Saturday, March 29, 2014

Sweet sixteen....Finally an update!

This Sweet Sixteen is a very special one….today I am officially 16 weeks pregnant!  Last year was a tough journey, but God has graced us with another sweet little blessing – while Liam has 3 other siblings at home with the Lord, we are prayerful that we all may get to hold this dear one in our arms.  We are so excited and overjoyed at the Lord's faithfulness and goodness! 

I am due September 25...5 days before Liam's birthday! We find out April 24th the gender and then will have a fetal echo done in May to check the baby’s heart.  I am currently on daily injections of Lovenox (blood thinner) for my blood clotting disorder they discovered last year.  Everything has been great so far, minus the long duration of morning sickness and fatigue, unlike what I experienced with Liam.  However, I was so thankful for that reminder that things were progressing!

I think I have started barely feeling our little one moving as of a few days ago…the little flutters are very gentle, but I started remembering them from when I was pregnant with Liam.  It is also a little surreal as my last pregnancy seems SO long ago!!  The Lord has walked us through quite a bit in the last 5 years, I feel MUCH older this time around, LOL!

In other news, we are still pursuing the Safe Families ministry I mentioned a really long time ago in my last post, ha!  They have processed our application and we will start training hopefully in the next week or so.  We have a few documents and housekeeping things to take care of before we become an official host family, but it should be soon!  We are excited for this opportunity to minister from our home to other families and serve them in their time of need. 

Liam is doing great!  He had his 6 month cardiology check up in February, and everything is status quo – almost exactly the same as 6 months prior…which is good news, however, his pressures remain in the mid 60’s, so Dr. V said we will possibly be looking at a heart cath around August to go in a take a look and take accurate measurements of those pressures.  Thankfully, there has been no talk of surgery yet, although we know in the next couple years, another one is eminent.  But we will take all the good news we can get until then, so his last appointment was great by our standards!

We also just signed Liam up for gymnastics and he absolutely LOVES it!  It is a whole hour, which is great for exercise and to work on his gross motor skills – He is doing great so far, but is behind the girls in his class for cartwheels, ha!  I also just started water aerobics 2-3 days per week – let me just tell you, it is a LOT harder than I was expecting!  It’s a very good workout, but easy on the joints, which is exactly what I need right now.

Dustin is doing well also, and just got a new job!  He starts April 1.  While he has enjoyed working at his current company for the past 8 years, this is a well-deserved promotion and a chance to grow in a much larger company.  We are very proud of all of his hard work in providing for our family and are so thankful God brought him this opportunity. 

Our house renovations have progressed a little, we have a finished new front door and are hoping to start on our master bathroom renovation soon.  Someday I will post pictures!

Thanks for keeping up with us!  Hopefully, I will start posting more updates =)  Love to you all!


  1. What awesome news, Tara! I can't wait for you to find out the gender- what fun! Thank God for blessing you with another baby you can hold in your arms. ;) He is so good! Our kids are 4 1/2 years apart (it took us a while for the 2nd one too!) and it makes it all the more special! Plus we love the age difference! Andrew is so independent and such a good big brother! He is more protective than he would have been I think had his sister been born a lot earlier like we planned. ;) We all know you can't plan, you just have to go with what God wants, and He will give you the desires of your heart! Congratulations!!!

  2. This is all just so fantastic, Tara! Congratulations to you, Dustin, and Liam!

  3. Praise the Lord for SOOOO many things going on with you guys! Congrats on baby Johnson, I look forward to the progress updates!! Miss you beautiful friend and I'm beyond happy for you guys!

  4. Yay! Im sooo happy for all of you! Xoxo, Lindsey