September 2011 we started working with the college students at our church. It was awesome! We had scheduled a camping trip the weekend after Labor Day. I was pretty bummed because I knew I would be on my period during that weekend. But you know……we women just deal with it!
The camping trip rolled around and I still hadn’t got my period. I did not think a thing about it because “really trying” for a baby was not our focus the last month. We were consumed with trying to get the college ministry up and running.
We were laying in our tent that night and I couldn’t fall asleep. I looked over at Tim and asked him if he thought I was pregnant. He said we needed to wait until we could really find out and not to get excited. (Even though I think he was excited at that time!) So we both fell asleep that night.
We woke up the next morning to go floating. Hooray for me….still no sign of my period! A care free float trip day for me.
While we were floating “my girls” started hurting really bad. I mean REALLY bad. In my head I knew this was the grande of pregnancy symptoms. I was trying so hard not to get excited. But seriously…..OUCH!!!!!!
We packed up our campsite and headed back to Springfield. No period. Awful pain in “the girls” and now I was starting to feel so very sick. Kind of like the flu or something. I was miserable the whole trip back. Now I was thinking that I had to be sick.
We get back to town and crash at home. I had kind of forgotten about the whole pregnancy thing. The next day I woke up and it dawned on me that I still had not got my period. This was too weird. So, husband went out to get me a test.
I reluctantly took the test. (I hate these things!!!!) They have made me cry way too much in the past. I was too scared to even look at it. So, I just left it on the bathroom counter. Tim asked me later if I had taken it and I told him where it was. He went into the bathroom. Seconds later he comes out and I can’t even describe the look on his face! He showed me a POSITIVE PREGNANCY TEST!!!! We absolutely could not believe it! We spent so much time hugging, crying, laughing and praising the Lord.
We went forward with some hesitancy due to our previous situation. Praise the Lord that every early doctor appointment was smooth sailing! There was no sign of a miscarriage AT ALL!! Every passing week, the idea of a miscarriage grew fainter in my mind.
Our doctor appointment came where we got to hear the baby’s heartbeat! I can’t even describe the anxiety I was feeling. I was almost making myself sick. I just couldn’t handle the thought of another loss. Tim and I prayed before we went inside the office and I was feeling very calm. Guess what? We got to hear a very strong, precious heartbeat!!!!!
THIS WAS REALLY HAPPENING!
GOD HAD GIVEN US A BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shortly after we heard the heartbeat, we decided to share the news with everyone. It was the most amazing and joyful time.
Then shortly after that we had our ultrasound to find out were having a precious girl. And we named her Eleanor.
We will be holding Eleanor in our arms in 9 short weeks!!!!!!
I wanted to share a few pictures with you of when we found out we were pregnant…….
Looking at these pictures brings tears to my eyes! I never want to forget the feeling that we had while trying to conceive and the joy we felt at that moment. I never want to lose the ability to relate to other couples going through a similar situation. I pray that God is able to use Tim and I to help other couples and that we will be able to share our story for many years. We want to bring Him glory!
Can I just brag on the Lord?
HE IS FAITHFUL!
HE IS GOOD!
IN THE LOWEST AND DARKEST OF TIMES…..HE IS WORTHY OF PRAISE!
IN THE MOST AMAZING TIMES……HE IS WORTHY OF PRAISE!
If we would not have gone through those years of heartache, I can’t tell you for sure that we would be where we are right now. I’m not sure if Tim would have surrendered to the ministry. I know I wouldn’t be as close to the Lord as I am today. Tim and I’s marriage would not be as strong as it is today.
I do know that no matter where you are in your life right now, it is worth it to wait on Him! Wait patiently. Whether you are waiting on a husband or wife, waiting on a job, waiting to figure out what major to do in college or waiting to have a baby like us…….Trust in His plan for your life. There is no better place to be than serving the Lord faithfully while you wait. There is NOTHING better than what He has planned for your life. Even if that means going through the fire for a bit.
He has not forgotten about you!
HE LOVES YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
Trust Him today with every part of your life. Big and small.