Yesterday was April Fool’s Day, and – probably because too much of my identity is wrapped up in the quickness and cleverness of my wit (Most Sarcastic Sumter Academy Class of 04!)- I just couldn’t resist the temptation for a good joke. What did I do? I made a little Facebook post:
So, was it a joke? Is it true? Judging by the comments, some people seemed to think so but others were just not so sure they could believe me… so, who was right?
Well, here ya go:
As you can clearly see, CASSIE IS PREGNANT! But, don’t start celebrating too fast: those with a good eye (and good calendar skills) will notice that this ultrasound was made on February 15th and that Cassie was 10w 5d pregnant when the ultrasound was made… so, her due date is NOT September 15th as shown in my Facebook post, but September 18th! So, everybody was fooled! Gotcha!
April Fool’s Day can be a lot of fun and I have to admit that I had quite a good time with it this year. However, I also realize that pregnancy is no joke. It is quite literally a matter of life and death; it often does not turn out according to our plans. Cassie and I experienced this first hand over the past year. While this will be our first child – by the grace of God – this is unfortunately not our first pregnancy. We had two miscarriages last year: one in April and the other in August.
I’ve learned three things from these experiences:
- Miscarriages happen OFTEN. Somewhere between 25% and 33% of pregnancies end in miscarriage.
- They hurt. We were lucky that Cassie did not have to have any procedures to help her body heal physically. However, the grief and loss that comes from miscarriage is intense and should never be ignored, overlooked, or belittled.
- Life is a gift. There is no other explanation. Yes, our bodies our cool and God has created us fearfully and wonderfully, but even our biology fails us for no good reason sometimes. Miscarriages are often completely unexplainable. God is the Lifegiver. All of life is sustained by the breath of God. There is no life outside of God’s life. End of story. Therefore, life in all its forms – human and non-human – is complete, utter grace.
So, yes, we’re excited! We’re excited because Cassie is now 16 weeks pregnant and is feeling great. The baby seems to be developing normally. We ask that you would pray for us as we continue to trust this new, fragile life to the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
May we all walk in step with the Spirit of Life in all that we do
May we join the Spirit in the work of new creation amidst the dying, forgotten places
May we have eyes to see new visions of God’s future by the power of the Spirit
May we practice resurrection.
And now, “may the grace of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you!”