Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just what I needed

Lately, in this rush before I have the baby, I have been trying to focus on many people's needs.  How will my daughters be feeling once this all happens?  How can I make it better for them?  What in the world will I DO with them when I leave?  How can I help my husband with the huge load he will be carrying soon?  How can I best accommodate this new daughter into our lives?  How can I get as much possible done with some of the other things that I care so deeply about before she arrives? 

It has left me busy and happy, but also tired.  I don't think I realized how tired, until yesterday.

Yesterday, a dear, kind, sweet friend from my old ward held a very lovely baby shower for me.  To be honest, when she first asked if she could, I said yes because I love her and I could tell she wanted to do it, but I felt kind of foolish in a way.  I mean, not only was this my fifth baby, but it was also my fifth daughter.  What possible need could I have for a baby shower?  I had clothes and everything else.  But the chance of spending a morning with this lovely friend was too good to pass up.  :)  So I said yes. 

When I actually got to the shower, and saw what she had planned, and what she had done, I had to hold back the tears.  She could not have planned a more perfect morning for me, and for what I needed just then.  There was nothing that I didn't need, but so much of what I did, not only physically for the baby, but also emotionally for me. 

I hadn't talked to her much about the shower, so I know that everything she did was inspired in her mind.  It struck me...the absolute love our Father in Heaven has for us...for me.  He knew what I needed, and He cared about what I needed, even when it hadn't crossed my own mind.  And He sent someone who could fulfill that.

It gives me hope.  If He knows what I need, and can make sure I am blessed with it, I can also be sure that He knows what those I love need, and He will help me to give it to them.

(By the way, my friend, who this little one affectionately calls "May-er-weeze," fashioned a perfect little blanket for the new baby.  But it came just in time to comfort this wee one, who has been so sad and sick again today.  Thank you, May-er-weeze.  :)  Your gift has blessed us so much already.)    


Alison said...

It was SOOOO good to see you Ann and so fun to catch up!! I am so excited for you and this new phase in your lives. Let's get together again soon... well, as soon as life gets back to normal. :)

MariLouise said...

Aww shucks! :) I'm glad you liked the non-shower. I'm proud to have invented a new chocolate delivery model! :)

c h a n t i l e said...

I can't wait to see you this week!! I hope I can help relieve some of the stress!! :)

Nicole said...

i'm so glad!!!! you had a special day and shower.

Debra Domenici said...

How beautiful! The blanket is beautiful. I wish we lived closer so that I could be there. We miss you so much! Your girls are absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to see this new little one. When is she due? We wish you good luck and you will be in our thoughts and prayers that all goes well!