10 Week Update

Yes, it’s hard to wrap my mind around the thought that our little princess is 10 weeks old – just over 2 months! She has grown so much the past couple of weeks. She’s put on some more weight and now tips the scale at 10.12 lbs! She has the sweetest, biggest smile that melts mommy’s heart! She now enjoys playing on her activity mat and we are sure to get in plenty of tummy time! We even practice sitting up trying to strengthen her core! She does an amazing job and leaves her daddy and mommy think she’s nothing short of a genius! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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We enjoyed our family vacation in Big Sky Country! Montana was absolutely beautiful! Such gorgeous weather – I actually packed clothes that were too warm! We kept very busy trying to make our rounds visiting relatives and friends. John’s parents blessed us with a small family “baby welcome” party. I think Abbie enjoyed the special attention! ๐Ÿ˜‰ She seemed to bond so well with John’s sister.

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While in Montana, we made a special trip to Wyoming to visit the former church family John had been part of. It was special to meet some of his friends that I had only heard about. Honestly, I don’t think I have ever visited a church body that was so friendly and outgoing. I felt so welcomed and loved instantly! What a blessing. Since our time of visiting was limited, a group of us went out after the Wednesday service for a time of pie and fellowship afterwards! We stayed there until closing time and it was well worth it!

a visit to the capital of Montana

a visit to the capital of Montana

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going through a cattle drive – pretty cool!

The whole trip to Wyoming consisted of three days. One day traveling there, one day of visiting, and one day traveling back. On the way there, we went through Yellowstone National Park. I had really wanted to go and at least see Old Faithful which we did! I would have loved to spend much more time there during the day but planning, scheduling, and timing all kind of revolve around a newborn with her feeding times and sleep times. ๐Ÿ™‚ ย On the way back we went through Idaho Falls and we were sure to make a dinner stop at the good ol’ Chick-fil-A!

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As a testament to God’s goodness, I can’t help but praise Him for giving Abigail a spirit of peace during the flights and even during each day we were away on vacation. At one point, I mentioned to my husband that it seemed like her colic had come to an end. Once we got home, I soon learned that she still showed signs of it but this just proved how amazing my God is! He put His hand on Abbie and allowed us to enjoy our vacation to its fullest. The Lord knows how much we can handle and He loves to give “good gifts” to His children! Praise be to His name!

"driving" the truck daddy rode in as a baby :)

“driving” the truck daddy rode in as a baby ๐Ÿ™‚

So that’s the latest with the Abshers! ๐Ÿ™‚ Life has been full but blessed! I look around and see my sweet daughter resting in her swing, a clean house cozily decorated for fall, laundry in the machine,ย the smell of roast and potatoes waiting to be eaten, and a clean pup laying by my side. Yes, God is good – all the time!

celebrating "the man's" birthday

celebrating “the man’s” birthday

Adjustments and Learning Lessons

Dear Readers,

I’ve been meaning to blog for quite awhile but life with a brand new infant takes its precedence in our home at the moment. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s hard to believe that our little princess is already over 5 weeks! She is growing, putting on pounds, and starting to show us her beautiful smile and open her eyes more frequently now.

IMG_0102Am I enjoying every moment of this stage right now? Well, no. Are you shocked?! I’m just being honest. I love my little girl with all my heart and soul. She is my great blessing and treasure. A special and rare gem and her daddy and mommy love and cherish her. However, we continue to adjust to what life is like having a colicky baby. Our hearts break when our dear little one suffers through spells of hysteria at any time of the day or night. Even though I love watching her during this stage of infancy, I look forward to the day when she mostly smiles and coos and can be happy and content. We are tired and often overwhelmed; but through it all, I’m blessed beyond measure.

You see, I don’t want to take advantage of this precious little life. When Abigail was born, we were encouraged to stay at the hospital for an extra day as the staff was concerned with the drop in her weight: it was more than expected. Once we were discharged, a nurse visited our home to check on her. That week, we went to Abbie’s first checkup and the pediatrician had become greatly concerned with how Abbie’s weight was declining. We tried all we could to help her gain weight but feared she would be hospitalized as that was a step the pediatrician was leaning towards. A 2nd visit to the pediatrician left us devastated. Abigail was labeled as ” failure to thrive”. This seemed to be more than I could bare. Fears attacked me. Was something physically wrong with my baby that was going unnoticed? Would I lose my dear child? Difficult days full of heartbreak and tears followed. But God was gracious. Over the process of time, Abigail slowly but surely started to gain weight. What a relief. We were thrilled! Now, when we look at her and see her pudgy little cheeks and belly, we couldn’t be happier!

