Tuesday, March 17, 2009

7 days....

I'm finally able to sit down and reflect on the last seven days. They have been full of joy, tears, exhaustion, and spring break. A week ago today one of my good friends here who I have gotten to know through Watermark and our play group lost her sweet 28 week old baby boy. There were 4 of us in our play group who were due between May 25th and June 12th. Caren was due with her 2nd baby boy James Bradley at the end of May. She was in a car accident last Wednesday morning and was taken to the hospital to be monitored. She was fine, but in the middle of the night there were complications with her baby. They did an emergency c-section and her baby died shortly after birth. My heart aches for this sweet couple and today was the memorial service. I have been to two funeral now for babies and both have impacted me so much. I have seen so much this past week about the "hands and feet" of Christ. Jay and Caren's community group have supported them in an amazing way and I have seen our play group girls support their sweet friend in the lowest of times. I think I have seen the purpose of community and how we truly do all need one another. It just so happened that our pastor was speaking on community this past Sunday and was able to mention Caren's story as a way to show how we are to care for one another. I have been so grateful for Ellie, Anna, and our baby girl arriving in June.
I had my 28 week appointment yesterday and all is well. I gained some weight which I thought was most likely 10 lbs. in a month! I go again in 2 weeks. I can't believe I am already to these appointments. I love my Dr. and feel so well taken care of by him. The girls love him as well as they go to most of my appointments. He gives them band-aids to play with and a sucker so they think it is a great place!
I am on Spring Break this week and it has been so nice not having to rush out the door or plan anything the night before. We've enjoyed beautiful weather and we are hoping to do something fun as a family on Friday. We've tossed around the idea of camping cause the girls love to be outside and if we are going to do it we better do it before June. We are thinking more of a KOA camp ground so that it is kid- friendly. We will have to think about it for a few more days. What do you think? I am working on the babies room which will be a guest room/nursery. I found bedding for our guest bed and just have to pick a paint color since it is blue and then we will pretty much be done!
I hope you are all having a great week and I know that I am so thankful for where we are at in life with amazing community and a supportive church.


Tasha Via said...

That is so sad about your friend losing her baby. Just this past week Josh and I heard of another lady who lost her 28 week old baby. I just cannot imagine. It does make us stop and thank God for allowing us this privilege for as long as He will allow. I'm so glad you have found such a close Community Group and Play Group to be involved in. Have a GREAT spring break week!!!

amy said...

oh, Holly, that is so sad about your friend's little one. i remember when you flew for the other funeral as well... i can only imagine the heartbreak. at least we can rest in the sovereignty of God... even if we can't understand it. hope you're doing well with #3... i'm EXHAUSTED after chasing after 2 all day... i don't know what i'm going to do when our new little boy arrives!!!