Monday, March 31, 2014

He's Here!

Born on Thursday, March 27, 2014!  Hudson Matthew weighed 7 pounds 9 ounces, and born after a 4.5 hour labor...start to finish. He's a true gift from God!  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pregnancy Update

Wow!  These last few months have been the busiest yet!  My husband and I closed on our first house last November.  The previous owners are building a new one, and had been renting the house from us for 3 months.  They moved out a week sooner than expected, and the whole situation has been such a God "thing".  We had been praying and searching(and waiting!) for just the right house to cross our path.  This one meets all of our needs and our wants!  We're totally feeling God's Hand in our lives.  He has blessed us beyond belief.  Needless to say, the month of February was hectic.  It was filled with the big move, 4 baby showers(thrown by very generous family & friends), maternity pictures, and doctor appointments.  We're all settled in now, and awaiting our peanut's arrival.

I had a total of 3 separate ultrasounds throughout the pregnancy, and at each one Hudson refused to give a glimpse of his whole face.  His hand was up by his face on all occasions!  I can appreciate the fact that he knows what he likes.  :)  He is measuring "perfectly" at each appointment.  At 37ish weeks, I was dilated to 3cm and 70% effaced.  We're hoping he comes any day now.

Over the last 5 years, I had no idea if I would ever be at this place today.  This place of joy, peace, hope, and longings fulfilled.  I can't say that I was the most patient of Jesus followers this whole time, but I can say that He is faithful...even with my imperfections.  It is my prayer that if you're someone who is in the "waiting" stage of life, that this post will refresh your hope.  Jesus can make all things new!  Nothing is excluded or too far gone for Him to repair, restore, and replenish.  All the glory to God for His faithfulness and this season of abundant blessing He has us in!

Here's a picture catch up:

*Maternity Photo Credit:  Julie Plain Photography

Thank you so much for all of your prayers!  They have certainly been felt! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The First 20

I would be lying if I claimed that the first twenty weeks of this pregnancy were anxiety free.  So I won't even try.  After carrying my first baby for 38 weeks, while planning for his birth and burial at the same time, I could only dream of being naive with my second pregnancy.  But all that aside, it is by God's grace that I am able to report news of a healthy, growing, kicking, moving, baby boy!  The first 20 weeks have flown by!  With every step forward, God gently reminds me of His sovereignty, and love.  God is more than enough for any and all situations.

My husband and I chose to undergo genetic testing with this baby.  All that is involved is a simple blood draw from me.  I say simple, but I had 7 viles of blood drawn.  I don't easily get grossed out by the sight of blood or needles, except when it is my own.  Adding to the mix, there was a lot riding on that simple needle poke:  was it going to be a repeat of my first pregnancy?  or would we get news of a baby with perfect chromosomes?  My sweet mom met me at the lab the morning of the test, with my favorite cookies in hand, and jokes lined up to distract me from the process!  She knows me so well, and has made the first twenty weeks of pregnancy much more easy for me to endure.   

Also at 10 weeks, my husband and I celebrated our 1 year anniversary.  He surprised me with a trip to a bed and breakfast, and with a new coach purse!  He spoils me so much, and I am so grateful to God for giving me this man.  There is no one else I would want to share this journey of life with.

 It was around 12 weeks, that we received the call I had been praying for for over 5 years.  Our baby BOY had perfect chromosomes!  I took the call, and already had 2 outfits wrapped and waiting.  After hanging up the phone, I handed this one to daddy to open.  (We were both quite shocked that it was a boy.  All along we had thought it was a girl!  Oops!)

We made it to 20 weeks!  Around this time, I started to relax and breathe a little easier.  We invited both of Hudson's grandmas to the 20 week ultrasound.  It was the first ultrasound that my mom had ever seen.  She cried when seeing Hudson for the first time.  It was an amazing moment.  I have never been so thrilled to hear the word "normal" before!

This is the best 3D image we could get of Mr. Hudson.  Apparently, he doesn't like to be still for very long(exactly like his daddy!).  We also weren't able to get an open faced shot because he had his face scrunched up against his pillow(AKA the placenta), and had his fist up near his face(exactly like his mommy sleeps!).

With Thanksgiving upon us, we have so much to be thankful for.  In all actuality, it's not about what God can do for us, or give us.  He's already given us all that we need in His Son.  The work has been done.  All that is required of us is to believe and receive.  Easier said than done, I know.  Wishing you a blessed holiday week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

A Post ~ Five Years in the Making

I have prayed nearly every day for the last five years to be writing this post.  After 5 years of pleading in prayer, 10 months of battling infertility (more on that in a later post), and 11 weeks awaiting genetic test results:  I am beyond grateful and thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce you to Hudson Matthew!  Without a doubt his 13th, 18th, & 21st chromosomes are completely normal!!!  Praise only to God!  He is due to arrive on 4-4-14.  We don't take a single day with him for granted.

