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About 3 weeks ago, we discovered…

March 18, 2010

I am pregnant! On Saturday, Feb. 27 I had that feeling. My friend encouraged me to take a pregnancy test. It was positive. I cried and was overjoyed at the same time. Jeremiah was in San Antonio for a class so I waited all day long to tell him. I went to Whole Foods and got 4 chocolate covered strawberries to represent that we will now be 4 and a card to write down all the details that happened before and after finding out.

We celebrated that evening together, surprised, excited, and shocked.

Since then, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind. I’ve had extreme nausea, cravings, morning sickness, fatigue, and feeling like a truck has hit me at about 8 every night. Since I often love to control things, this pregnancy is teaching me that I just can’t have control. Every day is something new. Every day I have to rely on God’s strength to help me love and respect my husband well and be there for John even when I feel like a mess.

Last Friday we went to our doctor and he said everything looked great and that our baby’s due date is Oct. 26, exactly three days after our son John was born. It looks like they will be 2 years apart. I am currently about 9 weeks along.

I definitely have my concerns: How will I love this baby the same as I do my son? Can we really handle two? We live in an incredibly small apartment on campus at seminary- will we survive until school is done? Can I really go through natural labor again? Are we crazy for trusting the Lord to grow our family?

Even in the midst of it all, we are so grateful that God has chosen us to bring about new life once again. His grace is amazing. And this new life is His. We have to hold this baby with arms wide open. It’s funny, I kept running into these verses in Psalms before we found out:

Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
– Psalm 127:3-5

I think God was preparing me all along and I love how he does that.

Thanks so much for sharing in our joy today (I couldn’t wait to tell you)!

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 18, 2010 9:29 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!

  2. March 18, 2010 11:58 am

    WOW! Congrats to you and Jeremiah! That’s fantastic!

  3. March 18, 2010 12:06 pm

    Thanks you guys. It means a lot!

  4. March 18, 2010 7:26 pm

    #1. don’t worry AT ALL about the space. babies take up almost no room- and since you already have a small child, really, you’ve already got all the “stuff” you need anyway- you know what i mean?? like, once you have one, you’ve got room for more. really.

    #2. the minute the baby is born you’ll never be able to picture that there was a time when they weren’t there- once they’re in your arms, it’s like they’ve always been.

    #3. being sick while having another toddler who does not allow rest is hard. but communicate with your husband and close friends to make sure you don’t do too much, and get help when you need it. so anyway, i just won’t sugarcoat it. like you already know, it’s hard. but, you’ll be better for it- really! take it one moment at a time, and you’ll see over time that you’ve…gotten through it!

    Megan

  5. Anna permalink
    March 18, 2010 8:05 pm

    I just read this – HOW EXCITING! What a blessing. 🙂 Can’t wait to hear more!

  6. March 18, 2010 9:27 pm

    Congratulations!!!!

  7. Kristie Randolph permalink
    March 23, 2010 3:58 pm

    Yay Samantha! I’m glad the news is public :). This is a great post – we’ll look forward to seeing how the Lord will provide for you physically, mentally, emotionally and financially as the baby grows. What a precious gift!

  8. March 24, 2010 12:14 am

    Samantha, that’s a real blessing for you and the entire family. As you so beautifully expressed it – God’s grace is amazing!
    May God’s wonderful gracious love continue to strengthen you!

  9. March 29, 2010 8:38 am

    Congratulations, Samantha! Baby #2 is an amazing experience 🙂

  10. April 1, 2010 2:13 pm

    Thanks Aaron. Would love to hear about your experience…. 🙂

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