Such a great intro. It sounds like you did a great job with your other two births. I hope you get the birth you want this time as well
My DH went in Feb. to Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) on a missions trip. Such an eye-opening experience for him. I hope things go well for you in that respect as well!
Thanks ladies! Gosh, rereading my intro, I MUST have preggo brain because I sure rambled a lot! LOL! Sorry if anything was confusing or left out.
Africa: we are going to be doing literacy and language study type work with an organization called Wycliffe Bible Translators. Central Africa, but not sure that I'm allowed to mention the country on a public forum... Right now we're coming up on our deadline for getting our financial support together, so the next 6 months may change how our plans look somewhat...trusting God to show us the next steps, but a little stressful not really knowing where we'll be in the very near future. This has been a huge dream of both DH and me for over 10 years now and we are so close and yet so far...
We decided on Africa through a long series of events. A couple of the factors include: DH and I both have a background in French and there is a real need there for French-speaking workers. Not to mention we took a mission trip there in 2002 and fell in love with the people and the area.
What life is like for me currently...sort of a blend of backwoods and modern. I do in fact have electricity, satellite internet, a working sink and oven and fridge in my little guest house. But our only heat source is a small woodstove (which gets fun when it's 5 feet of snow and 15 below outside), certain annoying things about our house aren't completely finished, I have very VERY limited closet and cupboard space, there is no toilet (we use the bathrooms in my parents' trailer, which has been interesting for potty training DS), and I have no real idea where we'll be living or what we'll be doing in the next 6-12 months. And obviously, we will have three children 3 and under at that point. It's been a challenging year in a lot of ways, and this next one promises to be even more interesting.
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You aren't kidding! WOW, is all I can come up with hehehe. The kids will look back on this time as if it were all one big adventure....and I'm sure you will too. I've heard of Wycliffe before and we know a couple in South Africa right now, it sounds like a neat opportunity for you
Welcome to your lodge, Rachel!
That's cool that y'all are heading to Africa with Wycliffe. We have very dear friends who moved to Papau New Guinea a year ago with WBT. This summer, they chose the people group they'll be working with, which, as you know, is super exciting. So, we know -- through them -- a little about what you'll be going through. I also have a college friend who does language work with SIL in Asia. It's cool stuff.
Anyway, I'm excited to share these next several weeks of your journey with you!
I enjoyed reading your intro. Your birth stories were really interesting. I had a pit induction with my first birth as well, though it wasn't really necessary. It's encouraging to read that you thought that transition was not as bad as pitocin contractions. I hope you have a great experience with your birth center birth this time! I wish a birth center was an option for me.
Had an appointment yesterday, everything looked pretty good except my bp was up (like 130/90) but when I checked it at walmart later it was 121/72, so who knows what was going on there. It was supposed to be the appointment where the midwife and I talk more in depth about my birth plan and instructions for when to come to the birthing center and all of that, but I wound up having their clinic RN do my appointment because the midwife was upstairs doing a delivery! That's a first! So I guess we do the birth prep talk next week.
Afterwards, DH and I went shopping for stuff for DS's 3rd birthday party tomorrow. Should be fun--hopefully someone actually comes. I have a terrible time getting people to actually come to parties I do, for some reason. *shrug* He's excited and even if it's just our family playing at the park and eating cupcakes, he'll have a good time. And that's all that matters, right?
Family fun and cupcakes at the park, how can you go wrong! I hope someone comes to play with him. I hope you don't have any other bp problems, what a drag. Have a great time at the party and enjoy you last big of being prego