Sunday, March 22, 2009

We're blessed



I have never in my life seen that word on an HPT. I've never seen two lines. Until now. Alex and I are ecstatic to announce...we're going to have a baby! I believed with all my heart that this cycle was going to work. Before my egg retrieval, I was driving down the road and just talking to God. That's one of the places that I get still enough to actually hear Him. I felt God tell me that it was my turn. I thanked Him in advance and found myself just crying and praising Him right there in the car. I'm sure anyone around me thought I was insane. I truly believe that's why I had perfect peace throughout this cycle. Alex and I want God to receive all of the glory and praise for this miracle!! He is faithful and good. He proved that over and over again, throughout our three year journey through infertility. Even when we were curled up, holding each other, tears streaming down our faces, wondering when it was going to be our turn...He was there. He was holding us in the palm of His hand and we could feel it. We found ourselves wiping each others tears and praising Him together through the storm.

I shared the news with my parents over the weekend, since they were in Springfield. I wanted to tell them in person and was thrilled to get to do that. We shared with the rest of my family, Alex's family, and our church family this morning. We've had a sweet time of praising Him all weekend! To be honest, it all seems so surreal. Alex and I find ourselves just smiling at one another from across the room. We're going to be parents.

I go to the doctor again, tomorrow. I will have a second beta and they will let me know when my first u/s will be. That's when we'll find out, if we'll be having more than one baby. In my opinion, I look like I'm carrying a litter. I have felt ginormous from the very beginning of the transfer. No matter what, we're blessed.

To all of those who have been praying for us, encouraging us...thank you. Words can't describe our gratitude. You are precious in the Lord's eyes and in ours.

We love you guys,
Alex and Jill

71 comments:

Jennisa said...

PRAISE GOD! What a testimony to HIS faithfulness! I have been reading and waiting to hear the results of this cycle, and I am so happy for you. What a mighty GOD we serve!

Seraphim said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I am so happy for you both! This is such joyous, wonderful news! I have so much to say but am so excited I can't type properly on the keyboard! Thrilled for you both. You will be wonderful parents. Bless you xxxx

Eric and Emily said...

Oh my goodness, best news EVER!!!!!! There is nothing quite like it when you see that beautiful word "positive" and knowing there is a baby or babies inside you growing after trying for so long!!! Couldn't be happier for you and your husband!!! Oh my day just got better hearing this news!!! God is so good!!!

Annie said...

I got chills reading this post! Thank you GOD for this answer to so many prayers! Jill, I am so, so, so happy for you!!!
Celebrating and praising with you today!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!
~annie~

bb and mtb said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! These letters just don't get big enough to mark my excitement for you! So happy for you today!!!

kelliegene said...

Jill, I am praising the Lord right alongside you! I have had tears of joy ever since your momma told me your news this morning. I praise the Lord for this magnificent blessing. I pray for that tiny babe within you. I look forward to seeing that belly swell and see you glow from this glorious pregnancy!! May God continue to richly bless you, Dear One!

Guy and Julie said...

Jill-
I don't know you and I just started reading your blog, and I am still just crying I am so excited and happy for you!! The road you've been down is, I believe, one of the most difficult and sad roads one can travel. I am so happy that God blessed your faithfulness this way. Praying for a happy, healthy pregnancy!
Julie

Suzanne@NotesfromthePatch said...

I've been checking in for days waiting for this announcement. I too had a feeling about this cycle. I'm beyond thrilled for the two of you!

Cheryl said...

I am so thrilled for you and Alex!!! It was definitely your turn! Congratulations! Wishing you a healthy pregnancy and a precious baby or babies as a result.

The Nanny said...

I'm a longtime lurker but I had to delurk and say CONGRATULATIONS!!! I'm so very happy for you!!!

Sara and John William's Mom said...

Praise God for ever and ever!!!! He is faithful and he cares so much for his children and he indeed "remembered you".... what and awesome post Jill, i am super excited and can't wait to see you with your belly in a few months wearing all those cute maternity clothes i'm sure you will have:) i am so happy for you and alex!!! May God continue to bless you! both

Joannah said...

I'm so happy for you!

