A couple of weeks ago we went in for our routine 20 weeks ultrasound! We found out that everything looks great, and that we are expecting a girl! She even waved at us during the ultrasound. She was very active (still is) and changed her leg/arm positions quite often during the ultrasound...we might have a very active/busy baby this time around!
After the ultrasound, we went immediately over to the fabric store and purchased some girly yarn! Here's what I've made so far:
Daryl found the name (we had been in heavy council on the name for a few weeks and could not agree on anything) after spending several long sessions in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance. He found the Greek word "Charis" which is usually translate as "Grace" and is pronounced "khar-ece" and it is defined as "the divine influence upon the heart, and its reflection in the life; including gratitude" and I just learned that is a feminine noun! The definitions for "charis" also includes the idea of a blessing, a gift and thankfulness.
Her middle name says it all - God has graciously given us the faith to trust Him for all things, especially in the area of family. Easton's Bible Dictionary states "Faith is in general the persuasion of the mind that a certain statement is true. Its primary idea is trust. A thing is true, and therefore worthy of trust."
We are having another ultrasound tomorrow - they were not able to get a good view of her heart due to her position. I have since found out that this is quite common and that ultrasounds for viewing the heart are better done a little farther along anyway. After all the we have gone through with our precious Esther, and all we have seen during our stays at Children's Hospital, we want a thorough evaluation of this little one's heart so we can be prepared if she has a substantial heart defect and she can get the care she need right from the start. Right now we are trusting the Lord for her health and thanking Him for his precious mercies so far - statistically, a healthy pregnancy without fertility/hormone treatments at my age is rare indeed!
Pray that our precious Carese Faith will continue to grow strong and healthy and that she will grow to love and serve our loving Saviour, Christ the Lord!
And here's my Christmas Card to you all!