We have been working hard to accomplish our 4 main goals while we are here. The one we have spent most of our time engaging in is the “getting healthy goal.” Of course we needed to catch up with dentist appointments, well checks, etc. And when you have 6 kids (a couple which have more medical needs), and are pregnant, it quickly becomes a sizable goal. Luckily we are at the end of the tunnel as the saying goes. However I will continue seeing my midwife, BTW we are having a boy. It took me a couple days to except it, as I was hoping for a girl, but hey it just goes to show that once again God is in control and I AM NOT! Can you believe I am already over 6 months pregnant? Already feeling quite large and wondering how big this baby is going to be!
As far as my health goes, I am mostly feeling better. The doctors suspect I have Celiac Disease so I am on a crazy diet. No gluten, grains, dairy, and limited meat. I also seem to have a nut sensitivity now. Basically I can eat beans and brown rice....lol...not really. I have been feeling better eating this way however I have this infection that keeps coming back. You could pray for healing in that manner. I am extremely tired all the time too. Not something I am used to in the 2nd trimester.
The kids are all doing well and we are enjoying this year of school; I am really enjoying it too. They are all reading avidly (with the exception of Malachi and Eliana who enjoy playing “babies” while we do school), and we are all very appreciative of the access of countless books via the local library. Soccer is in full force for Samuel and Joshua. More so for Joshua who is playing on 2 teams. One being a Club Team in Denver. It has been very enjoyable to watch him him continue to excel as a forward. They won a tournament back in August and just recently won the State Tournament.
Speaking of soccer....I had one of those stellar mom moments when the local community bells where playing their hourly song (church hymns). As we were bird watching, on our nature walk “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” bellows beautifully on the bells (that was a lot of b’s), and all my kids started singing Manchester United’s song, “Glory, Glory, Man United.” Not sure many of you will even get this story, so it is probably not even funny to you. Maybe if you are a Williams then you will get it ;).
Hmmm....what else have we been doing?
I recently was able to attend a women’s retreat for the weekend and although the speaker was good, the thing that had the greatest impact on me was just spending time in quite meditation before God and in His word. He revealed some things to me that were really freeing and healing to my soul.
God has also been teaching me a lot about being obedient in the little things lately. Before we left Uganda I felt like He was ushering me to no to everything but ministering to my kids and my husband. Hard thing for me to swallow. It seems easy to be obedient to the things that bear immediate fruit but the mundane every day “chores” can be daunting, especially without results. Welcome to parenting, and life.
Here are some pictures for your enjoyment:
|Carter, always our animal lover|
|Eliana all ready for winter|
|Janaya (so grown up)|
|Malachi's beautiful smile|
|Joshua's Club team after they won State.|
|The crew after a LONG hike up Hanging Lake. 10 years ago I remember it being easy. Ha!|