Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas!


"Every good thing and every perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." James 1:17
Merry Christmas!- Love, Matt, Meg, and Harrison

Friday, December 19, 2008

Our Little Fighter

The past seven days have been full of tears, questions, hopes, and prayers. I started contracting last Thursday night and was in the doctor's office and hospital all last Friday. We were sent home on strict bed rest and medication to stop the contractions. After no real change over the weekend we were back at the birthing center early Wednesday morning and found ourselves being admitted to labor and delivery for preterm labor. I was contracting every 4 minutes but no cervical changes! That gave us an early start to fight this head on. I was placed on strong meds, IV's, antibiotics, and given a steroid to help mature Harrison's lungs in case he was delivered. While there we felt so many prayers and we felt held in the arms of God. Overall we had such a calm and the staff was incredible. What made it all though was our little man's fighting spirit! We heard several times from the nurses and doctors that Harrison is very strong and stubborn! We started noticing his strong nature while being admitted and hooked up to the fetal monitors. He gave more than two nurses a run for their money as he kicked and rolled into the monitors on my tummy protesting their tightness around his home. He kept messing up the readings! Then he would not stay still for the dopplar and lead the nurses on a wild goose chase as he made my tummy roll with his flips and kicks! After every contraction he would kick about as hard as I ever felt him. The doctor said they liked this little guy because most baby's get very stressed and overwhelmed during labor and their heart rates decrease with the work of contractions. But not our little guy! His heart rate increased as he made it very evident on the monitors and his very strong kicks that he did not like the contractions at all and was fighting to stay inside his little home for now. We definitely have fallen more in love with Harrison as we have gained hope from his little fighting spirit and grown more amazed at God's creation of life! This is not what we would have planned, but we feel blessed to have had this time to bond, pray over, and love our son more than we thought we could already.

Well, we were discharged yesterday on strict bed rest and I still feel this little guy protesting contractions and giving his reassuring rolls and tumbles! Yesterday was our four year wedding anniversary! So we were very thankful that because of all this Harrison gave us a night away, granted in a hospital room, and breakfast and bed served on a hospital tray cart by a nice lady in scrubs and a hair net! We will have such fun stories to tell about how Harrison helped celebrate our anniversary. Matt kept telling Harrison we promised to make his birthday special when it was the right time, but that he was not allowed to have his birthday on our anniversary!

I included the picture made lovingly by Harrison's Aunt Anne-Holly. She is so gifted and her talents brought tears to our eyes when we read the words and verse. Thank you Aunt Anne-Holly!

Thank you God for holding Harrison before we can, and thank you for your blessings, your love, answered prayers, and thank you for our little fighter.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Dreams and Baby Clothes

So I was told dreams become more vivid during pregnancy and everyone was right! I've had the weirdest dreams! I had one where I went to sleep and woke up to a toddler! I had slept through Harrison's first two years of life and missed everything! Then I had one last night where we were at the hospital and I kept hearing all the nurses talking about a baby with a huge head and finally figured they were talking about my baby and I got really upset! Then there is Matt's dreams. I didn't know that daddy could have such funny dreams too! He keeps dreaming about simple things like playing with Harrison or teaching him football, but two nights ago he said he dreamt he went to see Harrison in the newborn nursery and walked over to his crib. Then his little infant sat up, smiled, said "Hi Dad," got down and started running around the nursery. All the nurses were telling Matt that he had been doing that since he got in the nursery and that we had a very advanced baby! I was laughing so hard I was crying as Matt was telling me!

Other than dreams at night, it seems night is Harrison's play time! Starting after ten every evening he punches and kicks so hard you can see it through our comforter! Matt has a blast playing and talking with him. Then when I try to lay on my side, Harrison begins to kick at the bed through my belly. The spot in which he is kicking becomes very ticklish right there on my side for some reason and I laugh so hard! We are having so much fun the bigger our son grows and the more we can interact with him! He loves church still! Every Sunday he just goes nuts the entire time! From the singing to the preaching he just kicks away; it's really cute.

This past weekend I was able to go shopping with my mom and sisters! We found so many good deals. God has definitely been providing for this little one in so many ways. It has been neat to see His provisions in even the small yet fun things. We were able to find the football rug for Harrison's room on sale! As soon as we have his room more together I will post a picture.

