Happy Wednesday, Prayer Doulas! I hope y’all had a good week. I was on the road for almost 9 hours today (Tuesday), and I am w-i-p-e-d, so I’ll make this short and sweet and packed with (hopefully-not-empty) promises of having lots more details next week.
EDIT: Just found out that our Lucille who just gave birth to baby Sara at age 52 has TWELVE children. 11 are living and the oldest is 36. Read Tara’s post here.
4 Items of Business/Interest today:
1. The latest update from midwife Joanna at Heartline (Monday evening): “Just finished up a birth. Yeah MontCarmelle for hanging in there. She delivered a baby boy at 5:40pm and delivered the placenta at the hospital around 9:30pm. Very crazy…”
2. I have something really cool to share today. My online friend Erin MacPherson‘s new book released Monday. It’s called The Christian Mama’s Guide to Having a Baby. If you’re pregnant or love someone who is, this would make a fabulous gift. And I have a super-special deal for you today. The first four people to e-mail me that they’d like to make a $10 donation to Heartline Haiti will get a free copy of the book sent to you (or a friend).
Erin is so generous to donate 4 copies of her book AND pay to ship them to the lucky recipients. Thank you, Erin!! (I’ll be blogging my review of the book once I finish reading it. And no, I’m not pregnant.)
3. Remember the beautiful Africa and Cambodia ornaments my friend Megan is making to raise money for their adoption? Well, someone contacted her about making some for Haiti, and when she told me about it, I jumped up and down and begged her to make me one.
I now have a giraffe-print Africa ornament, a blue & red Cambodia ornament (that matches my blog) ,and this awesome orange Haiti ornament. I thought this would be a really cool reminder to pray for our Expectant Mamas in Haiti. If some of you are interested in purchasing one, Megan has graciously agreed to make as many as she can before they go pick up Emelia from Ethiopia.
They would be $6 (+ $1 shipping) with 1/2 of the proceeds going toward their adoption and the other 1/2 to Heartline. If you’re interested, let me know in the comments or e-mail me. Haiti is a challenging one to make, and I don’t want her to make more than we need.
4. A Prayer Doula e-mailed me a few days ago with some very interesting observations: I had a couple of ideas dance through my mind as I was reading Expecting last night. It is great for women here in North America, but it doesn’t touch on a few issues that would be specific to the third world… like praying for an adequate supply of fresh water… praying for the support of the baby’s father or the mother’s parents or whatever… praying for adequate food and rest while these mothers are living in tent cities or where ever they are right now… What about making a downloadable bookmark to keep these needs on the forefront of our minds as we pray through the other physical needs? Somebody who is good at digital scrapbooking could pull that off.
Anyone want to take on that challenge?
EDIT: My cousin Jen was having some of those exact same thoughts this week^. Love this post she wrote.
That’s all I’ve got today. Feel free to share any thoughts/sugggestions! Happy Bump Day!
p.s. Thanks so much for praying for Nina and me and our trip to Indiana! Recap on the blog tomorrow!