Saturday Summary

So this week…..

Monday: Reviewed I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel

Wednesday: Had a Visit With the Family

Thursday: Continued the Conversation for Infertility and Pregnancy Loss

Friday: Studied about God’s Bigger Picture

How was your week?

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Comforting: Seeing the Bigger Picture

Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.”  – Job 42:3

Job had lost everything.  His money, children, reputation, even his marriage was rocky.  And his friends that came to encourage him ended up heaping more coals on the fire by blaming him for all of his misfortune.  Job continuously cries out to God, but only hears the accusations of his friends.

Until the end of the book.  God shows up and speaks to Job.  He reminds Job just who He is and what he has done and can do.  Job realizes that he can’t see the bigger picture, but God can.  And God is working continuously for good of those who love him (Romans 8:28).  All He asks is that we trust.

It’s comforting to know that the Creator of the universe loves me and wants the best for me.  That He is at the helm, in the ultimate control, and He can see the horizons much better than I can.  He is painting with each stroke, knowing that it will end up His greatest masterpiece.

Continuing the Conversation

I want to continue sharing other people’s stories or articles from around the internet, so here are three new posts to share.

I Didn’t Have A Miscarriage — I Had A Stillbirth – Some people refer to my losses as miscarriages.  Yes, the first one was a miscarriage, but the other two were stillbirths.  And they are different.  In this article, it talks about pretty much all of my fears and experience (except that my daughters did not pass away from the same as her daughter did and they had a child before having the loss).  It includes statistics and what it was like to have a stillbirth 40 years ago.

What Women Really Need After a Miscarriage – There is so much truth in this article. It’s about the needs for community and understanding.  The fact that a lot of miscarriages and stillbirths are swept under the rug by bystanders instead of treated like the losses that they are.  And how some women responded and changed after their loss.  Really good article for this month, especially.

Netflix’s ‘Private Life’ is the first not-cute comedy about infertility –  A new show on Netflix that follows the life of a couple in their 40s who are trying to get pregnant.  It covers things like IVF and artificial insemination with truth and honesty.  Also, I like Kathryn Hahn as an actress, so that’s a plus.

If you have never experienced pregnancy loss or infertility, I can guarantee there is someone in your life who has.  While the above stories may not be the same experiences for everyone, they can definitely open that window to more understanding and empathy for what everyone goes through.  And for those of you who are in the midst of these unknowns or losses, you are not alone.  May these words uplift and encourage you today.

Do you have any posts or articles that have touched you or compelled you to share?

Another Family Visit

This past weekend, my mother in law came down for a visit.  It was so nice to see her and watch her interact with our son.  I’m so grateful that we have such loving grandparents on both sides of our family.

The only downside was that it rained for most of the visit.  All the outdoor activities that we planned had to be canceled.

So, that meant we took another trip to IKEA!  People, this is my place.  We are making a few changes (all stemming from a growing and curious boy) in the layout of our home, so this is a store (and website) that I am frequenting lately.  I went with my parents back in September, but this time Michael was able to join in the fun.  No pictures yet, but soon, my friends.  Soon.

We also went to a Half Price books (well, we went to two this weekend, one of them after his mom left).  We have several in the DFW area, and I always seem to find something to purchase, whether for me or for Sam.

I found this book, which I originally saw in a baby store and really wanted to get it.  So, I put it on a TBB (To Be Bought) list on Amazon.  THEN, I found it at Half Price books at a major discount.  Score!  I would love to get more of this series.  He really loves this one.

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And for myself, I purchased this puzzle that I am hoping to frame and put up in my office/library (one of the places getting an upgrade).  A 1000 piece set is more of a challenge for me since I don’t do these very often, but it seems a little easier?  I guess we shall see!

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Of course, Michael’s mom doted on Sam the whole weekend.  It was lovely to see the two interact (especially when Mimi was trying to encourage Sam to crawl).  I look forward to spending more time with family during the holidays.  I can’t believe it’s just around the corner!

I’d Rather Be Reading by Anne Bogel: A Review

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I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life
by Anne Bogel

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The very definition of an absolute delight, Bogel’s short collection of essays on reading will call you to the big, comfy reading chair with a cup of tea in hand.
I have been a listener of her podcast for quite a while now. She is kind, welcoming, and completely relatable to me as a reader. This book is just an extension of that. She writes about her love of books, trips to the library and the bookstore, and confessions that kept me chuckling with a knowing “Amen.”
It was quite meta to read a book about reading. Still, I loved following her through her journey into reading. I now want to live right next door to a library (very envious of this fact!). And somehow have the inclination to, again, reorganize my bookshelves.
If you love to read, or even if you used to love to read and have lost that feeling somewhere along the way, I would highly recommend diving into this book. It will motivate you to read more and read often.

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Comforting: Won’t Be Forsaken

The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.  – Deuteronomy 31:8

It was the end of Moses’s life and the end of his time as the leader of Israel.  After he gave a little pep talk to the people, he called Joshua, his successor, in for a private meeting where he uttered the above words.  Joshua was going to lead the people of Israel into the promised land, fight battles, lose battles, see the people fall away and turn back to God.  And through it all, Moses says, God will never leave him.

God is always with us.  I think it is a good practice to look for God no matter what my life circumstances may be.  It’s easier after a win to believe God is with you, but I think it’s just as important to see him during the losses as well.

After my first daughter passed away, I prayed that God would make his presence obvious to me.  And he did.  In the many messages that I received from friends and family, from the nurses and doctors who showed me complete compassion to simple things like a sunrise.  To know that the almighty, powerful God would stoop down to comfort me was a miraculous blessing.  I knew that no matter what happened, I could curl up in the arms of my Heavenly Father and cry out to him.

Through both the good times and the bad, God is there.  And in that, I take great comfort.