It is hard to believe that in 16 short weeks we will be holding Harrison in our arms! We are so excited and counting down the days! Thank you God for your blessings!

Friday, December 5, 2008

How to “Win Favor and a Good Name in the Sight of GOD and Man”

In my last two posts, here and here, I discussed the importance of Harrison’s name. Now I want to give Harrison a little advice about developing that good name. This is what I would like to call the Biblical version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and it comes from Proverbs 3.
  1. "My son, do not forget my teaching,
    but keep my commands in your heart,

  2. "for they will prolong your life many years
    and bring you prosperity.

  3. "Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
    bind them around your neck,
    write them on the tablet of your heart.

  4. "Then you will win favor and a good name
    in the sight of God and man.

  5. "Trust in the LORD with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;

  6. "in all your ways acknowledge him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

  7. "Do not be wise in your own eyes;
    fear the LORD and shun evil.

  8. "This will bring health to your body
    and nourishment to your bones.

  9. "Honor the LORD with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops;

  10. "then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
    and your vats will brim over with new wine.

  11. "My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline
    and do not resent his rebuke,

  12. "because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

  13. "Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
    the man who gains understanding,

  14. "for she is more profitable than silver
    and yields better returns than gold.

  15. "She is more precious than rubies;
    nothing you desire can compare with her.

  16. "Long life is in her right hand;
    in her left hand are riches and honor.

  17. "Her ways are pleasant ways,
    and all her paths are peace.

  18. "She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
    those who lay hold of her will be blessed.

  19. "By wisdom the LORD laid the earth's foundations,
    by understanding he set the heavens in place;

  20. "by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
    and the clouds let drop the dew.

  21. "My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment,
    do not let them out of your sight;

  22. "they will be life for you,
    an ornament to grace your neck.

  23. "Then you will go on your way in safety,
    and your foot will not stumble;

  24. "when you lie down, you will not be afraid;
    when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.

  25. "Have no fear of sudden disaster
    or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

  26. "for the LORD will be your confidence
    and will keep your foot from being snared.

  27. "Do not withhold good from those who deserve it,
    when it is in your power to act.

  28. "Do not say to your neighbor,
    'Come back later; I'll give it tomorrow'
    when you now have it with you.

  29. "Do not plot harm against your neighbor,
    who lives trustfully near you.

  30. "Do not accuse a man for no reason
    when he has done you no harm.

  31. "Do not envy a violent man
    or choose any of his ways,

  32. "for the LORD detests a perverse man
    but takes the upright into his confidence.

  33. "The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked,
    but he blesses the home of the righteous.

  34. "He mocks proud mockers
    but gives grace to the humble.

  35. "The wise inherit honor,
    but fools he holds up to shame."
Proverbs 3:1-35 (NIV)

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

www.HarrisonRClark.com

Well as you know by now our son‑on‑the‑way has a name, but if you know me, one of the first things I did after we settled on the name was buy Harrison a website.

Some may find this a little sentimental or over‑the‑top, but in today’s world of Google and Wikipedia one can tell a lot about a person from a search engine. Owning your name as a web address can go a long way to protect your reputation.

As parent’s we have a great responsibility, naming our son was a big step, but in the scheme of things a very small step . . . .

The Bible has a lot to say about the importance of a good name:
“A good name is to be more desired than great wealth, Favor is better than silver and gold.” Proverbs 22:1 (NASB)
“A good [name] is better than a fat bank account.” Ecclesiastes 7:1a (The Message)
That being said, Harrison Clark has his first websites: www.HarrisonRClark.com and www.HarrisonClark.net.

Now owning a web address may protect a good name, but it will not GAIN a good name. That will take some effort on our part and especially on Harrison’s part. In my next post, I will share a few things that I want Harrison to understand so that, as Proverbs 3:4 says, he “will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.” (NIV)

Monday, December 1, 2008

And His Name Shall Be . . .

Naming a child is one of the most humbling of responsibilities. Knowing that they name you give this new life will stick with him for all his years on earth makes it a bit daunting.

