Also through this, we have been expecting our third gift- and back in February discovered we are having a little GIRL!!! She is due in July and will be named Eliana Joy. Eliana is a Hebrew name meaning God answers prayer. He truly does. At our initial appointment for our baby, we learned that antibodies were present in my blood. Antigen little c specifically, which according to my doctor was rare, and there was not much information about it. They have been drawing blood at each appointment to check and make sure that titer levels remain the same indicating whether or not Ella is anemic. Well, just a week ago it was confirmed that the levels have remained steady and a blood transfusion is not necessary at this time. They will continue to keep a check on this, but we are so thankful that so far everything appears normal! She is moving and kicking regularly, and is obviously growing (because I most certainly am!).
So now that we are at 5 ½ months pregnant, we are going to be moving back to South Carolina (thanks to our dear friends who are letting us borrow their house) until God opens another door for ministry. We will not be serving at a church full time, but will seek to find a "home church" to participate in. Thankfully the doctor who delivered Ethan is in the town we will be relocating to so that decision will be an easy one. God has been so faithful every step of the way; providing our needs; and showing us the steps to take each phase. Please, join us in praying that He will give clear direction and open a door for ministry very soon.
These past four months I have been reminded again, His plans are not mine, and His thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8). We even studied Isaiah 55 for our final Bible study in Carthage and verse 9 says, "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." When I am concerned or don’t understand what His plan is for us, I am reminded that "If God was small enough to be understood, He wouldn’t be big enough to worship." So where I only see the immediate, that we are still in transition; we are still looking for a new place to minister; we don't own a home, so friends are blessing us with theirs; and our little girl is coming in July- God is at work in a way that far exceeds my own desires or expectations. Romans 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God to them that are called according to His purpose."