On Gratitude

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This past weekend as I neared my 39th week of pregnancy the church where Garrett and I are new members honored us with a wedding shower. Three of our siblings, a sister-in-law and friend each drove a three-hour trip from across the state to attend the shower and spend the weekend with us. Garrett’s parents and little sister also made their own trip, over an hour, to be here.

The shower was lovely; I especially appreciated making new acquaintances. The congregation with whom we previously worshipped sent a generous monetary gift, and I was so touched by the thoughtfulness of all the gifts and cards, and especially by everyone’s attendance.

To be honest, hosting six overnight house guests is not something I wanted to do this advanced in my pregnancy, but Garrett and I always enjoy having friends and family visit. They made it easy on me–bringing their own bedsheets and pillows, Delaney bringing drinks and snacks, Micaleigh helping me wash dishes and prepare our Sunday beef and barley stew and Austin cooking sesame chicken and bok choy one evening. It felt like a weekend house party and I was a little sad to see everyone go.

How blessed we are to have friends and family who will inconvenience themselves to spend time with us, and a church family near and far who is anxious to support and love us.

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