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May Delight (and thanks, so much thanks)

31 May

So this month, we had a baby.

Viola Esther Jean Wilson. Born at 11:14am on the 15th May 2012, weighing 6lbs 11.5oz, measuring 51.5cm long.

The past two and a bit weeks of my life since she arrived have been so precious and holy. I didn’t believe it when a friend told me how peaceful and special a house with a newborn was, but she was right, and now I understand. I can’t remember feeling closer to my God, or my husband, than in these last few weeks we’ve spent together as family. These are sweet, sweet times indeed. I can’t properly articulate it, but come over for a cup of tea and ask me and I might just cry with joy at how blessed I feel.

And thank you. So much thanks to everyone who has sent words of love – in cards, on facebook, on the phone, in person. Thank you for all the lovely gifts – beautiful things for Viola, thoughtful things for us. Our kitchen has been so well stocked! Thank you for all your prayers for all of us, and especially Viola. We feel extremely overwhelmed and grateful by all the love and kindness shown to us. Thank you.

Love, Carolyn x


Right here, right now… is good.

15 Feb

I was telling a friend the other day, just now in the pregnancy is very sweet. I have a nice bump, visible and enjoyable to carry, not too huge and cumbersome. The little one inside me has been moving lots, in a wriggly, pleasant sort of way – I haven’t experienced anything I would describe as a kick yet.  Work is manageable (though full weekends on are hard going…but always were). I’m not feeling concerned about all the stuff we need to gather or do to accommodate a baby in our home – knowing that we’re doing this simply, and that our God has always provided for our needs.

So in some ways, I could just stay here, in this place. But then, this doesn’t make sense . Everything about pregnancy is  about the waiting, the expecting, the coming, the preparation…

But today, I’m thankful for this place I’m in just now. I love being pregnant. And where I am today is so satisfying! I love where my marriage to Owen is just now. Church stuff is exciting. Doing some respite foster care is wonderful. Meeting up with lots of lovely ladies regularly to talk below-the-surface stuff is amazing. Its all so good. And I am so thankful.

Soon, so much is going to change, and – perhaps sounding like I’m contradicting myself, but I promise I’m still speaking truth – I am so excited.

Love, Carolyn x

Half Way Through

19 Jan

Time for a pregnancy update… (especially for you Mama!)

We’re just over half way through – isn’t that something!? How time goes past and suddenly you have a swollen belly with a person inside and you need some new clothes and people start to ask because sometimes its hard to mistake for just a fat tummy now…

Scan #2 was was last week, we got to see toes and a diaphram and bones and lots of other little parts of our little one. It’s quite amazing! Unfortunately Baby wouldn’t move for the radiographer to see all she needed to, so I had to go back yesterday for another scan with hope that Baby was going to be in a better position – and Baby was! As far as they can see everything is ‘normal’. All is good with me too, I’ve had barely anything to complain about health-wise from the start, and feeling very lucky about that for sure.

So yeah – I’m kind of looking pregnant – how exciting! Here’s a recent picture…

In other news, one of the ladies I visit through work has knitted these adorable cardigans for us (how wonderful…? – so much). She’s disappointed we’re not finding out the sex of the baby so that she can do some in pink or blue, and scoffs at my insistence that I’d dress my baby in either or other colours whatever its sex. So crisp white it is! I feel so blessed to have someone knit all these stitches into something so beautiful for us.

So on that note I’m off to work on the crochet blanket I’ve been working on for around 7 months and is still ridiculously small for that amount of work time. Here it is a couple of months ago (and hasn’t grown much since!). I need some time with and motivation from my teacher Amy!

Love, Carolyn x

New Life

22 Nov

So I’m in an ever changing place between.

I’m somewhere between being entirely overwhelmed in knowing that we have created a brand new, individual, unique life, with somewhat eternal potential … and knowing the reality of the world is that all 7 billion of us alive on earth right now (never mind all the other people not alive on earth right now) sprung into being in pretty much the same way.

I’m somewhere between feeling very daunted at the responsibility and hugeness of parenthood… and the reassurance of knowing that I mother naturally, and that this is something I’ve always easily expected to step into.

I’m somewhere between nervous and relaxed, ill and well, tired and energetic, excited and quiet, youth and motherhood.

And its a good place to be.

Our tiny one is around 13 weeks old, and we are due to meet her or him around the end of May. We can’t wait! Do join us on this journey – I’m planning on keeping this blog updated regularly.

Love, Carolyn x