I can only imagine what must be going through the mind of parents who named their sons “Adolph” in the 1930s or Katrina just a few years ago. Then, of course, there are those who can’t figure out what to name their children and end up coming up with something like “Abcde” (pronounced ab‑sid‑ee). One could end up on the other side picking an obscure name, only to find out that millions of other parents pick the same name for their son or daughter (I think there may be a few baby Baracks in the next few years).

So there are a lot external circumstances that can seemingly disrupt the most careful of namers. There is, however, one thing that I believe won’t change – a names meaning.

After much thought and prayer, we came up with a name, but before we announce it, let me tell you what it means.

Our son’s first name means: “strong and manly”; “courageous one”
A Bible verse associated with this name is Proverbs 24:5- “A wise man is strong, And a man of knowledge increases power.” (NASB)

Our son’s middle name means: “Bright in counsel”; “excellent worth”
A Bible verse associated with this name is 1 John 4:13- “By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.” (NASB)


Without further ado, Our Little Clark’s name is . . .




Harrison Robert Clark

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Our Baby Boy

Ok, if you couldn't tell, we are absolutely beside ourselves with giddiness over our news! Matt is head over heals about having his little boy. We just spent the morning out shopping and could hardly contain ourselves as we looked at boy clothes and wandered up and down the boy toy aisles. Matt was picking up footballs, baseball bats, matchbox cars, and Tonka trucks talking about how he would teach our son to play with and use it, etc. He was so cute and he is so in love with his son. I just love having my men!!! I feel so spoiled already as Matt talks about how he will teach our son about taking care of his mommy! I think I'm in love with my little boy already! While we were out we couldn't resist buying something for our little guy! We took some pictures so you can join in our excitement. Who knew buying onesies could be so much fun! Also, my husband couldn't resist and bought his son his first football! It's actually a Redskin ornament that is plush, but it is so perfect! Now our son gets to have an ornament on our tree this year! Can you feel our excitement?! :)
I have to comment about the whole ultra sound experience yesterday! It was the most incredible sight seeing our little boy punch and kick around on the screen! He was so animated and inquisitive. He kept following the ultra sound wand around my tummy. The tech would try to change views and he would flip around trying to follow it; you could see his little face watching, it was just so amazing! Of course the large amounts of orange juice I downed right before the visit probably gave him his surge of energy to show off for the camera, but it was so much fun! Afterwards we went to celebrate our little boy at one of our favorite restaurants in the area. It is a special place because we always went there when we had something to celebrate or something big took place in our lives. So we couldn't think of a better thing to do than to take our "son" to dinner to celebrate!

We are currently on the search for names for this little man and as soon as we feel a peace about who this blessing is, we will be announcing his name! We are having so much fun looking at all the boy names and meanings. It has actually been very neat to do together.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Matt and I agree that this year we feel a little extra space of thankful in our hearts! :) We pray God's wonderful blessings on you this Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 21, 2008

IT'S A . . .

Being knit inside where you cannot see

God's design is being made perfect in me

Formed in secret, molded to His ways

My life shouts forth my Maker's praise

One part my Mommy, one part my Dad

I equal the shared love they have

I'm growing, kicking, I hear your voice

Just wait, one day I'll add to the noise!

I can't wait for my birthday when we get to meet

Count the fingers on my hands and the toes on my feet

I know you're all wondering, "think pink?" or "think blue?"

Now I'm ready to tell that special secret to you

I decided to cooperate to announce to the world . . .










Congratulations!!! GO BLUE!
We're having a BOY!!!!!!

I'm 13 ounces and 11 inches long! I'm already a big boy!

Message from Matt and Meg-
We love you all and thank you for sharing in our joy and prayers for our SON!!! We are ecstatic! We have had a rush of emotions this afternoon and between laughter and tears of joy we are letting it sink in that he have a handsome little man on the way! We love you all and can't wait to hear your reactions!

Love Matt, Meg, and baby BOY Clark!!!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Halfway!!!

