It's time to count God's blessings!
我 要 稱 謝 你 、 因 我 受 造 奇 妙 可 畏 ． 你 的 作 為 奇 妙 ． 這 是 我 心 深 知 道 的 。我 在 暗 中 受 造 、 在 地 的 深 處 被 聯 絡 、 那 時 、 我 的 形 體 並 不 向 你 隱 藏 。我 未 成 形 的 體 質 、 你 的 眼 早 已 看 見 了 ． 你 所 定 的 日 子 、 我 尚 未 度 一 日 、 〔 或 作 我 被 造 的 肢 體 尚 未 有 其 一 〕 你 都 寫 在 你 的 冊 上 了 。 Psalm 139
So apparently, before BB's first ultrasound, God knew BB and had a plan for every day of BB's life. It's kind of a crazy idea, but then again, what's NOT crazy about the coming about of a new life? It is our prayer that BB will be healthy, and will learn to love his/her Creator.
On Pregnancy: We are super thankful on this front. Aside from the first trimester when Spring got tired really really easily, she made it through pre gnancy without much fuss. She was able to work at her full capacity, serve in John Fellowship (even did a silly dance in the camp!), take care of herself and her hubby.
On Ministries: It is rewarding to see John Fellowship grow in numbers and quality. They are a very lovable bunch. Serving in this fellowship is not without its stress and worries however. It is especially true when we see them struggle in their spiritual battle ground. God had promised a way out for them though, so it's not a question of "possibility".
On Family: Ben's thankful for his Mom and Dad's retirement. Even though they are still working part time, it is not out of necessity. It can't be taken for granted that one gets to enjoy the fruit of one's hard work in health. We are also very very thankful for Dad Cephas's last stomach follow-up, which went came and gone without incidence.
On Fun: We took a trip to Hong Kong and Tokyo in May. We are thankful for the timing of the trip, which came at the best time possible when Spring's just into the second (honeymoon) trimester. Such timing was out of our control because we booked the flight before we learned of BB's coming.