Caroline said...

TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY.....ALL THE PRAISE...FOREVER AND EVER! AMEN AMEN AMEN. i just cried while I read this post. I have been praying for you both for a while now and overwhelmed with answered prayer! HE BLOWS ME AWAY AGAIN AND AGAIN! MAY HE USE THIS CHILD FOR HIS GLORY......He is sooooooo G-O-O-D!

MiMi said...

Praising the Lord with you and rejoicing in His faithfulness and goodness! I am SO excited for you and Alex!

Praying for a healthy pregnancy!

Shannon said...

Yea!!!!! I loved reading everyone's comments. :)

annalee said...

that is hands down the best news of the weekend (and we have had a good weekend!)
i am grinning from ear to ear for your (growing)family and praising God for this miracle!

AmyC623 said...

yes, Yes, YES!!!!! This is wonderful news! I am so happy you shared news of your blessing with us! This is the best thing I've heard all day!!!! Congratulations to you and Alex! SOOOOOOOO happy for you!!!! Please keep the updates coming!

NeNe said...

Oh Hallelujah! I am so happy for you- what a miracle. I look forward to hearing about all the excitement to come :)

sara said...

Oh sweetie....I'm excitied for you!

Linda said...

Your post just took my breath away. I was in your shoes exactly 5 years ago (almost to the day!) You continue to be in my prayers. May you have a happy and healthy nine months! Congratulations!

Linda

Mary Lee Welch said...

Clay and I are so happy for you and ALex! When I heard the news I just started crying tears of joy! You and Alex will be the best parents ever!
Love, ML

Anonymous said...

Excited beyond words. I think lots of us have praised God today and cried tears of true joy for you and Alex today. Praying for a wonderful 40 weeks!!!!!! I'm thrilled for you and can't wait to hear more! love you, ab

Glitter and Bliss said...

I am thrilled beyond words. I am so happy...happy...happy...for you and your hubby and family. Like I have always said, you are going to be wonderful parents. I can't wait to find out if you are expecting one or two. I guess we will find out soon. Thanks so much for sharing. I have been watching for your post... Leslie

Rob & Lindsey said...

YEAH!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you! That is sooo awesome! Praise God for this awesome blessing!! Praying for a perfect pregnancy!!

Lots and lots of hugs!!!

becca said...

Yes, you are blessed. I am overflowing with excitement for you both and am thrilled I get to watch you grow :)
We'll be fat and happy together this summer... though I imagine we'll be so hot we will spend most of it INSIDE :)

Michelle said...

Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I remember seeing that same HPT with those same words. But God had other plans for us shortly after that.

Linda Lou Rogers Averitt said...

YEA AND AMEN AND THANK YOU GOD!!! I AM SO EXCITED, IT IS SO WONDERFUL FOR SOMETHING WE HAVE LONGED FRO TO COME ABOUT! GOD IS SO FAITHFUL, SO NO MORE PRINCES ITS QUEEN NOW:) AND IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE PRICE THEN YOU CAN BE PRINCES AGAIN, BUT IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE PRINCESS THEN YOU HAVE TO BE QUEEN, BUT IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OR PRINCE AND PRINCESSES THEN YOU HAVE TO BE QUEENIE!! I HAVE CRIED AND SHOUTED AND CRIED AND JUST SO THANKFUL FOR MY NEW GRAND BABIES AND TO KNOW THEY ARE YOURS MAKES IT MORE SPECIAL!!

Faith said...

Oh Jill...my eyes just filled with tears when I saw that long awaited word on the pregnancy test!!! I am full of joy for you and so grateful for the sweet blessing God has given you and Alex! I just now prayed for you and that precious life (or lives) that you are carrying and I pray for God's hand to continue to be on them as they grow within you.

Thank You Father for answering the prayers of Your people and giving Alex and Jill the desire of their heart. We praise Your Holy Name and give You all the glory for how You have worked in their lives. Thank You for blessing their faithfulness. Lord God, please continue to protect and develop the precious lives that You have created. You are good, all the time and may we never cease to praise Your name for all that You have done for us and all that You are going to do. In the life giving name of Jesus, Amen.

