Rejoice in the Lord always!

 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say rejoice.” Philippians 4:4

We are rejoicing the last few days and praising God for a new and wonderful gift! After two miscarriages in the last two years, and unable to conceive in between, we really didn’t think we would ever have anymore kiddos, but we are happy to announce that we are expecting!

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We are now 12 weeks along and are greatly relieved to say we have a very active little baby that is kicking, waving and turning over!

While the last two years have been difficult and  heartbreaking with not being able to grow our family, I had peace knowing God had a plan. And looking at the past several months I can see Gods hand at work. While, we may never know the “why” we know Gods at work and has our best in mind.

So, let me tell you how God has worked:

After we moved into our new house we had our Dish satellite on pause for about 9 months. When we first moved in we wanted to get settled in before we set it back up. After that time we had to get it reinstalled and still had six months left of our contract. At first it wasn’t a big deal. We knew moving back to Oscoda County would be difficult since Nick had to find a new job in a completely different field which would mean starting at the bottom, but we also felt this move was God led. {That is a whole other neat story for another time!} We wanted to maintain our decision for me to stay at home with the kids so our first year I babysat. That was fine, but with all the things I had going on in my life with extra activities, it became to be too much. We decided to cut back on many things at that time knowing it was something we had to do and so we trusted God to provide as we decided I would not continue to babysit.

When we moved in we discovered we had extremely hard water. Like, turn my hair, tub, toilets, and clothes orange- hard. So, over the summer while at the hardware we filled out a card for Culligan  to come and do a free water testing. We wanted to find out how bad it was and what we would have to prepare for in order to correct our water. We would not be able to afford a water softener now, but would at least know how much we would have to save for. Months went by and never heard from anyone from Culligan. We figured it wasn’t meant to be, let’s not worry about it.

November came. Our contract for Dish ran out finally and we were able to cancel. One less bill and less trash to filter through on tv.

About a week later, we got a phone call from Brian at Culligan! Apparently Nicks handwriting was hard to read and he was calling the wrong number and decided to try it a different way to see if that was the problem. And he found us! We scheduled a time for him to come and test our water.

Turns out we have REALLY hard water. Like over their scale, hard. But, he assured us that installing a water softener would indeed correct it. So, we gave him the bad news that it wasn’t something we could afford at this time, but would be looking to get one as soon as we could. He then told us we could rent a system.

We thought for sure renting would not be an option either, but it turns out it was only a few dollars less than what we were paying for our tv that we JUST canceled! So, we decided in the end while it would still keep things tight, it would save us in the long run with cleaning supplies and ruined clothing and we agreed to rent a unit.

The difference was noticed immediately. Our water was drinkable. It no longer stains our clothes. I don’t have to clean as often. Yay!

A month later {December} I am reading my Bible in bed. I  turn to 2 Kings. Not sure why I was there, that wasn’t in my regular reading, but there I was. Right after Elisha takes over for Elijah the people come to Elisha and are complaining about the water:

“Now the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees, but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.” He said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. Then he went to the spring of water and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, I have healed this water, from now on neither death nor miscarriage shall come from it.” So the water has been healed to this day, according to the word that Elisha spoke.” 2 Kings 2:19-22

I read that and was in awe. I read that and had hope. I elbowed Nick and said, “Watch! We will get pregnant!” And guess what , we did! Unfortunately, at the end of January, we miscarried. Again, we don’t always get the answers to all our “whys” but, God knows and that is enough for me.

Normally it can take about 7 weeks for your cycle to return to normal after a miscarriage. And for some reason at that time I was feeling signs of pregnancy. I knew it was possible to conceive again right away after a miscarriage, and after reading that small passage in 2 Kings, I had a glimmer of hope. I bought a pregnancy test and was it popped up positive immediately! What!!!!????

Wow. The feelings that run through your head at a time like that! To make a longer story shorter, I will just say we waited in cautious optimism for the time we could get an ultrasound that would show us a heartbeat. This last Thursday we got just that. What a relief and overwhelming feeling of gratefulness and love. Not only for this new little one to come, but for a loving and compassionate God that showed us grace and gave us what our heart has longed for. I am tearing up now thinking about it. God is so good to us! More than what we deserve and his timing is perfect!

So, rejoice with us! All praise and glory to God!

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

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