Things have been pretty crazy around here the last few weeks. We had a great time in Virginia and I came home to find that Chad had been working really hard on my kitchen – he painted, hung a cabinet and a new light fixture. It looks great! There are still a few things to do, but it is amazing how much better it looks.
I guess the big news for me these days is that "I’m Grounded". I went to see my specialist last Thursday and he severely restricted my activity. I am not allowed to go grocery shopping, run errands or any kind of major housework. I am allowed to go to church on Sunday morning (as long as I SIT the whole time), I can feed the kids during the day, and I can nap and rest.
So, the last few days, I have become pretty good friends with my couch *smile*. I am sure that we will be much cozier friends at the end of 10 weeks (or less depending on how the baby is doing). The reason for this ‘prescription’ is that the baby is measuring smaller than it should. Fisher and Josiah did too… and neither of them were over 5.5 pounds (and they are still little fellows). I had hoped that there was some kind of vitamin that would help, but my doctor said that the only thing that would allow the baby to be able to have optimal growth is for me to rest. When I am resting, I am not using up energy and it allows the baby to receive more so that it can grow.
I am praying that I can use this "free time" to grow closer to the Lord and to grow my trust in Him (which I am so lacking in some days!). Even though being ‘grounded’ was hard news to accept, I know that the Lord has a plan for even this. I am just so thankful that everything is okay with the baby expect for it’s size – and I am so thankful that the Lord chose to bless me with another blessing to raise for His glory.
As I looked around the breakfast table this morning, I saw three precious faces shining back at me (Chad was already at work). Soon, there will be another face added (Lord willing) and I am sometimes so overwhelmed with gratitude to the Lord that He has chosen to bestow His greatest blessing upon me: children. There simply is no other reward that is greater than His gift of a child, and there is no way that I could give Him more honor than to raise a multitude of blessings for His glory.