Light and Loveliness

Reflections of Emily Sue Allen

Family / Motherhood


Hello again. I’ve been quiet. Mostly a pile on the couch after the kids go to bed. And if I’m really honest, a pile on the couch half the day as well. You would think that after 4 pregnancies, I would know/remember that growing a little human is a work that zaps one’s energy, motivation, appetite, and all ability to complete simple tasks. But somehow I forgot until it was upon me again. So I’ve been taking it easy, and have disappeared from most of my online and outside-the-home activities while I give all the energy I do have to my sweet crew of hooligans.

Meals have been the hardest part. I seriously can’t plan ahead to save my life, and when everyone else is hungry and I’m repulsed by the sight of food, meal prep becomes a big challenge. It’s been really simple around here. Oatmeal or pancakes. Cheese bread or pasta.  Tacos or fish sticks. That’s pretty much it. Hopefully I’ll be able to get my head back in the game when we head into the 2nd trimester about a month from now.

I have a lot I’d love to share in the coming weeks if I can focus and pound it out on the keyboard. Until then, just know we are all well, and the adventures continue in the midst of this slower season. In a way, I’m thankful for the involuntary need to slow down. I don’t do that very well when it’s a voluntary thing. And while I’m not happy about my fuzzy thoughts and looming to-do list, I’m so very thankful for the blessing of this pregnancy, my healthy and lively children, and for a husband that supports and encourages. I feel love all around me, and all the rest just fades into the background.

I did want to ask for more prayers for my dear friends I mentioned some weeks back. Their babies are doing well (in-utero as of yet) but they are again in the hospital, awaiting the right time for the boys’ arrival, which is likely to be in the next week or so. I’m so very excited for the joy that is just around the bend for them, but can’t help but feel the vulnerability and fragility of this time leading up to delivery. Please pray for a safe and positive birth experience, and two healthy little dudes! I’m so excited to meet them.

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