Olympic Peninsula Adventure

From La Conner Thousand Trails RV & Camping Resort, we drove to Coupeville Ferry Terminal. We were on the standby lane and didn't get on the first Ferry but we got on the next one. But because of that, we were able to explore Fort Casey State Park. Here's the link to that adventure A Ferry Ride to Port Townsend From Coupeville  When we arrived at Port Townsend it was late in the afternoon so we decided to spend a night in the area. We drove to Port Angeles and checked in at the Riviera Inn. Nothing special with the Inn but it was clean, cheap, and it suffice our need for the night. The next day, we checked out early from the Inn, got our breakfast, then head up Hurricane Ridge Olympic National Park. We stopped at the Overlook-Victoria B.C. From there I made a reservation for the Ferry back to Coupeville. The Ferry was full until the 5:15pm sailing time, so I went ahead and made that reservations.  We had a nice drive up to Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center.  Here's the lin

A Blessing Indeed!

After 14 years of marriage, my husband and I been blessed with a baby boy who is now 4 months old. We thought we never could have any offspring. It didn't bother us before that we didn't had any baby for the past years. But now, we sure are grateful for this wonderful blessing. Our precious, we named him Alan Gasmin Sims.

April 4th of last year, I went to obgyn for a check up because I've been feeling tummy discomfort. I been having that discomfort for the past 2 months, I thought it was just a gas or something like that. But as I was walking in the clinic, the receptionist asked me,"how many months?" I told her that "Oh I'm not pregnant" After so many years, I was not expecting to be pregnant. However the doctor said that I should get a urine test. I did that and after a minute we found out that I'm indeed pregnant. Pregnant! really! I couldn't describe how I felt that moment. Overjoyed and excited I couldn't hold my tears. I told the doctor that I been married for 13 years and this would be our first baby. After my check up, I rushed home and Joel was waiting for me wondering what is going on with my tummy. I told him the good news and he was smiling from ear to ear and the first words that came out to his mouth was, "I'll be old when the baby reach high school" and we laughed together. Being pregnant was not sinking in right away, it seems like I'm just having a good dream. Anyway, after couple of weeks, I went back to the obgyn and found out that I'm already 14 weeks pregnant. I didn't have any morning sickness or something that's why I didn't know that I was pregnant then.

In May, we found out that we are going to have baby boy, so the finding of baby boy name started. I told Joel how about Alan and he said sure, named after his little brother's middle name, Geoffrey Alan Sims who died at 2 years old. Anyway, we settled on that name and use Gasmin as his middle name. Gasmin was my dad's last name and my last name but became my middle name when I got married and now it's Alan's middle name. It's how we do it in the Philippines, a very good way to tract down family. 

I didn't have any problem with my pregnancy, baby was pretty good inside. I've been traveling here and there and never gave me any trouble but in September 12, 2012 my water broke and it wasn't time. We still have 6 weeks to go before my due date. But I gave birth that day and we found out that my husband little brother (Geoffrey Alan Sims) was born on September 12 too, it was amazing. Not only we choose his name but gave birth on his birthday too.  Anyway, I had a c-section because the baby was breach, that's why my water broke because he kicked it. Alan was only 4lbs 12oz, he spent 17 days in the hospital under NICU. My husband and I spent 17 days too in the hospital checking up on Alan for at least every 3 hours.

We thank God for intrusting us this baby. We pray that we can help him grow with love, fear, passion, and compassion for Christ.He surely is a wonderful blessing to us. and he rules my life now!

Alan at new born 4lbs 12oz

He was on feeding tube for at least 14 days

We brought him home from the hospital on my birthday, What a Gift!

At the hospital, taking care of him

Alan at two months
Last day at the hospital. Tired of waiting for the doctor to discharge us.

Alan at 4 months
His first snow encounter

Couple weeks before I gave birth


  1. I had no idea. Congratulations Lorena...you were beautiful while you were pregnant...and your bundle of joy is absolutely precious.

  2. Oh my goodness, what an awesome surprise!! Congrats on your beautiful child!

  3. Ooo my dear friend Lorena
    As you read, shivering with excitement!
    What a wonderful gift from God!
    You have a beautiful son! Congratulations!
    It's the most beautiful neo who listened!!
    I wish to be sturdy, strong and lucky!
    Many kisses to you all!
    With much love

    PS. And I before three months has grandmother! The Little My granddaughter called Magda, like me. We are all very Happy!!!

  4. A beautiful child! Congratulations. Kids are such a blessing and can really show us a lot about ourselves.

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  5. He is absolutely adorable Lorena. Congratulations!


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