Today I was reading in Hebrews and felt myself relating to my man Abraham. Do you know how many verses begin with 'In faith'? Well I don't know either, but I can tell you it was a theme in chapter 11. Many times God would tell Abraham to do something and he would obey without even knowing the destination or reason behind God's leading. He just had faith.
I have been reflecting on the many times God has been faithful to us even when we had no idea what the outcome of our obedience would be. We have learned that His plans are so perfect! Which brings me to some of the details of those most recent blessings...
I haven't posted any baby belly shots since 13 weeks. Let's take a walk down memory lane! Who knows, I might just share a special detail about our little girl at the end!
*Side Note: Not sure how the text '19 Weeks' got placed on my bosom like that, but I'm sure not goin' back to change it...even though it's driving me nuts. I will not give in to my OCD!
My pregnancy has been amazing! I don't crave anything in particular. I just love food! Especially cereal! Phil has been good to eat ice cream right along with me-good man. I have felt her move quite a bit now. She's really low and seems to be stretched across my belly (and bladder) and I feel that I spend the majority of my days going pee-pee. Just sayin'...
The above pictures speak for themselves. It was Easter and we had just gotten home from church. Holy moley did we have an incredible 2 days at church! I couldn't even sleep the night before I was so excited! And this girl does not get excited about waking up at 5:15AM-ever! We were expecting a huge crowd so we had 5 services. 2 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday. I had recently auditioned for the Worship Team and they had asked me to be a part of the team with Easter services being my first call to serve! I could not be more excited to get to watch the start of every service from the stage and be a part of a team that truly has a heart to worship. This pregnant Momma had a hard time holding it together, especially since my own Momma was watching live during the last service.
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The next BIG exciting news is that we're buying a house! WOO HOO! Say what?! No, it's really true! Our lease was coming to an end and we knew we didn't want to stay in this house. After 10+ years of renting we were really hoping that somehow we could buy. We had a lot of factors that came up against us but after meeting the right agent who knew the right people, things started to look good. This process only started happening the week before Easter.
We knew we didn't want to force anything, and we knew that securing a loan would be tough with Phil being self employed and my recent decision to go from full-time to part-time, but hey, our God could do it!
After securing a pre-approval letter, we were ready for the hunt! The market is crazy right now for a buyer! Investors come in and snatch up everything with cash offers as soon as their opportunity is given so as a owner occupant you have to make your offer fast! After seeing a few HUD homes and foreclosures, we knew Phil's home improvement skills would be greatly needed! But with a baby on the way, we couldn't risk any potentially hazardous issues like mold, so our options were slim to none.
But finally we were able to find a cute ranch style home with the property size we had hoped for and minimal work to complete before we move in!
The only downside is it doesn't have a garage-yet! But other than that, the owner is very clean and has taken such good care of the property. We are just waiting for the appraisal to go through and a few other loose ends, and then we should be set to close on May 31st! I cannot believe that I am getting my dream of having our first home before our first baby. See? How good is God?! Unexpected blessing.
At 20 weeks 5 days I had another ultrasound to see the sweet bambina. A couple weeks prior Phil was praying before bed and he said her name! I told him we couldn't go back now! It sounded perfect and I loved hearing him finally say it, especially in a prayer.
So it is with great excitement that I introduce to you, our sweet Elliana.
Phil picked the name. When he told me the meaning, I knew it was right. Elliana is of Hebrew origin meaning 'God has answered'. After many years of praying for this sweet blessing, He has answered indeed!
23 Weeks: She can feel me dance! Phil is also filling out nicely...
One last and most current belly shot and then another tid-bit of good news!
Now guess what?! We received a letter in the mail on Friday from the fire department that Phil just tested with that he is moving on! So that means he will receive a background packet in the mail shortly and will have to do a physical ability test.
Aaahhhh! Excited to say the very least! Do you see? The blessings are abundant! And we don't take any of them for granted. We are so very grateful. And most thankful for YOU. We love doing life alongside each of you. And if you're stranger that has stumbled upon our page, well, hello! Leave a comment and tell us a little about yourself!
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.