- First Ever Tax Refund… and JUST IN TIME– The employment situation for Kev might be just about to change… we hope so… this week holds promise. But… even if it doesn’t… we’re o.k. for a while longer as a wonderful combination of factors is leading to a VERY generous tax refund… which should go into our account just before my last fellowship check until August… and should provide us a cushion for the summer. I can’t tell you how much anxiety this news from the accountant relieved. And considering that as a pastor I was paying taxes, and lots of them, quarterly… I didn’t imagine a day in which I would EVER see a refund. So… friends, LOVE IT.
- The Tremendous Privilege of Being an at Home Family for these Early Months of C’s Life- I was checking in with another young mom at church before the potluck this past Thursday night and she was realizing for the first time that Kev and I have both been home these past several months. She said “Are you going nuts? I love my husband, but I couldn’t do it.” Their arrangement has been that she was home with their baby the first three months, then she went back to work and he left behind his teaching job (come summer) and has been a stay at home dad ever since. This would likely have been similar to our arrangement in our previous home… but it is not feasible here. But anyhow, I thought for a moment about her question “Are you going nuts?” and I realized, no, no I’m not. We’ve both had things to keep us busy- me, learning German, him, composing…. among other things for both of us. And of course there are the needs of our sweet girl. But more than the needs… what a gift it is to be able to call the other in when she is doing something impossibly cute. What a gift it is to take turns when she’s having a rough day. What a gift it is to have three meals a day together, most days, and morning prayer together most days, the three of us. I’m not going nuts. I’m tremendously grateful. If it were not for financial anxiety, I would want this to go on ALL YEAR. I LOVE IT!
- Radio Lab- A few years ago my college sweetheart sent out an e-mail to several friends with a link to this radio show saying, “You must listen to every one of these immediately.” Or something like that. As he tends to make great recommendations for things to listen to, I was interested. But it took me awhile to get around to it. But… I am so glad I did. This radio show deals with scientific questions, usually, in completely fascinating and engaging ways. AND these guys do such neat things with sound. The latest installment of the podcast, isn’t scientific, exactly. It is actually a sermon that one of the hosts delivered at a synagogue on the story of the near sacrifice of Isaac- in conversation with the flood story- and… other things. It is one of the best sermons I’ve heard in a long time. And it kept me fixated in the wee hours as I rocked and nursed. Going from that to the Good Friday “Pray as you go” podcast, was powerfully moving. I had no trouble staying awake long enough to make sure C was deeply back asleep.
- Being Able to Nap– I know that new moms are supposed to sleep when their babies sleep, but… I’ve not been great about this. Her sleeping times, especially during the day, like right now for example, are such great opportunities to knock off a chapter of German, or finally blog, or clean, or what have you… usually I am studying when she is sleeping. But yesterday morning she was especially fussy and so, after finishing much of the LAST chapter of my German textbook (Woohoo!), I went into her nursery and rocked and nursed her to sleep. As I rocked I got sleepier and sleepier. As Kev took her from me to lay her down, I said, “Don’t worry about it if she wakes up when you put her down. I’ll just take her to bed and nurse her some more. I am wiped out. I could use a nap.” Well, she didn’t wake up. She was WIPED OUT- missed a sleep cycle the night before thanks to the Maundy Thursday service. But Kev looked at me and said “Why don’t you just take a nap anyhow?” I was hesitant for a moment. I really wanted to finish this chapter. But… I gave in pretty quickly. And slept well for two hours. I often cannot sleep during the day. And often when I do, I go under for at least three hours and wake up totally groggy for the next three. But… two hours… and pretty awake when it was done. And C slept for much of that time, too. I see why the advice is to sleep when your baby sleeps. I got that chapter done, and some other translating, and another school task in the afternoon. And had much more energy the rest of the day. Love it!
- My Squeally, Squeaky Baby- Well, of course I love my baby. But this week I was delighting in her squeals and squeaks. She has been a squeaky baby from the beginning. She used to frequently squeak when she nursed, but now… when she’s happy… as she sucks in air really fast, she squeaks or squeals… repeatedly. And I LOVE IT.
- A Non-Liturgically Demanding Holy Week– Call me a wuss, or impious, or what have you… but after six years of insane Holy Weeks with endless liturgies to prepare, volunteers to recruit, sermons to write, and usually several pastoral care crises too, I’ve liked this week in which we worshipped on Sunday (twice), worshipped on Thursday, took Friday off, and will worship twice tomorrow. LOVE IT!
- A FRIEND IS PREGNANT!!!!!!!- And truthfully, there is no one I have more wished this for than her! LOVE IT!!!!!!