December 18, 2006 was a big day for me. I was scheduled to be induced that evening, and my husband was at work. Being home alone for several hours, I was a barrel of nerves. Although I have little knack or patience for sewing, I decided this last pre-motherhood day would best be spent trying to finish Nathan's stocking. Yeah, right. I don't know if a seam ripper has ever seen so much use in a short amount of time! I, and the fabric, ended up in a heap on the floor.
I remember calling my dear friend Mandi in tears, telling her how terrified I was. She prayed with me over the phone, and it was such a sweet moment. Somehow I made it through that day. More importantly, I made it through the next day (in which I labored for hours only to end up with a c-section because Nathan's shoulders were too wide for me to deliver--He was and is built like a hefty football player!) and the next day (in which I held my son with weary mind and body for the first time).
How grateful I am for God's faithfulness this past year! I think it's so important to reflect back on significant events. I'll often say, "One year ago today . . ." I think it helps me find my place somehow. To remember the past, acknowledge the present, and look forward to the future. I can only imagine what I'll be doing on December 18, 2008.