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April 25, 2011

Big News =)

Well, I wasn't going to post this until (way) later on, but I guess I will go ahead and share now... I've been so excited to share with all of you...

Rick and I recently found out that Baby Ross # 4 is on the way!

My adorable Husband spilled the beans as he announced it to our entire Church yesterday. =) It was so sweet as the entire congregation erupted into cheering and clapping for us. It made us (and this new little one) feel so loved. It was a very special moment.

We couldn't be more thrilled about this baby. God has truly blessed us and answered our prayers. We don't deserve it, but we are very thankful for his grace.

I have to be honest and admit that the last 7 weeks have been a complete roller coaster of up's and downs for me. I've been full of all different emotions.

I was so happy the day I got the positive test, but I was a complete mess the following week. I struggled with everything from the fear of disappointment in losing this baby, to the fear of this happening to us again.

I have struggled with the challenge of another pregnancy so soon after Maddie's and I struggled with the fact that this little one will not be Maddie, but her little brother or sister.

I feel like all of the emotions are probably pretty normal in our circumstance and I've embraced them.

I have completely placed all of these "fears" in the Lord's hands.

This baby will never replace or diminish Madeline's life in any way. This baby will simply remind us of our faith and "hope" in the Lord.

This baby reminds us that even in a trial or heartache, God is still so good to us and He hears and answers prayers. We are so thankful for that.

As the weeks have progressed, I'm getting so excited of the idea of having another little one. My arms will always ache for Maddie Grace, but mine and Rick's hope is that this baby will help to fill the aching arms we have right now. That is our prayer.

One day in Heaven, we will hold Maddie Grace again, and we can't wait for that day. Until then, we have asked God to bless us with more children to love and care for down here, and He has.

Our little one is due December the 14th (2 days after Eli's birthday).

Please pray for us as the pregnancy progresses. Please pray for us up until delivery and even the month's after. I cannot wait to hold this baby.
I cannot wait to see this sweet baby look up at me. I cannot wait to become a mother again.

God is so good.

Thank you for your love a care. Rick and I truly appreciate your prayers.

I have the most precious story about my first ultrasound, I will share soon.

Thank you for being here...

Love, Natalie <3


  1. That is so good to hear!! :) congrats :) Have been praying for you since the beginning of the year, now it looks like I will be praying a little different!! God Bless you and your family :)

  2. Congratulations, Natalie! What wonderful news! So happy that God is blessing you with another little one. We will be praying for you and this new little baby!

  3. Oh that is such wonderful blessed news! I will keep you in prayer as I know how you feel :)-Lisa

  4. I could not be more happy for you both!!!!!!! So excited! You will see Maddie Grace shine through this next baby too =)GOD is sooo GOOD!

  5. I am thrilled for you! I had a feeling (a hope?) this announcement was coming!!! Congratulations to you and your family! :)

    Ps. that's my hubbies 30th birthday- he's the best person I know. That has to count for some good vibes, eh? :)

  6. Praise the Lord!!! This post is so sweet...loved how you announced it. I've been praying for you everyday that this pregnancy will go well & this sweet baby will be here before you know it! SO EXCITING!!! WE love you all, praying for you!~heidi

  7. I tried posting this earlier, but got an error, so I apologize if this shows up twice!

    Great news! Me and my husband are in the very early stages of talking about trying for another. We lost Adam in January, and I wonder what people would would think if we got pregnant again this soon. Not that it matters, but that's how my mind works. I'm so happy your new baby is being welcomed with very open arms! Congrats, it's wonderful!

  8. WOW! That is big news! How far along are you?

    You know its funny, you and I live in completely different states but would you know that just because its spring I'm finding almost EVERYONE is pregnant or trying to

    I recently found out my sister-in-law is pregnant with her third. Yep babies are every where. I hope my chance will come soon but for the moment I'll be patient and giddily wait for your blog updates on your rainbow.

    I've been hoping this blog update would happen and indeed it has. Congrats to you and rick. Can't wait for your next update.


  9. So excited for you. I will certainly be praying!

  10. This post brought tears to my eyes. Tears of Joy!! I am so excited for you all. Praying for you and your little one!

  11. We are soooo over the moon excited for you guys! Praying that the Lord will keep your heart at peace, and your mind at rest. <3 We love you all, and can't wait to meet this new little miracle!

  12. How Awesome is our God! I have prayed so much for you since finding your blog, that God would bless you with another child! This made me cry happy tears! Will def. continue to pray for you and this new baby! Can't wait to hear more about him/her!

  13. Congratulations Natalie! I am overjoyed for you and your family! We will continue praying for you, Rick, the boys, and the precious baby the Lord has blessed you with!
    Much Love, Natasha

  14. I am so happy for you!!! I am praying for twin girls!!! God is good!!

  15. Oh, I am so happy for you guys! I hoped for this for you. I will continue to pray for you guys through this. Such a happy time!

    Love & Prayers!

  16. Congratulations!!! Lots of prayers for you all through this pregnancy!!!

  17. Thank you all so much for your sweet and encouraging wishes! We really appreciate your care and concern and we love you all! Thank you! Love, Natalie

  18. How exciting! My kids still pray for you, even when they are at Master Clubs on Tues. night, they ask for everyone to pray for ya'll. :)

  19. So happy for you Natalie! I pray for you often, and think of you every time I see a little Maddie Bird! :)What an awesome miracle! I will continue to pray for God's peace and comfort during your pregnancy and after! Keep posting! I am blessed to be following your journey!
    Blessing, Kim Speckman

  20. I hadn't read your blog in a couple weeks and now I'm reading and tears are in my eyes! How very exciting! We will be praying for you!