Steve and Angie

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Monday, February 11, 2013

Longsuffering . . . that is the word I've been reflecting on for a few days.  I guess it is the word of the day for the next few weeks.  This surprises some people, but I'm not one of those people that enjoys pregnancy.  Especially the last month of pregnancy.  But, as the Lord continues His work in my life, I've gained a better attitude about the whole thing over the years.  But it is still hard!  Feet in the ribs, heartburn, muscle cramps in unusual places, hourly trips to the bathroom through the night, crazy hormones, backache, inability to sleep . . . it still amazes me that some people say they do enjoy pregnancy!  :)

A friend of mine sang a song at church yesterday that got me to thinking about how crucial longsuffering is in the Christian life.  We need to keep doing what God has called us to in every area . . . ministry, evangelism, and yes, pregnancy.  I just consider it my way of proving exactly how strongly I believe in the value of children. 

I do have this problem with the kids . . . okay, Steve too . . . getting on my nerves at this point.  I'm sure a lot of it has to do with exhaustion, but that explains it - never excuses it.  I've taken up about a dozen crochet projects in an attempt at relaxation.  So, patience is certainly something my faithful praying friends can bring before the Lord for me.

Now, other things going on at home:  We have been debating the value of braces in our home.  Nathan inherited a genetic condition from my side of the family and is missing two of his teeth.  If we don't do anything, he will have large gaps between all four of his front teeth (like my dad had until not too long ago).  So, did you know braces cost around $5000?  It isn't hard to see that Steve and I don't spend a lot of time, energy or money on outward appearance.  Now we have to decide if we want to make that kind of investment in a smile, knowing that some of our other children could have the same condition.

My older reader has finished (I can easily double task while he is reading).  I've moved on to Josh's Kindergarten work which takes a LOT of attention, so I'll sign of for now.