Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Seasons

Many of you have been posting about getting ready for fall and all that comes with picking pumpkins, the cooler weather and the beautiful leaves starting to change.

There is a song by Nichole Nordeman called "Every Season" that I have listened to over and over and over since our daughters were born. It is a song that speaks the truth of what it looks like to go through the seasons of life: the joys of summer, the cooling of fall, the harshness of winter and the promise of spring.

We have been through our "winter" so to speak, this past year. Because our God is good and faithful, he always promises spring to come. Spring has come to us! And he/she will be arriving in March! I have been waiting patiently to share my news with you, but I wanted to wait until we knew everything was okay, and more so, wait until after September 4th. Here is his/her first picture!

Honestly, it has been a bittersweet 3 months; knowing that we were expecting but also anticipating what September held for us. Having hope can be exhausting--trusting that what God says He will do, He will do and continuing to wait on His promises. It can also be exhilarating--realizing that yet again, He is the one that is control and not us. And when His timing comes, you can finally rest. We have gone back and forth with these emotions too many times to count the past year but we are so incredibly thankful to Him to bless us with another child.

After the girls were born, and realizing what our "new normal" would be, Mike made the comment about how much we would love any subsequent children we would have. Not only because they would be our babies, but because of experiencing the loss of two. Only God knows if the baby inside me now would have eventually come if his/her sisters had lived. Because of Allison and Emily, we have so much to give.

Many of you have prayed for us this past week and for that, there really are no words for me to say, other than...thank you. It was truly overwhelming when I would read the comments, not even knowing you, about how you were praying and lifting us up. Everyone should be so fortunate to have that kind support.

As we enter into the next several months I am sure there are going to be a mix of emotions (there already has been--pregnancy and non-pregnancy related!), but my prayer is simple and comes from an old hymn from the late 1800's...."Jesus, I am resting, resting, in the joy of what Thou art, I am finding out thy greatness of Thy loving heart....Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, know what wealth of grace is Thine, know Thy certainty of promise, and have made it mine."

Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy.






41 comments:

Jessica said...

YAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYAYYYYYY!!!

i cant wait to have another cousin :)

i have a feeling its another girl... :)

i love you!

Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...
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Kim@Seasons of My Heart said...

OK...I have HOLY GHOST bumps as I read this!!!

Congrat's to you, your sweet husband and your entire family!!

I'm continuing to lift you to the Lord in prayer as he brings you to my mind. I'm specifically praying:
Philippians 4:7:

"And the peace of God, which transcends ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

What a sweet blessing....

(that was me...above who deleted..:-)

Darlene said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing. I will be following along as you share your heart with blogland. And as I think of you, I will pray for your sweet little one and your family.
Darlene

Angie said...

Tears came to my eyes because I am thrilled for you!!! Congratulations!
I know you'll keep us updated about what's going on.

Christy said...

Look at that sweet little baby! We loved seeing the pictures!

GOD IS GOOD!!! Love the words of the hymn you shared and the verse.

We love you all!

Nikki said...

God is so good! I'm so happy for you.

Kristen said...

YIPPPPEEEEEE!

You have been on my mind so much this past week and I was thrilled to see a new post... AND the best news of all - a baby! Congrats to you and your dear hubby!

Praising our God from Whom all blessings flow!

Lori said...

Sarah! I am so happy for you and Mike!

Susan said...

Yay! I've been checking on you for a week...worried about you.

So happy to see this post and pictures!

Hugs.

Davene said...

I'm THRILLED for you!!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful news!

I can relate a little to the greater appreciation you have after a loss because I had a miscarriage before I got pregnant with Tobin, my youngest son; and during his pregnancy, I reveled in (almost) every moment of it. The emotions are always high in pregnancy, I think; but in that one, they were even higher than normal--lots and lots of gratitude and awareness of how blessed we were.

I do pray for deep peace for you, as well as enjoyment of each day, during the coming months!

Cherry's Jubilee said...

You brought tears to my eyes....I am so happy for you...that is wonderful news. I hope that I may share in the next months ahead as you prepare for your blessing! Hugs, cherry

On Purpose said...

Praise God and shouting "Yippe!" with you.

Dear Heavenly Father may we see and experience even more of You through this beautiful family!-Amen

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

Congratulations!!

Angela said...

God is good! I am sitting here with goosebumps after reading your post! I am so happy for you and your husband!

Katie said...

Sarah, I am completely and totally so excited for y'all! I have been thinking about you for the last couple of weeks *a lot*. Mostly about what you have shared with us, but more than that, too. I will continue to pray for your precious little family! Take care of yourself!

