Thursday, April 15, 2010

Everything in One Post = Overkill

This once a week blog post thing is really quite boring. I apologize.

Some random updates for you:
  • Monday night I went into the hospital because I'd been having regular contractions. By the time they hooked me up to the machine thingy, they had stopped. We'll just call it a trial run. The bonus was that Ben and I got to watch the end of Amagedon while at the hospital. And, we were both reminded of how absolutely wonderful the nurses there are. Five more days and we get to go see them again...for the real deal this time. :)
  • Tuesday and Wednesday I came down with some weird viral thing. Nausea, fever/chills, sorta comes and goes. Ben was here to take care of me during the worst of it. He reminded me of what true love really is...sometimes it involves making 100 trips up and down the stairs filling the bathtub with pots of boiling water because your wife has used up all the water in the water heater and is still cold in the tub. I love that man.
  • Today I'm feeling much better. Even having some coffee. Totally looking forward to some more nesting in the next few days.
In other news:

Ben came up with the idea of planting a garden (at his grandparents home in the country) this year. At first I was a little skeptical...and by that I mean lazy. Gardens seem like an awful lot of work. Last Summer I was annoyed with the two tomato plants we'd planted because I didn't know what to do with all the tomatoes. Can you imagine me with a garden of produce?

After chatting about it for awhile, I realized the garden wasn't really about the produce anyways. It's about the process.

As parents, we've been lamenting a bit about how our boys sometimes don't want to work for things. We live in a culture that wants to take the easiest way possible in order to attain something. I'm entirely guilty of this. I'm perfectly fine with store bought canned green beans if it means I don't have to pull weeds and get dirty. Makes sense to me.

When we presented the boys with the idea, there were mixed reactions. Which reinforced the fact that they need a little hard-labor under their belts. ;) God gives us so many practical and spiritual lessons from the land He's created. Sowing and reaping. Hard work in the planting, the labor it takes to keep the weeds from over-running everything, and the joy of the harvest. It's not just a lesson for my's for me to. It's a family ordeal.

There's bound to be whining and complaining along the way, but we're praying God uses this time to teach our boys (and us) that things in life require hard work. I want them to learn that just because something is hard, and takes awhile, doesn't mean we avoid means we work hard and see it through. I want boys who grow up to be men who aren't afraid to do hard things.

Saturday, April 10th we started the process. I'm hoping to document it all the way through. Eventually, I'll even be able to bend over again and help...with a baby strapped to my back. :) In the mean time, here's my 38 week preggo shadow.

There, I think you're all caught up now. Oh wait...I can't stop listening to this song: If you can be in love with a song, then I am in deep.


  1. pretty pretty please... have that baby tomorrow!!!!??? I wanna share b-days!!!

    Thanks for your consideration. *smile*

    I love Ben. Just love him. I can see him smiling all the way up and back down the stairs. Not one huff or eye roll! I love it!

  2. I totally love your idea. Our boys tend to think things come easy as well. Hard work is a great lesson and teaches them for when they are adults.

    Love your preggy shadow! Can't wait to see pics of the new addition.

  3. I started my first garden this year too. It gets pretty exciting when things start sprouting!

    Can't wait to meet that baby! The 21st is my son's birthday, maybe they'll share?!

  4. So sorry to hear you were sick. :(
    Your garden looks great so far. If we only had land I may have planted this year too!
    Praying for you for a safe and healthy delivery of baby #4!

  5. What a great hubby you have!

    We're planting a garden this year too...only it's looks like a mini-version of yours -- still hard work though! Oh, and have you ever heard of the book "Do Hard Things"? It's targeted to teens and it's all about the value of doing (good) hard things. My husband and I read it and were so convicted! Anyway, in like, 13 years when I have a teenager, I'm totally going to make her read it :)

    Can't wait to see that baby!

  6. #1 Yee Haw for good hubbys! Yours sounds like a keeper.

    #2 I love Need to Breathe. My hubby did that song at church not long ago. My fav!

    #3 Double Yee Haw for gardens. I would love to have a garden and sell fresh produce for extra money... and Mums and pumpkins in the fall... One day I will have the space perhaps...

  7. i cannot wait! i'm just so happy for you guys and i'm about to have a fit to know boy or girl? and the name?
    and i must say, you are about the cutest preggo girl ever.

  8. every time i see a new post from the parsonage in my reader i get all excited wondering if "this is it"... soon girlie!!

    love the shadow shot... was thinking the other day that would be a fun preggo shot... great minds think alike I see... though I have yet to take mine. way to be so on top of things.

    glad you got sick before the baby and not after... enjoy these last few days of nesting... and good luck with that garden!

  9. Gardens are tough. I love having them, planting them planning them, but I wish I had a better knack for them. I seem to kill more plants then I grow. But I still do it year after year...
    I can not wait to meet baby!

  10. And that last week or so before Cora was born, I was LIVID with Andrew one night when he came home and tried to comfort me with the knowledge he had gained on the way home from work on NPR. About how every day and week the baby is in there it is getting not only bigger (Oy VAY!) but also stronger and healthier. All this was very logical and well meaning, but I wanted that baby OUT! I wish you comfort and peace, and those around you to understand rational thinking is not likely.

  11. Your pregnancy sure has gone by least for me anyway :)

    Excited to hear about your garden progress. I think it is a great idea!

  12. My favorite part:

    "I want boys who grow up to be men who aren't afraid to do hard things."

    Me too.

  13. That's a really cool baby shadow. I hope you gets lots of produce and think of things to do with it. ;-)

  14. Wishing you a great easy birth!!!!
    Warm regards from Geneva!

  15. Oh My- April 20th sounds like a beautiful day to have a baby:)I can't wait to see pictures!!! You & your family are in my prayers!!!

    ps- I LOVE Need to Breathe

  16. Thinking of you today! Can't wait to meet the newest parsonage baby!


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