This morning we all got up, showered, dressed, grabbed some apples and bananas and headed over to our midwife's office. The office is about 20 minutes away and we arrived just a little early to discover that she would be arriving late. No matter, though, because we know her personality and have enjoyed working with her since Murron was still in utero. When she walked in we hugged and chatted about driving distances and such then we got to work at discussing this pregnancy. We discussed a seminar that she has to attend about two weeks after the due date. I have no such appointments because, knowing when this baby is due to arrive, I'm keeping my calendar clear. After all was said and done we scheduled an ultrasound for Monday, which brings me to the subject for this blog.
Announcements. We announced this baby's due date to our family and friends with blissful excitement. Some we told in person, others we called on the phone, and the rest we e-mailed with the news. And after several acknowledgements and congratulations, the most frequent comments have been about how much I'm showing, how I'm feeling, and general prenatal queries. After the first trimester I announced that I had resumed my love of food and I joyfully celebrated with pork roast, mashed potatoes, thick gravy, vegetables, and tall glasses of cold milk. Again the comments were happy and sincere. Since then there has been nothing really new to add. But there will be on Monday, we hope. That's when we plan on finding out the gender of this child so we can give him/her a name when we talk to each other about "baby."
Just this last Sunday a young couple in our church announced their engagement and I was joyful when I spoke to the affianced. Now we are waiting until they announce the actual date of their wedding. That is yet to be announced. It makes me think about the long awaited return of Jesus and how easy it is to just get on with our lives, until the next announcement is given, "He is now come!" I am certain it could happen any day so I'm keeping my calendar open and free.