Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Need

Soon after Reese went to Heaven, I met with a woman who lost her two year old son several years ago. She and her husband later had another boy, and I'll never forget what she said about him. "If there is a baby who could heal my heart, it is him." I thought how beautiful that was and one day I hoped to say the same thing about our next child.

GOD alone heals my heart, but He has used countless people, prayers, and so many little and big things the past six months to help soothe our wounds. GOD is filling in the broken places of my heart with His love and grace. I am certain He will use this next little baby to comfort us and give us joy in the perfect way Jason and I need.

Well, it's obvious we need another BOY. ; ) ; ) ; )

Very obvious! We found out today at my appointment with the high risk pregnancy doctor. Although we had an idea based on an earlier ultrasound, today left us with no doubt. We will be making the big switch back to boy. GOD is preparing our hearts and will continue to do so as we prepare for this baby. Our hearts are overjoyed and overwhelmed at this little life!

Jason flew us to Little Rock this morning. Thank you, LORD, for a clear day.

Zach fussed the entire flight, and then after we landed said, "More up, more up!"

Before the big appointment

Lynette was our precious ultrasound tech. We loved seeing all his little healthy parts. Praise the LORD, it's refreshing to hear good news.

Excited & thankful

We surprised our parents with the news with iced cookies. I ordered both colors so we would be ready no matter what. Zach was in heaven, of course, although the icing was a bit much for him. He was too busy bossing our parents around to take a picture. He will love having a little brother. I'm quickly being outnumbered. ; )

It's a boy!

I love you, LORD. Thank you that I serve a big GOD who redeems big in Your way alone. It may or may not be today or tomorrow or twenty years from now, but you know my heart. Thank you that I am 4 1/2 months pregnant with a healthy baby only six months after Reese went to be with You. You know the depth of loss and ache in our hearts over Reese. You know our humility and thankfulness over this healthy little boy. We praise you for our third baby, our second son. Thank you for knowing just what we need.


For My thoughts are not your thoughts, and your ways are not My ways. For as Heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:8 - 9

106 comments:

Kelly said...

Congratulations Katie and Jason!!! A boy!!! I think Zach will love having a little brother!
And Reese remains the princess! :-)

I love that Jason just flew ya'll to LR! Ya'll are so fun!

Laura said...

Yay!! A little boy!! Congrats Katie, I'm so happy for u guys. Praise the Lord for a healthy ultrasound!

Brandi said...

YEAH, congratulations!!!! I'm so happy for you and your family. What great pictures!

The Speight Family said...

Congratulations! How exciting that Zach will be getting a little brother!!!

We are starting a new Moms of Prayer sunday school class at church and Sunday I was telling the girls about a group in NWA getting together and preparing 5 frozen meals and one said "Is that Katie from Katie Keepers" She said "I just love her and was so thankful when she announced she was pregnant" You and your story are impacting so many people!!!

Beth Priest said...

Awesome! So exciting! Congratulations! Crazy that he flew yall...I can't even imagine ; )

Kaz and Amy said...

Congratulations! I'm sure Zach will love having a little brother!
The cookies were a great idea!
Praise the Lord for His faithfulness in your life!

Tristan said...

how wonderful..we all know he will be a handsome litte guy!!

Mateya said...

New follower here! Congratulations on your little BOY!

Deciduous Heather said...

Congrats!! SOOOO happy for you guys! I love the cookies and you are just about the cutest pregnant gal I have ever seen ;) Thank you for sharing your excitement and joy with us, I feel so blessed to know about your sweet little BOY on the way! <3
Continued prayers are being sent your way as always!
Heather

Linds said...

congratulations Katie! What exciting news... and not just that it's a boy, but that he is healthy! We are continuing to pray for yall!

Paige said...
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Paige said...

Congrats on the little boy! How precious! Boys love their mamas you know and maybe God knows this mama needs a little extra lovin' these days!

Did you go to LR for lunch? That must be fun...hop in a plane and go to lunch. I can honestly say I have never done that!

Blessings!
And you looked glowingly beautiful in your pictures at the doctor's office!

paige

Sara said...

Oh Katie, how exciting for you, Jason, and Zach! This little one and baby Westin will be so close growing up and getting into so much trouble I am sure. Ha! Thank you for sharing your journey!

God Bless and I can't wait until July to meet this little one through blog land.

Todd and Courtney said...

I love it!!! So I have to ask, do ya'll have a plane and what kind? Todd flies for American Airlines and we want our own plane sooooo bad but there's a bazillion kinds :) You are so cute!

Angie said...

Congratulations!! How fun for Mr. Z (and you guys as well)- I am so so happy that everything went well for the u/s!! Reese is going to be a big sister!

