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I have a lot of new friends. Welcome! Most have come from my due date community, I think, and many of them have done nifty Intro posts. I'm going to do the same, but I plan to break it up into a few different posts. Here is where I introduce you to my family.

Hello! I'm Amanda, aka ahavah, and this is me today at 40 weeks. This is the first time I've ever hit my estimated due date. The baby I'm still lugging around is affectionately known as "Guillermo" or "G" around here. Its LJ tag is Baby3, but I'll probably replace that with a name when we actually have one. We don't actually know if it's a boy or a girl, but I bestowed that utero-name upon it when I was joking about wanting a dark-skinned, redheaded Mexican baby. (I'm half Mexican and my husband is full ginger.)

This is my husband, Josh. (Our oldest daughter and lahermite's son are in the background – hope she doesn't mind, but this is my new favorite picture of Josh.) Interestingly enough, while Josh is all freckled, redheaded white boy, his family is mostly full of dark-haired, darkish skinned folk heavy on Native American blood. So my joke actually has a decent chance of coming to fruition.

Josh and I have been together for over ten years, though we just got married in 2008. I've actually known him for much longer (he dated one of my friends back in high school). I believe I first met him when I was 16, which means that besides my blood family, he is the person who has known me the longest in my life. This meant quite a bit to me when I realized it, since I moved around a lot as a kid and I really don't have any other friends who've known me since childhood. It may be pretty corny, but Josh is definitely my best friend. He knows me a lot better than even my family does, and I dare say he knows me better than I know myself sometimes. We've been through quite a lot together. He's known me as an extraordinarily spacey teen, a homeless young woman on my own for the first time, a roommate, a spun-out partier, a girlfriend with a surprise pregnancy, an unreluctant and completely dedicated mother, a birth junky, a rather eclectic spiritualist, a broken shell, a wife who tries really hard, and now a budding homesteader. He's been right there with me through all of it.

This is our oldest, Eden. She's eight, deeply devoted to cats of all kinds, a huge Calvin & Hobbes fan, a zombie fan, a passionate artist and budding writer, and self-proclaimed "Grade A nimrod". Her super-villain alter-ego is "Stupendous Woman". She's also very much into dance (particularly ballet), archery, and she really wants to start hunting. She tentatively plans to own some kind of outdoor animal rescue shelter when she grows up, although there's so much that she wants to do that it's really hard to pick. I try to remind her that she has a while before making a commitment.

This is Ivy, who just turned six. She is also a huge cat fan and a big fan of Tinkerbell (and fairies in general). She also loves dancing, drawing, archery, helping out on the farm, and she's looking forward to being a big sister and helping the baby grow up to be awesome. Her super-villain alter-ego is "Cat Woman". She would like to provide grooming services at Eden's animal shelter when she grows up. Ivy is a little flirt and is the one who is more interested in boys and crushy things. She also wants to marry Josh, but I beat her to that.

This is my other best friend, my beloved Achaiah. Now 11 years old, I've had her for slightly longer than I've had Josh. She's half pit, a quarter border collie, a quarter unknown but assuredly awesome. She did have the pit muscles back in the day, but we've grown old and fat together. She's still got her border collie smarts though. Mostly. We've been through a lot together as well. I dreamt about her before she was born, and I know without a doubt that we were meant to be together.

Baby and Vader, our wethers and first goats. We got them to eat the pasture, mostly. (We had a flock of Buckeye chickens first, but most of them were recently taken by someonething when we were on vacation. We have a few mixed hens now, but no good pics.)

Our dairy goat, Rosie, and her two bucklings, JJ and Patches. We're excited to finally have a dairy goat! Although we'd like to sell or trade her boys. They're all a bit much to handle at the moment, and since they're not castrated, they're likely to create problems in the future.

Occasionally I mention my family back in North Carolina. My Dad:

My sister Tina and her husband Adam, who just gave me my very first niece, Chloe:

My (half)sister Liz, who I very rarely hear from. No one in the family but me hears from her at all though, so I'm the lucky one:

And my (half, other side)brother Adam, not to be confused with Tina's Adam, seen here with my (ex, but not really to me)step-mom, Kathy:

And my mom. She passed on (if you can call it that) in 2008. It was extremely traumatic for me, and while I've tried to work through it, she's still my mommy and I still mention her quite a bit.


