Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In His hands


Last night, a disturbing event happened where we live: an armed man from one of the nearby villages sneaked in, and committed a completely unprovoked attack on one of the local people here. The victim, who was transferred to the nearest hospital, was only lightly wounded, praise God - but it certainly wasn't for lack of trying. We were requested to stay inside while the police and military searched the area for the terrorist. Things are not exactly calm around here, as you all probably know, and while we don't panic, we are aware of the situation.

We have enough food in our storage cupboards and freezer to last for weeks - a supply of flour, rice, beans and lentils, pasta, canned tuna, sardines and vegetables, all sorts of nuts, as well as raisins and chocolate. I have never been happier about our stockpile before. We didn't start it purposefully with such an occasion in mind - we simply bought a lot when we saw a good deal on something. But it certainly feels nice to know you have a lot of food when it comes to a point you think you might want to avoid any unnecessary trips. We also have a supply of soap and toilet paper, but I don't think it will come to a point when we run out of those. I think we should get some more sugar and yeast while we still can... and it's one of the moments when I feel we should just go ahead and start raising a couple of chickens for eggs, even with the possible complications involved.

A bigger concern, right now, is what will happen when I go into labor. What if, for example, it had happened last night when we were requested to remain inside until morning? What if the police blocks the roads in order to catch a terrorist, precisely when my husband is on his way to pick me up when I'm having contractions? There should always be the option of calling an ambulance, of course, but I'd hate to be cut off from my husband at a time like this. Our family, especially my in-laws - who live in a less isolated and safer area - have invited us repeatedly to stay with them until I give birth, but you can imagine what being away from home for an extended period feels like for a nesting soon-to-be Mom. However, if the tension in our area continues to escalate, we might stay away for a while until the baby is safely delivered.

In the meantime, preparations for the arrival of our little one continue. Yesterday, my husband took a day off work, and I can't help but think that nesting got him, too. He sorted out through items in our storage shed; hanged new lamps on our ceilings; fixed up the curtains in our bedroom; and could hardly be stopped from installing a bathroom cabinet when it was close to midnight. He says he doesn't want the baby to hear any drilling in the first months of her life, so all those jobs must be completed as soon as possible. In between lending him a hand, I was polishing our sinks, taps and mirrors.

In the picture, you can see my husband's hands, and mine, on my belly. Lately, we use every opportunity to take some tummy pictures, because we realize it can be gone any moment. :o)

Thank you again for all your kind wishes, thoughts and prayers on our behalf and the behalf of Israel. My inbox is currently exploding with emails, and I think it will take some time to answer them all - especially if the baby decides to make her appearance in the next few days. I'm sure you understand. Thank you for being such sweet, thoughtful, gentle friends.

My warmest wishes to you all,

Mrs. T

60 comments:

Heather said...

Anna, it is so good to hear from you! I've been reading your blog since last year, and the recent news of violence in Israel had me worried about you and your family. I wish you the best of luck with your new baby girl when she enters the world, and take care!

Marianne said...

Many prayers for you and your family, Mrs. T.

TheRetroHousewife said...

Im praying for you in this situation Anna!

Elizabeth said...

I'm glad you are safe, Anna! My family and I will continue to keep you and your family in our prayers - especially considering the attack and the expected arrival of your baby! *Hug!*

Kittee said...

I am praying for your safety as well. God bless you!

Rosemary said...

Oh Anna,I am praying for you. What a worry for you all.
On a happier note, the hands/belly photo is absolutely beautiful.
Our little grandson is two weeks old today. Anna, what joy! I get to tend to baby Joseph and my DIL ,as she had a C-section. She is such a good mama. The art of nursing is progressing, and baby Joseph is wonderful. We took him to the doctor for a check-up yesterday, and the doctor laughed at the sight of me using a cane and carrying Joseph in his baby seat. He said it looked like I was walking on air (which I am).

Anonymous said...

This is my first comment on your blog, dear Anna, I'm a long time reader, from France...
I pray for you and your family, hoping that you will have a safe delivery, despite of what's going on in Israel
God bless you
Nocléa from France

Maria said...

Keep safe!

melissa said...

