A Labor of Love – Happy First Birthday Princess!!

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BLOG REWIND! My official due date is tomorrow, and as we await baby sister’s arrival, I can’t help but reflect on the special way my precious firstborn entered this world. Boy, time flies! Read on for her labor story! :)

Originally posted on Life of a Minister Mom:

My Dearest Alexandra,

I find it impossible to believe that this day has come, yet here we are.  It’s your first birthday, and you’ve added more to my existence in the past 12 months, then what I thought was possible to gain in a lifetime.  I love you more than words can express, but I wanted to tell you about the day you entered this world.  The day you changed your daddy and I forever…

It was Sunday, March 11th, and I woke up with a feeling of peace and contentment.  According to the doctor, you weren’t due for another 10 days or so, but we’d arrived at a different arrangement.  I’d been a few centimeters dilated for about 2 and a half weeks, and I knew you’d be making an early entrance.  Your godbrother’s 1st birthday party was the day before, and once we made it through that day (a…

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Monday Motivation: (Im)Patiently Waiting

 

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photo credit: free-picture.net

Waiting can be hard sometimes.  Far too often our flesh wants what it wants right now, and when we don’t get it we must fight off those feelings of anxiety, impatience, and even disappointment. Being just two days shy of my due date, I know these feelings all too well.  For the last several days I’ve wondered if it will be the day, but I have to be careful not to allow discontentment to creep in.  Just as I take heart in knowing that no one stays pregnant forever ;), we must also remain confident that the Lord won’t ever leave us hanging!  There is a plan and purpose in His timing, and when we completely trust in Him it is always worth the wait!!!

Psalm 46:10(a)

Be still, and know that I am God;

Ecclesiastes 7:8 (NKJV)

The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Isaiah 40:31 (NKJV)

But those who wait on the Lord
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.

Romans 8:24-25 (NKJV)

For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

James 5:7-8 (NKJV)

Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

 

BE BLESSED!!!!

Yes, I’m Big!! Embracing the Belly…

“Wow, you’re huge!!!”

“Are you sure you’re not having twins?”

“You look like you’re about to burst!!”

“You MUST be due any day now!”

For the last few weeks, even months, I’ve heard these comments (and then some) as my burgeoning belly has taken center stage.  One might think I’d be offended by these statements, but with the exception of an ill-intentioned commenter or two, I’ve been quite happy to laugh with my friends over the fact that I appear to have trapped some sort of ball (or egg? or watermelon?) under my shirt, and I smile graciously when I see a stranger’s eyeballs pop out of their head when I walk by.  My responses are not forced.  They come from a sincere place of growth and acceptance of the amazing, awkward, and at times challenging changes my body has gone through as I’ve been so blessed to be able to carry a precious baby in my womb.

This is a far cry from my mentality the first time.  When I asked my husband if he noticed any differences between my pregnancies, he was quick to point out that I’ve been much more confident and self-assured this go round, and I have to agree.  In comparing the two, I acknowledge the fact that once I was out of my 1st trimester misery they have been quite different experiences.  

From my weight gain, to how it was distributed on my body, to a number of health incidents, it’s safe to say that my darling Alexandra put me through the ringer!  For the most part it’s been a much smoother journey with this little one, so is that why I feel so much better about it all?  

Perhaps.  

Maybe I’m able to hold my chin up knowing that I have the ability to work hard and regain my pre-preggo body, because I’ve done it once before.

That’s a possibility.

I suppose the fact that I put more effort into investing in myself this time didn’t hurt either.

Probably.

But for all the external reasons I could list, the truth is that none of it matters if I don’t make the choice to embrace my body in its current state.

Although I sometimes frown and pout when I look in the mirror, get really disheartened when I flip through photos of myself pre-kiddos, or even hold back tears when I just feel so unattractive, I’m growing a life inside of me and I think that warrants cutting myself some slack!!!! 

As my pregnancy comes to an end I find myself experiencing an array of emotions. I’m excited, nervous, relieved and a bit sad to let the super-sized tummy go, but it is a process that will always be close to this mommy’s heart.

From the bump at the beginning…

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to the growth in the middle…

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and finally the big, PROUD belly at the end…

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this time around I embraced it all!

My belly IS large, huge even!  My back aches because of the weight, it slows me down, sleep is practically non-existent, and I’m not sure I’m convinced that these stretch marks will EVER leave, BUT any day (or moment) now I will be holding my precious girl and know, without a shadow of a doubt, that all the challenges to come (physically and otherwise) will be worth it 100 times over.  For that, I praise the Lord! :)

BE BLESSED!!!

Monday Motivation: Be Mindful of the Company You Keep

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No friendship will ever compare to the one we have with Jesus, and as believers it is imperative to remain wise about the earthly relationships we keep!

Proverbs 12:26 (NKJV)

The righteous should choose his friends carefully,
For the way of the wicked leads them astray.

 

Proverbs 13:20 (NKJV)

He who walks with wise men will be wise,
But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

 

Proverbs 22:24-25 (NKJV)

24 Make no friendship with an angry man,
And with a furious man do not go,
25 Lest you learn his ways
And set a snare for your soul.

1 Corinthians 15:33 (NKJV) 

33 Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”

 

2 Corinthians 6:14 (NKJV)

Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?

 

BE BLESSED!!