13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Everyday of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
Isn't this amazing? The God of the universe knew little me before I was born and loved me despite the fact that I would and still disappoint him time and time again. God's unconditional love is truly remarkable. I love knowing that he knows exactly who Bryson will become and loves him too. And, now here comes Mabry. . .God knows just who Mabry will be. . .I take comfort in this. I pray for my children to come to know our God in a real and personal way early in life. I pray that Adam and I can be parents who teach our children not only to act like a Christian, but to think like one too.
This verse goes on to say: 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me.
I love loving a God who thinks precious thoughts about me and my family despite all our imperfections.
Here I sit. . .huge and pregnant. . .let me repeat HUGE and PREGNANT!!! I will be 38 weeks on Wednesday and I am ready to have this baby TODAY! I could go on and on and list all the reasons, but just insert any typical "end of pregnancy" excuse here and you would be exactly right. I am feeling all of those things. Mainly, I am swollen beyond belief. . . mostly on my right side. That is where this baby wants to be all the time, on my right side. My right foot doesn't even really look like a foot anymore. It looks more like something straight out of a horror movie. Just full of fluid, YUCK.
Despite all those feelings above I am so excited to welcome Mabry into our family soon. This baby has been prayed for even before she entered my womb despite all odds. She is alive and well and I pray that she continues to do well. I am deciding now to stop worrying about when she will come, because what will that do? Worrying will not add a day to my life and certainly will not bring her here any faster. I am thankful that God knows the exact time and date she will make her grand entrance. I am thankful that He has given Adam and me another opportunity to raise a child up. I am thankful for all that have prayed for us. I am thankful. . . I am thankful. . .I am thankful. . .God is good and he knows. . .
I have spent the past 3 hours in the nursery and I already see progress. I have gone through all the clothes that my friends have GIVEN me. Hand me downs are great. I have so many clothes sizes NB-6 months. I have sorted, washed, and hung most of them up, set up my changing table and rearranged the furniture (that part probably wasn't the smartest idea to do alone, but a motivated girl was I! - Adam and Bryson were out for the evening and I wanted it DONE!)Here is the first glimpse of my chocolate brown and pink nursery. Next weekend my college roomie/artist friend, Jilly, will be up to paint something wonderful on the walls. I am so blessed to call her friend! What do you think?
First a reminder of how it looked just a few weeks ago:
Where it stands as of now:
Which is making me miss this closet a whole bunch. . . That wonderful closet is not in our budget at the moment. . .I want ALL my closets to look that good. . .sadly, they won't for a long, long time.
Until now, I have peered into Mabry's room feeling uninspired, too tired and just not ready to prepare her room. . .all that has changed as of yesterday and today. My two closest friends gave me a bag full of beautiful and thoughtful baby girl items including handmade burp cloths, handmade hair bows, sweet lovies (a kitty and giraffe) so that Mabry can be like her big brother who also loves a kitty and giraffe. They totally went over the top in the gift department, but they sure know how to make a girl feel loved. Just look at all the loot! Thanks Robyn and Lisa! Today, I show up at a restaurant expecting one friend and my entire playgroup was there to shower me with gifts. What a great bunch of girls. We have been in a playgroup now for 2 years (or longer?? I am not sure.) They are really a fun and nice bunch of girls. I have so enjoyed their company every Wednesday morning. We have certainly had our share of laughs. We have had a few come and go since this pic, but for the most part here we all were in June of 07 and we are still together. Check out our babes at one of our first playgroups. . .wow our kids have grown up so much! Look at all the loot these ladies put together for me. . .they are so sweet and I just enjoyed opening all these gifts. You all are extremely kind and thoughtful. I have also received some sweet necessary gifts from my sister in laws. My brother's wife Christa sent me the all important Miracle Blanket I absolutely could not have lived without this blanket when Bryson was small. She sent me a new one so I could start fresh. Bryson just about wore his out. Adam's sister, Sarah, sent me an awesome new product along the lines of the Miracle Blanket called the Zoomby It is a swaddler for the car. Oh how I wished for something like this with Bryson so many times. Thanks Sarah! I can't wait to try it out. My Mother in law sent me the matching valance and a pillow pack that matches my bedding. . .I am ready to GO! Let the decorating and nesting begin.