July 15, 2012

Sunshine Sunday - my two little miracles

This week was kind of emotionally draining.  Yikes!  Sorry to start off Sunshine Sunday with a downer :)  Don't worry.  Every cloud has its silver lining.  If you've been following this blog for a while, you might know we've been trying got get pregnant for about a year and a half.  This week we came to realize that this journey might be a whole lot longer than I had thought.  And while that news made me kind of sad initially, it's also made me realize what huge miracles I've already received.


And no matter what happens, I am just so thankful to have these little guys.  They have made life deeper and bigger and brighter than I ever could have imagined.


I am also grateful that God is stretching me.  It's a little painful, but I don't doubt the end goal one bit.

Thanks for reading.

33 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your heart with us Cheri!

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  2. Cheri, I was thinking about you the other day in relation to this. I am so sorry that it isn't going the way you want, but I am so inspired by your grace and your willingness to share. Thank you. I found your blog looking for craft stuff over a year ago, but yours is one of my favorites overall. You and yours will stay in my thoughts.

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  3. I'm very sorry your journey may be a lot longer than you would like it to be. Maybe God is just picking out the "just right" baby for you...he hasn't created him/her yet...wants to make sure your third addition is the PERFECT one! Good luck and I'll be praying for you! Happy SUNDAY!

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  4. You are such an incredible example! Finding the good in a tough situation is so difficult. My prayers are with you guys!

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  5. I read your blog daily and never comment, but your post touched me today. Thinking of you and your family. God is always great.

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  6. Though we do not have the same problem as you I have always longed for a little girl. We are on our 3rd and last pregnancy and I am having the 3rd boy. I also am so thankful for the healthy amazing boys I have but my heart aches and my sorrow is great for the little girl I will never have. Hope that my commenting about not getting what I want doesn´t pain you as much as when people tell me that they would trade me, having boys over just having girls. Every time I see a mother and daughter together it stings. I hope you are blessed with a surprise pregnancy that is healthy and comfortable but if you are not I hope you are blessed with peace of mind and heart with the family you have been blessed with just like I hope I one day can come to terms with my broken dream.

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  7. God has a plan! :) it may be hard to wait, it is so reassuring to know that God is working and his plan for us is far greater than anything we planned for ourselves <3

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  8. I know exactly how you feel! We had a hard time getting pregnant with our first, but with some medication and good timing, we finally had our sweet little boy. We didn't know then what a miracle he really was. Trying to have a second wasn't successful for us. After a lot of medication and shots, a surgery, discovering more problems, and many procedures, we realized how blessed to have our son. For whatever reason, the Lord only wants us to have one child right now. I realized that I had thought that if we spent enough money that modern medicine could give me another child. I now know it can only if it is part of the Lord's plan, and for some it is. Just not us. Both my husband and I have had promptings that we need to be happy with our family of three, but also not doing anything that will prevent future children. I don't know if this means we will be blessed with a baby in the future or not. Either way, I have found happiness. Personal revelation is such a blessing. How else would we be led in such important decisions? There is not "one size fits all" answer. Good luck! BTW, I love your blog!!!!

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  9. hang in there cherie! seven years of trying, losing three foster to adopt babies and we are officially pregnant with twins because of God's grace and mercy on our hearts & lives! i know it's easier said than done, but you have a great perspective focusing on what He IS doing by blessing your days with your two little men each day and that will continue to bring peace to your days. And before you know it....your dreams will unfold before you and all will fit together perfectly for His glory. I will keep you in our prayers ... thanks for sharing your gifts & talents with the blogging world...you are loved! ><>

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  10. My heart goes out to you. We tried for seven years to conceive Owen after Kam. I trusted Heavenly Fathers plan and his timing has been perfect for us. Owen came to rock our world when he knew we would be ready. We have been trying for number 3 for a while..but keep on trusting his timing. So grateful for the miracles we have..it's a great way to look at it!

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  11. We have been blessed recently with our third little one, but she's had some medical issues that's had her in and out of the hospital a couple times these first few months of her life. I've been thinking a lot about a particular quote that I love and it popped into my head when I read your post. It says, "Life is like a grindstone; whether it grinds you down or polishes you up depends on what you're made of." Looks like you're getting a good polish. You and your family will be in my prayers.

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  12. As somebody that's been there, I feel for you. We were blessed with a son, 4 years ago, with minimal trying on our part. When we went to try for a second child, a year later, we were not so lucky. We tried for 2 years, then turned to fertility treatments. With the help of Clomid and IUI, a lot of faith and prayer, we were blessed with our daughter.
    There were times I was so bitter, and pleaded with the Lord, to bless me with another child. But it wasn't until I had completely surrendered myself, to His timeline, that things started falling into place.
    Through all of this, I realized I needed to stop worrying about the next child, and give my whole heart to my son. I was so blessed already.
    I'm glad you see the blessings you already have. Heavenly Father knows all of us, and he knows what we need. It may not make sense now, and it may suck, but there's a reason for everything.
    Something a friend told me {who had also dealt with infertility}, just because something isn't happening in our time frame, doesn't mean it's not happening in your child's.

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  13. An attitude of gratitude. Love it. Big huggs from pennsylvania.

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  14. Infertility is the worse pain. Each month is a downer.
    I totally understand we tried for a full 3 years before I found out I was allergic to Gluten which was causing Endometriosis and infertility. Then we were blessed with a pregnancy then had it end in a miscarriage but blessed just 4 weeks later with another pregnancy which became our little guy.

