So . . . now we wait.
Anna had her last baby shower today. God has been so good to us. First, Anna’s sisters followed through on their word to hold a shower, back in May. (The following through is sometimes not to be counted on). Then Anna’s co-workers got together and held a shower for her in June. And today, one of Anna’s good friends pulled out all the stops (read: chocolate) and held a shower for her. Not being extremely wealthy, and not knowing what the distance from our families might mean as far as their involvement, and in the midst of a busy summer with our friends, we didn’t know what, if any, showers would be held. And, except for some of Anna’s co-workers, no one we know really has any money. So, what a surprise this summer has been. From one of them fancy, all-in-one, submarine, rocket, DVD player, with mini-wetbar strollers/car seat combo, to baby monitors, to scads of clothes. Our family and friends have really helped us out.
God has also been good in providing me teaching work. I was a bit miffed that I was scheduled late in the summer. I thought early summer would be better, leaving me more time and flexibility to look for full-time work at the end of the summer. But as it turns out, full-time work is hard to come by at the moment, and the teaching paychecks are a timely means to purchase a crib, changing table, and a futon (so family won’t have to sleep on the floor).
Oh, and I was able to get the car detailed today!
God’s timing is impeccable. We have proven his faithfulness. Even during the darkest moments of our marriage (which I wrote about earlier this week), God has provided food, clothing, shelter, honorable (if not always enjoyable) work.
We found out this week, that two of Anna’s sisters, and perhaps her mom also, will be able to come up for the birth. My sisters, both being pregnant, are on travel restrictions, so can’t come up. And my mom may not be able to get off work and/or afford the trip. But my dad and stepmom are going to come later this month, the weekend before I start school and teaching for the fall. So, we’ll have family around us. Thank God. (Really. Thank you, God.)
Anna has had some moments in the last couple of days in which she thought a slight, quick pain she was feeling might be hints of the onset of early labor (which, we learned, can last several days). And the baby isn’t quite as active as previously. But then again, there’s eleven more days till her due date. So, we don’t know if she’ll go into labor soon or not. I’ve got my cell phone, and thirty dollars in cash for a cab in my wallet (just in case). We’ve got our bags packed, and in the morning I’ll set up the car seat.
So now we wait. And pray. Forecast tonight is for rain. “Mercy drops round us are falling, but for the showers we plead.”