Please join me in praising God for reaching the full-term mark of pregnancy today!
Each day of this pregnancy, I have reminded myself how lucky I am. Whenever I want to complain about hemorrhoids, constipation, sleepless nights, soreness, nausea, fatigue, being hot, or other undesirable side effects, I think of couples I know still praying for God to make them pregnant or to help them sustain a pregnancy. I'd rather this baby NOT arrive before his or her due date, no matter how uncomfortable I feel, and I'd be delighted to deliver a few days late. But even if I were tempted to wish for the baby to be born now (and complain that he or she hasn't arrived yet), I think of mothers who deliver premature babies and would have loved to see their due dates come and go rather than have a child in the NICU.
I think of my colleague and friend, years ago, whose baby died in utero one day before her due date. Can you imagine? Yes, I am still grounded about my pregnancy. The Lord is in charge and only he knows how this will all turn out.
My heart is thankful for reaching today's milestone, and I pray I continue to be thankful each day, no matter how I am feeling, physically or emotionally. God is good. And he is faithful.
I don't plan to share my progress (or lack of) toward delivery here or anywhere else. But know that as soon as Brad and I have something to announce, Lord willing, and we can get our hands on a laptop, you'll read the news here. So stay tuned, Gentle Readers. And thanks for your continued prayers and encouragement during these coming weeks.