Elias is on his way!!!

***7/13 update***Everyone is doing great…I haven’t downloaded my photos yet, so if you want to meet Elias, please go to Jessica’s blog…they have posted several videos and pictures of the sweet pumpkin pie.  We are going to head over this evening with the girls, so hopefully I will get some more photos then.  I just wanted to thank you all for your prayers and words of encouragement while Jess was in labor/delivering.  I know I don’t know all of your faces, but you have been my friends for months, and I am so glad you walked this with us as well.  I am grateful for you…each of you.  I can’t wait to squeeze your necks in person one day and tell you what you have meant to me.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  


***Elias is here!!!!*** He was born at 5:03 am and weighed 8.36 pounds…he is absolutely adorable. We are all exhausted but just so grateful that he is here and that he is healthy. Jessica is doing well. We are trying to decide who he looks like, but we aren’t sure yet. Thank you so much for your prayers during the night…I will post photos after I get a good nap:)

***12:00 a.m. update*** Jess got an epidural and she is resting..she was on a really high dose of pitocin, and just was not progressing. It was really, really bad pain…she was UNREAL. We are so proud of her hard work, and she is comfortable right now, which we are so grateful for. If you are still awake, please keep praying for her. It is going to be a long night but we are so excited to meet him!!! Come on Elias!!!

***10:40 update*** no baby, not progressing much…wow, jess is amazing. please keep praying…she is in so much pain but she is so determined.
please pray for:
-her headaches
-her labor to progress
-no more medical intervention unless totally necessary for hers/elias’ sake
-her pain level
-pockets of rest
-a baby to come soon!!!!!!
thank you so much for your comments…we are reading them and they are encouraging to all here…i will keep you updated after she is checked again in the next little bit…
(original post below)

Sort of.

My friend Jessica was admitted to the hospital last night to have her sweet baby boy. I got a call at 5:30 am and headed over. She is not progressing as fast as she was hoping, so I am going to ask for your prayer for her labor. She is going naturally (like me…uummm, not really. I asked for the epidural when I hit the 7 month mark. I was willing to drag that thing around for two months if it meant no pain…..:)). Jess is a TROOPER. Here’s the quick version. They had to induce because she had developed hypertension as well as pre-eclampsia. She got into the hospital around 7 and they didn’t get a room for her for two and a half hours. She had to have her IV placed 4 times before it was successful, and then after a few more not so pleasant moments (involving faulty catheters), she got about an hour’s worth of sleep. She was wanting as little intervention as possible, and unfortunately they have had do give her pitocin and magnesium sulfate. It’s not fun stuff. She hasn’t been checked in the last few hours, but at last check she was only 4-5 cm. She has a really bad migraine right now, and it is so hard to see her hurting so much. Her contractions are only coming every 7-8 minutes now…
I am one of her birthing coaches, so I am here for the long haul tonight and I will keep you posted as there are updates. She and her husband Matthew are also posting on their blogs if you want to check in there for updates. If you are new to my blog, Jessica is the friend that kept you all updated while I was having Audrey.
Please pray for her labor, for her husband, and for me as we support her today.
More to come…
Thanks for “being here” with us…you are so appreciated.
Angie

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  • Sara

    Oh, Jessica… we are all here and rooting for you!!! In moments like these my Grandma always said to pray a rosary, so I’m going to do that for you right now. I pray for a healthy boy, an ease in pain and beautiful moments. And squeeze Angie’s hand as hard as you need to … she’s tough, she can take it! :)

    Good luck!

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Pipsylou

    How exciting! Jessica, we are praying!

    Angie, you have been such an encouragement to me as I walk this road of caring for a child with special needs. Keep on shining bright!

  • Dani

    Aww…how exciting. I will be praying! :) can’t wait for updates!
    ~Dani

  • paperglueetc

    I follow both of your blogs and this is exciting..I can’t believe I’m the third comment I’m usually in the 100s, praying for Jessica and also praying for you to have peace while you are there..big hugs girls!!

  • Kelly

    Come on, baby!!

  • Jenny

    Hey Angie! I have never commented before, but I have followed your blog for a couple months, read the story from the beginning about sweet Audrey, went and picked my baby (18 month old Elijah) out of bed and just cried and prayed over him, with such a renewed thankfulness for him and my other 2 boys (Caleb, 4 1/2 and Luke, almost 3). You are such a precious inspiration to me in how you mother all 4 of your girls! Ok, well, I commented now just to say how impressed I was with your poise and grace (I watched the video on one of their blogs) with Jessica. I cannot imagine how painful that must be to be such an intimate part of her birthing process. I know you are so happy for her, but I just can’t help but think of your tender heart in all this- I mean you have had a hard week this week anyway and then being so “there” and strong for your friend- unbelievable!! I really admire that about you and am praying for God to continue giving you grace for these moments! I am honored to have the blessing of knowing you through your story- thanks so much for sharing!! Love, Jenny McLamb

  • petrii

    Angie,
    I’ve been following Jessica on her blog. Much love to her and you all!! Will be praying ~~ Dawn

  • Sarah

    Good luck to Jessica and thoughts and prayers being sent her way!!! Seeing a life come into the world is so exciting. May God bless her :)

  • Erin

    Wow…all natural huh? When I was admitted for my second baby I let everyone from the lady at the information desk to the janitorial staff know that I wanted my epidural ASAP ;)
    I’ll be praying for a speedy end to her labor and a safe delivery.
    Also praying for you Angie, as I’m sure it’s not that easy to be back in a delivery room.
    Blessings to you all!

  • Jody

    I was headed to her blog to check on the impending birth and instead I got the update here! I will pray that all goes well. I know both she and Matthew are anxious and excited. I hope that this night proves to be one filled with blessing for you too, Angie. Take care…all of you. And good luck getting some rest!

  • jules

    Elias…what a beautiful name.

    Good luck to Jessica and her family. You’re a good friend to be there for her, Angie.

  • Kristi

    Mag bites!!! I hope that baby gets here soon! We are praying for them!

  • LadyBug

    Yay!

    I will be praying for a natural, gentle birth!

  • Joy

    I’ve been following her induction since last night and I’m SO SO SO excited! I’ve been following Elias’ journey for a few months now and really like Jessica. I hope things get better! Birth usually doesn’t end up being anything like we thought so I hope she’s okay!

  • Lauren

    She is a trooper! I had to take pitocin and I was screaming for an epidural within the hour.

    I’ll be praying for her!

  • Terroni

    I used to work in L&D, and that pit/mag combo is wicked rough. I will pray for her.

    Jessica, keep your eye on the ball–healthy baby, healthy mom. If that means you need a little help to get through the misery, don’t be afraid to take it.

    That said, I’m rooting for you, girl!

  • Amy

    I’ll be praying but she will be just fine and so will the baby boy!

  • Kelly

    Have fun!!!! I think it’s so fun when your close friends have babies and you can be near!
    Hope you get a long nap tomorrow! :-)
    P.S. You are such a sweet friend to others! I like that so much about you!

  • The Andersons

    You are an amazing friend! I am praying for Jessica and for you. Come on BABY!!!
    Jess

  • vaneblu

    Ohhh I’ve read her blog!!!! we’ll be praying for her to have a healthy boy and the pain to be as minimun as it can be :D

  • RDC CCC Mom

    Thanks for letting us know about your friend.

    I want to thank you for being such a light to so many. I have 2 special needs boys and I always find encouragement in your words, even though are experiences are so different! I admire your strength, your faith and your transparency.

    Our prayers are with you all tonight!

  • Cindi

    Dear Angie,

    I have been a lurker on your blog, as well as Jessica’s/Matthew’s, for too long. I have much to say, but will save that for an email, lol. I am praying so hard for all of you, as I know this is such an exciting time. I continue to be amazed at your strength and faith and I cannot even begin to tell you how much you have helped me.

    Praying for you….

    Sincerely,
    Cindi Ellison
    ABSees123s@aol.com
    Knoxville, TN

  • Julie

    Good luck! It is possible to have no pain meds despite pitocin and all of the other unwanted interventions. I have two babies to prove it! Hopefully Jessica will find encouragement in that. 7-10 cm is the hardest, most painful part. I pray it goes quickly for her. Stand up (if you can), Jessica! Let gravity work with you. Also, relax (ha ha!)… as soon as I was able to relax, labor picked up and moved much more quickly. I am not sure if this is Jessica’s first or not, I’ll have to read her blog. Have you given her tips on how to push? That is very important!

    A new baby, so exciting. I’ll be following the posts tonight in anticipation of a “He’s Here!” post. YAY!

  • Keri

    Praying for everyone involved.

  • Cindi

    Praying for yall! Hope he hurries up! :) Pitocin is NO fun at all….and neither is the mag for that matter. Hang in there Jessica!

  • Sarah

    Angie, may the joy of Elias’ birth add another patch to your injured heart. May your empty arms be warmed when you hold this new little life. God is so good!

    Hugs,
    Sarah

  • sparkle.in.my.eye

    GOOD LUCK I’M PRAYING FOR YOU!!!!!
    Bring on the baby and labor!!!!

    love Laura Einwechter

  • Corey Re’

    We are praying!

  • Holly

    OHHHH YEAH JESSICA!!! Praying happy, healthy, prayers tonight for you and Elias!!! Congratulations.

  • Kara

    Angie-
    I have journeyed with you through your story via blog. I think you are amazing to be there with a friend in one of the most blessed times in a couples life. She loves you dearly for that, what an incredible friendship.
    As I watched the updated video on your friend’s blog and it was so calming to hear your voice and see your face “live.” :) There is something about you that is seems so authentic and real and captivating, I know its Christ within you. Thank you for sharing life with all of us. Many prayers and blessings to Jessica, Matthew, and you.
    Take Care.
    Kara Prater
    Texas

  • Kelly

    Hello,
    You don’t know me at all, but I read your blog and am blessed by it day by day. Thank you for sharing your heart, it’s really beautiful. :-)
    I will pray for your friend, I was so much like you mentioned being when I had my son 10 months ago.. give me the drugs, thats all i kept saying! So I definitely hope the baby is already here as I write…
    Kelly

  • dlyn

    Praying all will be well!

  • christi

    I am praying for this delivery and will check back often!
    I am also laughing my head off and you and Matthew on the video blog. I can relate to “Angie Time”…. yah, I can relate. That’s all I’m going to say about that!
    And those Bears and Cheese mix things. NASTY!
    OK, I will pray and check back!

    When you get done with this beautiful experience, will you check out this site…
    http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jasonweathers

    Join us in prayer for this family.
    Oh how our heart aches for this family. This is my parents pastor’s daughter and son-in-law.

    Thank you and enjoy being a birthing coach!

  • georgia tarheel

    I am praying for Jessica. I just watched your blog video on Matthew’s blog and I have to say that it was good to see you laughing like that! I have been praying for you as well lately… in such difficult times for you as of late and God allows you to help a friend bring her baby boy into the world…a testament to your strength (that sometimes I think you don’t realize you have) and your sweet servant heart!

