Thursday, December 29, 2005


"Good afternoon, Knox Seminary."

"What did I call?"

"Knox Theological Seminary. Can I help you?"

"I'm calling about something on tv. Did you have something on tv? Call us or do something, or something? What was that?"

"I'm sorry sir, I'm not sure what you are talking about."

"Ok, I'll call back."

Great. I'm looking forward to it.

Fun Pregnancy Stuff

Well, I am going to the perinatologist on January 3rd for more information on that funky blood problem I have. I was kinda down about that, but the good news is... I'm getting a sonogram done that day! Yay! We're going to find out whether baby is a boy or a girl! Very exciting.

Also, I did a "quiz" online to get a "prediction" of our birth. Here is the result:

Madame Zaritska, our resident clairvoyant, wants to help you prepare for the arrival of your child. Here she does her best to predict certain aspects of your labor and birth experience.
The day you deliver, outside will be breezy. Your baby will arrive in the morning. After a labor lasting approximately 18 hours, your child, a girl, will be born. Your baby will weigh about 6 pounds, 12 ounces, and will be 19-1/2 inches long. This child will have blue eyes and be completely bald.

And I thought this little thing was cool:

Thursday, December 15, 2005

A question for moms

When you were pregnant, did you experience an unpleasant pulling sensation in your lower abdomen?

It started out gradually, but now it really hurts sometimes! At first I was afraid something was going wrong, but I've heard some other women say something about it. Clarification would be great! I think it is a good thing since a doctor told me that pregnancy might pull apart some scar tissue from my surgeries. So I'm hoping that is what I am feeling. I go to the doctor for my 4 month check-up tomorrow (I'll be four months on Monday already!) so I'll mention it to her.

Our phone is down again at home! It was out for 10 days and then on for 3 or 4 and now it is off again. What a pain! I hope that they fix it soon. My MIL's phone is also down and she lives 1/2 mile from me, so I think that there is a widespread problem.

I'm still feeling VERY tired. I got 9 hours of sleep last night and could barely wake up. I feel like I've been drugged!

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Yep, still pregnant.

Well, thank God for his assurances, even if they are a little inconvenient.

I've been having some major pregnancy symptoms today! I'm so exhausted that I can barely keep my eyes open right now. As soon as I get home, I'm going to sleep! Also, this morning I got up and discovered that one or both of the dogs decided that it would be fun to unwrap a Christmas present. (As I wrap mine, I put them under the tree and they never bothered them before.) At any rate, they took my Mom's gift and completely unwrapped it, destroying my bow and gnawing on the ornament that I had on the package. When I saw it on the floor, I burst into tears! The gift itself was fine but I really started crying. I think they felt bad. They kept coming up to me and showing off all their best tricks and trying to lick my face. You wouldn't think a dog could feel sorry. Who knows if they really did, but they sure were trying to cheer me up.

Monday, December 12, 2005

A silly post

This random post is courtesy of Jeni, and the finals I took today which subsequently fried my brain and deprived me of the ability to post unaided.

1)7 Things I Want to See or Do Before I Die (Lord willing)
My husband with his DPhil
My sweet baby's face
The Hagia Sophia (that's the awesome building pictured on the far right at the top of my blog)
Become seriously well read
Serve Christ's vulnerable ones
Get my house clean (truly the impossible dream)
Greece & Italy

2)7 Things I Cannot Do:
Get my house clean
Be content
Allow children to act like beasts
Have patience with others who allow children to act like beasts
Understand Aristotle
Figure out how to inexpensively transport or store all our earthly goods for the next three years
Stop complaining

3)7 Things That Attracted Me to My Husband
His brain power
His ability to stand for truth
His protection & gentleness
His laugh
His mischevious look
His love for Christ
His strong arms

4)7 Things That I Say Most Often
I can't believe I have to go again-- I JUST went!
Stinky Pete.
Hi baby. Mommy loves you.
Good morning, Knox Seminary.... Knox Seminary.... There is no one by that name here. I believe you are trying to reach someone at CRPC or Westminster Academy...
I'm tired.
No Dr. Gage, I'M the real Pope.
When the baby comes...

5)7 Books/Series That I Love
Little House on the Prairie
Narnia (I thought the movie was great!)
The Hidden Art of Homemaking
Dickens (with the exception of Oliver)
Tommy & Tuppence Series (Christie)
Les Miserables (This is the only book that I ever recommend the abridged version of. Unless of course, you are really dying to read about the history of Paris' sewer system.)

6) 7 Movies That I Could Watch and Watch
The Princess Bride
North by Northwest
The Sound of Music
Dial M for Murder
The Merchant of Venice (Beware: there is nudity in this, but it is an awesome treatment of law and grace)
Laurel & Hardy
Henry V

Ok, that's it. Perhaps not very entertaining, but it is my contribution for the night!

Friday, December 09, 2005


I'm currently listening to the exam reviews for two of my three classes. All three exams are on Monday. I'll be glad to get them over with! This semester has been a bear. What with the medicines, doctor trips, and procedures associated with the baby, the illness of our dear pastor, preparations for our post seminary plans, and hurricane Wilma have made this a difficult time. I've felt so distracted from my studies, so I'm just focused on passing-- not my usual overachiever A+++ mode (Susan, you didn't think that part was funny in Christmas Story???). I think most people have heard me ungratefully whining that I'm still in school at this point. This certainly wasn't MY plan. The Lord provided a way to get a Master's for free, and at the time my life was feeling woefully empty. But my heart has never been in a career or higher education. I know that the Lord must have a reason for working things out this way. I hope that somehow He uses this to glorify Himself. I'm going to be taking a whole semester condensed into 3 weeks in January (so don't talk to me then, unless you feel like losing an appendage). I'm really dreading that. Then I'll have to take two classes in the spring and e done. That should be pretty manageable, especially as I will stop working at some point during that time.

So I guess I'll quit whining about school now, try to work diligently, and see what the Lord is going to do with it all!

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge

Keep sound wisdom and discretion
So they will be life to your soul
And adornment to your neck.
Then you will walk in your way securely
And your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down you will not be afraid
When you lie down your sleep will be sweet
Do not be afraid of sudden fear
Nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes
For the Lord will be your confidence
And will keep your foot from being caught.
Proverbs 3:21-26

I've really been struggling with fear and worry lately. I didn't realize how much so until this past weekend. Early Saturday morning I woke up in a sweat and choking back tears because of a dreadful nightmare. I dreamed that we lost the baby and I delivered it and held it my hand (it was about the size of palm) and just wept and wept. It was terrible. I couldn't go back to sleep after that. So later that day I met my Mom to go shopping for maternity clothes, and all these misfit feelings rose up in my chest. I couldn't be happy. I didn't want to buy the clothes. I felt like an imposter and like I was in the wrong place. I have consistently had a hard time accepting that I am pregnant and this really came out in the dressing room. I was shocked at myself. This was defintely not how I wanted to be feeling. So I was forced to think about it, and the Lord convicted me of my lack of trust in Him. What have I to fear if the Lord (who is all good and all powerful) is on my side? Nothing.