Friday, August 9, 2013

7 Quick Takes, Volume 25

{story of a soul, condensed}

Visit Jen at Conversion Diary for more Quick Takes!  You know how it's done.

{1} After a few weeks of feeling pretty displaced and dealing with a lot of temptation to despair, I'm grateful to report that in the space of the last week, I was offered and accepted a new job as a secretary at Andrew's soon-to-be university!  We'll be in different departments on campus during the day, but I'm excited at the prospect of being near each other most days of the week, and so thankful for the peace of mind that this opportunity has brought so far.  I've had somewhat of a bumpy history with job searching, though the Father has always provided for us so well, so it can be a struggle for me not to define myself by work.  With moving to a more expensive area, though, and with the lower pay that Andrew will be receiving as a grad student, it's been a good lesson to me in the last month or so to learn to value money without freaking out about it all the time.  Being overly concerned about not enough, I've realized, can be just as draining and prideful as I imagine being overly concerned with excess can be.  God is so good to us!

{2} With me being gone now for most of the day, with Andrew having a few more weeks before classes start, and with how much we love living near our close friends again and hosting them, my husband has been cooking up a storm, and doing it so well!  Gone are his frozen burrito days (remember when he hijacked my blog and wrote about his malnourished bachelor days?).  He made our favorite chicken soup and some carrot cake cupcakes for a game night with two of our friends this week!


{3} Here's my 29-week belly...as I approach 30 weeks on Monday, it suddenly feels like our baby's arrival is so much closer.  There's something that feels so big and so soon about being in the 30s weeks, and not the 20s, timewise.  I took my gestational diabetes test a few days ago; it was as nasty as everyone told me it would be, but I'm happy to report that all in the land of my blood sugar is well.

{4} In other baby news, Stephanie from I Found Him Whom My Soul Loves gave birth to her son Gabriel a few days ago!  She's become a wonderful spiritual friend to me in the blogging world, and I couldn't be happier for her and her husband Michael!  Head to her blog for pictures and to show them some love!  P.S. Did you catch Steph's guest post on Captive the Heart this week?

{5} One last pregnancy matter: I've read some things here and there about this thing called belly binding, a method of helping to heal and strengthen your back and ab muscles postpartum.  There are bands like this one that I have to say I'm intrigued by, not so much for the promises of shedding the baby weight faster (or, in their words, my "pre-pregnancy hotness...?"), but for the chance of a slightly easier, quicker recovery.  Evidently it's a longtime practice in non-Western countries (and evidently, non-Western countries seem to perceive that we Americans make things way complicated for ourselves when it comes to babies and childbirth.  But that's another matter).  Which brings me to asking if any of you have experience with this: have you mamas ever done a belly wrap after giving birth?  Did it help?  And by all means, if there's a particular item you recommend, lay it on me.

{6} Confession time: I love writing about books on marriage, sexuality, and love on this blog, but I haven't read a new spiritual book on any of these topics in the last few months!  The well is dry right now.  I'd love your suggestions, but to give this another spin, I've been thinking about tossing in a movie here and there in place of a book.  I have to say that I'm kind of a hard sell for most romances (I generally find them too cute, too unrealistic, or too focused on lust instead of love), but I do have a few in mind that I'd love to share with you.  That said, enlighten me!  Would you like to see movie selections now and then on the blog?  And, tell me your favorite love story!

{7} We're lucky enough to live just over 2 hours from the beach in our new home and are off to spend the weekend at the shore with Andrew's family!  I'd love to know what you're up to, too!


10 comments:

  1. Your picture is adorable! And my favorite love story movie is A Walk to Remember. It made me bawl and my husband was wildly impressed by it. It's like a conversion story and love story all in one.

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    1. I never thought of that movie as a conversion story, but you're absolutely right! That's beautiful!

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  2. Oh my goodness, how are you so far along?! Where have I been? The time has flown by! Excited for you to meet your little one.

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  3. Awww, thanks so much for the shout out in #4! :D I was just catching up on your blog as I write my piece to link up to my second guest post. :) You look SO SO SO BEAUTIFUL, chica! I remember feeling exactly the same way once we hit week 30...because it makes it feel JUST around the corner. I'm so excited for you!!!

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  4. Oh my goodness, yes. Saying 30 weeks last Thursday made it seem so real. I just tell people he's due in October because that still sounds much farther away than saying I'm 30 weeks pregnant. Let the "panic" begin :)

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    1. Haha, no panic yet here, but you're so right! Bonus for giving the general date of October: no one, I hope, will stick their noses in as my due date gets closer, with opinions on induction and whatnot, if I don't tell them the actual day =)

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  5. A few movie ideas for you ... "Last Chance Harvey," "Life is Beautiful," "The Tiger and the Snow," (the latter two are in Italian, but the subtitles are worth it!), "A Beautiful Mind," "Shadowlands," ... I'm sure others will come to mind, but without looking at my DVD collection, this is all I'm coming up with at the moment.

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    1. I haven't heard of all of those; I'll have to check them out! Thanks, Emily!

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  6. You look great, Stephanie, and congrats on the new job. Handling money pressures with grace can be so difficult! Have you ever seen Cinderella Man? I watched it for the first time recently and I love the lessons (via examples) it gives about marriage.

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