Monday, May 18, 2009

Candice and Kevin Plus Seven

Our neighborhood garage sale is serious business. We actually took Thursday off of school so we could scour our area for bargains. The kids and I had a great time looking and scoring great deals and getting fresh air and exercise. I found tons of baby clothes.

Not for Annesley.

For our new baby. Yes, that's right! God has blessed us with another little one to debut in January!

I've been praying for some time that if God wanted us to have another child, that He would either give Kevin excitement about the idea, or just 'make it happen.' (Isn't it funny how we give God multiple choices sometimes in our prayers...Like He has to choose one?) In His gracious and wonderful way, He's done both.

Last month, Kevin came to me and said that he really would like to have another baby, but that he'd like to wait til next year. I was excited to hear that, of course, and it made perfect sense to wait since we're planning a trip to Thailand in December (Kevin, Keely, and I). It was a bit shocking to find out two weeks ago that God had also opted to grant choice 'b', too! And though the timing is a bit of a surprise, we are thrilled and humbled that we'll be entrusted with another little 'arrow' to train up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Pray for us, will you? For safety for this little one, and for physical strength for Kevin and me. We find ourselves tired quite often, and we want to be good stewards of these children in the face of limitations on our physical and emotional energy. I have to admit that I've struggled with fear a little since we found out about this baby.

Can I really handle this?
Can I homeschool them all?

Are you sure you want to give us another one, Lord?

I hear God answer me through His Word:

My grace is sufficient for you. My power is made perfect in weakness.

I can't handle this on my own, nor will I do it all perfectly. I know God will give me grace for each day, and that is more than enough.

Psalm 127:3

Oh, and one more thing: You girls whom I was chatting with at co-op a couple of weeks ago, in the nursery? About how effective natural family planning is?

Forget what I said. :)


Elise said...

Congratulations!! :)

Dana said...

Yipee!!! Congrats!!

The Stoughton Family said...

Oh congratulations!!!!! My mom told us this morning that we missed your announcement at church yesterday evening! How exciting! I can't wait to find out if you're having a boy or a girl! Yay!!!

Anne said...

I wasn't part of your nursery co-op discussion re. natural planning, but it didn't work so well for us either, which is why Bria joined so soon. :D We are so excited for you guys and I hope you'll let me know if you need any break at all, even if it's just to take a nap for a few hours, I'd love to have some extra entertainment for my 2! ;)

cristina said...

WHOA! HAHA! Congratulations!! Exciting news! ;)

Jessica said...

Wow! congrats! We will have babies the same age!:)

Liz said...

How exciting!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Candice!!!! Praise the Lord from whom all blessings flow!

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Michelle P said...

Congrats!! I am so happy for you guys!!

Leah said...

Wow...what a wonderful surprise! I am thrilled for you and your family. God has blessed you again. Will be in prayer for a super pregnancy and perfect sweet baby. Take care, can't wait to see you grow! Praise God!

Michelle said...

Congratulations! Bet the kids are excited about another little one in the house, too! :)

Rebecca M said...

I'm expecting my fifth and have those same questions and thankfully the same answers from God's Word. Congratulations on this new blessing for your family!

Trevor said...

WOW!!! Congratulations to you and your family! I know that both of you will continue to be great parents and can handle anything that comes your way! Take care and we will look forward to updates.