Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Seeing the miraculous!

As I'm sure you know by now as you read this post, Holly and I are expecting our first miracle baby near the end of March.  But there is a lot more to the story than just the fact that God has blessed us with this baby on the way.  He has taken us on quite a journey over the past couple of years, and it is remarkable how each step of obedience in the sequence of events led to another part of His plan.  My hope in sharing this story is to bring God glory by relating his goodness and faithfulness, and hopefully to encourage someone who is also waiting for God's promise for them to be fulfilled.

Our plan when we got married was to wait a year, and then try to have our first baby right after that.  As it turned out, after the year of waiting was over, we spent the following 2 years living out Proverbs 19:21 - "You can make many plans, but the Lord's purpose will prevail."  We didn't know at the time that we were about to launch into a big-time patience-testing and faith-building exercise that would ultimately teach us to trust more in God than ever before.

After a while of trying to become pregnant with no success, it was suggested by one of our pastors that we should consider not only praying about our problems, but also fasting and taking communion together.  Although we didn't start right away, eventually we agreed it was a good idea, and we made it a habit to fast dinner one night every week, and to spend time that evening praying and taking communion.

One of the things we had been praying about was concerning joining a small group (Bible study group).  And out of the blue (but not by coincidence), we saw a Facebook post one day from a pastor friend of ours that they were moving their small group to a different night of the week, and they invited anybody who wanted to come to be a part of the group.  Although we really enjoy the company of our friends, we were nervous about joining the group and had no idea who else was a part of this Bible study.  Nevertheless, we put our anxiety about being part of a small group aside and decided to obey and check it out.  As it turned out, we knew everyone else in the group too, and we were really glad we joined.

Of course, small groups are more than just Bible studies - they are also an environment for people to get together, get to know each other better, and to find out ways they can be praying for each other.  One particular week, I felt moved to share with the group the struggles we were going through, but when we met that Saturday evening, I didn't sense a natural way to bring it up in the group.  At the following meeting, we took turns sharing some of the things that were going on in our lives, and Holly and I both knew it was the right time to share what God had placed on my heart.  Together, Holly and I described how we had been trying for well over a year (at that time) to become pregnant, that there were some health issues that negatively affected the odds of becoming pregnant, and that we were struggling to find clarity concerning whether or not we should continue to try or perhaps pursue adoption at that time.

The group prayed for us (and for others as well) that night, and as part of the prayer time, it was prophesied over us that a dream would occur to somehow speak to us.  After that meeting, we learned of at least 6 different dreams by 5 different people (including both Holly and I).  And here's the even more remarkable part of how God spoke to us: not only did every dream involve us having children, but EVERY dream specifically mentioned Holly being pregnant!  We were and continue to be very thankful for God's confirmation and direction He revealed to us.  This was God's promise to us that he would allow for Holly to be pregnant.

Things of God are not always logical to us - His ways are counter-cultural.  Isaiah 55:8 says, “'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the Lord."  This became evidenced in my own life when, after hearing God's promise and learning to trust Him more, my confidence that Holly would become pregnant began to actually GROW, despite the long period of waiting and the series of disappointments we had endured.  Our natural tendency is to lose hope and become more impatient over time.  This is not to say that I was never disappointed when we had to keep waiting.  It was disappointing.  But I learned to trust Him more.  Even on the night that Holly took that pregnancy test that ending up finally being positive, even as I was waiting for the result of the test to appear, I ended up on my knees on the floor, saying something to the effect of: "Lord, if this is the time for us to be pregnant, let it be so!!  But either way, I trust You no matter what."  This was not the first time I had prayed a prayer like that, but this time, joy followed just a few seconds later when the happy news became apparent!

At some point while we were waiting for our miracle, God gave me the bridge to a song (much of the rest of the song is still in progress). These words gave Holly and I peace and comfort at different times while we were waiting for God's promise to be fulfilled, and I pray that God would use these words to be an encouragement to you too whenever you find yourself waiting for God to deliver on a promise He has made to you:
"God be my joy and bring me peace.
  Out of this darkness help me see.
  You'll be faithful to your promise, let it be;
  and then I'll tell the story of what You've done for me." 
The purpose behind sharing this with you is more than just to share our excitement and joy with you for what God has done for us, although we certainly do want to do that!  We can declare that we have seen first-hand the truth that "The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does" (Psalm 145:13).  The time we spent waiting was not a waste of time - it was a God-ordained waiting period that He used to strengthen our faith and to build a foundation that, in turn, will benefit our children and encourage others who are waiting for God to move as well.  What God has promised you may be children, or it may be one of a multitude of other things - a job, physical healing, waiting for someone to change emotionally or spiritually, or something else.  But whatever it is that God has promised to you - you can be certain that He will see it through to its completion at His appointed time.  Remember to be mindful of what He is trying to teach you while you wait - this is all part of the process of learning to rely on Him, and we are even called to find joy in the trying times (James 1:2-4).  Trust Him Who is faithful that His plan is the best, and give Him control over your situation so that He can accomplish His awesome plan and will in your life.

