Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Charis and Drew cake at FBCC shower
Hostesses Pam, Anna, Dina, Laura, and Michelle being funny
Central Baptist shower hostesses
Stephen's grandfather's crib given to us by Honey and Pops
Pops, Stephen, me, Honey, and Lauren at the diaper shower
The babies are growing well and we are so thankful! The doctor scheduled us for a C-section on December 28th but, we will talk to her about that this week. That is our anniversary and it doesn't give us much time to get out of the hospital before we have to pay the 2010 deductible as well as 2009. We are going to ask if she will do the 27th instead.
In the last blog I talked about my preggo brain well, it is a little better but, I tithed 3 times in 6 weeks on accident. I kept wondering where our money was and started to worry something was wrong so I went through our statements and noticed that I can't stop tithing.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Today Julie made my day by bringing me delicious Chick-fil-a for lunch! I am so blessed by great friends, family, and work. So many sweet people have prayed for Charis and I feel a peace about things now knowing that. My awesome team at work is coming over tomorrow to bring enchiladas for lunch. I am thankful for the people God has placed in my life. When I called my boss to tell him I had to work from home he prayed on the phone for the babies and told me that it was no problem for me to do that. Thank you for your prayers for our little girl!
Sunday, September 6, 2009
The sono was great and it is neat to see them. My doctor told me at the beginning that I may get dizzy because I was laying my back and I thought "whatever, I can lie on my back just fine". About 15 to 20 minutes into the sono I started feeling queasy but, was focused on all she was doing and ignored it. She told me to roll towards her if I felt sick and I kept saying "I'm fine". Then I suddenly felt the panic of "I really am going to faint and she is still on the first baby". I adjusted as much as I could and the nurse brought me juice and cold cloths. I stayed conscious but, kept my eyes closed the rest of the time expect to look at Drew's little boy parts. What a wimp. I guess those doctors know what they are talking about after all.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Please pray for Ridge's complete healing from this disease. His parents are amazing and finding strength in the Lord. They are asking for prayers from everyone on behalf of their son. Below is a clip of my cousin on the news regarding Ridge and his illness.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
This is our 11 week sonogram. "Baby A" is on top and "Baby B" is on the bottom in each picture. The last picture is "Baby B's" heatbeat.
Monday, June 8, 2009
I have taken a while to write anything because I don't even know where to start. We have been blown away by God's blessings. Many people know that we have struggled with infertility for a few years now. After meeting with doctors Stephen and I thought that adoption would be our best route and started to pursue that through one agency. As we learned more we felt uncomfortable, like the Lord was leading us away from that decision for now. We still would love to adopt one day but, the timing was wrong a year ago.
God worked in some amazing ways to lead us to the decision to do IVF. Stephen and I both prayed for over a year specifically about IVF. We were concerned about any extra embryos (babies) and told the doctor we didn't want to do IVF the traditional way and have embryos that we weren't prepared to use. Our doctor was very supportive; however, God did all the work.
My uncle passed away at the end of February and it was and is very hard on my family. That same week God led us to begin the IVF process. It was so neat to see His timing because after a year of prayer and mostly silence God spoke clearly that week. We met with the doctor again and kept praying for confirmation. That same day a family member I haven't seen in a long time approached me and said that they had done IVF and had $1000 in medicine we could use. That was a blessing financially and felt like a confirmation that this was the right road for us now, no matter the outcome we felt this was what we were supposed to do. The process went very smoothly and to make a long story short God provided the two babies with no embryos left over. We were so thankful to see His hand over the process.
After the procedures there is an excruciating two week waiting period. During that two weeks I needed a root canal and my doctor said no way, take Tylenol. Due to the pain and that I saw that God had potentially given us another gift, I tricked Stephen and went to the doctor a day early to find out if we were pregnant or not. I have always wanted to tell Stephen that we were expecting a certain way and it involved a park in Bedford. God worked it our that we just happen to be down the street from the park for a party the night I could find out if we were pregnant. So I seized the opportunity. I went into the doctor that morning for my blood work and as I was waiting to go in God gave me this verse Isaiah 30:18-20
O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when He hears it, He will answer you.
Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, January 25, 2009
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean livin,'I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride. I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong. I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success. I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou, I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!