Our Family is Growing by Two Feet

“Praise God from Whom all blessings flow…”

My heart is just bursting! Today our little family of three has an exciting announcement to make: our family is growing by two feet!!!

Pregnancy Reveal: Our Family is Growing by Two Feet

Adoption paperwork, classes and home studies are temporarily put on hold because I’m pregnant! Yes, friend. You read that right. I’m pregnant!!

Amazing, right? We serve such an incredibly awesome God that does more than my heart can ever think or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).

It was a Sunday night after church. Our little family had just gotten home that morning from a mini-vacation – a vacation I should have felt refreshed after all the sleeping I did. In recent weeks I had felt exhausted all the time, nauseous (to the point I couldn’t even cook), I was gaining weight and not fitting into clothes anymore. Which to me was weird because I wasn’t eating much.

I blamed the exhaustion and nauseousness on stress. And the extreme tiredness also to recovering from a week of teen camp, where I received just a few hours of sleep each night and had long, grueling days. Oh, I was sick that week too (and the week before). But again, exhaustion and nauseousness are ways my body handles stress and anxiety.

However, I usually lose weight during these times, especially because I have no appetite.

So that Sunday night, I knew something wasn’t exactly right with me. I had never been this tired for so long. The nauseousness was a little different from when it’s stress. And let’s not forget about the weight gain!

“Don’t you want to know? I think we need to know one way or another. Don’t you?” I asked my husband.

He hesitantly agreed. (Though now he says he told me absolutely “no”, he didn’t want to know. Sometimes I wonder if we were having the same conversation, because that is not how it came across to me.)

In just a week we had an adoption class where I was hoping to hand in our (soon to be fully) completed paperwork for our second adoption. I knew if I were pregnant, the agency would not continue the adoption process. But I also knew I needed a physical from a doctor to complete the paperwork. So if I wasn’t pregnant, I needed my doctor to run further tests. Some of my symptoms lined up with diabetes and thyroid problems, both of which run in my family.

So off to the store I went to pick up a test. I didn’t want to take it when I got home. My heart just couldn’t take a negative test. Farid urged me to take the test. Why wait until the morning?

It was positive. Immediately!

Was it true? Could it be a false positive?

Yes, I know. I had missed two (yes, two) cycles. But my body was still recovering from 6 months of those awful Lupron shots, right?

I tentatively brought the test to my husband saying, “I think it says I’m pregnant. Are we reading it right?”

So he had me text a picture to my mom and sisters, in which I asked, “is this really positive?” (Um, yes. Sadly, that is how they found out.)

Pregnancy Reveal

Three days later, a blood test from the doctors office confirmed the pregnancy saying that my numbers were “really high”. And that Saturday we had the joy of seeing our little baby on an ultrasound.

The next Monday I sat in a room waiting to see my doctor. She walked in and said, “When I saw your name this week and why you were coming in I couldn’t believe it. I was completely shocked. But now I am over it and so excited for you!”

I was over 9 weeks pregnant.

To be honest, I was still a little shocked too.

In our 7 1/2 years of marriage, pain had wreaked havoc on my body, both physically and emotionally. Fertility treatments, surgeries and tests had doctors telling me my chances of getting pregnant naturally were almost nothing, and even with IVF lower than normal. Last September I sat in a hospital bed post-surgery with my doctor telling me my insides looked terrible. I knew only God could work a miracle in me.

And He DID!

“And (my) God can do exceeding abundantly more than all I could (ever) ask or imagine” (Ephesians 3:20).

The words to the Chris Tomlin song, “Our God” come to mind:

“Our God is greater
Our God is stronger
God You are higher than any other.
Our God is healer
Awesome in power
Our God, our God!”

Over the last several months (and years), we have prayed that God would fill our home with children, that He would grow our little family. Little did we know how God would even begin to answer that prayer.

Pregnancy Announcement

Words cannot truly express how grateful and excited we are that God is growing our little family. As I write this, I am once again reminded that God is faithful. His timing is ALWAYS perfect.

Thank you to everyone who has prayed and is praying for our little family. We continue to covet your prayers as we embark on this new adventure!

As Psalm 27:13 and 14 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD. Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.” 

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11 Responses to Our Family is Growing by Two Feet

  1. Carmen Smallwood says:

    I love the pictures and the wonderful way you describe this miracle. I pray that you will be healthy and strong throughout the pregnancy. Warm wishes to your family.

  2. Dena Denny says:

    Utterly ecstatic to read this!!!!! I always knew you would be pregnant oneday 🙂 what a Miracle and joy! I bet you are beside yourselves! Praying for a looooong healthy pregnancy— so happy for you !!!

  3. Sanjuana Salemme says:

    God is a miracle maker. He and He alone can give you what your heart desires. He is Faithful with His promises so He will take care of you and this precious little one He’s created in you. Congratulations and praying for you during your pregnancy. May He continue to bless you and your family as it grows.

  4. I’m SO happy for you! GOD is so good! <3

  5. Liz says:

    I saw your post on the Titus2sday link-up and knew I needed to read it! What a joyful story! I, also, have experienced God’s grace and blessing in this area. We conceived our son (our miracle baby) only 2 weeks after my husband had surgery for testicular cancer. His doctor was amazed. Not something you see every day! A year later, his cancer was back and he had to undergo chemotherapy. We didn’t know how this would affect his fertility. We waited another year to start trying for baby #2. We tried for over a year and a half (6 months of this time we were living in separate states, so we missed at least half of those cycles). Nothing happened. I grew tired of feeling my hopes raise and be crushed every month, so I gave up hope. We were going to wait until the new year and then have my husband tested. I tried not to let my mind wander to the sperm bank and procedures and “what-if-they-dont-work?” Then, we were preparing for a trip to visit family and I lamented to my husband that it looked like “that time of the month” was going to line up perfectly with our week visit. I was bummed about that a little. He said “well you never know…” — I laughed. I knew God could do anything, but I was facing the facts. I was being “realistic.” I had given up. My husband chuckled back and told me not to laugh… look at what happened to Sarah when she laughed! I rolled my eyes and we continued on with life. Well.. the day came and went for my period to start. Weird…I am usually very “on time.” Another day passed and another. I still tried not to get my hopes up. I had already experienced every other “pregnancy symptom” to no avail! When we got back home from our trip, my husband went to the store and got me a test. I took it that morning, bracing myself for the same negative I’d experienced so many times. When I came downstairs I announced to him – It looks like we’ve been given another miracle. I am seven weeks pregnant today – only a few choice family members are aware of this (shhhh), but I couldn’t resist to share another happy story of God’s miracles. 🙂

    Congratulations!

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