I’m Grounded

 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.




7 thoughts on “I’m Grounded

  1. Hi, Dana. It’s good to hear from you again. I take it from your post that you’re not worried at all about the baby, and that it is normal for your babies to be small. Am I understanding you correctly?

    Since you’re grounded anyway, how about writing your opinion of The Prairie Primer? That’s what you used last year, right? I’ve never used a unit study yet, but it always tempts me. We visited several Laura Ingalls homestead locations when I was a girl. It seems like a year of Prairie Primer and then a big traveling field trip would be pretty cool.

    You’re in my prayers!



  2. Dana,

    I am praying for you and the baby that you both grow–the baby physically and you spiritually closer to Him! May He use this time of a slower pace to bring you into ever closer fellowship and dependence upon Him.



  3. Thank you both for your kind comments! Sorry that I have taken so long to reply (I’ve been doing a lot of reading and very little blogging).

    Susan: No, I am not really worried about the baby. I think I just grow small babies but because of my history, my doctor’s are cautious.

    We enjoyed the Prairie Primer but realized that it is not the style that we prefer. We are going back to using Bob Jones/Math-U-See and we are going to test out Switched on Schoolhouse this year. I am going to start Before Five In A Row with Fisher (which is literary based) but I think it will be a bit different with a 3 year.

    Jenn: Thank you! I am hoping that I can draw much closer to Lord during this – and I really need too! I have such a hunger! I was telling my dd this morning that I really need to focus on the Lord more because I know that I will not have extra time once the baby arrives. I want to look back at this time as a time where I spent sweet fellowship with the Lord rather than a season where I wasted my time and had nothing to show for it. Thank you so much for your prayers!


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  5. No baby yet, but keep on praying. On the plus side, I am FINALLY getting my house clean!!!! After 2 months on bedrest, things can really pile up, and I am literally talking a pile here and a pile there!


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