Life has flown by lately. Not only has soooo much changed in these last few months, but it’s been too long since I’ve written about it (blame it on our laptops crashing at the same time and not getting a new one until yesterday. I wasn’t going to try and blog from my iphone!) But nevertheless, I’m excited to talk about what’s happening in mine and Kyle’s life since our last big update!
As most know by now, Kyle & I packed up and moved from Waco to St. Louis, Missouri at the end of January with three weeks notice. It was chaotic and unbelievably exciting, with all of our stresses and prayers being resolved and answered in unbelievable ways. We had been praying that the right job opportunity would come along for Kyle for over a year at this point, before he had even graduated. So after his graduation from Baylor this past December, and after many dead ends, Kyle was offered a job with AT&T as a software engineer. After so much confusion and disappointment, we are able to look back and see how Christ’s hand was over us and guiding us this entire time, even when it was hard to trust that there was something good ahead.
We weren’t specifically looking to move to St.Louis, we were just looking for a job. But when the opportunity came along, we just knew. Even though leaving our home state and families was difficult, we have gained so much by moving here and learning to lean on each other more than ever before.
We are living about 20 minutes outside of the city and have been able to settle into our new life well. We were blessed to find a church quickly and we have enjoyed exploring our new city. I am currently working on freelance writing while Kyle is at work. I have been blessed to be stepping into into a work-from-home role as we prepare for out lil babe to make its appearance. We’ll see how much I actually get done once July comes, but for now I am thankful to be working on writing that I am extremely passionate about.
When we announced our pregnancy, I was 8 weeks along. Today, I am 18 weeks and 6 days. By far, the fastest 11 weeks of my life!!
For a quick recap of my first trimester… from week 4 until 13 (ish) I was terribly sick. Not just morning sickness, but all day sickness/nausea. As much as I hated the sickness, it was humbling to acknowledge that I was making sacrifices for my baby already. It’s been a teeny glimpse into the bigger sacrifices I can expect to make once my baby arrives, and it has been able to teach me more about the way that Christ loves us, his sacrificial love.
I am well into my second trimester now and feeling truly wonderful. Besides some stretching pains and random back aches, I feel like a new person compared to the first trimester. Each day that I look down at my growing baby belly, I am in awe over what a gift this child is to us already.
We haven’t found out gender, but we should be finding out (and excitedly announcing) within the next two weeks.
We have also gotten quite a few questions about names. At this point we have our favorites, but we have decided not to announce its name until he or she arrives in July. 🙂
At this point, prayers for our growing baby would be appreciated, especially with the 20 week ultrasound coming up. We pray that the doctor finds a healthy baby, and we pray for wisdom for myself and Kyle, for the unknowns that might come up.
We would also love for you to join us in prayer over our continual growth in our new communities. We pray for the right people to come along in our lives with work, school, and church, that we will make strong connections with others.