Friday, September 12, 2014

Hi there!

So, I know it's been a while... 
but I thought I would try this blogging thing again :)
The other day I was going through my emails from around the time that Tripp passed away. 
It's almost been 3 years.  Time plays such tricks on me.  Sometimes I feel like it's been a lifetime and other times I can't believe it's been so long ago.  But thing thing that I really found so incredible was the insane amount of support that I received just in the 3 days after Tripp passed away.  I was in such a state of shock for so long after everything happened, that even reading those emails at that time, it didn't really hit me actually HOW many people had reached out to me at that time.  
Looking back recently, it's been so humbling and incredible to see. It's even made me feel pretty guilty about stepping away for a while. Re-reading the letters brought back so much pain, but also so much joy... knowing how loved my sweet boy was even after he passed.  
The missing him sure just doesn't get easier. 
So I know that I've said thank you before, but you can't say thank you enough.  
So thank you... all of you who would reach out to me and who still reach out to me. 
You have each played a role in this very long healing process.
You are wonderful.  

And for that, 
I am thrilled to share some very exciting news with you..

Stephen and I are expecting a baby!!
He or she is due on February 2nd of next year. 
Gender will be a surprise! :)
I will be 20 weeks on Monday and we got to see it's little face again today! 
It was incredible. 

We feel so blessed and so very excited to be able to share this special event in our lives with all of you, who have supported us and walked this journey with us through these years.  
I know that Tripp has had a HUGE hand in this special gift to us.  (I even think he has his adorably cute round shaped head!)
We are nervous but excited and very grateful.   

It has NOT been an easy road.  
But easy does not challenge your faith. 
God has been SO good to us.  
SO so good, that I don't even have the words yet to share them. 
We cannot wait to continue our journey with you but to also share the story...
in posts to come...  
little by little..,. 
of how we have made it this far. 
And how we have grown in our faith and in our lives. 

We love you guys. 

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 
-James 1:2-3

God Bless,