Monday, March 4, 2013

To You

Dearest Friends,

You ladies bless my socks off!
Your kind, gentle, encouraging words breath life into my spirit and refresh me for the
upcoming work ahead.  Thank you for praying for me, and for taking the time to
comment!  To read each one is like opening a package - I kind of savor the sweetness :-)

It's official this week, baby can come and be exactly on time!
According to history I would expect he or she to appear from several days early to
one day late.  According to reality, this labor isn't obligated to take note of prior patterns.
As for me, there has been a change in the last few days.  Baby is lower and scrapes bottom
(if you know what I mean), more Braxton Hicks contractions, I'm moving slower over all,
and then the occasional "I can't do this" cry overtakes me at night in anticipation.
Yup.  It's time.

The verse that has implanted itself on my heart this time is 1 John 4:18

"...but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment..."

Boy do I know this truth!  I know that fear causes torment, and I can do nothing
about the future or the unknown that lies ahead.  I can only take one moment at
a time as it arrives.
I know that God is Love.  HE is the one who drives out fear, and for me he
has been doing just that.  Every time I get an inkling to be anxious about upcoming
labor (which, no matter how great my experiences have been, childbirth hurts
and I remember it well.) I'm choosing to give my fears to the One Perfect Love.
He has been faithful, and I'm counting on Him to be my strength in the very
moments I need Him.

In other news, I really should blog a pile of pictures from our daily goings-on
here.  The children have been enjoying the new birds, and creating some really neat
things in the wood shop, and drawing up a storm!  Perhaps that is the next post.
Grandma's would appreciate that probably :-)

Snow again this afternoon, after a day in the 70's yesterday luring me out in my
bare feet.  I like the gray for hunkering down in my cozy bedroom.  This is where
I've been doing much of our school reading together, and this afternoon I've
hibernated here while dishing out instructions to Zachary on how to make salsa
for dinner, and giving instructions to Susanna for washing the lettuce and grating
the cheese.
I broke open the name book for the first time ever - just reevaluating names for
this baby - and spent some time with hot cocoa and books and inspiration for
new artwork I want to start in on.
It was a lovely afternoon.  Now time to check messes and tidy up before dad
gets home.  To rally the troops and wrap up loose ends.  To close up the lap top
and live the evening :-)

Thanks again friends - each dear one - for reaching out to me.
I am blessed.


Anonymous said...

Oh Im so excited about the baby! I didnt relize it was that time,Ill be praying for you and for a healthy baby! Let us know when this lil blessings enters your home! Friends are Forever

Sally said...

Wow, Ana! You look amazing! You look so fit...congratulations on sticking with your exercise program. Hope it brings benefits with an easy labor and delivery too...praying!

Loving you...

Sally said...

Dearest Ana...
Thinking of you this morning: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10

Momma Bug said...

Thanks mom.
Even I was surprised to wake up this morning in the same state I went to bed!
Hopefully soon - and without fear :-)

Casey Bryant said...

Beautiful as always, Analene! Praying for you and what's to come, mostly that you will be able to savor every moment! Blessings your way, Kimberly

Kimberly Bryant said...

Obviously, that wasn't Casey! Forgot his google account was open last. LOL

The Munck Family said...

Oh look so cute!!!! Praying hard and so thrilled for your family that baby will be arriving soon:)

Enjoy the cozy down time, praying delivery is smooth...may the Lord give you His peace and strength!

Shauna said...

Can't stop thinking about you this week, Friend. How I wish we could be sharing this baby season side by side! Praying for you and can't wait to "meet" your little Love.

Diane said...

Praying several times a day for you. You amaze me. God is good. Can't wait until I hear you are holding your latest little love bug.

I love you!

Cinnamon said...

Dear Analene,
Oh how I could feel each word of your labor fears. We all have them don't we? That moment when we realize "Ahhhh!! I can't do this!!" In labor, my conversation with God usually goes like this:

"I can't do this!!"

"God YOU are going to have to get this baby out all on your own cause I can't!"

I have found that HE does a very good job at bringing babies into this world :-)

And when I cry out to HIM for relief HE gives it every.single.time! Really and truly my transition labor pains stop before the get extreme and I am always begging for more relief. And HE delivers :-)

After a long conversation with God during labor it's no wonder when the baby is born the first words out of my mouth are "Thank you God!"

You are cherished by HIM and I know HE will give you HIS strength to go through it all, maybe even with a smile on your sweet face.

You will be holding that sweet "love" before too long!

hugs dear friend,