Sunday, April 3, 2016

A Little Kindness Goes a Long Way #ActsofKindness

We're having a baby tomorrow! I can hardly believe that this time tomorrow, my life will once again be changed forever, and I'll be holding our sweet baby girl in my arms. I am so excited... and anxious. The past month has been a rollercoaster ride for us. It kicked off with a fabulous baby shower, given by my sister and mother, and then just two days later, hubby and I received upsetting news at the doctor's office. 

Sabine has heart arrhythmia, a condition that both my dad and my paternal grandmother live with every day. Though Sabine's arrhythmia has her heart beating extra beats- 3:2, it's not as serious as it would be if her heart was skipping beats or really erratic. Initially, our doctors thought that we might need to head straight to the hospital from their office, and they would have to deliver Sabine 5 weeks early. Thankfully, they determined that as long as there was enough fluid around her, she could stay in the womb a few more weeks. We have been having her heart monitored twice a week ever since, and our C-section has been bumped up to tomorrow.

Just a few of the fabulous ladies in my church family.

After we shared news with family and friends of Sabine's condition, word spread like wildfire. We asked for prayers, of course- knowing that our friends and family would lift her in prayer over the weeks that would follow. Immediately, I was receiving calls, text messages, Facebook posts, etc., from folks asking if there was anything they could do... could they bring a meal by, come and wash my dishes or vacuum my floors, pick my son up and entertain him for a while, so I could get some rest.

I was truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and concern we received from so many people. I often speak of what a wonderful place of community my church is- I witness it each week on the days I am there. I have also been on the receiving end of this love, and am just so thankful to belong to such a wonderful family. People I have known for nearly 20 years, and people I have only just met care so deeply for our family- and for our sweet baby they have yet to meet. Just the offering of kindness touched my heart so much. I know that their prayers for us will continue, and we'll be so excited when we can go back to church after S' birth and introduce her to our extended family. 

We're so thankful, and feel so very blessed to be part of such a wonderful community. It's my hope and prayer that you are surrounded by a similar community where you can offer your love and kindness, and receive such in return. God doesn't want us to go through life alone. 

How have you been touched by kindness recently?

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