Can't wait to hear how the appointment goes tomorrow. I'll be praying!

Love you and so filled with joy for you and this new journey you are on!!

Jesse and Mandy Peterson said...

I am beyond ecstatic for you! I've been following your blog for probably 6+ months and was really believing for you this cycle! Praise God!!!

Faith said...

AAAAHHHHH! Praise the Lord! What an answer to prayer. I couldn't be happier for you guys!!!!!!!!!!!!

Jenna said...

WHY DON'T BLOGS HAVE AUDIO??? I want you to be able to hear my cries of PURE JOY!!! You may want to walk outside because I have a feeling they can probably be heard all the way from GA to AR!!! :-)

Oh, Jill. I am SOOO happy for you and Alex, and I am just praising God for this miracle!! What an amazing God we serve, and I just love Him for his perfect timing for your family and for always.

Congrats congrats congrats!! Continuing to pray for ya'll!! Love you dearly, my friend!

Rhonda Rae said...

Oh jill im so happy for you guys. You have no clue. Im sooo glad you sara and I get to share our "baby bump time" as another bloger puts it. I hope its more then one.

Kristine said...

How exciting! Congratulations! I kept checking your blog to this post :)

Tracy, Christy, and Noah said...

Congratulations!!!! I have prayed for you every night since your transfer. I don't think I have ever prayed so much for someone I didn't know but I felt moved by what I have read on your blog. I am crying tears of joy for you and will keep praying for you and your family.

amy said...

Oh Jill!! I got all teary eyed the minute I opened your blog. Congratulations. I wish you a happy, healthy, easy pregnancy. Don't worry about all that IVF swelling--it goes away....and then you start showing :)
God is so good. His plan is so perfect. I know I only know you through the internet but you are such an encourager and your love for Him is so evident.

amy said...

PRAISE THE LORD from all blessings flow! GOD IS SO GOOD. I have tears- I can't stop thanking him. You will be the best parents- what a blessed baby (or babies!). Oh I am sooooooooo excited for you!!!!!!

Kim said...

When I saw that pregnancy test, I just started crying! I'm so happy for you! The suspense has been killing me!

Megan said...

Congratulations!!!! I am so happy for you!!!!!!!!! YAYAYAYAY!!!!!!!!

Abigail Hutchinson said...

Congrats! What wonderful news!!!

Kristina said...

JILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What awesome news!!! I am so excited for you guys!!!!!! Praise the Lord!!!!!!

Alice said...

OH MY!!! JUMPING UP AND DOWN!!! SCREAMING AT BRIAN!!!! TEARS RUNNING DOWN MY FACE!!! God is SO GOOD ALL the time! Wow! If anyone I know deserves this it is YOU and ALEX!!! Still Praying for your Baby/Babies. Can't wait to "see" this journey take place. So excited for you both!!!

Kristen said...

oh YEAH!!!! I have been checking your blog like crazy this weekend!!! I am so excited for you. I got all teary eyed just reading this. YOu are such a faithful follower and will be an AWESOME mother. I can't wait to follow your pregnancy!!! I also can't wait to see if it is more than one. :)
That is the best news ever!!!!

Karen said...

Woo-hoo! God is so good! Your faithfulness is inspiring!

G & H said...

God is sooo good and so faithful! Thank you for reminding me of that! Congratulations a million and one ytimes over and over again!

Vashti said...

YES!!!!!! (Punches air and does happy dance!)
I knew it! I am so excited and happy for you guys.
God does just what He promised He would and I cant wait to follow you on this fantastic journey.
YEAH!!!!!!!
xxxxxx

Polly Gamwich said...

YIPPEE!! So, so, so happy for you!!! Congratulations! Thank you Lord!

KE II said...

Oh Jill, Praise to our Father, HE IS SO GOOD!! I am so encouraged to hear that news, and will continue to pray for you all. Praise God from whom all blessing flow!!

Charnè said...

THANK YOU LORD! GLORY AND PRAISE TO YOUR NAME!

congrats to you and alex!

twondra said...

Congrats!! I'm so happy for you!!

I Believe in Miracles said...

