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