Today I have two special sponsor guests (who have popped up around MML before, too). Words of Williams bloggers, Eric and Kelsey, write daily about their journey to live intentional lives and develop an intentional marriage. I personally have been reading along on their journey for a while now, and I love hearing their perspective on marriage and finance. They are definitely inspirations for me in these areas. And soon they are embarking on a whole new journey which they’d like to share personally…
Meet Words of Williams
Hey MML readers! We are Eric and Kelsey Williams fromÂ Words of Williams. We are thrilled to be sponsoring MML through the end of January and wanted to provide a little peek into our world and how we are being intentional these days. You may have read our previous guest post on Designing an Intentional Marriage, but guess what…we’re pregnant!
This is a whole new world for us. Along with being intentional with our marriage and continually striving to push our relationship to the next level of awesomeness, we are now faced with the greatest challenge yet: making, having and raising a human being.
Having a baby is something that we certainly don’t take lightly. It’s a precious gift and a great responsibility that we accept with humble hearts.Â As we think intentionally about having a baby and all of the skills that are required or acquired through having children, we really just want to run and hide. It’s so overwhelming!
Here are a few ways we’re preparing for our baby’s arrival:
- Reading.Â We have signed up for countless pregnancy/baby email updates that offer unique perspectives on how we should be feeling during each week of the pregnancy. Most of them are spot on. They also offer helpful parenting tips and/or skills that will no doubt help us during our infancy of parenthood.
- Learning from others.Â Everything changed for us when we found out we were pregnant. We started noticing more and more about parenting from the world around us. Things that were always there but we hadn’t really needed to pay attention to them. Now we are like sponges in the desert trying to soak up all the knowledge we can about the world of parenting from those around us. Kelsey’s sister has an amazing calmness in how she handles situations with her twin 4-year-olds. It’s been a huge blessing for us to learn from her by observation.
- Asking questions.Â People hold no qualms about telling us how to raise our little girl (yes, it’s a girl!) the “right way.” It’s important to sift through all of the advice and ask questions about things that don’t make sense to us. It’s a tough position to be in, hearing stories from others but not having been through it ourselves. We must ease our feelings of vulnerability by engaging in conversations with those more experienced in the realm of parenthood.
- Developing a plan.Â As we gather information from the steps above, we try to come to an agreement on how we will raise our first child. Again, we do this with humble hearts, realizing the plan must allow enough wiggle room for the trials that life will throw our way. WeÂ believe thatÂ God gave us this specific child to raise and that we can do it!
Every parent I have talked to regarding parenthood says the same thing: “It’s hard, but worth it.” Those are words of comfort to us as we head into the unknown world of parenting. We are so excited for the challenge when our little bundle of joy joins us in March. Keep up with our adventures atÂ Words of Williams, and, please, help us along the way!