Monday, February 1, 2010

Thought it Might be Fun...

to share how we told our parents about baby #3. ; ) Jason and I always try to come up with little creative ways to tell our parents that I am pregnant. This time I wanted to tell them without saying a word. To sit back and watch their reactions. So...when we went home for Thanksgiving, we mixed in these three pictures with some from Zach's birthday party. It was completely natural to hand them some pictures to flip through.



I was so nervous! My heart was beating so fast. We loved doing this, and our parents' faces were priceless. Their expressions went from confused to shocked to "are they telling me what I think they are..." to happiness and tears. It worked out perfectly.

Our little hope's first ultrasound

Thanks for the ideas about a baby doppler monitor. Shannon is letting me borrow hers, so I feel much better already. She tried it out on me the other night looking all professional. It was too funny. I had forgotten she had one. ; )

Thank you also for asking how I am feeling. Very good now, just have the usual food cravings and aversions. With Zach I was sick from week six to nine exactly. With Reese I was sick for two months. This pregnancy I was sick from week six to week nine to the day again! This is why I have a hunch it's a boy, but who knows!?

I am so thankful for the support and love we receive from our friends who we have never met but read our blog. I wish I had the time to hide away and respond to each comment, but I simply cannot. Why can't I be two people sometimes!? I love to pop in on several of your blogs to see what you're up to, I just may not comment. Please know I read each of your comments (many several times) and am always so deeply touched. I'm thinking these past few years my main love language has been "Words," so your Godly and sweet words refresh my heart and soul.

I've been joking with Jason that people have to be sick of praying for us! I've said and felt this countless times, but never in our lives have we ever been so carried by your prayers than the last nine months. Of course we've never needed them this desperately. Thank you for allowing GOD to bless us through your faithfulness and thoughtfulness.

At least the topics of your prayers are changing. ; )


Seek the LORD while He may be found; call to Him while He is near.

Isaiah 55:6

69 comments:

Brunch at Saks said...

Katie- What a creative way to tell your parents! LOVE it! Continuing to pray for you, your precious little one, and family! xoxo

Brandi said...

What a sweet way to tell your parents! I hope and pray this is a happy pregnancy and delivery and you take a sweet cuddly baby home in your arms.... (I think it's a girl!) Bran

Todd and Courtney said...

I LOVE that way you told your parents! You are so cute. And I will never ever stop praying for you. You feel like a long lost friend and I think of ya'll everyday and pray for this sweet baby #3

Jill said...

what a wonderful way to tell your parents! still praying for you~

Sara said...

That's a great idea for sharing the news. We always liked to catch our parents off-guard as well. So glad you are feeling better and praying that you will continue to feel well throughout the pregnancy!

Wendy said...

I think it's a girl, too! And I'm sure I'm right since we've never ever met! ;) I'm thinking girl and middle name should be Hope! Or Faith! Either way - blessed baby for sure!

Shanna said...

We're not sick of praying for ya'll. I was so happy to read the news! Ya'll are such great parents and I'm so happy baby #3 is on the way!!!! This was a cute way to tell your parents...I can't imagine their shock!

3LittleByrds said...

Katie, what a precious picture of your baby bean. I love the way you told the family. I used a doppler with all mine and it always made me feel better. I could never get sick of praying for you. You're such a sweet person that I want nothing but happiness for you. :)

Melanie said...

What a cute way to tell your family! Praying for ya girl~~~ :o) Hugs!

Sara said...

What a creative way to tell your parents! Still praying for you and never tired of it! Glad you are not sick and feeling good.

The Speight Family said...

Love that idea! That is how Trey proposed! He put picture of the ring in with a bunch of other pictures. I was so shocked and confused. I continue to pray that all goes will with baby #3. What blessing he/she will be to all of you!

Rebekah said...

What a sweet way to tell your parents! I love that. So cute. Praying for you with this pregnancy. Love the picture of your little hope!

Erin said...

We never tire of praying for you because God has given us an amazing love for you! I hope everything continues swimmingly!

Brittany said...

Katie- the Lord brought you to my mind this morning while he was driving to school. I am praying for you and this sweet baby! What a precious gift.

Brittany said...

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Brandi said...

What an awesome way to tell your parents about your new little bambino. Before you know it, July will be here...awesome!!! Still praying for you!!!!

the bowlin family said...

Katie- I pray for you and your sweet family so often. I love hearing your sweet voice when I read your blog. I love how I have reconnected to you and what a privilege to get to be a tiny part of your life. May the Lord continue to encourage you.

Love,
Stephanie

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Great way to tell your parents! I know they are happy to see you so happy. I get teary even thinking about the struggles that Evie will face in life. No parent wants to see their child - even their grown child - hurt! It's just part of life and we have to trust in God's plan. I often tell my hubby that I am glad God has a plan because we sure don't! I think of you daily!

Kelli said...

We'll keep on praying!!! Love the way you shared your good news!! Can't wait until July!!

The Niemeyer Nest said...

