Wife, Missionary, Blogger…. Mom?
Well friends, you heard it here first.
We’re having a baby!
We are, indeed, expecting a little one on October 5th, 2014! That’s right, my birthday!
We’ve had so much fun over the past 2+ weeks telling all of our immediate family the news and getting to watch their expressions and excitement. Since this pregnancy was not expected or planned, it was a surprise for everyone. In fact, we’ve been actively and vocally giving God the reigns to our future with children here in the past year, saying that if He decides no children for us ever, we’ll follow Him. Essentially trying to speak out what we need to learn for ourselves, to trust Him with our futures, no matter what. But now, with such a HUGE blessing and surprise bestowed upon us, I wondered before we told anyone what their reactions would be like – but boy, they did not disappoint. I wish I had them all on film to share with you!
- My brothers… all of them were hilarious. From David screaming, “My baby sister is having a baby before me?!” Matt’s calm and repetitive, “It’s so amazing. I’m so happy,” to Joe and Lindsey’s abrupt turn around in the car to come back and congratulate us.
- My mom and dad… Mom stared at me and said, “Are you serious? Really? Seriously?” with big eyes, a wide smile and lots of shrieks and tears. My Dad threw out a sinking-the-buzzer-beater-for-the-win fist pump into the air and screamed “YES!” in the middle of a Chinese restaurant, then proceeded to cry (in a very masculine way) while smiling from ear to ear.
- Eric’s parents and brother… When we we told them, they all just froze in place. Eventually his mom beamed from ear to ear and began to cry, his brother slowly applauded and his dad, in relief, exclaimed, “Finally!” So hilarious!
- Our PPM friends… We told Marlo that she was going to be an aunt and she semi-seriously joked that she’d steal the baby away. Annie encouraged us, saying that there’s no better people to be entrusted to raise a child. After sending a mass email to all our PPM coworkers, we received a group call from the Minneapolis office with screaming and shouts and praises for carrying on the role of “pregnant pelican” for this year (making quite a few years since our Pelican family hasn’t had at least one person pregnant). Although we haven’t told any of our Haitian staff and friends, they’ll see us in March and, I can already assure you, they are going to be over the moon.
- Our friends in Cave City. Let’s just be real, they may take the cake for reactions. Jessica attacked me with a bear hug while Nicole kept saying, “Oh my goodness!” and (once Jessica was finished) gave me a huge hug. Mule just said “WHAT? Yeah!” and giggled for an hour and Jonas did “hallelujah hands” and even got a little misty eyed. We told most of our friends through a Facebook message, which resulted in Mason’s 4+ hour hilarious jokes about parenthood and the whole groups’ continual hilarious banter through the night about beards, bacon and boogers.
These are the people we live our everyday life with, who know the struggle and desire I’ve had for children. They’ve spoken peace into our lives and told us that God has a plan. They’ve walked along our journey since we started dating back into 2005 and even before then. It was so wonderful to watch them experience finding out and seeing the joy light up their faces and to share in this amazing gift of life.
Overall, we are so excited to be embarking on this journey that the Lord has blessed us with. We are so humbled and overwhelmed by the blessings of Christ. If you know much of our story, it’s always been a battle for us (me) to give over the topic of children to Christ fully. I always would hold a little piece of the worry to myself, not allowing Him to have full control. I recently found peace in that and gave up control, only to be given this gift soon after.. if you want to read the story on how that happened, feel free to read my blog on it coming up soon.
So.. questions! Everyone always has questions!
Were you surprised? Yes indeed we were, surprise surprise! Not planning to have a baby for a few more years, but we always say “Le Bondye Vle,” or “When God Wants.” Looks like He wants now, so we’re good.
What was Eric’s reaction when you told him? After he realized I was serious, he smiled the most radiant and handsome smile I’ve ever seen in this life and hugged me as I wept. Then, true to Eric form, I said – “We’re having a baby Eric, it’s going to change everything.” and he replied, “Yep, I guess we’ll just do that then.” Haha, I laughed and laughed. I’m tempted to make him a shirt with that on it.
When’s your due date? The due date is October 5th… which is my birthday!
What will you do about Haiti and mission work/does this change anything? Well, while Haiti and mission work aren’t going anywhere, it definitely changes things. I will be coming back to the States sooner than I typically would this summer, and Eric will stay to finish out the summer. We are incredibly blessed to work for PPM, they are beyond gracious in everything, but especially in new life!
Do you have any names picked out? A few, but nothing official as of yet.
How can we support you? Prayers for a healthy pregnancy and healthy baby. I’ll be 6 months pregnant in Haiti during the hottest month of the year, so pray I don’t melt into a puddle. 😉 Also, feel free to send down any vegan/vegetarian snacks to Haiti! Haha. But seriously, above all, prayer that our little one will grow up following the paths of Christ and listening to His voice above all.
Thanks everyone for your well wishes, congratulations and love! We are so excited to begin the timeless journey of parenting and feel blessed that the Lord has allowed us to bring a child into this world. One thing is for certain, little Baby Richardson, you have so many people in this world who already love you so much. You don’t know it, but you are one blessed kid. So you just focus on chilling out and growing for the next 7 months. We’ll see you in October.
Thank you Father for this incredible gift, it’s all for You, Lord.