Monday, May 30, 2011

Waiting

Yes,  I've been hiding!  Honestly, I've been so consumed with going into labor that blogging just seemed, I don't know, unimportant.  I was SURE it was going to be this past weekend!  It wasn't.  My two due date buddies are holding their sweet baby girls this morning.  I'm not.  But I'm happy!  Really, truly, completely happy!

Saturday evening brought sweet comfort from the Lord.  "Be still and know that I am God.",  "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.", "Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.", " May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him,". 

Do I want this baby to come any less?  No way!  But it is so good to rest in the Lord's goodness, wisdom and power.  Now instead of praying every thirty seconds, "Lord, PLEASE let this baby come soon!" I'm able to turn it around and pray "Lord, please help me to rest in you as you bring this baby in your perfect timing.".

(Please forgive my uncombed, non-make-uped self!)

( 2 days until due date!!!)

My arms are aching to hold you dear one.  My nose is longing to smell you.  My lips are dying to kiss you.  But while I wait I will rejoice in how the Lord is keeping you safe and protected inside of me, waiting for the perfect time to bring you into my arms.  And I'm not the only one who is waiting!!!

If you haven't made a guess yet, there is still time!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Adding a Little Sparkle to Life!

People ask me if I'm bored staying home with my children all day.


I say "No."


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Froggy Fun!

Days when Daddy are home are just sooooo much fun!



 



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Don't forget to make your baby guesses here!  Days are ticking away!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

A Real Treasure

You know those every day things that are really quite amazing and remarkable, but that we tend to take for granted all the time.  Like a hot shower.  Or a well working vacuum cleaner.  Or an oven that cooks things at just the right temperature.  There are countless things like these in my life.  They are such a part that it's easy to forget how truly wonderful they are and how much of a blessing they are to me.

I hate to admit it, but I tend to slip into the same attitude regarding one of the most amazing blessings God has gifted me with.  My mom.


It can sound cliche.  Especially at Mother's Day.  We hear the same thing over and over.  "Thanks for always loving me.  Thanks for giving birth to me.  Thanks for feeding me, clothing me and taking care of my owies."  It is very legitimate to be thankful for these things, but I have a truly tremendous mother, and today I just wanted to share just a few of the specific things that I'm thankful to her for.



Thank you, Mom, for having high standards for us.  Thank you for not adjusting those standards to accommodate an "easier" relationship with us.  Thank you for teaching us to not compare others to our standards nor to look down on others with different choices.

Thank you for learning in front of us.  For apologizing when you made mistakes and for letting us reap the harvest of lessons you were learning.  Thank you for the honest communication we share to this day.  For the ability to speak my heart and hear yours without fear.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and excitability.  Silly as it may seem,  I'm so glad that I've learned to rejoice greatly in life.  Sharing news with you is always a joyous occasion, and I always anticipate it greatly.

Thank you (and Dad!) for whole-heartedly cheering on David and I as a family and not "expecting" us to remain a part of your family unit.  Thank you for the 100% honest support you have shown us every single day.  Your encouragement, helpfulness and generosity is an irreplaceable asset to us, one I cannot imagine being without.  Your willingness and service to me is overwhelming and I am severely lacking in offering the thanks it deserves.

Thank you for truly loving our girls.  For delighting in them, praying for them, watching over them, and for not only supporting our choices in how many to have, how to train them etc., but in cheering us and aiding us whenever possible.  Trusting you with our girls totally and completely is such a rare blessing.

There are MANY more things I could go on about, but I wanted to make sure I at least covered a few.  I love you Mommy!  Thank you for being such a treasure to me!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It's Guessing Time!!!

What a week to be without internet!  My oldest turns six, I FINALLY get to meet my beautiful niece, Mother's Day, 31 Days to clean (or maybe 3 days so far!), more visits from fabulous family and so on and so forth.  Some things I'm afraid will have to be skipped, but some things I will take the time to catch up on. 

But for today......  I thought it was about time we got to baby predictions!!!


We're getting close!  Perhaps not as close as I would like to imagine, but close nonetheless.  My dates this time are confusing to put it mildly, but the best due date they've come up with is June 1.  That is seventeen days away!!!!!!!!!!  And honestly, I feel like I could go sooner.  (Of course doesn't everyone at this point?!)


Here's how it will go~  You will guess  1. Gender  2.  Date  3.  Height  4. Weight  5.  Time of birth

Scoring will be as follows~  Correct gender = 10 points.  Correct date = 30 points.  Closest height, weight and time will each get = 1st-30, 2nd- 20, 3rd- 10. 

Make sense?  Oh good!  The winner will receive a $10 certificate to http://www.gracenotes.biz/ .


Now for the inside information!  My girls have been born at 1 day late, 3 days late, 6 days late and 4 days early.  Their height has ranged from 18 3/4- 21 in. and weight has been from 6'9- 8'2 however my fourth was my smallest and my second was my biggest.  Despite the certainty from the majority of our household,  I remain quite sure that there is another girl on the way.  Why?  I'm carrying exactly the same and the heart rate has been slightly on the higher side.  So be bold if you wish, I'm just saying,  you might lose your ten points!

Enter soon!  You've got until baby comes, but I'm drinking my tea, walking etc., so be warned!!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

I'm in love

  Nothing like a fuzzy camera taking a fuzzy picture of a fuzzy picture.  I know it's hard to see, but I just had to share.   (Baby is looking straight at you if you can't tell.)

I just can't stand it.  Look at those cheeks!  My babies don't have chubby cheeks!  Already this little one is it's own little person, so different from anyone else ever created.  Watching it move around today, seeing it's mouth open and shut, the hands grasping, I'm just so overwhelmed at the Lord's greatness. 

Looks like I only have around five more weeks to wait before meeting this precious little one.  I'm so desperate to smell my baby, kiss my baby, breath my baby.  And it's coming so soon! 

It amazes me to think that people pity me.  They feel sorry for my lack of "vision".  None of the aspirations in the world could ever compare to the miracle of motherhood!