    Blessings!
    Paige

  • KK

    Praying for your sweet friend and her husband. After watching the short video, I think all of you are TROOPERS!
    “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24

  • noahandlylasmommi

    I will be praying for Jessica and her little boy :) Please keep us posted!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • Rog & Aimee

    Oh I will so be praying! Let me just say that magnesium sulfate is the worst thing in the world! I had that with a headache that was out of this world! I actually said that I would take labor pains any day if I could just go through it all without that headache!!! My second child’s labor pains was a breeze compared to that medicine! Hope she does ok? doctors were so strict with me for my pre- eclampsia that I couldn’t even have my baby unless I was feeding and there was a stop sign on the door so that no one could enter unless it was my specific nurse. crazy! will be praying that all goes well and it doesn’t turn out like mine!! I am sure you will make a great coach! tell her to hang in there and that pain is only for a bit. right???… ok maybe just hold her hand and let your eyes talk? I would make a horrible coach! ok have a great evening and happy baby day!!!

  • CDJ

    I’ve only been reading your blog for a few weeks. (I’m caught up, and so pleased that you are sharing your journey.) I’ve been concerned for your apparent sadness the last few days. Not knowing exactly how to relate, but feeling really sad with & for you. I’m so grateful that God gives you the courage to be authentic. Many are blessed! When I logged on just now, and saw the happy announcement, I praised the Father for being God of time and timing. Your joyful ability to put others first is just one more way He gets the glory for your beautiful life! He keeps using you in wonderful ways…

  • Stacey

    I love reading your blog. You are so inspiring to me! I will keep you and Jessica in my prayers!

  • Kim and the boys

    Hi Angie,

    Have been following Jessica and Matthew’s blog throughout the day. I will pray for the specifics in your post (you really have a gift for communicating specific requests). I will also be praying for you too – I am sure that your heart is filled with so many emotions. I was going to type that Jessica is really blessed to have you as a friend, (and she is) but I think you are so blessed to have each other.

    Thanks for the updates!
    Kim

  • Mandy

    Praying for your sweet friend and for you too. I know this will be a bittersweet time for you. Thinking of you tonight in GA.

    Mandy
    GA
    http://www.madelinegracehopkins.blogspot.com

  • Sara

    Man, I was so hopeful after the video on his site about her being in active labor that Mr. Elias would be here by now.

    I seriously think I’m too keyed up with anticipation for you to go to sleep… how crazy is that? I’ve just recently found out that my friend is having TWINS and I’m realizing after tonight’s experience that my brain may explode in anticipation when she calls me in seven months to tell me she’s gone into the hospital. Guess a by-product of not getting to have my own children is being ridiculously invested in others :)

    Just remind Jessica that she gets to tell him the story of what he put her through during delivery for the rest of his life… poor kid, every time his room is messy he’ll hear, “I went through 36 hours of labor, the least you can do for me is make your bed!”

    :)

    Sending lots of prayers your way… and along with it all my strength is yours…

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Melissa P.

    oh, poor jessica! i have ‘been there, done that’ to much of what she is going through. hope that things progress quickly and that you ALL are able to get some rest.

  • Jenna

    Praying praying for all you mentioned!!! Come on sweet baby! Thinking of ya’ll and hoping Elias is in ya’lls arms VERY soon. With love, Jenna

  • Bestill

    She is beautiful and I am praying. Mag made me feel awful and I’m praying against every side effect it gave me. Bless her heart and I’m praying Mr. Elias decides to make his grand entrance soon.

  • Julie

    Awwww, still praying and pulling for you all! Hang in there Jessica!

  • Sue

    PRAYING TONIGHT FOR JESSICA

  • Hopesrising

    Covering all of You in Prayer.
    Matthew and Jessica and precious cargo!!
    Praying…

  • Nanette R.

    I’ve been praying for you all tonight as I was making some scrapbook pages for my sister’s baby (a girl to be born in August). She wanted me to do some pages to have displayed at her showers this weekend. Childbirth is an awesome event and you will forever remember the good parts, especially holding your new baby boy when it’s all over! May God grant you rest and strength and courage for these next spaces of time (however they end up being measured).

  • Aimee

    Angie,
    I will definitely pray for everyone there. It will be so worth it when that little guy comes! Thanks for the update.

    Hang in there, Jessica! You’re in the home stretch!

  • Elizabeth S

    Praying…

  • The Kahler Family

    I’m praying for you, girl! I admire your strength and stamina, totally amazing!
    Praying for your sweet little Elias (love the name) to arrive soon and without intervention!
    Welcome to a journey more incredible than you could have ever imagined!
    Angie

  • Mare

    How exciting and fantastic you get to be there for such a precious friend. I am praying all is well. Hang in there.

    I’ll keep checking for updates.

  • Andrea

    You can do it!!!! And, if you change your mind on that epidural, it’s OK!!!! Angie, I think God’s giving you some joy here to experience with your girlfriend – and keep ya from walking into more stuff (that is meant in the most loving way in the world :-) !

  • christi28

    praying!!!!!

  • Amie

    I’ve been a silent reader here for some time now, and thought this was a good time to finally comment. Angie, it’s so good to see you laughing and smiling in the video on Matthew’s blog. This has to be hard for you. Keeping you and your family and Jessica, Matthew and Elias in my prayers daily. Hope to see pictures soon!

