Almost 8 years ago, the Lord blessed us with Aidan – a bundle of energy and personality (as you can see by the large scab on his elbow…).  He was an easy baby, but made up for it by being a strong-willed toddler.  I remember that when I was pregnant with Gresham (and Aidan was turning 3), I was a little nervous because I loved Aidan so much – how could I possibly love another baby as much?

But then Gresham was born.  And on that first sleepless night in the hospital, I looked into those wide, blue eyes and knew immediately that there would be plenty of love to go around.

Two and a half years after Gresham was born, the Lord blessed us with Owen.  And he was beautiful.  We were relaxed, handling the third newborn with the skill of experienced parents…  until reflux hit.  There were many long months when taking care of Owen was frustrating and exhausting.  And during those months where I lacked control over my son’s discomfort, the Lord taught me a great deal about loving Owen because He chose Him for us.  In His perfect will, He gave us the son He wanted us to have.  Loving Owen began to be not about Owen being the ideal baby, but about serving the One who created him.  (And in God’s grace, Owen has grown into a happy 2-year-old with no more reflux!)

We are excited to announce that the Lord is blessing us with Baby #4!  Will it be a girl?  Will this baby have reflux?  Will this baby make it safely to full term? (After the experience of some friends, we know not to take that for granted!)  We don’t know the answers to any of those questions, but we know that the Lord does, and we trust His goodness.

I’m not gonna lie… it’s a little intimidating to think about four young children!  We’ll have more laundry, and more messes.  More sandwiches to fix, more boo boos to kiss.  But the Lord will give us more grace.  And more laughter.  And more love.

Definitely more love.

Baby Dees should arrive in early to mid January 2012!


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  1. Heather May 29, 2011

    Congratulations!!!! If it's a girl, you'll have to rename your blog! ; )

  2. Florence May 29, 2011

    Congratulations! That is great news, more to love indeed, :)

  3. bjk May 29, 2011

    Congrats!!! WAY more love coming!

  4. jamie May 30, 2011

    I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations!


  5. Elizabeth May 31, 2011

    Congratulations!!! I discovered your blog this past week and have had such fun reading your past posts. There are such great ideas, games, crafts. It is all very inspiring. I have 2 boys 7 and 4 and then 2 girls 3 and 6 mo. I am hoping to use a lot of your games and crafts with my boys as the summers days get hotter and we are inside more (we are in NE TX). Thanks for your blog and blessings to your growing family!

  6. Amy Jun 2, 2011

    Congratulations from a lurker (a mom of 2 boys, 8 and 11). I have enjoyed your blog for several months now. It is refreshing to find biblical parenting advice as well as ideas that work for real BOYS :-) Many blessings and best wishes to you with this pregnancy and your beautuful family!

  7. Kelly @ The Nourishing Home Jun 7, 2011

    how exciting! congrats and blessing to you as you welcome another precious child! :)

  8. Shannon Jun 7, 2011

    My girlfriend just sent me the link to your blog. I am so excited to read your past posts! I thought it was cute that I have a family just like yours! 3 boys (And they even look like yours!), their ages are 6, 4 1/2 and 15 months...I am dieing for a little girl! If you end up with a little girl there might be an ounce of hope for me...

  9. Shannon Jun 7, 2011

    Oh, I forgot to mention that I homeschool too! What?

  10. Felice Jun 27, 2011

    Congrats!! I am behind on seeing your posts in June and so excited to hear your news!! Wishing you a peaceful, blessed pregnancy


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