Waiting in Wonder Book Launch Excerpt 2 and a $200 Spa-finder gift card

SpaFinder Waiting in Wonder

Hello all, thanks for joining me this week as I introduce you to the heart of my new book, Waiting in Wonder: Growing in Faith While You’re Expecting. 

As I share in the introduction to the book, biology has long fascinated me. And throughout my first and second pregnancies as I poured over the stunning details of how God formed and fashioned a fearfully and wonderfully made creation inside me, I couldn’t help but find my heart moved to praise Him! Not every devotional entry in my book goes into the biological aspects of development, but I wanted to share with you at least a few that did because I really believe that allowing your heart to truly wonder is often a very natural prelude to praise. (Click to tweet). Unfortunately, we are often too busy, too cynical, or too self-absorbed to stop and notice God’s handiwork in creation and let the artistry, wisdom and complexity move us to praise. Whether or not you’re expecting, I hope you’ll find the details of this entry as fascinating as I did and that it will move your heart to praise!

This entry comes from week 11, the week I’m just finishing in my pregnancy (did you miss our announcement?)


Thanks so much for reading! I hope if you’ve liked what you’ve seen you’ll order a copy for yourself or as a future gift.

And now for today’s giveaway. As I was thinking about how God knows the hairs on your head and thinking about how I’d like to shower mommies this week with some love, I thought, how about I send a special winner to a salon or spa of her choice (of course, you don’t need to be a mommy or even a female to enter–and I’m sure there are quite a few awesome husbands out there who’d like to win this sweet prize for their sweet wives)! So that’s how we came up with the idea of a $200 www.spafinder.com gift certificate. So without further ado, here’s your chance to win:

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And if you didn’t enter yesterday, the iPad mini giveaway, click on over to do so! And share both with your friends! Up next? A Nikon Coolpix L810 Digital Camera (with video recording capabilities).  Wish I could enter!


  1. When I was pregnant with my first, I bought a photo book called “From Conception to Birth” by Alexander Tsiaris (sp?)…..it has in utero photos of babies throughout their gestation and it is AMAZING to see the growth and changes. I loved following along with my baby’s development. Just an idea if you are fascinated by the biology!

    • Catherine says

      Thanks so much, Amy. I loved a similar one from National Geographic (their In the Womb series, companion book), but this one also looks great. I’ll have to check it out. Your blog looks super cute, btw!

  2. Didi Keppel says

    My Mum taught me that childhood is short, and if it’s 75 on Wednesday and supposed to pour rain on Saturday, take the kids to the park on Wed – there’s time for math on Sat. 😉

  3. This is one of my favorite verses. Its a constant reminder that God is with us, even when we can’t feel it.

  4. Michael Orrison says

    I remember watching my boy’s move during Karens Ultrasound in awe of Gods creative power and thinking of Psalm 139:13-18. You’ve really captured the essence of this verse!

  5. My mom taught me the joy of taking care of others. She was an awesome SAHM and continues to sacrifice for all her children even though we’re out of the house. She was my inspiration to be a SAHM and I’m so grateful to be living that calling today!

  6. Renee Venegas says

    Prayer matters and can change your family for generations to come!

  7. Erin Helms says

    My mother taught me the importance of prayer, trusting in God, and special devotion to our Blessed Mother. I am so very grateful for my faith and how it is now my responsibility to pass it on to my children.

  8. My mom taught me to always encourage my children- there are enough people telling them they can’t do something, so there should always be someone saying they CAN.

  9. my family needs me to control my emotions as much as I can

  10. My mother has taught me to look for the opportunities to minister to others each and every day. I have always remembered her ministering to someone especially women. I hope my daughter can see that someday in me. It is a struggle in the phase of life i am in as i have so many emotional needs right now from difficult relationships but I know it is a phase a life that will pass and I hope I can help those who have struggled as I have.

  11. This is so beautiful, Catherine. Perfect timing as just tonight I marveled over my own little one’s quickly growing locks. This also reminds me of the saying “God is in the dishes.” I need to remember this more often when I’m up to my elbows in mommy-work… small stuff matters!

  12. One of the things I never realized until I became a mother was just how much my own mother (and grandmother, and friend’s mothers!) served their families. Growing up, I just always assumed that Mom had plenty of energy and enjoyed doing a million things at once. I always counted on her to have smiles, kind words, snacks, drinks, bandaids, Kleenexes, a huge purse to carry anything I didn’t want to carry, etc. 🙂

  13. Amanda Sakovitz says

    My mom taught me to be strong and independent. She also taught me to be kind and generous. I owe her a lot.

  14. Thomas Murphy says

    A lesson I remember my mom teaching me at an early age was always to go into everything with an open mind and to never judge another prematurely.

  15. Someone (a mother) once told me she wanted her future daughter-in-law to bless her and not to curse her. Completely changed how I parented my son!

  16. My mother taught me the importance of depending on the Lord for everything (an especially painful concept once I became a parent!) and instilled in me a love for reading/education that I hope to pass on to my children.

  17. My mom taught me how to sew! To this day, I always think of her when I’m in my studio being creative.

  18. My mom was always (and still is) the perfect example to me of a gentle and quiet spirit. I strive to be the same with my own family.

  19. Christopher Rodriguez says

    The one thing my mother passed on to me that I’ll pass on to my children is the golden rule “treat others as you want to treated”. More people should live their lives with that phrase in mind.

  20. My mother taught me to do well in school and make my own money

  21. Stefanie Amaya says

    My mother taught me to always be compassionate towards others and try to empathize with them no matter what.

  22. C R Williams says

    Never hold unforgiveness in your heart. It will eat you alive.

  23. My mother taught me to put being with your children ahead of doing chores around the house. The chores will always be there!

  24. My mom taught me the importance of following God’s plan even when it appears impossible. God always provides.

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