We can hardly believe it! Today officially marks the halfway point of this pregnancy! It is amazing at how fast the time has gone and how much our baby has developed and grown. Our little one is now ten inches long and weighs ten ounces! That is incredible seeing just a few short weeks ago our baby weighed barely an once! Well, at least that explains my ever expanding belly and new to our baby's resume, its kicking ability. Yeah, our baby is a star kicker already making waves across my tummy, and on top of my vital organs. :) Our little one provides us with nightly entertainments of making my tummy poke and jump with its kicks and flips. It also seems our baby loves church! Every Sunday baby dances and squirms through the praise music and kicks for the whole sermon. It is hard not to laugh at all its antics during church, but sure does tune me into God's creation bringing praise to Him even if the baby can't use words yet!

This is a VERY exciting week! Not only is it the halfway mark, which we celebrated with a wonderful date at a favorite lunch spot today, but it also includes a very important midwife visit this week. That's right, it's the week of the long anticipated ultrasound! By Friday night we will know whether this little one is to be wrapped in pink or blue! I have no words to describe our excitement. Like I told Matt, it's like one long Christmas Eve this week. I can't sleep leading up to it, because I'm so excited! I know Thursday night will be very difficult to drift off and Friday I will be counting the minutes until our late afternoon appointment. But Matt and I decided we will have to go buy something gender specific next weekend, just for fun, because we can then! We can't wait! We are praying our baby cooperates for the ultrasound. We told the baby this is the only time in its life it can show off! :) We just can't wait to be able to say he or she about our baby and to start thinking about names! It will also be neat just to "see" our baby for the first time and watch its movements on the screen. I can't wait to see its little profile and hands and feet! I think I will be in complete awe, crying, or a mix of tons of these kinds of emotions. Matt and I talk about it every day as the appointment gets closer, just very thankful we live in an era where ultrasound provides a way we can enjoy a window into our baby's world. As you can tell, we are very excited for Friday, so you can pray this week goes by quick!

Keep a look out here on Friday night! We will post the news of our arriving blessing and let everyone know whether we are having a little girl or a little boy!

Baby, we are praying for you, we love you, and we are so excited to "see" you on Friday!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Shopping, Baby Kicks, & Swearing In


We just had a whirlwind of a weekend, but it was an incredible one! We headed up late Saturday night to stay with Matt's family and go to church on Sunday. It was great to hang out and spend some time with family. Sunday afternoon was very eventful in two different ways! For me I was completely blessed and awed by the grandmothers and some of the aunts to be. We went out shopping for a maternity dress, but by the end of the trip I came home with dozens of cute maternity outfits and dresses! Thanks to our families I was gifted with a whole wardrobe! I am blown away by God's provision. Matt and I were trying to figure where budgeting for maternity clothes fits in, but God even cares about providing for this little one with clothes for its mommy's growing tummy! We feel truly blessed by our families' gift of this shopping trip. I've already been enjoying the clothes every day and feel so much more comfortable!


The other eventful thing that occurred on Sunday involved Matt. He decided to go play football with the uncle to be and ended up playing his heart out, well at least his ankle out! He came home with an ankle swollen, blue, and unable to support him. Now this would have been ok to handle except for Matt had a big event on Monday morning. Yep, Dad to be was getting officially sworn into the State Supreme Court and he could not even walk! That's why I love Matt, he makes life fun and full of unknowns! I know our baby will love its full of life Daddy!


Despite his limping, Matt was sworn in and it was really neat to see the culmination of all that Matt has been working for. We feel truly blessed by how awesome our God has been and we give Him all the glory! The picture is of Matt and me right before the ceremony. After the court session we celebrated with Matt's family. His parents took everyone to one of Matt's favorite restaurants and it was just a neat time of relaxing and enjoying all he had worked so hard for.


Well, our baby is definitely growing and wanting his presence to be made known. I feel more and more movement each week. This week I've been able to feel an occasional definite kick making me almost laugh out loud because it is just such an incredible feeling. Try as we might, our tricky little baby always stops moving the minute one of us puts a hand to my tummy to feel! Well, at least we know that very soon we will be able to feel all the kicks we want. Each week is just so exciting to see God's creation at work. Our little one is almost 6 inches long and weighs anywhere from 5-6 oz. That is just amazing! Oh, the official date we have our ultra-sound is November 21! We'll know in 23 days whether to think pink or blue!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Daddy is a Lawyer!


