Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Feels Like Hope

I know why they call this quickening.

It is my heart, pounding ahead as I laugh and press my hand to my chest, willing it to quiet so I may feel movement again...

It is my breath, coming faster and faster, husband laughing from his pillow at my breathless anticipation of another flutter...

It is the thankfulness racing through my body, filling my veins, exploding from my lips in praise to the Maker of this little one, He Who sustains this new life, Who sustains me as I carry it...

For you are alive! You move within me. You respond to the food that I eat with somersaults and kicks. You react to my sleepiness and come awake, somehow knowing that I will thrill to the movement, no matter how tired I am.

The awakening begins with me, brought by the joy that is *you*.

I know why they call this quickening.

31 fellow travelers shared:

Jodi said...

Yay! Isn't it just the BEST feeling? So happy for you.

Jessica said...

Oh hooray hooray! I'm so excited for you! Such a blessing and joy to feel him/her!

Katie Eagy said...

Elise, I'm so, so glad you are feeling your tiny one move! I just want to say 'yay, yay, yay!!!' Bless you and your sweet family!

Carrie at dumptrucksandteacups said...

Such a beautiful time! I'm so, so happy for you and your family!

Anonymous said...

My tears are flowing with a smile on my face!! I love you, darling daughter!

Mama

Quinne said...

Hi Elise :) What a joy! Hugs & prayers, Q

Orangehouse said...

You write powerfully. Yea for your happy day.

Stacy said...

(((Elise))),

~huge smile, here~

Such joy!

~Stacy

MiPa said...

Elise,
This brought tears to my eyes as I remember. Enjoy! Isn't is so precious?

Jennspiration said...

That is one of the most wonderful feelings in the world! Love ya!

Anna said...

It's amazing how a tiny flutter in the womb can create such a big leap in the heart!

So happy for you!

~Anna

Cathy said...

Gracious, wonderful God! Elise, your writing always gently turns my face to the Father.

Jenn @ Munchkin Land said...

So beautiful, Elise, and so true! I am so happy for you and this little life that grows within your body. Here's to more movements!

Tracy said...

What a beautiful blessing! Praise God!

Audrey said...

Your excitement makes me smile, my heart is so full of joy for you.

Anonymous said...

Elise,
I am so happy you are feeling the baby moving. Yay!! I am enjoying the feelings so much. I am starting to feel them more and more. In the early morning hours when I really want to be sleeping he wakes me up with his kicks and flips, but I welcome it with a big smile. It's wonderful. I can't wait until Jeremy can feel it too.
Love, Amy

Joy said...

Praising the Father with you today...huge big smile over here! "Hugs and Lovies" as Lorelei likes to say...

Laura said...

Rejoicing with you, my friend! And enjoying those movements from my little one as well. Aren't they grand?

Becoming Me said...

I am so glad I found your blog. What a beautiful post. congratulation's to you!!

Mrs. "M" said...

So thrilled for you. I have been feeling my little one this week too. Isn't it such a gift to "feel" the life inside!

Sandy said...

I know exactly what you are talking about! :) beautiful ...

Beverly said...

You expressed it wonderfully! We're having those same feelings over here ...
It isn't any less amazing the second or fourth time is it?

Mindy said...

:)

Stacey said...

Beautiful, simply beautiful.

Oh, and that song - it might be hope- it is KILLING me!! Thank you.

:..Rebekah..: said...

Oh Elise, how beautiful!

Leigh said...

This is beautiful...brought back so many happy memories. :o)

Bekki said...

I am so very happy for you!

Martie said...

Rejoicing with you in your blessing. How wonderful those first few flutters - how it comforts the anxious heart - life - such a beautiful gift from God.

Blessings,
~martie

Wendy said...

Love this feeling!

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Goosebumps... and tears.

It's that way with God, too, yes? The awakening begins with us, brought by the Joy of *Him*!

Oh, to quicken this heart too...

Beautiful, Elise...
Ann

Miriam said...

Oh, my very favorite thing about pregnancy...what a wonderful miracle. Yes, may it be true in the spiritual as in the natural. For we are pregnant with the expectation of Him. :) Love to you... I've missed you.

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