  • Sugar Momma

    Just a blog follower here…I have loved following your blog Angie and the links to both Matthew’s and Jessica’s are great. I love the videoing…it is precious and such a treasure to have. I wonder how you must feel right now…I mean obviously you are excited for your friends but to have your wound still so fresh and open…is this encouraging…God allowing you to witness this miracle that so many of us take for granted? Or is painful and you reflect on Audrey’s birthday and passing? I hope that you are strengthened and renewed and encouraged through this. I am in awe of you pouring yourself out in such a sweet time for your friends. Praying for all of you. Hoping those contractions get to contracting quickly :)

  • Mom 4 Life

    I love the name Elias! I will be praying!!!

  • Sara

    Still here… still praying…

    And THANKING GOD FOR EPIDURALS!!!

    I don’t know if they give out awards for super-strong mothers, but I think while I’m waiting around I’m going to make one for each of you :)

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Cindy

    Continuing to pray for all of you. He really is going to be worth it all!!!
    Bless you, Cindy ~ Phoenix

  • The Slaughters

    Awww… fun to see ‘Angie in person’ on Matthew’s video. Sent up a prayer for you guys. I just gave birth to my own precious boy 4 short months ago. They’re such a gift.

    Angela Slaughter
    Siloam Springs, AR

  • Julieloo

    Im still up , waiting for the news. I have never met Jessica- but feel the connection we all have – in prayer for the arrival of baby!
    Thanks for keeping the updates coming.
    What a lovely sister in Christ you are Mz. Angie. What an extension of His Love.
    Hugs from Chicago.

  • Marci @Finding Joy in the Journey

    My prayers are with all of you as you go through all that leads up to this miracle. I pray for peace for you, that He will hold you close as you walk that line between tremendous joy for your sweet friend and the sadness in your heart for your own beautiful girl. I pray that the little stubborn guy decides it’s time to come into the world soon! I had a very similar sounding delivery 3 years ago, my guy showed up at 1:17am so it’s getting to be about that time, I hope it brings beautiful little boys for you all too!

    Love and prayers,

    Marci

  • Hopesrising

    Oh my now I can’t sleep I have to know that Baby is here!!!Prayers!!

  • Julie

    Praying the epidural will give Jessica and her body some much needed rest. Jessica, sleep if you can, and hopefully when you wake, you will at a 10!

  • mpeachyk

    Come on, Elias! We are waiting!! :)

  • Julie

    Oh yeah, I hope someone has something other than Teddy Graham trail mix to feed Jessica when this is all over. Nasty! Seriously!

  • queenoftheclick

    Come on out Elias. Praying for you all!

  • Julie

    Praying for Jessica.

    I am glad she got the epidural, it is common to see little progress with Mag and Pit. I love birthing stories since I used to work in L&D.

  • Kristen

    praying!!!!

  • Liz

    It’s 12:50am CST. I’m praying that baby Elias has arrived safe & sound by now. And if not…that he’ll be here really soon! Come on baby boy!

    Tell Jessica she’s got some prayers coming from Whitehouse, TX!

  • Buffy

    Praying for you Jessica! You can do it! What a blessing you are about to receive!

    Thank you, Angie, for keeping us updated.

  • Alysa

    Praying! Sounds a lot like my labor…you can do it! Praying for strength, peace, and relief from pain :)

  • Lisa

    I will go to sleep tonight praying for all of you. May God give you all that you need to get through.

  • Carrie

    Can’t wait to “meet” Elias!

  • onesmallnote

    Praying fervently for Jessica!

  • kendra

    Up late tonight- felt like I couldn’t sleep, thought I would catch up on your last 2 entries…and came across this one! Must be divine intervention! =-)
    Heavenly Father,
    We come before you and ask you to bless Jessica with a renewed strength. We ask that you be present with her and her husband and all parties involved. Lord give wisdom to the doctors. And for Elias to be delivered safely and healthy. We will give you all the glory!!
    In Jesus,
    kendra hoffman (Portland OR)

  • kksweet04

    Angie,
    I couldn’t sleep, so I’m praying you, Jessica and Matthew are getting some rest and that Elias makes his entrance in to this world soon! I’m also praying that Jessica’s migraine has subsided…I know what migraines are like and they are never fun.
    Blessings to all of you and I can’t wait for an update!

    Love,
    Kristy Sweet

  • Jen

    This is when I love being on the other side of the world… I’m up while y’all are sleeping! I like to say I have the nightshift *grin* I shall indeed be praying for Jess, Elias, her hubby and you. Oh, and the midwives and nurses and doctors. God speed Elias!

  • Jen

    Oh, and Angie, it was absolutely delightful to see and hear you laugh. Darn it if I didn’t fall in love with you a whole new way. *grin* *wink*

  • Missy

    Jessica, this is the first time I came across your blog, and I’ve stayed up all night reading each and every entry. Thank you so much for sharing Audrey’s beautiful story, and your family’s journey. I feel as if God lead me to find your post for many reasons. You are certainly in my prayers!

  • Annemarie

    So with my first one, I was determined to go natural. I was in labor for 45 hours. Same problem…no progression of labor despite the pit, water breaking and everything. Finally, they told me it would be a c-section so I *had* to have an epidural. I did. All of a sudden I started to dialate and 3 hours later I pushed him into the world.

    Sometimes an epidural is for more than just the pain…go figure.

    I am praying that right now you are holding your precious baby boy in your arms!

    ~Annemarie

  • movingthroughlife

    Yeah….Welcome to the world Elias!

  • Jill

    Angie –

    Thank you for the beautiful updates on Jessica! Praising God this morning that he is here! Welcome Elias – welcome!

