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At the park

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At the park

Joel

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Pray Without Ceasing

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Well, I’m sitting right around 34 weeks pregnant- I’m tired, my back hurts, and I’m ready to have a baby already!  I often share these sentiments with Joel, so he is WELL aware of my current “state.”  Don’t know how you could miss it though looking at me.  But I’m praising God for this blessing in lieu of all the aches and pains and sleepless nights- I can’t wait to love this baby boy!

Ella will have a new playmate soon

As the big day is near-approaching, many have asked how I’m doing with everything- in lieu of our past test results and ultrasounds and odds, etc.  I must say that I’m at GREAT peace with everything.  I am resolved to the fact that Joel and I are stewards of the children the Lord chooses to give us.  They are blessings to us- no matter how the Lord made them- and we are under His charge for caring for them, loving and teaching them the best we can.  My prayer has been that the Lord would make Seth “perfect and complete, lacking nothing,” (James 1:4) so that glory will be given to GOD, not so that our lives or his life would be easier. 4 months ago, I never would have thought that I could arrive at such a peaceful state with the big question of, “Is the baby okay?” looming in the distance.  But who am I to question the Lord’s power?  After all- it is the “peace that passes all understanding” (Phillipians 4:7).

At times, though, I’ve struggled with feeling like I’m all prayed out.  “Lord, I feel like I’ve said all I can say- I’ve prayed all I know for Seth.  You know my heart, you know my desires for our son and our future.  I don’t know what else there is to say.”  And then, He gave me an answer.  I felt the charge from His Word to pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).  Often times in our walks as Christians, we find ourselves on mountain tops and in valleys….then, at other times, when things are going well, we seem to put God on the back burner and choose to access Him only in times of trouble.  I am challenged to know that even in valleys or times when things are going smoothly, I am to continue to pray and seek the Lord without ceasing.

Praise God for the blessings of Ella and Seth in my life!

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Ella’s friend Audrey sings “Mighty to Save”

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This warmed the heart. We sing this one at church all the time.

Here’s the song on iTunes if you are interested.

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Easter gift video: Thank you Mimi and Poppa

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Watch it here.

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1st look at Seth’s room

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1st look at Seth's room
More to come.

Joel

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Video: Ella and more Zacchaeus

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Check out the video here.

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Makin’ Momma Proud

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A potty training we must go!  Started things last Wednesday and the girl is doing pretty well.  We’ve moved from mom and dad making her go every hour to her telling us when she needs to go the majority of the time.  Yahoo!  Note the tools for success:
1.  Plastic pants- a MUST!
2.  Juice boxes…..lots of them.
3.  Book to encourage "camping out."
4.  Sunny day OUTSIDE….
5.  MY potty!
What I did not mention is a basket of Easter eggs filled with delicious treats to lure the toddler to get the job done. My friend Mariana laughed her head off to find out that our Easter eggs sometimes contain fortune cookies….in my defense, the kid likes them, they are cheap and low in sugar! Hec, I’ll fill up Easter eggs all day long if it means not buying diapers for two.  Yeah, feeling the crunch as we are just 8 weeks away from "Baby Seff" joining the family, and changing two sets of diapers is more than I want to think about.  Let’s hope this sticks….I’m officially committed to the patience and perseverance this thing is going to take.  And yes, I’ve done extensive reading.  Whoever wrote, "Potty Training in Less Than a Day" was an intellectual and not a parent, merely "training" kids and sending them home with their parents left to clean up accidents galore.  Who in the hec is going to master this in a day or less that isn’t reading the book themselves???  If your child has done it, I don’t want to know about it.  All I can think of is one day at a time…..and by George, I think she’s getting the hang of it!  Good job, Ella girl- we are proud of you! 

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Healthy Boy!

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Joel and I were so blessed to hear the good news today
that we have got a healthy baby boy on the way!  (And yes, they did
confirm that he is still, indeed, a boy.) The ultrasound looked
completely normal- and the team looked long and hard at EVERYTHING for
more than an hour, spending about 10-15 minutes looking at his heart
alone.  I just can’t tell you what a relief
it is for Joel and I to
have that past us.  While there is still a small possibility Seth may
have Down Syndrome due to past testing, we just praise God that he is
healthy, Amen!?

We got to see his sweet face, but he wouldn’t
cooperate enough to get some good snapshots for the Web site, so we’ll
all just have to wait to see what he looks like when he arrives (I’m
hoping for a Joel clone)……we do know that he weighs about 3 lbs now
and already has a head full of hair- can’t believe they could tell that
at 31 weeks already, but technology doesn’t cease to amaze me.  He had
his little hands up by his face most of the time and also enjoyed
having them tucked under his chin as he rested his head on mommy’s
tummy.  We got to see him opening and closing his eyes and mouth, as
well as swallowing and yawning.  Can’t tell you how that thrilled us!

Thank
you, thank you, thank you for standing with us in prayer throughout
this journey- and thank you for all of your sweet words of
encouragement and blessing over our lives and our baby boy.  We ask
that you continue to pray for Seth in the coming weeks leading up to May 10
(give or take). 

I told Joel that my prayer is that Seth is perfect and complete, lacking
in nothing, not so that our lives will be easier, but so that his life will bring honor and glory to the name of the
Lord.  Let today be a testament to all of us of God’s
power, His faithfulness and His grace in our lives.  We praise God for this trial of waiting that we have been enduring over the past few months.  We have learned so much of His character and unfailing love for us- and continue to learn that every day, we have to lay down our burdens before Him, for we can’t carry the weight of the world on our own.

Let everything
that has breath praise the Lord!

Much love,  Em

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Picture of relief

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Picture of relief
He looks to have a healthy heart. Lord knows they looked at it long enough.

Joel

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