Sunday, August 19, 2007

two hearts

It's grey and wet here, and it's been raining all weekend. We're soaked and damp. It feels like Oregon in the winter. Three years ago this weekend, and again a year later, we were at weddings, and both were blessed with warm, sunny days that make this time of summer just perfect. And now, this.

Daniel woke up crying last night around 3, and it took a long time to get him back to sleep. I think he must be teething. Sometimes I wonder if he has bad dreams. Anyway, Steve and I were so tired when we got up, and so dragged down by the weather, that we decided to skip church. Instead, we piled Daniel into the car and took a long drive, over to Stillwater and up the St. Croix River, through the quaint little towns. We did our own version church in the car while Daniel took a sound nap. I read the readings, and we talked about how they fit into our lives. (They were fierce readings, nothing pretty or easy. They were about taking unpopular stands in the face of society's values, being willing to follow Jesus even if it causes division within a very family.) We do these Sunday drives every couple of months, and I love them. And need them. They give us time to really talk, something we used to do all the time. Now, we rarely get enough quality time to talk about things besides Daniel and the day-to-day of our busy lives. It's crazy how that time together just slips away from us.

I've been thinking about how last year around this time, I was starting my protracted week of start-and-stop labor. I was so tired of being pregnant. All I wanted to do was meet the little boy who had been growing and kicking and rolling around my belly all those months. I don't think I ever would have dreamed that one year later, another little heart would be beating inside me. Life is so unpredictable.

18 comments:

Kristine said...

Am I reading this right???? Are you PREGNANT????? If I am in the wrong, I am sorry. Of not, then congratulations 1 million times over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbara said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Missy said...

Wow, Emilie, Congratulations!!!!!! How exciting! :)

Monkeymama said...

Oh my goodness!!! I'm so happy for you.

I started wondering if you'd have an announcement when I noticed how little you had been around the internet. I've been praying for you since then and I hope all goes very well!

I was going to post something about how sometimes a long drive is the best way to spend a day - especially if Beck is giving us a hard time. Talking with Greg, with our little one safely strapped in and most likely sleeping, is so refreshing.

Roxy said...

congrats to you guys!

Ellen said...

The weather here is like that, too. It's really the pits, especially in a state where July-September are the best months for Indian summers!
Still so glad to hear about your next bun in the oven!

Anonymous said...

Like Ellen said, it is grey here in Oregon as well.

I remember Saturday's reading, from Jeremiah. Very grim.

Again, Congratulations, sis!

Sara said...

Congratulations!!

Aimee said...

Congratulations! What wonderful news.

Vicki (aka Kodi's mommy) said...

Emilie - what wonderful, fantastic, amazing news! CONGRATULATIONS!

liz said...

Oh Em, you are sneaky!! :)

You know that I am incredibly thrilled for you, Steve, & Daniel!

Kristie said...

Very sneaky indeed! Congratulations! What wonderful news, a little lemmondrop #2!

Kerry said...

So excited! It is going to be great for all of you I think. Hope you aren't feeling too bad. It's harder when you already have a little one toddling about and all you want to do is nap.

LutherLiz said...

Congratulations! I am so excited for you and Steve!

Cynthia said...

I am so happy for you guys. A second child is such a blessing... at least that is what Dion and I found when his little brother joined our family.

Soupy said...

EMILIE! you are PG!!!?? OMG! CONGRATULATIONS to you, Stephen, and Daniel! WHAT A BLESSING! WOW!
I'm so thrille d- beaming right now would be the word!
YAY!

Emilie said...

What a wonderful outpouring of good wishes! Thank you, everyone!

Jamie said...

Emilie, this is so wonderful!! Congratulations to all of you, I'm very excited for you!