Encouragement from a step ahead.

Have you ever met somebody who is a few steps ahead of you on a life journey that looks fairly similar to yours?

I have.  Her name is Becca.  Without having any agenda whatsoever, Becca has unintentionally blessed me in a bazillion ways (and counting).  Thinking backwards, I’ll highlight just a few examples:

  • She makes a kick-@$$ coconut creme brûlée… and green beans that my hubby is happy to eat.
  • She introduced me to the idea of a chair harness system something like this one and now I feel obsessed:



(Remember my Roman Shades?  Now I wanna make one myself!  I smell a DIY tutorial on the horizon!)

  • She helped me discover Bradley classes (which worked, btw) and red raspberry leaf tea.
  • But most importantly, something I’ve been meaning to share, Becca pointed me towards the most beautiful slide show to watch as an encouragement before Bennett was born.

Once my maternity leave began, I watched this slide show every day (sometimes several times a day) and – after months and months of being pregnant – I  finally let myself cry in joyful hope, pleased anticipation and marveling gratitude of what was to come.  The imagery was too moving for me not to let myself “go there.”

Knowing full well that there could always be an emergency or a hiccup in our most optimistic birth plans, I wanted a beautiful success story to be in the forefront of my mind, reminding me that I, too, could possibly have my own beautiful story.  Here’s the slide show that Becca shared with me.  Yes, the woman giving birth is in a beautiful, blue, lacy bra, but 1) that’s more than most women wear giving birth and 2) it’s kind of an immodest moment no matter how conservative you are.

(Obviously, I had to follow suit and find my own lacy bra.  *shaking my head*  Whatever works, right?)

I share this slide show aware of the fact that most of my readers aren’t presently pregnant, but that perhaps you might, if nothing else, appreciate the artistry with which this event was captured and composed.  You never know when this type of encouragement might come in handy!  So at least file this away in the back of your mind for a friend!


  1. February 9, 2013

    Incredible. So beautiful.

  2. February 10, 2013

    What a neat chair harness!

    Of course I would still be concerned about it tipping sideways … or back … but it would come in handy for sitting with family during meals. 🙂

  3. That was so beautiful!! Wow! What a talented photographer! I thought it was really quite modest, actually–no money shots or anything, LOL.

    And I also really like the chair harness. I could see actually attempting that, if I had more time! It would be quite useful!

  4. February 18, 2013

    I remember watching this awhile back. Very cool. Not for me but cool nonetheless. 😛

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