Tuesday, August 26, 2008

An Angel in the book of life wrote down our baby's birth, and whispered as she closed the book- "Too beautiful for earth."

I just wanted to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. We are so very blessed. Skip and I are doing well, and still very positive about the future. Things will all work out!
And it is amazing how many shared stories of your own miscarriages... it has given me strength. I have also gained strength and inspiration from Lauren & Jay Warren. Abigail taught me some important things right before I needed to know them! God bless that baby girl and her amazing parents.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Everything Happens for a Reason

Dearest Family & Friends,

We are sad to share the news that we are no longer pregnant. As is common in 25% of pregnancies, we have miscarried. It was nothing we did or didn’t do, it was just a chromosomal abnormality. God didn’t mean this child for our arms.

We are heartsick, but we believe that God has a plan. I know we are meant to be parents, and we look forward to many healthy children! (okay… 2 or 3, Skip got nervous!) The doctor gave us the okay to start trying again soon, and we DID like the trying part! (oh my, my grandma and my pastor are reading this!)

So… while we are sad for the moment, we know that wonderful things await us as parents. We thank all of you for your love and support. Please keep us in your prayers and think positive thoughts for another positive pregnancy test in our future!

We will keep the blog to post updates, and we will be back with a flourish when we are expecting again!

Monday, August 18, 2008

An Angel in our Midst

I need a moment to request prayers and to offer thanks to Christ for the blessing of Abigail Jane Warren. Abigail is the daughter of some friends, Lauren Lea (Magin) and Jay Warren. She was born with Zellweger's Syndrome and graced this earth for almost three months. But in this short time, AJ brought an abundance of love and blessings to all of those that she touched. She was a happy baby that could only be described as beautiful. She was truly meant to be an Angel, and we were just lucky enough to meet her before she ascended to her heavenly home. Please offer prayers for the Warren family, and join me in celebrating this young, blessed, miraculous life. Abigail will forever be loved.

These are photos of Girl's Night with Kristin, Lauren, Abigail and I. I believe Kristin and Lauren to be two of the strongest, bravest, most amazing mothers that I know. But strong as she is, Lauren could use your prayers now. Join her in celebrating her beautiful daughter's life.

Monday, August 11, 2008

O'Douls Ain't Too Shabby!

Well, we started Week 5 at the coast on a couple's trip with some friends and had a great time! I sampled an O’Douls or two… pretty good! The beach was super fun and I still feel great… I just nap a lot!

The past week has been full of sweet comments, emails, phone calls, hugs, and cards from dear friends and family congratulating us. We thank each and every one of you for sharing in our joy. A few people deserve some extra special thanks for their kind giving:
“Aunt” Kristin K- gifted us a pregnancy book (I have already devoured these and will continue to do so!)
“Aunt” D’Ann- baby’s first Longhorn pacifier! Hook ‘em! (baby will be attending many games this year because Skip and I got season tickets!)
Sissy (my mom)- a pregnancy book and a pair each of teeny tiny pink and blue booties!
“Aunt” April- a Longhorn bib and some adorable cowboy boot booties
“Aunt” Candee- an offer of some hand-me-down maternity clothes for the work place- yay! And a beautiful handmade gift card that the coast gang all signed. (check out www.greipumpkin.com for amazing stationary, custom invites, and photos!)
Aunt Shannon- Cousin Benjamin & Cousin Julia’s crib, changing table, and various other items that will become family heirlooms!

We are so blessed!

Along with the well-wishes, come the plentiful advice, instructions, and personal stories. Well-meaning people that we love inundate us with “you must do this,” “this is the only thing that works,” “get used to this,” “you can no longer do that,” “just wait until this,” and of course “my way is the only way!” We do love to share this with everyone, but we believe we’ll do it our way! :-)

During this week, our baby will develop a brain and a heartbeat! This photo of a baby at 5 weeks is too cool not to share! (it is only the size of a sesame seed!)
Thanks again for sharing in our immense joy. You are yet another gift in our blessed life!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

We're Pregnant!

That's right... Pregnant, Preggo, With child, In a delicate condition, Knocked up, Expecting, Marinating, About to pop, Preggers, Preggy, Up the duff, On stork watch, In the pudding club, In the family way. Or to say it another way... the rabbit died, we have a bun in the oven, we conceived, and there will soon be a baby bump!

Sheesh! We are both overjoyed. It is early yet, I am only 4 and half weeks. Daddy-to-be is very excited and nervous. I am feeling great so far. My first ultrasound will be August 29th. We will be due around April 12, 2009. More info to come! God answers prayers!

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