The Baby Countdown is on hold… for now. The acceptable time period for delivering our little girl and making it to the wedding has expired. Now the goal is to wait for Stephen to get back from the wedding before she arrives.

Stephen leaves Thursday morning for Florida to stand up in his younger brother, Brandon’s, wedding. Natalie will be a flowergirl – she has been talking about this nonstop since Rachel and Brandon asked her last summer. Stephen decided that he should take Meredith along as well, so to help him out, my grandparents are traveling with him too. I am glad that they get to go along, and I know that they will have a wonderful time.

I will be staying with my folks for the days my family is gone. It will be weird to be home again with no children or husband. I was (and am) really bummed about missing my brother-in-law’s special day. It has been difficult to find an upside to this trial. My mind revolves around all the people that I will miss seeing, the ceremony I will miss witnessing, the beautiful little flowergirl that I will miss helping, the introductions to my folks (they were planning on attending if the baby had come), the time with family, the warm weather….My mom reminded me that I will have time to do things I don’t normally get to do, and that is a small consolation. I plan to go to the house each day and get one room per day deep-cleaned. I will let you know how that goes. I plan to do some sewing. My mom has lots of sewing too, so we will be good company.

I know that the Lord has a good reason for keeping me from the wedding, but it may not be until heaven that I find that thing out. I know that I need to rest in His Will in this situation. Now I just need to apply what is in my head to my heart. Honestly, part of me doesn’t want to. As a follower of Christ, though, I need to submit those thoughts to Him.

If you are reading this and the Lord brings it to mind, pray for me and my family. Pray that Stephen and the girls and my grandparents have safety traveling across the country and back. Pray that the Lord would give me peace about letting them go… especially the girls. Pray that the wedding would go well, that Natalie would not get bashful and do her job. Pray for my brother-in-law, Josh, who will be officiating the ceremony and preaching both services at the church the next day. Pray for the happy couple. Pray that the Lord would allow this baby to wait until her daddy returns home to be born.

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