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We had an ultrasound today that said Seth weighs about 5 lb 14 oz and is looking really good!  We’re right on track according to my doctor  for 37.5 weeks and he predicts a 7 lb baby.  I predict a long one!  He  seems to be all over my stomach with no room to spare.  We’re thankful  for another good report and looking forward to his arrival in the next  few weeks.  Here’s to hoping he stays in a little bit longer, though  I’ve been dilated to 3 cm for 2 weeks now.  Joel and I continue to  remind ourselves- God is not surprised by anything and He is in  control- we just have to go say, "Here I am, Lord, with no  agenda…..just ready to follow your plan." Thanks for all the  prayers and interest in our progress!

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Little dictator

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Ella just told Emily, “Momma, don’t talk to Daddy. You talk to Ella!”

This is the newest extreme in the multitude of commands she gives in a day. We must not let her win lest she destroy us all! 🙂

Joel

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37 weeks

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Photo shoot

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Photo shoot

Joel

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Joel

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Photo shoot

Joel

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Photo shoot

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Boot scootin’

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Boot scootin'

Joel

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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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