Monday, October 10, 2011

What to Expect...

In the coming months, we will both be posting more on how our lives are changing and transitioning.  In the past 7 months, we have experienced so much change.  We found out that Jared would be appointed at a church where he would be the solo pastor; we completed our first 10K; we packed up all our stuff and moved to a suburb of Baton Rouge (this involves many changes in and of itself: a new commute, a new wonderful congregation, a new parsonage with its own issues, and the list goes on).  We went on two vacations, and Alina went on a mission trip over the summer; we lost Jared’s dad just weeks ago; we just found out that Alina will be ordained as a transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church sometime in the near future; and we found out that we will most likely be moving again, but this time to a house of our choosing.

OH, and we also got pregnant!!!

That’s right, friends, we are expecting a baby in April of 2012!  This actually happened over the summer, as well, but we were very cautious about waiting until the first trimester was over to “go public.”  But we have completed 14 weeks of pregnancy and are ready to share our good news with everyone.  But please don’t worry; Jared’s dad knew that we were expecting a baby before he died.  He was probably the most excited of anyone!

So, you can see how our lives will be continuing to change and transition over the next several… well, years, I’m sure.  Our blogs will reflect all of these changes, as they have already.  Alina will most likely continue to share bowling scores and experiences, with added updates on pregnancy and maybe some photos, as soon as she starts showing.  Jared will continue to reflect on the “light stuff” of life and ministry; he’ll also be sharing some goals and looking for accountability from those who love him.

Again, we are so excited to share this wonderful news with all of you.  We are extremely excited about becoming parents of human children, not just furry ones.  We are really looking forward to Alina starting to show, both of us feeling the baby kick, and, of course, meeting sweet little “Spare,” (in utero name) whose sex will remain a secret to all of us until s/he is born.

We ask for your prayers and your support during this exciting time!

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