Slowing down

by Lesley on July 7, 2011 · 5 comments

in lessons learned,uncategorized

One would think, based on my lack of blogging, that life has been busy. Don’t tell anyone–(shhhhhh)–it’s actually been wonderfully slow.

The days are long, in the very best sense. The mornings still start early but the windows are now open, the fan blowing, birds chirping, sun creeping in through the curtains. I walk these days instead of run- literally and figuratively. From 8:30am to 5:30pm, there is plenty to do but not at the stress level I’d grown used to over the last three years. The evenings? They aren’t as scheduled. Since early June, I have said ‘NO’ with greater frequency,¬†preferring¬†instead to come home to Jonathan, cook an easy meal, and put my feet up. The weekends have mostly been spent here, at home. The laundry is not piling up. The fridge almost always has food. I’ve read a few books. We take evening walks. Last week, on an unusually rainy Wednesday night, we snuck dessert into Tower Theatre and saw Midnight in Paris.

A lot of people might have watched our last six weeks and called them boring. I have found them to be exactly what my body and mind needed after a cold winter of packing and unpacking and running around like a chicken with my head cut off.

In a few weeks, we will bring home a baby girl. We waver between complete excitement and sheer terror. We mourn the freedom we are losing. We celebrate the new life, the new joys, we are gaining.

Jonathan and I have prayed for this baby for a long time– long before we knew when she’d join us. As the date grows nearer, I grow more and more thankful that God prepares us for each season. He knows when each season will begin and end. He provides just what we need in each time.

No matter what season you’re in right now, I pray that you don’t feel alone in it. I pray you know that each season lasts for a short time. Each season has its hard moments that seem like they will never go away. Each season has its freedoms and joys that you hope never end.

Embrace your season. Be patient for the next season. His timing is good.

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5 comments
PC
PC

Thank you for sharing this post. My wife and I were in this same position almost 1 year ago (we celebrate our daughter's first year on Sept. 1). Mourning your freedom and celebrating new life is certainly a strange dichotomy I very much understand. I know everyone is telling all the cliches in the world right now, but I will say that from the moment she was born, I never once thought about my freedom again. It is a sacrifice I have gladly and effortlessly laid down. Get ready to love something more than you ever knew you were capable of.

Lesley
Lesley

Hello lovely ladies. Thank you for your sweet comments. Laura and April- thank you for the good luck wishes. It's fun to hear them coming from young moms who have navigated this journey already.

April
April

Hi Lesley! This was such a beautiful post...I welled up a bit too! I can completely understand and appreciate all of the emotions you wrote about. Best of luck in the weeks to come - one if the best moments in life is so close. Hope you are well!

Laura
Laura

Fabulous post. Your last six weeks sound *amazing* And this post made me cry as well. Good Luck these last few weeks as a couple and as you transition into a family of 3.

Katie
Katie

Love this Lesley. I even cried....been praying for your baby girl too.