It’s March 22nd and Spring is in the air.  Yes, it’s still cold, gray, and rainy in Seattle, but my spirit is buoyed by the longer days, by a sense of hope, by the promise of growth and new life.  Oh, and speaking of new life…

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(Seriously, how’s that for a segue?!)

Baby Schnell should be making his or her long-hoped-for appearance around September 8th.  Which means I am 15 1/2 weeks along.  Which means I’ve been waiting approximately 13 1/2 weeks to shout this news from the rooftops.  So hear me out: there’s a real, growing baby in my belly!  (S)he is the size of an orange and has a good strong heartbeat and a tiny little nose and even itty bitty fingernails!  Shane and I are going to be parents!  And damn, we feel so mind-blowingly blessed.


  1. Pat says:

    Grandma and Grandpa are so happy and feel so blessed also. You two will be amazing parents!!!

  2. brieanne says:

    Kelly! This is amazing and incredible and such a blessing. I even got a little teary reading this post. Love to both of you…

  3. la v says:

    hurray!! cheers to oranges and tiny fingernails! (s)he is equally blessed to have parents like you and Shane!

  4. Michelle says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I’m freaking out! Being out of the loop down here in SD is stupid and I wish I could be in Seattle to celebrate with you two (three!)!!!!!!!

    But really. I’M FREAKING OUT!

    Like a lot.

  5. kellyschnell says:

    Thanks, Michelle! Gosh, we miss you. Would you just hurry up and visit already? Seriously, though – we wish you were here. Thanks for FREAKING OUT on our behalf!

  6. Dianna says:

    🙂 How refreshing!! 🙂

    Joyful for you and Shane.

  7. Donna says:

    Happy Joy Joy!!!!

  8. Jordan says:

    So excited for you and Shane!! Hopefully we’ll be around Seattle in early September for the big birthday!

  9. Nancy says: