1. Faith and Family Live (a popular Catholic blog) recently had an excellent post on reaching out to women dealing with Infertility. It's worth reading the many heartfelt responses.
2. Half of our driveway looks like a rock pit. The city installed a backflow valve so as to help us avoid the nasty sewage seepage that invaded our house this past May. They only tore up the part of the driveway for which the city is liable; we have to cover the rest. I will post a picture soon; the driveway looks rather funny.
3. In the first week of college football, both of my favorite teams won!! That trend will most likely not continue, but at least the season started on a good note. Go FIGHTING IRISH and UK Wildcats!
4. We assembled the crib and picked out a glider last weekend, both of which were on our list of "Things We Can't Do After the Baby Comes." The next rather painful task is selecting a (newer) family car. My husband keeps bringing up a 1970s wood panel station wagon. Yeah, right! I answered that HE would have to drive it to work.
5. Last night I had horrible, tightening pains which caused a phone call to my midwife (she gave me her cell #; how awesome is that!). Thankfully, the pain was muscular, not labor. It was a bit scary to think that the baby could be coming right then. All You Who Hope alluded to this in her recent post, but buying/receiving all this baby stuff still feels very surreal. In my particular case, I packed away all hopes of pregnancy in order to cope with IF. Then when this miracle happened, I've had to unpack those feelings and hopes, as well as convince myself (again) that this is actually happening.
6. I neglected to point out in my last post that a "novena" is typically 9 days of prayer for a specific intention. It hearkens back to the apostles praying in the Upper Room for 9 days between Jesus' ascension and Pentecost. One of the advantages of a novena is that it brings the intention more to the forefront of your mind. There are about 15 women in my local area participating in this novena, and so many of you have been included in this prayer effort. :)
7. On Wednesday during Latin class, I pointed out to the students that Star.bucks used one of our vocabulary words (via, meaning road or way) as the name of their instant coffee packets. I'm sure they'll impress the baristas. In case this looks like a plot to receive Star.bucks cards for teacher gifts, the entire student body knows of my addiction, I mean, affection, for Starbu.cks. So it's nothing new....