Wednesday, September 23, 2009

2+2=4

"I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him."
1 Samuel 1:27

Coming this spring, life at the our house will radically change as we welcome two babies into our family! We found out in July that we were expecting, and a few weeks later, we were thrilled to hear there were TWO little babies in my belly. I can't wait to meet them!
My sweet parents have offered to buy our cribs, so we went crib shopping with them...we are standing by our favorite, but I'm ordering it in a different color (antiqued soft white).
My mom loves to talk to the babies. She has done this since the day we found out I was pregnant. I love to talk to them too, I just think it is hilarious when she does it. I can't wait to see my parents with our kiddos!
The love of my life, trying out the rocker we liked. How this man has nurtured me these last 3 months! My sickness gave laziness and "dead to the world" a whole new meaning. I have joyfully been in survival mode, making it to work and back home to nap in the midst of daily migraines, nausea and a sinus infection that won't let go. But no complaints here--what a thrill it is to be sick for these two. Take whatever you need from me, kids!
Adam has been amazing. I LOVE YOU!!
Today we are heading out to buy the cribs and furniture. Crazy. This week I am 15 weeks along. I am due in March (18th or 19th) but my doctor said he will be happy if we make it to February.

I still can't believe this has happened. After years of asking the Lord for a child and finally surrendering that desire to whatever He had planned, we are here. In awe. Blessed beyond measure...beyond what we could ever have imagined. God has taught us so much about walking with Christ. We struggled with understanding why we weren't getting pregnant...we searched His Word for some sort of promise or encouragement concerning children. Know what we found? Promises and encouragement concerning HIM. Jesus. Our All in All. And we learned, month by month, that our lives on this earth weren't about getting what we wanted, even if that desire was something holy and good like children. Our lives should be about walking with Jesus and making Him known. We decided to say "Lord, we will serve You and love You for the rest of our lives, whether or not this journey leads us to kids. Our life may look different than we hoped, but our life here on earth isn't about us." I doubted I could ever bear children. There was no explanation medically. No reason for us to take this long. We became passionate about adoption and began to look into agencies near us. But what guarantee did we have that adoption would bring us our child? None. No assurance in the circumstance, whether getting test results from a doctor or researching adoption.

Our assurance was and is only in Jesus.

It is all about HIM.

To God be the glory.





28 comments:

Leigh said...

Praising God with you. Your joy has been such a blessing to behold over these past weeks. Can't wait to meet your precious little ones. In the mean time, we're praying for their health, and renewed strength for you.

Love you!

Mark and Leigh Ehrhardt

Rusty and Jennifer said...

Oh Laura, CONGRATULATIONS!!

I have not stopped praying for you guys and I am so thrilled for you guys!

So, who are you seeing since Dr. Moore retired? I hope it's still one of our docs so that I can be a part of your birthday party! Email me when you have some time- lots to catch up on!

Charla (SHar-la) said...

Oh, Laura, I'm so excited and happy and overjoyed for you and Adam. You are going to be such an amazing mother and because you waited and pined for these children, you will appreciate them all the more! Thank you for your post. You know our road, and that it has not been easy but that we yearn to do what God wants and not what we want. Would you mind if I emailed you some questions? I'm getting all choked up just typing this, not because I'm sad really, but because it gives me hope! Love you!!

Katie said...

I have not stopped rejoicing since you and Adam shared this blessing with the choir a few weeks ago. What a privilege it is to pray for you and the babies! I cannot wait to meet them and see what amazing things God has in store for all of you.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."

Love,

Katie

Chris & Kim said...

I hear you about being tired and having sinus problems! I had that with Evan, and the sinus congestion has returned in full force this time as well. Those nose strips seem to help me sleep at night without taking any medicine. So glad to hear about how you are doing, and we are so excited for ya'll!

Jaclyn said...

Laura,
I am SO happy for you and Adam! This post made me cry...such a picture of the Lord's faithfulness! You look beautiful!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

Jaclyn (Martin) Underwood

lauren said...

