Thursday, May 22, 2008

Born Again

I want to take a minute to share a cute story from school yesterday. While my students were waiting for the buses to come, one little girl came up and started talking to me. She was telling me how the other day she was at church and her preacher was telling the congregation if they wanted to be born again all they needed to do was come to the front of the church. She told me a lot of people went to the front, but she didn't go because she didn't want to be a baby again because she wanted to grow up and be an adult and teach like I did. It was all I could do not to start giggling. I told her that when you are born again it doesn't mean that you go back to being a baby. I then asked her if she had another idea about what it means to be born again. She then told me she thought it means you act really bad like a baby does. I told her that it didn't mean acting bad. I asked her if she wanted me to tell her what it means to be born again, and she wanted me to. So I explained it is when you accept Jesus into your heart because you realize you are a sinner and you need Him to help you go to heaven and to do good things while here on Earth. I think she was relieved she wouldn't go back to being a baby. I feel like a seed was planted yesterday, and I realized that conversation could be the very reason why the Lord hasn't moved us on to our next place yet.

Just a little update on how Josiah is doing. I went to the doctor on Monday, and he said Josiah is head down. Hopefully, he will stay in that position between now and delivery day. His heart beat was nice and strong--I'm always so relieved when I hear the little guy's heart beat. I go back on June 3rd and get to do the fun GBS test--some abbreviation like that. He asked me if I've started feeling contractions yet, and I told him I didn't have a clue. If I had, then they aren't that bad! He said that we are at the point that if I do go into labor early Josiah should be fine lung wise, so that is a relief.

Chris has sent out some more resumes to churches in other denominations. He has heard back from six other churches who will be bringing his information to their committees. The EPC churches in PA and MI are still possibilities, but they are just taking awhile. Chris decided to send out to other churches and let God close doors on the ones He doesn't want us to go to. We've had a few doors closed, but it brings the pregnant mommy comfort in knowing there are more than two possibilities out there! : )

I only have 10 1/2 more days of school left! I know Chris is looking forward to having summer wife back, and I can't wait for Josiah to meet summer mommy. I am ready to be done as are the kids. We've gotten to the point where they are fighting like siblings. It is a sign that we need to pack up and head home for the summer. I have fun days planned for the last two weeks of school, so hopefully that will help everyone to get along. If not, there will be some who are awfully sad sitting there watching everyone else do the fun things.

PS-We found out that Josiah's cousin is going to be a girl!! We are so excited for Corey and Simon!!!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

34 weeks

Tomorrow I will be 34 weeks, which means I only have 6 more weeks until my due date. Tonight will be our third birthing class. We are suppose to go visit the hospital tonight if they aren't too busy. Auntie Coco will be going with us--she is going to be another coach if for some reason Chris isn't here because of a job interview or having to start.

Chris had his graduation ceremonies this past weekend. Saturday was the hooding ceremony. Josiah and I brought his hood to be placed on him. It was very special to be a part of the ceremony. After the hooding ceremony, we had dinner with the family. Then my parents and I did a little shopping at the outlet mall.

Sunday was Mother's Day. Josiah got his mommy a nice card. It's amazing how well he can write already! : ) We had lunch with Papa T and Granny Linda. Then we hung out with my mom and dad at the hotel. We played some Wii and had lots of fun laughing. After we finished playing, we met my gram, aunt and cousins for dinner to celebrate Mother's Day with them. We went back to the hotel, and I fell asleep while the rest played the Wii.

Monday was the actual graduation ceremony. It was outside and the weather was soooo cold and windy. I haven't felt cold in weeks, but I did that day. They did have a big screen set up inside one of the buildings, so I was able to go in there. We did go out when Chris walked across the stage. My parents left from the ceremony to head back to Georgia. Chris and I stopped to have lunch in celebration of all of his accomplishments.

The rest of the week has been playing catch up on sleep and house chores. Chris has Saturday off, so we are looking forward to just relaxing and putting the glider together. We were going to wait until we moved, but since it doesn't look like it will be happening any time soon we decided to go ahead and do it.

As for the position at the church in PA, we haven't heard anything. It is getting a little frustrating. Chris and I have been discussing some other possibilities. He has tomorrow off, so he will look into them then. Keep us in your prayers as we continue to seek God's will.

Friday, May 2, 2008

More Showers of Blessings

Yesterday, we had a baby shower at my work. The Lord continues to bless us beyond our imagination. We are so thankful and appreciative of all that is given to us for Baby Josiah. We received lots of goodies. Everything from clothing to grooming stuff to books to gift cards. Chris and I feel like we are ready for the little guy's arrival.

There has been some talk of maybe putting the car seat and stroller together this weekend. There are a few things we want to check out---how padded the straps are and how much head support the little one will have. There are just a few small things that we will need to get, but we won't need to buy them for a few more months--maybe after Chris gets a position at a church.

Chris and I started our birthing classes last night. There are four other couples in the class. The others are due in July, so we are a little further along than the others. It hit me last night that we are getting down to the wire. After these classes are done, we could potentially have three more weeks until our due date.

Josiah is still really active. We were sitting in class last night and our instructor was telling us that our doctors may have us start counting fetal movements. She said that the baby should move around four times in an hour. Well, Josiah went ahead and did his within 5 minutes. The other night he was up having a party from 2:30 in the morning to around 5:00am. I don't know if this is a sign of what is to come, but I can't wait for Daddy to enjoy some of this wake time with me!! : ) I've gotten to the point that getting up is not so bad any more. It is a good time to just pray for different things--from Josiah being a follower of Christ to having a safe labor and delivery to our ministry together as a family.

This week is going to be a busy week. Family will start coming into town on Wednesday for Chris' graduation. We will have his hooding ceremony with the divinity school on Saturday, then have a celebration meal together. Then on Monday, we will have the Campbell University graduation. We are looking forward to spending time with our family and friends as we celebrate Chris' calling into the ministry.

We are still patiently waiting to hear about a position at a church. The PA church is still a possibility. We will keep you posted on what is going on. Please continue to pray that the Lord will have us where we will be most effective for His kingdom.

Thanks again to all who have helped us celebrate Josiah's arrival.

"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make melody to our God on lyre!"
-Psalm 147:7re truly blessed and thankful for each and every one of you!