I thought I would go ahead and post now as I know I won't have time to post with Christmas festivities starting tomorrow! We are currently in snowy, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho... Winter Weather advisory for tonight, which definitely means more soft, fluffy snow in the morning. Definitely my idea of Christmas morning. Don't get me wrong, the rest of the year, I am ok without snow, but there is just something about having Christmas morning white, that makes the holiday seem so much more... right!!
December 25th marks 7 months since we lost Grayson. Unbelievable... I still can't believe that our little boy isn't here to experience Christmas with us. How I was looking forward to having a little boy to buy trains and cars for! However, I do know that he is going to experience the BEST Christmas ever!! I mean, the King we are celebrating down here, is the King he is running around with up there!! What an amazing and beautiful picture!! I know that my Jesus is holding him oh so close. This picture definitely makes it easier, but it still hurts so deep.
My pregnancy is going great, so far. My last two appointments have gone as expected and I am not showing any signs of an early delivery. My cervix has stayed the exact same length, so far. Our next appt is on Jan 31st. This will be the last one to check my cervical length and then, the hope is, that all appointments after that would be "normal", which is still much more than "normal"! Every 4 weeks to the high risk and every 4 weeks to my regular ob and every 4 weeks to my endocrinologist... Which averages about 1 appt every week and a half! Whew... exhausting just thinking about all of it, but it is certainly worth it!! So physically, everything is going great.
Emotionally... still a roller coaster. I am 19 weeks and 1 day. We lost Grayson at 20 weeks and 5 days... So that is right around the corner. And that leaves my heart feeling so anxious, especially while I am not at home. In some ways, this part of the waiting feels like I am counting down the days until I have to say "good-bye" to Kinley instead of counting down the days that I will say "hello" to her in person. And this leaves me feeling pretty heavy. I am praying against all of these feelings. Part of this time has been so good because I am cherishing the time I have with her... no matter how long that may be. It causes me to stop and really enjoy the kicks of my sweet baby girl. It causes me to really take time for her, praying for her and anticipating God's plan for her life. However, I have to daily choose to turn her over to Jesus and trust Him because, right now, this is NOT coming naturally.
During this season, I want to experience true joy. My whole family is ready to see me experience true joy again. My mom told me that my whole family wants to see that... and until they do, it stops them from experiencing it fully. I don't want that. I don't want to be the thing that holds my family back from experience the true joy that Christ offers us. Hoping that it will come with time and with God's grace. As I have said, I know that this joy only comes from Christ, so I choose to place my whole heart in His hands, in hopes that He will answer this prayer! Please pray with us! I want to experience this joy during this hopeful Christmas season. I want to experience the freedom from these feelings that Christ offers. I don't have to be bound to this... As the song says:
My Chains are gone, I've been set free
My God, My Savior has ransomed me
And life a flood, His mercy reigns
Unending love, Amazing Grace
He has already released my chains. He has already set me free. He has ransomed me. And it all started this season over 2000 years ago. Lord, let us experience joy, rest, and hope in You this season!