As for me, my waiting and hoping and praying is over--at least for my most recent cycle. Day 1 came on day 1 of my vacation at home with Ella and my family. I'm sad, but I'm not as devastated as I thought I might be--thanks to friends and family lifting me up in prayer. If anything, I'm just relieved that it did finally show up. I'm hoping this was just an anomaly, perhaps due to a more stressful time at work with the transition from the academic year to summer. Or maybe I just got too caught up in my own selfish desires, and this is God's way of gently reminding me that He is in control. Whatever the case may be, I'm back to where I was before: I wait, I hope, I pray.
We had a lovely time at home with my family, though it ended up being hotter in Northern California than it was in Arizona! We visited both sets of great-grandparents, went shopping, swam, played at the park, went to the zoo, and visited with friends at my dad's church. Ella thoroughly enjoyed her time with my parents and her cousin and aunt and uncles. I'm so glad that she was able to spend some quality time with them. My parents will come again in September, and then the whole family will spend Christmas with us here in Arizona. Here are a few shots from our trip:
|Ella (20 months) and Brooke (16 months) at the park|
|Ella and Mommy at the park|
|Brooke and Ella at the Zoo|
|Ella (acting as a monkey) and Uncle Peter|