I've missed blogging with you all lately. We had a rough week last week, I went from having a cold to something like the stomach flu, to not sleeping and being pretty full of anxiety. We finally got a good night's sleep Friday night and have been slowly climbing back up hill. Praise God John had most of the week off so he could help me with Lyla and I could get some needed rest.
I'm blogging a little early this week, our appointment is not until Tuesday, but it hit me on Friday that if we are induced at 37 weeks we only have about 4 weeks, or a month until Evie will be born. While these past 8 months have dragged on at times, they have also flown by. I'll be honest, I spent a lot of last week feeling unprepared and pretty terrified.
Regardless, I have been thinking and praying about how I can ask you to pray for Evie's delivery. Here is a list that we have come up with so far:
1. That we can approach delivery and recovery with joy in anticipation of meeting Evie our precious daughter, and remove any anxiety we may be feeling.
2. That God will bless our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff that will be surrounding us through the delivery process.
3. That the delivery room will be free of anxiety and fear, and delivery itself will go smoothly.
4. That Evie will survive delivery and that her bones will not fracture as she is born.
5. That we will be filled with peace and strength in the Lord as we are faced with the uncertainties of Evie's health and future.
6. That John and I will be unified in decision making.
7. That Lyla will get a chance to hold Evie, and that our families will get to meet her.
8. That we can explain Evie's life to Lyla in a positive way that protects her heart.
9. That Lyla will be content staying with family during the time of delivery and recovery.
10. That we bring Glory to God in all circumstances and remember his promise to carry us.
11. That God will COMPLETELY and ENTIRELY heal our precious baby girl, and she will come home to live with us.
12. That we will stay healthy through the next 4 weeks.
Lastly, a lot of you have been asking me how you can help us, and honestly at this point I don't know. Lou and Carrie (John's mom and sister) are blessing us with a gift-card shower from California, to help with every day expenses so we can put our money toward medical expenses. THANK YOU California family and friends!!! We love you! Our church friends here at home are bringing us frozen meals - let me tell you how thrilled John is about having some home cooked food (not one of my strong points!) One of my mom's wonderful friends is lovingly making gowns for Evie that we can easily slip her fragile body in and out of while we are in the hospital, and my dear friend Michelle made Evie 2 blankets, one for her, and one that we can keep. Not to mention the countless emails, cards, waffle cone wednesdays, and phone calls we receive. I could literally sit here and cry (okay, i am sitting and crying) when I think about the kindness we have received from you all. They are the many different ways God is blessing us and loving us through you. I promise if we do need anything, I will let you know (:
SO THANK YOU for helping us prepare and celebrate Evie's life. Thank you for loving us, and going on this journey with us (: Praise God for his unchanging love and promises.
His many blessings,
Lindsey and Fam.
OH!, I'd like to give a shout out to the man... yes, my man... who painted Evie's room while I was away in Kansas City - shopping and eating good food - with my mom, grams, and sisters last weekend. John, you are unbelievable. Thank you (: