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Twins-in-progress: week 13

Week 13 flew by! We started the spring semester of BCM, enjoyed a weekend in the hot-springs of Thermopolis, and thoroughly relished in the joy of becoming parents! It all went so fast, I forgot to take a bump-progress picture. Oh well, next week is just around the corner!

13 Weeks: January 19-25

How far along? 13 weeks (3 months, 1 week)

Babies are the size of: Lemons!

Weight gain: 0 (I have hovered around 168 for the last 3 months or so.)

Maternity clothes:. I have started to rock some maternity shirts and dresses that my sister passed on to me. Quite comfortable I must say.

Sleep: Shocking news: I was able to get great sleep on a trip this weekend while sleeping on an air mattress.

Exercise: started a water aerobics class this week and I LOVE it. I’ve also been upping my “squat routine” to prep for labor and delivery.

Best moment this week:. Singing songs of worship with my husband for hours in our make-shift studio (in the laundry room… the acoustics are awesome in there.) I know these babies are going to grow up proclaiming the truths of Christ through music along side, and it is fun to start the tradition now.

Miss Anything? I know it was never a healthy routine, but I miss being able to go, go, go, without HAVING to stop to eat or pee or nap every 1/2 hour. It’s just how I got stuff done. With twins, I suppose I’ll have to learn a whole new way of accomplishing things tiny moments at a time, so it’s good training.

Movement: Not yet.

Food cravings: Mac and Cheese, all the time! Also, I ate a whole carton of strawberries in one delicious sitting. I think I could eat a whole carton a day if they were as cheap as mac n cheese 😉

Anything making you queasy or sick:. A bit of french toast almost made me throw up (see “sweets” below). On the plus side, I had some chicken strips and they tasted lovely, so maybe I am on my way to incorporating poultry into my diet again.

Gender prediction: The cravings test says: citrus/sweet=girl. Salt=boy. I have been craving pineapple, and strawberries and all kinds of sour things. But I cannot stand chocolate or super sweet desserts! Also, initially all I had was all salt cravings. So I guess thats another point for one of each (Though Shane still thinks they are both boys).

Labor Signs/prep:. None. But Shane and I start a Birthing class next Monday!

Symptoms: Not as much energy as last week, but still happy to feel awake more often. There are days I feel so normal, I almost forget I am pregnant 🙁

Mood: Still swingin’ … but daily time in God’s word keeps my perspective positive and joyful!

Lullaby of the week: You Know Me” by Steffany Frizzell (Bethel Music). It speaks of Psalm 139’s truth that God knows each and every bit of who we are. I love that when I can’t see my babies, God can. He has them memorized inside and out. That is incredible intimacy!

Truth I’m dwelling on: That Psalms 139 applies to me as well. My God knows me! He knows what today looks like, and what tomorrow looks like. And He is GOOD! I am memorizing verses 5-7:

You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!

photo 3I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!

Looking forward to: The birthing class on Monday!

Thank you for reading and supporting myself, our twins, and this amazing man (standing in our now painted living room!).
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Twins-in-progress: week 12

This is the final catch up post! From here on out, we should be in real time with my pregnancy. 

12 Weeks: January 12-18

12 weeks

How far along? 12 weeks (3 months!)

Babies are the size of: Plums

Weight gain: 0

Maternity clothes: I have purged my closet of anything I can’t wear anymore, but I am still holding out in yoga pants and loose tank tops. I’ll see some of those other clothes sometime next year hopefully. It will be like free shopping!

Sleep:. I am a champion nap-taker. Night time is when my mind seems to play Steven Spielberg (I come up with the craziest scenarios for my real life and my dreams).

Best moment this week: Tie:

  1. Seeing the babies again (pictures below!)
  2. Seeing out new house coming along so quickly!
The Twins' room has drywall and texture now!
The Twins’ room has drywall and texture now! Next up: PAINT!

Miss Anything? The sunshine! But I don’t think that is pregnancy related.

