Early in my pregnancy, I was pretty sick. I was throwing up fairly regularly until about 19 weeks. This didn't leave much time (or inspiration ... or energy, for that matter) for my photography and other creative pursuits.
And now I find I can hardly stop! I wouldn't wish a CHD on any family, but I will say that knowing about Ewan's heart has helped me cherish this whole pregnancy experience much more than before I knew -- every moment I have with him is one I guard carefully. No kick or roll or nudge goes unnoticed or unappreciated. I thank God for my sore morning hips and for the fat ankles because uncomfortable as they are, it's all because I get to love and nurture this baby in such a unique way right now -- in a way that no one else can.
All of this has been inspiring to me creatively. As much as I love them, sometimes words are wholly inadequate, and so I try to find other ways to convey how I experience my pregnancy and this special time I have with Ewan. Here are a few recent works where I have really seen this to be true ...
NOTE: You can click on any of the photos to view a larger version of the image.
|bathed in love & light // by kirsten michelle (2010)|
In the one above, I was feeling inspired by how much love, support, and prayer we've received since we found out about Ewan's heart and made the effort to reach out to others for help. We really have been bathed in love and light since this whole experience began, and that has made all the difference in the world.
|psalm 147:3 // by kirsten michelle (2010)|
This one is more of a collage: the anatomical drawing of the heart is by Leonardo da Vinci, and I added the textures and the words of the psalm. It seems so terribly obvious now that it's staring me in the face, but it was just a few nights ago that I considered this Psalm in relation to Ewan and to all the other heart families I've been meeting: so many people with incredible faith in spite of incredible odds. I thought of all of you when this came together.
|fearfully & wonderfully made // by kirsten michelle (2010)|
This one combines the first photo with another da Vinci drawing of a baby in the womb. I love the idea of getting a peek inside, of getting a glimpse of the little person we are waiting for.
Thanks again everyone, really. Though our circumstances haven't changed, I'm feeling more at peace about knowing that God knew about this long before we did -- and that with all the ways in which He's blessed us along this journey so far, that He will not abandon us or this baby now. He will provide -- probably in a way we couldn't plan for or expect, but I know we can rely on it all the same.
BIG heart hugs to you all,