Our miracle baby at 11 weeks!

Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wow... well let me just say...we are so behind on posting on our blog! Our hope is to be better at this! :)

But in the meantime...
Happy Thanksgiving!

Kyle and I were so blessed to be able to host Thanksgiving at our house this year. We wanted to host last year but we moved the week before Thanksgiving, so we told everyone last year that we would host in 2010.

Our guests included Kyle's parents, Sandy's mom and dad (Kyle's grandparents), my parents, Sam and Amy, and a friend of Kyle's.

Kyle and I were about to put the turkey in the oven when my parents arrived. So they helped us rookies get the turkey properly ready---Thank you Mom and Dad!

Just as the turkey went in the oven we discovered a little problem... a plumbing problem that is. Both showers and both toilets were backed up with water. Kyle's dad came over with his 25' plumbing snake and try to fix it; all the while my dad was trying to find the sewer clean out. After a few hours of this it was time to call for help---Roto-Rooter. John, from

Roto-Rooter, showed up a little bit before 3pm just after we made a trip to Kyle's grandparents house for a bathroom excursion. While John and his supervisor Horacio, were finding the blockage and the clean out dinner was coming together nicely. Their magical camera found the blockage----and guess where it was.? Right at the clean out! Thank you Lord for answered prayer! John was able to clear the blockage and make sure our clean out was accessible. We finished dinner right as John was leaving.

And then came dessert! Holy Moly...we had Chocolate Pie, Lemon Pie, Pumpkin Pie, Peach Cobler, Cheesecake (for mom's birthday) and snickerdoodles. From dinner to desert, the food was amazing! Before dessert we sang "Happy Birthday" to my mom and watched her open her gifts.

Kyle and I wanted to keep the Lerman tradition of watching "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." It was so much fun sitting in our living room with our family all laughing and enjoying the evening together. It really warmed my heart! It was a reminder of just how thankful I am for them.

Here are some pictures from Turkey day (courtesy of Momma Lerman). Hope your Thanksgiving was a blessed time of family and friends as well!

With Love,
Holly & Kyle

Happy Birthday Mom!

Dish up people!

Thanksgiving Spread

Our Thanksgiving Table

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our First Valentine's Day (as a married couple)

This year was our first time celebrating Valentine's day as a married couple! It was a great day!!!

Our day started off with church (great way to get the day going), and it was so awesome for me in a couple ways, not only for the obvious reason! The first is that my sweetie pie brought me flowers to church!! So--I was the only girl at church with flowers from her beau! He is so sweet and thoughtful! He just amazes me. The second way that church was awesome for me is that I could actually hear Kyle playing the piano this time. Normally I have a really hard time hearing him if at all. So that was quite a treat! Whoever ran the board Sunday did a great job.

After church we headed to our local Red Robin. It was very yummy! We both really like Red Robin, especially now that we can figure out how to customize our meals since we are on our diets! The music was awesome in Red Robin too--no Kyle was not playing :(.

After Red Robin we went to our local bowling alley. Now... I can never recall bowling, so this was my very first time! And I really enjoyed it! Kyle did a great job, especially not having bowled for so long. We played four games and my scores were (in order from start to finish): 80, 88, 54, 50 (do you see a pattern?!?!). Kyle did great his scores were: 107, 118, 111, 131. It was soo much fun; I am looking forward to doing it again!

After bowling we went grocery shopping to prepare for a nice evening with Kyle's parents. We made them dinner and dessert, and since we have the big 'ol TV we had them over for the season premiere of Amazing Race. We all like the show so it was a good excuse to get together.

I could not have asked for a better Valentine's Day with my love! It was so much fun and just a great time spending it together and with family.

Valentine's Day a year ago was the day we settled on getting married at Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom. It was a very special day last year as well.

There will be more updates to follow, as we have a new member of the family: our dog Scout; who we have not properly introduced yet on the blog.

Love n' Hugs,


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Christmas light disaster zone

For those who haven't seen yet, here is what our Christmas lights looked like in front of our house:We woke up this morning (which is a little breezy), and found our decorations looking like this:What a mess! I put it all back together as best I could, but I'm hoping the next big gust doesn't come and knock it all down again! So far so good....

Friday, November 13, 2009

Our new house!!!

We finally got the keys to our house this afternoon!!!

Holly and I are so excited about getting our new house and can't wait to move in and get settled. It is a great place to settle in and raise a family - a nice house in a nice, quiet neighborhood. We are very thankful that God gave us the patience to wait until we finally found the right house for us.