Movement: We saw these cuties on the ultrasound on Thursday, January 16. They truly looked like they were chillaxin’ in a pair of hammocks! We could see their legs and arms, heartbeats, brains, and spinal chords. But no boy/girl parts yet! While it was so much fun to see them again, I am still not feeling any movement yet.Baby A

Baby B

 


man of the yearAnything making you queasy or sick:. I still don’t like chicken. I decided to suck it up and make some for Shane though (cause I”m a good wife). I put a bag of frozen chicken in the fridge to thaw, and of course, it leaked NASTY chicken juice all over! A chicken-juice-waterfall of gross-ness trickled all the way from the top shelf, spreading onto the next two shelves of leftovers, and even into the bottom drawers with my beloved fresh-spinach and green apples.

Oh. My. YUCK! I have never been so grateful for this man right here, and his stoic selflessness to clean the fridge for me. He was so cool about it too! His sense of humor will be the main factor in my survival of this pregnancy (and probably parenthood.)

Food cravings: in addition to the tropical fruits, tropical drinks (feel free to bring me a pima-colada smoothie)… I am now craving frozen waffles.

Also, break out the popcorn (with plenty of salt if you want to keep up with this preggo-craving), because looked who “popped” out!popped out!

Gender prediction: This week, I think we have one of each. Shane is still holding out for 2 boys.

Pendulum test (Circle=girls. Back and forth=boys). I did this a few times, 4 out of five it went back and forth. Once it circled around my belly. Another point for one of each!

pendulum test

Labor Signs: Of course not. Praise the Lord.

Symptoms:  I had a hot-flash this week. It took me by surprise as we were on our way to church. I was not aware that hot flashes were a pregnancy symptom, so I got a little panicked. I stripped off my sweater dress in the car and cracked a window to the blessed January breeze. Turns out I am happy it is still winter.

Mood: up and down this week. I was able to hit the gym 5 out of 5 weekdays this week! It is a huge improvement for both my physical and emotional health. I am so happy to have some energy to work out again.

Lullaby of the week: Hold you in my Arms” by Ray LaMontagne

Truth I’m dwelling on: 2 Corinthians 12:9, But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Looking forward to: Finding out the genders in March!!!

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Fear Factor Friday: Statistics just don't apply

These past few weeks, I have been struggling with fear and anxiety about making it full term. I foolishly turned to internet forums of other twin mom’s experiences, which only served to heighten my fears.

After much prayer, I bought a pregnancy devotional journal by Catherine Claire Larson. It has helped my perspective so much! I am resolved now to turn first to scripture, prayer, and worship to deal with my fears, before I research the “typical” stories. A good friend reminded me this brilliant quote:

“Statistics don’t apply to people who trust God.”

In  other words, our God is so much bigger than the odds. And His plan for me and for these babies is not defined by statistical information.

I am being much more proactive now regarding my education about pregnancy, labor, and delivery. But ultimately, the best preparation I can subscribe to is the Holy Word of God.

My Stack of Labor and Delivery Resources
My Stack of Labor and Delivery Resources

As I continue down this journey to overcome fear regarding D-day (delivery day), I plan to memorize several verses of truth and encouragement. To start, I have these few:

  • Jeremiah 29:11-13…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

  • 2 Timothy 1:7…For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

  • Isaiah 26:3…You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!   [As I have mentioned before, this is also the verse my mother had memorized when she was bringing me into the world.]

I am open to suggestions! Which verses of courage and trust have you committed to memory?

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Twins-in-progress: week 11

Its another week to update the pregnancy timeline journal. Week 11 was emotionally difficult, but also wonderful. We got to praise Jesus as He took a dear friend of ours home to be with Him. Between her home-going, and this adventure of pregnancy, this week is a beautiful reflection on Ecclesiastes 3:

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

     a time to be born and a time to die,
    …
     a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
   …
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
     a time to search and a time to give up,
   …
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

…He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.

11 Weeks: January 5-11

11 weeks

How far along? 11 weeks (2 months and 3 weeks)

Babies are the size of: Limes

Weight gain: Still zilch, but my appetite is returning, so we should see some growth soon! 

Maternity clothes: I’m still hanging in there with lots of yoga pants and saggy tank tops. So comfy.

Sleep: Sleep and I aren’t friends anymore. 🙁 Hoping to reconcile soon.

Best moment this week: It was a difficult week. A dear friend and former BCM student of ours, Ashlee, passed away on Wednesday, just shy of her 21’st Birthday. Shane and I were honored to pray and worship God with her in the hospital before she met her Savior face to face. After Cystic Fibrosis had ravaged her body for so long, it is a blessing to know she is free.

That day, God gave me a glimpse of what our twins could be like. A couple of girls, twins and also our former BCM students, were there loving on and praying for Ashlee. Their heart to selflessly be at her side, laugh and cry with her, was inspiring to me. I truly hope our twins will be just as compassionate and Christ-like.

Miss Anything? I do miss that feeling of competency. I know this is exactly where God wants me: dependent on Him. But I would be lying if I didn’t acknowledge my fleshly longing for independence. The Holy Spirit gives me so much grace.

Movement:  No. I am dying to feel something.

Finally made this bad boy... it was delicious.
Finally made this bad boy… it was delicious.

Food cravings: Pineapple upside-down cake, and DOLE whip from Disney world… and flip flops. I really just crave some sunshine and warm weather!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still the usual.

Gender prediction: We still think they are Boys.

The heart beat test predicts that a heart rate of less than 150=boy, more than 150=girl. For our first ultrasound the heartbeats were 181 and 185. That’s 2 big points for us having girls! We will have to wait and see!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms:  A lot of back pain and occasional cramps, in addition to the loss of appetite and exhaustion.

Mood: I have been relatively down this week. But you know what? That’s ok! I can lean on God as my comfort. I know Jesus weeps with us in our sorrow.

Lullaby of the week: Beautiful Things by Gungor:

“You make me new, you are making me new.”

Truth I’m dwelling on: Despite the adversity, mourning, frustration, fear, and uncertainty, Jesus is solid. I KNOW I am standing on the solid rock, but why do I react as though I am in an earthquake? I hate this about my perspective, but I appreciate that Jesus is patient with me.

Looking forward to: Ultrasound next week. We wont find out the gender yet, but I can’t wait to see these kids again. I am also looking forward to spending time at the gym, and hopefully working out some of these conflicting emotions through exercise while listening to a much-needed sermon.

Thank you for reading and supporting our sweet babies, friends, and family in your prayers!
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Twins-in-progress: week 10

We are still playing catch up with the pregnancy timeline journal. This post is from my 10th week of pregnancy, a week in which Shane and I spent like hermits. The weather was cold, and aside from a few very special visitors, we snuggled up in our warm house and avoided life in general. With all that relaxing, we forgot to take a bump-progress picture. Oh well, our “announcement picture” will have to do:

10 Weeks: December 29-January 4

week 10

How far along? 10 weeks (2 months and 2 weeks)

Babies are the size of: Prunes (who eats prunes anymore?)

Weight gain: 0

Maternity clothes? I went through a box of preggers clothes that my sister passed on to me. I haven’t worn any of it yet, but it is sorted and ready.

Sleep: Decent

Best moment this week: Catching up with friends and daydreaming about baby showers and bringing the twins home (it is still a little overwhelming!)

Miss Anything? My Abs! I was starting to feel toned before this pregnancy. I notice more and more (like when I sneeze or cough) how much my tummy is changing and making room. I look forward to having energy soon to resume a safe workout.

Movement:  not yet

Food cravings: Sour things, strawberry Ice cream. (Still grossed out by chocolate)

Anything making you queasy or sick: The smell of coffee, the thought of chicken.

Gender prediction: Shane still thinks they are boys. I am starting to agree with him. But, according to the “Sleep Position” test (sleep on the left=boy, right=girl), I am having ONE OF EACH, because I switch back and forth. We will see!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms:  Not as much morning sickness this week. Looking forward to moving on from the lack-of-appetite.

Mood: Blessed

Lullaby of the week: I Get to Be the One, by JJ Heller. I can’t wait to stare into their eyes and sing this:

“Well hello, little baby. Your eyes have never seen the sun.
You should know, little baby, that I am the lucky one. 
I get to be the one to hold your hand… through Birthdays and broken bones, I’ll be there to watch you grow, I get to be the one.”

Truth I’m dwelling on: This is going to be a big year. While 2013 was relatively calm, I feel now we are in the crescendo of this great masterpiece God is composing for our lives. I just keep giving Him praise for His goodness.

Looking forward to: Lighting up my blog and Facebook with the news! I am so appreciative of all our friends’ and families’ support, so I can’t wait to share!

And it was such a blast to share the news that week. Thanks for reading and catching up with the Rosty’ Twins! 
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Our Pregnancy Announcement: Time for S'more Rostys!

