Hello TLC Sisters!
Mary Rose Jordan here. Thought it was time for a little update on my life and where I have been for the last 9 or so months. :)
On April 20th, 2017, my husband and I welcomed little Peter Andrew into the world. This was an entirely new experience for me- not just because Peter was my first child, but also because I was giving birth in a country whose health care system I was unfamiliar with. Everything went very smoothly though (the midwives were amazing!) and after a couple days in the hospital, we were home and adjusting to life as a family of three. One of the biggest blessings during this time (of massive adjustment!) was being surrounded by incredibly supportive family and friends. My parents and both of my sisters were able to travel over from Michigan to meet Peter and help us out. Though those first months were filled with many sleepless nights, they were also filled with lots of crazy amazing memories. At times I thought my heart would explode!
Becoming a mother has been an incredible experience- incredibly challenging a lot of the time but also incredibly rewarding. I am so grateful to be living here in Scotland and so thankful that I was given the opportunity to take 9 months of maternity leave. In general, most moms in the UK take between 6-9 months of leave after having a child. I realize this may seem a lot of time (especially to many of you back home in Michigan!), but I needed it! This time alone with Peter was amazing and such a huge blessing. Little ones grow so fast and need so much!
Eventually though, I knew my maternity leave would end and I have to say, I am very excited to be returning to my work with The Lovely Commission. Megan and I have lots of fun things planned for TLC! I have missed being connected with all of you, but have been keeping you all in my prayers. Thanks for bearing with me through my life transitions. :)
Blessings on you all and here's to an exciting new chapter!