We just got the most awesome news! We found out that my wonderful husband and the Dad to be passed the Bar and is now a licensed lawyer!!! It has been an amazing journey to this point. I never doubted for a second that Matt would pass, but the road here has had its share of tears, frustration, and very long days! But it was all worth it! After Matt told me the good news he got down next to my growing tummy and told our baby that its daddy was now a lawyer! And of course we both knew that the baby is so proud of its daddy! I know I am! We are all just beaming right now! The past three months have changed our lives a lot- we found out we were pregnant four days before the Bar and now we get to feel the little life kicking and squirming with our excitement that Matt passed! Well, at least that is why we say the baby is moving around, at least for today! :) Congratulations Matt! We are proud of you and we love you very much!!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Growing Baby!

I can't believe I am already half way through week 14, time is going by quickly! Even more amazing is the way our little baby is being knit together more day by day. God's creation blows Matt and I away each week as we read about what is going on in secret inside me. Our baby has fingernails, fingerprints, perfect toes, can stick its tongue out and suck its thumb! Our baby can respond to outside stimulus by kicking back if we poke on my tummy! The coolest thing by far this week is the strange little tickling feeling I have every now and then! I cannot say I have felt any outright kicks, but when I am still after dinner especially or Matt is playing with my tummy I can feel these slight tickling flutters inside my tummy. It is so amazing!


We had a great time visiting with family this past week. It was much needed and we really enjoyed ourselves! We went to the fair and enjoyed the sights and sounds. I made homemade bread with my sisters, and just spent time catching up with everyone. One day we went to one of my favorite area parks. Thanks to my very creative sister she took this picture to document Baby's first park outing and our first family picture! :)


Our next midwife visit is in two weeks, I am very excited. I can't wait to hear our baby's heartbeat again. Also, at this visit we will hopefully be scheduling the appointment for the ultrasound to find out what we are having! We cannot wait! Neither can our families! We are all ready to know whether to be thinking pink or blue and Matt and I are ready to start calling this baby by name!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Heartbeat

Yesterday was such an incredible day! Matt and I woke up and went to Starbucks. Don't worry, I had oatmeal and a steamed milk- no coffee. It is always fun to go on breakfast dates. Then we drove in the rain to our midwife appointment 45 minutes away. It was our first appointment at the birthing center. It was really neat to be where our baby will be born. We spent a long time with the midwife talking about everything from cereal to back pain, to shopping. She was really nice and very informative. We both really love how much they include Matt in everything. He asks questions and they ask him questions like how he is doing etc. That makes me feel good to see him getting more and more comfortable with the details of pregnancy.

After talking for awhile the midwife said, "Ok, let's listen to your baby!" Before I knew it I was up on the table as she put a doppler on my tummy. It wasn't 2 seconds before we heard an echo, then loud rhythmic whooshing beats! It was the most incredible sound we've ever heard! Matt came over to get a closer look and we both had huge smiles plastered across our faces. As we were listening to the perfect beating we heard these loud pops every few seconds. The midwife explained those noises were the baby kicking! The baby kicked at least six time in the next 20 seconds! Matt said, "We already have a hyperactive child!" The midwife smiled and agreed our baby was very active and very healthy! Those first sounds of our growing baby brought tears to our eyes and it had to be the most wonderful sound we've ever heard!

Oh, two other things I found out at the appointment. First the bad news, my midwife says I need to eat less cereal. She says the more you break down a food from its original form and reform it from a powder into a new shape like a flake or puff, it loses huge nutritional value. This was hard news because raisin bran cereal has been my staple for weeks now! She explained I was feeding the baby food high on the glycemic index and need to focus on food with high protein content and complex carbs. So, I have to back off the cereal. As for the good news! She said since I am now healthy into my second trimester it is perfectly fine to have a frappuccinno! This was such good news since I have not one since May! I can't wait to have a few sips of my favorite treat every now and then! She explained that minimal caffeine really is ok. I have to laugh at myself for being so excited about going to Starbucks!

