We are overwhelmed by the tremendous outpouring of love you’ve shown in the past 24 hours.  Knowing that you’re praying us through this induction and delivery is a true source of comfort and strength.  Our older kids are also seeing and sensing how very much they are loved through each of your messages.  Thank you!

I wanted to drive in the opposite direction of the hospital today and go anywhere but here!  But we arrived and had begun the induction process by noon.  As expected, contractions have been slow to start.  We are waiting for more progress yet feeling peaceful about God’s timing.

For Jeff and me to have 10 hours alone to talk, rest, etc… is exceedingly rare.  We are trying to make the most of this ‘date’ by reading a book together.  Jeff is reading aloud Hints on Child Training by H. Clay Trumbull (Elizabeth Elliot’s grandfather), and we’ve enjoyed discussing it chapter by chapter and praying for each of our children.  Hopefully this will help us push the ‘reset’ button on  our parenting when we get home.  We’ve also been cleaning up our email inbox, replying to messages, organizing photos, reading the news… just trying to stay busy and distracted.  :-).

Now we are going to try to get some sleep and continue to hope and pray for Joel’s arrival by morning… but God knows.

As usual, our doctor and nurses have been wonderful.  The perinatologist and midwife on duty tonight both have experience with breech deliveries, so we are all the more hopeful that Joel will be born before they leave.

Thanks again for your many prayers. God is answering and we are grateful











6 thoughts on “Waiting

  1. All morning Joel and you all were on my mind and heart during worship practice and the service. Specifically when we sang “And on that day when my strength is failing, the end draws near and my time has come, still my soul will sing your praise unending, ten thousand years and then forever more.” I was picturing Joel in Heaven in a perfect body singing praises. And also a verse was shared from Job at one point, “and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” Job 1:21 /// Lifting you up for a peaceful and speedy delivery. God is able!


  2. As i sit here and read this post I’m praying that God gives you peace, comfort and closure. I know Joel is in Heaven with Jesus. As I prayed today and thought of you as your unending faith. We never know why God gives us the things he does. But I know in my heart there is a reason for this. We just don’t know what it is yet. I know my precious angel is in Heaven in a perfect body doing things he couldn’t fo on earth. And I know Eddie took Joel’s hand and showed him around. Find peace in God’s love. Love you all so much.


  3. Thanks for sharing the update,
    I am sure that the Wednesday night nursery is the farthest thing from your mind right now. But just letting you know that I will be there the rest of this month. Praying that you are in active labor soon!


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