The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy! - Psalm 126:3
Well, my friends, the cat is out of the bag. I am pregnant! It is very surreal and we are overjoyed. It has been hard not to talk about it publicly, and last week, I thought I was going to explode! Many of you have followed along with our journey for the last couple years, and we are so grateful for your prayers and your support. It has been a long road, and we are just filled with joy that God answered our prayers and the prayers of so many family members and friends.
I figured it would be fun to answer some questions that people have been asking, and I want to keep a bit of an online journal through this experience so that I can look back and remember the beauty of this sweet miracle.
How did you find out?
Well since we are all adults here, I found out on Labor Day weekend when I didn't get my period as expected. To say I was shocked would be an understatement. I will be sharing more about that sweet day in another post coming soon!
When are you due?
I am due on May 5, 2019, which is the day before my birthday! May has always been a special month in our family, because Rory's birthday is on the 20th and my dad's is on the 25th!
How far along are you?
I am in the beginning of my second trimester (15 weeks) and my fourth month! It is crazy how fast it is flying by and I cannot believe that each day brings me closer to meeting sweet baby Mathisen.
How is Rory?
He is over the moon excited, and I can't wait to watch him step into this role. Watching him with our kids this summer was an immense joy, and I know my heart will not be able to handle him with our sweet little one. He is so ready and was born to be a dad!
How are you feeling?
Right now I am feeling really good. For about a month (while we were moving, not the best timing) I was dead tired and also had weird food aversions. My appetite never completely left me but it sure was weird. I craved a ton of red meat and ate lots and lots of burgers, which is not like me at all. I feel great now and have gotten my energy back. It's wonderful!
Will you find out the gender?
Um. Duh. If you know me, you know I am a planner. We actually already know the gender because we chose to do genetic testing, and we will be having a small gender reveal for our family on Thanksgiving Day at our new home!
Have you chosen a name?
We have, and I love it so much. It makes me happy to be able to call the baby by name now in my thoughts and prayers. We will probably keep the name under wraps until the birth, though. We've got to have some element of surprise. :)
Will you continue to foster?
Yes. Fostering was not something we did just because we were walking through infertility and wanted kids in the home. We are called to foster and it is important to us as a family that we continue to commit to that calling regardless of the convenience of the season. We are opening our home again in January and are really excited. Our hope is that we will be able to take in 2 elementary age girls. You can begin praying for them with us now!
Thank you again for how you have walked with us, friends. We are so grateful for the opportunity to share about what God is doing in our lives. To Him be the glory!