While still recovering from the flu and going through a transition process at work (ending one job and starting a new one), we received a letter of resignation from JOE's current caregiver last Saturday. How appropriate that it occurred on the last day of the month of January? If you recall from last year, she resigned but changed her mind at the last minute and decided to stay. That was certainly a welcomed blessing and we got a good year from it.
Like last time, this notice came out of nowhere and we weren't even prepared for it. BUT this time, so much is different.
While last time we were both very concerned, this time, my awesome hubby sprung into action. Within minutes of reading the email, he was on the iPAD looking for a replacement. He didn't even want me to stress out and honestly, I can't tell you how much that calmed my concerns/fears. Just that simple act let me know that we're in this together and everything will be OK.
By Monday, we had 3-good phone interviews and after the interviews, we had good feelings about 2 of the candidates. They will each be meeting and spending some time with JOE this week.
My awesome sisters have been recipients of a lot of emails from me asking for prayers. It has seriously been one of those years. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING like sisters or the power of a praying woman! They all sent me encouraging words and sent up prayers. I have so much to be thankful for because within hours, I could see God's hands in the things that were occurring around me.
Our next door neighbor agreed to watch JOE should I go into labor in the middle of the night. The nanny was supposed to be our emergency person so this was certainly a blessing to us. In addition, she offered to watch JOE during the day if we are unable to find immediate day time care for JOE. Talk about a big blessing to us! I just was speechless at her generosity. Just goes to show that God is ALWAYS in the details.
During the week, I recalled a song I used to sing ALL THE TIME when I was a kid. Amazing how our brains tend to bring back to comforting things from our past. The song goes like this. It was definitely a reflection of how I felt:
In your time, in your time,
You make all things beautiful
In your time
Lord, my life to you I bring
May each song I have to sing
Be to you a lovely thing
In your time
On to some brighter things, I ordered some kid's nail polish for JOE this week. Let's just say she is now OBSESSED with having them on. We've already had to redo her nails twice and the nail polish arrived on Wednesday evening. Hoping this won't be a daily occurrence.
JOE wanted them on ASAP. Yes, it wasn't the best manicure but its hard when she's giggling and say "that tickles!" And yes, she requested the 2 different colors.
I have been so bad with documenting this pregnancy. Last time, I did a weekly thing. This time, I can barely keep up. In anycase, here's the most recent picture taken a few days ago. So far for this pregnancy, I am up 1-lb. I was up 4-lbs but the flu took away 3 of those lbs. Oh well...not complaining. Baby is progressing just fine per my OB :-).
Have a fabulously blessed weekend! And remember to be kind to strangers!