These last few months have been pure craziness. And it has turned me into a horrible blogger. If you are reading this, I'm surprised you're still hanging with me.
But - I did want to check in and say that we are still here and still doing well. Hard to believe we're nearing our final month in this fast-paced journey towards parenthood. All seems to be going well, though I regularly get told that I'm really small. But, our doctor says everything is fine, so I'm choosing to simply believe that I'm "blessed" and not unusually "small." :)
Our friend, Amber Parker, took maternity pictures for us a couple of weeks ago. It wasn't something I planned to do, but she talked me into it and I'm glad she did! It was fun. She's a very talented photographer -- check out her series on Chinese foster families! -- and she's a good friend, so we're a bit more natural around her than we normally are around cameras. It was amusing to say the least... all the laughter had a lot to do with how uncomfortable Jacob seemed by the whole experience. When she asked him (jokingly) to kiss my stomach for a picture, his reaction was priceless. I know many couples do take the "kissing belly" maternity picture... but if you know my husband, you know there are no circumstances under which he would do such a thing for a camera. Putting his hand on my belly for a few shots was borderline unacceptable in his book... especially since the foster home gardener kept walking by wondering (I'm sure) what we were doing.
In other news, We had a great weekend... there have been a few times that we've been BLOWN AWAY by someone's generosity and love for us, and this was one of those weekends. Some friends of ours from Dallas came to China for a special birthday trip and wanted to visit us for a few days in Beijing. Before this trip we hadn't had many opportunities to spend with this couple "in real life," so when they came we were looking forward to getting to know them more. And we had a blast.
But you know what they did that blew us away? They invited us to stay with them in downtown Beijing in one of the city's nicest hotels. (We're talking world-class.) This was what our room looked like.
No need to say more, but I will.
It had a bathtub. I took 2 in less than 12 hours. I could have had a third if I'd had time. Do you know how good a bath feels when you are 8 months pregnant? uh-may-zing. That's all I have to say about that.
It was truly a lovely weekend. It was totally pampering that we didn't "need" or "deserve," but it was certainly enjoyed! And, I am just totally blown away by the generosity of various people in our lives... this is just the latest example in a long stream.
Being the recipient of so much material generosity these last few years has taught me about how I want to be when the "shoe is on the other foot." I think these extravagent displays of love given to us by other Jesus-followers teach us something about the Father's heart for us that we can't learn any other way... we talk about his lavish love, but I sometimes think I don't really know what that means. But then someone comes and takes me to a 5-star hotel and puts a gift-bag in the bathroom and tells me to enjoy... just because.
And somewhere deep inside, I feel like God gave me a hug and told me He loves me... just because.