Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman keeps awake in vain...Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one's youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; they will not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Fatigue and Flowers

Although every day is Valentine's Day in our marriage... :) was nice to spend Friday and Saturday together with the focus solely on us.  I walked in the door from work on Friday and Mr. Clean, AKA Kyle, had done the works!  Laundry, Windows, Bathroom, Dishes, Carpet, Dusting...every corner, spic 'n span.  And on the table - two dozen beautiful roses:

 All of this was unexpected, but so appreciated. The truth is, fatigue has gotten the best of me all of me. In the past month I have dropped the ball around the house. When I get home I take off my shoes, sit on the couch, close my eyes, and time disappears. Laundry piles up to the point that Kyle has to get a white t-shirt out of the dryer in the morning, everything I cook seems to show a lack of effort, and the fridge is empty, yet the grocery store (although literally across the street) feels miles and miles away. Bottom line - I need to get my act together. Yes I realize by God's amazing grace and through His mighty power I am creating another life within me. Yes, I understand this takes an exorbitant amount of energy. However my duties in the home can't just come to a halt. Proverbs 31 doesn’t have a footnote that says “disregard this passage when expecting.” The good thing is I am now entering the second trimester and I hear energy takes an upswing.

The rest of the weekend was wonderful! We stayed in Friday night to watch the Olympic ceremony. Saturday we relaxed, went out for dinner that evening, and came home to watch a movie.

It's hard to believe this was our last Valentine's day as a family of two.  Next year we will spend it with a 6 month old, Lord willing.  Wow!  Will I be his Valentine?  Or will Kyle be hers?  I guess we'll know in about seven weeks. 


  1. don't beat yourself up....pregnancy is hard! Once the baby gets here, there's no time for cleaning and cooking. It bothered me at first to have a messy house and no decent meals, but i realize that if i focus on those things i'm missing out on time with Durham and Ryan. Just remember, this too shall pass! :)

  2. I laughed about Kyle pulling a clean white shirt out of the dryer. I think there was one week when Christian got his shirt out of the dryer every single morning. Looking back, that makes the laundry process much simpler - no need to fold! :)

    But seriously, I felt exactly the same way, but amazingly enough, with our little guy here now, I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat for the joy we have now.

  3. Victoria - I found your blog link off of Kelli Staggs' blog. Congratulations on your pregnancy. I hope all continues to go well.
    *Mary Beth (Whetstone)