Today is one of those days where I know God is extravagantly kind because my life is proof. Today is my birthday – I turn 32. And today, I am 12 weeks pregnant with our second, long-awaited child.

The details of how almost impossible this particular pregnancy seemed to me are a little too graphic, so I will skip it. If you remember though, I wrote about the disappointment of negative tests here, and it wasn’t long after that post that we got pregnant. I was nearly certain we couldn’t get pregnant when we did so the news shocked Josh and I when we saw the two red lines.


A few weeks ago, my friend, the extraordinary image-capturer, Emma Wheatley of RoseWheat Photography, took us out into a little field of Kansas sunflowers to snap a few pictures of our happy news. I’ve been wanting to share them with you, but I made myself wait until my birthday when the little one would be 12 weeks. It was the best birthday gift I could think of. Here are a few of my favorites from our shoot with Emma, including a little ultrasound of the bean, at this time only 7 weeks.




I don’t know all the reasons why we’ve had to wait and fight for both of our children, but I know God is with us through it all, and he has been so impeccable with his timing. John will be three and a half when this baby comes, and in many ways, I’m happy he’s had this time to be the beloved only child. And he will be more ready to be a big brother and help, rather then getting jealous. Although I’m sure he will have his days. He’s already praying for baby with us at night. Those prayers have got to tickle God just as much as they do us.

Thank you for reading and sharing my joy. And thank you for supporting me in the disappointment and the waiting. I am so thankful for community out here, as well as my church family, married and birth families and my friends, who all lift me up. You all are a Godsend.

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9 thoughts on “A Little, Tiny Announcement

  1. Congratulations!!! I am so stinking excited for you. I know how much this pregnancy is wanted and you handled the waiting with so much grace! I cannot wait to see another tiny Siders baby!


    1. Thank you, thank you, Lindsey. Catching up with you, the veteran two-baby mama. 🙂 It is very exciting. I’m not gonna lie – I would love to have a girl and balance all the loud noises out with some pink stuff but I am really going to be happy no matter what.


  2. First reactions…throw my hands to heaven and yell it to Steven, who is 5 feet away, and then start crying at the goodness of the Lord. God has blessed your womb yet again!!!!! Thank You God for this life! Many many congratulations to you and the family!


    1. Thank you for being so happy and thank you for the blessing on us. Receiving it. 🙂 It’s so cool. I wish we could’ve been prego at the same time twice, but this time, I’m sharing pregnancy with one of my best friends (her first) and God is really doing the timing thing well, just like last time.


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