I’ve been pondering how best to share this for weeks now so here I sit, late at night, sharing my heart with you yet again.
It’s hard to believe that almost three years ago, we were blessed with the answered prayer of a long-awaited pregnancy. For those of you new around here, my husband and I struggled with infertility for two years before God answered our prayers with a baby. You can read more about that emotional journey here. It was a joyful surprise and a pregnancy that I savored, until we at long last held our sweet Nathan Reagan in our arms.
It was with similar delight that we learned of God’s latest blessing to our family. I am delighted to share the wonderful news that we are expecting again! God has answered our prayers and given us another baby to love and raise – a sibling for Nathan. He’s pretty excited about the news, too!
Even as we rejoice, my heart still aches.
You see, I have several friends near and dear to me who are mourning recent miscarriages. They (and we) are heartbroken over this loss of life that was already loved. My heart aches with them.
I have several others close to me who continue to struggle in the lonely journey of infertility. They don’t know how or when or if God is going to answer their prayers for a baby. My heart aches with them.
My heart aches for the thousands of children who die each day throughout the modern day Holocaust of abortion. There is no reason for this tragedy. Oh, how my heart aches.
It is difficult to rejoice and mourn at the same time, but that is what I am doing. I know this isn’t your typical pregnancy announcement to turn so serious but I can’t ignore those who are hurting. Life is precious. Every life is precious.
So, I rejoice and I cry and I pray. I pray for comfort for those mourning the loss of life through miscarriage. I pray for peace for those experiencing the emotional roller coaster of infertility. I pray for an end to the evil of abortion. And I pray for all those mothers who are pregnant with a new life growing inside of them. May God protect both mother and child!
Will you join me in praying? Take this as an opportunity to look at the lives of women around you. It is easy to not see but it is equally as easy to assume. Take the time to ask and care and love the women God has placed in your life – whether they are mothers or not – because life is precious. Every life is precious.
Thank you for letting me share my joy and my heart. And because I know you want to hear more about this baby of ours, here’s a bit more!
I’m 14 weeks along, entering the second trimester now. I was able to see the baby already at an early ultrasound, kicking and wiggling away. My first trimester had me feeling tired and a bit nauseous but I have my energy and appetite back now. Our expected due date is March 17th which I know will be here before we know it. Oh, and yes. I am showing much more quickly this time around!
We are excited to welcome this new little one into our lives, hearts and home. I promise to keep you updated, of course!