My eight year old daughter has made a commitment, for only $1 a week, to make my bed every day. She has been diligent, and I have had a nice looking bed. Totally worth a dollar.
A neighbor girl offered to baby sit for me on the one evening a week my older girls have choir. Now I don't have to get everyone fed and in the car by 5:45, then entertain them, then get home at 9:15, then feed them again, then finally get them to bed by 10:00.
My husband helped me disassemble my icon studio this week, and then reassemble a nursery. It is very cute. My icon things are now in the basement where I actually hold my icon workshops, so I still have access to those things. My eldest daughter is going to do the last thing we need, and that is painting a terrific thrift store find bookcase. It is brown, and will be white.
I love, love, love the name we chose for the baby. I met a new saint in the process (the one we are naming her after, although really not new, as she lived in the 400's).
I purged painlessly in my room. All sorts of stuff I was collecting to define my space, make it a reflection of me, and now, I don't need stuff to reflect me. Progress, in my mind.
I got some R.E.M. songs on my iPod, and realized how much I still like that music, even after all these years.
So far, the thought of going through labor and delivery isn't terrifying yet. I have been re-reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, and feel a sense of anticipation to be able to partake in that powerful process once again. Realistically, I expect to get a few butterflies when the first "real" contraction hits (or "rush" as Ina May calls it).
I had a delightful dinner this weekend with my husband and a couple that we have been friends with for 16 years. We have been through so much together, and yet now rarely have time to see each other. The four of us talked like it was a speed race, and got much accomplished. I want to do it again!
I have purged many, many books. What a relief. So many I probably would never read, and now I don't have to. So many duplicates I didn't even know I had.
I have some truly dear friends that have kept my spirits high and my energy up during this pregnancy. It has been so much fun being able to share this time with them~
I have mostly finished my Visitation icon. I love it. I will have it in the nursery after I do finish it this week.
I can feel spring coming. I the sense of anticipation for warmth, my flowers, dirt, the return of all my birds, the aroma of new life. I can barely stand it! True, tangible, through and though HOPE!
Lent will be different for me this year, but I anticipate the paring down with great joy. I will pare down the extraneous things in my life, and leave room to be filled with the Eternal. Starting with a new baby. Again, true, tangible, through and through HOPE!
I went to Trader Joe's this week and got some delicious coffee, dark chocolate covered mixed nuts, and English Cheddar with Caramelized Onion. The nuts are spectacular, the mix of salt and chocolate is amazing. The cheese I am saving for Sunday, Cheesefare Sunday, and I am drinking the coffee right now. YUM!
That's it for now, although if I sat here longer, I am certain I could think of more. But, if I sat here longer, my day would get uncomfortably behind, so I am off to get the kids started on school.
Have a blessed day!