This Abundant Life

This Abundant Life
"I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." - John 10:10

Saturday, February 13, 2010

17 Weeks (Baby Time)



Our little Up-and-Comer is almost 17 weeks now. The three of us went out on a lovely Date for Valentines Day. It was sooooooooo nice to be with my husband, and the food was delicious! It's not all the time that I actually enjoy my food, these days, so it was great! The day reminded me that we really need to get out on our own more...our second child can come because he's very well behaved (so far).

It has been interesting and different being pregnant for the second time. I like that all my attention isn't focused on the pregnancy...although I really enjoyed that once-in-a-lifetime season with Gwen. I like that I have some experience in childbirth and get to enjoy thinking a little more critically, this time. It's fun to have at least a little bit more of a clue when it comes to being a mom...although I know things are definitely about to change. And, honestly, it's a little relieving realizing that I can be hopeful in thinking that I will suffer less from un-met expectation and fear of failure when this little one does arrive.

Thanks to the Lord, and His gift of our little Gwendolyn, I actually have pretty low expectations on how well I will be able to "pull it all together"!

The things about this pregnancy that are more of a bummer are a lot less energy and still some yucky days. I think I probably haven't been taking very good care of myself...but not for any reason other than the fact that I keep forgetting to. I guess life is just a little more full of other things, and in a good way. But, I need to take my vitamins and get a little exercise...that's for sure!

Oh, and I have been craving Olive Garden BIG TIME! All I can think about is the salad with that ridiculous sugary dressing!

Monday, February 08, 2010

I Have the BEST Life



Right now I am sick and am also suffering from what appears to be severe allergies. However, I'm kind of the good kind of sick...you know, the kind of sick that still lets you roam around your house doing some of the things you want, without having to do the things you DON'T want to do (like dishes).

My only child (outside of the womb) is asleep and I have just made myself an afternoon breakfast. I am going to watch T.V. and lay around. It's awesome. I don't have to be anywhere and my commitments all involve my home and family.

I am just reveling in this moment...wanting to remember it and be thankful for it. It's so easy to "revel" in the exhausting or frustrating mom-moments...more so, I'm sure, when one kid turns into two and three...

Lately, I have had one particular verse come up multiple times in every day..."Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18

I wish I could say that this verse has come up so much because I have been so close to the Lord that I have found it natural to "give thanks in all circumstances", but that is absolutely not what is going on. I've thought of this verse so much because I have felt like complaining so very often...which is strange...I clearly have THE BEST LIFE!