Wow its been a long time since I blogged! I was really enjoying using my blog to post about the things I DID accomplish each day as a way of being positive and thankful. However some comments from an anonymous poster kind of discouraged me from sharing so much. Im always an open book but it unsettled me a bit.
Anyways, Im back :)
We got hit hard with either the flu or something very flu-like a few weeks ago. We have never been so sick and I think thats actually the first time we all got sick together. By God's grace I did not get the high fever, aches, etc. that everyone else did. I did get a bad cough and have a day or two of not feeling great but nothing like them, and that enabled me to take care of them like they needed me to. Ive dealt with a lot of sickness and fevers as a mother but this bug was the worst fever Ive seen by far. Their fevers were SO high. Even alternating tylenol and advil they'd still have fevers of 102. I usually let fevers run their course without meds but they were very uncomfortable and not eating or drinking without meds - thats when you know you need them!
Strangely Steve and the big boys were the sickest. Abram was last to get sick and I was so, so, SO thankful that he had a very mild case. I was sleep-deprived and emotionally spent by that point :) We are super glad to be healthy right now!
We had record low temps a week ago with ice and snow and today it was 80. You gotta love Texas, the weather here still amazes me after 5+ years. We are going to have a gorgeous week in the 70s - I call this "California weather" :)
God has done something beautiful as the day I would have been due with our sweet baby draws near. Ive kind of dreaded it, not knowing how it would make me feel. The day is February 24th. There were/are several mama friends of mine, from church, due around the same time. It has been very hard at times, over the past 6 months, to see their growing bellies. Usually the sadness only lasted for a moment, but those moments have been hard. Well one by one the Lord has brought them to me to ask for help with their childbirths. I LOVE being a doula. Each time Ive been blessed to be at a birth has been so incredibly special.
I recently attended the births of two of these sweet moms. Both had successful VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean) and both were AMAZING experiences. The second mom was actually due the same exact day I was. So as I think of my due date drawing near, instead of crying I am smiling and smiling BIG. The Lord was kind to take me right to that pain and hurt and to the people its been hardest to be around, and allow me to serve them and be blessed in return.
Ill be attending another birth as doula in a few weeks and meeting with another couple soon for a "crash course childbirth class". I love it, it nourishes my soul. Im so thankful. And truly I am thankful things are as they are - He knows. I am too blessed to do anything but give thanks. We are still looking forward to more little Loths around here one day but we are enjoying the break and having "big kids" too! :)
enough blabbing. Back to work, editing and uploading and trying to get things done while everyone sleeps soundly.