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The sweetness of now

I get a lot of questions about baby boy's arrival. The basics, of course, like when, followed up by comments along the lines of You're so close! And usually there are comments about Aren't you just ready to be done being pregnant by now? We are incredibly excited to meet our little guy, but I'm not feeling overly anxious to start going into labor, and I'm not feeling anxious about not going into labor. I know every day brings us closer to meeting him, which is so exciting. I told a few close friends the other day, It feels like Christmas! And in the same breath, I'm content with him being in there for a bit longer, as long as needs to be...

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Memorial day & life lately

This past weekend, my parents and brother came to visit for Memorial Day. Before they left, it was a little surreal to say, "Next time I see you, I won't be pregnant!" The reality that we're (at the most) a month(ish) away from meeting Baby DeVries is beginning to set in. It was so wonderful to get to see my family one more time before baby boy's arrival. My family arrived late on Friday night, and my brother, Matt, stayed with us on an air mattress, since our home is still awaiting a couch and more seating, a rug, etc...

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Preparations for Baby DeVries

I was just thinking the other day that I haven't shared all that much about what we're doing to prepare for June (our "due month" as one of the midwives I see referred to it as). Apart from preparing for the reality of being a family of three(!) very soon, we're also settling into our new home. As the moving dust settles a bit, the baby preparations continue.Meals & snacks As such, I've been making some easy meals and stocking the pantry with snacks that are simple to eat...

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Baby boy knits, finished

I've been rather quiet about my knitting and making as of late, mostly because I haven't done a lot of either. That said, there are a few baby items that I've finished and blocked and I wanted to share them before this baby boy arrives! Several months ago, I had a huge list of baby items that I intended to make, but due to lingering morning sickness and fatigue, and then our recent cross-country move, not everything seemed doable. That said, I am thrilled that I was able to make a few little items for him, as well as two snuggly blankets that I mentioned in this post. Plus, once we've done some more tidying/arranging of the nursery, I'll share some photos of some beautiful handmade items we received from family as gifts...

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Abundance

I frequently have nightmares (I always have) and usually, they set a tone for the morning, leaving me feeling unsettled. But today, even after a nightmare, I woke up to baby boy kicking like crazy, and thankfulness in my heart. We're still surrounded with boxes and un-homed items, partially unpacked rooms and to-do lists a mile long. But here is what I'm learning, when I look past my immediate surroundings:Where I see clutter and disorganization, He shows me His blessings...

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