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"A babe in the house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love, a resting place for innocence on earth, a link between angels and men."
- Martin Farquhar Tupper


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I don't normally include designs that offer real photos of my family. But this topic seemed too perfect for me to pass up the opportunity to add a more personal touch as well as insight into what went on to make this all happen. But before I dive into the details, let me do the routine you're probably use to by now, and introduce the new wallpaper first. This one is entitled, "Anticipation", making it the eleventh new wall for the year, and the 186th design to the site overall.

So, the reason I decided to do this topic was to share a little bit of what's going on in my life and family. After years of trying, my wife and I finally became pregnant this year. It's not been easy. In fact, it's been challenging, and - at times - downright depressing. However, in a few months, we look forward to welcoming a new member to our family.

Of course, a vast spectrum of emotions well up inside of both my wife and I when we consider what's happening now and what will happen in the near future. We've never been parents before, but we are so excited for this new life stage.

My wife wanted to take some pregnancy photos this Fall while the colors of the leaves were still vibrant. We went over to where she works and found a few locations that had trees with leaves still on them. The sun's location seemed to give us a short window of time, and while I was setting up the camera to shoot both of us, I used my wife to help me frame the shots.

She decided to goof around and strike a few poses. I actually had difficulty getting the remote set up on this location (this was the 2nd place we shot). Unfortunately, I couldn't get the shot with both of us at this specific location, but afterward when we looked at the pictures from this shoot, this one image stood out in a very special way.

It actually got very favorable reactions on Facebook as my wife wanted to use it for her profile pic. Later on, after looking at it more, I decided it would make a perfect fit for this topic. Even though I am not in this (which I am even more glad now as my own shadow probably would have ruined the glow of the side lighting), I continue to like this one more and more.

The quote I decided on for this image may cause one to question as to why I chose it for the topic. I really struggled to find a quote that adequately conveyed the message I wanted, and this one felt the closest. However, I also feel it still doesn't adequately say everything. To be honest, there probably can't be one that exists that can - at least not in 1-2 sentences. (This is why I love adding a blog post to each wallpaper I do because it lets me dive deeper into each image's meanings.)

I will say that even though the baby is not in the house - on its own - yet, it's already here in our hearts, minds, and prayers. I do admit though this is all very easy to say and feel now before the baby comes and all sorts of different stresses will attach themselves to the delivery. But the excitement of knowing that a child of our own is coming soon, creates a level of anticipation for both my wife and I that we thank God for the blessing and miracle He provided our family.

Maybe in a few months, I'll have another wallpaper to share focusing on the birth of our baby - don't worry, it won't be too graphic.

This pregnancy is something my wife and I never thought would happen. To me, this is nothing short of a miracle. I pray that God will continue to watch over it every day until it comes, and every day after it is born. This has been our greatest gift this year - until next year when it finally arrives. Yes, this is a wonderful anticipation!
- Original blog entry from 11.30.2017

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