Our sweet “BB-8,” also known as Baby 8 has caused quite a stir among our friends and family! So many have been wondering and praying that our new addition is a boy because we have shared God’s promise of three sons! We have a deal with God! James and I are up for whatever God wants and how ever many kids He wants for us! We have been trusting Him and He ALWAYS has a better plan for us than we do! If James and I would have stopped at three kids we would have missed out on a whole lot of love!
Here’s a video of us telling the kids the news by giving them some gifts to open! You may need to turn the volume down at the 1:40 mark!
BB-8 Gender Reveal
Gift number one: A little ornament
Gift number two: a totally neural outfit
Gift number three: A note that read, “You get to find out today if a brother or sister is coming your way.”
Gift number four: a tiny snowman sleeper
It should still be nice and cold in Indiana in mid-February when our sixth baby GIRL comes home and we can’t wait! Our ultrasound showed that she is healthy and well and an estimated 15 oz. Praise God!!!
Where do you turn in times of trouble? I missed a day here not because I wasn’t thankful but because I was focused of asking for prayers.
My life verse has almost always been Philippians 4:6:
Don’t worry about anything but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God.
When I am praying I am trusting God that He is in control of everything. In times of trouble I pray, and I ask for my friends to pray with me and for me. I can feel the prayers of my friends and family and God gives me an amazing peace that I cannot describe. There is power in talking to God about what troubles me. Even when praying doesn’t change the situation or circumstance it changes my perspective from worrying to trusting in God. I’m thankful for my friends and I am especially thankful for my friends who are willing to pray with me.
When you look at your past sometimes you are able to see things a lot more clearly. Last night I found one of my prayer journals from 2004. I have several journals of my prayers to God. It’s one way that I am able to convey my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, along with my worries and fears to my Father in heaven. It is fun to take a look back at how God has answered my prayer.
In the year 2004 I had been married for 3 years. I didn’t have any children. I was working a full-time job with at-risk teenagers. James had been sick and was not working, but that summer he worked at a Cub Scout camp and for the first time, I worked as a volunteer at the Cub Scout camp. I don’t recall this at all, but I prayed and wrote, “When I think maybe I could work at camp during the summer every year, I wonder what it will be like being a mom and coming to camp with my kids.” I poured over pages and pages of my own pleadings with God to have a child of my own and asking God to prepare me for the job of being a mom. In July of 2004 my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage. It was in the fall that he started working at Carmel High School.
My full-time job taking care of other people’s children gave way to taking care of my own children as my more than full-time job. God has allowed me to have not one, not two, not three, but four beautiful children. I try my hardest not to take any of them for granted. Today my husband and I dedicated our fourth child, Isabel, to God. I had to stop reading my journal to share with James the prayer about camp. I was floored to realize that prayer, which I did not remember at all, has been answered. This past summer was my 2nd summer going to camp with kids, and my first summer of actually working at camp. James’ job in the Carmel Clay school system has provided for our family for many years.
Reading through the pages of my journal and looking back at my past prayers I was reminded how God was at work in my life in 2004. I have trusted Him in the past and I know that I can trust him now and in the future.