Friday, September 30, 2016


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This God--His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30

What a joyful surprise to learn we were expecting an Easter baby (little Jellybean until we know the baby's gender)! After our two miscarriages, we always hold our breath for the first several weeks. Morning sickness set in strong at five weeks, and at six weeks we saw that beautiful heartbeat. At our nine week ultrasound we still saw that tiny heart beating strong, but our doctor gave us some heartbreaking news that was confirmed with a visit to a specialist this week. For reasons unknown to us and the medical people, but not unknown to God, the baby's brain has not formed properly. Baby's condition is not the "classic" anencephaly, but is similar. The specialist called it cranio something or other. But in medical terms it means "incompatible with life." Both my regular ob and the specialist told us that while a pregnancy loss is always possible at any stage, typically the pregnancy proceeds normally and to term, but our baby is expected to live only a few minutes to a couple of days, if baby survives the birth. Of course we are heartbroken. There really aren't any words.

Would you pray with us? Many of you already know our news and have been praying with us, and we are so thankful for you. Our family and friends and sweet church community loves us so well, and they are showing us what it means to bear one another's burdens. Pray for peace and comfort and wisdom as we seek to celebrate life yet plan for death. And pray for wisdom when we talk with our children in the next few weeks. They do not know anything about the pregnancy yet. I'm sure I'll have many more thoughts to share later. We know that God has always been faithful, and He will be again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

First Stitches

Last week Sophie hit her head on something in the bathroom. Time for her ER visit and stitches. According to Daddy, she just sat there and let them stitch it up. She's our brave and stoic child! Now they are almost healed. Hoping she won't have much of a scar.

Other than that, we're trucking along with school and our fall activities. Next month I will try to get back on a more frequent blogging schedule.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

First Day of School 2016

We had a great first day, despite our schoolroom/playroom floor still being under construction (school is happening mostly in the dining room right now) and Mama having a cold. We plan to have lots of fun and enjoy our kindergarten and preschool year!

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