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Through all of this, the Lord impressed upon my heart 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I realized that if I had “perfect” love for my Saviour, it would cast out all the fear that I was being tormented by. I had to trust Him. I had to put Abbie in His hands and wait in expectancy on Him. It was a hard lesson and continues to be a lesson as I look to Him when I don’t have all the answers and struggle with the uncertainty of motherhood. I’ve never done this before. I lack knowledge and that is scary to me. But to know that God has instilled within me the ability to be the “perfect” mother to Abigail brings its relief. He chose me for this work! He chose me, and me alone, to be Abbie’s mother. I just need to look to Him, the All-Wise One and follow His leading and direction while being open and responsive to those He has put in my life who can offer wisdom and advice. Oh, I’ve so much to learn – but I do love being a mommy! I count it a privilege to look into those precious dark blue eyes and know that I am raising one of the daughter’s of the King. This little human being has a life that’s been ordained of God and can bring Him honor and glory and advance His kingdom on this earth! What a responsibility and what an awesome undertaking!

"Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name."

“Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.”

On a lighter note, the man and I are looking forward to a vacation out west. We will be going to visit John’s family and “show the baby off”. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking forward to spending some quality time with everyone as we haven’t seen the family since last November at our wedding! ย I’m looking forward to the reuniting for sure.

If the Lord brings our family to your mind, please keep us in prayer. We are flying for this trip and going out and coming back will be long days with very early and late flights. We are hoping that Abbie will feel well and be a good girl on the flights. ๐Ÿ™‚ We don’t want to disturb the fellow passengers with loud screams if we can help it!

Thank you to those who have left kind, sweet comments! Thank you for your encouragement! It is a beautiful thing to be surrounded by the family of God and know that we are cared for and prayed for!

Blessings always!

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Abbie got to meet some more of her cousins!

Getting some sunshine and fresh air

Getting some sunshine and fresh air

Mommy loves to give kisses

Mommy loves to give kisses

Life as a New Mommy

The past 2 1/2 weeks have flown by. It’s hard to believe just how quickly.ย There are so many things I’m learning as a new parent! Not only do you learn what it is to love more and love sacrificially but it seems you also learn how to grow in confidence when you have no clue as to what you’re doing and patience during bouts of screaming in the evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m learning what it is to place “perfect love” in my Saviour so that I trust Him completely and whollyย when I feel so inadequate and unfit as a new mommy. ย I’m learning what it is to slow down in life and just soak in the quiet still moments with my daughter. I know these days will soon pass and she won’t be this tiny for too long. I don’t want to miss out on the moments that God has blessed me with. Abbie is a living soul that needs love and nurturing. She needs comfort and grace. She needs to see her mommy smile and whisper “I Love You”. I don’t know why God has blessed me with such a wonderful husband and now a beautiful sweet daughter but I’m so glad He did! My heart overflows with gratefulness!

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I was extremely blessed to have my mother stay with us for some time after Abbie’s birth. It was such a help beyond words! As I recovered and regained strength, my mom was there to serve. Of course, she enjoyed spending moments bonding with her grandchild but first and foremost her heart was to be here in our home to serve both my husband and me. It was such a relief knowing she was here to turn to when I had my new mommy concerns and questions.

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My sisters-in-law also made a trip to visit! We had such a great time chilling in the house laughing, sharing stories, and just being together! They blessed me immensely just by being here but then overwhelmed me when they came with sweet gifts for both mommy and baby!

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Life as a mommy is a blessing. It is a privilege and I’m so thankful that God has chosen me for this role! To Him be the glory!

Here are a few pics that Mom and I took of the wee one while she was sleeping ๐Ÿ™‚

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Such a precious jewel from heaven!

God’s Precious Gift

She’s arrived! The man and I are so delighted to announce the birth of our sweet and beautiful daughter.

Abigail Grace arrived August 14th at 6:18 pm.

She weighed 6 lbs., 14 oz. and measured 19 1/2 inches. Quite a little peanut.

We could’t be more blessed and happier. We are all doing well and adjusting to every day life with a new little precious soul to care for and love. As each day passes, our hearts grow in endearment as we cherish her little facial expressions, her sweet cries, her beautiful brown eyes, her ruby red lips, and just the thought of knowing she’s ours sent from our precious Lord to raise for His glory! What an honor!

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The Bun is Still in the Oven!

Yes, it’s true folks. The little one is deciding to take her time. She can come any day now and I’m trying my best to coax her into making her grand debut soon but we all know that babies come when they’re good and ready! As I pray and trust the Lord, I ask Him to allow our precious baby to come when it’s the perfect time for her to meet her mommy and daddy who love her so very much already!

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I thought you may enjoy seeing a few pictures of Abbie’s nursery. I’m very pleased with how it looks and happy that we were able to have a “little lamb” theme representing how she is Jesus’ little lamb and remembering that our Lord gathers His lambs with His arm and carries them in His bosom (Isaiah 40:11).ย DSC_0001 DSC_0003

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DSC_0014Hoping that the next post will be the wonderful announcement of Abigail Grace’s birth! Please keep us all in prayer. It would be a comfort to my soul to know that there are those who are lifting us up before the throne for protection, health, strength, endurance, and wisdom! Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Maternity Photos

A very special thank you to my dear sweet friend (From My Lens to You Photography)ย for offering her photography skills to capture special moments of the baby shower and shoot a few maternity pics afterwards! Since it was pouring raining that afternoon, our resources for outdoor photos were quite limited; but we managed to have some great fun trying to find some decent poses under the awning of the church’s front entrance!

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