Planet Bump

PlanetBump (now a cord blood bank) is all about the celebration of change. No more maternity moo moos and polyester paneled pants. They say, bare your belly. Accessorize and Accentuate. Eschew convention and join other hipster moms and dads in exploring urban pregnancy and impending parenthood.

Family074One of our good friends who honored us with the opportunity to photograph her pregnancy has submitted one of the photos to PlanetBumb’s photo contest. If you would like to submit a photo, follow the link at the top. If you’re interested in a photo shoot of your own, let us know by leaving a comment to this post.

About the BUMP photo contest:

We know that Demi and Britney have nothing on you. So we invite you share your favorite pregnancy pose and qualify to win a JOGGING STROLLER! Just e-mail us a photo to enter and your glamour shot will be featured here on PlanetBump.com. Visit our website often to see other approved photo submissions. The photo that our judges determine to be the most attractive and innovative way to feature your bump will win a JOGGING STROLLER.

– This contest has ended.

What is Faith?

Here are some great quotes to give you a better understanding of why faith is so important in our daily walk with Christ (Calm My Anxious Heart By: Linda Dillow):

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”

“It’s one thing to believe God can do something. It’s quite another to put yourself in a position of reliant trust. This is the distinction between intellectual belief and wholehearted faith”

“Faith is something we own; it is ours. But we must do more than possess faith intellectually–we must own it in our hearts”

“Faith raises us above our circumstances”

“Faith enables us to be content even when life doesn’t make sense”

“Faith is the bulwark that keeps us strong even when we’re assailed by agonizing thoughts about what might happen or by what has happened”

“Faith is a vital component in our relationships with God and our ability to be content”

“God does not demand that you and I have blind faith, but abandoned faith, a faith that trusts Him fully. Through His Word, God willingly reveals much about who He is, what His plans are, and what He requires of us”

“Faith is rooted in God’s character”

“Faith is based on God’s Word, not on our feelings”

“The key to faith is the object of it. Christ in the trustworthy object of faith.”

the house by the side of the road

by Sam Walter Foss (1858-1911)

There are hermit souls that live withdrawn
In the peace of their self-content;
There are souls, like stars, that dwell apart,
In a fellowless firmament;
There are pioneer souls that blaze their paths
Where highways never ran;-
But let me live by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Let me live in a house by the side of the road,
Where the race of men go by-
The men who are good and the men who are bad,
As good and as bad as I.
I would not sit in the scorner’s seat,
Or hurl the cynic’s ban;-
Let me live in a house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I see from my house by the side of the road,
By the side of the highway of life,
The men who press with the ardor of hope,
The men who are faint with the strife.
But I turn not away from their smiles nor their tears-
Both parts of an infinite plan;-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

I know there are brook-gladdened meadows ahead
And mountains of wearisome height;
That the road passes on through the long afternoon
And stretches away to the night.
But still I rejoice when the travelers rejoice,
And weep with the strangers that moan,
Nor live in my house by the side of the road
Like a man who dwells alone.

Let me live in my house by the side of the road
Where the race of men go by-
They are good, they are bad, they are weak, they are strong,
Wise, foolish- so am I.
Then why should I sit in the scorner’s seat
Or hurl the cynic’s ban?-
Let me live in my house by the side of the road
And be a friend to man.

Thankful for the Thorns

Thankful for the Thorns:

Sandra felt as low as the heels of her Birkenstocks as she pushed against a November gust and the florist shop door. Her life had been easy, like a spring breeze. Then, in the fourth month of her second pregnancy, a minor automobile accident stole her ease. During this Thanksgiving week she would have delivered a son.

She grieved over her loss. As if that weren’t enough, her husband’s company threatened a transfer. Then her sister, whose holiday visit she coveted, called saying she could not come. What’s worse, Sandra’s friend infuriated her by suggesting her grief was a God-given path to maturity that would allow her to empathize with others who suffer. “Had she lost a child? No – she has no idea what I’m feeling,” Sandra shuddered. Thanksgiving? “Thankful for what?” she wondered. For a careless driver whose truck was hardly scratched when he rear-ended her? For an airbag that saved her life but took that of her child?

“Good afternoon, can I help you?” The flower shop clerk’s approach startled
her.
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Prayer for Persephannie

Hello prayer chain warriors, A gal that I used to work with sent this e-mail to everyone at my work and I would like to ask that everyone would be praying for this family. God Bless, Julia.

Hi everyone. Late last night I received some very sad news…..my roommate Deborah was in a horrible car accident this weekend that claimed the life of her daughter Persephannie. Her 2-yr old son Alix was ejected from the car and both he and Deb suffer from injuries. They were released from the hospital yesterday. Please keep her and her family in your prayers. If anyone has any information on fund raising or charities for families in need, please let me know 619-254-8082. Deb is having a real hard time gathering the money for Persephannie’s funeral. L I would like to help her in anyway that I can, I can’t even imagine what she is going through!! Pass this on to anyone that you feel can help in this time of need!! Thank you everyone, love you, take care.

-Melissa Hernandez

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