Did you do the Chinese Gender predictor? I sent that link to 20 of my friends and it was right for 18 -luck maybe? Anyway, it turned out to be right for me too. Evie was a girl!

Susy said...

I would never get sick of praying for such a sweet soul! You and Reese have been an inspiration to many, and I am hoping and praying for the best for your sweet new addition! Don't you love the blog world? In an instant, you can be washed in prayer when you need it...and even when you don't even realize it!
That was a great way to tell your parents!
God Bless!

C. Smith said...

Just want to say Congratulations!! on baby #3- God is so good!!

Faith said...

What an awesome way to tell them!! Good luck with your pregnancy and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. Stay warm too! :)

Faith

Lindsay said...

Such a sweet way to tell your family! I love special little surprises like that!
And as for praying for you and your family, it just comes natural now. I don't even think twice that we have never met. I am just happy to pray for you, because I believe without a doubt that you are a wonderful person!!!
xox

Makila said...

Yes, praying for your newest addition but that doesn't mean forgetting about Reece. :)

Linds said...

GREAT idea! And I doubt people are sick for praying for you... you can't get sick over something the Lord lays on your heart (atleast I can't). We are rejoicing and praying for you through this next phase of the journey....

Christa said...

What a neat way to tell your parents!!! I'm so happy for you!

Leigh Ann said...

I am SO behind on blogging. I am THRILLED to read this post tonight! Congratulations, Katie! I am so incredibly happy for you, Jason, and Zach! This is just the best news! Thank you for always ending your posts with scripture. It is such a blessing to me! Looking forward to hearing all about your new addition!

McFarland Family said...

priceless! what a fun and creative way to tell the folks:) I am glad to hear that you are feeling better. God is so good!

Karen said...

What a precious way to show your parents your great news.
What an honor it has been to lift your family up to the Lord. You helped shape my journey...you will always be part of my testimony.
Blessings..

Summer said...

What a cute way to announce your expecting! Super cute! Oh what a cute little ultrasound pic! Girly you are always in my thoughts and prayers and I am so glad we have become friends through blogland!!

Oh I can't wait to find out what you are having....Oh and I would never get sick of praying for you!

xoxo
Summer :0)

Cyndi said...

Katie,
I love the ideas of telling your parents through pictures. I am still praying for your family.

Momofgirls said...

It is a privilege to pray for you. It is fun to see God's handiwork in your life, knowing HE is working it all together for GOOD!

SouthernGalsBoutique said...

Awe. what a great way to tell your parents!!! I love it when people come up with creative ways to share the news!! I always just picked up the phone and called my mom, now wish I would have done something cuter!! I'm praying for you and your family...

Annie said...

this is precious! love how you told the family about baby #3! We are the same way about telling in a "creative" way! :)

I know exactly how you feel about being "carried" by the prayers of other brothers and sisters in Christ.

Please also know what a privledge it is to pray for your family. To intercede on the behalf of others is such an honor and blessing. And in some way, being "equipped" to pray for you because of my own loss just feels right. Not that having lost a child will EVER feel "right", but it feels a little redeemed when I can use my own pain for the sake of others in the name of the Lord. You'll understand what I mean, I know.

So happy for you guys!

Sarah said...

I love the way you told your parents you are expecting :) I happened upon your blog awhile back and I just wanted to say that you are in my daily prayers. Your strength is inspiring. It speaks volumes to the power of prayer! In Christs Love, Sarah

Kelly said...

I'm glad you're beginning to feel better. Now, just sit back and enjoy the pregnancy. July 28th will be here before you know it. Oh, and BTW, I never tire of praying for you. You are a HUGE inspiration to everyone who reads your blog.

Brei said...

It's an honor and a blessing to pray for you guys...thanks so much for sharing your lives with so many!

Blessed Mommy said...

First time commenter here, but I had to say that I will never tire of praying for you or your family. I love to come here and check up on your family and believe it or not, get inspired! :) You always have the perfect thing to say that inspires me to be better, pray more, search for my Savior in all I do. So today I wanted to say thank you! You inspire me. May God continue to bless you and your family for your faithfulness!

BTW, I am so excited about Reese being a Big Sister! That is the sweetest news I've heard all month! Congratulations!

Heather said...

It is an honor and privelege to pray for you, Katie! I love all the fun ways we tell our parents we are expecting....FUN!

Lauren Kelly said...

That sonogram picture made me smile huge. Couldn’t be more happier for ya’ll. Love you, friend! :)

Cindy said...

What a great way to tell your family. I know it had to have been such a fun day. It looks like your little bit is smiling at you in the picture.

Becky said...

My youngest daughter told us with pictures about her first pregnancy too. She had a pic of the positive pregnancy test. I couldn't figure out what it was at first - then she burst into tears because she got pregnant before her older sister who so desperately wanted a child.....

I love seeing pictures of Z and Reese.

Mer said...

Hey ! I never saw the cards you used...they are cute! Hope you are settled back in:)

hi-d said...

