Photo Credit: Savannah Menchaca Photography
Monday, December 19, 2011
Saturday, December 3, 2011
|Gender Confirmation: 15 Weeks|
December 3rd 2011 will be a day we remember forever! It has multiple special meanings in the history of Wells. Our sister, Savannah, turned 19, and we found out our little baby is a BOY!!! We’ve been waiting for this day for so long, and it’s finally here! The sonographer assured us that she was 100% certain, and he just loved showing off his man parts on the screen.
|Some friends who came over to celebrate!|
Billy decided that his first son would be named Knox when he was in 7th grade. What kind of 7th grade boy names his future children you ask? My husband! :) This is why we were made for each other. We are both cheesy romantics who enjoy spending hours discussing the possibilities of our future family. When we were immature teenagers dating in high school we had dreams of having a boy first, the older brother, protector of his siblings, and that his name would be Knox. You can ask any of our friends and they will tell you that we have talked about him as if he had already been conceived for years! Billy doesn’t remember how the name entered his thoughts or why exactly he loved it so much, but it stuck out to him and it stuck with him. I liked it because it sounded strong. It’s an English name (Billy’s descent), which means “from the small hill”. There’s no real significance in this, except that my belly is a small hill which he WILL be coming from! Haha Also, he will be from the hill country, the place we fell in love with while in college at TXST, and where we have made our home!
|Knox's Profile: 13 Weeks|
His middle name is Ezekiel, after the great prophet who wrote one of our favorite passages in the bible: the valley of the dry bones. One of our favorite parts is Ezekiel 37:5-6 “Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD." This is one of our favorite images of God creating us physically and filling us with life spiritually. While we have been tracking our baby’s growth through ultrasounds and reading books, I have thought about these verses as God pieces together our son’s bones, adds muscles, organs, and skin and breathes life into him. Of course, the ultimate prayer is that he shall someday know the Lord. Ezekiel literally means “God will strengthen” in Hebrew...and you KNOW my baby boy best be strong.
So we are excited and impatiently waiting to welcome Knox Ezekiel Wells into the world on May 27th, 2012. (tentatively)
|13 Week Pictures: Savannah Menchaca's Photography|
Saturday, October 8, 2011
“As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.” Ecclesiastes 11:5
|Positive Test: 9-16-11|
This verse is the perfect link between our last post and this one. If you haven’t read it, feel free to look back now. Long story short, I had a miscarriage 4 months ago, a thing that is not easily understood when looking at the will of God. But He is perfect and knows exactly what He is doing...sovereign. This is why we worship Him, after all. On September 16, we discovered that I was pregnant again! Our God is GOOD. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17
|The fortune cookie we opened at lunch after the appointment!|
We have dreamt of this our entire lives. Together, we have dreamt since we were just dating. And now, it is really happening. The first time I was pregnant, it ended very early. We never were able to see a glimpse of the baby on ultrasound or hear its heartbeat. This time it has been different. We were able to see the baby and hear the heartbeat on 10.6.11! We didn’t tell people right away this time. It was our precious secret...that God had chosen to bless us with a miracle of a new life...even though we DO NOT deserve it. Our pastor, Jason, preached about it from Ephesians 2:1-10 this past Sunday (check it out here). The part that blows me away is that even though we are born into sin and would choose sin over God, “...God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” This gift of a child is a tiny glimpse into the immeasurable riches to come as we continue following Christ. It has taken our breath away. We are so thankful.
It’s almost like this pregnancy has been even more drenched in prayer because of our previous loss. We like to believe that we would have been just as thankful and humbled by our first baby’s development, but we can’t be sure. This time around every day moving forward is a blessing. Every tiny twinge of pain and wave of nausea brings joy. It is a reassurance of growth. We are following our baby’s development on an app on our phones so that we can pray for his or her growth very specifically. We would love if you would join us in praying Psalm 139:13-17 over our baby: “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!”
We know that it makes us vulnerable by sharing the news so early—today I am 7 weeks. However, we are choosing to share so that more can pray and because we are at peace knowing that God has total control. This is HIS baby. We are just excited to be the ones who He is allowing to love this little cashew looking embryo and teach him or her about His love for them so that one day they will join us in living for the soul purpose of furthering His kingdom. Baby Wells is due May 27, 2012.
