Monday, June 28, 2010

Thanks, friends!

Thank you for all the congratulations...we are both so excited!  We're due Jan. 20th--I've learned that the first thing people want to know is when you're due.  Second, if they're a mother, they want to know how you're feeling and third, they want to know if you're going to find out the gender.

I'm feeling pretty good overall--tired (but that's to be expected) and nauseous, but I've only thrown up a few times, and really, I tell myself that "morning" sickness is good because it means that Higbaby (our nickname for him/her) is alive and growing. :)

No, we won't be finding out the gender.  Apparently people feel very strongly about this issue, so I'm sorry if we offended anyone with our decision. ;)

Prayers for a healthy baby would be much appreciated.  The threat of miscarriage has always scared me, so I'm just glad to be nearing the end of the first trimester (11 weeks along on Thursday!) when that risk drops dramatically.

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The Girl With the Extra Finger

"Are you double jointed?" I asked 9 year old R, after seeing her fingers arranged in an unusual way.
"" she quickly moved her hand behind a book, but before she did, I realized what it was: there were two thumbs on her left hand.

"I think it's cool," I explained later to my husband, "but when you're in third grade it's pretty embarrassing."  I wasn't the only one to notice R's extra thumb.  Just today, A (seven year old boy) asked R several times "do you have two thumbs" and said to me "Teacher, why do some people have extra fingers?"  "They're just born that way,"I answered, and then reminded him that she (clearly) didn't want to talk about it.

The conversations did get me thinking, though-- is there something in myself or my life am I embarrassed of, but other see as cool?  What has God given me that I'm hiding, when it was meant to give Him glory?

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Book Review: Life, In Spite of Me

Jesus has the power to transform lives--that's clear from the myriad of accounts in Scripture to my own life as well.  That's also the most obvious (to me) change in Kristen Anderson's life.  The first half of the book recounts her suicide attempt at 17 and the events leading up to it.  However, when she meets Jesus (though she previously thought she'd been a Christian because she was "a good person), there's an obvious change.  I noticed that pre-Jesus, most of the sentences in the book started with "I" and were very self-focused, but after Jesus, that changed.

And not only was Kristen's life changed, but the lives of her family as well.  Just another example of how one person can make a difference.

This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multomah.