Monday, January 28, 2008

Major Nitty.Gritty. surprise.

It has come as a total surprise to Chip and me, just this past week- in the midst of the stress of aiding in Wyndham's slow recovery and the questions and concerns we still have regarding her health- the surprise being a positive pregnancy test.

Yes. It is unexpected.
Yes. It makes our heads spin.

But it also keeps us humble and we know that God is in control and has plans and purposes for everything in our lives. Even when the ways and the timing seem to be a bit crazy. We are praying for a healthy, 'normal', single-birth pregnancy. =)
Didn't I just blog about how we don't know what life holds for us and that sometimes when we are 'in the valleys' that God is just preparing to give us a "mountaintop experience"?! I guess I had no idea how prophetic my words would become- just a week later.
I have a feeling that I will be adding a few new topics to the sidebar as a result of this latest life development. Including 'sleepless nights' and 'more baby pics'. I hope you're up for it! =)
I couldn't resist!
Oh yes. Life is full of twists and turns.
The timing may be unexpected...but we couldn't feel more blessed!

150 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jody, let me be the first wish you well and to tell you how happy I am to know you through this blog....the Lord is so good and you are a blessing to me...looking forward to many wonderful times going through this with you...

~blessings~

Cathy said...

congrats!!! :)

BlessedDaily! said...

OMG!!!!
Such beautiful news and such a blessing. looking forward to your sidebar additions. i hope you daughter is feeling a little more stronger everyday. i'll keep thinking of you in my prayers.

@ SIS "alohi"

clg0513 said...

a baby nitty.gritty :) I am so excited for you. This is wonderful news. You are an amazing mom and this baby is going to be loved BEYOND belief. We can't wait to watch you & your family "grow".

asnipofgoodness said...

WOW, sooooo jealous!! Congrats to you all, and happy pregnancy!

Jim and Jaena said...

Wow! Congratulations to all of you! We will be praying for a healthy "uneventful" pregnancy (as well as Wyndham's health). Can't wait for updates... :)

Tiffany said...

Congrats to you!!!!!!!!!!!! How exciting and unexpected =). Hoping and praying for an easy pregnancy.

Anonymous said...

guess those sippy cups you were talking about a few weeks ago won't be disappearing anytime soon :)

CONGRATS!

Bethany said...

Wow! Congrats! What a great God we have!

sara m. said...

oh yea! I am ridiculously excited (seeing as how i have never actually met you!) =0)

CONGTATULATIONS!

Ariana said...

Wow, congratulations.
I found your blog through a comment you left on Sheye's blog and love the way you write and the uplifting thoughts you share even in the midst of trials.

I hope your pregnancy goes easy while you're dealing with Wyndham's health issues.

Jodi said...

Congratulations, Jody!! What exciting (and surprising/shocking) news! You never know what the big guy upstairs has in store for you!!

Anonymous said...

sooo cute...its all owlish and stuff!!! awwwww :D
This is going to be SO MUCH FUN jody!!
hugs
Adrienne

Tiff said...

Prayers, blessings, and CONGRATULATIONS!!!! That is sooo exciting for you!!! :)

scrapnic72 said...

Again, I am thrilled for you and inspired by your optimism as you celebrate this new part of your journey!

Blessings,
Nicole

Lori said...

Congrats!!!! That is such exciting news!!!! So happy for you and the family!!!

Love the owl baby stuff!!!

Charin said...

Awwwwwww!!!! :) :) Congrats, Jody!! I am wishing you all the best with this new blessed baby!

Regan Tomlin said...

Congratulations times a billion!!!!! God sure knows what He is doing :) Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

K :) Family Historian said...

Beautiful news for a beautiful family. God bless.

Michelle said...

What a true blessing you have been given!! If anyone deserves this, it is you!!

Mary W said...

Congratulations!!!! Such exciting news! And, hope your daughter is feeling better.

Congrats!! :)

K.M. Laughlin said...

Congrats! God always has a plan! Such a blessing. :)

Shannon said...

WOW! Congrats! What a fun time for you and your family.

Becca said...