Monday, August 15, 2011
|Bollinger and Guenther Girls|
Back in May, Jessica came down stairs and showed me a positive pregnancy test. You can’t imagine my joy. We agreed not to go crazy telling people because we know the risks in the beginning, and didn’t want to potentially have to announce the bad news later. Joy is contagious. We couldn’t NOT tell, and we ended up letting a few people know. Everyone was happy. Some annoying doctor’s visits and bad customer service later it happened. It was a Sunday. Jessica had a miscarriage. I had heard of people having them, but never thought, in any real way, that it would happen to us. Even though we’d never heard a heartbeat, and were barely into it (maybe 4 weeks or so) the sadness I felt was overwhelming. Our first ever creation together, the thing we had both longed for for so long, just died. And for the first time in my 23 years I understood how hard it is to trust that the will of God is perfect, and that He will work all things for good. We have worked through it. We’re not sad anymore, but it doesn’t mean we’ll ever understand. We just trust. That’s what faith is. After a while I felt selfish. I was so worked up about this miscarriage because it was MINE, and it made me realize that my heart doesn’t hurt enough for the rest of the pain in the world – the kids starving, abused, dying everyday, and every other consequence of sin’s stain on the earth. Thankfully, it was as early as it was. Thankfully, we were less attached than we could have been. Thankfully, the whole process of it for Jess was actually as easy as it could possibly be. We can use these things to ease our pain, maybe try to sugar coat it, but when you get down to it, it can never be a GOOD thing. We’ll always have the memory. There is no perfect way to handle it, but it’s a chance for us to lean a little harder in to God. We get to walk in the “perfect understanding isn’t a prerequisite for faith in God” posture. We have a different perspective. When thinking about “living life and experiencing new things” that people long for, maybe they forget that you have to take the bad with the good. In times of pain Job would probably have the best wisdom, “Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10) We’ve experienced more now in our life together. We’ll never be entirely ready for what is to come, but God is teaching us, and we’re trying our best to follow Him.
|A flower Jess got from Camille the day she found out she was pregnant.|
Monday, August 1, 2011
|Our First Picture|
|Wedding Day 5.17.08|
|Billy: 15 Jessica: 17|
|Two Became One|
|Jumping in the San Marcos River After Graduation|
|A Kiss for the Graduate|
PT school aside, Billy and I fell absolutely in love with a church that we began spending our time with the year before we got married. A couple that we now refer to as friends/mentors (The Bollingers) took us into their family, and began apprenticing us in marriage, family, and life in general. River Stone Community Church (meaning the people) are the reason we are in San Marcos for the long run. Our eyes were opened by the Holy Spirit as we heard teaching from scripture in Galatians about freedom in Christ. Jason preached straight through books of the bible to ensure that we understood the context of the scripture; something we had not experienced in our past church endeavors. This teaching along with prodding from the Holy Spirit, led Billy to a place of independent longing for knowledge of the Word. He has since preached 4 or 5 times himself this year! If you had asked me in high school if my curly haired, punk boy sweetheart would preach to large groups, I would have laughed! This goes to show that it was the work of a higher power...aka JESUS. HUGE side note: Billy was offered a position serving River Stone as Director of Finance & Communication. Saying YES was one of the best decisions of our life.
|Reppin' RS at an Org Fair|
Let’s bring the two together, shall we? River Stone Community Church & my interest/pursuit of a professional degree in Physical Therapy. I guess it would also be important to note that Jason is on the board for a missions organization called Links International. Billy is now the office manager for Links USA. For more info on Links’ work for the Kingdom, go here Links International. Long story VERY short, Jason heard at a Links board meeting that an organization called ICC (International China Concern) had a need for physical therapists to work at orphanages for children with disabilities in China. For some reason, God used me to organize the trip. So, our team of 15 (3 PT students, 1 PT, 1 nurse, and others wishing to love on kids with Christ’s love) traveled across the globe to love on Chinese orphans for 2 weeks. Billy preached his first sermon about our time in China. If you are interested, listen to his podcast here (China & The Suffering). While in China, Billy & I realized we could adopt a child with special needs. If there weren’t an age requirement of 30, we would have adopted two 7 year olds with cerebral palsy. I’m realizing that my calling to PT may be way beyond taking care of knees and hips. And our call as a family to adopt was heard loud and clear.
|The little girl we support monthly in China|
So, I am now a licensed physical therapist. I interviewed with ONE company (thinking it would be for practice) and ended up taking my first job offer! I prayed and prayed for God to be VERY up front with me in choosing my place of work...because I would not see it as just a place of work. The clinic is in San Marcos, one of my top priorities, and serves children and their families with speech, occupational, and physical therapy. I am working alongside some wonderful therapists and learning so much. I don’t know why I ever doubted if it was the place for me. Not to mention, the new owners of the company send their employees to provide therapy to the nations. I was able to speak with the president of Cole (that ONE company) last Thursday regarding my contacts in China, Haiti & Mexico. Praise Jesus.
That brings us to now. We are just chilling in our little cottage with our various roommates (friends who randomly need a temporary place to stay) and living life! We love spending most days of the week with our Wolf Revolution friends eating at local San Marcos restaurants, floating the San Marcos River, dancing on the square and meeting tons of new people! We moved into our house in July 2009...after painting EVERY room a different color to match my BiBi’s paintings. We love exercising, watching movies on Netflix, eating ice cream and playing with our gassy Boxer, Marley Leon Tate Wells.
|Our Family So Far|
Enjoy the novel!