Mom and I were able to have a trial run of our trip to the hospital on Thursday night (26th), when the midwife suggested we come for prolonged monitoring, due to not passing the stress test that day at my office appointment. We got some reassurance through the extra monitoring and went home later that night. It was nice to see how easy it was to park, how nice and helpful the nurses were, and where the nearest Starbucks is! My due date wasn't until January 6th so we all thought we had a bit more waiting still...
Saturday morning (28th) I woke up feeling pretty normal, thinking about making French toast and going to Wal-mart to get a car seat cover I had found online. The French toast went well, but by the time breakfast was over I went to lay down since I'd been having contractions for about an hour at that point. I thought it was too early to be the real thing, but they were rather strong and they weren't going away! After tracking a few more contractions I told Joel we should prepare to go to the hospital and asked Mom to help me pack my bags. We left the house around noon and made a smooth drive to Nashville. I'm thankful it was so natural to leave Hannah, Will and Kara with Mom and Dad and that since it was the weekend, Dad and Mom both were home. Also I'm thankful we didn't have to drive at a busy time of day.
We had a hard time choosing a name because we really wanted to continue using missionary heroes as namesakes for our boys, thus the middle name Elliot after missionary martyr Jim Elliot. We also wanted to use something that would go well with Will and have a biblical meaning. We finally agreed on Sam/Samuel (שְׁמוּאֵל) for a first name, meaning "God hears."
It was Jim Elliot who not only stated, but lived out the motto:
"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what He cannot lose!"
We pray this same attitude will take root in our son Samuel as well as all our children as we pray for them to understand and personally accept God's offer of new life, a life worth living!
"This God— his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him." (2 Samuel 22:31)
"I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20)
These two verses that I read today remind me that God's way is always best, even perfect, and that when walking in the Spirit I can do all things He calls me to do (even take care of 4 children). There is no greater comfort or confidence, than resting in His grace, trusting in His mercy, and depending on His strength day by day. Lord, help me to have faith to rest, trust, and depend on you.