Showers of Love
Sometimes we forget how lucky we really are. It happened to me last week. It was Sept. 14, and I thought the overdue water bill had to be paid by the 19th or the water would be shut off. I was nine months pregnant and headed to the doctor for my weekly check-up. I was miserable because I had what I assumed was a horrible chest cold.
With one listen to his stethoscope, the doctor determined I had bronchitis. As I left the office, I received a text from Ace telling me that our water had been turned off. (Ace and Jon are two brothers I’ve helped raise; they live with me.) I mistook the 4 (in 14th) on the notice for a 9 (as in 19th). So I headed to the bank to deposit a check, and then to the city building to make my payment. I was sitting in the car, writing out the check, when a big gust of wind blew into the car. Moments later, there I was: nine months pregnant, sick with bronchitis, running down the street chasing my water bill.
I called Jon to complain about my day, but he wasn’t having any of it. He said, “Think about it. You just got that check in the mail yesterday for the extra work you did. If that hadn’t come yesterday, we wouldn’t be able to have the water back on tomorrow. You have health insurance, so you will be able to get your prescription filled and will feel better soon. Because you had your regular appointment today, they caught the bronchitis early and it won’t affect the baby. And you feel so sore and uncomfortable because you are about to be blessed with a baby girl.” Well, Jon, way to put things into perspective!
Recently, I got three more wonderful reminders about how blessed I am. I did not have one baby shower, but three lovely events in my honor. A group of my friends and I gather every Sunday afternoon all summer at my friend Cindy’s house. Earlier this summer, Cindy hosted a shower for me with our “Sunday group.” It was so much fun and they even made “monkey bread” for dessert to match the theme of my nursery. Last week, my oldest sister and oldest niece had a surprise shower for me with all of my friends and family. My best friend and her family gave me my furniture set, and I received so many nice gifts. Finally, a group of girls at work also organized a shower for me.
One of my true worries about having the baby is being able to provide for her. Through the generosity of my friends, family, and coworkers, I received so many of the things my baby will need – furniture, a car seat, high chair, infant swing, clothes and more. I also received gift cards for other things, including a baby bath tub, a mobile for the crib, a diaper bag and diapers.
I am so grateful to all of my friends and family for their generosity. But I am also thanking God today. I know that He put these people in my life, and He is providing for my baby and me. I may need to be reminded of it once in a while, but I am a very blessed girl!