another unexpected surprise

The last month has been an unusually stressful one for JJ and me.  We’ve had some negative stressors at church (which, thankfully, are over now and won’t be an issue again), and we’ve had some positive stressors (JJ’s travel to the East Coast, house guests, big pastors’ party, birthday party for Lyd).  There has been lots that has happened that has required our time and energy.

Long-time readers of this blog will know that I have been trying to get pregnant since the start of 2010.  Getting pregnant this past month, however, would have resulted in a baby that would have arrived an an extremely inconvenient time for my husband and me.  Next summer is the big WELS National Worship Conference in MN, a conference that only happens every 3 years and to which both my husband and I would like to go.  The last time the conference happened in 2008, JJ went to it alone, and I really wished our situation had been different so that I could have gone, too.  So ever since then, JJ and I had been planning how we might attend the conference together next summer.  Having a baby at that time would definitely have not worked into those plans.

Yet, at the same time, we knew that even more than we wanted to go to the conference, we wanted to have a baby, and we knew that God’s timing is best.  So, while we didn’t officially “try” last month, we didn’t “not try” either.  We decided that whatever happened, happened.  With all the stress we were under, we didn’t think anything would likely happen anyway.

So, you know what happened, right?

Yup.

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