Friday, March 30, 2012
I just have to say that no matter what anyone else might try to say... for me, when a woman is pregnant and with child, is when she is most beautiful and radiant! A true miracle of God's everlasting Love dwells and grows within her womb and she is so very close to God in a way, like never before! I truly believe this and just felt like sharing that!
Every child is a precious gift from God and to have the privilege of conceiving and carrying in her womb, and caring for this beautiful child of God is such an amazing blessing and gift from God like no other!
The journey of pregnancy is truly a blessed and sacred time in a woman's life. I absolutely loved being pregnant with my daughter, Audrey, and I also love being pregnant with my second daughter, now, (including the fact that I've had many unexpected bumps in the road, having a high risk pregnancy).
I feel so very close to God, our Blessed Mother, and the Child Jesus as well, as my beautiful child continues to grow and bloom in my womb like a beautiful rose in God's garden.
This Sunday, I will be at 36 weeks in my pregnancy journey... and I praise God, once again, for bringing us this far! My precious, little, Baby Girl will be arriving soon, and I am continuing to cherish the remainder of my pregnancy journey with her! :)
I thank God, for all the special blessings He has given me throughout my pregnancy journey and I look forward to all the new, beautiful blessings to come, once my daughter is born.
I continue to pray for all pregnant mothers especially, and may they know how truly beautiful and radiant they are, (especially now, as their precious child continues to grow in their womb), and may they embrace the gift of beauty that God has given them in their pregnancy, for it's truly a time for her to cherish forever! :)
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Something that I do a lot, though, over about the past week or so, I've really increased in doing has been asking God and praying that God please continue to bless my children, (my two precious daughters).
With having to continue being on bed rest with for the remainder of my pregnancy and also having my 23 month old daughter, Audrey get very sick this past week, my prayer continued to be throughout this time, "Dear God, please bless my children!" And the amazing thing about our prayers is that God truly hears them.... and answers them!!! :)
Last night, my daughter, Audrey was feeling much better, and I continue to hope and pray that she will be feeling like her healthy self again tomorrow for her second birthday! As for my other precious daughter, still continuing to grow in my womb... she's doing quite well and so am I. I had the privilege of seeing her beautiful face again a couple of days ago in another 3D ultra-sound and she's about 5 pounds and 5 ounces now! :)
My doctor plans to remove my (serclauge), which has been helping to keep my cervix from continuing to prematurely dilate, in three weeks. I am thankful that God has blessed me with a great sense of His Peace in knowing that... truly our lives continue to be in His Loving hands and that, whenever my daughter is meant to be born, she will.... and it's all going to be OK. I trust that whenever God decides for my daughter to be born, that she will be born healthy, and her birth will be beautiful and Grace-filled like Audrey's was! :)
Until then, I just continue to take it easy, pray my way through each day.... (something I did before I was pregnant with my daughter and something I plan to continue forever more...), and trust in God's infinite Goodness and Love as I continue to prepare my life, heart and family for the arrival of my new daughter! :)
Thank you, all, for your prayers for me and my Baby Girl and family.... we appreciate them so much and I continue to keep you all in mine as well!
Friday, March 9, 2012
"The LORD’S Loving Kindnesses indeed never cease, for His Compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your Faithfulness." (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Throughout my walk with our Lord, I've learned many things about what kind of God He is, how He is so unconditionally Loving, Compassionate, Merciful, Forgiving, and how He loves to bless His children who Love and follow Him. What I've especially learned throughout my Faith journey is that truly the Lord, our God is forever Faithful!
People on the other hand are not always faithful to their word, and will often times break their promises they have made to us and let us down and this can cause us a great deal of pain. That's because we are human, and not perfect, but God is perfect and never lets us down, and that is one thing that we can surely count on forever more!
Once again, as I continue on in my pregnancy journey almost to 33 weeks, God continues to remain right here by my side and in my heart! His Faithfulness to me is so beautiful and such a Loving gift, a true testament of what He is all about, as He has so far, and I believe and trust He will continue to carry me and my sweet Baby Girl to a safe and healthy birth!
I had my doctor's appointment yesterday, and was very reassured to hear my daughter's strong, healthy heartbeat... and I continue to pray my way through each and every day, (and praise God for His Faithfulness), as we come closer and closer to her due date near the end of April!
Having a high risk pregnancy can be a scary thing, even to a woman of great Faith in God, especially when you have doctors telling you how concerned they are about your Baby's chance of being able to make it to a full term birth, though, I am ever thankful for my strong Faith in God and His ever-constant Faithfulness, to see me through what I believe have been the most challenging times of all of this... and I look forward with great Hope to the beautiful, bright future He has prepared for us ahead!
So many blessings I've received so far, and still, so many more to come. And so many reasons to continue praising God for His great Faithfulness, Loving Kindness and Compassion that never, ever cease and are brand new each and every morning! :)
So I am very thankful for all the countless blessings I have received thus far, especially throughout this pregnancy journey, (and even with all the challenges I've had to face included!). And I'm so thankful that God continues to be so Faithful to me, and that I am able to share with others, though my own personal experiences just how amazing and awesome our God is!!! :)
May you be blessed in every way by God's unfailing Loving Kindness, Compassion and Faithfulness! And may He receive all the praise and honor that belongs to Him! :)
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This prayer is one of the most beautiful and beloved of mine, of all the written prayers I have ever learned and prayed. I truly fell in love with this blessed prayer well over a decade ago, and as I began to pray it consistently through out my days, my Love for our Blessed Mother grew even more deep and real, as I in turn felt Hers continue to grow for me and even continues to till this very day!
