Monday, August 27, 2012

First Day of School

So today I pulled into the parking lot at work and low and behold the lot was full of cars parked and double-parked and I realized that it could only mean one thing:  the kids were back.  The first day of school for most of my life didn't really happen, I was always in school because I was homeschooled, but starting high school the first day of school was exciting because I had never encountered it before.  That lasted the first two years of high school and then I wasn't so excited.  But one thing I always looked forward to was the fresh start of a new year...no matter what had happened the year before (good grades, bad grades, making varsity or not) was behind you...it all began again. 
Now the first day of school reminds me that my year will begin to increase in responsibility and youth group will be kicking off and hopefully kids will start trickling back in the door of the youth room.  Well, not too soon...I am looking forward to a relaxing (haha) time with my little girl come the end of September...I am looking forward to settling into our new house and making it a home, but most of all I am looking forward to starting something new...our family.  I cannot express how very excited I am for this chapter in my life... God is prompting Marty and I to start something new and unknown and it reminds me that God's plans are always so much bigger and better than ours...
So, looking back on that first day of school...I can relate to the uncertainty of a new year, but I can also relate to something new on the horizon...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

the honey-"dew" list

Our little girl is a honeydew this week...maybe not quite as round but certainly as heavy if not heavier.  She's so close to being here I can barely wait...and then I look around the house and I realize we still have a long way to go before we could say we're ready...but who's really ever ready for their first baby?  Most people are probably more ready than we are but at the same time we're packing up and moving before or after she arrives...who knows her schedule?  So I like to think that that's the reason we're not as ready as we wanted to be.  But I feel like our list is getting longer and longer of the things we have to get done, and I also feel counter-productive when I am packing boxes of house things but unpacking boxes of baby things...it's all a bit overwhelming. 
But I had a nice little break from reality this past weekend and went to my baby shower, and it was the perfect day!  I don't think that the party could have been more perfect.  It was so fun just relaxing with friends and family, eating fantastic food and of course opening presents...this little girl is going to have some fun clothes and blankets when she decides to come out and play!  I think what was most fun for me was going home with everything and showing it to Marty...it was like opening all the presents twice.  Marty, being the guy that he is, was the practical one pointing out what she would and wouldn't really "need" but let's be honest, who doesn't go a little crazy when it comes to baby stuff? 
After the weekend it was back to the daily grind and work...but Marty and I had an opportunity to go to Mass yesterday for the feast of Mary our Queen that was offered in honor of St. 'Padre' Pio who is our Saint and it was a bit of a reflection on the past year (11 months) and how far we've come in being married, and welcoming this little life into our lives...it's hard to believe that in a month we'll celebrate our one year anniversary and also the birth of our baby...who knows...maybe on the same day!  But we were able to really think about the grace of our marriage and the holiness of the Sacrament that we're living and how everything else fades...the packing, the stress of moving, the uncertainty of bringing new life into the world...in comparison to what God has given us in each other.  Yesterday's gospel reminded us of the very fitting message to focus on when the Archangel Gabriel's said to our Blessed Mother..."nothing will be impossible for God." 

Friday, August 10, 2012

It's almost time...

for football season that is!  I know, I know, I could be talking about the fact that in 7 weeks we'll be meeting our little girl for the first time, but let's talk about all the other joys Fall brings for a minute.  As everyone knows, Fall is my ultimate favorite time of year...the apple cider, the warm soups, the fun holidays, my birthday...that's why it makes sense that my little girl would come in the Fall, she's sure to fall into the "favorites" category.  So back to football...obviously there is some strain in our home around this time of year...Marty and his Ravens (boo) and me and my Steelers...we've talked about what this will look like when little Link enters the picture, it could get ugly.  As much as we have agreed that we'll be fair with her, I know that I am at a disadvantage because of me working on Sundays...little baby will be home with her daddy (daddy/daughter football day) and she's going to hear him rooting for that "purple team" and she'll associate her loyalty with his.  I know I will be fighting a losing battle.  But all that being said, we've been pretty tame about the start of the season...we love football...especially when fall is in the air. 
I suppose I can't start planning for Fall too soon though...we still have a little ways to go and a little one to prepare for.  I was reading today how big she is and she's roughly the weight of a pineapple (who doesn't love those) I just hope she's not as prickly; and she could be up to 19 inches long already.  I can completely see her being this long considering that I feel kicks in my ribs and in my bladder at all times...she is also staying awake for longer periods of time and she can keep her eyes open during those times.  I can only dream about what she looks like but soon enough those dreams will be realities and I'll be looking at her cheering with daddy at football games!

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