I went to the doctor on Friday of last week and was told to go home for yet another two-week period of bed-rest. When those two weeks are up, I will be at 36 1/2 weeks in my pregnancy and I can do whatever I want to trigger this baby’s birth! Once again, our friends here are laying their lives down for us to help us through this challenging time. There is honestly a sense of humiliation, of total humility, when your friend who is a pathologist comes over to change your baby’s diapers and sort your laundry. I marvel time and time again at how hard it is to allow, let alone ASK, those around you to wash your feet.
As frustrating as this whole thing feels most of the time, there are certainly joys in the midst of it all and causes for celebration, like the amazing Alaskan salmon we ate last night courtesy of our friend, Jen, whose house-mate Richard had just returned from an Alaskan fishing trip with his dad. The kids both devoured the meal, and Doug had salmon for dinner and breakfast this morning. Sometimes it is little things like this that help remind me of God’s extravagance with us; of his generosity and kindness to us throughout this journey.
On Friday, after the doctor’s appointment, we were scheduled to have the film crew from the Discovery Channel here at the apartment for the afternoon and evening. Doug did his part, but as I am unable to get around and clean, I had enlisted the help of a few friends who got our place looking great, just in time for the crew to arrive. Only they never did. Two of the other moms being filmed for the show ended up going into labor right at the time the crew was scheduled to arrive here, so I got a phone call saying we would have to reschedule.
As I looked around my scrubbed and shiny apartment, and spoke with the producer about re-scheduling, I thought to myself: they have no idea how many people it took to get our apartment ready for this today. Needless to say, when they come later this week, I doubt we will muster even half the effort. You hear the saying about raising kids, but I can also state that it took a village to clean our apartment!