Friday, March 28, 2008

Pain & Suffering

There is a lot of pain & suffering going around right now in my circle of friends and acquaintances. I have a friend who has just miscarried again and she is feeling lost and broken. She is dealing with something she can't truly understand and has no desire to be in this situation yet again. My heart breaks for her and her family.
I know another who had her water break at 21 weeks. 21 weeks! They had to take the baby last night due to an infection. My heart breaks for her and her family. I can't even begin to fathom what they are feeling or even understand why God is bringing them to this place. All I can do is lift them up in prayer. I have a hard time with God's plan in this situation. Both women are strong Christian women who love the Lord. Who do their best to live their life as an example for Christ. Why them? Why anyone? I don't know the answers and neither do they, but I do trust in God's plan. I have to. We have to.

Part of Hebrew 13:5 says " Never will I leave you, Never will I forsake you".
1 Peter 5:7 says "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you".

A & J, and anyone else struggling right now (whatever your struggle), hold onto God's promise. He will never let you go.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Signed, Sealed and waiting to be Delivered!

Well at our free 3-D sonogram we were told we were having a little girl, but I was a little hesitant to be all out excited that we were having a girl. I wanted to be sure, so today it was confirmed by my doctor that we are definitely having an Audrey. Now I am way excited and ready to throw myself in planning mode. I have included pictures of today's sonogram. (Please note that there is a girl part picture--I'm sure Audrey will just love knowing I put her "stuff" out for all to see!). The other picture is her profile. It was amazing to see her on the screen. All her parts (brain, heart, legs, spine, etc) all seem to be in working order, PRAISE GOD! We can't wait to meet her in August! Everyone says the time will fly by, but August seems so far away! I can wait though. Enjoy the pictures and I'll post again soon!

Here is her sweet profile.......
Here is the proof:

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Sense of Humor

Apparently only a few people thought my joke was funny. (See post below this one). I thought it was funny along with Bryan and my dad. Oh well. Welcome to my sense of humor!

Anyway, we had another sonogram today and I am pleased to announce that Bryan and I are expecting a GIRL!!!! For real, no joke. We are both shell-shocked because we just knew it was a boy. We are beyond excited though or we soon will be. I'm having trouble wrapping my arms around this. All I can hear in my head right now is the speech Tom Cruise gave at the end of Cocktail that says "and if it's a girl that comes to bless our clan......" I won't repeat the rest, but if you have seen Cocktail then you know how it ends! It is going to take a while to change my train of thought. I'll attach the 3-d picture of our baby girl soon.

So the nickname of Ziggy no longer applies. From this moment on we will be calling her Audrey. Audrey is named after my Great-Aunt Audrey who lived in Zinc, Arkansas. Yes, there is a very small town called Zinc. My mom's side of the family can all vouch for that if you don't believe me. I've always liked the name and Bryan agreed on it as well. Actually, before Bryan and I even got married we picked 2 boy and 2 girl names out and we haven't even considered changing. Even when the nurse said it's a girl (and I said: Are you sure?), I immediately said her name is Audrey. So bad luck or not, the full name is Audrey Elaine! I'll go ahead and give a disclaimer that we have every right to change our minds, but for now it is Audrey.

Okay, there you have it. I'll post more soon!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

It's a GIRL!!!!!

For my friends Chad and Cara! (Sorry parents and in-laws...I couldn't resist titling the post that!).


I want to take a quick minute to congratulate my friends Chad and Cara on the birth of their baby girl Cadence. Cadence was born (very quickly from what I hear) yesterday afternoon. Mom and baby are doing great.

Congratulations Chad & Cara!!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Lemon-Berry Goodness

I still have nothing to post about so I'll tell you about my mid-afternoon break. I had to fill a prescription today and my pharmacy just happens to be right next to a Sonic. Not a huge thought process here. I made the executive decision to pick up my prescription and a lemon-berry slush as well. I have to have something to wash my pills down with, right? It makes perfect sense to me. Not only did I get my slushy half-price (Sonic's version of Happy Hour), I also avoided a long wait at the pharmacy. Go me!

On a baby related note, Bryan and I find out what we are having soon! I can't wait. I'm hoping I will then have something to blog about. Everyone says once you find out what you are having it is down hill from there. We'll see.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Everything is Normal!

Last week I had some blood drawn to run an AFP test. AFP Test checks for abnormalities that can tell you if your child runs a risk for Down Syndrome, Trisonomy, Neural tube defects and other things. My doctor just called with the results and all looks normal! Praise God!!

To be honest, I had forgotten about the test until I listened to the message from the office. I wasn't too worried because I trust God's plan for this child. I do realize it is easier to say this now that I know everything is looking good. I know that there might be some problems that develop that will test my trust in his plan, but I have placed this child in God's hands and pray daily that he continues to prepare Bryan and I to raise this child he has given us according to his plan! I am learning that this is an area I struggle in sometimes. A friend of mine had posted on her blog a series of questions in regards to faith. She has been tested (still is) and she threw out her questions to all of her readers. The majority of her feedback was: Let me get back to you after I think on it!. How often does our answer to the questions change when we are tested or when we aren't being tested? I'm guilty of teetering (is this a word?) back and forth depending on the situation I am in. I tend to praise God when all is well and question his love and purpose for me when things are not so well. The saving grace though is that Gods is full of love, grace and forgiveness! So I try and take time to praise God everyday, no matter what I am feeling because he has paid the ultimate sacrifice for me, for us.