Labor and delivery floor at MCR...SO excited:)
Labor with an epidural was much more fun than I remember labor being last time around without one (needed an epidural with twins in case of emergency c-section... if I chose to not have one and ended up needing a c-section, they'd have to put me under - I decided I wanted to be awake for the births).
Doc checked me out around 1:30 and said it was time to head to the OR to "work". D and Ma put on their scrubs and away we went.
You're a lucky girl, baby-doll... he's the BEST!
Here's where I had to dig real deep. After 9 months of nausea and a crazy need for nutrition for these two, I was going on 14 hours without food and really fighting intense nausea and crazy hormonal shakes... AND I was REAL nervous about getting cut open. I remembered watching a c-section video in our baby class before Caleb was born, and I knew that they'd cut through layers, take out my insides, including a baby and my uterus... I didn't imagine this part would be fun.
"Now it is God who makes both us stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come." - 2 Cor. 1:21
Aunt Kelly, Sierra and Uncle Jeff... LOTS of fun times to come! Thanks for spending the long night with us in FC guys! :) LOVE YOU!
What lucky babies you are to have your Nana! We ADORE you Nana!
What an AMAZING few days... our hearts are overwhelmed with joy and gratefulness... thank you Jesus!! :)
“On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
– Genesis 22:14
The very essence of God’s being is to love, to give, to be more than self-contained. As the self-existent One, He desires to meet the needs of those He created in his own image. Thus, He becomes Jehovah our provider, Jehovah our shepherd…
Jehovah-jireh: the Lord will provide.
The first time we see God as our Jehovah-jireh we see a father offering his son, his only son, whom he loved, on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22:1 – 19). Here love, worship, and obedience become three in one.
And what was so significant about Mount Moriah besides being the place where Abraham offered Issac? 2 Chronicles 3:1 tells us, “Then Solomon began to build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David.”
From then on down through the ages, at Mount Moriah every temple sacrifice for sin would echo Abraham’s words, “The Lord will provide… In the mount of the Lord it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:14) Every lamb, every goat, every sacrifice would point to the one ultimate sacrifice. For since it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins, God prepared a body for His Son (Hebrews 10:4,5). Then, at the appointed time, on the day of the Passover, Jehovah took that Son, His only Son whom He loved, and led Him to Mount Calvary. There He laid Him on the wood. This time there was no voice from heaven to stop the hand of death, for this Lamb was the only provision of Jehovah-jireh for the sins of the world. What man could not provide, Jehovah-jireh did.
Not only has Jehovah foreseen our need for salvation and made provision through the death and resurrection of His Son, but He also sees our day-by-day needs, and therefore knows them. Yet he instructs us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)
Our Jehovah-jireh is bidding us to come to the One who is for us. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) At Calvary, through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, “my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:19)
He is a God who is for us, not against us. Therefore in any test we can lay our Isaac on the alter. We can worship Jehovah-jireh in obedience and know that whatever we need, in the mount of the Lord it will be provided.
- Kay Arthur
- Kay Arthur
Psalm 89 Written by Ethan the Ezrahite
“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness
known through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
That you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, ‘I have made a covenant with my chosen one, I have sworn to David my servant, I will establish your line forever and make your throne firm through all generations.’
The heavens praise your wonders, O Lord, your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones. For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.
O Lord God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O Lord, and your faithfulness surrounds you.
You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them. You crushed Rahab like one of the slain; with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it. Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you.
Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, O Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they exalt in your righteousness. For you are their glory and strength.”
- Psalm 89: 1 - 17
SO many more pictures, fall memories and Caleb's birthday party pictures to share... in the next week! :)
Thanks again for all of your love and prayers!
- Dustin, Heather, Caleb, Moriah and Ethan :)