9 more weeks, folks! That is, if I manage to NOT go overdue this time.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how much I enjoy reading birth related books when I am pregnant. Well, this week I want to tell you about a wonderfully inspirational book by midwife, Kathy Brace.
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened the cover of Born to Deliver. Most of the books I have read that were authored by midwives have been a collection of birth stories with little to no mention of the spiritual life of the midwife herself. Born to Deliver went far beyond this and drew me into a life story that could only have been written by God.
From the moment I began reading, I was captivated. I read of a young women who ran from relationship to relationship and had baby after baby in the hopes that something would finally bring her peace, happiness, and fulfillment. Kathy’s story brought me to tears more than once as I empathized with her pain and inability to claw her way out of the messiness of her life.
As the Lord revealed Himself to Kathy, it became apparent that the tapestry of her life was not a string of random events, but carefully woven threads, leading her heart to Christ, the only One who could be everything she had ever wanted and needed.
This is not a book about the beauty of a midwife’s hands as she attends a birth and helps to bring new life into this world, but rather it is the story of the healing hands of a Savior Who can take worldliness and heartache and bring new life and purpose to the broken and lost. Kathy’s midwifery skills are not for her glory. They are for Christ’s.
Born to Deliver was not what I expected. It was better. Much, much better.
If you are interested in getting a copy for yourself, Born to Deliver goes on sale November 20, but you can preorder now at Amazon.com. To learn more about Born to Deliver and the two women who brought this book to life (Kathy Brace and Natalie Wickham – whom you may recognize as the author of Pajama School), stop by the website BorntoDeliver.com
This past Tuesday found me in the hospital with an IV iron infusion and my 3 hour Gestational Diabetes test. It was not the most pleasant thing I’ve ever endured (they sent us to the wrong lab, they couldn’t find my orders, I ended up with 2 extra shots I knew nothing about, and they hit a nerve with one of the shots so I couldn’t move my arm for an hour), but I survived. The best part was I had my husband there the entire time and he took me out later for a sympathy-date.
I chose not to try to “fool the test” by eating totally raw or having no sugar or carbs whatsoever in the week leading up to the test. However, I did go back to the whole foods diet I had been following prior to my pregnancy, which is so much easier on your body anyway.
When I didn’t hear anything back from the doctor’s office on Wednesday, I decided to call Thursday morning just in case the hospital forgot to fax the result. The nurse called me back yesterday afternoon with the wonderful news that I do not have Gestational Diabetes!
So, I appreciate all your prayers and well wishes and advice. I still plan to maintain a more whole foods diet than what I had been. I’ve been trying out new recipes and perusing websites for inspiration.
My doctor also does not anticipate the need for any more infusions throughout this pregnancy, so that was welcome news too!
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