Pressing on in Thankfulness

It amazes me how the final weeks of pregnancy drag by.  I feel like I am literally counting the minutes of each day and I am only 33.5 weeks.  Not really close enough to the end to be doing a countdown.  I am so tired of carrying around this pregnant body, feeling this baby move inside me when all I want to do is hold her and see her!  I continue to walk in the mornings before Justin goes to work.

It’s getting harder to walk.  Power walking is becoming more like power waddling.  I start out full of energy and then the braxton hicks start…which are never painful til I walk.  I don’t feel I am at all pushing my body beyond where I should…guess it’s just part of the process.  And I continue to pray in the mornings.  My prayers can be so scattered.

I’ll be in the middle of praying and suddenly will find my mind somewhere else.  Not really thinking of other things…just wondering.  Wasting my precious minutes of solitude and time alone with my Father.

Focus in my prayer life has always been a battle for me.  But I continue to persevere.  As my feet pound the pavement and I am alone in the darkness I am reminded of all that I need to be thankful for.  As I have mentioned before on this blog, thankfulness is my fuel right now my energy to press on during these next weeks…

I am thankful for this little girl.  She fills every day with laughter, with busyness, with joy.  She continues to grow in affection…kisses and hugs are given generously.  I am seeing God’s faithfulness in my prayers to understand her.  To know how to mother her well.  He continues to give me more and more love and patience for her.

I am thankful for a Friday night date with Justin.  Dinner and then some shopping at Target (For baby of course) and Kohls.  To be able to wonder around alone with him, not worrying about bed times and routine.

I am thankful for our addition, which is underway.  Concrete laid…ready for the foundation.  It’s hard to believe that we will have a third bedroom and second bathroom.

I am thankful for our church.  Our pastor who preaches from the Word and leaves his flock both armed for battle and challenged.  Always challenged…wanting to be in deeper communion with our Father in heaven.

And I am thankful for God’s provision.  His always faithful provision.  I am amazed how he supplies our every need.  How so little becomes so much.

I am thankful for an unusual amount of energy this past week.  Another answer to prayer.  Energy needed to get ready for Elinor’s arrival.

I am thankful for a giftcard, that was stolen over a year ago, that was recovered!  (The spa actually contacted me about it) Thanks to two dear friends generosity, I am finally getting my first spa treatment…a prenatal massage, of course!

I am thankful for more cloudy and cool weather.  The fallish weather is a mercy from God.

I am thankful for Elinor’s health.  Her every kick and wriggle.

And finally, I am thankful for another beautiful shower.  Hosted by two dear, dear friends.

We have been blessed with so much… beautiful clothes, burp cloths, pacifier clips, books, toys, blankets, gift cards, a baby carrier, tons of diapers and wipes, bottles and pacifiers….

To be given two baby showers when I did not expect any has been such a gift.

Thank you Emilie and Victoria for putting together such a lovely shower.  Elinor is already very well loved!

Happy Monday all!  May it be a good beginning to a blessed week!


7 Responses to Pressing on in Thankfulness

  1. Betty says:

    Will be praying for you in these last weeks (I sent that email before I read your blog post, but very appropriate, eh?). So excited to see Elinor wriggle and kick in the flesh! Cora is absolutely adorable and can’t wait to see pictures of the addition!

  2. Anna says:

    I think 34-36 weeks was the hardest for me. Sure, I’m even more uncomfortable now, but I know it could be over any day.

    Power waddling… lol! It’s good you’re still walking. I exercised up till my sciatic pain hit and I miss it a lot!

    Your thoughts are so encouraging… I hope you continue to have energy and that the days go quickly. 🙂

  3. maryanne helms says:

    So glad it was a good shower! And it is really not THAT far off now….:)

  4. your close!! before you know it you’ll be holding little Elinor and forgetting how long these weeks were. Beautiful pictures and how wonderful to be so prepared for your little girl! 🙂

  5. i hope these last weeks do somehow go by quickly. but just think, you can sleep well for a little while longer! : )

    you look so pretty. what a fun shower!

    i’m so thankful for God’s provision, too… it’s always enough!

    your cora is so precious.

  6. LeAnna says:

    Love the pictures of Cora and her Daddy out in the field. What a pretty spot to take pics. Here’s to hoping the days pass quickly, yet with contented fulfillment. And praise the Lord for His provision, and for a prodigal spa giftcards return home. 😉 Have a great week!

  7. bchallies says:

    Power waddling! Love the image!

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