See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  Isaiah 43:19

I awoke before my  husband.  Unusual?  More unusual than a flying armadillo.   Rather than rolling over and falling back to sleep, I groaned out of bed and crept through the dark house.  I laced up my tennis shoes and decided to greet the day with a walk. 

I was more than a little astonished to discover the sun does not rise before 5:45.  In fact, everything was still slumbering.  The horses, the birds, the sun, even the chickens.  But I do know  One who never sleeps or slumbers, no matter the time of day or night, this one is vigilant and waiting to hear from me, so He and I spent some time together.  And he put on quite a show. 

The morning was dark, but the moon was full, round and bright.  The eastern sky slowly began to lighten to a light blue.  I walked my driveway path that runs in front of my house from one gate to the next and then I turned around, back and forth, back and forth.  The sticks that lay before me on the dark path frightened me at first, until I realized they were just sticks laying in the dark and not the creepy snakes of which I first imagined. 

The chickens still slept in their coop, the horses stood as dark statues out in the pasture.  The whole world was quiet.  And dark. 

There is a sense of peace to arise before everyone else, to observe the whole day awaken, to experience the firsts. 

As the sun inched its  light upward, the world began to stir, slowly but then more increasingly.

Two birds sat on barbed wire; silhouetted against the early dark sky that began as deep blue, then transformed to light blue, pink, orange, red and then back to light blue as the sun found its place.

The birds in the trees began their morning songs, a few peaceful tweets soon turned into a cacophony of chatter and cheeps.

The chickens finally decided to make their morning debut with clucks of Good Mornings escaping into the air.

I walked my driveway observing the new day, thanking God for all things new.  Thanking Him for the opportunity to witness Him in action, as He brings forth each new day, each new breath, each new life.

He makes all things new.

The most miraculous of all perhaps being new life.  The little fingers.  The little toes.  The sweet pink lips.

Jason and I are on a new journey.  A journey of new life.  Of little fingers, little toes, and sweet pink lips.  We are bringing a new life into this world.

Partnering with God in the creation and witness of a miracle.

By His grace and mercy, we will hold this new baby in our arms come January. 

Jason is thrilled.  I for one, have been wrought with an array of emotions, predominately disbelief, shock and fear.   But I know whom I have believed, and I trust in the One who makes all things new.  It is in his working.  It is his timing and his plan.  I also understand the love and the blessing that this new creation is going to rock my world with is unfathomable.

If I may, I ask one thing of you.  When and if you think of us, would you speak a prayer on our behalf.   It would mean the world to us and our new blessing.

Blessings to you,



  1. jenirhea831 says:

    Such a wonderful blessing!! Congratulations to you both!! My prayers are with you and the little one!


  2. Heather Thompson says:

    Wow! So awesome! What a blessing! Richie and I are trying to get on that same journey, but like you said…it is in His time.


    1. Angel says:

      Heather, I will remember you and Richie in my thoughts. Good luck to you!


  3. Lenore Diane says:

    Angel! Congrats to you and JDub! I had a hard time reading the post, because I saw the picture first, and I wanted to flip to the end – like one flips to the end of a book.

    I am thrilled for you, JDub and the baby. Thrilled. I do think about you offline, and I will include the three of you in my prayers.

    Be kind to your array of emotions. Millions of Moms share the same array …


    1. Jolea says:

      Lenore, I had a hard time reading it too… When I saw that sonogram I almost spit my coffee on the screen. I just couldn’t wait to find out how she was going to announce it, I finally gave up & skipped ahead and then went back and read it through


    2. Angel says:

      Lenore, I know how you are about flipping to the end!!! Thank you very much for your prayers and advice.


  4. Kevin says:

    Oh WOW!!! That is super exciting! And scary, I’m sure! Man, I’m thrilled for you. What a lucky baby!!


    1. Angel says:

      Your comment made me cry. Real tears and everything. I only hope the baby grows to believe it was lucky to be born to us. Love you Kevin!


  5. Lara says:

    Congrats girl!!!! You will be an amazing mommy!!! I love your writing. It truly blessed me this morning.


