Waiting Thoughts

Just like that, it’s December.

It’s been busy around here, as some of you know.  Getting the house decorated and things ready for the baby’s arrival, visiting with friends and family, and regular household things.

And in this past week, we’ve been anticipating the little one’s appearance.  I started pre-labor last Friday and here we are at home, still waiting.  It’s like having a baby for the first time, since our oldest was a c-section.

As I wait and manage the pain, I’ve been thinking about this song: Mary Did You Know.  The expectancy that comes with giving birth is unique and intense, and I often wonder what Mary’s thoughts were.  She knew she was giving birth to the Son of God — how do you process that?!  It’s enough to process the fact that you’re giving birth to a little human being with specific qualities and interests and personality.  But she had the added fact that she was delivering the Savior to the world.  Wow.

Listen to the song below, sung by Peter Hollens.  Doesn’t it make you wonder?

 

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Little Lessons

I buckled him into his highchair and put his plate in front of him, grabbing trash on the counter with my other hand.  Tossing that in the trash I glanced over at him, admiring his food.

“You hungry, bud?”  I asked, sitting down.

He looked at me and reached out his hand.  I took it and waited, expecting him to lower his face so that I’d rub his little head.  Instead, he just looked at me like I was supposed to know what he was thinking.

When I wasn’t getting it, he reached out his other hand.  I took it with my other hand and he firmly held both of my hands in his, looking at me intently.

Finally it clicked: he was waiting to pray.

“Pray?”  I asked.

He smiled and put his head down on my hands.

“Dear Jesus,” I said, “thank You for our food.  Amen.”

He popped his head up and looked back at his plate.  Time to eat.

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I watched him for a minute to take it in.  Thank You, Lord.  At almost two, he watches and repeats what we do.  But that simple little hand reach served to show he also picks up the routines and knows what to do in different circumstances.

He doesn’t understand the significance of prayer right now, or why we do it.  Someday though, as we teach him little by little, he’ll know.  There’s so much groundwork we can lay now, as I’m realizing.  We can teach him countless things and help lead him even today, so that someday he might know and love God.

A lesson for me that day, and there was nothing sweeter than watching him hold my hands and pray.  These little things… they’re the ones I cherish and keep in my heart.

Dear Diary

It’s been really busy lately.  And Daddy was home from work for longer than usual which I really liked.  We went to somebody’s house the other day and had a lot of food except I didn’t really want all of it, just the bread and the strawberries.  Oh and Mommy gave me cheese and crackers and I like those.  But I was the only little person there and I was sleepy so I ran around and played with whatever I could find.  I tried to snuggle with the dog too but he jumped up cuz maybe I scared him.

Mommy and Daddy got a big tree in our living room too — I don’t really know why they put a tree inside because I can’t bring things inside.  Like the rocks or sticks, Mommy always says they have to stay outside cuz that’s where they belong.  But I thought trees stayed outside too.

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Anyways, this tree we got to put lights on and it looks so cool.  The lights are all over it!  And we have lights in other places too.  They’re my favorite.

See that stool in the picture?  It’s also my favorite.  I can pick it up and put it anywhere I want, and then if I want to sit on it I can but I really like to stand on it so I can get taller.  I can get the forks and spoons now with it.

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See?

I played with it this morning and then Mommy took me shopping.  Usually we just get groceries, but this time we went to another store first and then we went to the mall cuz they have a kids’ play place.  The ‘nother store had a lot of cool things and Mommy let me walk for a little bit, and I found some really fun things.  But then she put them back and I had to sit in the cart and I was really bored.

The play place is boring too.  Sometimes there are other kids there and they can be fun, but today it was just me and Mommy for a while and I didn’t want to climb on anything.  Then two other kids came but I didn’t want to play with them.  I ran out a few times and finally Mommy just followed me and we went to the firetruck and the police car instead.  Those have lights on them!

Then after a little time Mommy said we needed to keep walking, but I didn’t want to so I fell down on the floor and didn’t let her hold my hand.  When she let go I just went back to the firetruck.  But she got me again and held my hand, so I fell down again and told her no and it still didn’t work.  She picked me up — I hate it when she does that because then I can’t move away, so I have to yell and wiggle a lot.  It didn’t work though and she carried me for a long time.

She brought me back to the car and I did NOT want to get back in the car so I tried to tell her but she still buckled me in.  And she got mad because I was yelling and wiggling so much.  But I was mad too!

Finally we got groceries, and I was still mad and I didn’t feel good cuz I’ve been sick and I didn’t want to sit in another cart.  I tried to get things off the shelves and that made Mommy upset too.  She gave me a little container with oatmeal and I shook it for a minute and then didn’t want it so I threw it on the floor because there was another container that looked way better.  The top came off of the oatmeal and it went on the floor and Mommy looked like she was going to cry but she made me put the other container back so I cried and she just turned the cart around and told on me to the guy who works there and then kept walking.  And I tried to open the doors where all the cold blueberries are and Mommy said no and I got upset again.

