Last Thanksgiving…

… I was 7 weeks pregnant, and only a few people in the world knew. I wanted to wait to tell our parents in a fun way, and I think it took that long to realize that I might actually be pregnant after all we went through to get there.

On Thanksgiving day and the day after – as we celebrated with our respective families – we gave our parents and siblings a “Thanksgiving card”. You might think this could look suspicious, but I’m a dork — so it totally didn’t πŸ™‚

In case it’s tough to read:

“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good…”

“At this time of Thanksgiving, we pause to count our blessings – including you! / May you enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving day, / a joyous holiday season, / and a healthful, happy new year!”

“Kyle, Jennifer, Thea…. and our two newest blessings! / (Please keep them in your prayers… they’re still awfully small!)”

After answering lots of questions and celebrating with our immediate families, we asked that they not share with anyone else until we felt comfortable doing so (which only halfway happened). It would be weeks until most people, including the rest of my family, would find out. I hear people talk about not being able to contain their excitement when they find out they’re expecting, and wish to some extent that I would have had the same experience. Instead, as you probably know, I was skeptical about bringing babies home with me until they were in my arms. Especially in those early weeks, we completely wore out the phrase “cautiously optimistic”, and we prayed. A lot. To be honest, since I didn’t want what seemed like the whole world following along just yet, we debated not even telling our families when we did for fear that the cat would somehow get farther out of the bag that we let it πŸ™‚ Still, it seemed like an opportune time to do so, and the news was (a little bit) out.

Fast forward a year, and you know where we are if you’ve been reading along. It’s still truly unbelievable to me sometimes that I am a Mommy, with two beautiful Daughters. Times like yesterday when we had meltdown after meltdown because they both a) went on a hunger strike and b) decided they no longer needed naps, it was quite clear πŸ™‚ But seriously, when I look at Elise and Avery I am so overwhelmed with love, and joy, and thanksgiving.

God has truly blessed me, and our little family! It’s very easy to forget this when we lost (or I should say chose to give up, especially in times like this!) over 60% of our income so I could be home and raise these girls. Every day we’re faced with new financial struggles for the time being, so it’s easy to lose track of all the gifts we’ve been given. I am so thankful for my wonderful husband who loves me flaws and all. I’m thankful for my parents who do the same, in a way I never quite realized. I’m thankful for my sister who, for 16 years now, has evoked so much love and pride and joy than I ever would have imagined while begging for “a” little sister for nearly a decade πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad SHE is the one God gave us! I’m thankful for my inlaws, who welcomed me like a daughter and sister, and who love my girls tremendously. I’m thankful for my home and my health.

I’m thankful and overwhelmed at the grace and mercy of God, and His gift of salvation to me.

And, let’s be honest — I’m so freaking thankful to not be pregnant this time around! Bring on the food! πŸ˜›



  1. Oh the memory of that! We are indeed a very blessed family. We are so thankful for the grandbabies as well as you, Kyle and Cassi. God has been good to us. Thanks for all the time you take to keep everyone updated with your lives. I look forward to reading it everyday! Have a great Thanksgiving weekend. Tell Kyle’s family we said hello and Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Jennifer,
    We keep finding things that we have in common and here is another one. I also made cards for our family members to open last Thanksgiving. They included a picture of our US and that is how we announced our pregnancy. I guess great minds think alike! Hope you had a good day with your family. -Stacy

  3. Stacy, how cool! πŸ™‚ We certainly do have a lot to be thankful for!