Tuesday, March 1, 2011

every good and perfect gift comes from above...

This is where my heart has been since we found out about being blessed with Joel. It is Hannah's prayer from 1 Samuel 2.

"My heart exults in the Lord;
my strength is exalted in the Lord.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation
There is none holy like the Lord;
there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly;
let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge,
and by him actions are weighed.
The bows of the mighty are broken,
but the feeble bind on strength.
Those who were full have hired
themselves out for bread,
but those who were hungry have
ceased to hunger.
The barren has borne seven,
but she who has many children is forlorn.
The Lord kills and brings to life;
he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust;
he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes
and inherit a seat of honor.
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's,
and on them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
for not by might shall man prevail.
The adversaries of the Lord shall be
broken to pieces,
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king
and exalt the power of his anointed."

Here are some pictures of our journey to welcoming Joel Joshua.

20 week ultrasound...it's a boy!
at our gender reveal
his bedding/nursery theme
Christmas - 28 weeks
30 weeks
Family/Friend "cardinals" baby shower
Hostess: Karly, Ashley, Jordan, Patti, Rachel, and Melissa(who was home sick)
Mosaic Baby Shower
Hostess: Sarah, Kassie, Jen, Lisa, Susan, Ashley, Rachel, Chanika, Stefanie, (and Martha and Megan who weren't able to be there)
Cute cake from Mosaic shower...Shelby Lynn's :)
Grandmas: Tyler's mom and my mom
36 weeks...with stretch marks :(

Catching up

So it has been a while ;) Since July we have been blessed tremendously! We are two weeks (or less!) away from welcoming our healthy baby boy into the world, our love for each other grows and expands daily, we continue to grow in our relationships with such encouraging friends and mentors, we have such a supportive and loving family, and we are growing stronger in our faith each day! In this season, it is so easy to find such joy in God's love for us but we also pray that we continue to embrace that love and joy in all season that we walk through. We also feel as though we are about to enter a time of great learning as we become parents. It is our hope that we seek to live as loving examples and encouragements for Joel and continue to encourage one another as we figure out each of our parenting styles. It is overwhelming to think that our every action from here on will leave an impact on him!

On another note...we are trying to continue to walk in patience as we wait for God's leading on a few plans. Tyler loves studying so much and continues to study on his own and within Men's groups, but I can see how anxious he is to begin school again...crazy, I know!! He has such a desire and passion to study theology, biblical teachings, doctrines, etc. It is fun to watch him have such a passion for something, but equally frustrating to watch him continue to have to wait for an answer to school. We just continue to pray for God's leading and our obedience. We also are in a period of waiting with Tyler's job. It is so hard for me to watch him go to a job daily just to provide for his family, while I wake up and go to a job I love each day. We trust in God's plan for us/him and know this is an opportunity for such growth, but we would love to see the light at the end of the tunnel :)

This is where our "Kenyon Life" is right now and we wouldn't trade anything about it, we just hope to continue to learn from each experience we walk through!

Here are some of our favorite pictures from the last few months! We hope to add some of a cute little guy in a few short weeks!

At our gender reveal with good friends...thanks nick and kim for the fun t-shirts!
The little man at 20 weeks...so amazing!!
Family photo with our "first" baby
With good friends at the Bennington Baby Reveal. Sarah and Rocklin, Rachel and Fischer, and Joel and I! These boys are going to keep us on our toes and hopefully be good buddies!
Christmas with my siblings! Tyler, Jess (and Joel), Josh, Maddox, Patti, Jordan, and
Pedro. Gizmo missed the picture memo :(
Thanks for walking through life with us!