What a fun and creative way to tell your parents. I love it! I don't get sick of praying for you guys. You come to my mind often...in fact, the other night, I had a dream that I met you and Shannon. So, you are both on my heart and in my prayers (and subconscious mind) ha ha...

Totally understand about not being able to respond to all of the comments. Someday I think you're going to write a book or travel and tell your story...

God Bless!

Design Apprentice said...

Katie-
Your journal is such a blessing to read. I feel closer to God and the Holy Spirit by simply reading your posts. Thank you for sharing so much of your life. May God continue to bless you and your family with happiness and your new addition.
Best,
Katie
P.S. You thought of quite the clever way to tell your parents!

Erin said...

What a great way to tell your parents. I always wanted to do something cute but was just so excited that I had to share right away ha ha!

Thinking about you always!

Joanna Asbill said...

Katie! I am so happy and excited for you and your family! I can feel your strength and faith every time I read a post you have written. I LOVE the way you told your family that baby #3 is on the way! I have already started praying for your pregnancy and your new precious baby boy or girl! Thank you for sharing your heart and faith! You have inspired and touched many!!!

besnini said...

I will not tire or become sick of praying for you...I consider it a honor. It is wonderful to watch God answer prayers :)

Team Alix said...

Katie- did you notice what I did? The little one in your ultrasound picture looks like a smiley face. Just smiling back at YOU!

run26.2mom said...

Priceless...the way you guys were able to see and experience the emotions of your parents. What a great idea.
I am glad to hear you are feeling great. July really is not far away, is it? The snow is endless. As for praying for you and your family, that remains a constant :)Your faith and courage hold me accountable for so many areas of my life.
Oh, I have always felt bad that I read your blog and seem to know you somewhat. And in return, it was weird that I didn't have a blog to share.Well, I am completing a news years resolution to start a blog to document my little journey. It is for fun and silly really silly. I like to laugh at life's journey when I can.
Peace.
Susan

thoughts of a beggar said...

How cool!! Wish I was that creative! :) Praying #3 brings so much joy that you can't even function! ;)

Cuddles and Chaos said...

Never tire of praying for such a wonderful family. God lends us and our minds. Your family is often on my mind and in my prayers.
So thankful for your family. Glad you're feeling well.

Jennifer said...

That is too cute, Katie!
Glad you are feeling better. You know we are continually praying!

Fabiola said...

That is a really fun way to tell them.
I am so happy that you are feeling well.
I am praying for you.

Mary Louis Quinn said...

You don't know me, but I have been following your blog since right around the time Reese was born. I have a little girl who was born on July 30th, and she had colic for the first couple of months. Every time she was screaming her head off and I was so frustrated, I would think about you and how you would give anything to be holding Reese, no matter how fussy she was. So I would calm down and say a little prayer for your family and thank God for all the blessings He had given me. It allowed me to look at my (fussy) baby in a whole new light!

When I read your post announcing your pregnancy, I just cried tears of joy, I was so happy. I know that's crazy since I don't even know you, but I was just moved by God's work in your lives. I will pray that this pregnancy continues to go so smoothly!

Taylor said...

That is such a fun way to share the news!! I'm just so so so happy for you guys and still praying for a safe pregnancy and healthy baby!!!

Jennifer said...

That is such a neat way of telling your parents!! Praying for you and your little hope! ♥

Elizabeth said...

How fun!! Continuing to pray for you and #3:)

Rikki said...

I know that I have told you this about a dozen times, but you. are. simply. precious. I just love it!!!! I cannot wait to share in the joys of this pregnancy and birth of this precious little one with you. Blessing from God, for sure!!! Reese has paved the way for this little one. She is up in heaven smiling down! I know you miss her and I know you want her here.....praying for you as your emotions are so conflicted right now.....please know that I think of you often. {hugs}

Kristie said...

Super sweet...

Blessings,
Kristie

Christy said...

It has been awhile since I checked your blog. I am so happy to read that you are expecting a precious baby this summer! Congratulations!Blessing to you and your family. :)

Sunny said...

so very excited for you!

newmanfamily said...

Love that idea on telling parents! We were creative with our first, I bought a great-grandmother birthday card to give my grandma on her birthday and signed it "See you around September" She kept looking at it over and over until she finally looked at me and "got it." We weren't real creative with our 2nd. We tried to get our son to tell but he couldn't quite get it. Still praying for a healthy baby.

Diana said...

your ultrasound looks like a little smiley face! what a blessing! :)

Alison said...

Do you see the smiley face in the ultra sound picture? Loved it.

martha - caknitter said...

Congratulations! What great news!

The Kahler Family said...

Such a cute way to let them know!
I'm not a comment reader, so this may have already been said. It looks like there is a smiley face in the middle of that ultrasound picture, it's amazing.
I will never tire of praying for your family, it is a great blessing to support His kingdom.
angie

Kelly said...

Congrats! I am so happy for you and wish you the best. You will be in our prayers!

 
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