You and your family and friends are in my prayers!

Kat said...

Please do whatever you must to keep that precious little family and yourself safe!

terry said...

My dear friend, for indeed that is how I think of you, I am so glad that you're all safe! Rest assured that you have prayers from around the world for your health and safety!

Lots of love,

terry

Rose said...

My thoughts and Prayers are with you and your family at this time. I know tensions are high, BE SAFE!

Susan B said...

Dear Anna,
Thank you for sharing the beautiful picture. You and your husband and baby have been in my prayers. Blessings to you and your sweet family.

Anonymous said...

Anna, glad to know you're safe and sound. I thought about you whenever I read the news on Israel. It's good to see you remain calm, it is exactly what you need during these times.

Prayers always,
W

Mrs. Mordecai said...

You will be in my thoughts and prayers. I have been so grateful for my food stockpile, and the security it brings. I'm glad that you're prepared!

Tracy said...

Anna,
Know that I am praying for you and your family at this time. You are indeed, "In HIS hands."

Anonymous said...

Nests are portable. Give serious thought to your in laws suggestion. Is there a midwife close to your home that could deliver if you cannot get to the hospital? We carried a book on home delivery with us when we were expecting. Take care. It sounds like you are living in a very dangerous place. Prayers always. CB

Untypically Jia said...

Your family and country are in my prayers hun. And especially that sweet baby who we all can't wait to hear about. Take care, God be with you.

Neuropoet said...

Anna-dear, I'm praying for your safety (as are a lot of us I think) and I'm trusting that you will do what is necessary to keep yourself as out of harms way as possible. I love the picture you posted - I didn't get many belly pictures of my baby-bellies when my boys were little (we didn't have access to a camera at the time) and I wish I had more. Please, keep us posted on how things are going...

Peace be with you,
~Jenny

Ways of Zion said...

you and all of Israel are in our prayers! Thanks for the update, I'd been wondering if you were being effected by this war.

Hugs to you!

Jenny said...

Dear Anna, I have been thinking of you every time I hear a report about your country's troubles on the radio.
Keep safe.
Jenny

Blue Castle said...

After hearing about the recent violence, I have been thinking about you and praying for your safety. May God bless you and keep you and your little family safe.

elena rulli said...

Dear Anna,
it's so easy to be gentle with you because one simply reacts to your kindness and sincerity.
I wish you and all your beloved ones safe and peaceful days and pray for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Sandy said...

I've been praying for you as I've caught glimpses of the news. Glad to hear you're safe and keeping your options in mind. We'll continue to pray. God is bigger.

Anonymous said...

Hi Anna,

I've been reading for a long time and rarely comment. But I've been watching the news lately and thinking about you, hoping that your family is safe and sound.

Please take care, and know that you're in the thoughts of many.

Lori said...

My heart goes out to you. My husband had to move quite far (over 1000 m) from our home in my last trimester, and I moved from our country home to my parents' home. It was hard. Not an ideal way to bring your little one into the world, but it passes. Besides, it was at least nice having my mom take care of me! Still, I hope it dosen't come to that.

jen said...

You are in my prayers as is baby and family and friends. Take care and be safe-

Jennifer in Canada

Elijah's Mommy said...

I'm so glad to hear that you are safe and well. I'll be praying that those last minuet details for your labor and delivery will all be worked out smoothly. We're looking forward to "meeting" your little girl!

Laura said...

This might be a silly question, but do you ever consider leaving the country for a while to be an option?

Zoe said...

Good to know you are OK.

I'm a bit obsessive lately, checking to see if there's a Little T yet! (and your husband sounds like mine, while I have no kids that's the sort of thing he'd do).

Mrs Mills said...

Glad you're ok, maybe staying with your inlaws isn't a bad idea:) Praying for you and your family.

Ace said...

Anna, I am so glad you are doing well. Even with all the excitment, keep us posted!

I often say I would rather be holding God's hand in a hurricane then enjoying a calm day without Him. Don't you worry about the birth, your God will supply and provide for you. I worried myself sick trying to figure things out for my second and God had it all figured out!

