7 Quick Takes Friday


This week I attended my very first Mother’s Day tea at Maggie’s pre-school. Oh my goodness is was so sweet. Homemade placemats for mom and Maggie, handprint flower centerpieces, decorate your own cookies, and macaroni necklaces. So fancy.

I also had a homemade flower corsage.

IMG_0546Maggie and I with her teacher, Ms. S.


Speaking of Mother’s Day. We’re going to my favorite restaurant for this year, same as we did the last two years with M. It’s Traders Point Creamery, and it is a locally-sourced restaurant and dairy bar that is at an organic dairy farm. So much fun! It actually makes me forget that I kinda sorta hate Mother’s Day.

Oh, and the best chocolate ice cream ever. Nothing like eating ice cream when you can see the cows the milk came from.


Three years ago this week we had just returned from our amazing trip to Rome and were getting moved into our new house.

DSCI0142About to toss my coin the Trevi fountain

DSCI0053At the Colosseum


Three years ago, when we got back from Rome, we had just found out that Maggie existed and was snuggled in my womb. It was such a beautiful, amazing time, though I was a nervous wreck wondering how long she would be with us, nervously awaiting the first ultrasound.


Nearly three years to the day we learned that I was pregnant with Maggie, we learned that

IMG_0534Maggie is going to be a Big Sister!!!

We are humbled and overjoyed to announce a little brother or sister is on the way!!

Exactly 12 cycles after we started trying, and on a cycle during which I took clomid pre-peak and hcg injections post-peak, we are so grateful to God for this gift of a baby.

I am taking supplemental progesterone for the first trimester, and my blood draws have shown good numbers, for which we are grateful. I have an ultrasound one week from today (7 weeks) to see everything and check it all out.

Please keep me in your prayers, if I can ask, since I am a nervous wreck until I hear that heartbeat.


In an interesting turn of events, this baby’s due date is:


otherwise known as, Maggie’s 3rd birthday!


I’ll be induced a week early because of the diabeetus, but still. Crazy.


I told Maggie that Mommy is going to have a baby and she said,

“Brother and sister”

to which I responded,

“Well, we are probably just going to have one baby.”

To which she replied,

“Just sister.”

How do you explain that God chooses to a 2 year old? Any ideas?

So, we’re super excited and feeling very humbled by this gift, and very grateful. While I did not share “publically” that I was pregnant with Maggie until the first trimester ended, I wanted to take a different approach this time. I think part of me thought that if I shared early on, that this might somehow doom the pregnancy, since we shared super early with my pregnancy which ended in miscarriage.

But this time, I just want to celebrate this little life for as long as he or she is with us, whether it is the rest of our lives or the next few weeks. The life is no less precious to us if our baby is only here a short time. Thus, the early announcement.

And this way I can beg for prayers, for which I am so grateful!

Happy weekend and go see Jen for more quick takes!

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  • http://www.emilyruns.com gedert014

    So so happy for you Sarah! I’ve been praying :)

  • Maggie Mizelle

    Oh Sarah, I am overjoyed for you! Sending up lots of prayers.

  • http://nowealthbutlife.com Rae


  • http://helpthemtoheaven.blogspot.com Marie

    Sarah, I am so overjoyed for you! You and baby will be in my prayers. : )

  • http://zusane.wordpress.com Suzie

    CONGRATULATIONS! Praying for God’s protection over you and your precious miracle!<3

  • http://www.freetotalfaithfulfruitfullove.blogspot.com KJL

    Yay yay yay!! Congratulations!!! I am certainly going to be praying and praying for your little one and your whole family! Praise God!

    When we told little A that we were having a baby, we just told her that the Lord decided to put a baby in mommy’s tummy and He gets to decide everything, so He’s going to choose the best baby for us, whether it is a boy or a girl. She seems to accept that answer, since she can’t really argue it. :)

  • http://wonderfulworldofweez.blogspot.com Louise

    Congratulations!!!! I am so thrilled for you!!! And praying daily!

    We started out saying “brother or sister” to Elise too, and when we found out Sean was a boy, we started saying “brother.” The first few times, she “corrected” us and said “no, sister.” But eventually she accepted his masculinity. :) We didn’t make any particular explanations, just kept saying nope, he’s a boy!

  • Kristi

    Congrats (love Maggie’s shirt)! I’ll add you and your family to my prayers.

