Saturday, December 1, 2007

IT'S TIME!

Poppy will be born today. The nurse came in just minutes ago and delivered the news that I will have a c-section at 10 this morning. I feel like I need to say that over and over to make myself really believe it, because it certainly isn’t sinking in. As I write, I am sitting in the hospital bed, counting down the hours until I will hold her, and to say this is surreal would be the understatement of my life. We are really here, and the next 24 hours will undoubtedly change my life forever. Right now, all I can say is that words fall short.

I woke up this morning at 12:30 with steady contractions, and after debating with myself for an hour and a half as to whether the definition of “in labor” applied to my circumstances, I decided to err on the side of caution and come into the hospital. We arrived at 3 and I was put on the monitor shortly after. My contractions have been coming 5-7 minutes apart since I got here, leading the doctor on call to go ahead and make the decision to deliver our baby today. The plan that we have been waiting so long to understand is slowly starting to unfold. We now know the first bit of the story—Poppy’s birthday will be December 1st.

I know I don’t need to say how much we need your prayers. I feel like more than any other time in my life, I need Jesus today. Please pray that He will take care of us. We are at Methodist Germantown, and if you would like to come up at some point today and pray for this baby, we would welcome anyone who can. Thank you for your love, support and prayers for us throughout this pregnancy. We will keep you updated.

49 comments:

julie said...

I love you and cannot wait to be up there with you and see Poppy!

Emily said...

Angie & Nathan,
I am praying for you this morning & all day!
Emily in Olive Branch

The McCunes said...

Please know you are very loved and very prayed for! We pray you will experience God's peace and presence today and all the days to come. As you hold precious Poppy in your arms today, may you know you too are held tightly in the arms of our Father.

Happy Birthday Poppy!
We love you guys,
Steve and Jamye

Kim said...

It's BABY DAY! I can't wait to see pictures of precious Poppy Joy. I will be praying and can't wait to hear the news.

Emmie said...

I've been lurking at your blog for a while now, praying for you and your precious family. May our God rain grace and peace upon you on this unforgettable day! Happy Birthday, Little One. Be used for the glory of God.

Kenzie Stanfield said...

Angie-

We're praying for you guys! Can't wait to hear all about her!

Love,
Kenzie

Jared, Kristin, Deanna, and Avery Edwards said...

We are praying for you! We will be praying for Poppy.

Yours in Christ,
Jared and Kristin Edwards

Anonymous said...

Praying constantly for you guys and sweet Poppy!!

Sarah S.

Anonymous said...

It's 9:28 am and I am praying!!!

Tina

Amy said...

I'm praying....

doyal said...

Just as you prepare to hold Poppy in your arms, may you experience the loving arms of our Lord holding you and Nathan. I am praying for you.

Doyal Long

erin said...

thinking of you and your family...i found you through Boothe Farley.

Jen in Al said...

i linked to your site from Kenzie's just the other day and read the beautiful story of how you named your precious baby girl Poppy Joy! i am fervently praying and can't wait to see pictures and hear news of her birth. Happy Birthday Poppy!!!!
On Bended Knee,
Jen in Al

srp said...

I'll be praying all day.
Sherry ---Johnson City, TN

Jessica said...

I will be praying for you as well!

Rene said...

Holding you all close in prayer throughout this very special day. May God's peace flood your soul.

Anonymous said...

Poppy Joy
Priceless gift from Abba
Our treasure from above
Praying for you daily
Pouring on you our love
You're loved by friends & family

Just look around and see
Only God knows the seeds you've planted
Yes, we thank Him for the Joy He has granted!

Fresh Girl said...

Will be praying for you all minute by minute. I pray most especially for joy and peace to flood your hearts.

Mandy said...

Lifting you up in prayer this morning! Can't wait to hear about Poppy!! As she will feel safe in your arms, may you feel safe in our Father's arms as they are wrapped around you in love.

Jena Baker said...

Angie and Nathan,
I will praying for you today. I hope Poppy's birth is smooth and very joyful!

Jena Baker

Anonymous said...

We are praying for your sweet family!
-Larry and Anna Anderson

Wade, Melanie, & kids said...

Angie,
I'll be praying for you and your family all day!!!!! Can't wait to see pictures and hear all about sweet Poppy Joy!!!
Love, Melanie Smith

the girard family said...

happy birthday, sweet little girl! we'll be praying today!

Rick & Suzanne said...

Angie & Nathan,

We love you and are praying for you.

Rick & Suzanne Boeving

Emily said...

I'm praying! I hope today is full of joy! I will continue to pray all throught the day. I love you!

Emily

Anonymous said...