It's truly an anointed prayer, (written by St. Bernard), and I'm so glad he was inspired to write it because praying this prayer has brought countless blessings and Graces to my life and the lives of so many others! I hope if you've never prayed this prayer, that you will be inspired to!
May this prayer and our beautiful Blessed Mother Mary bless your life and family in every way! And may all pregnant mothers especially be blessed by Her, Her payers and by praying this special prayer as well. Our Blessed Mother is here with us and Loves us as only a Mother can. She is praying for us always... interceding for us with Her earnest prayers, and as always guiding us and leading us closer and closer to Her Son, Our beautiful Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! :)
O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that any one who fled to Thy protection,
implored Thy help or sought thy intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly unto Thee,
O Virgin of virgins my Mother;
to Thee do I come,
before thee I stand,
sinful and sorrowful;
O Mother of Thy Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in thy Mercy hear and answer me.
Just a few brief words to say how thankful I am to be a beloved child of God! What a gift, honor and blessing... and a princess of the King at that. Because of this, I have been given by God an innate dignity, Grace, Beauty, and future filled with endless Hope, Love, Goodness and eternal blessings that nobody can ever take away... ever, ever, ever! My daughters too, are beloved children, daughters and princesses of God and I want them to always remember that!
Wishing you a blessed day! Remember how much God Loves you!!! :)
Monday, March 5, 2012
So, I had my baby shower for my sweet Baby Girl, (growing in my womb), over this past weekend... and it was just beautiful... beautiful and special and lovely in every way! As I felt with my first baby shower with Audrey, I now felt, all over again... "showered with God's blessings of Love and Grace," by all who attended and helped me to celebrate my sweet Baby Girl, as we continue to prepare for her arrival! :)
It's really hard for me to believe that as of this Sunday, I am now 8 months pregnant! Wow! It seems like it went so fast, my pregnancy journey, and then again, still, at the same time, it's been a very long, and challenging journey... though, nonetheless, Grace-filled in every way with God's special blessings!
When I think of it going fast, I must remember that I didn't find out that I was pregnant until I was into my 3rd month, so, in a way, it feels as if, at times, that I'm only 5 months into my journey of pregnancy. Though, even if that's when my mind got the "memo," that I was in fact, really pregnant... still, my body sure knew from the very beginning, as I believe did my heart and soul! And that's the most amazing part of it all, this, "mother-child-God-pregnancy journey." All are so interconnected and intertwined... it's a true, sacred mystery, one of the most divine mysteries of both Heaven and Earth, and how very blessed are women, whom God has chosen to be able to experience and live this most beautiful mystery out... in all it's glory! :)
I absolutely Love being pregnant and am in no rush for it to be over... (including all the challenges I've had with my pregnancy being high risk)... it's truly one of the most blessed experiences of my life... and I just want to continue cherishing every single, precious moment in my heart and soul... and every blessed movement that my daughter makes, for this is truly a most sacred time between mother and child, so close... with each other and with God! It's just a marvelous, miraculous time... and I thank God for it with everything that I am!
That being said... as I come closer to my due date... my Joy and excitement and anticipation increase more and more! I am so excited to finally see my sweet Baby Girl, (in real life, and not just on an ultra-sound screen!). I am so excited to finally see her face to face... to hold her in my arms of Love, call her by her name and tell her how very much I Love her... as God does too! I'm so excited for her to meet her big sister, Audrey, who is so very excited to finally meet her face to face and has waited, (so very patiently), and also to meet the rest of my family, friends and our world!
I continue to trust that all our lives are in God's loving hands... and that He is continuing to take very good care of me, my sweet Baby Girl, Audrey and us all. Only God knows when my Baby Girl will be born, and I continue to trust in Him and His perfect timing and will! And so, as excited as I am for her to be born, I continue to wait patiently for that unknown, precious day, with Hope in my heart... as I cherish, so dearly, this remaining time of my beautiful pregnancy journey!
I feel so blessed by God and look forward with such great Joy to the future full of Hope ahead! For it's there for you and me and us all! :)
Friday, March 2, 2012
As to be expected, the closer I get to my due date, (the end of April), the more and more excited I am getting! This Sunday, I will be at 32 weeks into my pregnancy journey... and I truly continue to praise God for bringing us this far! Having a high risk pregnancy has been an unexpected challenge, (to say the least), though, my Faith in God's Goodness, Love and Providence has brought me to this point, and I trust will continue to bring me and my sweet Baby Girl to a healthy, joy-filled, Grace-filled birth! :)
Tomorrow we are having my Baby shower and I am also very excited about this. It's a chance to really`celebrate this beautiful, precious Life, my sweet daughter, growing in my womb... and also celebrate the fact that I have just about made it through the most dangerous part, (from what my doctors tell me), of my pregnancy journey, for they say that at 32 weeks, (if she were to be born, her chances of survival are very good). Though, I have no intentions of settling for that, or stopping here... I am hoping and praying that I will make it to full term. I pray that God's Loving will continue to be done in my life! :)
With endless prayers of Faith, Hope, Love and Thanksgiving to God in my heart... I continue forward in my pregnancy journey as I continue on through the final stretch! God's endless blessings be upon all expecting mothers and their precious, little ones... (especially those with high risk pregnancies). May God calm their fears and anxieties and may they lean on Him and trust in His Loving Providence completely and His plan of beautiful Hope for their lives! :)
Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed day! :)