Sunday, March 16, 2008

Shower of Blessings

It's been a while since I've written an entry (Chris typing), but I wanted to share how extremely thankful Sara and I are for the generosity of those who came to our first baby shower. I wasn't able to go to the shower yesterday, but when I saw all of the gifts when I got home, I was struck by just how good God is. As new parents embarking on the new adventure of raising a child, each and every gift is a blessing and an opportunity to give to our child. Those of you that know me best won't be surprised to see my next sentence. To me, showers are a chance for the newest Greenwood to enjoy many things his stingy ol' dad would be too cheap to get him! :-) I look forward to many days and nights of watching Josiah sleep in his crib surrounded by his new froggy friends (including Pickles the Frog). Sara and I look forward to stylishly and comfortably carrying him around in the Baby Bjorn and the travel system stroller. We know we will be able to keep an eye on him using the reflection mirror as he stylishly rides in our car with sun blockers and the car seat protector with detachable tote. :-) I'm sure he will spend many hours playing on his new play mat wonderland and listening to his ABC's and chimes. We have some new books to read to him along with his first New Beginnings Bible. He has clothes and diapers, wipes and bath toys, bottles and lots of other wonderful things. He has a changing table and a diaper champ to put all those diapers his mom will be changing....don't tell Sara I said that! Josiah's hand painted chair is a beautiful work of art, which we hope will last many years to come. The signed frame will hang on his nursery wall as a reminder of God's goodness through those who love, pray for, and are excited about this new one's entry into the world. Our hearts are full of gratitude for every gift because it reminds us of each person who gave to our son. Thanks to all of you for your support and kindness.

"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on lyre!"
-Psalm 147:7

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Human Trampoline

Well, Josiah is getting quite the personality, even in the womb. Sunday night Chris and I were coming home from a Bible study group. The whole time we were there, Josiah had some body part up between my lungs. Well, when we got in the car to come home, he decided he was going to stretch out. When he did this, he had a part up between my lungs and another body part jumping on my bladder. Did I mention that I had to go to the bathroom? Josiah and I had a little talk, and I told him, "I'm gonna get you if you don't stop." Right on cue the little guy gave me the strongest "punch" he had ever given me. He actually brought tears to my eyes. Chris started laughing and wanted to know who had just won that battle.

Well, Josiah continued to have a body part up between my lungs, so when I got home I decided to try putting an ice pack on my stomach. I had read in a magazine that babies don't like the cold. Sometimes they will put an ice pack on your stomach if your baby is breech and needs to turn around. I figured I would try out this theory--at this point I was desperate to breath with some ease. Within 15 minutes, Josiah had moved himself from my lungs and everyone was getting along again.

It just amazes me how this little guy already has his own personality. He really loves to move around and be active. I'm not sure if this is a good sign of what is to come, but we will take whatever the good Lord gives us. I can't believe that Friday we will be 25 weeks along with 15 more weeks until our due date.

Please be in prayer this week as we have been in contact with a church in PA. Chris talked to the pastor yesterday after taking the weekend to pray about the position. We have decided that we want to put our name in the hat to be considered for the position. They said that they will let us know something by the end of the week on what will happen next. We just pray for continued wisdom on what God wants us to do.

"For the Lord gives wisdom..." -Proverbs 2:3a