the fringes of His ways.

Posted by Tori on Sep 13, 2010 in family.

Today I got to see my sweet twins! It is so incredible to see how the Lord is forming them and growing them. They are being fearfully and wonderfully made!

I was reading Job 26 earlier. Job describes the Lord’s mystery and His power that is beyond our understanding.

“He stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.

He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.

He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.

He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.

The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.

He stirs up the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He breaks up the storm.

By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.

Behold, these are the fringes of His ways;
And how faint a word we hear of Him!
But His mighty thunder, who can understand?”

I was reminded of the marvelous truth that the same God described in these verses is the one who is forming these precious babes in my womb, the one who knows the number of their days, and has determined their appointed times.

Acts 17:24-26, 28a “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’”

How incomprehensible is His grace!! He is a very BIG God – how easily I forget. These pictures are a great reminder!

Lord, I love you! You do ALL things well! May you receive all glory!

Twin #1

Twin #2

Twin #2

the twins in 3D!

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my grace is sufficient.

Posted by Tori on Aug 16, 2010 in family.

This clear, simple promise of the Lord has never been so paramount to me. It was a Wednesday night and I was rocking Ayden at bedtime. We had found out that I was pregnant a couple of weeks ago. The thought crossed my mind that it was just possible that I could be carrying multiples. I pondered what that reality might look like for a few moments. I thought about how that would change things for our family.  I’m sure it would be the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  My relationship with William would grow stronger, as we would depend on one another even more and work even closer together as a team. My relationship with the Lord would grow stronger as I would trust His provision and wisdom on an even deeper level. I imagined that I would likely literally pray without ceasing. I also determined that the promises of His Word would take on even greater meaning to me, and His Word would become my delight and my source in an even sweeter way than it is now.

By the time I had considered these things, Ayden was asleep and I went downstairs to be with William. I asked him, “How many babies do you think I have inside of me?” He said, “One…” as if that was a silly question. I kept my thoughts to myself. The next afternoon I was scheduled for my first prenatal appointment. This would be our first look at the new baby! William and Ayden were in the room with the Dr. and I for the ultrasound. The image appeared on the screen and everyone was silent. I mused to myself, “I knew it!” After awhile the Dr. looked at William and said, “Do you see what I see?” He replied, “Yep.”

There were TWO BABIES!!

What an incredible miracle! I later came to the conclusion that the Lord had deliberately given me the thoughts I had the night before so I wouldn’t pass out in the room when I saw the picture! The Dr. couldn’t get very good measurements of the babies to confirm my due date, so she made an appointment for me to come back the following week for another ultrasound. The pictures below are of that ultrasound.

We are so excited and overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness and His faithfulness to us! I am along for the ride and cannot wait to see what He does! His grace is sufficient…a truth that will become dearer and dearer in the months ahead.

Two Babies!

Baby A.

Baby B.

Twins

What a miracle!

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oh the joys of being an expectant mother.

Posted by Tori on Jul 20, 2010 in ayden.

Ayden and I were shopping in Babies R Us today (saved $20 on our $60 purchase of diapers and wipes BTW…) and were stopped by a woman expecting her first child, who was shopping with her mother. They thought Ayden was so sweet, and spent several minutes talking and playing with him. We carried on brief conversation, and then…the hormones kicked in! Both of them simultaneously began crying. I mean, not just “misty eyed” but more like crying at your favorite romance movie or novel. They both looked at one another and exclaimed, “I’m crying! I don’t know why!” As they wiped the tears from their eyes, with a bit of a chuckle, they were sure to tell Ayden that those were just happy tears.

It made me think of the joys of being an expectant mother…joys I get to experience all over again as I await the arrival of our second precious little one. The Lord wired us women a little differently. And I love it! I love being able to share such a random, yet sweet moment with complete strangers in a store.

God, thank you for loving us so patiently and unconditionally…even when we have no idea why we’re crying. Thank you for the incredible privilege of being a mother and the opportunity to put aside all else to invest in the lives or our babes.  Help me to always lead them to you.

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