    1. Angel says:

      Thank you Lara! Blessings are all around, if only we look for them.


  6. Jolea says:

    I’m thrilled! I can’t wait to meet this little miracle, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be one of the prettiest babies ever! You’re always in my prayers. I love you!


    1. Angel says:

      Only second to H&Z of course. Love you too.


  7. Becky Snelgrooes says:

    Angel!!!! I’m so excited!!! I am due in January too!! Our kids will go to school together….hope you are feeling okay…Did you know about this when we were at the Ferguson’s talking about pregnancy?? If so, you are a better secret keeper than me!!! Uh oh, what’s this gonna do to your “no new clothes for 2011?”


    1. Angel says:

      Becky, there’s something I’ve learned. Plans are made to be broken! I guess I’m going to have to learn to sew so I can add a maternity panel to my clothes, or just chalk it up to bad timing and go shopping. I think the latter sounds easier. No, I didn’t know at the Ferguson’s, but I found out about 2 days later. I’ve thought of you often, hope your not mad at me!! I feel really good most of the time, I hope you are too.


      1. Becky Snelgrooes says:

        Oh my goodness, I’m not mad!!! I’m thrilled, it’s so fun to share the experience with someone. I text Christy as soon as I read your blog and she said you are due 6 days before me and also, she thought we were using the same doctor….pretty crazy!! I just realized that I really need facebook because we could probably have this conversation more privately!! Anyway, congrats and thanks Lisa….


    2. Lisa Smith says:


      Congratulations to you too!! Lots of new Austin babies this year!


  8. Angie says:

    Congratulations!! I will definitely be praying for you often. You and Jason are going to be wonderful parents:)


  9. Brandi says:

    That was an amazing story! I’m happy for you and Jason! =) Congrats on your new little edition!


  10. Lisa Smith says:

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you and Jason. What a wonderful blessing! You will be a fantastic mother and your students will be so blessed also. Hugs and prayers definitely.


  11. Wonderful news, congratulations to you!


  12. RB says:

    Whew! Now I guess I can tell now that everyone knows. LOL


  13. Brandi Cayce says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited for you guys! You know how I feel about babies! I can’t wait!


  14. Donna H. says:

    Angel and Jason… With tears streaming down my face (and I’m not kidding, really!), I cannot begin to tell you how thrilled I am for you. I have always thought since I began coming to this blog, what amazing parents you two would be! And now here it is!! I just know this baby is blessed to have been chosen by God to have you as a mommy and daddy! (Bob must be doing the “Happy Dance” in heaven!!) I will continue to pray for you as you make this “journey”. Believe me, it is like none other you have ever known. Stay well and cherish these new experiences with each other! (I’ve just about rubbed a hole in my computer screen over the ultrasound pic! This child will be loved by many! I’m off to tell everyone who knows about my “relationship” to this site, the good news!! Love you guys … Until next time..Donna H.


  15. Natalie Reeve says:

    Angel – I just found your blog. Thank you for starting my morning off with those beautiful words. I could just visualize going down the road with you. It was a prayer, friend. I’m adding you to my favorites. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you continue on this journey. Bless you and Jason and baby. Natalie


  16. What a wonderful post. The description of your morning had me there enjoying it as well. The news of your little one has me smiling and so very happy. I am thrilled for you both and will lift you all up to the throne room often. This is going to be one happy wee one.


  17. Mackenzie says:

    Congrats Angel! I am so happy for you and Jason! This baby will be very special, just because we’ll share the same birth month :p
    I love you!


  18. Mama says:

    Beautiful! You write so well and express yourself heavenly! I am crying!!!!!!


  19. May you and your new family be surrounded by God’s joy, love and peace.


  20. Judy Wood says:

    Angel and Jason…..WOW!! What a beautiful story…and even more beautiful is knowing that you and Jason will be “mommy and daddy”…!! I am so very happy for the two of you… You will be wonderful parents… You can’t help but have a beautiful baby…Have to stop to wipe away the tears of happiness….after all….I am going to be a new grandmother since Jason has always been one of “ours” and you have always been one of “ours” in the MAPCO family…. Love you!!!


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