Sunday, November 22, 2009

Our NEW ADDITION! #8!

I have just been DYING to share this with all of you!

I have received many comments and emails wondering "where I've been?", "why am I not blogging?", "am I okay?" Well people...I'M BACK!!!!! AND WITH NEWS of another ADOPTION in our family! I find National Adoption Month as the PERFECT TIME to share our MIRACULOUS STORY!

Now that we have shared the news with our family. I will share our journey with you. It has been a LONG ride to our new baby and God has lead us all the way! I promised HIM that if I got pregnant, I would share our testimony and journey with all who would listen. To advocate for babies like ours.

I will share the most important part now and fill in the gaps along the way.

In June, we adopted 6 embryos from another couple. We signed up & added our profile at MIRACLES WAITING. After just 9 days-a couple approached us and said that they felt God wanted us to have their embryos. We were SHOCKED! We didn't think anyone would pick us since we already have 7 blessings.

God knew differently! So after surgeries, injections, giving up caffeine and allergy meds. 2 of our frozen miracles were thawed on October 21st. One did not survive the thaw and is resting in heaven with Jesus. On October 22nd a 3rd embie was thawed & survived. That same day these 2 precious "jewels" were placed inside my womb. Here are their first BABY PICTURES!


This one is already hatching out of its sweet shell in the photo!


One of the "jewels" did not make it and is also up in heaven. We are so thankful we were able to free this "frozen soul" and give it life.

The miracle is-ONE MADE IT!! Last week The Captain & I heard & saw ONE PRECIOUS, MIRACULOUS heart beat! Here he/she is!!


I am due the first part of JULY! We could not be more ecstatic and feel more blessed!

This is how we told our parents yesterday. My MIL got it RIGHT AWAY! It took my FIL and my parents A WHILE to catch on to his shirt!

The Captain and I are THRILLED BEYOND BELIEF (so are ALL the other kids) at this 8th MIRACLE in our life!

We are giving God ALL THE GLORY for our sweet one! For who else could conjure up such a MIRACLE????

Many people would choose to keep this "private" or not want to share the details. THERE IS NO SECRET HERE! I believe God wants us to witness, share our blessings and our testimony to help others out along the way. If I can help just ONE couple adopt one of the 500,000 other frozen souls out there waiting-I have done my job!

If you are a Christian, and you believe life starts at conception, that is just it-500,000 "orphans" are waiting.......Frozen in TIME! They just need a warm, loving place to grow! Read the following verse carefully

"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and WONDERFULLY MADE; your works are WONDERFUL, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. ALL the days ordained for me were written in your book BEFORE ONE OF THEM CAME TO BE!"
PSALMS 139:13-16

WHEW!!!!!!!
Glad I FINALLY got all that out!!
Praising Him for our baby, nausea and insomnia!

38 comments:

Chris and Sarah said...

That is the most exciting news ever !!! I have always wanted to do that but my body does not take pregnancy well.

I am super excited for you and I can't wait to follow your journey more!!!

John Deere Mom said...

Wow, wow, wow!!! I am amazed by you, your faith, and your energy! I was so excited to read this...I could feel your excitement through the screen! Congratulations! I hope you find time in your BUSY life to keep us posted!!

Kristin said...

So excited for you, friend! I am glad that you were finally able to share all that God has been doing in your life! Praying for you and your sweet little one!

Andrea said...

WOW, what an amazing way to fulfill a dream, to both adopt and conceive! I love it!HUGE congrats! I would love to hear more, what an exciting opportunity.
Praise the Lord for your new blessing!

quilt-n-mama said...

I'm hopping up and down and crying for you! Awesome!!!! What an amazing God we have and what an incredible journey he has called you too! I can't wait to learn more about this little one!

HUgs to you friend, keep me posted:)
Blessings,
Gayly

Amanda said...

How very very wonderful Jennifer!! I am so excited for you and especially your children. What an exciting adventure this well be:) What an example of love and faithfulness. You will be in my prayers and I sure do look forward to new posts!!

Hilary said...

Wow!! Congratulations so amazing :)

Wife to the Rockstar said...

AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

I have tears streaming down my cheeks.

PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mama from Uganda said...

I was waiting for you to annouce on this blog! Yeah, another miracle being knit together--for the glory of the Lord.

Shonni said...

I am so excited for you and your family...congrats
loves,
Shonni

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

WOHOOOOO!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! So happy for you.....yeah.....our number 8 is coming home soon. How fun and thrilling!!!

anya* said...

This is so very exciting! I am all teary eyed! A friend of mine and her husband have chose this way of growing a family (in their case baby #1) and are due in January. When I first heard about it I was overwhelmed at how beautifullyl god can orchestrate families and fulfill our dreams of motherhood.
This is so awesome and I can't wait to hear about your journey!!!

StillMe842 said...

I don't think the word "envy" is a good word in this case, but I'm so overjoyed and excited to see what God's doing in your lives, that I can't wait for God to do the same with me! "When Lord?! When?!" Thank you, thank you for sharing your awesome testimony with us! Hallelujah! I can't wait to see this little one already!

THE Stephanie said...

Oh.My.Goodness!!!! I can not believe what I"m reading!! What a blessing!!

So happy for you!! And we'd love to update your site with your new addition! How fun!

