2007October4, Thursday

Still No Baby

Posted in My Life at 11:32 by Trey Austin

Well, i’ve been with Angela in Greer since Monday, and we still have no indication as to when the baby will come. Angela is now 37 weeks along, so according to the standard gestation, she is just under three weeks away; the due date is actually October 21. However, the baby is actually “full term” at 37 weeks and could come any day now, and especially since LilliAna was over a week early, we’re pretty sure the new baby will come much sooner than October 21. The only question is how much sooner.

If the baby hasn’t come by tomorrow, i’m going to head back to Coeburn until i get the call. We’re actually scheduled to have communion this Sunday, and for all my trying, i couldn’t find an ordained man available to fill in for me. I doubt that the Lord in his providence will deprive his people of the sacrament for the sake of my little baby. It’s better that i am there to administer the Eucharist this one time in the fall than to be waiting around here for this little one. If, however, she does go into labor, i’ll stay around and be with my dear wife.

If you think about it, pray that the Lord would bring the baby sooner than later, though. Angela is still in much pain. She’s basically limping around everywhere she goes. We went to Babies ‘R’ Us yesterday, and i had to wheel her around in one of the wheel chairs they provide there. She just needs the baby to be born. Yesterday wouldn’t have been too soon.

Other than that, not much is going on. I’ve started reading J.R.R. Tolkien’s Salmarillion. It’s pretty good. It’s not nearly as engaging and compelling as The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but it does provide rather a lot of the background legend and mythology behind the stories we’ve all come to know and love. I haven’t seen it yet, as little as i’ve gotten into it, but i’m sure that the connections i’ll see will help me to understand the whole story of Bilbo and Frodo much later, at the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth. Interestingly enough, according to Tolkien himself, not only is the whole story not some extended allegory (that was obvious, but he’s explicit), but the elves in Middle Earth, who i thought were always good and virtuous and even as we might call “holy,” are really rather of a rebellious lot, being in Middle Earth because they rebelled against the gods in Valinor who summoned them upon their awakening. In other words, their very existence in Middle Earth, while providing help and friendship to men, was a rebellion against the gods. This all happened in the First Age of Middle Earth (the Age of the Trees). I’m looking forward to becoming more well-versed in the whole Middle Earth mythos. It has always fascinated me. Feel free to give me any pointers you might have to helping to better understand the whole history there.



  1. tempe said,

    Is Salmarillion one of the books you purchased at the 50% Off Bookstore while here in Louisville last week? I found out yesterday there’s a used Christian Bookstore in downtown L’ville called the Christian Book Nook. I’m planning on checking it out on Monday. Since I still owe you a book, anything you want me to keep an eye out for?

  2. Trey Austin said,

    Yes, i got it and five more background books for Tolkien’s Middle Earth. I’m looking forward to reading them over time.

    I told you not to worry about the book, so if you take it upon yourself to get me a book, i’ll just leave it up to you—“Dealer’s Choice,” as they say.

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