What! Congrats!

I seem to remember you blogging about how an event happens and things will never be the same.

What a wonderful life changing event!

jewell said...

oh my, how exciting!!

Shannon said...

Congrats! I am so happy for your family!

amanda j said...

congratulations! we, too, had a surprise a few weeks ago, and are expecting #5 (well, 1 is in heaven, so technically, #6). what a blessing these little ones are...will be checking in lots for updates! :)

Jodie said...

Congratulations, Jody! God is good, and we continue to pray for you...all 7 of you! :-) Love ya ~

Gretchyn said...

Oh.my.gosh. CONGRATS! Blessings to you and your family. :)

Randi Jo :) said...

WOW!!! Congratulations!!!!! :)

Sharmaine said...

Congratulations Jody!!!!!
Hope everything goes smoothly through the pregnancy and you get plenty of rest :)

Gabrielle Beck said...

Congrats Ferlaak Family!

What a blessing!

melanie said...

oh my oh my! what wonderful news! many blessings to you and your family.
mel

Erin H. said...

OMG!!! Congratulations!!!! That's fantastic news!!! I am sooo happy for you and your family......can't wait to see your newest additions first pics! Here's to a happy, healthy pregnancy! (imagine clinking of glasses now...lol)

HappyGoMommy! said...

WOOHOO!!! That is wonderful. Congratulations to you. :) Big, big hugs to you!! God knows what he is doing and has perfect timing. We just may not understand it!

The Dukes Family said...

What an amazing blessing! Your family is an inspiration and I pray that, in the midst of all the tough times, that you'll be able to savor and enjoy this surprise! Congratulations!

wild_hardt said...

How exciting! Congrats to you and your family!

Linda in KY

Lydia said...

Congratulations!!! I'll be praying for a lovely, uneventful pregnancy and birth!

staceyfike said...

congrats congrats congrats!!!!!

Heather said...

whoo hoo!! Congrats!!!!

Bekka said...

Amazing news! Congratulations, and I wish you all the best!

Magpie said...

Really awesome news--congratulations!

Marilyn said...

Congratulations! This is just another manifestation of the love between you and your husband and God's love to you...Hope you are feeling well....

PetiteCheri said...

Congratulations!!!!!!! What wonderful, happy, surprising news!

Michelle McGee said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!

Elizabeth said...

Praise Jesus! God is so good and what a wonderful blessing of a gift He's giving you and your family!!!

kim brimhall said...

that is soo special. so happy for you. there definitely is a reason for another child being brought here and its you...

ScrapFairy said...

congrats, that is so exciting.
love the littel owl, he is adorable.

gretchenowens said...

congrats, jodi! how exciting!

Anonymous said...

woot! * happy dance*!!!
God totally rocks! I'm so happy for you and your family!!!! I'm praying you get a single birth too :) love that part- you are too funny!
Blessings to you
{Debee}
your SIS

Lindsay/aggiebonfire00 said...

The world will be a better place with one more Nitty Gritty baby! Congratulations on the awesome news!

I pray that Wyndham is getting stronger and healthier each day. She is so lucky to have such incredible parents.

Julie said...

Congrats Jody! That is truly wonderful news. Still praying for Wyndham as well.

Deanna said...

OMG!!! Congrats Jody!!!

erin said...

hi jody!
omgoodness, congratulations! sending prayers up for a safe, healthy pregnancy!!!
blessings,
erin

AnnaB said...

Huuuuge congrats!!!! :)

corinne5 said...

What a joy and a blessing Jody, I want to wish you all the best during this pregnancy and a painless(as far as that is possible :) delivery. God works in misterious ways :)

corinnexxx

almadr said...

Congratulations!So happy for you.I'll pray for you all.

Rachel said...

Congratulations Jody! That is such wonderful news!

KatieButler said...

Congratulations to you and Chip, Jody! What wonderful news.
Take care & God Bless,
Katie

Anonymous said...

Think blue!!

Living His Grace said...

HOW Lovely!!!
God is good. Blessings to your little child and blessings to your family.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!! What a nice family this new baby will be blessed with!!
I hope Wyndham is getting better each day. Your family remains in my prayers!!

