Thursday, January 20, 2011


Well, here's the deal!

I had an absolutely, marvelously, stupendously, fantabulous post for today but............. the natural rhythm of the day did not allow for the necessary writing and editing time required. So, I've put that post on hold.

"So, why are you wasting my time with this post?" you may be asking.

Because, Joy has started having really serious Braxton-Hicks contractions.

I'm sure you ladies will recognize that term. You know, the "practice" contractions that turn your already overcrowded tummy into a rock-hard bag of cement!

The contractions that don't hurt badly enough to send you to the hospital but are intense enough to force you to stand still. The ones that cause first-time moms to think, "Whoa, Baby!! This isn't the real thing?!!"

She was at five minutes apart for a while last night and I started looking at my calendar to see what would need to be canceled today. It was scarey and exciting all at the same time!

I never had a clue what all my mom was going through with my three deliveries. She lived five hundred miles away and knew that I had no intentions of going home from the hospital without her there to take care of me while I took care of the baby! Her suitcase stayed packed from the seventh month on. Smile.

Although I'm "right around the corner", there is another grandmother just as excited and anxious as me - in NEW YORK!! Linda (John's mom) plans to join us just as soon as the delivery kicks into high gear. (I sound like we're getting ready for the Daytona 500 or something! Smile.)

Don't you worry for one moment, dear readers. My computer is one of the items planned for my own "hospital waiting room bag". And I already have permission to alert all willing and able prayer partners when the real contractions begin.

Keep checking. We may need your participation at any time now!


  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO EXCITING......Please, keep us posted..already been praying for you guys....He's comming Nanna!!!!!!!!!! will be a GLORIOUS DAY For your family and we are GLAD to share this excitement with you.(hint,hint) We would LOVE texting messages too.

  2. Snow again today here in NY. Another big storm coming the middle of next week. Hang on, Spencer...I'm commmiiiiinnnnnggggg... :)

  3. Praying for the whole Hawley/Schreck family!! So excited to hear the news of Spencer's arrival. Give Joy a big hug from us up here in Pennsylvania! Love you all!

  4. Woohoo! So exciting! Will keep in prayer and also traveling mercy for Linda...I'm in CT and we're all just getting slammed! Can't wait to hear more news! Each child born is such a work of art from the Master Creator and always a miracle! I'm happy dancing for you!

  5. Awwwww! I'm so excited for all of you! Prayers for your entire family including extended and for a safe and healthy remainder of her pregnancy and delivery.