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A Bundle of Myrrh

"My beloved is unto me as a bundle of myrrh." Song of Solomon 1:13

Archive for the ‘Pregnancy’ Category

Let It Be To Me

Monday, January 15th, 2018

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It started with the counter top. It was something I hadn’t done in 9 years of our marriage. I started to put away some of the baby bottles. I left some of the bigger ones out for Josephine. I also weeded out the sippy cups, we only need a few now. The corner that for 9 years has been designated for bottles, bottle nipples, bottle brushes, sippy spouts and lids was suddenly just one box of an assortment of plastic items.

I look around at all the other baby things I’ve started to put away. The bouncers, the new Pac N Play, the tiny socks. All the things no baby needs right now.

There was a time in my life several years ago when I was so ready to clear the counter top. So tired of sorting and putting away tiny little socks. And really over stumping my toe on the dang bouncer! I looked forward to that day. I think mostly because I didn’t think it would come so soon.

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What His Discerning Love Hath Sent

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

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I’ve haven’t written about losing two more of our children. I did post on the days we lost them, HERE and HERE, because I wanted to mark those days but my heart was too heavy for words. And really what do you say when you know the life you’re carrying has passed away? I was about 5 weeks along with our 10th baby and then also with our 11th.

I don’t have many words, but I will share what I wrote about their names, why we named them as we did.

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Not To My Care – July 14th

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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Lord, it belongs not to my care
Whether I die or live;
To love and serve Thee is my share,
And this Thy grace must give.

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Book of Ages

Friday, August 5th, 2016

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With all the anguish of naming our sixth daughter I got to thinking a lot about names over the past few months. For me naming a baby is no easy task. Phil says it’s because I have to have the PERFECT one, as if there is such a thing. I don’t look for the perfect name, just the one I perfectly want. I want to like the name I give my child! But I guess that’s a tall order at this point because I really did begin to fear that Josephine would be nameless for the rest of her life.

A while back I read Book of Ages about the life of Jane Franklin, the sister of Benjamin Franklin. They wrote many letters to one another but none of hers survive. What did survive was her handmade “Book of Ages,” where she recorded the births of her 12 children. I liked that idea and thought I’d create my own but including more, the stories of the names we have chosen for our children.

So, for my babies. These are the stories of your names.

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