Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Patience and Waiting




In a world where we want everything yesterday, this quote have given me great comfort and perspective that the things which are most precious are most definitely worth the wait.

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 Announcing a pregnancy has become somewhat of an awkward thing for me. Believe me when I say I am bursting at the seams to share my exciting news, but I've also learned the fact that many around me (including myself) are often silently wishing and praying for the same thing. Getting pregnant has never been the easiest thing for Brad and I to accomplish.  It's no secret we have to "practice" a lot to get these little miracles here.  As fun as that may sound... it's not. Anyone who has a hard time getting pregnant knows what I'm talking about. ;) We practiced, and prayed, and practiced some more for almost 2 years to get pregnant with Noah.  Then worked on getting the twins for just over a year.  After graduate school we were back in the saddle again.  For some reason I thought it would be a walk in the park this time around? We worked at it for almost a year and we were finally pregnant, (yay!), but then were shocked and broken-hearted with a miscarriage. It's been an emotional, spiritual, physical, and overall exhausting rollercoaster. Hence the reason we decided to wait a bit to announce our newest little blessing on the way.

The biggest lesson I have learned in the last 10 years is that the only thing you can plan on, is not being able to plan on anything. I simply can't plan out every detail of my life. I can't plan out my family details, I can't plan out the timing of my children, I can't plan exactly where I want to live, I can't guarantee our financial future and I most certainly can't plan on when I will actually get to use that "dream house pinterest folder". But that's okay. Looking back on it, it's been absolutely perfect. Heavenly Father has given it to me exactly the way it's supposed to look, and quite honestly, it's better than my original "plan". I've learned a lot about myself, learned a lot about trials and compassion, and am slowly leaning what life is really all about.

As for today I am so very grateful. Grateful for my countless blessings and, specifically, grateful for the little miracle on the way.

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Noah, Chloe, & Sophie have been wanting a baby for quite some time. We let them know that we have to ask Heavenly Father to send a baby to our family, so for the past 2ish years, every night during family prayer they sweetly ask, "Please bless mommy can have a baby." Melts my heart every. single. time. It's been especially sweet lately as Brad and I peek at each other and give a little wink knowing that the news they've been so sweetly praying for, is already on it's way.

At 19 weeks I was definitely starting to show, but somehow my kids hadn't noticed. Baggy sweaters were key. ;) We planned a little surprise party to let our children know our special news.

They all got in their pajamas and ran into the girls room to find pink and blue balloons everywhere. We asked them, "What could all these blue and pink blues be for?!" And pushed, "What has our family been praying for?" They all shouted, "A BABY!!!"
We asked Noah to turn on the fan and down came the blue confetti! A BROTHER, A BROTHER! Noah wanted nothing more than a baby brother and baby brother is officially on his way.
 
 We celebrated with cupcakes and ice cream to honor our baby brother. Hopefully he will arrive the end of March (due date: April 1st).
We ALL can't wait to meet you, hold you, and love on you Baby Brother.  You have no idea how very loved you are already...



10 comments:

  1. That is so sweet! Congratulations on the new little one. We can't wait to meet him!

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  2. So, so excited for you guys! Congrats! Can't wait to see another cute baby!
    Love how you told the kids. Sure they are so excited!

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  3. So sweet! I agree that you can't plan your life, which is so hard. Thank goodness for faith and prayer. Glad you are receiving one of the blessings you've prayed for. He's going to be a little stud!

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  4. Ah, Shelley, I adored this post. I love that Heavenly Father's plan for us is always better than the one we had for ourselves. I am so excited for your sweet family!

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  5. Shelley-This makes me so happy for you!!!! I know how hard your struggles have been and am so excited for you guys! We can't wait to meet the new Coates, I am sure he will be as sweet as the others!!!!!

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  6. This post choked me up and made me teary eyed. Grandpapa and Mawmaw are so happy for your family - because you are OUR family! We already love this little guy. Glad you finally shared the news!

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  7. I love this! You guys are so awesome!!! We love you!!!

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  8. Sooo precious! I am so glad for you guys! Big congrats :)

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  9. love everything about this post!!! :) so happy a sweet new babe will be added to your sweet family!! we have those same nightly prayer request ;) all in his time..

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