 2008! your mommy and daddy will be changed forever...
p.s.s. your aunt leisel thinks you're even cooler and smarter to be born in april and mr. ken agrees.

p.s.s.s. your GREAT uncle dave wrote an email to everyone...as we wait to hear if you've arrived...something about elvis, and i'm sorry, i don't get it??? he'll have to explain.

p.s.s.s.s. i really like to write and i'm sorry, i'm so long-winded. people should really be limited to one "p.s." ... or not??