Thanks for sharing the news with us & I will continue to pray girl!!

Rebekah said...

Congratulations!! Prayers for a perfect little boy. Zach is going to love having a brother.

Sarah said...

YAY!!!!! I thought the baby was a girl but I'm happy either way!(side note:isn't it funny how I can be so excited for someone I don't even know?!) You're just so cute pregnant! :)



ps. What did you say when you left your house for the appointment? "Should we drive or just hop in the plane?" ;)

Melanie said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for y'all! I'm sure Zach will "luv" having a baby brother! :o)
Hugs!

Melanie said...

Forgot to say in previous comment that you are absolutely glowing in those pictures! You look awesome and so happy!

Jodi Lansink said...

Congrats!! How exciting----and so thankful everything is going well and your little guy is healthy. Will continue to pray that everything continues that way!

I agree with Kelly, Reese will remain the little princess! That sounds perfect!

Kelli said...

I am so excited for you all! Another precious boy! Rejoicing with you!

Dana said...

Oh, Bless you heart! That is awesome news! Congratulations :)

julie & joe said...

You'll have so much fun with 2 boys and Shannon's boy!!! You'll stay very busy!! I'm sure Zach will enjoy a baby brother :)

3LittleByrds said...

Katie, Congrats on a healthy little boy. God definately knows what we need and when we need it. I know Zach will love having a brother and Reese I know will love looking over 2 brothers.

carissa @ lowercase letters said...

congrats on a baby boy!!! how special for zach to have a little brother. i think this means that all the boys in the family are going to have to spoil you.

Summer said...

Oh that's so wonderful! Congrats to all of ya'll! =)

Clementsville: Population of 4! said...

YAY congrats on another BOY!! They will be the best of friends!!!! Reese will always be the sweet little angel God made her to be!!

Annie said...
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Annie said...

Oh, Katie! What wonderful news that the baby is doing great and how fun that it's another son! You are right, God knows what we need and what we can handle! Having another baby is such a blessing, and such proof of God's restoration and redemption... but it's also going to bring back some raw emotions and memories of Reese. Having a daughter after we lost our son was exactly what we needed- for us, it made the hard parts a little easier. I am praying the same for you guys.
Also loving that your husband just flew yall to the appt. How fun is that?!?!?

Shanna said...

Congrats on the boy! I saw her shirt said UAMS...is that where you'll be having the baby? I go to school there.

Devon said...

congrats!

Brittany said...

For some reason, I was hoping for a boy for you! Congratulations!

I think that pregnancy seems to really agree with you. From seeing your pictures when you were pregnant w/ Reese, and now these, you just radiate with beauty!

Colleen said...

Oh HUGE BLUE congrats!

Mer said...

What a precious post! You need a scanner to scan in your ultrasound pic...I wanna see a profile pic of my budding nephew! Can't wait to see you....eventually:) he he.

walkers said...

boy, girl, boy, what a sweet family! so happy for you precious. can't wait to get our little guys together! love you my dear!

Melissa and Cas said...

What a blessing that everything is going well and everyone is healthy! Happy for you and your family! God Bless!

Leslie said...

Yay for a perfect baby boy! I'm so happy for you and Jason!

Alex and Jill said...

Congratulations Katie!!! I'm so excited for you guys. I love that you and Shannon are both having boys...they will be BFC's! Best Friend Cousins, incase you didn't know what that stood for. HA!

You look fabulous!

Marci @ All Things Wonderful said...

Congratulations! May God continue to bless your sweet baby boy. The airplane photos are great.

Kylie and crew. said...

Congratulations!!! How awesome for Zack to have a little brother! I'm happy for you guys and I pray that this new life will bring a new peace and healing!

Julee Turner said...

Congrats Katie!! I am so happy for you! You just look so precious!! Zach, Westin and this little boy will be so fun together!

Lena Medina said...

Praise God for your sweet, healthy, growing baby boy inside you!!! Congratulations!
Lena Medina

the.feeblefutts said...

Oh so fun! Congratulations on the news of a sweet healthy baby boy. God is so good!
I love the cute way that you told your family :)

Life with my sweeties said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Thinking of you often!!

Hugs!!
Melissa

Mary said...

I was so excited to hear that you're having a boy!! Yay!! Zach is going to have fun teaching him everything he knows!!

Christy said...

How exciting!! And Praise God for a wonderful day, great news and a healthy baby boy!!! Do you have names picked out?

Design Apprentice said...

Congratulations Katie! I am so so happy for you and your family. God blesses us indeed and has expanded your family in the richest of ways!

Fabiola said...

I am sure Zach will be a wonderful big brother.

