Feb 282009
 

Last weekend, we took our monkeys to see some actual animals at the zoo. I wouldn’t exactly recommend the zoo at 35 weeks, at least not the Colorado Springs zoo…lots and lots of walking.

But clearly, we had a great time.


The very first exhibit was what I believe might be the largest giraffe exhibit in the United States. Papa Bear thought this was great since giraffes are my absolute favorite animal. Or not. I used to have an incredible, and of course irrational, fear of them. But I guess it has subsided some because I was able to take this picture without too much panic. I know giraffes are not a normal fear, but it’s their freakishly long tongues. They really creep me out.

By far, the most memorable moment of the day was when our children were nearly eaten by a determined (and not very bright) lioness.

Here are the lions, just chillin’. I’m used to zoos with a large moat between the visitors and the dangerous animals. But here you can get right up close because they are caged by a thick glass wall.

They started eyeing us as soon as we walked up. Their looks were sinister enough for me to joke, “Yum, bite sized snacks!” Then Papa Bear thought it would be funny if he turned his back to the glass. As soon as he turned around…I mean immediately, the lioness on the far left looked like a house cat who has spotted a mouse. She quickly crept down to where we were standing, and ferociously pounced…right at our four tasty treats!

It was insane! She gave it four more tries, pouncing and mauling at the glass. I think Lil Prince was her main target. I have to agree, he really is edible.

I can’t believe I didn’t have the foresight to get it on video. It was the absolute coolest display of nature I have ever seen.

With all the excitement and the walking, this was inevitable. I love it every time!
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 February 28, 2009  Photo Posts 8 Responses »
Feb 262009
 

I was either 36 weeks on Tuesday, or I’m 36 weeks today. Every time I see a different doctor or midwife, they give me a different day. I don’t think I’ve ever thought this much about dates before, but it’s very important this go round because the midwives will not deliver our Little Bundle before 37 weeks.

I really thought I was smiling in this picture; sorry it didn’t turn out that way! I just changed my clothes and ran a brush through my hair, took the picture, and then changed back into my work clothes. Nobody wants to see my paint shirt and my blue shorts!

A few prayer requests:

I’m feelin’ good and the baby looks great, but I have quite a bit of amniotic fluid (according to a sonogram on Tuesday). The number is twenty-four for those of you who know about such things. Normal is between ten and fifteen; twenty-five would be high enough for me to be transferred out of the midwives care.

I’m having a good number of strong contractions every night. So far some Cal/Mag and a warm shower are enough to stop them, and we’re hoping true labor won’t kick in for another week or so.

Project organization is almost complete, but I still have a few things to do. I’d appreciate prayer for grace and strength. I would love to bring this babe into a home that is truly a haven of peace and love.

Thanks so much for journeying with us. I haven’t gotten to know all of you yet, but I really hope to soon. Your prayers and well wishes are greatly appreciated!

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 February 26, 2009  3rd pregnancy 19 Responses »
Feb 252009
 

I am up to my uterus in mess and laundry right now. Yeah, I’m still organizing. Don’t even ask about how disorganized everything must have been before I started! Since several of you have thanked me for being “real,” I thought about taking pictures of the mess. Ummm, but I decided against it. Just know it really is that bad.

I have several things to post, including my 36 week picture update (which will feature my new hairdo), but tonight I just wanted to let you praise God with me a little bit. Womb Dweller has turned head down!! If he can make it one more week. we’ll be set for a natural delivery!

Isn’t God good!? Hospital or birthing center, He has everything under control.

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 February 25, 2009  3rd pregnancy 3 Responses »
Feb 242009
 

When we walked into church on Sunday morning the band was playing, “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus.” I’d had a hectic, rushed morning, and my spirit wasn’t right, but God often likes to get me with the first song.

When I rush, Papa Bear and I always have problems. I guess that would make it my fault.

Dang.

Anyway, I was immediately struck by a few things.

I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
I have decided to follow Jesus;
No turning back, no turning back.

I began walking with the Lord as a young girl, so I don’t really remember the honeymoon phase. But I have had times of great renewal that are probably similar to what a new Christian experiences. Everyday He is faithful. Everyday Jesus is tender and loving, and He truly is the ultimate groom; but that doesn’t mean there aren’t days when I’m “just not feelin’ it.” Just like my marriage, it’s not always a romance of emotion. It is a romance of commitment.

The Bible compares earthly marriage to the church’s marriage to Christ. I believe part of that comparison is simply the everlasting commitment. I have decided to be Papa Bear’s wife. I have decided to follow Jesus.

No turning back, no turning back.

Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
Tho’ none go with me, I still will follow;
No turning back, no turning back.

