I get so many emails with words of encouragement, support and mounds of information from all of you. One of my lovely readers introduced me to the concept of faith shopping. Faith shopping is exactly what it states. Shopping and believing with all your heart and soul that your blessing is coming and acting on FAITH. To be honest, I struggled with this concept as I was told that purchasing items before your third trimester is bad luck. I know this is an old wives tale, however this is a tale that has been embedded in my mind and therefore I strongly believed. I mentioned the concept of faith shopping to a few friends to see what their responses would be and they actually loved the idea. They thought it was a sweet and meaningful gesture and what better way to lift your heart and spirit than by taking a leap of faith. I mentioned it to Mr. thinking he would say...yeah Cuckoo, however his response was totally different. He thought it was a nice idea but did believe you need to have some limitations. He said if I came home with a crib and bags of clothing then, uhmm yeah, he would take me to the hospital to get my head examined.
Mr. and I went to Target last weekend because he had a meeting with someone and I just went along for the ride. I love Target!!! While he was in the meeting I decided to do a little faith shopping; however, when I got to the baby section this was not as easy as I thought it would be. It was very hard for me to pick up anything because the feeling just wasn't there. Whatever I was looking for or trying to find I didn’t see it. So I kept perusing all of the items going up and down the aisles and being mindful of my time because I knew Mr. would be ending his meeting soon. I still took my time and would pick things up, examine them and then place them back because apparently that wasn't the item. So I came to the last aisle and stumbled upon this little plushy stuffed animal. It was the cutest little thing to me; and then I saw "Wind Here" and viola the tune almost every child will grow up on. Rock-A-Bye Baby was playing and his little neck starting gently moving. This was it! This was the item that really brought a lot of joy to me. Just as I picked up the item Mr. was calling telling me his meeting was over and he was waiting for me at the front. I purchased the Giraffe and made my way to the front entrance where Mr. was waiting. Of course Mr. wanted to know what was in the bag and when we got in the car I showed him my purchase, the first purchase for our mini B&B. He asked who is that for and I said our child. He smiled and we drove off and on our ride home the giraffe would play part of Rock-A-Bye baby as we rolled over a bump. I continued to smile. When we got home I wrapped the Giraffe in tissue paper and place him back in the bag and in our spare room closet. That is all the faith shopping I will do and all the faith shopping that I think I need. That little Giraffe may be small or minute on the outside but to me he symbolizes faith, hope and courage.