This day took on a new place as any day does when one receives certain news. Even in my hopes in finding out if we were to have a boy or girl today after waiting for weeks on end, it all changed immediately upon receiving the news this morning. Our neighbor Rosie called to tell us that our other neighbor Pat, 62 years old had passed away. He went in for knee surgery on March 17th and had heart failure. They went to rush him to a hospital in Wenatchee but on their way there found that he would not make it so they turned around to head back. He never made it back to the hospital.
Pat has been married to Peggy for 40 years from what Rosie shared. Though we didn’t know Pat really well, he was like a kind, happy teddy bear. They were in our home over a year ago and he came in all rambunctious playing with the kids with a Santa hat on. When my husband needed a ride to the VA hospital in Spokane 4 1/2 hours away (one way) to put my husband under to check his Barrett’s Esophagus, Pat was right there to help. He drove him there and back taking a whole day out of his own to help him. One day recently he was driving to the food bank where he volunteered and he happened to see my husband out by the gate, he stopped and dropped us off a 50 pound bag of oats. His wife so kindly took me by the hospital on the morning of my procedure last May when they found I had a hiatal hernia. Nice, nice people. Though we didn’t know them very well, we are very sad about Pat, a bit in shock and I am in sorrow for Peggy. I picked her up a couple of things today to drop by in a few days. I can’t imagine her life now without her companion, her husband.
I was driving to my appointment this morning and thought of this verse:
“A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.”
I couldn’t help but think that a person’s death will override a life that is soon to come. I did not think about our baby on the drive this morning, I thought about Pat and Peggy. When me and Leah did find out that the baby is a boy, I was relieved and a little happy for a moment but it went back to the loss of a life nearby and a neighbor who is suffering. I understand the Scripture above better today. I can’t put it into words but there is understanding there. Death is very serious and you can’t help but pay attention when someone dies… a neighbor or a loved one or someone from the past. It’s just so real.
I’ll share more about our little Benjamin in a few days or so. But, it’s a time to pray for Peggy our neighbor if anyone wants to join in.
I just found out from a site I frequent that the book, “Against All Grain” is on sale in Kindle format for $1.99. We don’t have a Kindle yet but I do have the Kindle Reader that you can download. Here is the link to the book if anyone is interested:
Though we do eat grain, I stay away from it while losing weight or trying to keep it off. Matthew has early diabetes due to his eating habits for the first 45 years of his life so this book may help us in some areas. Anyways, it just looks good and I wanted to share the blessing. I just bought it today.
By the way… two more days until my appointment. Maybe we’ll find out for sure if baby is a boy or a girl. : )
I haven’t posted for a while as we were sick with something that lasted over 3 weeks. We rarely get sick so I am grateful for that but it does take our family off course from home schooling and everything. Thank God we are well over it now. Here are a few pictures from just the past month.
Hannah doing school work. She’s usually not this “friendly” looking when it’s time for school. : )
Matthew and Elisabeth doing math work. Matthew likes to “wander” as you see here. : )
Playing with their toys and trains in their room.
Cute Tabitha sitting with Dada.
Daddy, Miriam and Tabitha… I think daddy is still sick here and taking a rest.
Miriam… hmmm, what are you thinking, 3 year old?
Sick daddy and one of the twins… I can’t tell by this picture. I think it’s Tabitha.
A little pillow that the girls sewed with their sewing machine. I taught them how to do it inside out first.
I bought some barrettes for the twins from the dollar store. I had these type when I was a child. The girls were busy trying them in their hair the next morning… I thought they looked cute. Three sick kids. : (
This was my only staged picture for my husband’s blog. I think it looks nice so I thought I would include it.
Matthew and Hannah came out of the room last week and shared that they were getting married. They got all dressed up for it. I thought they looked so cute, I had to take some pictures.
You two look so cute! It’s fun being brother and sister.
Holding little hands. One day you two will be off to get married to a young woman and a young man. I can already see how handsome you will be Matthew and how sweet looking you will be Hannah. : )
Well, I didn’t think something like this would happen at my appointment yesterday. My doctor who also performs the ultrasounds shared that he doesn’t normally do ultrasounds for gender before 20-24 weeks. He did see my disappointment and put the probe back on my belly to take a peek. He thinks we have a 70% chance at having a boy. This doesn’t tell us much as Matthew and I are black and white thinkers. So, hopefully we will find out on March 19th when I go in next. : )
I did see what the doctor saw and it looks like boy parts, but it could be the cord too. He did share that he’s usually wrong when he thinks it’s a girl… so I’m still hopeful. I really want a boy and feel that this is a boy I am carrying. We’ll see though…. I guess we need to wait some more. : )
I just had to add this picture I found last April. It is just beautiful and so touching. Though it could be a girl, I always saw this baby as a boy. Oh how my heart yearns for just one more boy.
A friend sent me this link this morning regarding a documentary of a saintly pastor in Korea who built a drop box in his church building where women could drop off their infants, rather than abandon them: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TA-G9kQMzJY
We don’t watch movies but I would love to see a true documentary on such a saint. What a beautiful and touching documentary. I hope that some of you can see this and can let me know how good it really is. Hopefully this will be available on Amazon Prime before long.
Here’s an article I found on this saintly man and what he is doing: http://dailysignal.com/2015/02/09/one-mans-fight-save-hundreds-unwanted-perfect-lives/
I haven’t written on here as we have all been sick with a cold that just doesn’t seem to want to get better. I think I am getting better but it goes on day after day… It’s been probably 10 days or so. Hopefully soon…
We will find out the gender of our little baby next Wednesday in the afternoon. It’s funny but the importance of having a specific gender decreases as the pregnancy progresses and I feel the baby move. I shared this with my husband this morning and he shared with me that the importance has diminished for him too. : )
If we have a boy, we’ll name him Benjamin Manasseh Geraci
If we have a girl, we haven’t settled yet but we do like the name Mary
So, I’ll update next Wednesday evening. Maybe by then I’ll be feeling well enough to do a post soon thereafter. I even got a picture of some of our little “sickies”. : ) I hope everyone has been doing well.