It's that time in our marraige...

...when the first question EVERYBODY asks is this:

"When are you gonna have a baby???"

I'm emailing to answer that question for all of you inquiring minds out there!

We're gonna have a baby on... MARCH 26!!!!! ...or somewhere around there! :)

Chris and I found out that we're pregnant about 8 weeks ago and we're 12 weeks along!! We couldn't be more excited, and really couldn't wait to share this news with all of you!

Each day as this child grows inside of me, I am reminded of how awesome his or her Creator is. Psalm 139 has always been one of my favorites:

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be. 
Psalm 139:13-16

Being the mother in whose womb this child is being knit together has given me new perspective on this passage. It's not about me anymore...

This little bitty 2-inch-long lime-sized person growing inside of me has a heartbeat, fingernails, a developing brain and reflexes... and came from just about nothing! How could this have happened without the hand of God being involved!? I have never been more aware of the reality of God as He is creating our child's inmost being more and more each day. And it's never been more abundantly clear to me that this little heart beating inside of me is not merely a healthcare choice... and that's certainly not an opinion.

We all know I struggle with control issues, right? This is gonna be an awesome learning experience for me! Something else I've become more aware of than ever is my lack of control of this child I'm growing. We are not promised to meet this baby face to face. Each day of his or her life-book was written long before they began 12 weeks ago. The question that continues to arise in my head is this: Do I trust the Creator of our child's life to use the life He has created for His purpose and in His unique and perfect way? I think I do... I hope I do, and I pray that I will continue to praise His name whatever His will is. Isn't that what He call us to do? Praise Him in the easy and hard times and know that He works ALL things together for good. And isn't that a praiseworthy promise?? 

We have prayed for this child from the beginning of our marriage and whether we have tomorrow together or not, what an incredible gift this has been and will continue to be for the rest of our lives! Please pray with us, that this baby will grow to know his or her Creator first and foremost, and that, Lord willing we will get to meet our kid in March! We are so SO excited and have not been able to stop smiling (except of course when I'm crying non-stop!) and praising our awesome God who has given us this child who is being fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of GOD! That's... AWESOME!

So thank you all for praying with us through each new stage of our journey! We love all of you so much and as always, we appreciate your continued prayers!!

  Anna Kathryn

"I thank my God every time I remember you!
In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy!"
Philippians 1:3