It's time to count God's blessings again!
Last year this time, we were attending prenatal classes on weeknights, shopping for cribs and strollers on weekends. We were so anxiously anticipating the big day! Ellie will be a 1 year old in a month, we look back at the anxious moments before and after Ellie’s birth, we are once again reminded of the fact that life is largely out of our control, but we know who holds our future!
We both took time off work to hang out with Ellie. Spring stayed home for the first 9 months, and it was a huge adjustment. Spring’s parents really helped Spring got through the tough times. Due to the erratic sleep schedule of Ellie’s, Spring was often sleep deprived. Having her parents here allowed Spring to take precious naps in the afternoon. Ben’s parents lovingly prepared meals and various Chinese “Bo” Bun” for Spring… there can be no price associated with the acts of kindness and love that our parents showed in times when we needed it the most. Friends and church commented on how rejuvenated we looked soon after Ellie’s birth, our parents were definitely a big reason for that. Ben couldn’t really do much for Spring during the day, so he makes a point of showing approval for whatever Spring buys from the mall. =)
This year we’ve also got our basement done! Days into the renovation, we knew we made the right call to hire professionals rather than doing this on our own. The basement is now a comfortable area with a bedroom, a bath and a little living area. Uncle Simon and team got this done so quickly, just in time for Ben’s parental leave! Plans to develop the basement were alwasy in our mind, but we didn’t expect to realize it so soon, a testament of God’s exceedingly abundant provision.
Ben’s parental leave started in August, but the month of August was so eventful that life didn’t get back to normal until September. Ben was definitely not used to having to take care of someone requiring this level of continuous attention. It made Ben appreciate the work of all mothers that much more.