    I don’t think there’s any great way to explain to a child that they don’t get to choose brother or sister. If you’re finding out the sex you can use that time to start getting her used to brother or sister. Most children I know handle it pretty well once the actual baby comes home even if it’s the “wrong” sibling. Gabe was a bit younger and I don’t think he got the concept that he was getting a sibling until we actually brought Nate home.

    And having children with birthdays in the same month is awesome!

  • joymhb

    So happy for you all, and will most definitely be praying!

  • http://theartsytoddler.wordpress.com Kelly

    Sarah, I am so beyond happy for you. I will be praying for a healthy pregnancy for you.

  • http://gravatar.com/maggiefromtheheart maggiefromtheheart

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post!!!! :-)

  • http://www.eccefiat11.blogspot.com Ecce Fiat

    Congratulations! Many prayers for you and your new little one =)

  • Molly

    Congratulations! :)

  • Sarah


  • sayin’ i love you

    Congratulations Sarah, you will be in my prayers.

  • http://Www.whatlieswithinus1.blogspot.com Leslie Young

    This brought me to tears. So happy for you! And you are so right, we should celebrate from the start no matter what.

  • http://www.moxiewife.com Hallie @ Moxie Wife

    Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you! You and that sweet pea will be in my prayers! xoxox

  • http://joybeyondthecross.blogspot.com Marie @ Joy Beyond The Cross

    Congratulations Sarah and Grow, baby, Grow!

  • http://Ulczynskiupdate.blogspot.com Ann-Marie

    So exciting! Thank you for sharing. You all will be in my prayers.

  • Mindy

    So happy for you and your family! This brought tears to my eyes. Love your perspective about celebrating live. You are in my prayers and heart.

  • http://catholicmutt.blogspot.com Catholic mutt

    Congratulations!!!!! Oh, this totally made my day! I know it’s been a long 12 months and I’m so incredibly excited for your family! And yes, I will be praying! That’s a lot of exclamation points, but it seems totally worth it in this case. :) Kind of tricky of you to lead in like that with ice cream…

  • http://theveilofchastity.wordpress.com theveilofchastity

    Praise God! So happy for you and your family. I just about screamed out load when I read your wonderful news. :)

  • http://twitter.com/conversiondiary Jennifer Fulwiler (@conversiondiary)

    Congratulations! What wonderful news!

  • http://thatmarriedcouple.blogspot.com/ That Married Couple

    Praise God! Oh Sarah, I am so happy for you all!! I will definitely keep you in my prayers!

  • http://www.theroadhomewv.blogspot.com Rebecca

    Yay! The baby is “blog official”!!!!! Grow baby grow!!!!!!

    And my mom swears that God takes requests – as I requested a little brother the whole time she was pregnant, and I got one. But, tell sweet Maggie to be sure she is sure, because when my brother was born, my first 2 1/2 year old response was “send him back, I want a sister” and mom had to explain that God didn’t do exchanges ;).

  • Laura M

    I am so, so happy for you! I read a comment you made on Dwija’s blog which led me to believe you were pregnant but you hadn”t said anything here so I wasn’t sure…

  • Amy

    Congratulations! You will definitely be in my prayers.

    Funny thing: we went to Rome three years ago the week after we found out I was pregnant with Gus! For a second I thought you and I were there at the same time, but we went mid-March, so we were a few weeks difference.

  • Pat

    I love your way with words. That last paragraph about “. . . to celebrate this little life . . .” It is something that would go into a novel.

    I will put you on our church’s prayer chain when I attend church tomorrow.

  • Stitchwort

    Oh, I am glad to read this! I’ve been praying too.

  • http://tellhimyourplans.blogspot.com/ polkadot

    Congratulations! You and baby are in my prayers.

  • http://gravatar.com/evstrong Eleanore

    Congratulations, Sarah. :)

  • http://gravatar.com/annawms59 annawms59

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for your family and will keep you all in my prayers!

  • http://sunflowerdiaries.com Katie

    Yay! Congratulations, Sarah!! Many prayers for a healthy pregnancy and delivery. Isn’t God’s timing perfect? :)

  • http://andrewandjuilesadoptionstory.blogspot.com Julie

    Congrats again!!

    Just waiting to hear how many babies tomorrow!!!!