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A nearly 10 month-old, new house, busy business … it’s time to have another baby!

Come November, we will no longer be a family of 3, but 4!  So many emotions to go along with the news – questions too.  Are we crazy?!  How else were we going to have kids close together if they weren’t going to be close in age?  Will I be as busy as I think I’m going to be?  How did my mom do it having two kids 14 months apart…

I couldn’t be more thrilled and kind of scared at the same time.  It’s change again, and happening ever-so-rapidly.  And when there’s change, it’s refreshing, but it usually takes a hike to get to the point of enjoying the new reality.

A few years ago, I went with a girlfriend to Ecuador where we climbed/traipsed through volcanic ash, rafted down the Rio Negro, went bungee jumping, beached it, shopped, toured…we did, what seemed, almost everything we could possibly do!  Another one of our adventures was canyoning (repelling) down waterfalls…amazing.  We started at the top of a mountain then made our way down every waterfall sequentially.  The last waterfall was around 20-30 storeys high, and was, by far, the most exhilarating.  We were given the option to go down it as many times as we wanted, but the only difference was, we had to climb the steep mountain side to get back up.

It was so easy to just walk “down” to each waterfall and enjoy our little adventure that way, but to climb back up??  Not as easy.  It was in the middle of the rainforest, so if you can imagine, they were some slippery slopes!  I love to hike here in the Rockies, where you can usually climb up on snow or sturdy/rockier ground, most of the time able to find your footing …I learnt that hiking in a tropical place is a whole different ball game.  And that exhilarating part of it being so high?  My legs definitely weren’t to impressed or happy so to say after that climb!

We made it back up to where we repelled down the waterfall, and did it a few times again.  The drastic change of coming down a mountain to then needing to climb up it to be able to enjoy the repelling wasn’t mentally (or physically) fun.  But the end results ended up being so worth it.

I guess I kind of see life like that for me right now – lots of work ahead – and that is what I fear.

To fight the fear, I’ve been clinging to this verse:

“Be strong and courageous, and do the work.  Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God is with you.  He will not fail you or forsake you…” 1 Chronicles 28:20

How do YOU seek His presence and protection in times of change?

pic pix: our peanut no.2 (due October 30), 08.Apr.2013

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