But as for you being out numbered, I rather think you will be their Queen and you will be adored by all your three men ; )

Amy said...

Hey Katie! I have been reading about you and your journey for the last 6 months when I found your blog through Kelly's Korner when you had Reese. I have fallen in love with your family. I am so thankful that we serve a God that knows exactly what we need. I have a friend that says, "God is so smart, isn't it?" Well, yes He is! You have remained faithful to him just like Job when he giveth and when he taketh away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. I have been strengthened through your words when I have read them and have rejoiced when I have seen bits of healing replace the grieving. Only God can do that. Congratulations on your baby boy!!! Can't wait to "meet" him!

Tracychele @ The Week-Ender said...

Congrats to you and your sweet little Family! My thoughts went immediately to the fact that having a girl right now may have been a little hard. You are one of the most beautiful pregnant ladies I have ever seen! I am jealous! :) You are one of those "pregnant only in the belly people"! Still love ya! I just was not like that! Congrats again and have a great day!

Donna said...

You look so beautiful in those pictures! Just radiant! I am so thankful that the Lord has given you a second son...what an awesome privilege you have!
Your posts always fill me with awe~you are being used by God in ways you do not even know! Your faith is such a testimony.
Blessings to you~

Julie said...

I don't usually comment, but know that I pray for you all often. After we had a miscarriage - we conceived quickly - and I remember holding our little one in our arms 9 months later and thinking "Had I not lost our other baby, had I not gone through that, I wouldn't have this precious one." Children are such a blessing and gift from God. I am praying for you all as you continue to heal and also as you prepare to rejoice and welcome in your newest "little man" :)
Julie

Kimberly said...

Congratulations on another boy!! that's great news!! I am sure he will be just as beautiful as Zach.

Summer said...

Oh Katie CONGRATS!! Oh how exciting! A precious beautiful baby boy!! You look great by the way...glowing! That is sooo cool Jason flew ya'll to your appt.! Super cute! Z is a cutie as always! Love the cookie idea....Glad your appt. went well! I have been praying about it since I recieved your e-mail that ya'll were going this week! God is Good!
xoxo
Summer :0)

Jenny said...

How exciting!!! A boy!!! Congratulations! You will LOVE having two boys!

KatieB. said...

Congratulations!! Zach is going to love having a brother. Oh just imagine the mischief those two will get into ;) And Reese will forever be your little girl! So happy for ya'll!

Kimberly said...

Wonderful news Katie! You are so creative...love the cookie idea. And wow- your hubby flys planes. Your family is always in our prayers!!!

Mandy said...

You know how excited I am for you! I love you!!! You are beautiful.

Toni :O) said...

Woot Woot for another boy! Let the land of Hot Wheels and Trucks reign over! Congrats and have fun! Continue to pray for your sweet family.

Mary said...

Congrats on the boy! I am pregnant with my second boy due may 3rd! yall look so happy in those pictures!

Debbie said...

Katie, I've recently run across your blog and have SO enjoyed reading. You are such a shining light for Christ. Thank you for sharing.

That being said, Congratulations on your news!!! How exciting! May God continue to pour out his blessings on your family.

Larry and Kara Wright said...

YAY!!!! How exciting!!! I'm so happy for ya'll. God is so good!

~Mrs. Guru~ said...

Congrats! So excited for you guys!

Angie said...

Katie,
Congratulations!!! What a great day for your family. Little boys are so much fun! Zach will love being a big brother!!

Genie Marie said...

Congrats on the baby boy!! What a blessing!

Melissa said...

Congratulations!!! What exciting news and Praise to God he's healthy!!! Your baby bump is too cute!

Paige said...

Katie- So excited for you. Isn't it amazing that God knows exactly what we need?

Giggles said...

Another boy will be a lot of fun!! Congratulations.

Cuddles and Chaos said...

Congratulations on another little boy! Reese is the princess.

Wow, I can't believe that Jason flew you to Little Rock. I would be a nervous wreck.

Lauren Kelly said...

YAY!!!! I am beyond excited for you!!!!!!! :) Love you!!

Lindsey said...

Katie, That is such exciting news! Congrats on another little boy!

Robyn said...

Katie I am SO happy for your great news! That is so wonderful and I am excited for you all! Praise the Lord for this new baby boy! Sending you a big hug, Robyn.

Betsy said...

Katie - I'm so happy that everything is going perfect for you and your precious baby! Boys are soooo fun - Zach will love having a life long play mate!

Lots of Love for you and your family!

Elizabeth said...

YEA! So glad all went well and baby BOY is healthy. Congrats:) Love and prayers from Indy!

Cherry said...