    Keep your chin up and do what you are doing looking at the positive. It will all work out in the end. Sometimes the road is a little rougher.

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  15. Cheri, I have been reading your blog for about a year now, and I have to say that I really love it. I also adore your boys and I am really hoping that another miracle will come to you soon. Some things are just soo worth waiting for. We had to wait for about 2 years for our son and he is the best thing that could have ever happened to us. Just keep believing that everything will work out. My grandma always says that everything happens for a reason. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

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  16. My heart goes out to you, Cheri, that is hard news to hear. Your post is inspiring and your family is beautiful-- right down to the dog :) I wish you the very best on your journey.

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  17. Thinking and praying for you. Thank you for sharing your heart.

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  18. hugs. life is so hard sometimes.

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  19. You are very blessed to have two adorable boys. I met the man of my dreams later in life & we are unable to have children. God's understanding is far greater than ours. Keep praying & trust in the Lord with all your heart. I pray that He has a wonderful surprise for you when He knows the time is best. Give those boys an extra squeeze today!

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  20. I read your blog every day, it's the only one that I make sure I catch up on at the end of the day and this really made me stop in my tracks. I have 2 boys and share your appreciation for the miracles we have made! Wishing you love for the next chapter and a precious miracle at the end xx

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  21. Love you girl! Praying for you!

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  22. I hope the week gets better and better. That picture of your boys and that little dog are adorable!

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  23. Aren't they the most delightful little people? The dog's pretty cute too.

    You are so strong Cheri. Your gratitude is inspiring and I hope your prayers are answered soon. Much love to you and your beautiful family.

    xx

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  24. I also love reading your blog. I found out about it from one of my former students, who is a neighbor of yours. So far my husband and I have one little boy who was on backorder for a few years :). I hope that in the future, pregnancy will come more quickly, but even if not, I am so grateful to have him in my life. In other words, I hear you. Thanks for your honesty-- one of the many reasons I love reading and keep coming back.

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  25. I have been where you are at and it's a pain that is unlike anything else. Tears your insides out. I am so sorry for you. It took us 5 years to get our sweet baby girl here. I can say that after you get through it, it all makes sense and seems like ok someone else was in charge and it worked out better. But going through it is HARD. It helps to talk to others who have had this particular journey. Sometimes those who don't understandwill say things like it will happen when the time is right. But those that have been there understand the ache.

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  26. Hi Cheri! I read your blog everyday, and truly enjoy it. I never comment, but today I felt the tug on my heartstrings. I am praying for your family, and wholeheartedly believe that God will provide a new little baby, and the praise will be all HIS. HIS timing is always perfect! When we were trying for our last baby, I wasn't sure it was going to happen. I know the strain this must be taking on you and your husband, just keep faith. Nothing is beyond God!
    I also felt pulled to respond to another one of your readers' comments from a woman who is having her 3rd boy. I can relate. I have 4 boys, and still feel a longing for that little girl. But when I start feeling down, I just look at the blessings surrounding me. GOD has given me 4 boys that are so completely different, stretch me in directions I wasn't even sure I could go, and truly challenge me daily. At the end of the day, I wouldn't change one thing.
    I am praying for you and your family. Thank you for sharing your heart! God bless you!

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  27. I sat here for about 10 minutes just staring at the screen trying to come up with the exact right words to give you comfort and hope. Searching for the words that I needed to hear when my husband and I were desperately trying for a pregnancy that would last, and I just can't seem to find them. So all I have to tell you Cheri is that I'm keeping you and your husband in my prayers. The disappointment every month doesn't get easier, but it will strengthen your relationship with your husband and God if you let it.

    Blessings!

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  28. Our sweet 2 year old was an IVF miracle, so imagine my surprise when I discovered I'm expecting another rowdy fella in September. We found out right before we were to take a required parenting class to adopt from China (hadn't yet filled out paperwork, but were going to within the month). God's plans are BIG and CRAZY (to us!) and all HIS, but they are for His glory and in His time. I pray that He will allow us to adopt later on, but I am so grateful for my part in His story. Praying for God to grow your family and continue to bless you through the process!
    Keep ROARING, cause we love it!
    Allison

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  29. Hang in there Cheri, I have three boys and my third took significantly longer to conceive than my first two. My husband was about to deploy for a year and we ended up finding out we were pregnant about three weeks before he left. God has a plan, even when we have no idea what it is!

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  30. I'm so sorry Cheri. I am so glad that you have faith in God. We may not always understand, but He always knows what is best for us. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. My heart is with you and I wish you peace and strength for what lies ahead.

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  31. That is a pain, I too have felt. I'm so sorry that you have to experience it. One of my favorite quotes is from Joseph F. Smith, "Everywhere is nature we are taught the lessons of patience and waiting. We want things a long time before we get then, and the fact that we want them a long time makes them all the more precious when they come." Your comments about your sweet boys made me think of that quote, you already know to appreciate the precious things in your life. That is the best way I've found to ease the sharp pain you are feeling now. But I know through experience that miracles happen and things turn out just they way they are supposed to. Praying for you and wishing you comfort.

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  32. I came to the conclusion that there rally are no words sometimes and tojust let one know that prayers for you and your family's best in this statement about adding to your PRECIOUS family.
    God Bless You

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  33. Hi Cheri! I was looking up coloring pages for my sunday school class this morning on being thankful to God, and I came across this picture with the star stickers in Google images. It was so funny and cute to see his little face in the middle of all those coloring sheets! I just had to comment and tell you. :o)

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