Friday, August 26, 2011
Piper Lee is coming!
At my doctor's appointment today, I had the magic number for pregnancy high blood pressure (140/90). Everything else is fine, but with blood pressure at that level, things could go badly, so we need to be careful. We'll be reporting to the hospital tomorrow for an induction, which means that she will be here soon.
And...that's her name. Piper Lee. We had a hard time deciding on a name for this little girl. We found the name Piper in a baby name book - just like we did with Cadence. When we chose Cadence's name, we liked the more obscure musical meaning that refers to a moment of resolution and beauty in a piece of music, and we felt like her entrance into our lives was a wonderful time of resolution and beauty.
For Piper, we've found meaning in a scripture verse: Isaiah 30:29. Here it is in the TNIV:
And you will sing
as on the night you celebrate a holy festival;
your hearts will rejoice
as when people playing pipes go up
to the mountain of the LORD,
to the Rock of Israel.
Isaiah 30 speaks to God's justice and God's mercy. In this verse, it speaks of joy and hope. It's a promise of songs and music for those who may not have been enjoying those things.
2010 was a very hard year for us. While we are so, so grateful for the wonderful place we are now, it was a tough road to get here. Matt had to make a bold decision to leave a job without another job lined up. We had to deal with anger over the situations and hurts that led to that decision. We seriously considered moving across the country to Washington state. We spent a couple months living in different places as we tried to make sure we were being financially responsible. We left a house we loved and sweet, smart, funny friends to start over, strangely enough, in a place we'd been before. But we have this new home now, in a community we love with new friends to enjoy and the best jobs we've ever had.
Piper is coming, and we are rejoicing!