Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Double Lines

We're going to have a baby!!

It's still pretty early, so we don't have exact due dates or anything like that, but we took three of these bad boys, and have learned that it's not very common to get a false positive. False negatives happen a lot, but this is the real deal. Liz and I are VERY excited about this gift God has blessed us with.

We had been debating back and forth, for a while, how to determine the difference between being good stewards with what God has given us and how to actually trust God to really only give you what He knows you can handle. About a two months ago, we agreed that birth control was our way of declaring that we know best and that we know what God has planned for us, and that if He wants us to have a baby, then He'll find a way to make it happen. So, we decided to take God out of the tiny box we had Him in, and let Him actually have control. We came off birth control and trusted God to provide perfectly for us, just like He has promised He would.

side note: we are in no way condemning those who use birth control or who are waiting for more clear direction for God before starting to have children. God works in each one of us differently. This just happens to be how He worked in our lives.

Well wouldn't you know that about 3 weeks ago, He was ready to demonstrate His great plan for our lives and the beginning of our family. Liz had been feeling pretty nauseous and her nose was like a blood hound. I swear she was smelling things from the next county. After a particularly nauseous day, she decided to take a preggo test that we had laying around from a few months ago. Knowing that God was in control and whatever the results were would be a part of His plan, she prayed a little prayer that God's will be done, and she joined me outside with Porter. It wasn't until a few hours later, as she was getting ready for her night at small groups, that i heard quite a commotion coming from the bathroom.

I ran in to see her holding a stick and sporting an expression that would be classified as a cross between bewilderment and pure joy. The result...DOUBLE LINES!!! We both stood there for a minute, kind of in shock. So unexpected and so awesome all at the same time. Needless to say, she was a little late to small groups that night.

It took us a few weeks to get the word out before we blasted it out over the internet. Of course will a lot of things, there are some people that won't find out until they see this or hear someone else mention it. For that, we are sorry. You are still loved.

Because the miscarriage rate is much higher for the first trimester, we invite and encourage your prayers for safety and good health for Liz and our child. We couldn't be happier and are so excited to be able to share this new life with you.