Just what I needed

Lately, in this rush before I have the baby, I have been trying to focus on many people’s needs.  How will my daughters be feeling once this all happens?  How can I make it better for them?  What in the world will I DO with them when I leave?  How can I help my husband with the huge load he will be carrying soon?  How can I best accommodate this new daughter into our lives?  How can I get as much possible done with some of the other things that I care so deeply about before she arrives? 

It has left me busy and happy, but also tired.  I don’t think I realized how tired, until yesterday.

Yesterday, a dear, kind, sweet friend from my old ward held a very lovely baby shower for me.  To be honest, when she first asked if she could, I said yes because I love her and I could tell she wanted to do it, but I felt kind of foolish in a way.  I mean, not only was this my fifth baby, but it was also my fifth daughter.  What possible need could I have for a baby shower?  I had clothes and everything else.  But the chance of spending a morning with this lovely friend was too good to pass up.  :)  So I said yes. 

When I actually got to the shower, and saw what she had planned, and what she had done, I had to hold back the tears.  She could not have planned a more perfect morning for me, and for what I needed just then.  There was nothing that I didn’t need, but so much of what I did, not only physically for the baby, but also emotionally for me. 

I hadn’t talked to her much about the shower, so I know that everything she did was inspired in her mind.  It struck me…the absolute love our Father in Heaven has for us…for me.  He knew what I needed, and He cared about what I needed, even when it hadn’t crossed my own mind.  And He sent someone who could fulfill that.

It gives me hope.  If He knows what I need, and can make sure I am blessed with it, I can also be sure that He knows what those I love need, and He will help me to give it to them.

(By the way, my friend, who this little one affectionately calls “May-er-weeze,” fashioned a perfect little blanket for the new baby.  But it came just in time to comfort this wee one, who has been so sad and sick again today.  Thank you, May-er-weeze.  :)  Your gift has blessed us so much already.)    

5 Responses

  1. Alison

    It was SOOOO good to see you Ann and so fun to catch up!! I am so excited for you and this new phase in your lives. Let's get together again soon… well, as soon as life gets back to normal. :)

    March 14, 2010 at 8:55 pm

  2. MariLouise

    Aww shucks! :) I'm glad you liked the non-shower. I'm proud to have invented a new chocolate delivery model! :)

    March 15, 2010 at 2:16 am

  3. c h a n t i l e

    I can't wait to see you this week!! I hope I can help relieve some of the stress!! :)

    March 15, 2010 at 2:47 am

  4. Nicole

    i'm so glad!!!! you had a special day and shower.

    March 15, 2010 at 2:47 am

  5. Debra Domenici

    How beautiful! The blanket is beautiful. I wish we lived closer so that I could be there. We miss you so much! Your girls are absolutely beautiful and I can't wait to see this new little one. When is she due? We wish you good luck and you will be in our thoughts and prayers that all goes well!

    March 15, 2010 at 3:35 am

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