A reminder… this is just my way of assuring I blog here at LEAST once a week. Harder these days… But I’d love it if other wanted to play along. What are seven things you love, or that you loved about this week? Leave a comment here if you play at your place.
- generous, thoughtful, attentive family and friends– If you follow the baby blog then maybe you saw my comment that TWO friends who read there surprised us by sending along the book I was wishing was available at our local library. I was SO touched by this. And the beautiful blanket that we received in the mail this week, in colors inspired by the theme of Caroline’s nursery (“Oh the places you’ll go..”)- so thoughtful, generous, attentive… and so touching. And my cousin reading the baby blog and offering to send along a jolly jumper- praise Jesus! This is the toy we’re sure our girl needs. And so many who over the past several months have been soooo generous, thoughtful, and attentive. Love it.
- insurance doing the right thing– We payed a flat rate to our midwife last fall, a comprehensive fee of $3,000, that covered all the very generous prenatal care, the birth itself, and the post-partum and infant care. If you have any sense of what medical bills would be like for all of that, then you know that $3,000 is CHEAP. It would have been a bit more if we had not pre-paid, but not much. The midwife said she would submit to our insurance, but the research I had done suggested they would likely not cover a home birth. So, we might end up with reimbursement, or we might not. She’d let us know. This week she sent us a statement indicating everything the insurance had covered, which isn’t everything, but it was something, and she sent a check for almost a third of what we had originally paid her. Woohoo! The timing of the check is GREAT, but just knowing that our insurance came through… the insurance we’ve paid a lot to maintain… love it!
- a job for kevin that makes him happy- This job is temporary- 4-6 weeks. But, he’ll be in a pool for future projects, so it may produce more employment opportunities. But, this was the first week of work and… he likes it. He’s happy there. And that I love. (Now if only the church by whom he is hoping to be hired would call back… that would be SWEET!)
- homemade ice cream- This has been on the list before and it will likely be on the list again. How great is it to have naturally sweetened, non-dairy, rich, delicious ice cream freshly made by your beloved. Pretty darn great. LOVE IT.
- a good friend with whom to process– I met a young woman when we were both interviewing for the fellowship program here. She and I talked a bit through the interview experience, but we ended up on the first leg of the flight home together and really connected. We candidly processed the interview experience and it was clear we could trust one another for this (even though we were technically, sort of, competitors). I so hoped we’d end up here together and we did! She and her husband are the ones who joined us for weekly b.s.g., but now that that is over were not getting together quite as regularly (especially as she is madly trying to write several long papers). But we did just finish a group project together and were able to debrief by phone last night. She expressed to me how regularly she realizes how much she values my presence and friendship. And I hope I have expressed to her the same. I LOVE being here with her and journeying through this world together. Love it.
- a husband who is willing to take over when i am overwhelmed– Last night, after an exhausting week, I just couldn’t think straight. I didn’t know whether having dinner or doing the baby’s bedtime routine was more important. I knew I was hungry, really hungry, and that I had a screaming baby who was really tired. I just collapsed in the glider, and started feeding her again, and crying. He brought me chips and salsa. He heated up the leftovers that were most appealing to me. He took the baby from me and did everything he could to settle her down, and he did. Once I had eaten, I returned to rock and nurse her. But when she woke up less than an hour later, he took over, and he got her back to sleep. And he took over caring for her early this morning when I needed a bit more sleep. And he has taken her with him to the lesson he is teaching so I could get a break. And he is taking care of her while I go to Weight Watchers this morning. Thanks be to God. Love it.
- knowing I got more exercise this week- I may not have studied much. I may not have gotten as much housework done. But I certainly upped the exercise quotient. Several long walks. Lots of carrying the babe around and moving, moving, moving because that’s what she likes. I LOVE that when the weight watchers leader asks if we got moving this week, I can finally say “YES!”