We are soooo thrilled to let everyone know that baby #4 is on his/her way!! We are beyond excited. We had wanted to get pregnant close to after Shiloh was born but the Lord had us to wait a little bit longer, which is totally cool with us (those are her little feet in the picture, btw). It was so fun watching that pregnancy test say “positive” (although it was NOT a plus sign, which is a whole other story I’ll share). I don’t think it matters how many kids we have, there is just something about that moment that is so amazing. My heart breaks when I think about the women who never get to see that–and I have such a sensitivity to that because I know we have been very blessed–not because of anything we deserve–just extremely blessed.
We told the kids and it was pretty funny–they couldn’t guess it so I whispered in Shi’s ear “baby” and then she whispered “baby”. Then Zoe said, “YOU’RE PREGNANT?!?” Seriously, like a 30 year old, she kills me! Then Judah just said as calmly as can be, “I think it’s a boy baby.” He went onto say he was going to chase the baby around the room and hug it and love on it “super much”, which is Judah talk for big time lovins. Shi is already raising her shirt, pointing to her belly & saying “baby”.
As far as letting everyone know, I cannot put into words how blessed BJ & I are to have such LOVING & SUPPORTIVE family & friends. Not one person showed anything less than excitement. For those of you with big families or the desire to have one, you know there is usually that certain look or comment of “what the heck are you doing?”–but we didn’t receive any of that. Our family–both sides–know deeply what Psalm 127: 3-5 tells us:
3 Behold, children are a gift of the LORD,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
To answer the big question of “will you be done now?” the answer is–we don’t know. I doubt it very seriously. Please hear me out–we are not being prideful. When I think about the possibility of having nine kids, it freaks me out a little. And I’m not saying we will have nine. But I can’t promise we won’t either. We feel like God is telling us to trust Him with the number–so we are. I don’t think He calls everyone to this. I don’t doubt that He might tell us one day “Okay, you’re done.” But He just hasn’t yet.
All that being said, we welcome with open arms Skipper baby number four sometime in March!!
(us with Shi Shi, Sept. 29, 2006)