Reflections on Home and Week 34

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Monday was a significant day.

Monday marked the 112th day of bedrest for Jen in our first pregnancy.

Monday marked the 70th day of hospitalization for Jen.

Monday signaled the beginning of Week 34 in the pregnancy; a miracle upon miracles that no one thought we would get to.

Monday. Monday Jen got to come home.

Monday got me thinking about a lot of things. Like how quickly time passes and how laboriously slow time labors. From hurry up to wait, from being comfortable and oblivious to “stretched as a pat of butter scraped thinly across a piece of toast”.

Monday made me think of how much my world has changed in the last four years. How my isolated world of self became a world for two, and is being opened wide now to accomodate three.

It made me grateful for a lot of things. The gift of faith. I could not even begin to muster or conjure up enough will power to get through where we have been so far, and where this all may end up. No amount of positive thinking or hopeful wishing could have sustained. It was faith. And that faith was a gift of God.

I continue to be grateful to my family and my church (my dysfunctional extended family). For prayers, and love, and support.

I think, though, that I am most grateful that for the last two nights, my wife and my unborn son slept next to me in the bed.

This home is not a home without my wife there. And soon, it will not be the same home without my son.


Thanks for the continued prayers. The journey continues, and we will make weekly trips to Augusta until delivery.

Love to you all. David & Jen

I am a pastor, a husband, a father, and a lover of Jesus. I am also an unpredictable blogger, who can go for several years without blogging a thing, and then inexplicably write a book. Perhaps this is one of those times.

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6 comments on “Reflections on Home and Week 34
  1. Janice Murphy says:

    Welcome home, Jen!!! I am sure you are relieved to be back in your our bed and around surroundings that are more pleasing to the eye. This puts David back to being the head chef!!:). Praying that all goes well in the next several weeks. I am hoping to come and visit soon.
    Love and Blessings,
    Janice and Dan

  2. Marlene & John Housworth says:

    Welcome Home Jen! We are so happy that you are at home. There’s no place like home.

    Take care and God bless

    Marlene & John

  3. Liz says:

    So happy to hear you are back home. Remember – I work from home so call me if you need anything. Be careful and take care of yourself. Love, Liz

  4. Jeanne and Doug Hesse says:

    Thank You Lord, for the Miracle of Love, Life, and Lifting Up the Faith you have
    given to Jen and David !! You are a Caring, Compassionate, Complete God who cares for His children. We Love You !!

  5. Sandy and Lynn says:

    We are so glad that Jen is finally home. We hope all goes well in the next few weeks and you two can enjoy preparing for Baby Ridenhour. We will continue to pray for all three of you and for a safe delivery.
    Aunt Sandy and Uncle Lynn

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