Fifty Shapes Like Grace

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Introducing Celia Grace, born late April.

Because mama wants to feel somewhat professional again, for at least 20 minutes.

And because grace is the loveliest thing, and because graciousness, gracefulness, and gratitude all take shapes that point in its general direction—here are 50 little celebrations from my corner of the woods.

(1) You are still reading this, despite my cheesy riff of a title.

(2) The safe arrival of our baby girl, who (3) is a redhead, (4) has the best gummy smile ever, (5)  sleeps like a dream, (6) screams like crazy beforehand—keeps things interesting, (7, 8, and 9) got her dad’s cute upper lip, and (10) is learning how to giggle.

(11) Baby nap times, which tie you to home much of most days, making sleep deprivation less painful.

(12) Mountain views from the postpartum floor at the hospital.

(13) The offer of a pacifier from a night nurse who knew exactly what she was talking about.

(14) Family.

(15) Friends who visit right away and (16) pretend not to notice that you’ve fallen asleep talking to them.

(17) Our church small group who prayed, stopped in, and stuffed the fridge: (18) fabulous taco salad, (19) Rubios take-out, (20) Chick-fil-A sandwiches, (21) fajita amazingness, (22) Cheesy potato bake, (23) Chicken casserole, (24) Chicken and broccoli, (25) Pesto pasta salad and (26) Spinach tortellini that were all (27) so tasty they’re still memorable weeks later.

(28) Uncle David, who is fast becoming babysitter extraordinaire.

(29) The friend, (30) the pastor, and (31) the unknown, uniformed gunnery sergeant who each kindly offered to carry the car seat.

(32) Everyone who has volunteered to help with anything.

(33) A baby shower for military moms, generously given by mostly strangers.

(34) Friends who made sure the FPO address kept receiving care packages without fail.

(35) Chiropractor visits.

(36) Skype, (37) phone, (38) mail, and (39) email capabilities in Afghanistan.

(40) Military wives, who know what it’s like and say so.

(41) The delivery room nurse who held my hand.

(42) Ever-faithfulness of a God who obviously knew it would be perfect—yes, perfect—for (43) the hospital to send me home 2 hours before delivery and (44) the doula to accidentally leave her phone off that one—just one, ever—night and (45) no time to think about pain medication, because (46) that was just what it took to never, not once, think about feeling alone.

(47) The delirious joy that will be homecoming and reunion.

(48) A writer friend who, at just the right moment and with (49) a title idea going in the right direction, gave (50) encouragement to get back to writing. I will be glad to have all this to look back on.


16 Responses to “Fifty Shapes Like Grace”

  1. Nicole Bennett July 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Such a great list! I just love hearing all the ways you’ve been rallied around and supported as you’ve stepped into motherhood without your hubby physically by your side. God is good. xo

    • Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Thanks, Nicole! It has been such a joy.

  2. Renee Johnson Fisher July 26, 2012 at 9:18 am #

    I just LOVE this blog. Welcome back my friend. You’ve been missed!!!

    • Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

      Gold star to you for being 48, 49, and 50. :)

  3. Christy July 26, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Blessed beyond measure. :) So happy for you & that Celia is in the world! I love that her middle name is Grace. How fitting.

    • Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Agreed. :) Thanks, Christy!

  4. Arlene Pellicane July 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Fifty wonderful beautiful celebrations indeed! Enjoy these special days friend! So glad to hear of all the ways that God has provided.

    • Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm #

      Thank you Arlene! We’re pretty thrilled over here.

  5. Beth July 26, 2012 at 8:04 pm #

    Glad you are back on the saddle again. :)

    • Lisa August 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

      Likely to fall out at any moment. :)

  6. Viann August 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    51) God blessing this little baby girl with such a strong wonderful mother! Love you three!

  7. Stephanie August 3, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    What a fabulous, grace-filled list! You’ve still got it. :-)

  8. Michelle Lampen August 3, 2012 at 6:17 am #

    Loved reading your list! It made me realize that my visit with you was definitely not long enough because we never even touched on your birth story. It sounds like it was very eventful and exciting! I would love to hear it sometime! I’m so glad you had a great nurse to hold your hand. What a blessing! Thanks for this update. I will be checking your blog often! Praying for you as you anticipate Nathan’s return! Yay!!!

  9. Elizabeth Do August 15, 2012 at 8:41 pm #

    Love this, especially #46. One of my favorite parts of Military wifedom is how God cultivates dependence on him and creates wild memories and stories to tell all through the same events. Yours will be told well I’m sure :-) I can’t wait to get back to the west coast to visit that baby and her mama.

    • Lisa November 14, 2012 at 3:01 pm #

      Elizabeth, thanks! Agreed about the dependence and wild memories working in tandem. Come visit!!

  10. Kylie Shane September 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Hi Lisa! I’ve read your books Saving My First Kiss and Craving Grace. It has been quite a while since I’ve last read an update about you. I was wondering if you already have a baby (I searched in Yahoo) and I’m so happy to know that you now have Grace.

    May all your dreams come true,

    Kylie (from the Philippines):)

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