Right now we are working on a major house renovation. When we first decided to do this, Derek would tell people that it was a major renovation, and I would wave my hand at that statement. It's not major. It's just new paint, new trim, and new floors. Not a big deal at all. So thinks someone who has never actually done a major house renovation. Because those three things are definitely major.
I picked up I picked up A Powerful Secret by Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit for two reasons - first, I enjoy a good suspense book with political elements, and second, I recognized Leman's name from several other books I've read, like The Birth Order Book. I thought it was interesting that he was writing fiction.
(From our maternity session with Clarice, our fourth baby.)
To The Newlywed Who Is Afraid To Have A Baby,
First, I'd like to say that being afraid to have a baby is more common than you might think. This fear has been a recurring theme around me in the last several months. There are many among my friends and acquaintances that I know have thought deeply about this, but I don’t want that fear to grow to an unreasonable level for them or you. So I thought it was time to sit down and share some thoughts from a mother who can really no longer call herself “new”.
Have you joined in on the adult coloring craze yet?
I bought my first coloring book on the day before Clarice was born, so this hobby holds a fond place in my heart. I sat down to color that evening, and there was something so relaxing about it. It's nice to just not think about anything for a while except which color scheme you want to go with.
I sat down with my warm little bundle in the rocking chair, tugging the blanket to make sure the swaddle was tight. My firstborn son slept in my arms. We had survived the trip home from the hospital, and ate the meatloaf my mom had left us for dinner. I sat in the chair, and Derek sat on the floor in Wyatt's airplane-themed nursery. We were both tired, but Derek grabbed his Bible and suggested we do family devotions. We wanted to start out right during these first hours at home with our baby.
I was looking forward to reading Rest Assured by Vicki Courtney because I know that being too busy is a big problem in our culture, and for me personally. I did a Bible study with my church last summer about rest and really felt convicted that I needed to cut back and make more time to truly serve my family well and have more time to give to the Lord!
I was hopeful that this book would be useful as I continue in this journey of finding a good balance. In many ways this book was encouraging and helpful, but there were also several things that bothered me. I'm just going to get the negatives out of the way first.
(One of my favorite pictures ever of Derek and me, taken at our maternity session with Clarice. Derek thought the pose was awkward, so he stuck his nose into my cheek and sniffed, which made me crack up laughing. We are that couple. Also, you see where Clarice gets her nose-scrunching.)
Last week I admitted that I watch the Bachelor, and I told you the main reason why. Do you want to know one of the secondary reasons? All that ooshy-gooshy stuff reminds me of the days when Derek and I were the ones with the shining eyes that go along with young love.