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A Good Sign

I have never been very good at hiding things.  At Christmas, for instance, I toss all the presents in a corner of my bedroom and throw a blanket over the pile.  Not too obvious, right?
So when I shoved my prenatal vitamins into the closet yesterday, still wrapped in the Rite-Aid bag, I thought the kids wouldn't notice. I just forgot that Mary never misses a beat.
"Mom! Mom!"  she hollered, dragging me back to the hall closet last night. "I found these vitamins next to the children's vitamins (oops) and they say 'For PREGNANT and LACTATING women', and I had to go ask Grandmama, 'What does LACTATING mean?' and when she told me I had to come find you and, Mom, are you PREGNANT?" 
I nodded, unable to speak for laughing. She threw her arms around me for a long hug.  Emma darted out of the bathroom and joined us.  "I was listening."
The gig was up.  I couldn't hide it. 
Not that I want to hide it.  A baby is a blessing.  A gift.  A sign for good.  But I lost the last two and wanted to go to the doctor before I told the kids.
So yesterday I saw the little 6 week old jelly bean with (sigh of relief) a heartbeat.  Then like a good mommy I went and bought my prenatals loaded with folic acid. 
"Maybe I'll have a flower girl!" said Bethany, who is certain that 7 year old Dorothy will be too old by the time she gets married.
"Awesome," said Matthew, who is soon bound for the West Point Prep school.  I'm so proud--but that 's a blog for another day.
"Y'all are crazy," said Tiger, my oldest, who has held that same opinion the last three times.  But I am certain he loves being the oldest of ten. My goal had been not to be pregnant at his wedding last summer, I reminded him.  Mission accomplished.  Now if I can just be done before he starts a family of his own.  He assures me that mission is also easily accomplished, as no such plans are in the works.
Dorothy, who just a month ago said she was praying for a baby sister, was beaming.  Cory beamed, too, in his own male kind of way.  And Ben and Mom Dot both agree that another baby is a blessing.  In fact, the vote is unanimous in our family.
Well, except for Silas, who did not acknowledge it when we told him the news.  Perhaps he is busy calculating just how much his life is about to change.
Our family has been through a rough patch since the start of 2011.  I know many don't agree, but we consider a baby a good sign.
"Let's name her Hope if it's a girl,"  my husband said to me the day we found out.  I love the idea.
And while, yes, there is plenty I could worry about, news of a baby has brought new energy, excitement and yes, hope, to the Sims family.
In my estimation, that's a good sign.

26 Comments to A Good Sign:

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Shari on Friday, May 13, 2011 10:19 AM
Awesome news! Congratulations! I AM going to have to make myself a flow chart if this keeps up, however. ;)
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:09 AM
You always make me laugh Shari! Thank you!

Pam Coats on Friday, May 13, 2011 10:30 AM
Margie & Robert, # 10 on the way! Congratulations. I think you should move to Nashville now and Robert can be a country music star or a politician! Can't wait to see you! Love, your silly sister Pam
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:13 AM
Hey maybe I could be a song writer!

Nancy on Friday, May 13, 2011 10:43 AM
Oh Margie & Robert. What wonderful news. A baby. I look at my two grand adults which are 19 and 21 and wish this family could have another, but not possible. I am so happy for you all. You both were a blessing to me in the "Youth" and I know God is really blessing you. Love you both. Nancy
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:11 AM
Thank you, Nancy. I have such great memories of you, too. Would love to hear how your family is doing.

Milestones of Faith on Friday, May 13, 2011 4:45 PM
Congratulations! Children are always a blessing from God. I pray for a healthy child for you and your husband.
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:10 AM
Thank you so much. I really appreciate the prayers.

Debbie on Friday, May 13, 2011 6:30 PM
If you are happy, I am happy for you! If any family can handle 10 kids, it is you. God has blessed you for a reason. Love Y'all
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:12 AM
That's just what I thought you would say, Dee Dee. Thank you!

Rose on Saturday, May 14, 2011 12:11 AM
Congratulations! I thought you were looking very happy the other morning when you were leaving HFS. Now I know why - & Hope is a lovely name. Is there a masculine equivalent just in case?
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margie on Saturday, May 14, 2011 2:09 AM
Not yet--I have just about run out of ideas for boy names!

jeri piller on Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:19 AM
you are so brave! but such a baby pro. lots of love to you and new babe!!
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margie on Monday, May 23, 2011 9:08 AM
Thank you, Jeri. You are quickly becoming a pro yourself!

Kelly on Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:27 AM
This is awesome! Is it a Christmas due date? I think we must be about 9 weeks apart. I love it.
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margie on Monday, May 23, 2011 9:06 AM
Jan 4. Maybe a new year's baby! Hopefully we will live closer so they can know each other a little.

maggie on Sunday, May 15, 2011 9:04 PM
hey there Margie, I am sooooo happy for you and I am sorry the w/e got away from me before I could call!!! Kathy Trocolli was a blessing, and the prom too! I hope to talk soon!!! meanwhile a gentle reminder that your two babies aren't "lost" the are raising ruckus with my Stephen up on those heavenly fields! God has His eye on more than the sparrow!!! :) hugs to all!
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Robert Sims on Friday, May 20, 2011 9:25 PM
Maggie, what a wonderful reply. Brought tears to my eyes. Robert

Mary S. on Tuesday, May 17, 2011 12:28 PM
oh mom, im sooo happy! but you really should work on your hiding skills...i mean, they were right next to the childrens vitamins, which is where we go EVERY DAY to get our vitamins, and they were covered in a see-through plastic bag. haha anyway, i cant wait for hope/caleb!!
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margie on Monday, May 23, 2011 9:07 AM
You will be 14 years older than this baby just like my oldest sister was when I was born. Call Aunt Debbie when you need advice!

annabella on Sunday, May 22, 2011 7:53 PM
Hi ms Margie.... I stumbled across your blog today. I am beyond ecstatic for little number ten to be a part of the Sims family... You guys are such a wonderful group of people... xoxoxo- Annabella
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margie on Monday, May 23, 2011 9:05 AM
Thank you, Annabelle! How nice to hear from you. I have great memories of you and Bethany playing dress up and pushing my newest baby around in the stroller!

Angela on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 5:29 AM
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Sheridan on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:34 AM
Congratulations! That is wonderful news. :)
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