I’m sitting on my couch, drinking coffee. I am not eating Cocoa Puffs or Chocolate Cheerios because Brian and I are going out for breakfast. We’ve decided to go on a morning “date,” since we figure this will be the last chance for a long, long time to have any kind of date. (which we are totally okay with, of course.)
Our date will consist of breakfast, either with chocolate chip pancakes or a cheese omelette (which would you choose?), a trip to the chiropractor for me, a visit to Target and then to Old Navy. One of my goals today is to get all of our Easter shopping done since I’ll be busy the week before Easter mothering a newborn. The other goal is to not spend a lot of money, things feel so financially tight around here, I need to be careful!
I’m feeling extra crampy today, particularly in my lower back and abdomen. I find it exciting that my body is preparing for labor, even though I will not have a vaginal delivery. I found out the details of BIRTHDAY yesterday and it has made me very excited.
Oh and the baby’s room is nearly 100% complete. I’ll be sharing with you next weekend. (when it’s 100% complete.)
We’ve had amazing weather this week, as I sit I can hear birds singing outside. They must be so happy to be back in our area, there is so much singing! Yesterday, I took the kids to the park with my friends and their kids and everyone else in the world and their kids and it was nice, a little chilly, but the sun was vibrant and the children’s laughter and screams were wonderful to hear. Tomorrow is spring!
All of this sunshine is needed because this week has taken an emotional toll on my family. My brother Dan, left last night for his fourth (YES, FOURTH) tour to Iraq. Dan is an amazing man. Awesome brother, son, husband, Dad. He has three kids. He’ll be gone for one year and my heart, it aches. All of our hearts ache.
I wish you could meet him, he really is one of the funniest guys on earth (and becomes even more hilarious when he’s around his identical twin brother, Dave), the most generous, he has the biggest heart and takes every role in his life very seriously. (he is also responsible for my interest in photography.) I guess this is what makes him such a great soldier, a highly-decorated Major in the Army.
As much as I want this year to go so slow with the baby coming and growing so quickly, I want to snap my fingers and be resting safely on March 19, 2011, knowing that his arrival back home is imminent. And knowing that he is safe.
We could use your prayers for his safety, his heart, his wife’s heart and for their kids. They are all SO STRONG, but we could all use the extra prayers, if you have them. (and please, if you have the chance, could you leave some words of encouragement with my Mom? Your words may seem small, but the impact is immeasurable. This, I promise you.)
Give extra hugs this weekend, love extra hard.
That’s an order.