Saturday, June 25, 2005
Mike and I had a pretty eventful day yesterday. I was on my way to my Dr.'s appointment, when I was rear-ended on the freeway during traffic. We're SO thankful because the damage was minimal and nobody was hurt. Praise the Lord for His protection! I was sent over by my midwife to the hospital to be monitored because of the accident, since it's standard procedure for any pregnant woman past her 20th week to undergo such an exam. I thought it would be simple exam, but it was a little more involved. I had to change into a gown, get settled into a hospital bed and have 2 straps over my belly to monitor Baby's heartbeat and my contractions. It was to take about 4 hours to monitor me and get back results from different blood tests.
The cool thing was that the Dr. did an ultrasound to make sure my placenta was not injured...and we got to see Baby! The last time we had un ultrasound was at 19 weeks, so it was so neat to see how much he/she had grown since then. We saw him/her moving around and saw a profile of his/her face, too! The Dr. asked if we wanted to see if Baby was a girl or boy and it was SO tempting to find out, but we thought..."We've waited this long...what's another 2 or 3 weeks?" So we declined (with much hesitation), but we're glad we decided to wait.
It turns out I was having a lot of contractions...every 1 to 6 minutes and I was 2 cm. dilated. I could feel the pressure, but the contractions were not painful. Because of that, the Dr. decided to keep me overnight to monitor me just in case I was to go into labor. So Mike went all the way home, got our "labor suitcase", and came back (thanks to Miriam for driving him!) He slept next to me in a recliner chair and we had our first hospital overnight experience together. They discharged me this morning because I did not dilate any further and now we're waiting for God's timing in the arrival of our little one.
The whole time, I was wondering...what does God want us to learn from this? Why would He sovereignly have allowed this to happen? I have to admit that when I was hit, I was upset because I knew it would mean that the rest of the day wouldn't go as planned, and that we would have to take the time to get our car repaired. But I'm glad that the Lord reminded us that we need to have a thankful heart no matter what comes our way...planned or unplanned. He is surely in control and all things for His heavenly purposes. So, it was good to try to exercise a worshipful and thankful heart, rather than complaining about little inconveniences.
Another thing we are learning is to trust in Him in every circumstance and humbly rely on Him. We know that this is just the beginning...we'll have plenty more opportunities while raising our child, to rely on Christ and not on ourselves, to trust in Him during trials or unexpected events. So we're thankful for this little lesson that we've learned!
Friday, June 24, 2005
Hi everyone! The bell has just rung here at school and that means that I just finished teaching my last French class! The next two days are minimum days for final exams (i love scantrons!) and then I turn in my keys on Friday morning. It's a little surreal. I'm so thankful for so many things. Here are a few things that I thank the Lord for:
1. I'm thankful that God has placed me in such a wonderful working environment these past 4 years. I couldn't have asked for a better place to work. They kids were SO respectful, courteous, and fun to be around everyday! And God really didn't overlook any detail in sovereignly providing this job for me. For example, one year, Mike and I had to carpool everyday and He made it so that my job was only 7 minutes from Mike's work. Isn't the Lord so good even in the little things? Oh, and then there's summer vacation. Who wouldn't thank God for summer vacation?
2. I'm thankful for His patience. I know I've shared in the "Sunday blues" with many of you, thinking about yet another draining work week. Yet despite my many complaints, the Lord was so gracious to me. Every time I asked the Lord for strength to get through the day, He provided abundantly.
3. I'm thankful for the chance to develop relationships with the lost. Some people think that as a teacher, it's hard to share the Gospel with students. But really, so many young people are going through so much trouble in their lives and when they know you're a Christian, they come to you for help. I know I could have been SO much more bold and faithful, but I'm thankful for those times He's allowed me to share Christ with these young ones who need Him so desperately. I pray that my relationships with some of them will continue to develop even when I'm home.
4. I'm thankful for the opportunities God has given me to learn that although I was working, my real job was being a wife. I remember times when I gave myself pep-talks throughout the day saying, "Hey, save up some energy...your real job starts when you get home!" I wasn't perfect at it, but it was a good lesson to learn.
5. Now, I'm thankful for the chance to prepare for my new career...being a stay-at-home wife and mom. I know that it will be much more difficult than being a teacher...but I know that parenthood has a whole different set of blessings that I'm really looking forward to.
Soon to come...pictures of Jeanne and Andrew (so cute!) and Jane's upcoming graduation from UCLA!
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Our friends, Jeanne & Hyunmin are back in the States for a while this summer. Their son, Andrew, has grown SO much...he is a little man now!
And Jeanne is such a great mommy...I'm learning so much from her already.
This past weekend was Jane's graduation from UCLA. Our parents from Hawaii were able to come out to California for a few days to spend time with us before the big day. Here we are after the ceremony. We're all so proud of her!
A lot of our Cornerstone friends were able to come too. Thanks for coming, everyone!
After the graduation, we had a little party at Jane's apartment and then some of our friends helped her move to her new place in Cerritos. Thanks to Daniel and Reuben for lending us their time and their muscles! They decided to make the move into the house a little more fun than usual, so instead of moving everything the traditional way, they decided to move EVERYTHING via the balcony. It was fun to watch!