This stanza struck me especially hard as I was already reveling in the similarities of marriage and the Christian walk. You may remember that I received Biblical counsel to leave Papa Bear shortly after God had promised me a miraculously redeemed marriage. I chose to believe God, and I feel I was judged harshly for my decision. Sometimes the lonely road feels like the wrong road, but I know now that is not necessarily the case.

The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
The world behind me, the cross before me;
No turning back, no turning back.

I’ve read a great quote on several of my favorite blogs, but I’m not sure of its actual source. “Marriage is not for our happiness, but for our holiness.” The world will always be about happiness, but as Christians we know that true and lasting joy is found only by embracing the cross.

The rest of worship was powerful; the sermon was fantastic. And I put my hand on Papa Bear’s knee and leaned in close (to him and to Jesus), because that’s what married people should do, even on rushed Sunday mornings.

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 February 24, 2009  Christianity, Marriage 7 Responses »
Feb 222009
 

It’s still pretty amazing to me that people are reading this blog. Actually, every time I check my site-meter there are at least a few people reading, even when I’m up in the middle of the night.

What?!

I know why I write; I write to keep the thoughts from running around in my head. But I still don’t know why people are reading. It’s almost like I’m a real writer. That’s dreams coming true, people.

Anyway, it’s important you know that I do not think of myself as “wise”. I mean, I don’t write down my thoughts because I think they are especially poignant. But I have had some unique, and difficult, life experiences from which I have learned (and am still learning) a great deal. And I do have five kids at almost thirty years old. And I have loved Jesus as my Savior and Lord for more than 25 years. I do have a few things to say.

I’d really love to be one of the wise people. I imagine that Beth Moore, for example, thinks about the Lord (life, death, and eternity) much more than anything else. I think about deep things too, but a good part of my day is spent thinking thoughts like:

“Hmmm…would it be so bad if I let the kids watch one more movie?”

“What, oh what do I want to eat?”

“If I could just find a long enough sweater to cover my butt, then I could wear these pants.”

“What color should I paint the kids’ room?”

“I really love Desmond and Penelope.”

and

“Oh my gosh, this floor just never looks clean!”

So you see, any wisdom that comes across here is most certainly by accident (or maybe the Holy Spirit). It’s not me. I’m a silly girl.

And being silly, I’m just thrilled to death that you like me!

I like you too.

 

P.S. If you’ve written me one of the sweet e-mails that have inspired this post, I hope I have replied to you personally. If I haven’t, I will. I do not receive an overwhelming amount of mail, but I sometimes have an overwhelming life.

 February 22, 2009  Me 11 Responses »
Feb 212009
 

I know, I’ve been a little slow in updating this week. I’m finally going through what they call “the nesting phase”. It’s interesting because our lives were basically upheaved during both of the last pregnancies, so I’ve never officially nested. Apparently that’s OK, I’m doing enough this time to completely make up for the past. Even my file box is re-organized. Cause, you know, that’s really important pre-baby stuff.

We’re in Colorado Springs with Grandma and Pappaw right now. We’re planning to make it to the zoo at some point today. I’ll take pictures, but I’m bummed because my new camera still hasn’t arrived. Oh well. It just better come before the Womb Dweller’s emergence. That’s all I have to say about that.

Speaking of the birth, I will post to Twitter when we’re headed to the midwife center. I’d love to say I’ll be live Tweeting while we’re there, but I don’t think they have wifi back in the birthing cottages. I will have my laptop for music though, so if I can connect, you’ll probably hear from me (or Papa Bear). If not, pictures and video will be uploaded here just as soon as I possibly can.

Twitter. Do you follow me there? If you have followed me on Twitter and I haven’t followed you back, here’s how to fix that. Just post an @kingdommama that says:

“Hey @kingdommama. I follow your totally awesome blog (as should everyone). Please follow me back on Twitter!”

I promise that will do the trick!

Then we’ll be Twitter friends and you’ll be able to DM me whenever you want. You didn’t even know you needed this feature in your life, did you?! But if you’re not on Twitter (and have no desire to be) you can always e-mail me. I love e-mail too.

Well, time to run and get us all fed and bathed for our big day of fun! I think Papa Bear can manage, but that still leaves me with five heads to scrub and as many mouths to feed!;)

Happy weekend all!

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 February 21, 2009  Blogging & Writing 2 Responses »
Feb 182009
 

I know I’m very pregnant, and having every possible symptom, but I thought it was worth mentioning that the four comments on my Valentine’s post all made me cry. In a good way. And oh how I love crying in a good way.

So I just wanted to say thanks. It really means a lot to me that people read this blog. I hope you know that.

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 February 18, 2009  Uncategorized 1 Response »
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