Feels like crunch time!

Well, here we are...60 days to go. I made a list last night of all the things to do. 60 days can seem like a lot on paper, but when I boil it down, it's just 9 Saturdays until the due date!! YIKES!
"Deep breath. You can do this, Shelley."
I really like being prepared. This tendency is one of the hardest things for me to deal with as I think about the transition to mommy-and-daddy-hood. I am embracing the fact that I will not have a CLUE for the next 18 years. I mean, I can pack his snacks for road trips, have an extra onesie (or three extras) in the car, and have extra diapers...I can plan appointments and soccer registration and what schools to send him to. I can make sure he has notebooks and pencils and crayons for the big first day of kindergarten.
But I cannot plan for the minute-by-minute decisions and dilemmas that will face Jerod and me as we attempt to turn the little pooping-crying-smiling machine into a responsible, compassionate person.
In moments like this, I am reminded of my frailties and my intense need for God's grace. It reminds me of what faith is all about. Stepping out into the nothingness and knowing that God will place a stepping-stone beneath my feet. I will rest in his grace. I will breathe deeply His presence and drink from His fountain of knowledge.
And I will still go online this weekend and find a shade for the nursery window too. As much as I want the Son to shine in the nursery, I don't need full sunshine. Lord, help us all.


David Toledo said...

As someone who has just gone through that process, you will not feel prepared! It's such an amazing blessing though. I'm not one to get caught up in the flowery talk about how good things are, but holding your child close to you is the most amazing thing in the world!

Justin and Jessica Jones said...

Your friend David is do right. No matter how much you do...you can't prepare fully for what is coming. But, somehow you manage, and learn to just take things one day at a time and enjoy every second with your new amazing gift.

Gretchen said...

You know...I always feel like I'm forgetting something or that there's something else I really SHOULD be doing for the wee one, but I fall back on the knowledge that really and truly, the things she needs most is my love.

YOU are what your little fella will need the most. YOU will be there. You are strengthened and equiped by your Father, and you will not be lacking.