17 Weeks

Tuesday, January 6, 2015


HI!!

I didn't plan on taking a break from blogging, and such a long one at that, but I've been so sick the past three months (much more than I ever was with John!) that I had to. It's good to be back (I've missed this awesome community, and it's also such a relief to not want to puke everyday, hooray...) and couldn't have been for a better reason. Praise God for the sweet gift of another baby on the way!! If you remember when I miscarried this summer, this is as true when I wrote this then as it is now:  Jesus Christ makes all things new!


We have the second trimester ultrasound next week, and will hopefully be able to see if John Shea is going to be a big brother to a little girl or boy. We are ecstatic.

I read this in my devotional on the last day of 2014 and it couldn't have been more perfect to start the new year (2015! It came so fast!!) :

Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, and His mercy lasts forever. Psalm 118:1

"Think of these as living, important, rich Words, which embrace and contain everything. Namely, that God is kind. Not like a person, but as the One who is always favorably inclined to help and do good from the bottom of His heart. He makes such kind and gracious favor richly and mightily known beyond all measure with His daily and eternal blessings, as He says here, 'Thy mercy endures forever.' That is, without interruption, He does the best things for us always. He forms our body and soul, defends us day and night, preserves us in life without fail, gives the sun and moon to shine on us, gives us the heavens, fire, air and water, wine, food, clothing, lumber, and all the necessities that grow from the earth, gives gold and silver, house and home, wife and child, beast, bird, fish. 

In summary, who can count it all?? He does all of this fully and surpassingly every year, every day, every hour, every instance."


78 comments:

  1. Praises!! I am 12 weeks and so excited to share a parenting journey with you as we welcome our littles in 2015!

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    1. Ahhh congratulations, Samantha!!!! So happy for you!!

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  2. Yay!! Congratulations, Amanda! Soo thrilled for you, Cam, and little John to be celebrating a new addition to your wonderful family! The Lord is good - YES! xxx

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    1. Thank you sweet friend!! Yes He is. So good.

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  3. Congratulations!! I hope the rest of the pregnancy goes smoothly!!

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    1. Thank you, Patricia! Me too ;)

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  4. Congratulations Amanda! Happy to hear you are feeling better & best wishes for the remainder of your pregnancy!

    (You had crossed my mind last week as we started researching a Spring trip to Croatia. You certainly are going to be living in a beautiful country!)

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    1. Thanks, Jay!! Oh my gosh. I cannot wait to see your posts and all of your photos and hear what you think of it. We are so excited!

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  5. Just wonderful, wonderful news. So happy and pleased for you. God is good. x

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    1. God is good indeed. Thank you!

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  6. congratulations to you and your (growing) family! god really is good and i am so happy for you!

    xo mary-kathherine
    gold-hatted lover

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  7. Glad to hear you are feeling better! Daily nausea has got to be rough. Hopefully you'll have smooth sailing from here on out. =)

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    1. Thanks Miranda. Gosh I hope so!

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  8. Congratulations!! I was SO hoping that you were missing from the blog world because there was some exciting news on the way :) Welcome back and so excited for you!

    PS. We made your butternut squash & white bean soup for Christmas Eve dinner and couldn't get enough of it. Couldn't even Instagram it because it disappeared too quickly :)

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    1. Thank you Nicky!!!

      Ahh that is the best thing I've read all day. Thank you so much for trying my recipes and telling me about it!

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  9. Congratulations Amanda! So excited for you and your growing family!!!

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  10. Congratulations! Such wonderful news! Hope you're feeling better by now. You look fantastic!

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    1. Thank you so much Francine!

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  11. Such wonderful news! Congratulations on your blessing!

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  12. Beautiful news! We have all missed your posts but I'm so glad to hear the hiatus was for such a wonderful reason (not the nausea but the new addition on the way, of course ;) Congrats to you and your family!

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  13. So happy for you guys! Congratulations! You look gorgeous, as always. Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. Thank you, Cara! So sweet of you to say.

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  14. I had a feeling that this was the reason for the break in blogging! I am so happy for your sweet little family. I am glad you are back! I have missed your blog!

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    1. Haha you know me well :) Thank you!!