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As many of you know, s’mores have played a pretty big role in Shane and my life. We built our friendship over a campfire, had a s’more bar at our wedding, and even shared a “unity s’more” during our marriage ceremony. It was only fitting that we use s’mores to announce the big news to our families.

We decided to wait till Christmas to share the news with our families. While this was undeniably difficult, the surprise-keeping was very good for us. It drew us closer together and forced us to continue celebrating within our own relationship before sharing it with the world. We prepared our exciting news in the form of a Christmas gift, to be given to our parents.

The first small box contained a s’mores kit all wrapped up, with our first sonogram at the bottom of the box.

The second box held these adorable onesies I designed at a local printing shop.

Twins are s'more fun

The day finally came to exchange gifts with my family. My mom thoroughly squealed at the news of my pregnancy. She didn’t believe me when I said “Twins!” Her reaction was priceless. (Who knows, maybe America’s Funniest Home Videos will think so too.)

photo 1-2photo 1-2introducing: Grandma Congerphoto 3-2photo 2-2photo 4

The next day, we surprised Shane’s parents for lunch. We used the same gifts. I didn’t get as many pictures, but you can still see the joy on everyone’s faces.

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Our incredible friends had some fantastic reactions too!

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Mr. Darcy doesn’t know what to think. Aside from occasionally jumping on my tummy, he has been pretty cuddly with me. We make excellent napping buddies.
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I can’t believe how blessed we are with such supportive friends and family! Thank you to everyone.

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Love,

Shane and Becky

 

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Twins-in-progress: Week 9

Week 9 was a whirlwind, with Christmas and New Year’s on the horizon. We had a blast telling our friends and family all about the big news. Stay tuned for more updates as we catch up to real time preggers news. 

9 Weeks: December 22-28

How far along? 9 weeks (2 months and 1 week)

Babies are the size of: Green Olives, very festive for the holiday

Weight gain: 3 lbs. in the positive this time!

Maternity clothes? I have to unbutton my pants after I eat. Classy right?

Sleep: we are still not friends.

Best moment this week: Toss up between

  1. Seeing the babies do a jig on the ultrasound at True Care (thanks to our wonderful friends and mentors in Casper).
  2. Sharing the news with our parents for Christmas. Both future Grandmas’ reactions were priceless and very precious to us.

Introducing: Grandma Rosty

introducing: Grandma Conger

Miss Anything?  CHRISTMAS COOKIES! Sweets are really off-putting to me, so its pretzels and eggs for now.

Movement: I know it is WAY too early, but I swear I felt a flutter.

Food cravings: Sour candy, particularly Airheads.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Mornings. By 5pm I am good to go, though.

Gender prediction: Girls. I accidentally said, “when the girls get here” without even realizing I said “girls” instead of “twins.”

According to the “Dry hands” test (Dry hands=boy. Soft hands=girl), I have had very dry hands (and feet) so perhaps we have 2 boys?!

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms: My left ear keeps plugging up. I understand that during pregnancy, a woman’s blood and fluid volume practically doubles. With twins it is even more! It appears that all that fluid keeps making its way to my ear, especially when I sing.

Mood: Excited. And relieved to have the news out.

Lullaby of the week: Rockin’ out to “You brought the Sunshine,” by Out of Eden:

“You made my day, you came my way… you brought the sunshine in my life; You are the lifeline that saved my life.”

Truth I’m dwelling on: That God is trustworthy! I can take each fear captive knowing He is a good Father. When I sense fear creeping up to swallow me, I worship my way through it. Singing songs of trust and surrender to God remind me of His power over every negative scenario I can imagine.

Looking forward to: Meeting these kids!

Coming soon: update from week 10! We are catching up.
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Twins-in-progress: week 8

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! I’ve been journaling through these past few weeks of pregnancy, and now I have to catch you up!  I will be posting the last few weeks’ updates pretty quickly, then it should be a steady update once a week till D-Day!
 
The following entry is from way back in December, right after we found out we were having twins. 

8 Weeks: December 15-21

8 weeks
I am pointing at the future daddy, who is taking the picture.

