I haven't blogged in a few weeks. Part of that is due to the fact that if I have had time to blog, I've needed to spend that leisure time working on adoption grant applications. But it's also because I haven't had too much to say lately, and I haven't wanted to waste anyone's time by blogging for the sake of blogging. Life lately has been wonderfully routine, quiet, and pleasant. Here are a few updates from the Tennant household:
On the adoption front, the Lord continues to be bless our journey thus far! Our homestudy is finalized; our dossier (packet of paperwork that is eventually sent to the Congo) is almost complete; and our desires to bring this little one home keep increasing! We are thoroughly enjoying sharing the news that we're "expecting two," and we've been humbled at the amount of support that we've received from family and friends.
And in pregnancy news, the precious little one is alive and kicking- literally! God graces me with the ability to feel the baby move throughout the day, and this baby sure knows how to brighten my day when he/she spontaneously reminds me of his/her presence. Last night the baby actively kicked and moved during the championship basketball game - I'm pretty sure the baby was pulling for Butler. Paul has been able to feel the baby move, also, and perhaps the biggest highlight of the pregnancy thus far has been watching Paul's delighted countenance as he feels his little child move. What a blessing... Here are some pictures taken tonight:
It's not often that you get to live with your husband AND your old roommate/close girl friend after you get married. But Paul and I are blessed with that privilege right now: my sweet, lovely friend Mary Ellen is currently living with us as she prepares to move overseas to North Africa. She is such a blessing to be around, and Paul and I both are so thankful to have her as a friend!
Here is me with Paul who is happy as can be after having just awoken from a nap (his recent all-expenses-paid ski trip to Aspen, Colorado wore him out... poor guy!). I hope Baby Tennants will be as jovial as my husband is after waking up from a nap!
Which one of us has the bigger bump?
And as promised, Mom and Gran, here is a picture of me with your grandbaby/great grandbaby. Tomorrow will mark 21 weeks! We can't wait until next Tuesday, when we officially find out whether this little one is a boy or a girl. We're enjoying thinking about names for the babies. At the moment, Luke and Micah rank at the top if we have boys. I love the name Abigail if we have a girl, but those decisions won't be made for a few months.
We are full of praise for each step in this journey: the pleasant days that we have together as we await the challenges and joys ahead; the new stages of fetal development that consistently remind us of Who is creating this little one; and the anticipation, curiosity, and excitement that grows within us as we prepare to bring our African soon-to-be-a-Tennant child to us! What a privilege it is to be a Christian who can enjoy my Heavenly Father's perfect guidance in trials and in joys like these.