In case you haven't seen my Instagram updates, I just wanted to drop by and announce that Tabitha Elizabeth Betzen is finally here! The much awaited arrival of our second-born happened to be exactly on her due date (September 4th). I am still awe-stricken that Selah's baby sister is not a dream, but real. Real as the sun and the moon and all the beautiful things God has bestowed on us. You know, pretty things in life that make us feel alive.
I also am awe-stricken by the reality that I endured yet another birthing experience...this time without the epidural. And the truth is, I thought death was knocking at my door but I was not about to give up the fight. It was, indeed, the single most difficult experience followed by the most rewarding and hope-filled prize imaginable. This time around, the story seems to have taken a turn of more unexpected, painful events much unlike my experience with Selah. Everything seemed to transpire in a quickening manner for what seemed like months, but really? It all started with nightly pains and false alarms for about a week and a half leading up to the due date. Fortunately, most of my labor took place before heading out to the hospital and I was able to push for nearly 30 minutes before I got to hold Tabitha in my arms. (Quite different from Selah's birth story) God was with me every step of the way and I am now recovering quite smoothly.
I will be coming back for our regular food and recipe related posts soon enough--hopefully within a week or two. But for now we will be getting the hang of our new routine of dealing with two kids. We don't know what we're doing, but I'm sure we'll learn quite a bit with errors along the way. Thank you for your readership and support, friends! Hope you are doing well and stay blessed.
"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." -James 1:17-