Jen said...

This is absolutely amazing!!!! To God be the Praise. I am so happy for you guys!

Tricia said...

absolutely amazing and wonderful!!!

Kelly said...

Wow. To God be the Glory for All He has done!

God bless you and your sweet new one!

Ana-Lou said...

Jennifer and Captain - I've been wondering where you have "been" and Now . . . ;-D May the Lord continue to bless your quiver!!! I am praying for this pregnancy to be a VERY HEALTHY one. Praise to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. I will lift you both up and for both of your growth spurts to magnify as well as continue to Glorify Him!

Hadassah has been our joy to our family just like this precious life will be to yours!
Love - Ana Klundt

Midwest Mommy said...

Oh congrats! I am so excited for you!!!

I am blessed! said...

What an awesome way to add to your family! What a blessing to your family and the donor family. I've often wondered how families that have to go through IVF to have babies deal with this issue. I'm so glad that many couples are allowing their babies to have a chance at life.

Kim said...

WOW! What an incredible way to grow your family. So excited for you and this precious baby!
Praising Him for His faithfulness!
Blessings from Hong Kong,
Kim

The McIntyre Family said...

Congratulations!!! Thanks for sharing this MIRACLE with all of us!!! Praying for you and your blessing!!!

Stacey said...

I remember when I first told my story about our pregnancy, you commented that you would love to feel that life inside of you one day. I am so incredibly happy for you, you deserve every ounce of happiness you are experiencing. I will be praying, praying, praying for you!!!! What incredible news, congratulations!!!!!

Stacey97 said...

CONGRATS!!! GREAT NEWS!! Keep us posted PLEASE!!!

MyLinda said...

WOW, excited for your family! Can't wait to hear more! Congrats!

Adeye said...

There are no words to describe how THRILLED I am for you, my friend. :):):)

trina said...

You totally amaze me!! You really do. I'm sitting here in amazement of how our Father works in the heart of his people. I had no idea that there are 500,000.
I'm so happy for you all! A little, precious baby. The pictures are wonderful! Can't wait to follow your journey.
trina

TheHappyNeills said...

MIRACLE UPON MIRACLE! Praise Be!

and modern technology is just stinkin' incredible...wow.

Praise God! and CONGRATULATIONS!

His Hands His Feet Today said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!
This is a program I advocate heavily as well!

I'm so totally excited for you and the captain :)

Love,
K

The Wendler Family said...

AH this is so exciting!!!! Congratulations!! I have thought a lot about embryo adoption as a possibility for many friends who are wanting to adopt. I had never heard about embryo donation adoption before though. This is great news that I will share with those I love who need this information.
I am also pregnant and due the end of July. It will be great to follow your pregnancy as I experience my third, at the same time!
Life is truly a blessing! God is great! Thanks for sharing the news.

Kim said...

WOW!! That is so awesome!! I know I don't know you and I just recently found your blog but I am so happy and excited for you!!

I mentioned in another comment that I have 3 adopted children, when I married my second husband we were blessed with 2 birth sons. So I sorta know how you are feeling. It's awesome all the way around!

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Pam, mom, honey, said...

amazing, praise the wonderful lord that we serve. congradulations on your newest blessing

*Overflowing* said...

Fabulous, wonderful, beautiful news!! Can't wait to watch your belly grow...better post those tummy pics.

Embryo adoption is absolutely beautiful! Our agency, Nightlight Christian Adoptions, was the first agency to start this program (Snowflakes). So we are VERY familiar with it and have many friends that have Snowflakes babies :)

Congratulations...I kinda had a feeling you were missing because of a new peanut but never imagined it was through embryo adoption...so cool!!! HUGS, stacy

JoAnna said...

Oh MY! That is absolutely amazing! CONGRATS!!! Please do keep sharing all you learn/ know about embryo adoption. I had heard of it, but didn't really understand it to be prevelent/ or for that matter, really needed. As an adoption advocate, I am astounded. I can't wait to have more information to pass around!! Thank you for being so open and forthright! :)


p.s. as soon as I read this, I went RUNNING & laughing to tell my hubby and say "plllleeeeaaaasssseee???" Yeah, the answer is still "no". Darn it.

heathermohr said...

This is such an exciting story for me to read! As you saw on my blog, we are looking into either this or IVF with some type of screening. I have this feeling we will end up going for embryo adoption. We will not do PGD because we won't destroy the affected embryos, so unless they can screen my eggs first (doubtful), this is the route we will be going. So, as you can imagine, I get so excited to see success stories. Congrats!

Thanks so much for sharing in Madelyn's story.

Flamingo Mama said...

OH MY GOODNESS!! congratulations my friend. one of the couples that were in our homestudy group did this and have a beautiful baby girl now! SO COOL!!

Amie@WildOlive said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! I have been away from the blogs forever, saw your post on FB, and thought you might have decided to share!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! so glad you are able to share of your miracles!!! Happy Happy announcement day!!!

call me soon... been a long time since we have caught up!

hugs
Amie

Renata said...

Jen,
Firstly Congratulations! What exciting news. In fact I flicked back because I haven't read your blog for a while & want to read all about this. Embryo adoption is something that I've never even considered - but what a fantastic thing. Will pray for you & your precious family.
Renata :)