Friday, August 07, 2009

Friday five

I am going to begin something on this blog that I call "Friday Five". It is basically a variation of Ann's Endless Gifts list. Each Friday I am going to list five "gifts" in my life. In doing this, I hope to turn my focus to the joyous parts of my life instead of the challenges.
Why now?
The newborn stage is always challenging to me. Sleep deprivation, no routine, adjustments, uncertainty, no energy, recovering. All of these things make it hard to enjoy and see the blessings.
This is me! This is how God made me. I am a sensitive person who takes more time to adjust to new things, uncertain situations, etc. I always wondered why some new mothers seemed to adjust seamlessly to a new baby, while I struggled. I finally understood that this is just who God made me to be and that I should accept it and give thanks in the process.
So...the list. Blogging will be very sporadic I think in the next couple of months. I plan to post, but I have to say my brain is foggy and my time is limited. I do plan to do my "Friday Five". You're welcome to join me on your own blog, or at Ann's blog or just in the privacy of your own thoughts or personal journal. So...for today I am thanking God for:
1. a healthy son
2. a husband who willingly helps
3. my mother who is staying with me for 2 weeks as we transition
4. friends who want to help and who pray for me
5. summer. (I dread winter!!)

11 comments:

Sandi said...

Andrea,

I am very much the same way. I remember thinking similarly with my last little guy who was a miracle for us. I kept feeling guilty that I felt overwhelmed when he was SO longed for.
It is who I am and how I with my weakness and strengths navigate this world....hopefully for His glory.

Blessings to you as you live, love and adjust over the next few months.

~nanashouse~ said...

Don't be too hard on yourself. I don't do anything seamlessly! There is always some sort of struggle, many tears and a general feeling of despair while in the transitional phase. (p.s. I always think the world is ending)

I crack myself up with the drama of the whole thing!

Lisa said...

I will be praying for you...I feel the same way about the time after I have a baby. I'll pray for a quick, easy transition for all of you. Thanks for the reminder to be thankful. It was needed today!

Natalie said...

1. A strong husband
2. Healthy children
3. Loving parents, sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends
4. A church family that is REALLY a FAMILY
5. A God who will not grow weary with me even when I am weary of myself

Irritable Mother said...

Hi Andrea,
Ann Kroeker sent me over here to grab the picture of her with her children for an interview I'm doing with her this week. And I stuck around for a while to read! *grin*
It has been fun getting to know you.
OK,I know we JUST met - but can we pray?
Father in heaven, thank You so much for the arrival of Andrea's new little boy! You know how thrilled she is to have him. You know the amazing amount of love You have put in Andrea's heart for this little guy. And You know the struggle she is facing with the transition of having a new born. So I am asking You to pour out Your grace and mercy on Andrea in abundance. Please help her to lean in on You - to trust fully in Your strength, and to receive Your grace freely as Lee makes his way into this family.
I'm askig it in the wonderful, beautiful, powerful Name of JESUS.
Amen and amen!


Much love,
Karen

Natalie said...

Amen to that Karen!

STEPHANIE. said...

this is great!! The newborn stage is a hard one, but your doing great by keeping up that positive attitude...I always love reading your posts, so uplifting. :)

Cheryl said...

That's lovely!

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

"Accept it and give thanks"... oh, yes, Andrea...

I think that is why I keep counting the gifts... because I struggle all the time. Can I say that?

And giving thanks calms me and soothes me and resuscitates me into joy. I go around the house, picking up, cleaning, speaking the gifts out loud... and my soul smiles and all is well.

Isn't grace the happiest place to be?

Everday, I lose my way and I count the steps back to the Way, one blessing at a time.

Gratitude glues us to God.

I am so grateful for you... and that sweet little man of yours. Just go easy on yourself, Andrea. How I wish I could come over and DO something...

Tonight, I do... I pray for you...
(((Andrea)))

All's grace,
Ann

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

"Accept it and give thanks"... oh, yes, Andrea...

I think that is why I keep counting the gifts... because I struggle all the time. Can I say that?

And giving thanks calms me and soothes me and resuscitates me into joy. I go around the house, picking up, cleaning, speaking the gifts out loud... and my soul smiles and all is well.

Isn't grace the happiest place to be?

Everday, I lose my way and I count the steps back to the Way, one blessing at a time.

Gratitude glues us to God.

I am so grateful for you... and that sweet little man of yours. Just go easy on yourself, Andrea. How I wish I could come over and DO something...

Tonight, I do... I pray for you...
(((Andrea)))

All's grace,
Ann

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

"Accept it and give thanks"... oh, yes, Andrea...

I think that is why I keep counting the gifts... because I struggle all the time. Can I say that?

And giving thanks calms me and soothes me and resuscitates me into joy. I go around the house, picking up, cleaning, speaking the gifts out loud... and my soul smiles and all is well.

Isn't grace the happiest place to be?

Everday, I lose my way and I count the steps back to the Way, one blessing at a time.

Gratitude glues us to God.

I am so grateful for you... and that sweet little man of yours. Just go easy on yourself, Andrea. How I wish I could come over and DO something...

Tonight, I do... I pray for you...
(((Andrea)))

All's grace,
Ann