Wednesday, August 24, 2016

My Second Baby Story Adventure

This time was so different.  The pregnancy was similar; healthy but battling dehydration with intense nausea throughout.  Sadie was two weeks late, and I had to be induced.  Mia was just two days past her due date, and I went into labor naturally!  Which is exactly what I wanted.  On my due date I went and walked the track for about 30 minutes to see if I could get things moving. 
Then two days later on Saturday March 26, I woke up at 1:30am with weird cramping kind of coming and going every few minutes.  I wondered if it was something I ate, but then I noticed the bleeding.  Immediately woke up Hank and called my doctor.  To my relief she said it was just the early stage of labor and could last for hours.  So Hank went back to sleep.  I of course took a shower, did my nails, watched a movie, checked and rechecked my suitcase, looked at pictures from Sadie's birth, did some last minute work for IU and Miracle House..;)  When nothing more was happening, I finally fell back asleep around 4:30.  I started waking up with mild contractions.  I'd breathe through them and fall back asleep.  Hank came in around 6:30 to get ready for work(he'd gone out to the couch amid my middle of the night party;), assuming nothing more was happening.  Well he walks in, and I'm breathing super hard through an intense contraction.  He's like, how far apart are they? I'm like, I don't know. ???  So he lies down and times a couple.  Um, Michelle, 5 minutes apart lasting a minute each... We need to call the doctor.  Of course by that point I couldn't even talk through them, so we call and start rushing around to get out the door and get Sadie out the door.  Hank did so great as I was completely useless by that point.  We leave, drop Sadie off at a friend's, and head to the hospital.  And it was just like the movies!  Hank driving fast, me in a lot of pain at this point and breathing hard.  Fortunately the hospital is only about a 15 minute drive.  Through walking in, checking in, and getting settled in our room, I had about 5 more contractions.  They were just coming so fast.  I kept saying as soon as you can get me that epidural the better!  The nursing staff was great.  They worked so fast to get me situated and checked and order the epidural.  About an hour after we arrived, that angelic nurse came and quickly put in the epidural.  By that point I was already 7cm.  With Sadie I barely made it to 4 before getting one.  I really liked going into labor naturally as opposed to being induced with pitocin.  I was just handling the contractions much better.  Anyways, got the epidural and everything was great. 
Hank and I were joking around with the nurses, texting family and friends with updates.  My sister got there about 30 minutes after the epidural to pick up the keys so she could stay with Sadie that night.  Hank went down to give her keys and carseat.  About 5 minutes after he walked out, I heard baby girl's heart rate drop suddenly.  The next 15 minutes are kind of a blur.  Nurses ran in, had me flip over, heart rate stops, had me get on my hands and knees, they're pushing around, back on my back, then "Push!"  I push as hard as I can, finally a heart beat, but a slow one.  "Push one more time, Michelle!"  I push with all I had.  "Ok Stop!!  There's the head."  What???  "Michelle, I need you to lay really still now.  No pushing.  Somebody go find the husband.  Call the doctor..."  Hank comes back in and just freezes for a second as he sees what's happening.  Comes and takes my hand, and we both just look at eachother like WOW.  My doctor walks in and is like WOW when she sees what she about missed.  Pulls up a chair, "Ok, Michelle, push."  And there she was.  Baby girl came out with the most beautiful little cries, and everything was perfect.  Turns out her heart rate dropped because she dive bombed the birthing canal.  Went through it in like a second.  Apparently baby's have a hard time when that happens.  But she was just fine:)  Our beautiful Mia Grace was born at 11:30am on March 26 at St.Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, CO, which is the highest elevation maternity center in the country.
Most babies born up here have to be on oxygen for a period of time after birth.  Mia fortunately had great oxygen levels, and we went home after two days happy and healthy.  Sadie grew up real quick and proudly adopted her new role as big sister.  The first month was a rough transition, but she settled down pretty quickly as soon as we got back into a routine and I was able to play with her more.  Each month gets easier and more fun, and we are adoring having two little girls now.  They are just the sweetest together.  We feel extremely blessed and are so thankful! Here are some more pictures:)

Sadie's first look at Mia:)

Time to go home:)

 Psalm 139:14 "I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Estes Park

Hank and I spent our honeymoon in Estes Park, Colorado.  That was about 7 years ago.  When we moved back to Colorado, we knew we wanted to go back there for an anniversary.  So this year, for our 7th anniversary/2nd babymoon, we took Sadie and went to Estes for a long weekend to celebrate:)  We love that town so much, so I wanted to make sure I included it on the travel blog with our favorite places there.

For our honeymoon, a friend of ours gifted us with using her family's cabin for the week.  There are so many gorgeous cabins tucked away in the mountains by rivers there.  This time we wanted to make sure we got a 2 bedroom place, and we found a lot of options on Vacation Rentals By Owner.  We got a beautiful condo within walking distance of the main street.  It was located at Lofts at Estes.  We went in January, so it was really affordable.  The peak season for Estes is summer and fall.
My favorite part of the condo;)
Breakfast: Claire's On The Park 

Dinner: The Rock Inn Mountain Tavern (Best food, coffee, atmosphere, and dessert EVER! Plus live music!)

Then if you drive a little outside of town to Lyons, Colorado: Oskar Blues!!  By far one of our favorite restaurants ever.

