Monday, April 14, 2008

Where Have I Been?


Hello Friends! Thanks so much for asking, wondering & waiting patiently. I'm here and I'm still appreciative of blogs & blogging. I just feel my whole little world has been wrapped up in 'being pregnant' that some days I don't know what to say or even where to start.


A quick recap on my life this past month or so.


Spring has arrived in the Okanagan and the world is greening up around me. The crocuses have finished their blooming, tulips are about at the half-way point and all my other perrenials are making their presence known. In a couple weeks, my yard will be BURSTING with lilac blooms and I will be praising God for one of my most favourite flowers & fragrances. I can't wait.


I've been digging up irises. Seriously! I hate those things. They take over like a giant tuberous weed. I want to plant some other things and so where I can take up the battle, I am. I can't work in the garden for long because my belly seems to get in the way but I make small efforts. What a strange & amusing root system irises have. They are FUN to dig up because the challenge of unearthing this large bulbous thing cracks me up. Did you ever see the Harry Potter movie where they planted mandrakes? This is what the iris root looks like to me. I dug them all up, loaded them in the wheelbarrow & then wheeled them over to my husband to see if he agreed. We figured any minute they would start shreeking at us.


So, I hope to clear some spots to put more perrenials. More daisies, a spirea bush, one more lilac bush and maybe a burning bush. Flowers & foliage. How I love this time of year!


Lawrence and I had a first on Sunday. Our pastor & his wife were away at a conference and so the two of us led worship. Though our newly formed little congregation is rather tiny, we are a great family of believers and so standing up there in front of that little group of friends wasn't as intimidating as I thought it would be. Apparently we even did a good job & picked some pretty good songs. It was fun picking the songs & practicing together. I always beam with pride when I hear him play guitar & sing but to be able to be singing together was always a dream of mine even before I met him because I've loved to sing for so long. I felt oh-so-blessed that it was something we could do together! Thank you Lord for the gift of music!!


As for the pregnancy stuff, things are going great. I am, apparently, a model patient according to my wonderful doctor. Everything is normal, measuring well & no complications so to speak. Our little one is VERY active and spends half the day booting, dancing, wiggling and swimming around in my womb much to my amusement. All the nausea & morning sickness is finally gone - aside from regular morning routine stuff, I'm feeling really good. I am amazed what the female body can do! Though I wear out really easy and have no strength because I was feeling so awful all winter, I am happy that its spring so I can get outside, walk a bit, stretch a bit and just embrace this new & exciting time in our lives. I promise I'll post a photo eventually!


Although I haven't been actively posting them, I still invite you to visit the site for the Voice of the Martyrs at www.persecution.com and pray for our brothers and sisters that are imprisoned, harmed, humiliated, even tortured for their faith. Pray that they will stay strong in their faith. Pray for their health and their safety. Pray that they will know of God's love & steadfastness even in the midst of their persecution. And if you have even more time, write them letters of encouragement.


Thanks for stopping by. I'll try to post more often and visit your blogs more when I get the chance as wel.

9 comments:

  1. ROTFL! I can just see the shrieking roots, I can I can! I thought for a moment when I saw the lilac photo that your yard was way ahead of the rest of the valley.

    What a blessing you enjoy worshiping with Lawrence, I'm totally NOT comfortable up in front, tho I've wound up there more than often. I'm sure you were such a blessing.

    Happy to hear you're feeling so much better - I was worried for a while. Lets hope the ick stuff was all at the beginning! Looking forward to our visit!

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  2. CraftTeaLady11:38 PM

    You know, just a day ago I was at the VOM site and viewing those imprisoned for their beliefs. I prayed they were safe, as safe as they could be in their situations. I hate to say this, but I hope I don't ever have to go through that...

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  3. Glad to read that everything is well with you and your family. May the rest of your pregnancy go smoothly with minimal discomfort.

    I wanted to ask you something. Last week, in the American Idol show immediately following the big charity fundraiser "Idol gives back", the final item had all the contestants singing "Shout to the Lord". I was happy to hear the song but must say I was surprised that they would sing it on that show. Did you catch that? Do you know how that song came to be sung on that show? It was great to hear praises to Jesus being sung on a show with such a large global audience.

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  4. Hi Becky! Great to hear from you. I am glad to see that all is well and that your pregnancy is coming along just fine. Though you haven't been around, you are certainly not forgotten about.

    Take care and rest well.

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  5. Stopping in after a time away from visiting and posting, both of which I am catching up on. A move does that too. :-)

    It's so good to hear from you!

    Vanessa

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  6. I'm glad for your good experience of leading worship. Music is a blessing!
    I wish I could sing well. My husband sings well, but has no interest in leading worship.

    Wish I could smell those Lilacs which will soon be blossoming!

    I'm glad you are well and healthy.

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  7. I am so happy to hear how you are doing! Wow - how exciting to feel the baby kick and move, of course when he or she kicks the bladder that can be a bit tough on the insides, but oh my, what a miracle of God nonetheless!

    And about you and your hubby leading worship, how exciting! I didn't know you liked to sing or your hubby played guitar.

    My hubby plays bass guitar and I play keyboard and sing alittle, more back up than lead, but we LOVE music and what better way to enjoy music than praising our LORD and Savior, Jesus!

    Take care and make sure you get some rest!

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  8. Becky~~so glad you are doing well....your heart's desire was fulfulled singing with Lawrence...how great is our God

    Post the lilacs when they pop out....blessings

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  9. Hi, just discovered your blog from Amrita's. Beautiful pictures and wonderful insights. There are quite a few Christian writers from The Word Guild who live in your area, I believe. Anyway, blessings for a wonderful rest of pregnancy.

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