Friday, December 6, 2013

7 Quick Takes : Life, Thankfulness, and a wee bit o sap... oh, and an announcement

And plunging right in today because I have LOTS to say and exactly 27 minutes to get it writ.

In my last 7QT, I opened with a prayer request for my grandfather who was in the dying stage of Alzheimer's. He died soon after, and I have spent a lot of time pondering Life and all it holds for us since then. These past few weeks, I have fully realized how true is the blip from the poem, A.H. Memoriam, by Lord Alfred Tennyson:
I hold it true, whate'er befall;
I feel it when I sorrow most;
'Tis better to have loved and lost
Than never to have loved at all.

My grandfather meant a lot to me. He taught me simple things like how to play Leap Frog and how to parallel park. And by his actions, he showed me that it is always worth it to be kind, that every person is owed dignity and respect, and how important it is to be true to myself.

I am so thankful for all the moments I *did* get to enjoy with him. I meant to write this in a post closer to Thanksgiving, but hey, I'm thankful for Life every day.

{Who am I kidding? Stay at home mama of two lil boys... 27 minutes straight? That's a joke!}

In light of the above, also in my prayers for the repose of their soul as of late is the father of Rosie (from A Blog for My Mom) and Meg (from Held By His Pierced Hands) and a few other friends who have recently lost babies in utero, a grandmother, and some friends whose babies would have been born around this timeframe. My heart breaks for each of these people.

This 'Pregnancy After Lost' article by Dwija the other day, I thought, was beautifully put. I have not had a miscarriage of now, but I know so many people who have suffered from that loss. I pray I don't ever have to go through that, but as Dwija said, "When I think about it, loss is always waiting for us on the other side of love anyway. I mean, my born kids could 
die before I do. My husband could (and likely will!), die before I do. Friends can move. Pets can run away. Loss all over the place. So I guess I need to work on (am working on!) appreciating the fact that the love is worth it despite the loss."

Congratulations to her and their whole family, by the way, for the newest blessing in their family!
In light of THAT happy news, *we* also have some news.
Baby O-bot the Third is rapidly growing on the insides and is set for arrival in mid-May. Actual due date is May 15th, but I'm gonna judge by my last babies and say don't be surprised if he/she waits a week... or two.

Baby O III hit the 17 week mark yesterday, and the extra drama/stress/emotion added to my life these past few weeks is mostly why I'm only just announcing it. Maybe I'll go early and have our wee one the same day as Grace...

We're pretty flippin' excited. 

Pretend that I don't look majorly distorted here and you can peek as me masquerading as an elf with a bitty bump.
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The baby can also take the blame for why not much has happened around here the past few months. That random writing blackout in the Fall was due to the worst morning sickness I have had yet. "Morning" to my kids really means evening, and for this little one, it meant 
noon until I went to sleep at night. And no strong flavors. And definitely NO sugar.
Vitamin B6 finally kicked in to prove to be a lifesaver. It minimized the puking from 10-12 times a day to only a few times a week. God. Send.

The taking Advent slow thing (as I link up with Haley and other brave folk) is going fairly well. I definitely will not pretend to be good at it, BUT I have had some super fun quality time with my boyOs.
Yesterday, I asked Dom what he wanted to do, and he replied, "It's been awhile since we got to go to that farm, so let's go do that." We have a local rescue farm for not only abandoned and abused cats and dogs but also for llamas, emus, and other random farm domestic animals. It had finally gone above 40 degrees, so off we trekked into muddy fun. And to see a giant, somewhat odd, cow statue.

And lastly, today is St. Nicholas Day, so chocolate all around! Even LegenDaddy and I got treats in our shoes. The two extra pairs of shoes, if you didn't see my St. Nicholas post, are new slippers for each of the boys. So, no, we're not having twins. 

Happy Quick Takes and more importantly, Happy St. Nicholas Day! Your prayers are much appreciated for Baby O III. Thanks!

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  1. Congratulations!! You should make Nathanael come over to help out some when you're feeling under the weather. :)

  2. Finally the news is out! Seriously, I was starting to feel like the "secret keeper" in Harry Potter. ;) Can't wait for May!

    1. You make a great "seeker keeper" - you can be mine any day. =)

  3. Oh, Sarah! Congrats! Super, super exciting!!!

  4. Hoo-ray hoo-ray hoo-ray!!! :D :D :D

  5. Thank you so much for your prayers, and CONGRATULATIONS!!! The blogging world seems bursting at the seams with pregnancy announcements these days, and I find it so very wonderful to be celebrating life amidst all the loss :)

    1. You're most welcome and thank you. It's a wonderful thing to see life formed anew everywhere I look. That's one trend I am definitely seeing amongst friends, mom's groups, etc. right now. =)


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