I was tinkering around with the YouVersion Bible app on my phone and rediscovered the Notes feature. It was seemingly new to me, but apparently I had already used it before. There were two notes saved. One was a prayer I had typed out on the night before we received the amnio results:
“After a peaceful, restful day we retire to bed. We’ve lifted our heavy hearts up to you, Oh Lord, and we thank you for the lightened load. We pray over tomorrow’s amnio results, dear Lord. Let those come back to us clean and clear, showing the beautiful results of a mentally and physically healthy baby. We trust in you, Lord, we praise you, and will give you all the glory no matter what the results are. In your name I pray.”
No matter what the results are… No matter what the results are. Nora is a perfect example of God’s infinite wisdom. We did not get the results that WE wanted that next day, but clearly God knew what He was doing. I will never forget that crushing pain, the all encompassing fear that manifested itself into every part of my being. And now here we are only eight months later. This is NOTHING that I imagined it to be. How on earth could I have been afraid of this?
We had a nice relaxing Saturday today. Gavin and William went to the Reds game, and Greta was invited to sleep over. My Mom (Nana) came over to hang out with Nora and I, but of course Nora slept for most of Nana’s visit!
This evening Nora and I met up with Gavin and William at Gavin’s baseball game! It was exciting to get out and do something “normal”! We brought lots and lots of blankets for the Little Miss as it was only about 55°! She kept nice and warm snuggled up close to her Mommy!
I’m most familiar with the NIV (New International Version) of the Bible, but my previously mentioned Bible app offers other versions. One of my favorite translations is the Message because it is very different than what I am used to and also very modern. I like how the Message words this passage, especially the last part.
This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It’s adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike “What’s next, Papa?” God’s Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what’s coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with him, then we’re certainly going to go through the good times with him! (Romans 8:17 MSG)
Now compare with the NIV version of same verses:
For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
(Romans 8:14-17 NIV)
HI!!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE PICTURE OF NORA ASLEEP WITH HER LITTLE CHUBBY ARMS HELD HIGH. AND THE NEXT ONE OF NORA AND GRETA, THAT ONE IS WONDERFUL. THE SISTERS LOVE EACH OTHER SO MUCH. SO GLAD YOU GOT TO GO TO GAVIN’S GAME. LOOKED LIKE GAVIN WAS VERY HAPPY AND A PROUD BIG BROTHER. I BET NORA WAS AS TOASTY AS CAN BE WITH THE BLANKETS AND MOMMY’S ARMS HOLDING HER CLOSE. LOVE THE PICTURE OF NORA AND YOU ALEISA. YOU SURE ARE A PROUD MOMMY!!!! SORRY NORA THAT BROTHER DID NOT HIT A HOME RUN FOR YOU, BUT I AM SURE HE WAS TRYING VERY HARD TO DO JUST THAT SINCE YOU GOT TO COME TO HIS GAME. ALEISA, I CANNOT THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR SHARING OF YOURSELF AND YOUR WONDERFUL HUSBAND AND CHILDREN WITH ALL OF US. THIS HAS BEEN AN INCREDIBLE JOURNEY SO FAR, AND I KNOW IT WILL JUST KEEP ON GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AS NORA GROWS BIGGER AND STRONGER. NORA IS SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME, AND THOSE BIG BLUE EYES, THAT BEAUTIFUL LITTLE MOUTH AND SMILE JUST MELTS MY HEART. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW PROUD YOU, WILLIAM, GAVIN AND GRETA ARE OF LITTLE NORA ROSE. I LOVE YOU NORA, AND I LOVE YOUR FAMILY. YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY PRAYERS. YOU ALL GET A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP AND HAVE A GREAT SUNDAY. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.
She is most def PERFECT, just how GOD wanted her to be. Think of ALL the people HE has reached through Miss Nora & your journey! =)
LOVE the TOP picture!!