Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011


Well, we have so much to be thankful for this year.  God continues to pour His blessings on our family.  Our biggest gift this year was the arrival of Kyrie.  Even though her arrival wasn't how we planned it to be, God got her here safely and that is all that matters!  We continue to be thankful for good health for our family.  Sure, we have had our share of colds, but nothing very serious.  Yes, I might have passed out while 37 weeks pregnant, but the doctors didn't find anything wrong.  For these things we are thankful!  We are thankful that God continues to bless our ministry here in Northern Virginia and that Chris has a job to go to each week.  We know there are many out there who don't have a job and aren't able to provide for their family, so for this we are thankful.  We are thankful for our families who support us and the calling God has on our life.  We know that it isn't ideal that we live so far away, but we are thankful for your support and your visits.  We are also so thankful for our church family. They definitely step up and do things our family would normally do if we lived in the same town.  We have truly been blessed for all the meals that have been provided, the help with the kids as I recover from the     C-section and all the prayers and encouraging words spoken. For these things we are thankful.  We are thankful that God has allowed me to stay home with our children. Sure, we might not be able to vacation as much as we like or buy all the things that we want, but we are thankful that all of our needs are met.  The most important thing we are thankful for, is for our salvation in Jesus Christ.  Without Him, we might not see all these blessings.  We pray that you take a moment to reflect on all the blessings that you have in your life.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Happy Birthday, Kyrie!



Well, Kyrie Eleison has made her entrance!  We got up early Thursday morning...like 5am early to get ready to go to the hospital.  The plan was to go ahead and turn Kyrie if she hadn't already turned.  When we got there and the doctor finally came in, she said Kyrie was still breech.  She was going to have to go ahead with the external version.  She asked if I had made a decision about getting an epidural and I told her I still didn't want one.  So she went ahead with turning the baby.  She got her head turned down, but for some reason couldn't get it straight down.  When the doctor did an ultrasound, she saw that her feet were down where my cervix was.  We had to wait four hours because I had eaten, so even though they were talking c-section they said she might move her feet in that time.  Well, she ended up not moving her feet and started laboring some, so it was off to get ready for the c-section.  I am so against having an epidural that I even asked to be knocked out during the c-section.  There were too many big risks to be able to do that, so I had to just trust the Lord with this whole situation.  The c-section was so quick from start to finish...we were walking into the OR around 12:05pm and they were pushing me into recovery by 12:40pm.  Kyrie Eleison joined us officially at 12:24pm weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz.  and measuring 19 inches long.  We are so thankful that she is here safely and is absolutely healthy.  Please pray for us as we transition to being a family of four to a family of five.