How far along? 8 weeks (2 months)

Babies are the size of: Raspberries

Total weight gain: oops! I actually lost 8lbs. in the last few months (hopefully my appetite will return soon! I was 175 pre-baby)

Maternity clothes? nope, just a lot of leggings

Stretch marks? loud and proud from my puberty days baby. I’m a tigress.

Sleep: eludes me

Best moment this week: Celebrating Shane’s 26th Birthday (December 17).

Miss Anything? Sleep. And a sense of control… God is good and knows that is not what I need.

Movement: Does bloating count? Sorry, TMI

Food cravings: not a thing. get food away from me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Everything. Every smell especially. BUT I have championed mind-over-matter, praise be to God, and I haven’t thrown up yet.

Gender prediction: Boys. I had a feeling it was a boy before we knew they were twins. But I would take girls in a heart beat too. (I have been perusing Pinterest for the cutest twin pics ever.)

According to the “Extreme Upset stomach” test (more queasy=girl, etc.), I am probably having boys. I lost my appetite, but I haven’t been nauseous so much.

Labor Signs: Nope.

Symptoms: No throwing up, but I really have to force-feed myself. I am also really tired and SUPREMELY emotional. Still, every time I start crying over something silly, I start cracking up and then can’t stop laughing.

Mood: Giddy. I don’t think Shane and I have stopped chuckling since we found out.

Lullaby of the week: Perfect Peace by John Waller. The lyrics resound from Isaiah 26:3, which is the verse my mother memorized while she was in labor with me. Right now, it is a lullaby to my own soul, but I look forward to singing it to my babies when we face overwhelming circumstances:

“Thou will keep me in perfect peace when my mind is stayed on you.”

Truth I’m dwelling on: God is WAY bigger than I understood Him to be. His plan exceeds my imagination, and His guidance through what seems impossible is constant and intimate. I am in awe of God.

Looking forward to: Raising our kids “to be sensible; in all things show yourself to be an example of good deeds, with purity in doctrine, dignified, sound in speech which is beyond reproach, so that the opponent will be put to shame… Titus 2:6-8

I am so grateful for this blog, which inspired me to document each week this way. It is easy to keep up with, and fun to see the progress! I am truly grateful for bloggers who remain positive and Christ-centered during each stage of their pregnancies. I hope I do the same and shed further light on the beauty of God’s plan and encouragement for women to chase hard after Jesus each week.
In great faith,
Becky Rosty
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2013 Recap (and some Big news!)

Happy New Year!

Shane and I have a very special announcement:

The Rosty Family is adding two babies to their quiver.The Psalm referenced in this picture is a very accurate description of 2013 for the Rosty home:

Unless the Lord builds the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food to eat—
for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents in court.

From the house we are still building, to our ministry and growing family, the Psalm 127 truly gets it!

I apologize for my absence from this blog for the last few weeks. I have been a bit exhausted, both physically and mentally, from processing all that God is doing. But don’t worry! I have documented each step and I plan to catch you up on the Rosty life in the coming weeks.

For now, allow me to give a more detailed recap some important moments from 2013:

Ministry:

We had a splendid Spring semester as college ministry directors. Every year we are amazed at how God works through our amazing students to grow us and build this ministry. Our ministry trips to Laramie, WY; Ohio; Casper Mountain for youth camp; and Glorieta, New Mexico held incredible memories and opportunities to expand our understanding of God, people, and the world around us.

BCM

1454974_10200997147879675_967620186_nHouse:

We continue to work on the house, bit by bit, this year. By the end of 2013, we had a roof, plumbing, electrical, and gas all done! We look forward to moving in the spring of 2014.

Jobs:

1014452_10200393978840826_724204849_nShane received a promotion at NSI, and spent much of the summer as a Team Leader. His role shifted from managing paperwork to being more involved with the students’ program day by day. With the job, God provided a new living situation, which we fell in love with! Our new home is surrounded by cows, lamas, turkeys for Mr. Darcy to chase, a flowing river, and lots of room to breathe. Through various circumstances, Shane’s job shifted back to case-management at the end of the summer. This re-shift came as a blessing, as Shane’s hours as a case-manager were much more conducive to our ministry (and marriage). Still, we are quite grateful the we get to continue living on the campus in our new home. I was able to convert the upstairs loft into my personal writing studio, where I have had plenty of creative space to write.

