We are so unbelievably thrilled to share this wonderful news with everyone! We have waited a good long while to be able to say those two words that changed our whole world - We're pregnant!
I'm not sure where to start this story because I feel like there's so much I could say. When Elisha and I started dating we didn't have any kiddos in our lives - I was the youngest and didn't have any babies growing up around me. So, we were both pretty set on not having kids (which is crazy to think about now). Well, fast forward a few years and some switch flips in me, and literally all I want is a baby (granted we're still dating). So we begin to talk about the future and the possibility of us having a child and it becomes something we both now want. One baby. So around this time Elisha shares a name for our baby and God also shares a really special word about who our child will become. It's from this moment on that a promise is planted deep in my heart (2009).
So we go on dating and referring to our future child by name, and somewhere along the way, the idea of one baby becomes the thought of two babies. And so we decide that our dream is to have two children, and Elisha shares the name of our second child and we refer to them as such.
Fast forward 7 years and we're married and finally ready to give this whole parenting thing a go. And of course, as things do, it takes time, much longer than we hoped or expected. But, all along the way God is reassuring us that His promises are good and He's faithful to keep His word. We are given prophetic words from friends who share dreams that they've seen our children (each as we imagined them) - this happens 4 times. Then we begin having friends randomly text or come up to us and say they've been praying for us to conceive, and that they feel strongly that it's going to happen. This happens for months and months and months.
In the moment it's frustrating because you keep hearing it's gonna happen and then it doesn't, and you naturally want to lose heart, but I just kept going back to those promises, and they honestly carried me through those days.
The month I found out I was pregnant, I actually waited ten days to actually take a pregnancy test, convinced that I would be let down if I did. I remember waking up that morning earlier than usual, and Abba telling me to take the test. I fought him on it. I know there's so many women who can attest to how disheartening it is to take a test and see a negative. I just didn't want to put myself through it again, but I reluctantly made my way to the bathroom cabinet and grabbed a test. All the while prepping myself mentally for another negative.
And before I knew it, I looked down and in seconds it was the clearest positive I could have ever imagined seeing. Immediately I was bawling and thanking the Lord for His faithfulness, apologizing for every moment I ever doubted. I was so overwhelmed with His love.
I wanted to make my announcement to Elisha special, so I went to work (bursting with joy) and during my lunch break I had a collar engraved with the words "Big Sis" to put on Gretchen. I raced home after work and put it on her, anxiously waiting for him to get home and see. His reaction was priceless and one that I will treasure forever. I'm just so excited for this little life and all that it means to our family. I am 12 weeks today and we should find out if we're having a boy or a girl in two weeks.
God is faithful. If you're still waiting sister, trust that His timing is perfect and He sees you! There is purpose in your patience and He is working in your waiting.
Our birth announcement photos were taken by my incredibly talented friend Kalli Carr - if you're in the Dallas area, she's your girl!
All the love, Mel