Praise God!!! YEAH!!! I'm so excited to hear this wonderful news. I'm continuing to pray for a good 2nd beta and u/s. CONGRATS MOMMY. :o)
~~HUGS~~

Kelly said...

God is wonderful! I am so happy for you both.

Heather said...

I SOOOOO agree with Jenna about blogs needing audio because I am screaming and crying and praising and wanting to HUG YOU!!!!! Oh Jill- CONGRATS!!!!! I remember seeing the two lines, two, just in disbelief that what I had wanted and waited for so long was TRUE! But it is, girlie, so enjoy every minute!
Oh, Father God, You are GOOD and we are so humbled and thankful!!!
WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!
I could go on and on, but CONGRATS a million times over and know that I am praying for you and your precious baby!

Elaine said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am sooooooooooo incredibly excited for you. I was just telling my husband the other day that I really wished you'd get pregnant! Thank GOD for another answered prayer! Wishing you a happy and healthy 9 months!!!!!!! YAY!

Catrisha T said...

I'd been checking in here many times a days for days now, and I'm glad to see this blessed announcement. I'm so excited for the two of you. CONGRATS!!! God is soooo GOOD!! Wishing you a happy healthy nine months to come.

Lacy said...

I am so happy for you two Jill!! Congratulations!! I am so glad that it was finally your turn, and that God has answered all of our prayers for you! I can't wait to follow your pregnancy! Enjoy this special time!

Kim said...

CONGRATS AND PRAISE GOD!!!!! I do not know you and Alex personally but I have been keeping up with your blog for awhile now and I am so thrilled that God has blessed you both with such wonderful news. I got your blog address from Facebook from Alicia Averitt Haley when you did your basket giveway and I have been hooked ever since. I pray that you have strong healthy baby/babies!! God is great and faithful!! So glad to see a couple with such awesome faith in God!!! Best of luck!!!

Mel said...

Praise God, praise God, praise God, praise God.
I sing out His praises today for this miracle blessing. I don't even know you personally and this pregnancy is SUCH A TRIUMPH to my spirit. I am so thrilled for you guys.
*hugs*

Hilary said...

Oh Jill thankyou for making my Monday!!! I am in tears..happy ones for you guys!!! SOOOOO HAPPY!!!!

Kelly said...

Wonderful news!!!!!! God is good!!!!!

Joy said...

CONGRATS!!!

Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll?! I'm excited to follow your journey. I'm also pregnant (10 weeks) and eager to find other preggy bloggers.

andrea_jennine said...

Wonderful news!

Stephanie said...

Tears just filled my eyes when I read this blog. William & I are so excited for you guys!!!!!! CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS a MILLION times CONGRATS!!!!! We have prayed for you guys from the beginning you guys really deserve such a wonderful blessing. You guys have been just wonderful to us and we're so happy for you guys.... it's making me ramble!!! Congrats again!!!!

Jim and April said...

OH MY GOLLY! You have just made my day! I have not been on in awhile and well...it was so great to get on and see that positive test! I am so incredibly happy for you! THANK YOU LORD! I hope you have a wonderful healthy pregnancy! Cant wait for the ultrasound pics and to see if your carrying more than one! Love, april

James said...

Congrats Jill!

Jennifer said...

Congrats! I hopped over from Heather's blog! God IS good! You are about to have the time of your life! Get ready! It's the best thing in the entire world!!:)

courtney said...

Let me add to the Congratulations!
Praise God Jill. I'm so excited for you and I'm so ready to follow your journey over the next 9 months and beyond!

Jacquie said...

I came over from Heather's blog. I've been praying for you on Kelly's prayer blog. I just wanted to say "Congratulations" and God is good!!

Anonymous said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You truely are blessed!!

Monte and Missy said...

Praise the LORD! Our Father is soooo good! Can't say enough how much we rejoice with you! We'll be continuing to pray for the protection & growth of the little one(s).

SAHW said...

I've kind of taken a break from blogging, so I'm late to congratulate you...but I am SOOOO thrilled for you! So, so happy! I have been waiting for this day for you two and thrilled that it's finally here for you!

Michele said...

Congratulations!