We got a surprise in the mail on Wednesday night, from Andrew’s aunt and uncle. I especially like the little purple outfit… seeing as how purple is my favorite color. Andrew’s aunt and uncle live on the other side of the country, and we rarely see them, so I am incredibly honored that they thought of us and of Bonnie.
This seemed like a big week, as far as pregnancy is concerned. On Thursday, the sun was shining, the temperature was warm, and I decided to take myself for a walk at the park. After my walk, I scooted over to Publix (located next door to the park) to do a bit of grocery shopping. While I was there TWO people asked me when my baby was due! And then the lady who bagged my groceries practically insisted on carrying them to my car for me, because, “oh, you’re expecting a baby!”
Why is this significant? Because it’s the first time during my pregnancy that total strangers have noticed and commented on my being pregnant. It was a totally new feeling, and I really loved it! It was also nice to have some affirmation that I finally look pregnant, and not just frumpy.
On Thursday night, Andrew and I went with a friend (who is also pregnant, and only 5 weeks behind me) and her husband to a children’s consignment sale. The sale did not officially begin until Friday, but Thursday night was a “preview” for new moms only. It was so much fun! And I actually felt like it was a HUGE milestone, because this time last year, I could not have handled stepping foot into that sale . Being in a room surrounded by pregnant women and new moms would have brought me to tears, and had me bent out of shape for who knows how long. Andrew would have had to escort me off the premises, and then he would have been stuck with a wife who was a torn up wreck.
So being able to go, and to feel genuinely happy and excited for every other pregnant woman I saw (and there were many of them) was a really powerful reminder of my God’s power: His power to heal, restore, to bring about LIFE, to fill empty wombs, to mend shattered parts of our lives, and to save destitute souls.
Praise the LORD, my soul,
And forget not all His benefits-
Who forgives all your sins
And heals all your diseases,
redeems your life from the pit,
And crowns you with love and compassion.
-Psalm 103:2-4, NIV translation
So, the point is:
That this has been a really good week. Week 26 of my pregnancy with Bonnie is definitely one for the books. (: I’ve been reminded, in new ways, of God grace, and of the exquisite gifts God has given me, none of which I deserve.
It’s so often the littlest things that make the biggest impact…