If you feel so inclined, I would totally appreciate your prayers for continued health for me and for Hudson.  That he would grow to be full term, born alive and without any defects, sickness, or disease. 

There is much more to say, but for now we are just in awe of what God has done for us.  At 9 weeks, he was measuring big!  Beyond Blessed!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Sowing Seeds

"Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously".
2 Cor 9:6

"Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows".
Gal 6:7

When my husband and I got married, we set out to pay off our debt.  Fast.  Our goal was to be completely debt free by our first anniversary.   We are both quite frugal, tithe regularly, and share when we can with others.  As of last week, we can officially say that we are DEBT FREE!  And a month early!  This is nothing short of a miracle.  When we were faithful with little, God was faithful with much.  He has blessed us every step of the way. 

I heard a wonderful sermon quite some time ago.  The catchphrase of the message was:  "Where there's a need, sow a seed".  When you are waiting on God to fulfill your need, give a little of what you are waiting for to someone else.  This is an act of faith of course.  And, it doesn't make much sense to today's society, but it's how God works.  We can sow our seeds, and trust that God will bring the harvest.

My husband makes so many sacrifices, on a daily basis, for our team.  I am so grateful for him and his willingness to forfeit a little now, to gain much for our future.   God has been so, so, so good to us!

I hope today's post encourages you to keep on persevering towards whatever goal(s) God has placed on your heart.  Sometimes the waiting, the silence, or the struggle seem like they'll last forever.  But, your breakthrough could be JUST around the corner!  God has victory in store for you!  Trust Him.

One of the many sacrifices my husband has made was selling his beloved bike.  We have some amazing memories with it, but nothing feels better than being DEBT FREE.   

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Our Love Story ~ Part 2

Initially, our budding relationship grew very slowly (it took 3  months for him to hold my hand!).  We spent countless hours in conversation, respecting each other, and getting to know one another at a deeper level.  Once we had exhausted all inquiries of the other's character, integrity, religious beliefs, personal preferences, and everything in between, we had made a mutual decision:  We were in love.

With him being 31, me being 28, and all of the experiences behind us, we wanted to get married.  It's true what they say.  You know when  you know.  We were both committed to the same things, and wanted to proceed, with God's blessing of course.  Many outsiders thought we had temporarily lost our minds.  But those who knew us well, gave unanimous verdicts:  they had never seen either of us that happy.  We brought out the best in each other, and shared many views in common.

5 months after we had reunited, we became engaged.  He proposed at one of our favorite spots.  I knew it was coming, but had no input into the ring selection.  I wanted to be completely surprised.

 Wedding planning was in full swing.  We wanted simple, beautiful, and unique as our theme.  The date was set for just 3 months after the proposal.  I found my dress for $29.  I kid you not.  It was the 2nd one I tried on, 15 minutes before the bridal shop was closing.  I bought it...what did I have to lose? When God is at work, He doesn't mess around.

The ceremony was set for a Saturday morning, with a breakfast reception to follow.  Upon awaking, there were scattered showers.  Fear not.  The showers preceded the rainbow, which was visible by my beloved and I upon arrival to the farm.  When God is at work, He doesn't mess around.

I walked down the aisle towards my groom.  Noticing the sweet tears of awe and gratitude in his eyes, my heart leaped for joy.  We were told, though not seen by us, that there were butterflies floating around our heads during the exchange of vows.

The day was perfect.  Like only God could make it.

 We are an aunt and uncle to now 5 nephews and a niece.  We love them to pieces.

A perk to being an only child is that my mom is one of my best friends.

I have a new 2nd mom.  She lovingly asked if she could "adopt" Dylan as one of her grandsons.  I couldn't believe what I was hearing.  It meant more than she could ever know.  She is a phenomenal, hands on grandma.  I can hardly wait to see her as a grandma to one of our own some day.

And remember my outgoing friend, the "matchmaker"?  She and her husband were our witnesses.  They are amazing friends, and we so value their support.  An interesting statistic, I believe she has successfully matched 3 couples that are now married.  She has a gift.

LOVE.  May we never take it for granted.  It's not always easy, but always worth it. 

God is in the business of restoration.  It can be easy, at times, to take His gifts for granted.  But when my focus shifts back to Him, and His goodness, and His faithfulness the outpouring of thanksgiving and gratitude flows from my heart.  A cord of 3 strands is not easily broken.  Thank You, Jesus.