Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Day 366

I graduated this weekend! Man, did it take me forever...

It felt really good to walk across the stage...remembering the hard work and sacrifice...I didn't even care that I was in an enormous red-chili pepper gown (I don't do red).
Of course, my biggest cheerleader was there by my side. It really meant a lot to hear how proud he was! It was one of those moments that comes full circle...Ben dropped me off at college, for the first time, when I was 18...and he's been by my side ever since. He made the biggest sacrifice, losing his wife to the books every weekend!

Our best friends, Chris and Meeghan, came to show their love too! Having them there meant more to me than they'll ever know...

Now on to the next phase. I was accepted into Central Michigan University's MBA program and I start, this coming August! It will definitely be crazy as I try to juggle mommy and grad student...but if I want to be home with baby boy more (I do!!) then I have to finish that MBA so I can start teaching at the College.

Speaking of baby boy...only 8 weeks left!!

No real big news. Just cleaning like a mad woman and getting everything ready. I'm going to start packing, this weekend. I keep dreaming that Rebekah goes into labor early and we have nothing packed or ready to go and we're scrambling...it's sheer panic! Since now is the time to soak in the good rest, I'm going to just pack and put my mind at ease.

Rebekah's doctor won't schedule the birth until she's 39 weeks...which I completely understand...but in her last two pregnancies she was induced before she hit that mark. And the inductions were scheduled the day of. It all makes me really sad to think that we won't make it in time (we're 22 hours away). I'm trying to set myself up for it now, so I won't be crushed later. It's completely out of my control (like anything in this process was). I simply have to trust God that he knows best.

That's about it around these parts! My mama heart is bursting to meet my son...and our house has never seen this kind of clean!

40 comments:

  1. I read your entire story (from the beginning!!!) two weeks ago and linked you on my blog. I love that you and Ben and Baby Boy's Mama have such an awesome relationship - how awesome for ALL of you?! As an adoptee...I think Baby Boy is going to be so blessed!

    Congrats on your graduation, too! That's a lot of work...you should be proud of yourself!

    Blessings to you, Ben, the other Rebekah and Baby Boy - you'll be in my prayers.

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  2. Congratulations - you are stinkin AWESOME!

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  3. Loved watching you walk across that stage. What a great accomplishment. So glad we could celebrate with you. It was a great weekend, despite ALL the rain :)

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  4. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Yeah. I'm so excited for you.

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  5. CONGRATS.......all your hard work, you should be so proud of yourself!!!

    8 weeks how exciting!!!

    m :)

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  6. Congratulations!! Yay for the clean house too :) I hope you're able to make it there in time for the birth of baby boy.

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  7. Nesting mode!

    Wow, I cannot believe you'll be holding him in less than two months!!!!!! EXCITEMENT!

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  8. P.S. I think red actually looks great with your coloring! Congrats on graduating!

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  9. Congratulations on your graduation! Good for you for sticking to it and getting it done. Baby boy has such an amazing role model mommy to look up to! ;)

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  10. Congrats! I am so jealous of your drive for your MBA. I will never have the motivation to go back to school!

    I am also incredibly jealous of your clean house. That is the only thing I felt was missing (or not missing- dirt!) when we brought R home. I am STILL trying to catch up!

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  11. I've been following your blog for a while and haven't written yet since I don't have a blog myself. I do find that many of the questions and feelings you have expressed about wanting to be a mother are exactly mine. We are in the "desert of waiting to see the fertility clinic" after passing through the "Land of Clomid" with no success. Although it hasn't been even close to a long as the Israelites' wanderings, my heart sometimes feels so. I feel encouraged to read about your journey and appreciate the faith you share so openly. It reminds me to stay strong, dependant upon God, when most days I feel so weak and down on my own.
    I am so excited for you! Your little one is almost here!
    Rejoicing with you,
    Ana from Canada

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  12. Congratulations!

    Graduating from college is a HUGE accomplishment, no matter who you are or how long it took you! I imagine Rebekah feels the same way and is probably very proud of you! I would imagine the dedication to higher education is yet another reason she loves you both and dreams of her son having those same opportunities!

    Take time to enjoy such a huge accomplishment! We're all proud of you!

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  13. Congratulations!

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  14. Congratulations on your big day - that's great that you graduated! You should be really proud of yourself!

    I hope the next 8 weeks fly by for all of you!

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  15. I love your blog. I'm keeping up with baby along with you. Can't wait to hear more.

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  16. Yea for you! Was thinking about you Sunday...and remembering coming in to Van Antwerp Hall and seeing you and Ben sitting on one of the beds in our humble dorm room...I'll never forget the best year of college! But I'm glad it's done for you and am so proud of your perserverence and drive. Love you!

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  17. Congrats! What a great accomplishment! I wish I was driven to go back to school and get my masters...

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  18. Boy that must feel good! It must feel good to be finished with that part of college, have a baby that is due in 2 months AND a clean house. :)

    I bet your heart is bursting!

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  19. congratulations on your graduation!

    i can't believe it's only 8 weeks (give or take) until we meet baby boy! so exciting!!

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  20. Congratulations!! That must feel wonderful! :) Good luck in the Fall ~ you aren't going to want to put baby boy down for one minute. :)

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  21. So exciting. Im so happy for you. I also like the red, but that is because its one of my fav colors. :) Im glad Ben and your B friend were with you. Its always much better to celebrate with ones we love. I wish I was there with you.

    R

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  22. WOO HOO Way to go, That is AWESOME!!!!
    8 weeks left, I feel like it is flying by.

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  23. Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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  24. Yay for you!!!! Congrats!!!! Blesssings on your future.

    cindie

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  25. Congratulations, you look BEAUTIFUL!!

    Melba

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  26. Congratulations....I bet it feels GREAT to be done!!

    I can't wait to see pix of little baby boy!! He is going to be so BLESSED to have you as a mommy!!! =)

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  27. Wow, congrats! Those are two great accomplishments: graduation and a clean house! :)

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  28. I came over from Tip Junkie a week or so ago. I am so happy for you and your husband. Everything seems to be falling into place for you. Congratulations! I pray that you will be there for the birth of your baby boy and that all will go perfectly. Best Wishes! Now go celebrate....you'll be way too busy for that sort of shenanigans in a few weeks!

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  29. Congrats on the graduation!

    Yeah, 39 weeks seems like a long time (especially when Amy delivered at 31 weeks...) I guess it doesn't hurt to be prepared for ANYTHING. [grin]

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  30. Enjoy the clean now! You won't have as much time or want to take as much time once he comes home.

    Congratz on graduating.

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  31. Congratulations! What a huge accomplishment- and so wonderful to be done before baby boy comes home :)

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  32. Congratulations! And red actually looks great on you, even if it isn't your thing. :)

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  33. I just discovered your blog, and it's amazing! I just wanted to wish you and your family all the luck in the world.
    xx

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  34. I just discovered your blog- i'm a student midwife and I was researching IVF, and fertility and adoption when I stumbled across it. I just wanted to wish you and your family all the luck in the world.
    xxx

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  35. You look so pretty, and I am thrilled for you that all these exciting things are happening in your life. xxx

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  36. I'm still praying that you'll be there for Baby's birth IF it's God's will.

    Big congratulations on your graduation!! What a tremendous accomplishment!!!

    Tracy

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  37. Love the gown Rebekah. Getting close to Baby Boy! Just trying to comment on your page.

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