As most of you know, we are getting closer and closer to meeting our little boy. I truly can't believe that we are only 8 weeks away from our due date. There is still much to do and decide, but he's almost here!
With the excitement of a new baby comes so many wonderful things, but also things that are difficult to let change.
Five years ago, I entered into a transition time when I married James, who is still the love of my life. I left home and a job I loved, got a new roommate, moved to a city in which I knew no one, started attending a new church, and wondered... "What's wrong with me? Is it normal to feel this way?" I soon realized that while I was excited for the new blessings that God had given, I was grieving the things that were slowly becoming less a part of my life.
|Our trip to Destin last week|
I said goodbye to the most wonderful job I have ever had. Each time my job place has changed over the last few years, there have been some bittersweet moments. But, nothing can compare to the family God gave me at Brown's Chapel. A wonderful boss, a fabulous team to work with, children that enrich my life so much, and truly, a family that I have shared so much with. It was one of the most difficult things I have ever done to hand in that resignation letter. But, I tell people that my real career is about to begin. I can't think of a more humbling and gratifying career that to become a mother. I just pray that everyday God shows me exactly what to do and how to do it with patience and grace.
|Last goodbyes to my Brown's Chapel Classroom|
I said goodbye to some very dear friends. Though this is not baby-related, they didn't leave because I'm pregnant.... It was so difficult to pack their things in that big truck and let them leave. I know God has big plans for them. There is no doubt in my mind that they are doing His will and are furthering His kingdom, but my own selfishness wanted them so badly to stay here with us. The friendship is not over, just different.
|Casey, Eric, and Elle getting ready to say goodbye.|
|James and his favorite little buddy, Elle.|
|One last family picture: Casey, Charlotte, Elle, and Eric|
I'm saying goodbye to so many things, but also saying hello to so many more. A new car, sweet little clothes, new paint colors, sweet kisses on baby toes, coos and babbles, watching James become a daddy, and precious moments of all kinds. One of the most difficult things that I have had to get used to is having a nursery in my house. It seemed so permanent to start changing things like that... and if I have learned anything about this life, it's that nothing is permanent. I struggled knowing that there is no guarantee that a baby will be sleeping in that room... there is no rule that says once you get to a certain point in your pregnancy, everything will be perfect and nothing can go wrong. Having a nursery in my house was like saying, "Okay! This is it, in just a few months, you will have a baby in your arms." But I knew, without a doubt, this might not be the case. I know that sometimes life doesn't go as you plan. I know that sometimes unexplainable things happen and leave you heartbroken and I didn't want to have a constant reminder of that in my house. I didn't want to be tempted to sit and sulk and think about all the might-have-beens in that room if our little one never made it past the boundaries of my body.
|Mom and James starting to paint the nursery.|
|Trying to get things arranged.|
|It's not finished yet, but we're getting closer!|
So, I guess you could say that this has been my greatest leap of faith in the past months. (Having baby showers and getting a nursery ready.) I know it must sound silly to some, but it took so much to say "okay, let's get ready for baby." Faith to know that God's plan is in action. Faith to know that a nursery, even if for some reason not needed, will not be my downfall. Faith to know that leaving somethings behind to experience others will be rewarding. Faith to know that no matter what happens, God loves this little boy more than I do.
HE LOVES HIM MORE THAN I DO!!
We have prayed for him to come, and now he is coming! (I don't know why I am surprised to have answered prayer.) Praise God for his faithfulness. Each day brings a new challenge and he is always there. Please continue to pray for our little growing family. Pray for peace as we prepare and strength in laboring to bring him into the world. I know we have so much to learn. We are so thankful that we don't have to do it alone.