Halfway to the Goal

Wow, folks. We are officially half-way through our pregnancy today. One week further along than when Samantha came to us earlier this year.

And no problems or worries to report.

Yea, God!! Woo-hoo, Jesus!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou for these blessings!

Today is the first day I haven't felt tense with anxiety - well, after the monitoring ultrasound earlier this morning came back perfect again :) Not that my concerns are magically gone - letting go of worry is harder than it should be - but they are much less in the forefront of my thoughts today. And that is a blessing, too. Part of my prayers have been to help me let go of my anxiety and worry, to have as stress-free a pregnancy as possible. Lots of deep breathing involved and mentally pushing away unwelcome thoughts - it's definitely an effort and not something that happens overnight. I'm a easy worrier, but it's getting better all the time. "Let go and let God", as they say.

One of the beautiful gifts of our Catholic faith is the communion of saints and the prayer support they offer us. As we have asked for prayers from our family and friends for us and Peanut, so, too, do we beseech Mary and the saints to pray for us to her Son.

O Lord Jesus Christ, through the intercession of Your tender Mother, Our Lady of La Leche, who bore You close to her heart during those long months before Your birth, I place my baby and myself entirely in Your Hands. Free me, I beseech You, from useless and consuming worry. Accept the sacrifice of my aches and pains, which I unite to Your sufferings on the Cross. Above all, most merciful and loving Jesus, protect this child You have given to me from all harm, bestowing the health and vigor every baby needs. Implant in my heart and on my lips the words and prayers of Your Mother and mine, our Lovely Lady of La Leche. All this I ask that my child and I may live to praise forever Your Holy Name. Amen.