it’s almost spring. we’re on the cusp of new life in countless ways. as i write this, i am joyously making my way through my 36th week of pregnancy–wearing clothes that only barely fit. this season has been a humbling, sanctifying one as i’ve discovered the magnificence and seriously everlasting duration of carrying a child. since i last checked in in november, my body has tripled in size, my ankles and hands can hold far more water than my bladder and i cry a whole lot. despite the inevitable, i am constantly overwhelmed that our sweet GIRL is growing so healthily and changing daily. her kicks have gone from barely noticeable flutters to harsh, body-shaking flips. but knowing that we will meet her in just a few shorts weeks brings this momma (and daddy, who are we kidding?) to tears. the beauty of the Lord being able to drain just enough life from me to create an entirely new person and then restore me through that person’s sheer existence is a miracle that i could write about for pages and pages.
as we held on for dear life through the past five months of pregnancy, we were so blessed to say a bittersweet goodbye to our precious upstairs apartment and make our way into a three-bedroom farmhouse in the middle of three cornfields just 30 minutes from town. alongside our small army of loving friends and family, we moved all of our possessions to this new place we call home in january. my nesting momma’s heart has had a blast with this new adventure and E’s outdoorsmen desires have so been fulfilled as he explores all of the woods surrounding us with the warming weather. our God is so good and knows us so well. our little girl now has a room of her own fixed with light green furniture and floral everything else. it’s been an adjustment but a beautiful, sacred time for both of us.
i’m savoring each moment of life with just E as we anxiously await this sweet girl’s arrival. between backaches and swollen ankles, we find ourselves laughing and cheerfully dreaming of the season to come. of walks with a stroller, garage sale season with a baby strapped to daddy’s chest, of ice cream in winona, of grace and sunshine. new life awaits us, a new life we truly know nothing about. but as always, we can’t wait for the adventure.
i’m so looking forward to sharing what the lord has been teaching me and how he has been refining me these most recent months as we continue to journey forward with new stories full of parenting antecdotes and cherished growth together. stay tuned.
all in love,