Praying for Poppy today.

Anonymous said...

Praying for you today as you meet your precious girl for the first time. I pray you feel the love from every corner of the world where people are praying, and that above all else, God will grant you his perfect love and peace. Enjoy yourselves and your daughter! What a blessing she has been to you, will be to you, and has been to all of your internet followers!
Sending hugs from MI,
Katie

Laurie said...

Praying for you this morning Angie and Nathan. Jesus is right there with you, holding Poppy Joy in His
loving hands. Praying for peace and joy to be all over you as you meet this precious little girl today. It's a good day Dec. 1st, as it is my husbands birthday too. God will keep His promise to you to protect and keep you safe. I am so excited for you to see this little miracle at last and shower her with your love.
Praying all day for you,
Love, Laurie in Ca.

Anonymous said...

I will be praying for you guys all day!!!!
Love,
Nicole Wilkes Eaton

Kendra Jean said...

Parying in Lexington, KY! "Let the little Princess come to me" The King said. My you hear these words of your Heavenly Father from now and forever more!

Anonymous said...

Praying for your family at this time.

Tiffany

Rebecca said...

I just read this at 12:30 p.m. eastern. By now, you probably have Poppy in your arms.

I am praying and will continue to do so.

Jessica said...

Angie,
Steve Moss called me this morning minutes before you were to deliver Poppy Joy! I will be coming up there this afternoon. I am praying for you all till then!

Jessica

Yvette said...

Angie,

We are all praying for you today. I love you and greatly appreciate your friendship. I look forward to hearing all about the sweet birth of Poppy Joy!

Love, Yvette Hostetter

Crystal Varenkamp said...

Praying for you this very moment in Franklin, TN. Happy Birthday Poppy!

Bec & Tim said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Precious Poppy!

Praying for each of you,
Becky in MI

Joanna Young said...

I am praying for you and your sweet family today!

Jessica said...

Macy called me this am and told me the news. I actually got the msg at 9:55, so I was able to pray specifically for you at 10. I am so glad that she is here and that you are all getting to spend some time with her! I'll be thinking about and praying for you all today!

Jenny said...

We are praying for you all day! Happy Birthday Poppy! Rest in the fact that you all are covered in prayer. We have been so blessed by the strength you've shown in your words on this site. What an impact your baby has already had on this world! Amazing that she has already been used for God's glory. God Bless you all!
Jenny and Jason Brownlee
Moss Connection Class

Jessi said...

I am a friend of Nathan's sister Jana, and I have been praying for you all and especially Poppy for months. I pray that you have many precious moments with baby Poppy and feel the loving arms of the Father around you all. God bless you!

RockinMom said...

I am saying extra prayers.

Cindy said...

Praying for you in Indiana.

Tracy said...

i read on boothe's blog that poppy is here! congratulations :) i bet it is so sweet to finally meet her face to face!

you are in my prayers

Anonymous said...

praying for yall right now!

Beka said...

Hi,
I came across your blog a couple of months ago and was so touched as I read your story. I will be praying for you much today, as your precious little one comes into this world. May God give you grace and strength and joy and peace today.

Melody said...

Oh Sweet Angie and Nathan,

Just wanted to let you know that you have been heavy on our hearts all day. We will continue to lift you up to our most Heavenly Father and ask for Him to send you a sense of peace.

Clay and Melody

Chrissy said...

I cannot believe that I just got on the computer now...I cannot believe that today is/was the day for Poppy's arrival. I will be praying for you as my evening goes on and if I was close enough I would be there! You both have been so very strong thus far and I know that strength will remain.

I know that Poppy is here already and I will be checking back all night waiting for an update. The Lord is w/ you all, as you already know, and will be holding you close during the rest of this journey, as well as the rest of your lives.

Happy Birthday Poppy! I wish I was there to meet and greet you into this world.

Love and prayers being sent your way now and always!!!
Chrissy

Anonymous said...

Angie and Nathan,
Thank you so much for sharing your journey with all of us. I have been reading your blog for a while now. I lost my twins to trisomy 18, so I've been praying for you all along. I know too well the sureal feeling of knowing that your sweet baby will be born but not knowing the outcome, and I'm sure the fear of the unknown has been hard for you both. Please just know that you have one more friend praying for you and that God will take care of you and your precious Poppy. I hope everything turns out well for her.
With Love and Prayers,
Stephanie in CA
www.trisomy18.org/goto/abigailandemily

Rena said...

I am so sorry to hear that Poppy only was with you for 3 short hours. I am thankful she is completely whole now and in the precious arms of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Chuck Karpf
Friend of Rod Cherry