    I too went through what she did with my first almost 14 yrs ago. That is a nightmare experience and I am so sorry her 1st delivery had to be with so much yucky stuff running through her. I’ll be praying it cleans out of her system quickly. The more she drinks and goes to the bathroom the quicker she will get rid of that horrible headache. I hallucinated terribly from that during my entire labor – ugh. That was part of my precious premie coming into the world I wish I could forget.

    Hugs to you both! Praying for lots of rest today!

    Love,
    Jill
    http://www.forevernevernalways1.blogspot.com

  • twondra

    Congrats and welcome Elias!!

  • Stacy D

    I am just waking up and catching up on this… missed the middle of the night updates.Congratulations, Jessica!! I am sorry the birthing process was, well… dramatic… but I am so glad that both you and Elias are healthy. Can’t wait to “meet” your little one!!

    ~ Stacy

  • the parental unit

    Congratulations to Jessica and Matthew as you welcome Elias to the world and your family!! God Bless your whole family!
    Angie, I wish you had been around to be my birthing coach 9 – 19 years ago :)

  • KK

    Congratulations Coach! I am certain all of you need a very deserved nap! Cannot wait to see your pictures. Congratulations to your sweet friend Jessica and Matthew on a beautiful & healthy precious Elias Jude. Praying for rest for everyone. Thanks for sharing the wonderful news with your faithful readers.
    Kaye
    Psalm 46:10

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Scott, Rebecca, Wyatt & Annabelle

    You are an amazing friend, Angie!
    Heart hugs~ Rebecca

    http://www.babygirlbutcher.blogspot.com

  • Erin

    Welcome sweet baby boy! You were kind of mean to your mama yesterday, so to repay her I think you should start sleeping through the night before you’re a month old. Sound fair?

  • Steph

    Im so sorry that I missed the journey, but congratulations on a beautiful, healthy baby boy! Im aware that pitocin has it’s use, but that stuff is evil.

  • tn-girl-n-ms

    Welcome Baby Elias and congrats Jessica and Matthew!

    <3,
    Jennifer in MS

  • Sue

    So happy for Jessica!

    Angie-Thank you for being such a great friend.

    Will continue to pray.

  • Sara

    I just watched the videos of Elias and OH MY GOSH, my computer exploded from the love. He is amazing, and so are you. I am so grateful you were blessed to be there and want you to know I am holding YOU in grateful prayer today for being witnesses to all of us. You are all so blessed by Elias and we are blessed by you. Thanks for letting us share in your miracles.

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

    PS: I literally dreamt about babies last night and woke up wondering about Elias. My poor dog is going to get snuggled and babied waaaayyy too much today in compensation :)

  • Colleen

    Congratulations to your friend. :)

  • Sarah

    Welcome to the world Elias! Congratulations to Jessica for an amazing marathon of labour!

    Angie, I cannot imagine the emotions all of you are sharing as you gaze upon yet another work of art by God. Hugs to you all!

    Sarah

  • The Rhoderick Family

    Congrats on the new little boy! Thanks for all the updates!

  • Julie

    Hooray!!! and congratulations to all! Love the videos of Elias and his daddy. So sweet!

  • Gina

    Happy Birthday Elias!!!!
    Congratulations to mom and dad!!

  • Beckycain6

    Yahoo!!!!!! Go Jess. Can’t wait to see that baby. I flip over to her blog sometimes and have been waiting for her to go through hell, I mean, labor! It is amazing, isn’t it?

    Anyway, so happy. Glad she fared the pain well. And men say that kidney stones feel worse than labor. Yeah, okay.

    I love you all. Blessings today. Take my hat to you, Ang, for being a great labor coach. How fun, huh?

    Blessings,
    Becky

  • Lyndsey M

    Angie,
    Hi. I have never posted before. Not sure why because I read your blog everyday and am constanly amazed at you. Guess I felt that I couldn’t even imagine what you and your family has been through so I didn’t have the words. Well, as you can see, I am over that. :) About me real quick, I am a Mother to an AWESOME 16 month old boy, Beckett and a wife to an amazing man, Matt. I came across your blog through a good friend whose husband is a Christian singer too. OK here goes. I think you are an amazing person. Being there for Matthew & Jessica at such a difficult time in your life must be unbearable but you are such an amazing friend that you put all of that aside to see God make another miracle. Congrats to them on Baby Elias! He is beautiful. I loved the videos on his daddys site!
    As for Audrey and her AMAZING Mommy, you are doing EXACTLY what God has planned for you. He is using you to touch MANY peoples lives because of Audrey. Audrey’s legacy is thriving through you and her blog. You can tell by reading all of the comments. No other blog I know of has had the number of hits or amount of comments you do. I am a firm believer in “everything happens for a reason” (despite how hard it is to grasp). I truly feel that God knew you would reach so many people through Miss Audrey. I have never had to experience the tragedy that you have been through thankfully but I have cried as though I have known you for years. As a mom, I can’t even begin to imagine the pain. However, your writing is so inspiriational and God knew that. You have touched my heart in so many ways. I know Audrey is so proud of you! I just felt I finally had to write and let you know. Thank you for being so open about something so difficult. Because of you, I have started reading the Bible. I have always been a devoted Christian but I never have read the Bible. This is just one of many ways you have touched me. Anyway, thanks for being you. You and your family are ALL beautiful! I love the pictures. I love that you met Sara from TX too. Those Texans are great, huh? ;) Anyway, keep up the good work. I know it’s hard talking about all of it but I am sure it’s helping in the healing process.
    You are an amazing Christian, Mom and woman. You are constantly in my prayers!

