Remember the scene in “Evan Almighty” when Evan tells God that building an ark is just not “part of my plans” and God laughs hysterically? “Why are you laughing?” Evan asks, to which God replies, “You said, ‘my plans’! hahaha!”

Now, remember all that rambling I have done over the last 18 months or so about only having six kids? About never getting pregnant again?

Well, as my sister-in-law put it, if The Fraggle was our “grand finale”, we are about to get an encore.

That’s right, folks! God had other plans for this family and we are expecting our seventh baby in July!

I confess that this has been a difficult adjustment for me. I didn’t realize how sold I was on the idea of “being done” until I found that I wasn’t done after all. My mindset has already left the baby making stage behind and I have bid farewell to each phase as The Fraggle has grown out of breastfeeding, night waking, teething, crawling, spitting up, and all the other things that I thought were over for me. My plans were good and I was looking at the next few years with excitement and confidence.

God’s plans are always good, always best, and I believe that this is no exception. And to prove it, His loving grace has kept me from the pit of hyperemisis gravidarum and instead I have only had moderate nausea and fatigue (a miracle that I will always be thankful for). Perhaps this is my redemption pregnancy – the one that I get to enjoy. And I have high hopes for a redemptive birth after my last traumatic experience.

Best of all, at the end of this pregnancy a new little baby will enter our lives, enriching our home with new life, adding to the amazing family that God has blessed us with.

Who could say no to that?

So, now my bloggy absenteeness is explained. I don’t plan to blog for the rest of this month, but in January I hope to be back to normal and ready to face the world again.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Dear Readers! And we’ll chat again soon!

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