Saturday, November 23, 2013

Welcome Ephraim Benjamin Dilsaver!

One of God's most amazing miracles was completed a few days ago

Needing to be induced my two previous pregnancies for complications, I wasn't sure what it would look like to start labor on your own. I had been having contractions all day (nothing new), and by the end of the day they finally started to get closer together. Close to 1am we went in to the hospital, and a little after 3 our baby boy was born (short "labor" I guess... if you don't count all the days of contractions beforehand!). It was another placental abruption (just like Delaney), only this time his cord was too short. We are always so incredibly grateful for healthy babies.

Ephraim Benjamin Dilsaver
11/20/2013 3:22am
6 lbs. 14 oz. 18 inches long

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Children of Israel and Me

I've had Prince of Egypt on my mind. The song "Deliver Us" has been playing on repeat in my inner ear as I am getting closer and closer to delivering my baby.

As I woke up to contractions the other night, I thought about all the things the end of this pregnancy would "deliver us" from.

The last two months of this pregnancy have been incredibly trying for me. Emotionally, physically, spiritually I am spent. I quite honestly don't enjoy or recognize myself sometimes. My family is suffering.
Elohim, God on high
Can you hear your people cry:
Help us now
This dark hour...
Deliver us
Hear our call
Deliver us
Lord of all
Remember us, here in this burning sand
Deliver us
There's a land you promised us
Deliver us to the promised land...

But God is a god of miracles. He who is aware of "every sparrow" is watching over us. I have never felt forsaken or alone. And I know just as he has sustained me through these last few months, he has marked the day and the hour that I will be delivered.

Many night's we've prayed
With no proof anyone could hear
In our hearts a hopeful song
We barely understood,
Now we are not afraid
Although we know there's much to fear
We were moving mountains
long before we knew we could

How merciful, how loving is our God. He made it possible for the children of Israel to pass through the Red Sea on dry ground. I know that he, too, can deliver me.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Pictures of life

We got dressed up for Halloween (and provided my brother with the soot for his chimney sweep costume).

Cheyenne took some photos of me cleaning the windows. You get to see our cute little monkey and the beautiful fall leaves.

Cheyenne is our girl, through and through. We love her.