Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Surprise, Surprise!

I have to share how good the Lord has been to TJ and I over the past couple of weeks. . .

About a month ago, I found out some friends from church were planning a baby shower for me. I was utterly surprised, to say the least. The shower was a couple of weeks ago and was wonderful! It was a scrapbook theme in which each guest decorated a scrapbook page, and at the end of the shower, I had a complete album for Taylor's first year. The scrapbook is gorgeous! Some of the pages are very elaborate and others are very simple; it is a nice balance and something I could have never completed on my own. The best part of the album is that each lady signed her name on the back so I know who created each page. I love it and will cherish it always! I will admit I got emotional during the shower simply at the thoughtfulness and planning of each person in attendance. Each guest not only created a scrapbook page, but they prepared dishes to share and just the fact that they came meant so much to me! The Lord has given us great friends who support us in so many ways that it is oftentimes overwhelming!

Then, last Thursday, I started to generally not feel well and have contractions that progressively grew stronger and more frequent. After calling the doctor for his opinion, he felt it was best for me to come in to be checked and monitored. After all, in the past I had delivered 2 children by that point in my pregnancy and the others only a couple of days after that. I called a dear friend from church, Mrs. J, to come over and stay with the children. Mrs. J. is who we called when I went into labor with Teagan and she has been in my kids' lives since I had Ta. They adore her and in fact, the boys were so excited she was coming over, they couldn't wait for us to leave! T.G. and Teagan were already asleep by the time we left for the hospital and T.G. woke the next morning, she was so upset that it wasn't Mrs. J. waking her up! The Lord has placed us in a wonderful, caring church that meets the needs of its members- we are so thankful! Although the contractions stopped and labor ceased, it won't be much longer before Mrs. J. gets another phone call from us!

Friday I attended a "mandatory" staff get-together. Or so I thought. It was a surprise shower from all my friends at the preschool. Again, the love and support that has been shown over the course of this pregnancy amazes me. Without having family help on a regular basis, friends fill the gap and assist whenever necessary. It is nice to know that help is only a phone call away, and even better, only minutes away.

With Taylor's impending arrival, my emotions have been very mixed. I am anxious to meet this little miracle who has been growing and thriving inside of me for the past 9 months, but I am saddened to know that with her birth comes the end of my pregnancy. Don't get me wrong- I do not enjoy being pregnant. But, since Taylor is a twin, I still feel connected to Twin A. When she is born, all the memories of this pregnancy will be just that- a memory. Thankfully when the scrapbook was created, a page was dedicated to the fact that Taylor was/is a twin. It is important to me to not let that fact slip away. Having twins in this way has greatly affected me and grown me spiritually; I cannot ignore that. I refuse to ignore that. God has shown me so much over the course of these 9 months, perhaps that is why Taylor has yet to make her debut. God still has something for me to learn about His character and I am ever-attentive to His teachings.

"I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth." ~Psalm 34:1

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