I can't believe we are already at the second trimester mark! This week we get to go visit family and I am very excited about that! We have not seen our families in six weeks now, so it is much needed! We feel so blessed that our baby will have the most amazing grandparents, aunts, and uncle in the world. We can't wait to introduce our baby to everyone for the first time- only 27 more weeks!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Beds, Baby Bump, and Beef

This week we were very blessed to be given an amazing bedroom! We now have a beautiful brand new bed, dresser, bedside tables, and mattress! It is a gorgeous cherry wood and just looks amazing! Plus now going into the part of pregnancy when my belly will be growing the new mattress will really feel good on my back. We feel so blessed. It was great timing too because there have been a few very rough morning ( all day) sickness this week, so I had a very comfortable place to stay!
Speaking of growing bellies, mine is! It really was all of a sudden, one morning I just woke up and Matt said, " I see our baby!" It is just a tiny round bubble, but just enough to make my jeans protest. Matt loves talking to our baby and I love just rubbing my tummy. Even though it is still very small now just seeing a little bump at least makes it seem more real! It is hard to believe our baby is almost two inches long, the size of a plum, and is moving, kicking, swallowing, and already using its vocal cords to make vibrations! How amazing is that!

Ok, so I really like cereal right now, but what I really want is beef! Now if you know me, I do not eat beef, I do not like beef- but I find myself wanting to eat spaghetti, burgers, and other ground beef meals! You know something I really want is my Mamaw's roast and potatoes! Growing up that was not one of my favorite dinner meals, but now all I want is her amazing roast! I guess the baby has a thing for beef right now!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Happy Grandparent's Day!

To our amazing parents-
Happy Grandparent's Day!

We just wanted to celebrate your official first Grandparent's Day by telling you how blessed we feel that our children get to call you grandparents. It is through your love, guidance, discipline, wisdom, and joy that we grew into who we are and now become parents ourselves. We are very excited to now see you as grandparents and feel such joy anticipating the memories our children will make with each of you! We love you so much!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Baby's Firsts

This week includes many of our baby's firsts, first full four chambered heart beats, first time the placenta will start functioning, first baby movements! It is amazing that this baby already has every major organ and system in place! At 1 to 1 1/2 inches long this life is a perfectly formed miniature baby!

Well, my incredibly excited husband and proud Daddy to be is eager to chronicle all the "firsts" for our baby. We went walking by the ocean the night we had our ultra sound done, so Matt said that was our baby's first trip to the beach! Last night was the first Redskins game of the season, so football fan Dad declared it baby's first football game! While I am completely entertained by my wonderful husband and his milestones for our baby, mine are a little more simple. I would like to have "the first meal that I don't feel sick after," or "the first time I can do simple household chores without taking a nap"! But you know, I wouldn't trade any of it for the world! I'm so excited God chose us to be the parents of this life and we are in love with this baby! So for now we will be enamored parents and enjoy each and every "first"!

As a side note, egg omelets, toast, raisin bran cereal, lemonade, and jello rock! New foods to cross off the eating list are peanut butter, Mexican, Chinese, and french fries! Ewww! Ok, enough talking about that! :)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Eight Weeks

This week our baby gets toes, fingers, and starts to move around! Matt and I stay amazed at the creation of life! How God can take two imperfect people and create such intricate perfection! We had our first glimpse of this little life on Friday! We sat mesmerized by the flickering black and white image on the screen as we saw our baby and its little heart beat. It was so fast! We were both speechless and of course had smiles etched across our faces! We couldn't even see details, but it was the cutest baby you've ever seen! And you know we had to call the grandparents right away to tell them how cute and perfect the baby is! As of Friday August, 22, our baby was 1.44 cm long, the size of a large blueberry! And this week the baby will grow to over 1/2 long!

So more points to my incredible husband! He has gone out two late nights in a row to satisfy my craving for Wendy's Frosty! It's about the only thing my stomach calls friend right now, and just perfect. Matt makes no complaint as he drives across town to fetch my craving. He has even done the grocery shopping, made his own meals, bought me breakfast in bed (when I can tolerate it:)), washed the dishes, and taken out trash! He worked non-stop this weekend with no complaints and I could not feel more blessed to have such an amazing husband. I can't wait until our baby gets to know its incredible Dad!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Why Eve Why?

