Wednesday, July 22, 2009

He is SOOOOO loved!

Tonight, we were showered with love and gifts from our choir. As I sit here looking at these pictures and thinking about the evening, I am overwhelmed with how loved and supported and encouraging this body has been for us. They have completely embraced David and are behind him 100%. They have been SO precious to me and have been a joy to get to know. They have offered to come and stay with my kids if I go into labor in the middle of the night (which I always do). And tonight after rehearsal, they gave us a baby shower! They are amazing.

I love seeing his name in print!!! (And for all you northerners that have never had the priviledge of shopping at Publix, you are missing out! This cake was delish!)

David picked Callie & the boys up from their classes and brought them in to eat cake during the shower. Callie helped me open ALL of my presents and kept exclaiming "for the NEW baby" and "how cute!" She cracks me up. It's going to be strange to see her as the BIG sister!

Part of the choir - it's the ALTO side! :) (the very FUN side) I am enjoying being back in a choir with ladies that are, for the most part, at a different stage of life than I am. It's such a priviledge to be encouraged by women who have gone before me, have made it through, and are able to be the Titus 2 women for me.

I was surrounded by gifts! :)

Jacob was so cute - he helped me bring them all in from the van, and wanted to open them all up to see what Caleb got. He was SO cute! And since one of my favorite things is to come home from a shower and "relive" the whole experience, I was happy that I had an audience! (after all, David was still at band practice!)

Jacob playing with one of the toys we got - it's a little bean bag toss game. Very cute!

Is little Caleb LOVED or what?!?!

And we got our first "Gamecock" paraphenalia!! It has been quite eye-opening moving down here into a college football town. A totally new experience for us. Neither David nor I really follow college sports - love pro football, but don't really get into college. Well, down here, it's SERIOUS business. And I mean SERIOUS! We are VERY close to the University of South Carolina, and they are VERY serious about their gamecocks!!!
I've said before that we first found out I was pregnant the day we found out that the church was eliminating David's service, and therefore his job. I mentioned to David that we really needed to pray for protection over this baby - that he would be protected for the stress and anxiety and craziness that we were about to go into. My very godly and wise husband said "no, we are going to pray that we will not be fearful, or stressed, or anxious about anything! And then we will also pray for the baby's health, growth, etc." He was right. God has so walked us through these last 9 months. My mom has jokingly said that this pregnancy was almost the "forgotten" one - and I don't mean that in a bad way. But we had SO much other stuff going on - the job search, the interviewing and candidating, the house selling, the house HUNTING, David moving first, me being on my own with all the kids, starting with a new OB, moving, new job, new church. It's been crazy! BUT - I have never once "forgotten" about this pregnancy. He has been at the forefront of my mind and heart this whole time. He has always been a bright spot - even in the midst of the crazy or hard stuff - it has been SUCH a job to carry this child.
I know people think I'm crazy when I say how much I love being pregnant. But I do. I'm blessed to have very normal pregnancies and deliveries. Other than being sick 95% of them and getting big as a house, they are very run-of-the-mill. I love it. I always miss the feeling of them moving around inside of me. And I have really loved this pregnancy. It has NOT been a blur to me. And I'm thankful for that. I'm so thankful with the outpouring of love that we have been overwhelmed with. And so thankful for the many people that barely know us that love us and love our Baby Caleb. God is SO good. and SO faithful!


anthonyandbeth said...

this makes me tear up even now, rereading how God has protected and provided for Baby Caleb...for ALL of you. 2009 is going to be remembered for all time as the year you saw God do AMAZING things and I know you will draw on it for many years to come as a reminder of His love and protection over you and a reminder that He will matter what you're faced with! i thrills me to no end to know how LOVED and APPRECIATED you all are!

and for the record, Anthony will be very excited if y'all start following college football. that boy can't get enough of all sports but he loves those college sports! :)

sandra said...

I think this is the first Schrodt baby born without the Wiedmaier's providing childcare... very sad. I know we kept both boys for Callie's birth and I remember Sam and Josiah having matching pajamas during a sleep over that I think was when Jacob was born.

sandra said...

Who is Sandra? That sounds so official... guess I will have to change that!

The Stein Family said...

Sounds like you've found a great new family there in SC...reading your blog seriously makes me homesick now though. I sooo miss Publix...and you do know that if you start cheering for the Gamecocks, we can't be friends anymore, right?! Seeing as how I went to Clemson...and that's even my dog's name. :)

Courtney said... all are SO loved!
and you must be getting close...all these emotions and reflecting and all :-)

Erica said...

Indeed baby Caleb is a baby of faithfulness! And, I am with you on the LOVING being pregnant. I would be pregnant all the time if I didnt know I would be responsible for millions of little ones once they came out. I love it! So, happy you are going to have that precious little man in your hands soon!

Judy said...

Well, that gave me a good cry! I love to think back at how faithful God has been to you guys. His timing has been absolutely perfect in everything, including Caleb!