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
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 :(