Sleeping has been interesting for both of us these nights and days. I think I'm going to have to get a sign for our door that says, "Daytime sleeper. Do NOT disturb." It was really irritating yesterday when our creepy neighbor (yes, the same one from my dream) came while I was at work, knocked on the door, woke the dog up, woke Steve up, and all she needed was a ride to do some totally unnecessary shopping downtown. "I don't need a ride back," she said. "I can walk home." It's five stinkin' blocks to the downtown from our house. If she could walk home, why couldn't she walk down there? This woman is completely out of her mind and yet somehow managed to get a ride all winter without bothering us. Now that it's nice outside, she has to come up with illogical errands which require transportation. Sheesh, I have enough trouble keeping my siblings and Steve's siblings from dropping in and causing a ruckus. Now the creepy neighbor, too? (Needless to say, the bulk of my dreams after falling back to sleep this morning involved trying to keep people from waking Steve up. I don't think I really slept at all.)
One thing I don't mind waking up for is feeling the Baby kick around. I never imagined that I could get so much pleasure from Someone pummeling my insides, but it's so hard not to smile and laugh at each jab - even at 4am. Last night I was convinced that she (can I just call him/her a "she"? I want him/her to be a Girl, so unless I find out otherwise [MONDAY!], I'm just going to go this route) was doing a cheerleading routine that involved sticking her arms and legs out at their full length and jumping. It was hilarious.
Speaking of babies, there was the best baby in Emily's yesterday. She had dark wispy curls, the chubbiest little cheeks, and two adorable teeth. If our Baby is as cute as that, I'm going to have a hard time not eating her up on a daily basis.
Anyway, the stress of this week is demanding that this Saturday be a Hibernation Day. I'm going to clean up the wreck of a kitchen, work a bit on decluttering my sewing room, read a bunch, bake some bread, snuggle up with my sweet husband, and just generally Take It Easy. If one can't escape small-town USA by running away, one can at least stay safely locked behind her door.
Two verses that stuck out to me last night:
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you fall into trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. James 3:17-18