I had my last Sunday at church the week before Easter and was expecting a fairly low key day. Amanda asked me in the morning how I was feeling about it and I replied fairly casually that I was fine, not really thinking about it. As far as I was aware there was nothing planned to mark the occasion apart from a notice in the bulletin and this was fine with me. After all, I am going on leave not going forever.
However, others had a different idea!
Minister Mark kindly prayed for the Happy Husband, baby R and I during the service before the kids went out and then off we all headed to our respective rooms.
After the service, as I finished up in the creche Elissa came in and asked me to come to the lower lounge. As I was heading there I heard a Dad say to his children “Come on, let’s go to Lou’s party”. Curiosity piqued but still unprepared, I walked into the lower lounge to a beautiful morning tea spread and a baby bath full of gifts including a case of Crown Larger for the HH (the men making sure he was properly looked after) and promptly burst into tears!!
Amanda also presented me with a ‘Yummy Mummy’ apron signed by all the kids – very special! I just need to get the latest Sunday Club group photo up in my office and I will be set (the kids camp photo is currently my desktop background so they are already never far from my mind).
It was so lovely and special and I was overwhelmed by the effort and thought and generosity of everyone. It emphasised how strange it is not to be at church for the end of this journey. This pregnancy has really been such a shared experience with everyone there. They have all been so excited for us, and as I have previously said on this blog, so incredibly generous and kind towards us with the constant stream of baby items and the love and concern they have sent our way. Now that we are getting to the tail end of it all, well, it’s just a little odd not to be seeing it through over there with everyone. HOWEVER, we will certainly be heading back in a couple of weeks when baby R has arrived. In fact we will also get to see everyone this week when the new Vicar is inducted. And living next door also means we’re never that far from the action so actually we’re pretty lucky really!