See, He knew ahead of time a stockpile would be good and gently lead you guys to do it. And now, you are provided for! The Princesses and I pray for you and you are on my mind. I know God has you and your people in His hands. God Bless!

And yes, guys nest too. The General ripped apart and remodled both our houses both times I was pregnant..even moved us! He was nailing stuff up and fixing stuff up until his Mom had to drag him away because he was late picking us up at the hospital to come home. Enjoy, having things done will be a blessing so you can rest and enjoy your blessing.

Just pray honey, God will send you an angel or the right person if you go into labor. I will be praying with you!

Many Blessings :)
Ace

Anonymous said...

I am praying for you, your husband, and your precious little baby. May God bless and keep you safe. I am so looking forward to your little one's arrival. I have been a reader from way back...

Rose said...

Dear Anna,

Stay safe. Thinking of you and Mr T. Rose

Kelly said...

I'm glad to hear that you are okay, but I'll keep you and your little family in my prayers for your safety.

Anonymous said...

I love this picture. It shows how much love U and your hubby have for each other and your new baby.

MarkyMark said...

Anna,

I'm with you for having food on hand. Where I live gets a fair amount of snow during winter. When I hear of a big snow storm coming, I make sure I have enough on hand for a few days; if I'm short of anything, I get it before the snow comes, so I don't have to make an unnecessary trip.

It's also good in case you fall ill. If you have what you need, you can stay in, rest up, and recover if you have food & supplies on hand.

MarkyMark

Bethany Hudson said...

Anna, praise God that you and your neighbors are safe! I will continue praying that your labor (including the trip to the hospital) is uneventful...except for the impending birth. After all, that's eventful enough in itself ;) Oh...and if you have the time, stop by my blog. We have news!!!
~Bethany

homemakeratheart said...

I thought about you today at work. I saw something about all that is going on in "your neck of the woods" and said a little prayer for you and yours.
stay safe!

cmoursler said...

Praying daily for the peace of Israel and for your family and all Israeli's.
Christina O.

newlife3 said...

I have been thinking about you and praying for you and your family the last few days...I am so glad to hear you are safe, and hope everything goes well as you welcome your new bundle of joy into the world.

I love the pic too - so simple, yet so incredibly beautiful and moving.

Chief Cook and Bottle Washer said...

May He bless you and your family. Please keep us posted as you are able.

sydney said...

Mrs. Anna T, I was wondering how you and your husband were doing ever since I heard of the recent attacks in Israel. It must be rather scary to be so close to it! I'll continue to keep you and all of Israel in my prayers. May God bless you and keep you, His people, safe...especially now with a precious little baby on the way. I love this picture of your belly. :-)

Shalom from California!

Miss Rose Virginia said...

Praying for you and your family, Mrs. T!

Gombojav Tribe said...

It may be too late to get it now, but perhaps for future pregnancies....

There is a little booklet called Emergency Childbirth by Dr. Gregory White. It's basically a very simple handbook for the average person to deliver a baby. In our Bradley classes, we often recommend that the dads read it...JUST IN CASE. It's simple, not scary and short. It lays out step-by-step what to do if you are ever with a birthing woman and there is no trained medical person there.

We are waiting for our little bundle any day now too! Blessings on your birth!

Mrs. Anna T said...

Laura,

We've never even thought about leaving Israel. It's our home, promised to us by the Lord.

For my husband and I, you could say we have "no choice", because we have no foreign citizenship/residence permit.

However, many of my friends do have foreign citizenship, and haven't entertained the thought of leaving even for one moment.

Anonymous said...

Anna - I am not sure whether you will post this message... I hope you will have a very peaceful time in your home prior to the birth, and that the birth itself will go just as you wish. Try to think about positive things during this very special period.

In the same way, I wish the same sense of peace, safety, and stability for your Arab neighbors, the majority of whom are completely innocent and are being killed violently.

We are all equal in God's eyes.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Anon,

We are not war mongers. Every day, we pray for the Lord to "bless His nation with peace". What is going on here right now, is a (somewhat belated, if I may add) reaction of the Israeli government to continuous, unprovoked, and purposeful bombings of our cities. I'm not talking about "civilian casualties", but of *purposeful* attacks on citizens.