    Lyndsey from TX living in LA
    buskababy@hotmail.com

  • Alysa

    Yay! Congratulations!

  • Linda

    Congratulations! Praying you are now getting some rest. Also praying that once all the medication is out of your system the mirgrane will go away. Thanks for keeping us posted Angie. Praying that you are able to get some rest now too!

  • Liz

    Wow…24 hours of labor! Way to go, mama! Give her a hug for me!

  • amy

    Jessica is a TROOPER!!! Poor sweet girl…she went almost 24 hours!! I’m hoping that holding Elias is making it ALL worth it! :)

    Angie, I hope you have at least the smallest idea how dear you are to all of us! Please in your sorrow know that we are praying for you and loving you…not just you, but your entire family. We love you and we love Todd, Abby, Ellie, Kate and Audrey. I haven’t ever met you, but you are my precious, sweet sister in Christ. I wish I could wipe away all traces of your sadness, but I know only the Father can do that. I will continue to lift you up to Him. You are not alone.

    Lots and lots of love to you!!!
    Amy

  • Angie

    Congrats Jessica, finally a baby. Thank you for the updates Angie.

    I also just want to thank you for all the strength that you give us. I wish I had the rights words to describe how I feel. But I know that you are suffering and yet through your pain you are giving thousands of us this strength for the Lord. He works in mysterious ways and I am just thankful for this strength. I pray for peace for you and your family and understanding. I know the pain is undescrible. God Bless you.
    Angie
    Adrian MN

  • Jenna

    YAY!!! Congrats to all! I took a peak over at his Daddy’s blog and he is just PRECIOUS.

    Get you a good nap, girl!

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • Daniel & Heidi Schatz

    Hey Angie, I just had to jump on here to see if Elias was finally here. YAY!!!! I just left her a note on her blog. Elias is gorgeous! I watched the video of you and her hubby and I cracked up! It was so good to see you laughing…looks like God has blessed you with sweet friends. I’ve been praying for you like crazy this week…you’ve been on my mind. May God give you strength today. Love, Heidi ~knox,TN

  • MAC5

    so glad that he arrived safely. May this little one near you help heal your heart. I know that it also must hurt, but I am praying that God will use little Elias to help heal you. I pray that this little arrival will not open wounds that are fresh.

  • Colette

    Oh what wonderful news! I’ve lurked on Jessica’s blog several times (but never commented) and was hotly anticipating little Elias’ arrival!

    So glad everything went well.

  • connorcolesmom

    Gracious me what an ordeal
    I just got this post Saturday afternoon and I popped over to Matthew’s blog
    The videos are hilarious but my favorite is the last one of Matthew holding his son – he is SO PROUD – precious!!!
    I will pray for Elias to be healthy happy and am little guy after God’s own heart
    Blessings
    Kim

  • Terroni

    Hey shorty, it’s your birthday.
    We’re gonna party like it’s your birthday…

    Best to stop there. The rest of that little ditty probably isn’t appropriate for little ears. :>

    Congratulations!

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Kels & the boys

    Angie & Todd,
    I am praying for you tonight. You are an angel for being there at the hospital with Jessica. I’m sure your presence there, meant so much to her! I hope you know, that after the excitement of little Elias’ arrival has died down, that it is OK for you to go home and cry. Don’t feel guilty, or even feel like a bad friend. Everyone here knows your heart. I hurt and cry with you tonight.
    I want to share with you something our Pastor (Pastor Clarence Sexton) said to us at our daughter’s funeral….He pointed out something to us that although I knew it, I never really took the time to comprehend before. He told us that our daughter’s life was not cut short, but that everyone lives the same amount of time. Everyone lives for eternity, but some spend more time here on earth than others. When God creates a soul, it lives forever. For eternity! Our daughters never really “died”, because they never stopped living at all, not even for a moment! You have probably already thought of this, possibly several times, but it really helped me and I hope these thoughts will encourage your hurting heart.
    With love and understanding,
    Kelsey
    p.s I wrote a poem that I thought I’d share with you. I know the details of daughter’s stories are not exactly the same, but I pray that these words will give you a tiny bit of comfort anyways…..
    “Borrowed Angel”

    An angel came into our lives
    One sweet and sunny day
    When God sent you, our “Little Surprise”
    to come along our way

    You were on loan from Heaven above
    but only for a while
    You filled our home and hearts with love
    And brought us all a smile

    The moment came for you to leave
    You were not meant to stay
    Although our broken hearts did grieve
    You had to go on your way

    You were born in Heaven my dear
    with angels all around
    your feet were made to walk on gold
    and not this earthly ground

    As you opened up your beautiful eyes
    and beheld your very first sight
    It was of Jesus Christ our Savior
    In all His glory and might

    Many think your life was cut short
    But we know better than that
    for you never stopped living at all
    it’s just a different Home you’re at

    God must have needed another jewel,
    maybe another flower,
    or maybe He needed a little Bell(e)
    to place upon his tower

    God chose you to be with Him
    to live high above the moon
    you were our “borrowed angel”
    so sweet, so small, so soon

    -”Many only dream of angels, we held one in our arms.”

  • Jessica

    http://thestaplesfamilyblog.blogspot.com/

    Little baby Drew.

    Thank you for your blog. You have brought me closer to Jesus at a time (years) when I have felt so disconnected.

    Please pray for Drew. Nephew of my church friend Laura. I don’t know her well, but know she and her famlily are holding tight to their faith during this time.

