Since this summer, I have been training my spirit and mind to fully understand what hope truly is. When Mom died, I carried a little stone in my pocket that had the word “hope” inscribed on it. It is funny how a tangible object can help to train your spirit, to remind you of God’s purpose for us. The stone still sits on my dresser. I carry it every now and then, like when I went for my first ultrasound, or when I just feel a little sad.
This Christmas I have been having so much fun. I feel very little stress and I have enjoyed every activity, even shopping (which I usually dread). I have been more intentional with friends and family, and most of all, Jane. It makes the holidays feel so much more joyful and purposeful… and simpler. That is where hope comes in.
In a hopeless time for so many, the idea of hope seems to be more of an idea of wishful thinking. A dream. Biblical hope is something far different. It is a looking forward to fulfillment of promised that God made to us. It is knowing who God is. It is certain. It is reality. It is a life based on truth!
“Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Christ is revealed” -1 Peter 1:13
“The future belongs to those who belong to God, this is hope.” -W. T. Purkiser
At least we are 98% sure it is going to be a girl. Jane has thought this since day 1, so she was underwhelmed, as usual. The early ultrasound was pretty cool. She was stretched COMPLETELY out. Her legs were longer than the rest of her body! She measured about 4 days older than she is, and her heartbeat was 144 bpm.
We are very excited. I have to control my urges to rush out and buy baby stuff. Now we just have to decide on a name…
Psalms 127:3. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,the fruit of the womb a reward. 4. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.
So far my favorite things about fall are:
- having a fire in the fireplace
- apple cider
- making yummy treats like monkey munch, pumpkin muffins, old fashioned popcorn and cookies
- having pumpkins on my porch
- wearing scarves
- seeing the colors orange, yellow, brown and red everywhere
Just in case there is anyone out there as clueless about this as I was… I have often spoke against people that vote for certain candidates based on one or even two issues. I have since changed my mind. Certain issues are more important than others. Especially when Bills like this one are promised to be voted for.
Freedom of Choice Act – Declares that it is the policy of the United States that every woman has the fundamental right to choose to: (1) bear a child; (2) terminate a pregnancy prior to fetal viability; or (3) terminate a pregnancy after fetal viability when necessary to protect her life or her health.
Prohibits a federal, state, or local governmental entity from: (1) denying or interfering with a woman’s right to exercise such choices; or (2) discriminating against the exercise of those rights in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information. Provides that such prohibition shall apply retroactively.
Authorizes an individual aggrieved by a violation of this Act to obtain appropriate relief, including relief against a governmental entity, in a civil action.
View the entire Bill here: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s110-1173
Well, Christmas always has a way of coming VERY EARLY at the Tucker household. For Chris anyway. My husband’s love language is definately gifts, so being the wonderful wife that I am, I let him get his Christmas present in October! It was quite a deal, so we couldn’t pass it up. This is a picture of it. It is not quite the dream bass (the dream bass has block inlays on the neck) but it is pretty close. Chris will get his present on Thursday.
Last week we went for our checkup at Creekside with our OB/GYN, Dr. Mitch McAlister. We took Jane, even though you are not supposed to. We chatted about the pregnancy and then we got to hear the little heartbeat… It was so great. I guess I was worried that maybe I wasn’t pregnant and that I was imagining this whole thing. Or worried that we wouldn’t be able to hear it. But, Thank the Lord, it was there. Doc said it was a good little baby because it was very easy to find the heartbeat. It was 160 bpm. Good and strong. Jane was not impressed, but I was laughing nervous laughter. Anyway, we are blessed. Thatnk you Lord for your continued provision and for blessing us so much!
If you would like to know what it sounded like, listen here.
I am a bit behind on blogs, so I am going to try to catch everyone up with our family activites from this summer and fall.
In August we took our first camping trip together as a family to Devil’s Den. Jane did very well. She loved the tent, smores, and glow sticks. Chris got to try out his new fly-fishing rod and Carrie just tried not to throw up (fun first trimester).
This morning we had breakfast burritos and coffee.
It started to rain as soon as we were done cooking, so no pics of the finished product.
Devil’s Den is such a great park. We had a great time playing at the creek, looking at deer on the creek bank, looking at stars, and hanging out around the fire.