Katy Vallie
Muskegon

Kristin Fogle said...

Wow! Congratulations! God works in mysterious ways!

jenn shurkus said...

congratulations!

missionchic21 said...

Amazing and so exciting!!! Congratulations!! I'm 9 weeks today with my first and so excited! I pray for a healthy and safe pregnancy for you!!!!
Christy :O)

Sherri P eh said...

What a wonderful surprise Jody! Congratulations to all of you, and keep feeling better Wyndham!

Kris with a K said...

Oh how WONDERFUL! I'm so excited for you! I'll bet the kids are just going to bust wide open with excitement too. Here's to a normal, wonderfully kicking and hiccupping pregnancy!

Janna said...

Oh, how WONDERFUL!!! Congratulations you guys!!! What a fantastic blessing!

Erica said...

Holy Moly! That is so exciting! How far a long are you exactly!? When will you tell the kids. This is great news!

Kim said...

Wow!!! Your family is a wonderful example of how God continues to bless those who are faithful. I pray for an uneventful pregnancy and a healthy little bundly of nitty.gritty!!!

God Bless!!!
Kim V
www.singmehome.wordpress.com

Melanie said...

That's great news! Love your blog! My best to Wyndham.

Julie said...

Congratulations on your good news. I pray you'll have a smooth pregnancy and a healthy baby.Yes, just one baby:)

The gFamily said...

Awww, I am so excited for you guys!! I read your blog often, but never comment. But this time I have to say CONGRATS!! God is truly amazing!! What a blessing!

Disney Scrapper said...

Oh Jody, congratulations! I am so happy for you all. What a blessing.

Greta said...

Congratulations to you and Chip and best wishes for your growing family! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Chip, Jody and family! What a blessing!
I will continue to pray for you!
Angie

Anonymous said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!
Can't believe your news. Are you still in shock?
Just wanted you to know that I've been praying for you and Wyndham and I'll add new baby to my prayers. You continue to be an inspiration, Lady. Hang in there.

Congratulations, Momma.
Blessings to you from Gaylord,
Tami K.

Kelly said...

Congrats Chip and Jody and the entire Ferlaak family. I love hearing baby news.

Cassie said...

Congratulations! May God Bless you and your precious family! I love reading your blog. You are one amazing person. God is Good!

Scrapping Life and more said...

Congrats and many many blessings to you and your family!

Keri said...

Congratulations!! WOW, I wasn't expecting that news when I tuned in today.

Laura said...

Congratulations....lots of love and prayers.

Laura

mel said...

Holy Cow!!! Congratulations!!! How exciting!!! when are you due? you definitely keep it interesting for your blog readers! :) Hope Wyndham is turning the corner in her recovery!
blessing to you, your family and the little one on board!

Dana said...

You are an inspiration to everyone who reads your blog! Congrats on your pregnancy! What exciting news!!!

Robin said...

Congratulations! What a blessing!!

Shauna said...

Oh my goodness - Congrats!! I have goosebumps. That is amazing for you guys! Cannot wait to continue to read about all the new journeys that come your way!

Anonymous said...

WOW - come on, - dish!!! Due date?
This must have added to your overall fatigue w/ Wyndam, dont you think? God is in control, no doubt :) WOW - please keep us updated!

Mama said...

Congratulations!! What a great blessing to your family!

Cyndi said...

That is wonderful news! Best of luck to you and Chip. I pray that Wyndham is feeling much better and you don't get too worn down. Don't forget to take care of you!

Congratulations =)

Melanieshea said...

Congrats!!!! Praying for you!!!

Amy said...

how wonderful! congratulations!!!!!

Just Me said...

Congratulations and Good luck! I enjoy reading your stories of the "nitty gritty" and it will be fun to follow you on this new journey. I hope your daughter is feling better. Prayers to you and your family.

Korbyn said...

Congratulations!!!!

moonlightgrrl said...

Congratulations!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am so glad you have some joyous news. The rest of the family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Q's NEWS said...