Summer:

rosty summer 2013Camping, kayaking, moving, a new job, and enjoying sunshine with family and friends made our summer quite eventful. With a spacious house and a steady job, Shane and I realized it was time to start a family. As we sensed our hearts and the Holy Spirit leading us in that direction, we began to look into adoption and pregnancy. I embarked on a journey to deal with some deep-rooted allergies, get fit, and build healthy-habits. During this time we also registered with an adoption agency in hopes to get into a program to adopt from South Africa. At the time, such a program was not available. As I was pouring all of my time and efforts into adoption research, God tapped on my heart.

Book:

God prompted me to be faithful with what God already gave me. I have been working on a book: a Bible study curriculum to guide young women through the coming of age process, according to God’s Word. In obedience, I set everything else aside and wrote/edited my heart out! I sent in a book proposal to a publisher on October 2, 2013.

Adoption:

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It just so happened that 6 days later, an adoption program to South Africa opened up (on October 8th). Our heavenly Father NEVER ceases to amaze me. He called me to obedience, not just to honor Him with the vision He gave me for the book, but also to work out His perfect timing for adoption. We applied, and were the 10th family (out of 10 available spots) to get into the program. Again, God reminded us of His sovereignty. I had no idea how he was going to work all this out.

Through the whole month of October, my mantra was Ecclesiastes 3:11: He will make everything beautiful in it’s time. So many moments confirmed that this was God’s plan for us. Got brought new and old friendships with people from all over South Africa, who are all praying for the day we finally get to pick up our “World Traveler.” Things were falling into place!

In the coming weeks we gleefully slaved over paperwork, surprised at how fast the process was going. We received training that proved difficult and emotional, but so good for us. Jesus was sifting us to become parents in His likeness. Then on November 18 and 19, we had our home inspection and adoption interviews. Again, Shane and I were shocked, but so blessed, at how quickly God was working out the process to adopt.

Baby!

All this time, we were unaware of what God was also doing inside me. Shane and I weren’t expecting any fertility issues, but we did expect it to take a while for my body to get on board with the idea. On Thursday, November 21, just 2 days after we completed our home study interviews, I took a pregnancy test. Never in my life have I been more surprised to see those double lines!

Twins!?

1558645_10151809577017283_1013917072_nAfter getting over the initial shock of it all, I wanted to get sonograms to use as Christmas presents for our parents. On Thursday, December 12 we received an ultrasound at Legacy Pregnancy Center in Sheridan. Turns out, we got more than we expected.

I jokingly asked the technician, “there’s just one baby right?” And she replied, “well this is suspicious,” as she circled the arrow around a spot next to the baby, “but I think it’s just your ovary.”

5 minutes later, she transitioned from an abdominal (on the belly) to a transvaginal ultrasound… and her suspicions were confirmed. “Oh, there’s another baby in there.”

“What!?” Shane and I couldn’t believe it. I will never forget laying on the exam table, throwing my hand on my forehead and staring at the screen while the tears started coming. Tears of joy, wonder, confusion and excitement. I also will never forget how Kathryn, another Legacy employee in the room, burst out laughing and clapping for us.

I went home and researched everything I could about twin pregnancies. It took me hours to catch my breath and eat again (which was hard enough as it is). We went to dinner with my dad that night, and played it completely cool. At this point, no one even knew we were pregnant. My dad said, “your little sister is gonna get married and have kids before you two do.”

Shane resisted the opportunity to say, “Oh really?”

I am glad we waited, because our families’ reactions when we told them was sincerely priceless (more on that event later).

Praising God:

The next day, we had the privilege of performing a song for the Legacy Pregnancy Resource Center Christmas Concert. (Seriously, if you have a PRC in your community, please show your support. They mean so much to the men and women with unplanned [and sometimes planned but surprising-anyway] pregnancies.) That night, our song “Rejoice” by Dustin Krensrue, became our anthem for this wonderful season. The lyrics say:

For the one who holds the heavens and commands the stars above, is the God who bends to bless us with an unrelenting love.

God has bent to give us a double portion of His grace this year. We appreciate your prayers for wisdom and relentless pursuit of God’s will as we expect a beautiful family!

Blessings to your 2014. May it be as blessed as ever!

Becky

Stay tuned for weekly updates on my baby-bump, God’s faithfulness through our family-building process, and as always, more Bible Study and relationship tips for day-to-day thriving!

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