  • Amanda:

    Congratulations! Glad to hear all is well now :)

    God Bless.

  • Lynn

    Thrilled that Elias is here…saying extra prayers for YOU as you deal with this with such mixed emotions….
    Keep your eyes on the Lord whatever the future holds. Praying as always!
    Romans 15:13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

  • Beckycain6

    Hey, that baby is really cute! Angie, wasn’t is so cool to get to see someone else go through labor? I’ve had the chance to do that too, and it is just so incredible.

    God is so amazing, isn’t He?

    Praying for them, but praying for you too… :)

    See ya,
    Becky

  • LaVon Baker

    Praise God for Elias! Can not wait to see pictures.
    I apologize if this is not the appropriate time to ask for prayer. Friends here are dealing with heartbreaking news. Please pray for Abby (3 years old), Michelle (mom) and Brent (dad). You can read Brent’s blog about them and prayer requests at this link:
    http://www.seriousfaith.com/dvo/devotion.asp?teachingnumber=610
    It’s tremendous what Brent says.

  • Nicole

    Congrats! Praying for you and for Jessica’s family!

  • Beckycain6

    Awwwwww, this is response to the 7/13 post.

    I say again, awwwwwww!

    I went to Jessicca’s blog, and that baby is SO CUTE! Don’t you just love the newness when they are first born? The videos were simply precious.

    Although this is such a blessed, sweet moment for Jessica and Matthew, you know 99 percent of us shared the same secret wish, Angie…….

    if only these were the same kind of video moments we were watching of Audrey too.

    I don’t mean to be “debbie downer,” we all just had the same wish. God is good, despite what we don’t understand. He is good….all the time. And never forget that He loves us.

    Go and minister to your friends and hold their little man, who very well may have known Audrey too :)
    Elisa…..he’s a cutie, that’s for sure!

    Blessings to you all!
    Becky

    Sorry you wrecked the c, oh, um, I mean…*ahem*….sorry that the “cement” jumped out and attacked your bumper. I love my Honda Pilot and would cry my eyes out if there were attempted cement assassinations on cars in southern Va. Good thing that’s not an east coast risk. Remind to rent a car if I ever tool around town in Tennessee. Yikes.

    Get a tank.

    :)

  • karen

    just saw this and thought of you… wanted to pass it along in case you hadn’t already seen it. it blessed me.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZE33ejdgWIY

  • Amanda

    Loved the video blogs that they were posting during labor…and seeing the change in daddy between the ‘before Elias’ and ‘after Elias’ birth’ was precious…so sweet.
    And, for the record, I can’t wait to squeeze your neck, either! Love to you…

  • Inspectorgrampy

    I got your link from someone on Xanga. I have a blogspot that I don’t ever use. I usually have Selah playing on my site,they are such an inspiration. I heard a little about your trials yall are going thru. I’ll be coming back to read more and keep up with whats going on. God bless yall!
    Grampy

  • Sun

    OH wow! Congratulations to Jessica and her husband!

    Angie – your posts touch my heart. You are a precious, precious woman of God and I am SO thankful that you write here – so honestly and so beautifully. It is evidence of His work in you that just shouts out form each word. I check EVERY day – I LOVE your blog and will continue in prayer for you and your sweet family! Sunshine

  • Julie

    Wow, Angie, you are a true friend. To see the video of you there, supporting Jessica, being a rock for her during such a life moment— was amazing.

    i am sure you were such a tremendous support, Jessica is blessed to have a friend like you and as I can see, her you as well.

    I read your last post about your visit to Audrey and wept for you. My heart and prayers are with you daily. What a beautiful heart your daughter has and what a Godly mother you are.

    My goodness, how on earth have I found a friend who I feel so close to but have never met!?! Hopefully, and I have no idea how, someday I can give you a real big hug. Because I am a real person who supports you and am praying for you daily.

    God Bless,
    Julie from Sacramento

  • Darlene R.

    Hi Angie! I’ve been gone all weekend and just read this post and watched all of the videos over at Matthew and Jessica’s blogs. They seem like fun-loving people!
    I absolutely love your laugh! It was encouraging to hear it.
    I was through your neck of the woods twice since Friday. We had a reunion in Alabama this weekend. I’ve had about enough of that long drive for awhile!
    Thanks for sharing this wonderful news with us.

    Love ya,
    Darlene

  • Sara

    Just popping in before bed to say I’m thinking of you and hope the girls all had a good time meeting Elias tonight. I have had to give up most “life experiences” because of my illness and 99% of the time I feel nothing but joy for my friends when they have the experiences I won’t. But every now and again that 1% tugs at my heart a bit. That human part of us that just wishes we could have it for a moment. You have been such a beautiful friend through their journey; whether or not you feel that 1% I imagine you’ve run a gamut of emotions and wanted you to know you are held close in prayer!

    sara
    http://www.gitzengirl.blogspot.com

  • Crystal

    Congrats to Jessica and her hubby! (His name has slipped my mind!) Elias is beautiful and I am so overjoyed that he arrived safe and sound.

  • nyjohnson

    Our church friends just went through an experience very similar to yours. If you have the strength, (much less the time), I know it might be a light in a dark time to hear from you. http://scottandkira.blogspot.com

    Thanks,
    Nicola

  • Michele

    Glad to hear everyone is doing well.