Wonderful news Katie!!! I'm so thankful that you are doing well. Congratulations on a boy! That will be so fun for Zach. Blessings to all of you!

The Cummings Family said...

BIG Congratulations to you! Praise God for His faithfulness and healing!
Patti

hi-d said...

Oh, that is so exciting! Congratulations!!!

You are so beautiful, Katie...inside & out!

Mindy said...

What wonderful news!!! Congrats!

You are just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!

Praying for you always!

Meg said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you guys!

Kimberley said...

Praying for another healthy precious baby boy! Congratulations!!

The Morris Family said...

well, you know We LOVE BOYS, got 9 of em'!!!!!! Zach will have sooo much fun with the little guy!!!

Congratulations!!

Seek to pray for you daily!!!

Cindy

Kari Beth said...

Congratulations, Katie! So excited for you!

Lindsay said...

Congratulations!! Praise the Lord for another precious little boy!

Olga said...

Congratulations Katie! A boy....that is great news. Wishing you and your family many blessings.

Karen said...

Congrats Katie and Jason! How awesome is the news and how awesome is our GOD who has provided this new journey for you to embark on! I bet Reese is beaming at the news! I am praying for Mom and baby throughout this pregnancy!!

Heather said...

Congrats Katie on another boy!! I bet he and Zach will be best buds. Continuing to pray for you and this pregnancy.

Allison said...

Congratulations! Praise the Lord for the good report on the ultrasound!

The Ballantynes said...

Congratulations Rowe Family!!!
This is the first time I have commented, but I think of you almost daily. You have brought much inspiration to me and I have shared many tears with you. My son Cohen was also born on August 11. I found your blog soon after through another blog. You were constantly on my heart and in my prayers. I am in tears tonight with your news of another baby boy! I don't even know you, but am so very happy for you. I pray for nothing but good news the rest of your pregnancy and will look forward to seeing pictures of your new son!

Jordan said...

Congratulations!! :-)

Megan said...

Congratulations!!! So happy for you and your family!

Mommy2CVC said...

Congratulations on your precious baby boy! I whole heartedly agree with you that God knows what we need even when we don't! Many Blessings to you and your beautiful family.

Ann said...

Hey, Katie,

You are the cutest pregnant girl I know.

Seems like some big 'ole boy cousin stuff is in your future.:)

love you!
Ms. B.

run26.2mom said...

That is amazing news! Love the cookie idea.
Continuing to pray for each of you.
Peace.
Susan

Cori said...

Congratulations!!!!

Heather said...

Congratulations, Katie! Praising God for this sweet little boy!! You look beautiful and I thank God for His sovereignty. Love you!

Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Congrats Katie! That's is fabulous... a little brother for Z!!

newmanfamily said...

Congratulations on your new baby boy! I might add you look precious!

Emma and Company said...

Congratulations!! So happy to hear great news for you! :)

spiritmom said...

You look amazing! When I was pregnant I gained so much weight in my face I called myself pumpkin head! Looking back on pics makes me cringe.
Have lots of babies, Katie, you make such beautiful ones!!!!

The Crowder Family said...

Katie, I could not be happier for you and Jason! God is so amazing, huh?! As always, my prayers are with you and your new little boy! Congratulations!

Trac~ said...

Congratulations Katie and Jason! I am so happy for you and your family! You are VERY brave to fly in a 2 seater (or 4 seater) plane I am TERRIFIED of flying and refuse to fly in tiny plane - I will fly but only on a jet! HA! Big hugs and much love to you all! :o)

Momofgirls said...

Congratulations, Katie! What a lucky little boy!

Anna said...

Praise the Lord, for He is good! I'm so glad for you. God bless you!

busymom said...

Praise the Lord!! I'm so thankful your sweet baby is healthy! : ) There is much to be grateful for. A boy-I bet Z is so excited! And I have to say, you are the only one I know who FLIES to their doctors appointments in LR! Woohoo! How fun! That is placing all your trust in the man God gave you-bless you! I'm sooo happy for you-you deserve a healthy, perfect baby. Prayers answered, now lets get him here safely! : ) Hugs!

Karen said...

Congratulations Katie on your little baby boy!!! What an amazing gift from God. I am so thrilled to hear everything is going well. God is so good.

Karen

chelsieaw said...

Congratulations. I came across your blog from a friends blog. I too lost my daughter but it was in August 2008 and then was blessed with another son (I say another because we have 2 boys at home) that arrived in July 2009. I love the part where you thank the lord for knowing just what you need. I feel that way in so ways I can't even explain. Good luck being outnumbered in the house but boy oh boy its worth it.

Best regards,
Chelsie

 
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