Our blossoming grapefruit tree is attracting these beauties. I can never get them to sit still long enough to take a decent picture, so I uploaded one from Wikipedia. One briefly sat on my laundry rack this morning, probably attracted by the bright colors.
I think it's highly important for expectant mothers and mothers of small children to be careful about what they choose to watch, read and listen to, and surround themselves with loveliness. A calm and quiet spirit of the mother influences the entire household and especially her babies.
We live in a world where, sadly, one can find lots of pain, danger and darkness. Atrocities are reported on the news in fresh hourly reports, the purpose of which is to keep us glued to the screen in a permanent state of anxiety and agitation.
I'm not saying we should become disconnected from reality. Some of us are currently in a situation when ignoring the news completely might put you in actual danger. But there is something more tension-inducing about television reports. Thankfully, we don't have a TV, and I don't browse news websites more than once a day. If there is something important, my husband will usually know about it and inform me. For truly urgent situations, we have an emergency beeper.
I have deliberately avoided writing too much about what is currently happening in Israel. This is not because I live in a bubble, but because I'm determined to keep our home a place of peace, rest, and beauty. I'm doing this for the sake of my husband, and for our sweet child who is about to enter this world any day now. I have awareness, but I refuse to become unsettled.
This is why I continue to happily spend my days making beds, doing dishes, folding laundry, cooking, baking and cleaning; I read, do crafts, take walks and watch our garden grow. I sit for long stretches of time with my hand on my belly, feeling the movements of the dear treasure within.
If there is ever a collective draft of all adult men here, I want my husband to be able to go away knowing he is leaving a calm, responsible wife and mother behind, someone who will be a source of support and comfort to any children we might have. Drawing my consciousness within, I surrender to God and give my all to my precious family.