Thomas Rhett couldn’t have said it better, “Making plans and you hear God laughing because… life changes.” I think Seth has said those words at least 10 times a day in the past few weeks.
It has been a while since my last post, it has been crazy and fun adjusting to life as parents. Sturgeon’s homecoming happened within days and we have been full speed ahead ever since. Our little seven-month-old has two teeth, loves bathtime, is eating solids, and is very close to crawling! Every day is an adventure and we truly couldn’t be happier that God chose us to be his parents.
And, we had the best first Christmas as a family of three! We didn’t even ring in the New Year when I found out I was pregnant.
Yes, WE ARE EXPECTING! A little girl to arrive in August of this year. No treatments, no medication, no procedures… just the birds and the bees. And of course, the work of our good Lord!
There are 2 thoughts that I believe to be true when I think of this blessing:
- Sturgeon was put on this earth to be my son and I had to receive him as my own before I could conceive. I believe this because I can say without hesitation that if I had a child three years old or younger, I would have never considered adoption and Sturgeon would have never come into my life.
- Having the desire to be a mother fulfilled has brought more joy, goodness, and happiness into my life than I ever thought could be possible. The stress and worry disappeared the moment Sturgeon was put into my arms and that is treatment and medication that no doctor could ever prescribe.
In the midst of the joy and celebrating this unbelievable news with family and friends, sadness overwhelmed us as two of our family members went to heaven just days apart.
Seth’s great grandmother “Mimi” went home to Lord at almost 101 years old and Seth’s grandmother “Grandmama” went home four days later after living several years with Alzheimer’s.
Although we rejoice the good news of their long-awaited homecoming and we celebrate the peace they have found as they are living their best life in heaven, we experienced sadness like we never have before as husband and wife. When I think about the two women I had the honor of calling family, I am reminded of the legacy they have left behind. Women who have trusted in the Lord for almost their entire life, who have raised children to trust in Him, who have then raised children to trust in Him. I pray that I will leave such a legacy as they have.
And just as life ends, we are reminded that life begins. We see life begin every time we look into Sturgeon’s eyes, he lights up the moment he sees a recognizable face. We also see life begin as we hear the heartbeat of our baby girl growing inside my belly. The work of our maker is far more than I could have ever imagined.
I share the good news with you with a cautious heart because I know many readers are still waiting for a miracle, praying for the same blessing, and longing for a happy ending. I know there is nothing that I can say that will take the heartbreak away but my prayer is that my story will provide hope. Hope can go a long way in the journey of infertility, I know that because that was the only thing that got me through the three years of suffering.
A wise woman once noted “Do not rush through the challenges, for God is working even in those days,” today, I believe that to be true more than anything.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. – Romans 15:13