I'm delighted to share with you mine and my husband's joy of the news that we are expecting our first child!
I'm currently 8 weeks along in the pregnancy, and feeling pretty good. We have certainly begun to make some adjustments, most notably in regard to foods. (If you noticed the weekly menu plans no longer being posted, then now you know why. We've done less weekly planning in favor of making the most of whatever food works with my belly at the moment. Trial and error!). I've also been very grateful to combat fatigue with an afternoon nap on occasion. I remind myself that carrying this little one is a worthy reason for enduring the difficulties!
I've thought considerably about preparing my heart for this child. I believe the greatest provision I can offer this child is myself and a strong home and family for him/her. Many mornings have been spent in God's Word. One morning I read of Solomon asking God for an understanding heart (1 Kings 3:7-9). He was faced with a grand role of leading Israel, a nation built by patriarchs like his father David. Solomon conveys a feeling of being overwhelmed and incapable of the role in his likening of himself to that of a child. I could relate to those feelings as I approach the role of Mama. How do I possibly model for and guide this child in life when I still feel I have so much to achieve to reach that potential? Like a child is utterly dependent on his/her father or mother, Solomon demonstrated a dependence on his Heavenly Father. He can't perform the job without God, and neither can I. Moreover, Solomon asked for wisdom to get through the task, not for the task to be completed for him by God. On a particular day that my heart was fretful of the role ahead of me, God spoke these words of reassurance. He has chosen David and I to care for this little one, and God will guide us through! Ultimately, parenting isn't about David, myself, or our family, it's about glorifying God!
We praise God for the blessing of this little one, and pray for safety for the remainder of the pregnancy. The expectation of a child does issue a new season for ourselves and the homemaking journey. I've been incredibly blessed to have written for so long on Reviving Homemaking from the homemaker without children perspective, and subsequently connected with so many ladies. I hope to continue supporting this avenue of homemaking, while also demonstrating the journey of this new path. Thank you to all of you who have followed and supported Reviving Homemaking!
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