Keilah Abigail was born on May 19th at 2:19 pm.
I prayed for:
shorter birth, less pain and no tearing and to go sooner than my due date!
A shorter labor by 7hrs!
Still had excruciating pain but only officially 7 minutes of pushing!
She was born 8 days early!
She was 1/4" smaller head but 8 ounces heavier than Dassa-Beanie, and the same length. Her belly button fell off at only three days and she is perfectly healthy!
We feel so blessed and content with our two beautiful girls :))
Yesterday I received the LeapFrog alphabet system for Dassa-Beanie along with the Word Whammer and the magnetic alphabet. I know it may seem trivial to some, but I had wanted to get this for our daughter for almost a year now.
She knows her letters from playing Starfall, but she has to be on my computer for that. I almost bought this LeapFrog learning kit for her several times but couldn't quite bring myself to spend the money. LeapFrog is great but not cheap! A fellow mom gave hers to me because her kids had outgrown it.
I am always amazed at how God cares about every little tiny want as well as providing daily for our big needs.
Thank you, God, for showing again how deep your love for me really is. May this journal of miracles help keep that message sunk deep in my forgetful brain. <3
I received another paycheck for website design. Makes me feel good to bring in some income right before the baby comes :)
Thank you, God, for the connections and opportunities you have placed in my lap and for helping me get things accomplished before Keilah is here! You are in the details! Love you!
I finished the second website setup and brought in another paycheck! Feels so nice to be able to be at home and still bring in a little extra doing stuff I enjoy. I was approached today about working from home for my aunt's company. I am going to pray about it. I will know better how to answer her once I find out how to balance two children. Excited about all the Lord is doing.
Josh got his next course and is so close to getting his Masters. I feel we are on the edge of something big. God is moving us into new things!
I was just getting ready to pull out Keikeis clothes when I realized there wasn't really enough room for Dassa-Beanie's and hers together in one bureau. I told josh we needed another and started to keep my eyes open at yard sales and such.
A neighbor lady came over yesterday and offered us her daughter's bedroom set which is in fantastic condition! She is moving to a smaller house and couldn't take it with her. She asked if we could use it for our daughter. It is perfect! It has three drawers under a twin bed and a matching dresser that looks brand new!
Thank you God for yet one more way you provide for our needs! Now I can start pulling out the baby clothes and getting their rooms organized. :)
Okay, so my husband has been wanting a gas grill now for over a year. I remember looking at these nice ones with side burners and the works at least 3 times near Father's day last year. We just didn't want to charge it.
When our neighbor called Josh over to help unload his newly purchased grill, I felt bad for my husband. I know my green-eyed monster would have been aroused. He asked for Josh's help getting it into their backyard. Then our neighbor calls Josh the next day and offers him his old grill. We were expecting just that - an old gas grill, but that is NOT what we got!!
We got a very nice grill with a side burner that had seen only mild wear and still has a lot of life in it!! Josh was dancing a jig.
We saw clearly that those who wait on the Lord are indeed blessed!!!!
Loving my fenced backyard and swing set which has helped restore two hours naps(much needed!).
I finished one website that brought in another paycheck. I have another one almost done! Ikea chair is in place, pack-n-play is waiting in the closet, and we even have backyard chairs. A special thank you to my parents! I can watch Dassa-Beanie out in the yard now in comfort!
Got a new CD-player from my future brother-in-law today for Dassa-Beanie, since hers stopped working. Are we blessed or what?! Every need and want seems to be met before I can name them. Thank you, God!
We took over running the church nursery ministry with another couple. God has been providing new volunteers with great ideas and new enthusiasm. So grateful that God is bringing in people!!! Church nurseries always seem to struggle and I wouldn't want to head this up without His help! We have strong teachers for each week, friendly greeters who are helpful in making parents welcome and comfortable along with lots of helpers who keep the kids happy and participating. :)
I have to praise God. I feel so overwhelmed by his love towards me. He cares for even the insignificant, nesting prayers of a pregnant woman.