I tried to press the buttons at the checkout lady’s spot but Mommy pushed me too far away so I just sat there.  Well I did say hi to the guy behind Mommy cuz he was nice.  And then Mommy put me in the car AGAIN and I was mad.  I played with my train and then I fell asleep and Mommy said she zoomed home because it wasn’t naptime yet and I needed to wake back up.

We had lunch and I was really, really hungry and then I played for a little bit before Mommy said it was naptime finally.

I don’t like feeling icky and I want Daddy to come back home.  I think when I wake up maybe I’ll feel better and I can play with the lights again.

Sincerely,

Me

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Psalm 111

Praise the Lord!

I will praise the Lord with my whole heart,
In the assembly of the upright and in the congregation.

The works of the Lord are great,
Studied by all who have pleasure in them.
His work is honorable and glorious,
And His righteousness endures forever.
He has made His wonderful works to be remembered;
The Lord is gracious and full of compassion.
He has given food to those who fear Him;
He will ever be mindful of His covenant.
He has declared to His people the power of His works,
In giving them the heritage of the nations.

The works of His hands are verity and justice;
All His precepts are sure.
They stand fast forever and ever,
And are done in truth and uprightness.
He has sent redemption to His people;
He has commanded His covenant forever:
Holy and awesome is His name.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.
His praise endures forever.

 

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Wherever you are and whatever you might be doing, I hope you have a wonderful day and see God’s hand in even the ordinary.  Happy Thanksgiving!

To my Second-Born

You’re special, my dear.

We were thrilled when we found out you existed, a brilliantly bright spot in the midst of a yucky stomach bug.  I worried my inability or drink to eat would affect you, but you’ve proven that worry to be a silly one.

You’ve grown; my, how you’ve grown.  You stretch and wiggle and remind me all day that you’re there.  Someday you’ll laugh at how you kicked my ribs and stuck your little booty out my side.  I’ll laugh too.

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Soon your daddy and I will have a name for you… we have a couple floating around but can’t seem to settle on one.  We may end up naming you right there in the hospital — but don’t worry, it’ll be the name God already knew would be yours.  And it will fit.

I can’t wait to learn you.  There are only so many things I can guess as you show me bits of your personality from my belly; it’ll take me seeing you and watching you grow in this world to know exactly what you’re like.  I want to learn all about you, sweetheart.  And I want to help nurture all that you were created to be.  You already have purpose, you know.

Soon you’ll meet your brother, the one who likes to sit on your head.  He doesn’t know you’re there yet.  He is pretty fun and witty; I think you’ll like him a lot.  I pray you two become the best of friends.

Daddy and I can’t wait to meet you.  We can’t wait to hold you and kiss you and watch you.  You’re a treasure and we’re so grateful for you.  You can make your appearance anytime you want — whenever you’re good and ready, we’ll be ready too.

I love you, little one.

Mom

Dear Diary

Have you ever said hi to people at the store?  I do it all the time and it’s a lot of fun.  When Mommy and I were at the grocery store today I said hi to everybody — well, then we got to a part where there were too many people so I couldn’t talk to them all.  But I said hi to a whole bunch of them and then told them stories.

Sometimes people just kept walking and maybe they just didn’t hear me.  Some people said hi back to me and some people stopped and let me tell them things.  I liked those people especially.

I got really bored though, and the isles where there were no people weren’t fun.  So I tried to get food off the shelves (you know, to help Mommy); Mommy didn’t think it was funny.  I didn’t think it was funny to have to sit in the cart the whole time either.

She didn’t buckle me in though so when I got really, really bored I tried to stand up.  And I took my shoe off a few times.

We had to wait in line for a long time and then finally Mommy paid for all the food and we got to leave.  Then there was a nice old guy who took Mommy’s cart for her and put it away, he said cuz she had more important things in her arms.  And we walked over to the next store quick and the old guy was leaving in his car, and he stopped and told Mommy that Jesus loves her.  She smiled at him and said thank you and something else and I actually didn’t say anything that time.

When we got in the other store Mommy let me walk around and look at things, and I found a little fridge but I couldn’t open it.  We left there pretty quick cuz Mommy was in a hurry and I guess she got what she needed when we came in.

I fell asleep on the way home but Mommy cried a little bit.  She said the old guy was just like her grandpa and she missed him.  I don’t like it much when Mommy cries, it makes me sad.  And I really don’t like it when I’m in my carseat because I can’t give her a hug.

Well, then we were home and Mommy was waking me up and there was a lady at our house.  It’s been a busy morning and I’m tired.