Since we found out the news that God has blessed us with Our Little Clark on the way, a lot has happened, and my head is spinning to keep up.

With all of the wonder and joy of being pregnant come some not-so-pleasant experiences. In the legal world, the term “fruit of the poisonous tree” means that evidence improperly obtained by the police cannot be used in court. In our world, the “fruit of the poisonous tree” means that Megan is feeling tired and sick as a dog. Why you may ask?

EVE!!!

Yes, thanks to the first woman (no I’m not woman bashing) my wife has to suffer though sleep deprivation, fatigue, and nausea – and this is just the beginning.

Genesis 3:16 says, “To the woman He said, ‘I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you will bring forth children; yet your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.’” (NASB) (Note: I tend to like John’s 3:16 better).

Thanks Eve – we really appreciate that one!

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Morning Sickness and Cravings

Well, I thought I would sail through this with a little occasional nausea and that would be it, right? No! :) Over the past week each day brings a new wave of wonderful stomach twinges, but who would have thought I could ever feel blessed to feel such nausea! I wasn't even able to stay at work yesterday because of it, but it really is exciting. I feel like all I do is sleep, eat, feel sick, and sleep again! But it is exciting to know God is busy knitting this little life together and I feel blessed to be carrying this gift.

Also, major points to my incredible husband! Last weekend he drove 45 min. to get me these Chinese rice crackers, now I can't even stand the sight of the bag of the crackers! Even typing about it is turning my stomach, so I will have to stop. My husband hid them somewhere so I won't see them anymore all the while laughing at my very short lived craving. Last night he drove out the store to buy me baked beans because that was the only thing that sounded remotely tolerable! Then he sat back wordless as I ate a bowl of mustard and dill relish; he must think I have lost it! But he is amazing! I can't wait to tell this little one all the great things his Daddy did to help and all the crazy food habits that came with this pregnancy so far!

We love you little baby and look forward to each new day and development!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

The First Month!

I can hardly believe the miracle taking place inside me right now! I'm just so blown away by how God is knitting our baby together. He truly is an awesome God. We feel so blessed that God has chosen us to be the parents of this new life. As this past week has gone by our thoughts have become more and more enveloped by the awing truth that we have a responsibility to raise this child for Christ to serve Him. We feel so overwhelmed by God's faith in entrusting us this responsibility and we have prayed every day that we will be tools in His hands to shape this little life for His glory.

We keep talking about how sometimes it doesn't feel real, but then there is no masking the symptoms or those incredible positive lines on the tests (yes, I took more than one :)). But all the achiness, feeling tired, and the wide range of other symptoms is so worth it! Maybe a bit premature, but I totally had to walk through the baby section at the store, you know, just to look! We were talking about when it would really sink in and I think it is a gradual thing as you just grow in love with your child.

We have not told anyone our blessing yet, we wanted to get through Matt's BAR. But now we are planning on telling the grandparents and sisters and brother-in laws to be this next weekend. We cannot wait, but we want to do this in person! I'm so excited to have the family's support and prayers for a healthy pregnancy and baby!
We love you baby, and look forward to watching you grow!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

The Positive Test!

I could hardly believe my eyes! In a matter of a few short seconds my heart pounded, my eyes were tearing, I was breathless, weightless, smiling, and speechless. I was looking at the bright blue line on the test giving full evidence of our baby's existance! There in the bathroom floor I dropped to my knees praising God for His creation and gift of life. Then I ran upstairs to to tell the new daddy!

We'll have to go back a few weeks. Matt's been studying for the BAR and I've been working this summer to support us, but all I could think about was a baby. I realized I was letting that become a distraction and a source of discontentment. Just 2 weeks before that amazing positive I gave my desire over to God with a heart focused on His will. I was content to be His child even if we never had one of our own. And even though Matt was very preoccupied with legal study, his mind and heart were focused on growing our family too. God's way is perfect!

Little baby, we love you already! We pray you grow in wisdom and stature and favor with God and men. We give you to the One who gave us you and we cannot wait to meet you.

Comming Soon!

Comming Soon to a Clark near you . . .