Then with my many beverages;)


Dessert: Estes Park Pie Shop- You Need Pie!  - Amazing Pie!  And a really good breakfast too with quiche!

Local Area Attractions

The Stanley Hotel: The hotel featured in the movie The Shining.  Eek!  But it is beautiful and really fun to walk around.  Also in Dumb and Dumber;)    

Hiking: There is a hill across from The Stanley that has old cabin ruins at the top.  So beautiful.
 The hiking everywhere is pretty incredible...

Walking around town across the many bridges along the river... Gorgeous!

Now (I was 7 months pregnant;)

Elk everywhere:)  This is near downtown Estes, which is so super cute to walk around!  We love all of the shops.  There is a glass blowing store with amazing things and daily demonstrations that we've really enjoyed.

So that is my very quick review of Estes Park from our two trips there.  We LOVE it and recommend it to absolutely everyone we know.  We've only ever been there in January, so we really want to go back one summer! :)

Friday, January 15, 2016

Clueless Mom

Right now, I feel like a completely clueless mom.  Sadie started throwing temper tantrums a few weeks ago, and I have no idea how to handle them.  She needs to be potty trained, but she's not.  She needs to eat more/healthier, but she won't.  She needs to keep taking naps, she's resisting.  Bedtime's 7:30, last night she wouldn't settle in until 9.  She needs/wants to be active and play, but I'm 7 months pregnant, tired, and dealing with too cold/snow days  People are very quick to give advice, but it just stresses me out.  Trust me, I have asked for advice in every single one of these areas, but I ask people who have known me for years, who have kids older than mine that have turned out great.  Today, I'm struggling.  I feel like I'm not good enough for my family; a failure.  Thankfully, my mom gave me the movie Moms Night Out for Christmas, and that scene towards the end came to my mind this afternoon when I finally had to set everything aside and pray.  Here's the scene:  So I'm not posting this for advice, but hoping I can maybe encourage another mom who is struggling like me today.  You're not alone in this.  And I hope this scene encourages you as it did me:)

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  (Isaiah 40:29)
Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.  (1 Peter 5:7)

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I finally got to go check out Aspen, Colorado today.  It's been on my bucket list for years.  I went for work, so I didn't get to sight see too much, but I have a few recommendations.

1. There are two ways to get to Aspen from Denver and Summit County.  My favorite way is through Copper, Leadville, and Independence Pass.  This drive is literally the most beautiful drive I've ever done in my life.  Independence Pass is closed for the winter, so you can only take this drive between Memorial Day and the beginning of November.

On the way back I drove through Glenwood Springs and then I-70.  The landscape through there was really unique; kind of desert like.  Reminded me of a Western movie;)

2.  I recommend Peach's Corner Cafe for breakfast.  It is located in beautiful downtown Aspen, and the food is awesome!  Afterwards I loved walking around downtown, taking pictures of the slopes, and window shopping:)

3.  If you are visiting Aspen in the summer time, be sure to check out the Aspen Music Festival.  Awesome classical musicians around the world come here to study and perform every summer.

That's it for now!  Hoping to make it back sometime soon:)

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Miracle House


I am so excited to share with you about a very special ministry called Miracle House.  Ten years ago, a lady named Deanna Bjork went to Kenya on a missions trip.  While there she met an alarming amount of orphans who were not in orphanages.  They were scattered around with various guardians, but these guardians had a hard time providing for the children.  She founded Miracle House to be a home away from home for these orphans and needy children; a ministry that provides them with food, clothing, education, and a Biblical foundation.  Breakfast is served at Miracle House in the morning, then the children go to school, back for lunch, back to school, and then back to Miracle House.  Afternoons are filled with tutoring, Bible study, songs, games, and dinner. 

Miracle House has grown tremendously, to the point where they now have two locations bursting at the seams.  One is located outside of Nairobi, and the other is on the western side of Kenya about an hour from the Ugandan border.  Due to some incredible donations, Deanna and her team have developed a plan to help get these orphans out of the slums and to a safer place.  They have purchased 10 acres of beautiful farm land just outside of Nakuru.  They have drawn up plans to build a boarding school where these children can live year round in a safe and nurturing environment, while still having the opportunity to visit any extended family on their school breaks.  They are now in the process of raising the funds to make this happen as quickly as possible.

I met Deanna shortly after moving to Silverthorne, Colorado.  When she heard about my heart for missions and my experience as a missionary in Africa, she shared with me about Miracle House.  She has offered me the position of heading up their child sponsorship program.  My job will be to connect sponsors with children, manage donations, keep in touch with our representatives working in Kenya, update sponsors on their children, help with Bible study curriculum, and write newsletters.  I will also be available to help Deanna and her team in any other way needed. 

I am writing to extend the opportunity for you to become involved in the ministry of Miracle House through supporting me in the position of child sponsorship manager.  If you would like to make a donation, here are the instructions:  Go to, click on donate, then you will select option #6 staff support, and under comments mark that this donation is for Michelle Roll.  Please also indicate in comments if this is a one time or monthly donation.  This is a long term need, so I am praying for a group of monthly supporters who are able to commit in prayer and monthly financial support. 

I would like to conclude with a verse I found a couple of months ago as I was praying about this job opportunity: 2 Corinthians 9:9, “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

Here is the Miracle House website again:  It has an awesome video and more information describing their work in Kenya.  If you have any questions prior to my call, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Michelle Roll