Wednesday, March 21, 2012

I remember

So six years ago, i had just found out I was pregnant and I was standing behind a woman with multiple kids and a little baby in a line at Walgreens. I asked her how old her baby was and she told me like 5 days or something really new. I told her how sweet and that i had just found out I was pregnant with my first. She gave a quick congratulations but I was a bit surprised she wasn't more excited for me.

i don't know why I even remembered that story for this long but I was thinking about it again this week. How different i feel after 6 years. Here she was, having just given birth to at least her 3rd child and she was having to wait in line at walgreens with all her kids?

Where was her mom? Maybe she was at home cleaning or planting flowers. Did her dad come? Did he sing for the baby? Where was her mother-in-law? I hope she was making a bed for her to lie down in, hoping this new mom would call so that she could help out with something. Did her husband get up wit her at night? I hope he held her tight when she told her about her day. Had the youth group baby-sat for her so she could go on a date with her husband? Did they clean her house for her? Did this new baby have aunts waiting to coo over her, hold her, burp her, change diapers, or just let her mom rest? I bet even the uncles were there, probably taking pictures. I wonder if her great grandmother made a visit. Did people bring her dinner? Did they invite the older kids over to play?

I feel so blessed to have so many people in my life who serve me and my family. Its overwhelming to think of everything being done for us. For me, I hope that I can see what I can do for other people. Service really is how you can see the hand of God in our lives. It carries his spirit into their hearts.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Our newest member

Eva Caroline Barnes
March 14th 2012
9lbs 3 oz

i kept waiting to make this post when i had more pictures or better pictures or whatnot. I decided at this stage, you do what you can, when you can. These are the pictures I have now.

I was scheduled to be induced on Thursday but went into labor early Wednesday morning. I went longer than I would have liked without an epidural but all's well that ends well. It certainly ended well I'd say. She's so perfect. The boys are totally in love with her. She is sleeping well and i have had lots of help. We are so excited for all the things that she brings to our family.