|Les Guardiens by Sophie Wilkins|
What a week it's been so far.
A friend of mine posted on Facebook how she's never quite sure what to do during the space between Christmas and New Years. The kids are off school, you may be working less or not at all, or perhaps you're in between semesters yourself.
I can relate- it's a weird and wonderful time. Jim and I were blessed with a long Christmas weekend of doing... pretty much whatever we wanted. We searched for flooring and paint samples for the nursery. Visited Millennium Park in Seminole and walked the boardwalk and climbed the observation tower. Attended our last childbirth education class at our birthing center (check out Jessica at The Birth Center of St Petersburg if you are interested in having incredible midwifery care and a natural childbirth!!)
By the end of the weekend I looked at him and said, "I can't remember the last time we spent this much time together!" I hadn't fully realized it until now, but I've missed my fiancé! We both own our own businesses, which means (for now anyway) really busy schedules. I typically leave early in the morning to teach, get home after he's left for work, and leave to teach in the evening before he's home for the day. We're both usually working on the weekends, too, with maybe a Sunday afternoon to spend together.
So I've been so grateful for the extra rest and time with my honey that Christmas brought us. I've been enjoying so many simple but wonderful blessings this week, actually, that I just had to share--
The Love List
-a huge THANK YOU to the family who blessed us with a box OVERFLOWING with gently used infant boy clothing, all in amazing condition. Between all our shower gifts and this amazing, unexpected bounty we really won't need to buy any clothes for our baby boy until he's at least a year
-I've spent the last couple days with my dad knocking out a bunch of annoying stuff that I've been procrastinating. He kept me company when I got my oil changed, and when we got home he decided they hadn't vacuumed my Subaru to his liking so he got out his shop vac and cleaned all the floors himself. He also rotated my tires, cleaned the windows and topped off the refrigerant. Yesterday he came over to our house and installed a new ceiling light, fixed our bedroom fan and dropped off some supplies we needed for renovating our front room. So I guess I should say that HE knocked out a bunch of annoying stuff that I've been procrastinating. Thanks Dad!!
-new private students. I've been teaching two pregnant mamas the last few weeks at their homes. Both are dog owners/lovers like me, and it's been so much fun breathing and doing yoga and having a doggie assistant to keep me company. Someday when we open our own studio, you better believe that I'll have Addy Mae with me all. the. time. I apologize in advance to anyone with allergies. I'll make my all-natural allergy remedy for you and have it at the desk. And really, if you don't like dogs/pit bulls.... then you probably need some yoga and doggie kiss therapy to make it all better :)
-waves of support and blessings from family and friends. We are registered at Simple Registry, which is a lot of fun because no one has to go to a store and we were able to put things from different places on there. Also, I get an email any time a gift is "fulfilled" and I cannot express how supported and loved we feel every time that little notification pops up. I know the whole point of registries and showers is to be "showered" with gifts but I'm not used to all of this!! Thank you so much to everyone who has given something to us and our baby... I'm truly beyond grateful. Also, thank you so much for the offers of food, massages, babysitting.... you guys are the best. Lots of love <3
-more movement from baby, every day. He is truly an active little guy!! Just over 5 weeks until he arrives.... ahh!!
-we finally, finally found a home for our foster dog Max. I almost don't want to jinx it, as I had announced he had a home before and it ended up not working out for a variety of reasons. But he has been with his new owner for almost 2 weeks now and so far, so good. We appreciate any prayers that they continue to bond and form a wonderful best buddy relationship that will last Max's whole long healthy life!!
-my honey. At one of our birthing classes we watched a video of a natural homebirth in which the mama said that as long as she looked at her husband during contractions, she felt like there was LOVE coming out of her womb, instead of pain. I look at him knocking out walls or gardening or helping me stand up endless times, and I feel that LOVE already, even though I'm not in labor yet. There's the love that was already there, of course, but there is something about having a baby together that amps it up even more. This morning we were both up early and I came outside with him to drink my coffee as he was watering the plants. I realized that once baby is here and I'm not teaching my insane schedule of classes, this is how it will be- getting to spend time together in the morning as a family before he goes off to work. I was filled with such gratitude at this very simple realization and am thankful for the lives we've built for ourselves.
So, a very Happy New Year to all of YOU!! This year I am so looking forward to being a mama, planning a wedding, blogging more, teaching yoga online and focusing more on my essential oil business. I also plan on attuning more people to the tradition of Usui Reiki Healing and offering regular energy healing trainings.
I've also got a "word" for 2016....are you ready?? It's.... BE. Just be. That's it. There will be plenty of doing, but I want all of that doing to come from a place of BEING. Coming through me, as me.
I would love to hear what your plans are for 2016!! Share below!
xoxox and Namaste,