Which were committed, may I remind us all, not by a marginal terroristic group, but by a *government* elected by the majority of their population.

I'm very sorry the terrorists don't have the courage and decency to fight an open war, and instead hide among civil population, thus increasing the rate of "casualties". It is very unfortunate indeed, but we must think first and foremost of *our* survival.

Turning the other cheek, as you know, is not a Jewish principle.

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna:

Thanks for your last comment. I have been reading your blog for a long long time, and wish you all the best as you approach this special time in your lives. Most importantly, I wish you a sense of peace.

Regarding your last comment, I have always been curious as to whether you are a so-called settler. That is, whether you live in one of those remote near-the-border areas. If so, could you please tell us your view point on the rights of your neighbors versus yours to be there. I have several Israeli friends, but I know their perspective would be very different from yours. And they couldn't speak for you any way. I realize that you might not want to get into this on your blog, and I respect that. If you would like, I could drop you an e-mail for a private answer - just let me know.

May everyone live in peace and dignity. And may these special weeks in your life be blessed.

Mrs. Anna T said...

Anon,

If you think of Israel's size, nearly every area is "near the border". But yes, ours is both more remote and less populated. For security reasons, I won't tell our exact location here.

I believe that the land of Israel, as described in the Tanach (Jewish Bible), rightfully belongs to Jews. Just as I believe all of God's Word. I think it would be quite strange to keep His Shabbat, His dietary laws, and His holy days, but not believe Israel is ours.

Saying more, however, would slide into the realm of politics, which I'm not ready to discuss on this blog. Feel free to email me anytime, however, my reply might be somewhat delayed.

Jewels said...

Dearest ((Anna)), holding you close in my heart, and praying for you. Much love, Jewels

Otter Mom said...

I have always believed that the Jews are the Chosen Ones of God and that Israel is meant to be their homeland. I don't blame you one bit for not wanting to leave, and I will continue to pray for your safety as well as for the general situation.
The picture of your husband's hands over yours on your belly is so sweet. I can also clearly see that God's hands are also on the two of you, as well as on your precious baby.
We have always stockpiled a few days of food and water, living in an area that gets ice & snow as well as spring storms that can leave us without power for days. I think everyone should consider it, it's just a good idea to be prepared for emergencies.

Lilly said...

I've always been a quiet reader of your blog, but I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are in my prayers. I couldn't imagine being in something so dangerous, especially when a little baby is on the way. I'll keep praying for the Lord's protection for your and your family and a safe delivery for your new little baby.
God Bless you!

Lillian the Ponderer said...

Oh Dear Anna,

I am so glad that the three of you are safe, I pray that you will take all the necessary precautions to protect yourselves. May God bless you and keep you in His care.

Leslie said...

Anna,

I continue to pray for you and your family's safety during these treacherous times. May God keep you safe!

Joy of Frugal Living said...

I'm praying for your safety and hoping your little one can come out into the world with as little drama as possible.

Bethany W. said...

Please keep us updated on this situation (and when you are free to leave the house in case you go into labor.)

Bethany (in US)

Civilla said...

Wishing you continued good health.

*~* Bee *~* said...

(( hugs )) Anna it's been so long since I've read your blog tho you've been in my thoughts quite a lot, and especially recently.

I wanted to send you encouragement and love... Remember that God is with you AND your little one! And when it is time for your baby to come she or he will be born very well, through faith and love... just listen to your body!

I had my daughter at home, unassisted, and it was the most beautiful experience ever. The best thing you can do, I think, is to prepare for that possibility, and to familiarize yourself with what can go wrong AND HOW TO HANDLE IT ~ because there are very very few things that CAN'T be handled at home.

(( love! )) to you and your family

Buffy said...

I think the photo is one of the loveliest I have seen of a baby bump, it's good to see both your hands and your husband's!

I didn't realise there was more violence in Israel because I haven't been following the news. I am sorry to hear you have any cause for concern at the moment and trust that you all stay safe. I know you are very sensible so I do not have too much fear. However, I hope you also manage to stay relaxed, although this must be hard at the moment. Take care.