Katie said...

And what are the odds that we would both post this announcement on the same day?! hehe!

Becky said...

Sarah,

I'm simply ELATED for you. Congratulations, new friend! Spring has always been my favorite season, and I'm so glad you get to have a wee babe just when the Earth will be waking up again from her winter sleep and bringing forth the beauty of the new season! God is truly poetic sometimes, isn't He? Anyway, please know that you are in my thoughts -- and this time I'll be grinning huge as I think about you! Lots of hugs!

Can't wait to be a Mrs. said...

Congratulations and God Bless. I have just found your blog and I think it's just wonderful. I wish you a wonderful journey!

much2ponder said...

Your post has blessed me so much and it is an awesome testament to the faithfulness of our Lord. God is so good.

Twice as Nice said...

Congratulations. You will be such a warm and loving mom. God bless you and your family. Such great news!!

Rae said...

Oh, Sarah!! I couldn't be happier for you guys!!! What a wonderful blessing. Your baby has the most adorable profile!! I bet you can't wait to pinch those cheeks! :)

Shannon said...

Yea!!! I am so happy for you and Mike and I don't even know you! :) Praise the Lord!

Kristen said...

Such a beautiful blessing for you!
Congratulations!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!I am so excited for you! Will be praying for you to. Jackie

mom said...

Could we be any more excited? I don't think so! What a blessed child to have such wonderful parents as you and Mike! This child is so loved and will be prayed for by so many. God IS faithful and WILL turn your mourning into dancing! What a beautiful, precious child. (Somehow I can't help but think of the baby as she/her.) Much love to you both.
Mom and Dad

Kate said...

What a gorgeous ultrasound photo. Many congratulations to you and your hubby! You already are the most loving parents and now another child can receive it, too. God is good!

Mekia said...

Sarah!!!! Congratulations to you and Mike!!!
I am so happy to hear your news.
I am celebrating this news with a happy heart. I will pray for this baby and you often through these next 6 months.


...Weeping may endure for a night,

but Joy Comes in The Morning.

Psalm 30:5

Love you!
Mekia

Mekia said...

Sarah!!!! Congratulations to you and Mike!!!
I am so happy to hear your news.
I am celebrating this news with a happy heart. I will pray for this baby and you often through these next 6 months.


...Weeping may endure for a night,

but Joy Comes in The Morning.

Psalm 30:5

Love you!
Mekia

Jaedan's Mom said...

I have been reading your blog and am blessed by your grace and passion for Christ.

Congratulations! May God bless you and your family in this time of celebration:)

Susie Harris said...

Well bless your heart! Im so happy for all of you~ take care

Twice as Nice said...

We are SO HAPPY for you. What a great time in your life. I'm sure the girls are in heaven looking down with smiles. They know how much their mommy and daddy ache for a baby to hold and love. Even though your girls are with God you will be able to see them in the new baby. God Bless

Our Complete Family said...

What a wonderful time ahead for you and your family! So happy for you! Big, humongous, enormous CONGRATS hun! xo Les

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Wonderful and precious news!

peace~elaine

Cindy said...

I am so excited for you Sarah.
May God protect your little and growing family.
Blessings and congratulations,
Cindy

Buzzings of a Queen Bee! said...

I just got back from vacation and saw your post. I shared with my husband your story in brief, and he got choked up when I showed him this! I am so happy for you guys. I know I don't "know" you but your story has really touched me and I just could not be happier for you! Praise God!
Carrie

Carolyn (Harbor Hon) said...

Congratulations! This is such blessed news for you and your family. I wish you everything well. Will say prayers and light a candle for you. God Bless! xxoo

Team Martins said...

I stumbled upon your blog and, though I should be in bed since I'll need to nurse any time now, I couldn't stop reading! Your precious spirit, genuine heart, and love for Jesus just jumped off the "pages" to me. Then I saw you live in the suburbs of N'ville... we just moved to this area ourselves! I had to leave a comment and say... you are inspiring! And though I don't know you, I am THRILLED that God has given you this blessing! May His hand hold you close all the way through!

Carolina Mama said...

Praise the Lord! So happy for you What a blessing and he surely promises the sunshine after the rain! LOVE THE PICTURE!

Aamie Blow said...

Congratulations, Sarah!! I was so happy to hear your news. What an amazing answer to prayer. I pray that this little one will be healthy and love the Lord with his or her whole heart!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Congratulations~ This was so wonderful to read!

Have a blessed weekend (I have no doubt you will)