Congratulations!!! God blessed you with another miracle because he sees how well you take care of all your children! This baby will fit right in - there is always room for one more! I love the little "night owl" set so i went to the website - loved it! Thanks for sharing it with us. By the way, if we ever wanted to send something to you, where would we send it? Much love, Susan in WV

The Wade's said...

Congratulations!! I know you are feeling so excited and blessed. I hope Wyndham is feeling better soon. Take care!

Sara said...

WOW!!! Congrats to you, but more so I am excited for your new little one on the way ... how blessed is this child that gets to be a part of your family, faith and love. Happy for all of you!

Be cautious said...

"By the way, if we ever wanted to send something to you, where would we send it? " Caution Jody. I had a feeling this would happen after I read your post. While everyone is really happy for you, you open yourself up to being "showered" with gifts from anonymous people after also posting what is on your baby "wish list". No negative intent here. But unless it is your intent to be the recipient of these "gifts", I might have put a caveat in there of some kind. Just a thought. Kind of like those invitations that say "Your presence is gift enough"......

Gillian said...

That is amazing news Jody! I'm so happy for your family and you! Can't wait to see those new sidebar topics ;)

My thoughts are still going out to Wyndham as well!

*hugs*
Gillian

Amy said...

oh congratulations!!!

FlipFlop Mom said...

HOW AWESOME!!!!!!! CONGRATS!!
Bring on the pictures!!!! Ü ♥♥♥

Ann(i)e Hafermann said...

OH WOW...WHAT GREAT NEWS!!!
So very excited for you!!
What a blessing!
xo

Melissa sis said...

YEAH!!!!!! I get to be a new auntie twice this year! haha...well, maybe not *new*... :) How exciting!!!! So many lovely things this year holds in store.

Many hugs and kisses!!!
Melissa
(your sis)
:)

alljarmeg said...

congrats! I am so excited to hear this amazing news!

Julia said...

Congratulations! How exciting.

Julia

Anonymous said...

OMG ! WOW ! How exciting !
Congratulations to you Jody...as well as Chip and all your kiddies !

Am curious how you are doing w/ your heart...did you get results from wearing the monitor ?
Have been praying for you.

How is Wyndham ? Have been praying for her, as well.

Sincerely,
Jackie Carl
Marion, IN

Roxanne Olsen said...

CONGRATULATIONS!
How exciting to hear happy news in the midst of everything right now. Praying for health for everyone as you await this blessed new arrival. (and perhaps some prayers for plenty of rest as well?!)

susan opel said...

WoW!

Melissa H. said...

Oh my gosh!!!! I follow your blog every day, and I'm so excited for you! I'm looking so forward to following your experiences with this new bundle of joy! I am continuing to pray for Wyndham's recovery. God bless and congratulations!
Melissa H.
touchofglory.wordpress.com

Pao said...

I am one of your readers fan. I can believe the courage your family has and how strong you are.
I want to congrats you and your family for such a happy notice.
I hope Wyndham is feeling better.
Chao, Paola

Jenna said...

oh my goodness, that is so exciting! congratulations!!!

VINTAGE GIRL AT HEART said...

Congrats!!! Just found your site again after having "lost" it for a few months!!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!
Liz

Kell said...

Oh Jody, congratulations!!! Isn't it wonderful that God knows what we need so much more than we do!

rita said...

Let me please add my congratulations!! How wonderful for you and your family! Babies are such a blessing!
:)
Rita

paige said...

yippie for ya'll!!!
:)

Juli said...

That is totally awesome news. Congrats to you all. I do hope Wyndham is feeling better.

lisalyn said...

Congratulations to you and your family! What a blessing to receive! Isn't God wonderful!

Jamie said...

Oh, congratulations!
Hugs and smiles and prayers to you all!

Marie said...

Oh my congrats!!!!!

amy m. said...

what a wonderful blessing! congratulations to you and your family...

Colby said...

God is definitely in control! Congratulations to you and your family. What a blessing. YAY God!

Christa said...

Such wonderful news..congratulations. Can't wait to keep reading all about your pregnancy and the baby.