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  15. So happy for you and your family! Was hoping this was the reason you hadn't posted in a while :) Congratulations!!

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  16. So happy for you, Amanda!

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  17. Your rainbow baby! Congratulations.

    Love and Light,

    Carmen

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  18. Congratulations x a trillion! I know how meaningful and welcome this gift really is to you and your family - cannot wait to meet baby #2!!

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    1. Thanks, Caroline!! Us too!!!!!!

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  19. Congratulations!!! you look radiant! xoxo

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  20. Congratulations! That's so exciting! And oh my goodness! John Shea is getting so big!

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    1. I know!! He has turned into a full blown toddler since I last blogged!

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  21. congratulations! such good news & so happy you're back to blogging!

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  22. Congratulations! So happy for y'all! :)

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  23. Congrats, congrats! So elated for you guys!!

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  24. Congratulations sweet friend, I'm so excited for you! I totally knew it ;) I hope that the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly sans sickness! And I can't believe that we're only 3 weeks apart! Love you!

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    1. Hahaha you did! I'm so excited we're that close in pregnancies! Can't wait to meet your little butterball! Love you!

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  25. So happy for you, Amanda! Oh, I am so excited for you guys!

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    1. Thanks, Annie!! And likewise - new-ish baby and new adventure on the horizon!

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  26. So very happy for you and your beautiful growing family :)

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  27. Hooray! That is amazing news! So happy for your cute family.

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  28. So good to see your pretty face back, again! Love these family photos and glad you aren't battling sickness anymore! I pray for an easy and smooth sailing rest of your pregnancy! XO

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  29. Yay! Congratulations! I've missed your blog so much! Glad to see you're back!

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  30. Congratulations! What a beautiful devotion & one I needed to read just at this moment. God is great!

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    1. Oh I'm glad to hear that. I needed it too! God is great.

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  31. Yea!!! I have been consistently checking your blog and hoping that you might be taking a break because of this!!!!!! (NOT being sick of course, but the pregnancy!! *smiles*) SOOO excited for you and REJOICING with you in this news!!! (Also- these pictures are gorgeous!! You look beautiful mama!)
    Rebecca
    p.s.- Do you mind me asking what devotional that is from?? It was beautiful!!

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    1. Thank you my dear!! Yes - it's called Luther's Family Devotions. Love love love it. So Christ-centered and there's a daily verse and devotion :)

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    2. Thank you!!! :) I am going to go check that out today!!! :)
      Hugs! Rebecca :)

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  32. Only you can pull off large horizontal stripes while PREGNANT!!! :) So glad you are back -- and even happier you are feeling better, love! I need to get the devotional the praises GOD for the wine!! ;)
    so happy for you FOUR!
    love love love, lanneybear

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  33. YAY! It's public! Sorry you couldn't enjoy all the lusciously amazing vino at my wedding! ;) ;)

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  34. Great that you are back! And congratulations on the wonderful baby news! How exciting! :D

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  35. Congratulations Amanda! I am so happy for you and Cam! I remember how amazing it was when my son was born, nothing beats it. Enjoy time with John Shea before he becomes a big brother!!

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  36. Congratulations - what great news!

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  37. Welcome back to blogging! I missed your posts! Congrats on the pregnancy!! So excited for y'all!

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  38. Wait - WHAAAAAAAAAAAT!!!! That's wonderful news!!! CONGRATS!!! XOXOXOXOX

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  39. Congratulations Amanda and family - exciting news!!!

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  40. i am soooooooooo very happy for you mama!!! jesus really does make ALL things new! what a blessing!!


    ps - i'm almost 15 weeks so yay for babies!

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  41. Amanda!!! I somehow missed this news, and I am just ecstatic for you! You make such a beautiful mother and it radiates even more with that baby belly! Can't wait to see who is in there;) Much love and prayers~

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  42. I don't think I ever posted my congrats here! So so exciting! Soak up these last months with just John Shea - they are so special. And can't WAIT to hear about your ultrasound - has it happened yet? Anxiously awaiting news of a healthy little brother or sister!!

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  43. So glad you are feeling better! I've missed your blog posts... :D

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