I was praying/searching for a double jogging stroller on Craigslist in preparation for baby sister's arrival. and my brother just called me today wondering if I could use his double stroller. I will give him back the single one he lent me. It will be easier for him to run with just my younger nephew, now that his older brother rides his bike. I didn't even know they had a double stroller!
We had been given a regular double which will be great for around stores since the chairs are not side-by-side. We were also given a rear-facing car seat from 5pounds and up. I feel we are so much more prepared and we still have 3 months until she arrives. The swing set and now a jogger. My wish list has dwindled down to a pack-n-play and an ikea chair that bounces.
Lord thank you for providing for all our needs and even a lot of our wants!
We love you! <3
I prayed about a month ago for a swing set. I started watching Craigslist and asking God to provide one. Well, I am happy to report that we were given one just last week for FREE, just in time to fix up for Dassa-Beanie's birthday!!
She already has been enjoying the slide and once we replace a few bolts we can hook up some swings. The one we got, my mom said she saw at Sam's club for over a grand brand new. I feel so blessed that God answered this prayer for our daughter.
Not only does God answer prayers about the big things, but also the little things for our children. Now we have a safe, fenced backyard and a swingset. Life this summer should be sweet and easier on me, even with the addition of a new little one.
God really answered this mom's prayer! Thank you, God for being a God of Details!
Arriving at the church for the Launch Evaluation we didn't know what to expect. The church was massive! West Ridge has 5000+ people. We didn't know how to feel. You try not to pass judgment on a building or a people but sometimes it is hard not to.
We arrived highly skeptical of a calling, mostly to safeguard our hearts. Josh was waiting for the - no. We weren't sure we were in the right place but as the time went on, with every passing hour, we felt more in the right place. It felt like confirmation that we were doing what the Lord had been preparing for us before time.
This wisdom here was priceless. Men and women spoke from all stages of the ministry journey. It seemed each person said something Josh and I had been thinking months prior. It got deeper and deeper as we were asked to speak openly about the desires of our hearts. We were encouraged to really express any doubts and fears. In a way, the renewal was overwhelming. To feel engulfed by God, in a sense. Its the only way I can describe it.
I feel like, in that moment, we felt God's true covering or presence. There was no fear or doubt, only peace, and assurance that we had arrived at the perfect time. In the following days, the only struggle was now unpacking all the truth we felt God laying on our hearts. We had a calling, and God would reveal it in time.
Going away next week with the hubby to a church planting evaluation/seminar. Excited to hear from God if this might be a new direction for us, but also a little scared that it might be. My parents called saying that they had some money for us and they also will be watching Dassa-Beanie. Now we can afford to go to Georgia and not worry about hotel fees etc as we search out what God has for us! Whatever else will be gifted to agape midwifery towards the birth of our child since we won't be going on any out of country missions trips till after KeiKei is a bit older. We have no clue how God pays all our bills but he always comes thru! He is the ultimate budget balancer!
Praying that the trip is a refreshing one for us. This will be the first time we have been out of state just the two of us since our honeymoon. Hoping it is also spiritually refreshing for us too as we seek God's will for our future in serving Him. We want to be used in whatever capacity but it would be stellar if we had a more concrete direction.
I was praying for a friend's marriage the other day and got a text moments later telling me how God had already answered my prayer!
Getting a fence this weekend when I thought we wouldn't be able to afford one for quite some time! Thank you, God, for sweet neighbors!
I helped design some websites! I haven't had a job since before our daughter was born so I am feeling so stoked! It feels good to be able to help our family in a monetary way. I get to be home with my baby, so no daycare bills. I also get to do something that I love when she is napping. I am so grateful for these opportunities that God has placed in my lap - literally! Such a boost to my self-esteem and a joy to be useful!
I am feeling so overwhelmed by God's provision and am so glad I am writing this all down. I know how He always has provided but I hope seeing it written out will help me not take it for granted. My memory is poor and I want to remember every detail about God's goodness in my life!
Going on a long-awaited date (voyage of the dawn treader!) tonight with Josh since my parents are gonna come watch Dassa-Beanie. We are so blessed to have supportive family.
Halfway through my pregnancy with another healthy baby girl!
My Current Mantra
Walk humbly with God and do the work at your hands....