Well it’s finally starting to settle in that Katie really isn’t going to be sick during this pregnancy. At first it seemed too good to be true, so we just sort of kept thinking, “Wow, it sure is nice there hasn’t been much sickness…yet. We’ll just keep enjoying things the way they are while we can, because WE KNOW it’s coming.”
Katie’s been doing so well we almost figured it would seem like she was never sick before! We made it sound like things were going to be so bad and then…they haven’t been bad at all. People were already beginning to help. We had people volunteering to watch the kids, bring us food, clean our house, come over and help Katie during the day, etc. When it was obvious Katie wasn’t very sick, I told her we should let everyone know how good she was doing and that we didn’t need all the help. Katie said she wanted to pretend like she was sick so people would keep coming over to clean our bathrooms. Just kidding J.
I know a lot of people were praying for Katie this pregnancy (thank you all so much for that!), which is what I attribute the change to this time.
From the Pastor’s wife (aka Katie),
I am just so thankful for the way things are going this pregnancy. I was very sober going into this fully thinking that I would be couch bound for about 5 months and very sick. I have a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. It is extreme “morning” sickness that lasts all day and night. I was hospitalized at times to receive IVs because the dehydration was so severe. All three previous pregnancies were exactly the same and so I was ready this time with some bible verses that encourage me greatly. I still have days where I have to pinch myself because I just can’t believe it.
We originally decided to stop having children after Johnny because of my pregnancies and I am so happy that we reversed our decision! We can’t wait to meet our little Charis Hope!
Thank you to all of you who prayed for me and checked in on me. Thank you also to those who brought me meals and helped me with the kids and my home! It is so sweet to be part of such a wonderful, loving fellowship!