How sweet to hold a newborn baby, and feel the pride and joy she brings…but greater still that calm assurance ~ this child can face uncertain days because He lives!
Little Marilee Grace joined us this morning at 9:10 AM, weighing 7 lbs 1oz, and 20″ long! Mama & baby are doing well, Daddy said he’s tuckered out, and Sauntina is mesmerized by this new life!
Marilee: This is a combination of her Grandma’s names: Marilyn Kowalchuk & Donna Lee Staddon. We pray that Marilee will follow their godly examples by trusting in the Lord with all of her heart so that she can give thanks with a merry heart in every situation.
Grace: The wonderful free gift of God’s grace is often misunderstood in our day. As John MacArther wrote, “Grace does not grant permission to live in the flesh; it supplies power to live in the Spirit.” Our desire is that Marilee will allow God’s power to flow through her life as she grows in grace and in the knowledge of Him.
This is a new experience for me…actually making it to the due date! Hello, 40 weeks! Because everything has been slower than it was with Sauntina (who came two weeks early), it’s given me much time to reflect, anticipate, and have a new awe for my Lord.
I’ve been pondering what is to come in bringing this little one into the world. It won’t be fun, it will be painful, and yet it must be done. Isn’t that how it was with Jesus in Gethsemane? He sweated drops of blood because He knew what was coming, knew the intense pain required of Him, realized the separation that would occur from His Father as He bore the sins of all, and yet went through with it because it was the only way we could become part of the family of God. What I will experience is so much less than what He went through, yet this time of waiting has made me even more grateful for a taste of the love He had for us and the willingness to suffer for His children. I’m willing to go through labor for the joy of getting to know and hold my baby…and Jesus anticipates the same from us.
Thank you, Jesus, for Your sacrifice and for knowing the exact date our little one will arrive!
We are enjoying these beautiful fall days and waiting for our little one to come join us on walks through the fallen leaves! 39 1/2 weeks!
Was it the sports car that passed, her Daddy making faces, or the anticipation of Chipotle for supper that prompted this expression?
Sauntina happily singing from her picture hymnal one morning this past week! Our sweet little music lover!
Praise the Lord! After fitting in our trips and preparing for the arrival of our little Tweeter, we are ready to slow down and enjoy the next days/weeks together until he/she is ready to make their arrival. My parents arrived late last night so let the fun begin!!!
37 1/2 weeks…and counting! Sweet Sauntina, your world will soon change!
My sister, Aleita, and our friend, Corrie, with her four children drove the 16 hours from Texas to visit me for an entire week! It was sooo wonderful to see them again and enjoy conversations face-t0-face!
We read books and Sauntina loved having other kids around to play with! The first day was a little overwhelming for her, but she quickly adjusted and learned the finer points of sharing toys with Kristyn who was 5 months older than she. This is a much needed skill as she will have a little sibling, Lord willing, in about 4-5 weeks!
We went to the zoo and saw the dolphin show, bears, camels, and so many different animals!
We toured the fire station…
And enjoyed many evenings outside playing in the beautiful summer air and using energy in baseball games, football games, and creative imaginations…
Thank you so much for coming!!!
And the adventure continues! Here’s the second part of our incredible trip to Wyoming and all the amazing sights we saw!
We toured Fort Laramie with Mama & Dona, reading all the history of how this fort played its role in the Oregon Trail days. What an experience to walk up the steps where hundreds of others had walked up before and left worn marks in their place!
Our host, Tom, gave us a tour of his workplace…the beautiful state capitol of Wyoming!
Mama treated us to an art lesson, and for those of us who either hadn’t painted in a very long time, or never at all, it was quite the experience!
We traveled to the Oregon Trail ruts where they cut out trails in the rock to get the wagons through, then visited Registered Cliff on our way out. Registered Cliff had names and dates carved in the rock everywhere, creating little memos for family and friends traveling after them that they had made it this far. Talk about history!
One of our favorite days was touring the Colorado mountains in Estes Park! Although very different from the Canadian Rocky Mountains, they were beautiful and we saw some incredible scenery and wildlife! Thank you, Father, for making such beautiful landscape for us to enjoy!
It was an amazing trip and we are so blessed to have been able to go. Thank you, Mama, for everything you did to make it special, and thank you, Tom & Dona, for hosting us for the week and your incredible hospitality!
Nana & Dido gave Sauntina an adorable nautical outfit and she dressed in it for church this morning! What a cutie! Thank you, Mom & Dad!