    May I ask you something??
    Was it hard for you to be there?
    I was praying for you most of all because I can’t even begin gto imagine how bittersweet the moments were. Sharing in your best friends joy while I am sure oart of your heart was aching.
    I hope I have not upset you or anything but i wanted you to know that God put that on my heart while I was praying for Jess but to also pray for you.
    I think you are the bestest friend ever and I too look forward to the day when we will all be together and all faces will be known.
    Love Michele

  • Vicki

    I love, love, love the name Elias. That was our boy name with my last 2 kids but they were both girls!!! Congratulations Jessica!!
    -Vicki

  • AJ

    Welcome Elias!!!!

  • Drea Legare

    I just wanted to say that it was so great to see the video of you and MPT laughing during the “active labor.” It was so good to see you smile.

  • Mrs. D

    I know that it was hard for me to be around other having babies.. so fresh after the loss of my own. So Angie you are amazing. But when it is a close friend there is a bond there that suppasses the pain. Welcome Elias and I breathe a sigh of relief when a baby makes it though the tough process of birth. Welcome and blessings baby boy.

  • Tiffany

    Yeah for Jess! She is such a trooper! I hear you on the epidural. I was soooo not going to try and do it without drugs! Go Jess!!!! We were praying for you over here in Cali. And thanks Angie for your updates! Have a blessed day!

  • Kelli :)

    Congratulations to the new parents! Eli is so prec! AS ARE YOU!

    I loved the videos! It’s so great to hear you laughing. :)

    LOVE!

  • Kelli :)

    btw, I LOVE your laugh! you’re too cute!

  • Bridget

    Congrats on the new baby! Lots of prayers for Jessica. I’ve been through a Pre-e induction and the mag and the whole bit. Not fun. I’ll pray for a quick recovery. I hope she can enjoy these first few days of her precious new baby.

    This is the first time I’ve posted here. I’ve read your blog a few times. God bless you and your family. You are an inspiration.

  • amy and kids

    So glad to hear that little Elias is here safe and sound! Congrats to Jessica on her beautiful baby boy!

  • Joy

    Sorry, this is irrelevant to the post. But I gave you a blog award if you want to come and see it (under post “Wha what?”). I will not be the least bit offended if you don’t re-post it since you might become bombarded with memes and awards otherwise. But I at least want you to read about WHY I gave you the award!!! You’re awesome!

  • Beth

    I found your blog on another one I am reading…..I am just amazed at your faith! I will be praying for you and your family. I am so encouraged in your everlasting faith in our everlasting God! You have a beautiful family! May God bless you!!

    Beth

  • The Cox Family

    Angie,
    I have recently been referred to your blog by my friend Beth. I then proceded to read through most of your story, and fell in love with your family. Thank you for sharing your story and your family is in my prayers!
    Love in Christ,
    Dawn

  • Jamie

    Glad to hear that it all turned out well for your friend.

  • Quinn

    I’ve been following your blog for ages. I used to comment as Quinn and I recently got a blogger of my own. I saw the baby’s pictures; he’s a gorgeous little guy.
    I’m here in support!

  • The Scott Household <i>(one of many!)</i>

    Angie-
    What a blessed friend you are! When we get pregnant, I very much want my best friend to be here during my labor; however she lives 2 hours away ….

    Way to Go, Jessica!

  • Linda

    Praising God, with all of you, for a precious new life.

  • Truly Blessed

    Congrats to your friend and her family. I loved the videos!
    You are beautiful inside and out. I’m so glad God gives us the great blessing of friendship. I had 3 of my closest friends at all 5 of my children’s births. They all seem to think I went into labor at night each time on purpose. hee hee.
    Hope you’ve gotten some rest!

    Mary

  • Sarah

    This is my third comment…but this time it’s a question.

    I didn’t read your blog in the proper order. I sort of skipped from one point in your story back to the beginning, then ahead again as I pieced together what you had been through.

    Do you ever go back over your writing and wonder how on earth you managed to be so profound in your thoughts? Do you marvel at the work of the Holy Spirit, that is seen in your sharing? I was just wondering if you see what we see.

    Hugs and love,
    Sarah

  • Roo

    Thank you so much for all you have given in your blog here. And thank you for sharing about your friend’s little boy. Congratulations to her! May God bless you today. (HUGS)

    ~Rachel

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • Josh & Brandi

    Hello Angie,
    You do not know me, but I just so happened to stumble upon your blog a few weeks ago while viewing a friends blog. It caught my attention to see it had a link to your blog and in parenthesis it said(a touching story)…so I felt compelled to take a peek, well, little did I know that I would becaptured and drawn in to learn more. Your entries were wrote in such a way, to make me feel like I knew you. I wanted to let you know that you and your family has touched my heart. Also, I hope I am not out of line, but I wanted to ask you for a favor. My husband is in the military and through moving from place to place, I have made some amazing friends. Now we live in Japan and found out that one of my friends, who lives in Georgia, was trying for many years to start a family, when she was finally blessed to find out that they had conceived, they were extremely excited…never imagining that their fairytale would not end the way they hoped for. I do not feel like I can do justice telling their story, so here is a link to their story, http://my.att.net/p/s/community.dll?ep=16&groupid=383041&ck= . The reason I am sending this to you is because I am hoping that you could share this with some of the wonderful people you know(or do not know), that way we can make our prayer chain larger. Through your story I have learned that sometimes a stranger can be the most helpful in a hard time. Thank you for your time and again please know that your story has touched my heart.
    Thank you,
    Brandi

  • 4girls

    I too can’t wait for the day that you and I will meet face to face! You have been such an inspiration to me in my own daily struggles and I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your strength and courage to share your story…the good and bad has touched so many…as you already know. Thank you for being you and sharing part of your life with me.

    Beth
    http://www.kindredhart.com