Recently, I read an article in a secular journal that was titled, "Pregorexia." Apparently, this is becoming a huge problem amongst pregnant women in our culture, since we have so many images of picture-perfect pregnant celebrities. Women who have been diagnosed with "pregorexia" are starving themselves or exercising too hard and are depriving their babies of important nutrients that they need to develop well. Thus, there has been a rising number of babies with birth defects, mental retardation, and other serious health issues. So sad!
I have to admit... I am used to being skinny and being pregnant definitely makes me feel the opposite. However! Pregorexia is out for me... I would rather look pregnant and have a healthy, happy little girl. Ladies, we need to wake up... worshiping beauty cannot satisfy. Only Jesus can. Let's not sacrifice our children on the altars of vanity and pride.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So far, we're moving along with closing quickly. At this point, almost all of the necessary paperwork is sitting on the attorney's desk waiting to be finished. The two last things that need to happen are the termite inspection and for the mortgage loan to finish processing. Today was the day of the termite inspection, and unfortunately, the rain washed away our chances of having that completed today. Maybe tomorrow! Pray that our loan finishes quickly... we're almost at the 4 week marker of processing for it, since we had originally started the paperwork for the other house deal that fell through. Keep prayers coming our way! If the mortgage company gets their side of the paperwork done, we may be able to move in late next week. Crossing my fingers!
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
I have a funny Peeperz story to tell you. Peeperz, our busy little cockatoo, normally delights in calling to us each morning as soon as he hears we are up. The other morning it was unusual not to hear him while we were getting ready for the day upstairs. When Bryan came downstairs to uncover him, he was greeted with a surprise. Peeperz had somehow managed to open his cage door just enough to crawl out and sit on top of the door. However, the weight of his cage cover and the fact that he basically has no night vision whatsoever caused him to get confused and stuck. Apparently, for the whole night, Peeperz battled the cage cover for freedom and finally gave up and fell asleep with his head resting against the cage bars... which is exactly how Bryan found him when he was uncovered. Our poor pampered pet has a bruised left eye to show for his battle. The thing that Bryan and I laughed about the most was that Peeperz never cried out for help (also unusual for him). It just proves he knew he was NOT supposed to be out of the cage by himself late at night and that he knew he was doing wrong.
God teaches me a lot of lessons about myself through things Peeperz does. I can only imagine how much I will learn being a parent. I have to admit. Sometimes, I am just like Peeperz. I do something that I know I am not supposed to do, and when I get caught up in the consequences of my actions, I make a bigger mess trying to fix things myself. I'm so glad God is good, patient, and long suffering with me. It helps me to exercise a little more grace with Peeperz.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Today we went to look at a house that we had originally been interested in that we thought had been sold a couple of weeks ago. However, the owners called me back last Friday to tell us that their contract with the other buyer had never worked out and that the house was on the market again. When our offer on the other house fell through, we decided to view this house as our last option for buying a house in the near future. We went into the house and loved it instantly! It is a beautiful home with a lot of character that has been well maintained. The owners have been trying to sell it for a year and a half, and until recently, it has been far out of our price range (the asking price was in the $150's). We both were excited about the house after viewing it and went home to pray about it. After feeling like we were both on the same page, we called our Realtor and made our best offer, which was lower than the already very reasonable asking price. Praise God, our Realtor called us back within an hour saying the offer had been accepted and was signed. I know it sounds cheesy and overly dramatic, but I couldn't help but cry tears of joy. This is a house that we never thought we could afford in a very safe, very family-friendly neighborhood. I am so thankful and so humbled by God's providence in this, despite my doubts and struggles throughout this whole house hunt. God provided us the perfect home at the very last minute that we needed it (our 30 day notice was turned in today to our complex). We should close on this house by the end of the month... exactly when we need a place to live. God is good, and I worship Him for doing something we could not afford to do... He has provided us a dream home.
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