It’s been a busy couple of weeks, and I don’t think it’s going to be slowing down any time soon! The season change is playing it’s typical coy game, as is usually the case in Chicago: several cool days followed by a couple unusually warm days and then… rain. We’re on the rainy end of this weather cycle, and I’m definitely looking forward to some more autumnal weather next week. I love summertime (and even the cicadas that are chirruping outside my window at this very moment), but I want to enjoy a little bit of fall before winter hits! Bring on the apples and pumpkins and sweaters!

Last weekend was Homecoming at my alma mater and it was so nice to go back for a quick day trip and see two of my (three) sisters. We don’t get to see each other very often due to distance and busy lives, but when we do it is so nice to know these are the ladies God gave me as family. Looking forward to the next time all FOUR of us can get together!

In other news, this bump just keeps growing and the countdown continues. I can’t believe I’ll be 8 months next Wednesday! Pregnancy thus far has pretty much been one loooooong waiting game, but now that the due date approaches I feel like there’s not enough time to get everything done! And I get the feeling that sensation never really goes away even after the baby is born…. but that’s life, I suppose. Hurry up and wait.

So much has happened in the last several years of my life and I am so grateful for all the opportunities and experiences I’ve had; yet I can’t help but feel there’s more I should have accomplished before entering this parenthood phase. I suppose you can never really feel completely prepared and this is where faith comes in. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: pregnancy and the preparation for impending motherhood has really challenged me to rely more fully on God. The doubts I have about our future as a married couple, a family, and even my goals as an individual, must all be laid at the throne of grace. It is too much for me to carry on my own (especially with 10 extra pounds in my abdomen)! There are many unanswered questions about our future but I know one thing for certain: my trust is in the Lord, and He will not fail.

Psalm 25

In you, Lord my God,
    I put my trust.

 I trust in you;
    do not let me be put to shame,
    nor let my enemies triumph over me. 
No one who hopes in you
    will ever be put to shame,
but shame will come on those
    who are treacherous without cause.
Show me your ways, Lord,
    teach me your paths. 
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
    for you are God my Savior,
    and my hope is in you all day long.


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