Sincerely,

Me

Happy Saturday!

Ahh, Saturday.  We finally have some time at home to relax and take the day slow, and I’m looking forward to it.  We’ll probably have some Christmas lights and decorations around the house by the end of the day!  I’m refraining from putting up a tree till after Thanksgiving (I think), but I love the coziness of this season.  We have one string of lights up already, and Levi is thrilled.

Speaking of Christmas, it might be a little early to be thinking about sending cards — but for those who have thought about it, let me offer you an option!  Throughout this month and the month of December I’m running a sale on my cards.  You can see them here; I’ve added a couple bundles in addition to the individuals.  They’re nice for unique notes, and once they’ve been read they can be framed and enjoyed for the rest of the season.

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The sale is listed on my site; 10% off any order of $10 or more.  (This goes for cards as well as home decor. :))  Go check it out and see if you can check any gifts off your list!

I hope you have a wonderful Saturday doing whatever you may be doing.  Even if you’re stuck in the car for a while, like my parents are today.  I’m tempted to decorate their house too before they get home — but Mom likes to wait till after Thanksgiving.  ;)

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday Thoughts

 

When I came home from Belize I thought I’d never again be one for New England winters.  It did take a couple years, but here I am… wishing for snow.  (Maybe that’s in part due to the little baby heater I’m carrying right now in my belly? :) )

Levi and I ran some errands this morning and like usual, he made me laugh.  One of his recent developments is the word “baby” when he sees a baby’s face.  He also really likes to say hi to everyone.  There was a little girl (4-5 years old) in the shoe isle, and he enthusiastically yelled, “Hi baby!” to her as we were walking by — to her horror.  She gave him a big frown and yelled back, “I’m NOT a baby!”

He was indifferent and I kept walking, somewhat mortified while stifling a giggle.  She ran to her mom; “Mom!  That baby just called me a baby!”  Oops.

What I’m really thankful for, however, is that he said “baby” and not “babe”… he’s picked up on that one too and uses it frequently!

I love the little things he does each day, the ways he learns and the pieces he puts together.  It’s amazing to watch.  God reminded me of something this morning — there are moments I get annoyed with how many times I have to redirect Levi, or tell him no.  Over and over and over again, why doesn’t he get it after the first few times?  God reminded me that it takes time to learn something new.  When I had to learn how my camera worked, it was all new to me and it took a while.  The same goes for my little guy; he’s only been experiencing this world for 18 months!  He’s capable of learning so much, but I have to give him time to do it.

So for you too, give yourself time and give your kids time.  It’s okay and it’s worthwhile.  :)

Happy Wednesday, friends.

Dear Diary

There’s a doggy next door.  He’s a doggy that looks like Shelby (Shelby is Grammie and Grampa’s doggy) and he looks really nice.  I want to pet him and sit on him but he always stays on the other side of the fence.  But Mommy talked with his owner and maybe I can pet him sometime.  Mommy says I have to be careful when I pet new doggies.  Well, I have to be careful when I pet new anythings.

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This is a picture of Shelby from a little time ago, but she still looks the same.  And the other doggy has more black on him’s fur.

Yesterday I got to talk with my grammie who lives far away.  I poked Daddy’s iPad a lot and he got frustrated because I turned it off on Grammie a few times.  Did you know Grammie has a doggy too?  She’s a little doggy and she’s got even more black than the other doggy here.  She likes to chase her ball and growl.  And Grammie can throw the ball from the thingy she sits in — Daddy said it was a hammick I think — and then the doggy brings the ball back.  Sometimes I try to do that with Shelby but the ball is really big.

Grammie said she’s coming to visit us soon!  Mommy and Daddy are excited.  I am too because I haven’t seen her in a long, long, long time.  And they all keep telling me that I’m going to have a baby brother even sooner than when Grammie comes, but I don’t know what they’re talking about.  What is a brother anyways?

Well it’s time for nap and my eyes feel funny so I need to close them.  Night night everybody.

Sincerely,

Me

Slow it Down

Hi friends —

It’s been so busy around here lately, and I’m still trying to gather my thoughts and get a handle on household things; I hope to write more soon!  There’s a big project I’ve been working on that’s taking a good chunk of my free time… and it involves writing, so lots of days I’m kinda “written-out”.  (More on the project later, promise!)

As we get into the holidays it seems schedules get busier and more hectic.  Often filled with good things!  But it can be crazy.  So in case you also have had a busy last couple of weeks, I thought I’d share something that helps me take a quick breather: some photos of nature and its beauty.  And if you haven’t been super busy — yay!  Enjoy the photos as well.  :)

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Have a great rest of your day!

 

P.S.  All photos taken by me; Amy Originals.