Congratulations, Laura! What WONDERFUL news!!!! God is so good! I look forward to following along throughout your NEW journey!

M & M said...

What a testimony! It really is all about HIM!

I am so thrilled every time I see you and Adam and can't wait to follow these next steps.

(ps, when are we getting together for lunch?)

Matt and Sarah Pitts said...

Precious, Laura, great post to announce your babies!! What a good God we serve.

Love you and am SO excited about seeing you with your babies. You're a Mama!!!

Love,
Sarah

The Ellenberg's said...

Laura,
Tears of joy filled my eyes reading your post. Such happiness in seeing in print that you are pregnant (even though I've heard it already!). I love your post. Your words are precious and true and very understood by those of us who have walked in your shoes of doubt and desire. I'm so happy for you!

All the best,
Carole

Amy said...

Congrats! You're in for a wild ride! :)

Rebecca said...

Praise the Lord....again! Life-such a rare and precious gift that we so often take for granted! Hugs and joy!

Corrie said...

As my daughter would say, "Oh my GACIOUS!" This is fantastic news, Laura & Adam! Laura, looks like we'll need to be in touch a little more. It will be a great comfort to me (and hopefully to you!) to be able to talk with someone who is also expecting twins at around the same time! I'm hopeful we'll be able to encourage each other too during those first few months! Email me! corriesearight@yahoo.com
Congrats again and may God bless you ALL!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations Laura!! I'm so happy for you and Adam!

Teri Dufilho said...

love your post, laura......yes, it's all about Him!.....and we are thrilled that is was in His plan for you and adam to have two precious blessings in the spring.....thank You Lord!...

Katie said...

WOW!!! Congratulations!!!

Kyle and Lindsay Silvio said...

What an amazing testimony! We are so happy for all four of you and know you'll both be awesome parents. Thanks for sharing your story with us....praise the Lord!

Nicki W. said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!

PRAISE GOD!! you stinker! i was wondering.......

xoxoxoxoxo

Kim and Eric said...

Oh Girl! You know that I just loved reading this post! Congrats to you and Adam! So glad that Adam has been taking good care of you too. God is so faithful. He has answered all of our prayers and what an incredible testimony you have to share with these little ones. So excited to meet, hug, love, babysit, and know these little ones. Glad our kids will all be close in age!! I love you to pieces! Take care.

Charla (SHar-la) said...

Would you send me your email address? Or just email me so I can have it? charla_jenkins@yahoo.com. Thanks!

p.s. Does the blue mean something you're not telling anyone yet? HaHa!!!

Claire's World said...

Laura! I just started to cry as I read this post! I am so happy for you guys! I know that God is going to bless this pregnancy and these sweet babies beyond measure! We are praying for you guys!!!

Bethany said...

How WONDERFUL!!!! What a beautiful post and even more beautiful is the testimony you have given of God's grace, goodness, and provision!!! Congratulations!!! I could not be more thrilled for you both, and those two precious babies that are already so loved. You two are already amazing parents, congrats!

The Elliott Family said...

On behalf of the Elliott Family, we would like to say "Congratulations". We are so excited for you ! We will keep your family in our prayers during the next months.

Ashley McWhorter said...

How exciting!! What a wonderful blessing!!! Congratulations!!! :)

Wendy... said...

Laura!! I am SO VERY HAPPY for you and Adam!!! I haven't checked blogs in a while so I just now found out your wonderful news!!

My thoughts and prayers will be with all 4 of you the next few months!!

CONGRATS!!
Love,
Wendy & Wayne

Loy said...

Hi Laura.

I am so excited and praising God for you and Adam's double blessings. Congratulations! My own twinkies are 6 today. If you need anything, feel free to contact me. Praying for ya'll.

Loy(Lindsay's sis in law)

becky marshall said...

Sweet testimony, sweet friend. Can't wait to squeeze their little cheeks!

Cody and Shana said...

It's so awesome hearing you share your testimony and experience with this journey. I can not WAIT to meet those babies! Rejoiceing with you oh so much!