We are overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love you’ve shown in the past 24 hours. Knowing that you’re praying us through this induction and delivery is a true source of comfort and strength. Our older kids are also seeing and sensing how very much they are loved through each of your messages. Thank you!
I wanted to drive in the opposite direction of the hospital today and go anywhere but here! But we arrived and had begun the induction process by noon. As expected, contractions have been slow to start. We are waiting for more progress yet feeling peaceful about God’s timing.
For Jeff and me to have 10 hours alone to talk, rest, etc… is exceedingly rare. We are trying to make the most of this ‘date’ by reading a book together. Jeff is reading aloud Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull (Elizabeth Elliot’s grandfather), and we’ve enjoyed discussing it chapter by chapter and praying for each of our children. Hopefully this will help us push the ‘reset’ button on our parenting when we get home. We’ve also been cleaning up our email inbox, replying to messages, organizing photos, reading the news… just trying to stay busy and distracted. :-).
Now we are going to try to get some sleep and continue to hope and pray for Joel’s arrival by morning… but God knows.
As usual, our doctor and nurses have been wonderful. The perinatologist and midwife on duty tonight both have experience with breech deliveries, so we are all the more hopeful that Joel will be born before they leave.
Thanks again for your many prayers. God is answering and we are grateful