The big moving day is Saturday the 21st. Can't wait! :)

Saturday, September 26, 2009

"Date Day"

Every Friday night, if we don't have other plans, Holly and I have our "date night." We alternate taking turns choosing what we will do each week, and this week it was Holly's turn. Since she had a furlough day today and I rearranged my work schedule to have the day off today too, she got to plan activities for an entire "date day" today!

So we started off for IKEA in the morning. On the way down, Holly showed me the old apartment where she used to live with her cousin:

By the time we got down to IKEA, we were hungry and decided to stop for lunch. I know lunch sounds like a boring subject to read about in a blog, but there is a funny part to this, so bear with me. Holly has been craving Chinese food (which I don't like) for a while, and we came across one of these places right by IKEA:
Fortunately for me, good food was not far away, and there was one of these right next door to Panda Express:

After lunch, we made it over to IKEA. This was my first time ever going to IKEA, which is a favorite place of Holly's.

IKEA turned out to be a pretty neat place. Personally, I think it would be more fun to go shopping there with a specific type of item to be on the lookout for, but today we were (supposedly) just "window shopping" with nothing in particular planned to buy. We did find a couple of little items to pick up by the time we headed to the downstairs part of the store. This is the point where I showed my ignorance about IKEA. Just when I thought we were going to escape while spending less than $5 and mentioned that we were about done, Holly informed me: "Oh, we're not done yet!" How true that was. We wandered around for a while more and picked up some more items (some of which were my idea). I still consider it a victory that we managed to leave with less than $75 worth of merchandise today!

One of the purchases was this neat bookcase, which was marked down to only $25.90 due to damage on the back of it (see pic of the damage below):We wondered if the bookcase would even fit in the car (that's right - we took the car instead of the truck), but we decided to go ahead and buy it and give it a try anyway. After several attempts to get it loaded in, we finally succeeded in doing so. However, unfornately, the only way it would fit was with every seat in the car except the driver's seat folded down! So I proceeded to drive all the way back to Orangevale in rush-hour traffic on I-80 to unload the bookcase myself and then drive back while Holly went back into IKEA to kick back with a soda and do one of her favorite activities - people watching. (By the way, it took nearly an hour to get back home in the traffic! Ugh!)

The rest of the day was quite nice. We ate dinner at Sol Azteca in Folsom, which was a first for both of us. It is good authentic Mexican food and a lot of food for the money.

And what "date day" would be complete without a trip to Costco for some frozen yogurt you ask?! Well, today turned out to be that day, because by the time we made it to Costco to pick up some photos Holly had printed there, we were way too full for any dessert. Oh well, next time!

Despite the crazy fiasco at IKEA, today was a very enjoyable day! We topped it off by watching one of our favorite movies, "Bolt" (which we saw in the theater on our first date together!) and part of "Twister". Thanks for such a fun day, Sweetie!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yes, we are still alive....

Seeing as how it's been nearly a couple months since our last post, I guess it is time to give an update on what is going on in our lives, so here goes....

We are all settled into our little (648-square-foot) one-bedroom apartment in Orangevale. The search for a house continues, and we currently have an offer on a short sale house in Orangevale that we are very excited about! My photos are here, and the MLS listing is here in case you want to check it out. As excited as we are about this house, we have learned from past experiences putting offers on houses, the market is very competitive, and we certainly have a long way to go before we will get those keys to our "new" house. Please keep us in your prayers as we seek God's will in our housing situation, and thanks for all those prayers already lifted up!

About a week and a half ago, our family went to Oregon to celebrate my granddaddy's 75th birthday. It was a lot of fun, and it was great to get the whole Lerman family together again! While we were there, Holly and I went to a really cool car show in old town Florence (yep, you guessed it, I have pictures!!). My mom just posted about the trip on her blog, and you can check out her write-up and photos here.

Last Friday evening, our church held a "music blast" night to kick-off the CD release of our own singer Mary Alviso (visit her web site here). Bill Walsh and some of the members of his band and other musicians from our church played first, and then the band Sam and I are a part of (Scarlet Chord) played numerous songs. We had a lot of fun praising God, and Mary sold quite a few CDs, making the night a big success. Photos here.

And now for a praise report...Sam just found out today he got an engineering job at ADM Associates in Rancho Cordova!!!!!! I understand it is a temporary, part-time job, but that is an excellent start, and I know he must be very excited to finally find a job in his field and right in his own back yard!

We'll try to keep our blog more up to date. We are heading to the 3-day walk in San Francisco a week from tomorrow. As Holly wrote in a previous post, we are working on the lunch crew feeding the walkers as they pass through our station! It is going to be a blast, and we are looking forward to it! Now if you'll excuse me, my wife is almost finished cooking us an amazing spaghetti dinner, so I will sign off for now. Thank you for keeping us in your prayers, and you are in ours! God bless.