It’s like we turned around and we’re coming up on the home stretch already! This week we’re 32 weeks pregnant and this is the part in the game where babies are putting on the weight getting ready for their big debut! It’s getting harder to get comfortable and sleep but it’s not too bad yet. It’s getting harder to sit for too long without needing to get up and walk around or stretch. And it’s getting close enough we’re I’m wanting to get things in place and organized before it gets too tiring or hard to do it. Plus, you never know what’s going to happen or if they’re going to come early, so I’d like my ducks in a row now.
This summer has been so good and so crazy. My husband had a major job change after 8 years and we’ve also been navigating some health issues he’s been having and trying to figure that all out. It’s required us to be even more intentional with taking one day at a time and just being present. Life as we know it is going to forever change all over again for our family and while we’re absolutely looking forward to it, it also means taking a step back and sort of relishing in these moments while they last.
As parents, we only have so many summers with our kids. My son will only be 4 once. We only have this space in time once. We aren’t promised tomorrow and we don’t know what the future will hold. So we plan our best to prepare and look forward to the future, but it’s so important to be present today and live today to it’s fullest. It doesn’t mean run yourself ragged trying to live every day at some 200% speed and efficiency. It’s hard to keep that balance between making time for relationships and loved ones, and then getting things accomplished and done. I used to get so worn down and frustrated trying to ‘do it all.’
Jesus taught us so much on priorities. He was very clear to put the Father first in our heart. I believe that when we trust God with His will and heart first, then He’s able to lead and guide us moment by moment, and day by day, with what our focus and mission should be. SO much weighs us down and pulls at us each day. Being able to look at what your priorities are, what needs to be done, and what needs to be delegated or set aside is healthy, wise and freeing.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. – Matthew 6:25-34 (ESV)
So as I sit here on July 31st, looking into August, our last and final month before school starts back up, and 8 weeks approximately before we meet this sweet girl, it’s wonderful to know there’s so much we’ve done and accomplished and yet there’s still some time left. Time to go to the beach, time to do the grocery shopping and errands, time to get the school supplies and pack the hospital bag… I’m beside myself that we’re here already and yet so unbelievably grateful looking at all that’s been done so far this year.
Thank you family and friends that have blessed us and are part of our story. Thank you for those getting ready to help us with their time and efforts when this sweet girl comes. Thank you for those that do life with us and are all geeked out for us too. Thank you God for your timing, your provision and for guiding us. You’re such a good father and I’m just so grateful we aren’t doing this alone.
3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. 6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace,[d] both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. 8 For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
-Philippians 1:3-11 (ESV)