Hello and Happy Sunday, dear readers!!  I hope you’ll forgive me for the blog silence as of late — I have certainly had my hands full with weddings galore (today we complete our 4th wedding in four weeks — woohoo!) and fabulous client meetings.  I have also had other exciting things to do lately…

I’m going to be a mommy!!!!!

And it is no small miracle.  Of course, every life that comes into this world is a miracle, worthy of wonder and awe.  But for us, this is such an immense and overwhelming blessing because we have waited so long for this baby.  It has been a difficult and trying road.  Over the course of the past few years, as I would smile as well-intentioned friends and acquaintances asked when we would “finally” have some kids, I did wonder.  I wondered if I would ever become a biological mother.  I wondered if perhaps what I had so quickly assumed was naturally going to be a part of my life, was just a naive hope. So we prayed and trusted and hoped and waited… and the Lord heard our prayers and in His abundant grace, has given us this sweet little “gummy bear.”  :)

me (at 3 months) and my mom — i hope my baby still has a Korean streak!

I am currently in between 7-8 weeks, and although I know many prefer to wait until they clear 12 weeks before sharing the good news, I am not the type to conceal a happy secret (well, if it’s mine to spill!).  I know that the very fact that I am pregnant is God’s doing, and I know that He alone gives and takes away.  I am going to trust in Him as we enjoy this wonderful blessing, and push away the fear that may accompany such a joyful time.  (P.S. We have already had an ultrasound and have already seen/heard the baby’s strong heartbeat!!  What a GIFT!!!)

Sweet baby — know that you are SO loved already.  You are SO wanted and anticipated.  I cannot wait to hold you in my arms next spring.  Until then, we are praying for you daily and eagerly awaiting the day you will join us.

Thank you to everyone for your love & excitement for us.  I can honestly say I can’t WAIT to grow a big ol’ baby belly.  ;-)

**Back to regularly scheduled wedding posts this week — thanks for indulging this personal post!**

xoxo, The Swansons

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Comments (34)

  1. ala: July 24, 2011

    angel!!! congrats to you and your family! so thrilled for this new journey in your life! xoxo

  2. sandra pan: July 24, 2011

    oh angel dear…congratulations!! soooo happy for you!!

  3. sally: July 24, 2011

    Congrats angel!! So very happy for u guys! Every couple has their journey.. may the lord bless ur little gummy bear! I will make you cucumber kimchi and fed ex it to your house. Xoxoxox

  4. Ariel: July 24, 2011

    Congratulations!!!!!!! Many many blessing to you and Erik and your gummy bear!

  5. Courtney toney: July 24, 2011

    Praise God!! I am so excited for you!

  6. Cynthia Aceves: July 24, 2011

    Luis & I are so happy for you & your hubby! God bless you all & I can’t wait to see the baby bump! You r going to be the cutest pregnant woman! Xoxo

  7. Amanda: July 24, 2011

    Yay!!!!! I’m so thrilled for you and Erik. What a gorgeous little one you guys will have!

  8. Meghan: July 24, 2011

    To reiterate…Brandon and I have not stopped praising the Lord for this miracle since we heard! We are so excited for you two and know that His timing in bringing along “gummy bear” was absolutely no mistake. We wouldn’t trade the two years we had to wait for anything, as it caused our faith and trust in the Lord to exponentially grow through that trial, and we know that you guys will feel exactly the same way. This little one is precisely the one the Lord planned for you two to wait on and he/she is going to bless your life beyond measure. The waiting game during pregnancy is not any easier than the waiting you endured the last few years but will just be another opportunity to trust Him with this precious little life that He loves far more than you do or ever will.
    We love you both and can’t wait to meet this cutie pie that is baking away!

  9. Sherry: July 24, 2011

    Yay!!! That is amazing news!!! I didn’t read this until AFTER I saw you today!!!!

  10. Debbie Freeman: July 24, 2011

    OMG Angel!!! Congratulations!!!! Beyond happy and excited for you! You’re going to be such a great mommy. Thata going to one lucky, stylin’ baby!

