24 May, 2010

Sweet Little One

After 15 weeks of pregnancy, I described it as this: "I finally just stopped fighting what was happening, relaxed and let the pain do its work. I stopped fighting what God was allowing, and surrendered my baby completely to Him, knowing that my child would be with Him, and I will meet my baby someday."

I'm absorbing the impact of missing someone so deeply that I never met, never felt, never heard. Last night I sat in bed and thought that I should go take something for my heartburn. Then I realized that I didn't have any...and I cried to my husband that I never thought I would miss heartburn, ever. I felt sadness as I easily buttoned my jeans, and looked at my BellaBand, now sitting forlornly with my other maternity clothes.

Where there is sadness, there is always a greater purpose. At the end of my day, at the end of my tears, at the end of my thoughts, there is this: hope. God has given me endless hope, and endless peace in everything. I will see my baby someday, and I am thankful for that. I am also thankful for the empathy I have gained for other women through this, and I am thankful that I can have more understanding and love for others because of this. God works all things together for good for those who love Him, and he bring joy renewed ever morning! Great is His faithfulness!

Endless thanks go out to those who have lifted us up in prayer and have poured out their support and love to us. I only pray that I can give back in my lifetime.

Blessings to you, and love and peace through the Lord Jesus Christ.

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks. For this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

13 May, 2010

When it Strikes Home

I recently had an opportunity to watch a video about a very godly man who has poured much of his life's work into helping others. His goal (and widespread outreach) has been to improve the condition of water in third-world countries. His mission is amazing, and his heart for the Lord and for helping others moved me greatly.

Non-profit organizations that help others have been at the forefront of my mind lately. Their help for others and their love for each and every person they help is amazing. I wanted to share some of these with you, and encourage you to help as you are able. It truly is amazing to know you have helped someone. (I think of Matthew 25:40 here.) Here are ministries we have been blessed to contribute to and pray for:

Ruth Harbor is a Christ-centered home for young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies. "Ruth" means compassion; "Harbor" means a place of refuge, safety, retreat, shelter.

Compassion International: "Releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name"

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

The Voice of the Martyrs
is a non-profit, interdenominational organization with a vision for aiding Christians around the world who are being persecuted for their faith in Christ.

Thank you for taking the time to read this! I know that each person has ways they share, and there are endless possibilities on who to contribute to. I would love to hear of any organization, person, ministry, etc. that you love to give to! As Christ followers and Bible-believing saints, I firmly believe that we should always be looking for ways to show others the love God has poured out on us.

Knowing that our resources come from God fuels a desire to give back to Him with our whole hearts! In every way we give to others, our desire is to glorify God and do everything in His name.

10 May, 2010

I Love Being Spoiled

Mother's Day is a very special day to me. I loved making a big production out of it for my mom, and being a mom is so special! This year is different from last year. Last year I was 5 months pregnant, and feeling huge, but not necessarily mom-like. This year I have one visible darling little girl, and another un-visible baby being knit together by the hand of God.

My sweet husband and aforementioned darling little girl came home with these on Saturday evening:They had more in their stash, but it was declared a surprise until the next morning.

The corsage smelled so good, and Ava thought it was pretty cool!
She's the one who made me a mommy!

This card, on the inside, said, "I couldn't have picked a better mom". It was followed by some Ava scribbles and a loving note from my man.

I'm looking forward to every bouquet my children bring me!

My corsage...and the tastiest part of my lovely things!
We went to church, and enjoyed fellowship, teaching from God's Word, and a special part of the day where all the moms got roses! It was so sweet!
Then we went to Cracker Barrel. It's one of those restaurants where we can get our favorite foods. I get my plate full of fat and carbs, and Hubs gets his plate full of fat and protein.

In case you weren't tracking, I had pancakes and he got a steak.

It was good.
And I am so blessed to be a mommy!!!