Our journey to becoming parents

Photo: We would love to introduce you to baby Harl who will be making his/her appearance early March 2013!  We feel so very Blessed with this miracle from God and CAN'T WAIT to be parents to this little angel ❀

Hello to all of my wonderful readers!

I figured I needed to write an updated blog post as it seems I have shocked many of you with our facebook announcement this morning πŸ™‚  Your kind words seriously bring tears to my eyes and make both of our hearts so full!
First, I would like to thank each one of you who have prayed for us during this very long journey.  We have heard so many stories of our faithful friends who have continued to pray and even churches praying for us!  We are so very Blessed!!!

We started this journey of trying to get pregnant a little over three years ago and have done just about any and every infertility treatment, including the ‘big daddy”…IVF.  After many failed attempts and a miscarriage in 2010, we decided to adopt.
It has now become almost humorous to hear people say, “See.. when you decide to adopt you get pregnant!”  No.  This is not the case at all.  If you read my blog post from June (I think) I describe how we had put the adoption on hold so we could find a new house and make sure that my mom was taken care of.   (Side note:  We will still adopt from Africa.. the timing will just be a bit different.)
I give all of this glory to God!  Every bit!  It happened honestly when I decided to trust Him and gave my thoughts, dreams and life to Him completely.  I am a bit of a control freak and even though I was a believer, I was still trying to take control of my life.  That’s when it happened….. My lovely monthly visitor was late and SURPRISE!  Au natural πŸ™‚  Our life was about to change forever!  
Now don’t get me wrong, the first trimester didn’t go without massive worries and I was still learning to trust in the miracle He gave us.  I wrote a few blog posts during the 1st trimester that I didn’t publish until today.  Some days were harder than others, but we knew we had Him on our side regardless  πŸ™‚  We are now well into our 2nd Trimester and expecting our little miracle in March!

I would like to close this post with how I told my precious husband we were having a baby.  I found out on a Friday night and somehow kept a secret until the next day.  We had an appointment with our realtor at the house we were about to put an offer on… we just knew it was going to be ours!  I told Chris I had an errand to run before and would meet him there.   When he arrived I was upstairs in the room that I knew we would make the nursery with pink and blue balloons that I had picked up.  He looked a bit confused and I said, “So do you think this would be a good room for the nursery?”  More confusion… I continued.  “Sweetheart, we are finally going to be parents!!!”  
Of course I had to take a picture of his face when he finally got it πŸ™‚

Adorable <3

Both of us in the room after Chris found out.  
Thank you all again for your love and support.  We honestly have some of the most amazing friends, family and prayer warriors.  We still have to pinch ourselves that we are finally going to be parents, but couldn’t be more excited!!
We love you all.  
Be Blessed,

Let go, and Let God πŸ™‚

The real deal

Say hello to Baby H!  Isn’t our little peanut perfect??  Last Thursday I saw the most amazing thing I have yet to see in my life, a heart beat for our child.  When the dr did the sonogram and said everything looked perfect and that little “blip” right there was the heart beat, I lost it.  An absolute ugly cry.  I was so overwhelmed with emotions that I couldn’t control my sobbing, I was so happy.  The dr laughed and said the baby experienced it’s first earth quake!  Ha ha funny man.  He explained that once you see a heart beat in an early ultra sound that is a great sign that this really is the real deal πŸ™‚  
We are actually going to be using a midwife for this pregnancy (my birth plan since I can remember), and we saw her on Monday.  She told us all looked well on her end and ordered some blood work to be done to make sure my levels were good.  We heard back and all of the numbers looked great!  Baby is right on track.  Still strange to say, but I am having a baby!!  All those days thinking I would never experience the miracle of having our own child have now been replaced by wonderful pregnancy symptoms.  No complaints here though, I am Blessed.

Pregnancy after a miscarriage

Yep, you read it… we are pregnant!  It honestly was a gift from God and all in His perfect timing.  πŸ™‚
I found out on July 6th and the past three weeks have been surreal.  I am learning once again about faith and trusting the Lord in all that I do.
With our first pregnancy a year and a half ago I didn’t even have a thought of miscarriage when we first found out, I knew this was going to be our time.  Sadly, it wasn’t and a few short weeks later our dreams of being parents were shattered.
This pregnancy I am finding myself much more cautious because I have felt that loss, that pain of having that dream so close to your heart ripped away.  Even though the statistics are after my first miscarriage I am 80% likely to have a child with my next pregnancy, it is easy to doubt and put myself back into the darkness I felt after our first loss.
Our first doctors appointment is in two days.  I am praying for a strong and wonderful heart beat.
I have already thanked God for a healthy child, because I do know that we will be parents one day. Praying that that day comes in 2013.

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
-Proverbs 3:5