  11. Isabel: July 24, 2011

    I’m so happy for you and the hubsters. Fingers crossed that your gummy bear has a Korean streak. :)

  12. kristin @ petal and thorn: July 24, 2011

    my heart is bursting! love you so much! you are glowing :)

  13. Veronica: July 24, 2011

    what wonderful news. congratulations! wishing you good health & a happy pregnancy!!

  14. jeannine: July 24, 2011

    congratulations angel! wishing you the very best on this wonderful blessing.

  15. christina: July 24, 2011

    overjoyed with excitement on your news lovely!! what a blessing!!

  16. Penny: July 25, 2011

    So very happy for you both! God bless you as you begin this exciting journey!!

  17. myra :: twigs & honey: July 25, 2011

    That is so wonderful for both you and your husband. Congratulations!!! You are going to be such a wonderful mother! So excited to hear more through the coming months. :)

  18. Jessica: July 25, 2011

    How exciting it is to add to your family and start this new chapter in your lives. Congratulations!

  19. I am an admirer of your work from afar and just wanted to say congratulations and that your story gives many of us hope!

  20. Chenin: July 25, 2011

    I am beyond thrilled for you friend! Congratulations on this amazing blessing!

  21. Jen: July 25, 2011

    Congrats, Angel!! So happy for you!

  22. michelle: July 25, 2011

    my angel, there isn’t much more i can say that we already haven’t discussed! but everything happens for a reason and all the trials and tribulations you’ve been experiencing during this time have created a true blessing. you are going to be a wonderful mother and i can’t wait to meet the little swanson. i’m thrilled for you and erik. my heart is with you both always and now the new addition!! xoxox

  23. Kel: July 25, 2011

    Congrats Angel! I’m SO happy for you and Eric. Can’t wait to hear all about your pregnancy journey throughout these next few months. :)

  24. Vivian: July 25, 2011

    Oh Angel! CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a miracle and a joy for you both! I know you will be a great mommy! Please DO share about your pregnancy along the journey!

  25. ellaine: July 25, 2011

    congrats angel! what wonderful news to you and your family. sending you lots of love and blessings.

  26. KatieP: July 26, 2011

    My dear Angel, your post choked me up because I am also experiencing the same trial and tribulations. Knowing that miracles like yours do happen gives me so much hope. Many many congratulations to you and your family!

  27. Jess: July 26, 2011

    Oh! This post made me cry! I am so happy for you Angel! My best friend went through what was the hardest and most challenging 3 years of her life trying for a child…so many ups and downs. They decided that perhaps they were not meant to have a biological child and started filling out adoption forms. Sure enough, 1 month later… she was pregnant with “the one” that would become her sweet little boy Milo! All I know is that little Milo is one of the most cherished little boys I know!!! Super great things come to those who wait! He is perfect. And I know yours will be too!
    Congrats on the new start to your new family!

  28. Angela Scialabba: July 26, 2011

    Angel!!!!!! Congratulations!!! To God be the glory!!

  29. Allyson Levine: July 26, 2011

    Congratulations beautiful!! Sending you so much love!

    xoxoxo

  30. Michelle: July 26, 2011

    Angel, congratulations!!! I’m so, so happy for you. You are going to be one fantastic mother. :)

  31. FRECKLES CHICK: July 26, 2011

    I just wanted to come out of lurking mode & say CONGRATULATIONS to you & your husband!! The journey that brought your darling little one into your lives has been worth the wait. What a blessing!!

    I’m 26 wks myself & thus far it has been such a joy. A happy, healthy pregnancy to you!!

    P.S. The gummy bear’s going to be one stylish baby, that’s for sure!

  32. una: July 26, 2011

    congratulations, angel. i am so happy and excited for you. motherhood is the hardest but best job ever. man oh man did this baby luck out with an awesome umma!!!!

  33. Jaclyne - Heavenly Blooms: July 31, 2011

    So very happy for you Angel!! You are going to be a wonderful mama! This is going to be one stylish little gummy bear. Excited for you and your growing family… Congratulations on your little miracle…xoxo

  34. Rachel (heart of light): August 5, 2011

    I’m late to this party, but I’m so happy for you guys, Angel! Huge congratulations!

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