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Aug. 27th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC)
You have such a beautiful family. Wishing you all the best!
Aug. 27th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I definitely lucked out in the family department. I'm very blessed. :D
Aug. 27th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)
What a beautiful family! Thank you for sharing this, I learned a lot more about you. :)

Yours and Josh's story is a little similar to mine and Shaun's: I first met him in around the year 2000, when he was dating a friend of mine at the time. We spoke on and off throughout the years, starting dating in November 2011, and are now going to be married in May 2012. He's seen me at my best and my worst! Shaun is also red-haired and fair with freckles..LOL..and he is Metis (mixture of Aboriginal (Native American in the States) and European, in his case, Ojibwe, British, and Irish.). Interesting!

Edited at 2011-08-27 03:09 am (UTC)
Aug. 27th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad even someone who's been around a while enjoyed it. Feel free to do a similar picture post if you want (hint hint lol).

My dad is Mexican and my mom is of Irish descent (with a small bit of Cree Indian), so there was quite a lot of pale skin & red hair on her side too. But Josh's family is pretty heavy on Cherokee & one other type of Indian, not sure what...The only pale redhead in his family was his grandad, who had a bit of Dutch or something, I think, and Josh apparently got his coloring.
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Good to know an update! I'd been thinking about you a bit lately.
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:45 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm so glad to be in your thoughts. :)
Aug. 27th, 2011 05:48 am (UTC)
I don't think I'd ever seen a non-hospital/non-FB-user-pic picture of your mom before. She's really beautiful. :)

Also, good GOD, woman, I think that baby's trying to come out your navel! If people are saying you're carrying low now, your belly must have been up around your chin before! :D
Aug. 27th, 2011 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you! She really was beautiful. I didn't think I posted the hospital pics (well, any where you could see her...). They were pretty bad. This one is from our baby shower, the day before Eden was born. She kept her hair shorter later on, but I didn't have any good pics to link to. And that's one of my favorite pics - I think it's the only one I have of her & Josh together.

My belly button is so low right now! Still never going to poke out though, but it acts like it really wants to try. People are still telling me I'm carrying high, actually (one lady had the audacity to grope me at work when I told her it had dropped! She just reached down there to see! 0_o). The pics with my dad & everybody were from early July-ish, I think. Everyone said it was high. I just think baby must be long like its Daddy, because its head has definitely been way down low for a long while now.
Aug. 28th, 2011 03:34 am (UTC)
Read this, loved it and then spent 2 minutes trying to find the "like" button. I have got to take a break from Facebook :/

Beautiful way to start the next chapter of your life ♥
Aug. 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: d'oh
Too cute! I find myself doing the same thing a lot lately. :D I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Aug. 28th, 2011 01:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing these wonderful pictures. I really enjoyed the experience of meeting your family.
Aug. 28th, 2011 02:27 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked it.
Aug. 29th, 2011 12:06 pm (UTC)
yanno even for an old friend this was truly lovely! :) xoxo
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad to know you enjoyed it. ♥
Aug. 29th, 2011 01:17 pm (UTC)
I'm still here and reading but I rarely comment. All the best....
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:24 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear from you! I hope all is going well for you too.
Aug. 30th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
Great post! Thank you.
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Sep. 14th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
Now I know a little more about you and yours! :) Great pics, but of course, I've seen a few of them on FB. Lovely post! :) xx
Sep. 17th, 2011 10:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Glad you learned a few things. I know it's old stuff for FB peeps. I'm trying (and failing) to get back to LJ more!
Nov. 16th, 2011 03:35 am (UTC)
i'd never read this post. it showed up somehow going through stuff for this new journal. it's awesome! good job! i can hear you speaking when i read this. :)

this is tracy in my new journal, btw. lol. i'll be friending you from it forthwith.
Dec. 4th, 2011 10:44 pm (UTC)
Hey, lady! Pardon me for the late response, but I'm only just now going through my emails after NaNoWriMo. I will, of course, friend you back! Are you not using the other one anymore then? I've been away from LJ for too long.

I'm glad you liked this post! I'll have to do another with Maya in it sometime. Maybe after we get more critters in Spring.

Sometimes I think my writing voice is more my real voice than my talking one is. lol
Dec. 4th, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
I wasn't sure what all filters you wanted on, so I just put you on most of them. lol Let me know if you're ever bored or totally uninterested in any and I'll take you off. Assuming I ever start using this thing properly again.
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