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big news

In case any of you missed our big news on Facebook and Instagram I thought I would share on here and give a little more of the back story…

Gabriel and I had always originally said that we would have either 2 or 4 children (both of us were 1 of 3) but when Deacon came along and rocked our world we seriously reconsidered that plan! We finally came down to the final decision on whether or not we should be “done” in the beginning of July and considered many different factors. For me personally I had always desired some specific things and never got them, they may sound silly to you but they were just genuine desires I always had. As we were going through the process of whether or not to be “done” originally I had grand ideas that this final pregnancy could be God’s way of giving me all that I had ever wanted. I quickly came to the realization that the likelihood of this happening was very slim, because how often do I get what I want?! Hardly ever! And if I was looking to this pregnancy in that way then how would I feel when nothing was the way that I wanted it to be? Looking back on it now I feel like it was such a silly train of thought but it really did play a role in my decision making. This, among other things helped us to decide to be officially done and we even felt like we had confirmation when some friends became pregnant and we felt like it was our time to serve them.

About 3 weeks later I started to get sick. I’ve been having some digestive issues off and on the past few years so I just thought that’s what I was dealing with. When the feeling didn’t pass after a week I decided to take a pregnancy test just to rule that out! I took one in the evening and it was negative but then when I took another the next morning it was positive! Confused about the results I decided to just wait until my yearly doctor appointment the next Thursday. Shortly after I arrived at this appointment they confirmed that I was, in fact pregnant and a short ultrasound later that day told me I was already 7 weeks along!

The crazy thing about this whole thing is that we didn’t do anything different the “method” that worked for us for the last 9 years all of a sudden didn’t! When we decided we were done, we were already pregnant and when we found out that our friends were pregnant, we were only 10 days behind them! As shocked as we are about this new development we are truly excited and know for sure that this baby is a gift from God when we least expected it!

saying goodbye…


we are almost approaching our move to the Chicago area, which means these next few days will be full of lasts. Last visit from Emme*, last Sunday at church, last time seeing friends, last time sleeping in this bed, last time driving an hour to hang out with friends (well, that I’m excited about!)…last, last, last.

No matter how ready you are to move from a place there is always a sting that comes from letting go of the familiar. I’m not new to this whole moving thing, we’ve done it once or twice (or thirteen! fourteen!) times before.

I’ve learned that people will respond to you in one of two ways…1) they will savor every last moment with you, want to spend time with you and soak everything in that they can before you are separated or 2) they will keep you at arms length, push you away and avoid you so that you leaving doesn’t hurt them too much (which doesn’t ever work out the way they think). My advice to everyone who has people moving out of their life is to not do the latter…moving is a lonely thing and it is so much easier when you are sent off with the people you love encouraging you along the way. It has been a bittersweet last few weeks for us. I’m so thankful for the time I’ve gotten to spend with friends and sad that I’m leaving a place when I am *finally just starting to get comfortable (oh, the life of an introvert!).

A wise man recently said “There’s never enough time. Relationships never get as perfected as we’d like but we are always thankful for the time that we do have. I’m thankful for the stuff we did do, those are great memories in my keepsake box.”…it is so true. You always wish that you had spent more time with the people you love when they leave, so take advantage of the time you have with them now.

To all our friends here, we love you and are so glad we got to spend the last 3 years with you!

The beautiful thing about lasts is that “lasts” mean that “firsts” are coming…

*our kids’ name for my husbands mom

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