So we haven’t been very consistent with this blog lately. Surprising eh? It’s not because there haven’t been things happening in our lives, or changes on the horizon, it’s mostly because we’ve had (or chosen) to keep them a secret for a while. Sometimes when exciting things happen it’s good to savor them with your spouse before sharing them with the world.
Isn’t life just full of surprises? We often miss them, the day to day happenings. Like when Eden learns news words, and we don’t even realise that she’s communicating something very clearly to us. She knows lots of words now, like: nose, eye, ear, banana, mama, dada, bath, no… to name a few. It’s funny though, because most people wouldn’t know that she’s clearly saying those words, they think she’s just babbling. She’s very clear and very determined if you pay attention. She also knows a lot of signs. We’ve been teaching her simple words in sign language and it’s amazing to see her use them properly.
She loves to give hugs lately and I love it. What a way to show affection! She’s very good at cruising furniture and just needs a little more confidence to venture away from anything solid. I love seeing her cousin Lila walk, how cute are toddling babies?
Back at the end of July we spent a long weekend at the tri-annual Nickerson Family Reunion. What fun we had! It was great to connect with all of my relatives again, cousins, Aunts, Uncles, and of course Grampy. My Grampy is awesome, he loves family, he loves babies, and he loves to sing! I wish I could spend more time with him. He’s spending his time writing these days, writing volumes of family history, genealogy, and the like. I got the chance to read some when we were together, oh how I would have loved to peruse the pages of his books, to examine all of the old photos he has taped to the pages, and to hear from his mouth what life was like for him. He has revealed a rich history in ink that I hope I will get to spend some time with one day.
Thanks to my parents we got to take the Digby-St. John ferry both ways of the trip cutting out hours of driving (like 7), it was wonderful to be on the water, to see some harbour porpoises swimming and to continue visiting with family who took the ferry with us. Thanks Mom and Dad for giving us that financial gift that we couldn’t have been able to afford on our own.
It seems as though August had flown by, we had Charlotte over for a sleepover so her parents could celebrate and have a break for a night. What a joy it was to spend some quality time with that little angel. It was tiring though, she was a doll, listened to what we said and everything but just the constant busyness of a 3 year old is tiring. They don’t stop! I don’t know how Pamela does it every day, she’s a superstar in my books!
Charlotte turned 3 on the 15th and Lila 1 on the 21st. It’s been such a treat living close to these girls over the past (almost) 2 years. I love having my big sis, my confidant, my friend so close and accessible. What a treasure this time has been.
So this brings me to my first bit of news. A few months ago I called Pamela up and asked her if I could come over, I had something to tell her. She was at the park with some friends and their kids so I waited a few hours and then dropped by her house. Tim had taken the day off work so he took Eden for a drive while I went in.
She had no idea what was up, but she know that it must have been important for me to want to see her so urgently. That morning, before Tim went to work, we found out that we were…EXPECTING! Yup, that’s right! Baby number 2 will be arriving sometime late February. My due date is the 28th but you never really know, do you? To be honest it happened a little sooner than WE were planning. But, as we found out with Eden, God’s plan is perfect and he knows what he’s doing. I love reflecting on that afternoon with my big sis, there were tears yes, there were prayers, there were hugs (and Charlotte watched the whole thing unfold and had no idea what was happening). I’m so glad she was the first to know apart from Tim, I needed her support because I didn’t think I could do the whole “2 babies close together thing”, and she delivered. Thank-you Pamela for being there for me, I love you.
I made her keep it a secret for almost 3 months, cruel I know. The only other person I told our news to was my dear friend Kim. Oh how I wish I could hop on a plane to Calgary for a visit and drink tea with her. She celebrated this new life with us and I cherish our conversations we have often bi-weekly over the phone.
We decided to wait as long as possible before telling anyone. We wanted to savor that time, the time that we didn’t get with Eden. We had time to talk about it, to process it, to fall in love with the new life that was beginning. What a treasure that time was! We told my family at the reunion and Tim’s family after that but we asked them to keep it a secret for a bit longer. I wanted to wait until I was 12 weeks before announcing it to the world…well Tim couldn’t wait that long and so at the 11 week mark we told our church family. My plan was to then make an official blog announcement but I guess I didn’t communicate that to Tim and he posted it on facebook the next day. I wasn’t too impressed because I know that people who really care about us read our blog regularly and I wanted to honour those people (some don’t have facebook) rather then tell all of the acquaintances on facebook. Anyway, no big deal, pretty much everyone knows now, except for you beautiful people who don’t have facebook, you’re just finding out NOW!
Anyway, we’re very excited about this new life. We are leaning toward not finding out the sex of the baby this time, why not enjoy the surprise? Hopefully I wont be too curious when the ultrasound comes around!
So that’s our big news, at least part 1 of it. I know, cruel eh? I can’t share with your part 2 yet, and it wont be in the next blog post either. You’ll have to wait a bit for it. I may start giving hints though so stay tuned. Who knows if there will be a part 3? Only God who is full of surprises!
So I encourage you to notice those little things, those unexpected things that happen almost daily, that make you smile. That bring joy to your life, or the lives of others around you. Stop and think about good things that have happened lately and your life will be better for it. Right now I’m cherishing a quiet evening, a baby asleep by 8 and time to blog. I don’t know whether she’s going to sleep well tonight, I can’t really expect that she will considering she’s been up for hours at a time the past few nights, but I will cherish this quiet time now. I could have done SO many things that maybe I SHOULD have done, but I chose to reflect and I feel better for it.
Thank-you Lord for quiet evenings, for peaceful music, and for new life. You are GOOD, your will is PERFECT, and I praise YOU because you are wonderfully knitting life together in my womb, a new life that will fit perfectly into our FAMILY.