Bridget =) said...

Congrats to you and your family! What wonderful, fantastic news!!!!

Brittany said...

I'm so happy for you. You don't know me at all. I told my husband last night, "Jodys pregnant!!" And he says "Who's Jody?" Reading your blog is like reading a wonderful novel, a very inspirational novel that is. Congratulations to you and your family! What a blessing.

Jeanne Wroten said...

Awwww... an itty bitty nitty gritty! Congrats! Well wishes to Wyndham.

Lynne said...

Wow! Congratulations on this great blessing! I look forward to all new pregnancy and baby photos that will be making an appearance on here soon

Alex said...

OMG! what a wonderful blessing! baby nitty is on the way! congrats to you and your family Jody, I am so excited for you! My prayers go to your sweet daughter, I hope she is feeling better every minute!!

Andrea said...

Congrats!!! Love you so much :)
Andrea

Anonymous said...

WOW! I stopped in to check on the Ferlack family and almost fell out of my chair! Congratulations to both you and Chip (and the kiddos)! God is good.

Hope Wyndham is on the upswing. Poor pumpkin! My heart aches for her, but know first hand what a fighter she is! :)

Congrats again!
Janna B.

Claire said...

WOW!!!!!! I'm blown away!

CONGRATULATIONS JODY AND CHIP! And all the kids too!

That's great news!

So funny, as I waited for your page to load I saw the pic in the top left (the pregnancy test) and I squinted at it, and stared, and was like 'is that what I think it is?' before finally reading your post. Made me laugh.

Best wishes with a smooth pregnancy.

xx
Claire
(usually Wellington, NZ but currently in Amstelveen, The Netherlands)

Laura said...

OH MY GOODNESSS!!!!!!!!!
JODDDDDDDY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
so so excited for you - and looking forward to reading all about the BIG changes and excitement in the coming months! hope wyndham is still on the road to recovery - sweet girl!!

Sandy said...

Congratulations!! Some of the best things are "unexpected" !!!

Gamma Carol said...

I read your blog everyday but this is only my second time to comment.
I just had to say, CONGRATULATIONS on the new baby coming. I will pray for an uneventful pregnancy and healthy baby.
I feel like I know you even though we've never met.
God be with you, Jody and your precious family.

Mandy said...

Congratulations!! Your post reminded me of one of my favorite songs by Jars of Clay...the chorus says "I will sing of your mercy, that leads me through valleys of sorrow to rivers of joy." I always think of that song and those words when I feel like I can't handle what life it throwing at me. :)

jennschultz said...

Wow! What a Blessing for you guys AND for the mini-person who gets to join your family! Congratulations!

Ida said...

Congratulations to the whole Nitty Gritty family! You and Chip seem to be such wonderful parents and God knows that!

I hope Wyndam tuns the corner very soon.

hugs

kristajean said...

Oh my goodness .... Jody, Congratulations!!!!! Unexpected, but what a blessing! Let me know if you want some baby pictures taken. I'd love to meet you and it would be my pleasure!!! :)

Regina said...

So happy for you - and what a lucky child to be chosen for such a special family as yours! Hope EVERYONE is feeling well!!!

Dena said...

that's awesome!!!! congrats!

Catherine said...

Congratulations!!

Tina Vega said...

Oh my goodness! A girl can sure miss a whole lot in two days... congratulations Jody!

Pretty Brown Girl said...

Congratulations!!

Mike & Brianna said...

Congrats!! How exciting!!

Stephanie said...

Congratulations! I am praying for a healthy pregnancy for you. Proof that God works in mysterious ways...

~Stephanie

memoryfairy said...

Congratulations Jody!!! WOW!!! What a huge surprise!!

Debbie n Demi said...

How exciting! Congratulations to you and your family :)

Sheye Rosemeyer said...

Oh I'm so late with this but I didn't know!! I'm so excited for you, what wonderful wonderful news.
xxxx

a friend to knit with said...

oh my gosh!!
how did i miss this???
wonderful news. a true gift from above.
congratulations!!!!!!!!