Baby #3 Gender Reveal

Tuesday, November 17

One of the most exciting parts of being pregnant is finding out the gender. More power to the people who can wait 40 weeks, but I am most definitely not one of them! From the minute I conceive I just WANT TO KNOW WHAT I'M HAVING!!! haha! 

This pregnancy was very similar to Avonlea's. 
Every day, all day, for 18 weeks. 

While I threw up 16-20 times a day with Avonlea, this baby didn't quite make me throw up as much (which I was grateful for). But I also had the exact same cravings as my girl pregnancy...give me ALL the rice and beans from Sol (A Mexican restaurant in town!), and all the sweets and cold fruits! 

So naturally I guessed I was having a girl. I had felt very certain Avonlea was a girl, and in the same vein, I had felt very certain that Everett was a boy. And I was clearly right both times. So I trusted my instincts. 

Avonlea also was convinced she was having a sister. Every single time I asked her if the baby was a boy or girl, she flat out said "girl", never hesitated or ever said boy. 19 weeks I had already planned my baby girl's nursery in my mind, Kevin and I had decided on a name we both loved, and we were kind of referring to the baby as a girl, especially around the kids (as Avonlea would only take girl/sister as an answer anyway!) 

Well...the day of our ultrasound came, and it was like Christmas morning to me. I was so excited:) The ultrasound tech was nice, but rather chatty, and was resolved to measure every single thing before telling us the gender (which I was kind of like JUST TELL ME NOW!!! but I refrained from that haha). After almost an hour, she casually said "what do you think the baby is?" to which I replied "girl" and then she matter of factly said "it's a boy". And then pretty much our ultrasound was done. 

Friends...I was SHOCKED. Like...what in the world?!?! I actually wanted to say, "wait...are you sure? Can you look again?". But even I could see the evidence on the ultrasound screen, haha! 

Soo.....It's a BOY!!!!

We really are so excited. 

But I won't lie. I don't think I realized how strong my expectations for a girl were. Like I said, it was all planned out in my mind. I didn't realize I had so many emotions about the gender, but my body just let loose and I actually cried in the car for 30 minutes before we went home. 

I think I wanted Avonlea to have a sister so bad. I have 2 sisters and love them dearly. Sisterhood is a sweet thing. And I was really nervous to tell her that she wasn't getting a sister. 

Fast forward to the gender reveal, and both my family and Kevin's family all poured themselves colored lemonade and berries (pink lemonade and strawberries for girl, and blue lemonade and blueberries for boy). 

The majority of people guessed girl, but a few people guessed boy! 

When we sprayed whip cream into the blueberries and everyone shouted "it's a boy", Avonlea was stunned, not sure what to make of the news. She looked at me with her big blue eyes and said "mama, it's a girl". And I had to tell her that it is going to be a baby brother. She ran to me, threw her arms around my neck and burst into tears. "I wanted a sister" she sobbed. It broke my heart, truly. 

But by the end of the party, she ran up to me, hugged me, and said "mama, I think it's a boy too". She kissed my face, and then ran off to play with all her cousins. 

As I've had time to process, God has given me and Avonlea both so much peace about adding a sweet boy to our family. She is so excited for her brother, and I am so excited to have another son. I've been comforted by the fact that God is the one who puts us in family's, He knows exactly the right family structure for us, and He is in control working out his will for God's glory! 

This sweet baby boy is for God's glory, and I am so honored and excited to carry him, birth him, raise him, and love him forever. 

So here's to another baby boy joining our family!! 

Selling Our house- how God continues to answer our prayers

Friday, November 6

If you haven't read the story of how we bought a house, you can read that first here:) 

While finding and buying our new house has been an incredible experience, it made it more real that we would have to part with our current house. We have poured so much love into this house, or what I like to lovingly refer to as my "cottage".  So many beautiful memories have been made here...we brought our first two children home from the hospital to this house, celebrated countless birthdays, cried and laughed and hosted a million parties and friends from all around the world! 

While I have total peace about moving forward, there is still a sadness to leave this sweet place. This home sort of became our baby...we poured so much time and energy, love and creativity into making this our little cottage and I guess I wanted to see it go to the right people. 

I began to pray that God would bring the right buyers a long, who would love this house as much as we did. Who would see all the beautiful aspects of it...the gorgeous natural lighting, beautiful hardwood floors, all the aesthetic projects we've done to enhance the vibe (ie: shiplap, beadboard, wainscoting, etc). And lastly who would love our neighbors well and desire community.  

The first few days we listed it we had SO many showings. And....getting a home ready to show (ie: CLEAN and TIDY) is absolutely NO JOKE with a toddler and a baby! It's hard enough just to leave the house with little ones, much less vacuum, do dishes, put away junk that kids pull out, etc!!  It almost killed me, but I made it. (Nevermind like 10 minutes before a showing I discovered Everett had grabbed the toilet bowl brush and was walking around the house splashing nasty toilet water on everything!! Gahhhh!!! 

Day 2 of showings we heard there was a couple VERY interested who planned to make an offer. On Day 4 of showings, they did. They sent over a letter to us, and you guys...tears began to stream down my face as I read it. Not only did they write that walking into our house was like walking into their "dream home" but they went on to appreciate all that we had done to make it beautiful. They ended the letter by saying they wanted to continue our legacy of loving and welcoming people in. 

I DIED! I couldn't believe how perfect they were, how much they loved our home, and how they wanted to be a source of community in our neighborhood! Those were all the things I had prayed specifically for. Wow God, thank you! 

Again, just another prayer that God has answered on this journey that shows me we are walking in His will and timing. I have been so impacted by the passages in John that talk specifically about asking for things in Jesus' name, and God saying He will answer. I am not naive enough to think that everything we ask will be answered according to our wishes (because LIFE has shown me that isn't true, haha), but never the less, I've been so encouraged to ASK. To boldly come before his throne and make the ask. If it's in God's will, then He will move in that direction. And if it's not, He will move in another direction. But how the Lord desires us to come to Him. To pour our hearts desires out (big or small). 

Be encouraged sweet friend! Ask today:) 

(A few pics of our current house that we've fixed up the last 5 years!) 

Our newest miracle

Wednesday, October 28

(A picture of our new dream home!!) 

Oh friends, these past few months have been full of MIRACLES. I am bursting at the seams to tell you each and every one, but today I want to share one special story because I just can't contain how amazing God is. Truly, I have felt the Holy Spirit overflowing this season, even among hard things. 

It is surreal to even type this story out, but here goes...

5 years ago Kevin and I moved to Northern California where I grew up. I remember having a list of all the things I wanted in a house (you can read that post here), and God was so faithful. There were literally NO houses on the market in the area we wanted to live, but lo and behold, a sweet woman from my church knew a family flipping a house right in the neighborhood we wanted. It was the perfect starter home, right next to the park, filled with natural lighting, and, very importantly, in our tight budget. This home has been amazing, but just in this last season we realized we are starting to outgrow it (with baby coming). 

So this summer, we began to chat about what might be next for us. It came down to either finding a new house OR remodeling the kitchen on our current house. Seeing as I look at the house listings in our town almost every day, and in the last few years have probably ONLY seen 3 houses I've actually liked (I've got VERY picky taste, hehe), we decided to move forward and remodel our kitchen. We figured that would give us a few more years in this house before we moved. 

A month after we decided to remodel and things were moving forward with our contractor and designer, I checked the listings in our town. You see, even though we had decided to remodel, I was secretly praying that God would show me for certain if we were supposed to move or remodel. There was just this spark in my spirit that God was going to do something crazy. 

On this particular day, I opened the listings to see my dream home! An old charming character home, with floor to ceiling windows (hello natural light!), a huge backyard, AND the previous owners had updated it with a new roof, new windows, new electrical, etc! The other dreamy part about it was that it had 5 bedrooms AND a mother in law unit. Kevin and my dream is to live in community, to be able to host international students, and take in people who need a place to live for short periods of time. Lastly, I had ALWAYS prayed for a house with window seats (silly, I know, but the romantic in me always wanted a window seat to sit dreamily in while I read a book and drank tea!). This house not only had one window seat...but TWO!! Truly, this house had it all. The only problem was the price. It was definitely out of our price range, so I didn't even show Kevin, I just put the idea of it aside. 

Fast forward a month and things were moving quick to start our remodel. I was getting so excited going back and forth with our amazing designer. She asked if I'd be able to meet up in a few days to order everything for the kitchen. 

So...I kid you not....3 days before I was meeting with her to order all the items for our new kitchen, God spoke to my heart and told me to go look at the listing for my dream house again. It was a Sunday morning. I opened the listing and to my great surprise, the house was still on the market, and the sellers had just dropped the price 40k! It was now within our reach, at the tippy top of our budget! I immediately showed Kevin, who appeared to actually be interested (usually he just humors me in my house dreams, and then says no, haha!). That same Sunday, we texted our Realtor who booked us a showing, and shortly after decided to make an offer! 

Not only did they accept our offer, but they accepted it at a lower price (we offered quite a bit lower than asking). I literally could not believe how God had worked everything out!! How in the world this all happened is a total and complete miracle! 

And, to top it off, one of my favorite people/friend/babysitter, Sarah, is planning to move in with us and live in the only bedroom on the first floor! Just a few months ago when Sarah's roommate got married and she had to find a place, I jokingly told her that if we had an extra room I would love for her to live with us! we DO have an extra room and she's taking us up on it! 

We are so excited to live in a home with added space that allows for communal living. We are praying into the ways we want to use this house to bring glory to God, that HIS name be lifted high in it. 

I also want to encourage you dear one, if you feel unseen or your dreams forgotten, take heart. God sees even the smallest and silliest of requests (like a window seat) and showed me no prayer, however small, would go unnoticed. Certainly God has answered so many of my prayers differently than I expected, but this particular prayer was answered to a T. Know that God is for you friend. As we seek His glory, He will move beyond what we could ask or imagine! 

Take Heart Today! And to read more of God's faithfulness, you can read the story of how we sold our house here! 

**Below are some of the pictures of our new home. We will not move in until the end of November, so I took these pictures from the listing (so none of this is our furniture!). I can't wait to move in and make it our own!!