"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the Lord, "and will bring you back from captivity." -Jeremiah 29:11-14
Baby Redoutey seems to be enjoying his home inside mommy a little too much. We keep telling him about all the great things about life outside of mommy's tummy! December 12th has come and gone, and Jason and I get phone calls and e-mails daily checking in on how I'm doing. I think there is a lot more interest in this baby since many friends and family entered the Due Date 50/50! Any other woman who has gone past her due date I'm sure can sympathize with how I'm feeling. I know God's timing is perfect and He knows exactly when this baby is to come. Maybe, just maybe, He could speed up the process? :)
Every outing seems like the perfect opportunity for my water to break or labor to begin! Saturday we went to the MSU mens basketball game and of course Jason and Nate had it in their heads I would go into labor there and this baby would be a great basketball player! Would have been memorable. Yesterday Jason and I went exploring in the snow after the big snowstorm to get out of the house. I thought, "Oh good! It will give me some good exercise and that might put me into labor." Well, it just made me really sore! I think I used some muscles I didn't know existed. After talking to my parents, they recommended going to "I Am Legend" to put me into labor because apparently it's pretty scary. Well, I didn't go see that, but I did get my friends Angie, Anna, and sister-in-law Lindsey to go see "August Rush" with me. It was such a good movie, and of course I got very emotional at the end! It did take my mind off things for a while at least.
I just got back home from running some errands, and as I was in the car I was listening to a "Selah" cd and one of my favorite songs came on. It is the hymn "I Need Thee Every Hour". Here are the words: Verses: I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; No tender voice like Thine can peace afford. I need Thee every hour, stay Thou near by; temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh. I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; come quickly and abide or life is vain. I need Thee every hour, most Holy One. Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son! Chorus: I need Thee, O I need Thee; every hour I need Thee; O bless me now, my Savior, I come to Thee!
It was the perfect reminder that God is with me. I need Him every moment of my day: in pain (labor) or in joy (birth). The waiting is made easier knowing He is right by my side walking along with me. Thank you to everyone who cares about our family right now so much! I'm feeling great, but of course extremely ready to meet this baby of ours. We hope our next posting will contain pictures of our new son.