Wednesday, November 9, 2011

On Promises and Possibilities...

So much has happened over the past few months, it’s difficult to know where to start! My heart is brimming with joy and thankfulness – my mind with endless possibilities. This past Mother’s Day, Mark went to church with his dad while I was in bed with a headache; his mom was out of town, so it was just the boys. He returned home with a smile on his face, and said he couldn’t wait to have little hyperactive, ADD babies who picked their noses and stared off into space during children’s choir performances. That vision made me laugh…and then cringe…because those buggers would probably end up on the back of some sweet, angelic little girl’s dress. Then I pictured the snaggle-toothed perpetrator waving like a maniac to Mom and Dad, who are trying to hide their faces in the congregation.
Could there be a more perfect life?!
Fast forward a few months to September, and we learn our blessed bundle will arrive in May 2012…just in time for Mother’s Day. I love how things come full circle.
As my appetite grows and my belly expands, my heart and mind try to keep up the pace. I find myself calmly welcoming the future and carefully planning the present. Just being pregnant has taken my energy level to new lows – once the baby is here I’ll be a zombie for sure. These realities have led me to begin strategically working on my marriage. Mark and I are extremely blessed to have a good marriage, and I want to make our good marriage GREAT before the spring arrives. I continue praying intensively for our relationship, I’ll be making a weekly date night much more of a priority, and I just registered us for a marriage conference in April.
In spite of all of the pregnancy and parenting books I’m reading, it’s impossible to be fully prepared for the changes that are sure to come. However, it is possible to build our marriage on God’s principals and root ourselves firmly in His will, so that the changes don’t overtake us. I’m beyond excited to walk this road with the man God has gifted me. We are insanely blessed to be surrounded by our loving families who will be there every step of the way. While there are so many things out of my control, the most important things are right in front of me.
I will seek God consistently through His word.
I will commit my marriage and our family to prayer.
I will establish routines that enable our marriage to flourish.
I will revel in the love that surrounds me.

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