Hi friend, it’s been a while. Too long really.
RIght now I’m sitting in the living room while our family watches world cup, loudly, and my daughter pecks at my feet with a beanie baby rooster. This is life, crazy and often happening all at once.
My son is sleeping on the love seat after falling asleep on the way home from the pool, it’s 5:25. This is likely not a great idea but I really don’t have the energy or creativity to get him to wake up right now.
And this morning we got to see baby Penny #3 on ultrasound, which brought tears from all of the places my feelings originate from.
At first the baby wouldn’t cooperate with the ultrasound tech, position wise, so I had to take a walk around the building and chug some more water for bladder fullness.
Then slowly the tech was able to get the measurements she needed. Legs, arms, belly, fingers all accounted for.
FInally she asked us if we wanted to know the gender, we did, we do. I’m still not sure all the reasons why we always find out early, I guess my theory is that the surprise happens either way, at 20 weeks or at 40.
Kel knew figured it out before the tech got there, We’re having a baby girl!
We told the kids the only way that seemed appropriate, over pink cream cheese bagels.
Noelle was a lot happier about the news than Caedmon. He’s sort of bummed about not having a baby brother, which is fine. He will be excited when she arrives, right?
Since the bagel reveal with cute cream cheese photos was a total flop we picked up some balloons, should have been an obvious first choice. Kids love balloons more than bagels. They’ll turn around one day.
Today I am full of feelings, some of them joyful and excited and some look more like question marks.
Can we parent three kids well in the middle of all this transition?
Can I bring up daughters who are strong and confident, who trust God in a deep sense and who believe they can do hard things?
Probably. There is healing, there is learning, there is grace.
God meets us all sorts of places, especially in the midst of fear and chaos.
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