May 18, 2013

Pregnancy Announcement: Baby Z is on the Way!

My heart is so overjoyed to share this exciting news!  God has been so faithful to us and he has answered our prayers.  He has blessed us with so much more than we could possibly imagine, and I am just thrilled to announce that we are expecting a precious baby December 1st! 


"For you make me jubilant, Lord, by your deeds;
at the work of your hands I shout for joy. 
How great are your works, Lord! 
How profound your purpose!"
- Psalm 92:5-6


I am in complete and total awe of God's creative power and miraculous ways.  This pregnancy is making us fall more and more in love with God and more and more in love with each other.  It's amazing how much we love this precious child, who we haven't even met yet. 

I am also completely in awe of how much greater God's plans are for us than our own.  I was just devastated when I didn't get into my top choice for grad school, but God brought us right where we needed to be.  We joined an amazing, supportive church and our eyes were opened to ditching contraception to use Natural Family Planning.  We soon started discerning a family as we became more and more open to the gift of life.  And now we have this precious little child on the way who probably never would have been born if things had gone according to our own plan!  It seriously makes me cry to think about the fact that we might have never had this gift if things went the way I wanted them to go. How awesome is God?!  
And yes, life is going to be totally crazy with finishing fieldwork, having a baby, graduating, potentially moving, and looking for jobs, but hey, we might as well keep up with the trend of having all of our major life transitions occur at once!  After all, we did graduate from college, get married, move, and start graduate school/Thomas's job all within a three month span.  What can I say, we just like keeping things adventurous! ;) 

I'll share more details tomorrow, but for now I just wanted to share the news and our overwhelming joy with anyone and everyone who will listen! We can't even begin to thank God enough for our marriage and this beautiful gift of life.  I just can't say it enough - God is SO good!!! 

"All good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
- James 1:17


In case you're wondering, we took these pictures with a tripod next to an exit ramp off the highway - there's no shame when you're this excited about a baby! ;) 

43 comments:

  1. Congratulations Caitlin!! I am so so excited for you and Thomas! What an immense blessing. I can't even imagine the excitement you are both feeling and I hope you continue to experience such joy through your pregnancy and through welcoming this new life into the world :)

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  2. These pictures are AMAZING!!! I hope you frame one for the nursery! Congrats again!

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  3. Congratulations!
    Praying for a safe pregnancy for both you and baby.
    So happy for you guys!

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  4. Congratulations! So very happy for both of you...and that little sweet baby who will be oh so blessed! Enjoy every moment, Caitlin!

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  5. Congratulations, Caitlin! What exciting news! Prayers for you and your sweet baby!!

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  6. Congratulations, Caitlin! I love the moments we realize our plans don't hold a candle to what Gods plans are for us! :) He knows what we desire even before we do. God bless y'all & this precious baby!

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  7. YAY! YAY! YAY!!!!!!! :) Congratulations!!!!! Such exciting news!!! :) Prayers for you guysssssss!

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  8. Yay! This is such wonderful news! I am so excited for you and Thomas. The pictures are beautiful. You have that great glow of joy on your face.

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  9. So very happy for you both! With each child you will be overjoyed, as long as God is at the center. Every child is irreplaceable and each brings such great joy and love to a family. It is so wonderful how beautiful you've made your marriage by trusting in God!

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  10. Congratulations!! We are so, so happy for you three!! :)

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a blessing! I am thrilled for you! How cute are this pictures? I would have thought a professional took them.

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  12. That's awesome news! And of COURSE I was wondering who took your pictures! Where are these flowers? I cannot believe you guys took these yourselves! AWESOME!

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  13. Wonderful and warm news! More of what our world needs these days! May God bless you and your pregnancy!

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  14. So beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  15. Oh Caitlin, I am ecstatic for you and Thomas!!!! I normally try not to be online much on Sundays, but I am so glad I signed on!!! Praising God right along with you at Mass today!!! :)

    And beautiful photos!!! :)

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  16. CONGRATULATIONS! That is so wonderful. You and your husband are such a wonderful example of a strong Catholic couple. I wish you nothing but the best!

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  17. Congrats, Caitlin! That is so exciting! :)

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  18. WOW! This is so beautiful! I can sense your joy just through your words and of course your pictures! I am just so so happy for you both! What a beautiful testament to all the blessings NFP can bring to our lives and to marriage when we give it all to God. What wonderful wonderful news! Congratulations!

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  19. Oh my goodness!!!! So, so happy for you both, Caitlin! Your photos are beautiful and I'll be praying for all three of you! xoxo

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  20. That is a very cute announcement photo! Congratulations!! PArenthood is the best!

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  21. happy news. pretty pics :)

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  22. Congratulations!!! So happy for you both! Cindy

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  23. O MY GOD CAITLIN!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU AND THOMAS!!! MY HEART IS REJOICING FOR YOU AND THE BLESSING THE GOOD LORD HAS BESTOWED UPON YOU! :-)

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  24. I am awed by your mad photography skillz and your way of putting the announcement together. :) Congrats, sweetie!

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  25. Congratulations! What exciting news! Your joy and excitement exude from your words in this post and those beautiful smiles in your photos. A witness to the beauty of being open to life. Gorgeous photos--love, love.

    Praying for you and sweet one, who is blessed with some very wonderful parents.

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  26. Congratulations!! Awesome news! Praying for a healthy baby and easy pregnancy for you!

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  27. Congratulations and welcome to the pregnancy club! Looking forward to following along on your journey :)

    -Emily @ Raising Barnes

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  28. SO EXCITED FOR Y'ALL, CONGRATS!

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  29. YAY! Congratulations! I'm not ready to do this on my blog yet... but I like your photos so much, I might have to copy you a little bit!

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  30. Hoorayyyy! Congratulations! Another first-time-expectant-mom Catholic newlywed blogger! Between myself, Steph at Captive the Heart, and now you I'm starting to think there's something in the air. Exciting!

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  31. Congratulations!!!! Watch out, my Maggie was born on December 1st and let's just say she's "spirited"! I am so happy for you two to be so open to life and great witnesses for our Catholic faith :) YOur baby is already so blessed to have parents like you!

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  32. Congrats!! Very exciting news, and your pictures are adorable.

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  33. This is just WONDERFUL news!!! Congrats!!! You both are going to make amazing parents!

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  34. Congratulations! How exciting :)

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  35. Congratulations!!! Wonderful and exciting news. Love your blog and your awesome faith. Also love the pictures.

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  36. Oh my goodness, congratulations!! Such wonderful news!! What a blessing!

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  37. Congratulations!!!! And wow, I am so impressed with the pictures!

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  38. I am so very happy for you and Thomas! I will say a special prayer for you.

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