Sunday, January 26, 2014

Transfer Date Set & 90 Day Bible Challenge

Last night Rob and I had a lovely date night. We went off to Church to listen to a beautiful sermon- but more than that our wonderful friend and her daughter sang last night. There is no doubt that they a so truly blessed. When they sing together I can't help but to fill with emotion. Normally I sing along at Church-- but I never want to miss the sound of their voices so I stay silent when they are up there and just drink them in as they worship together. 

I can only hope to raise children as our dear friend Kim as raised her daughter and son. To watch them stand and worship and sing together- its beautiful and its so very rare. It was the perfect way for us to pray over our 9 little embryo's. 

We went to dinner afterwards at a restaurant in Margate called Steven & Cookies- its right on the bay. If you live near South Jersey or ever come to visit- its a beautiful place with fresh food and a wonderful bartender if I do say so. You see my Uncle Bruce has been a bartender there for 17 years- so we sat at the bar and had a wonderful meal and chatted with my Uncle. It truly was a lovely date night out. 

This morning I received another wonderful update from the embryologist that all 9 of our embryos are still growing and dividing normally. I feel like we are just so blessed. I know how lucky we are -- I have seen a lot of pain in the blogosphere lately and it further cements that we want to donate any of the left over embryo's so women who want to be mothers more than anything in the world can do so through the miracle of embryo adoption. I wish I could send some of my embryo's off to some of you in this moment. I know that they won't be children of your own DNA-- but I do know that they will be YOUR children and loved and cherished more that I could ever imagine. I am going to make EA a platform of mine through this journey and spread the word as far as I can about the miracle that it truly is.

Our transfer date has been set for Tuesday - which will be day 5. We don't have a time just yet. They said they would call tomorrow with my instructions and time of transfer. We are so excited to have made it this far. A lot of people have asked us how many we plan to transfer- the true answer is - We just don't truly know yet. Its so hard to say 1 or 2 . I think when we are there and we have to answer that the answer will come to us. I thank so many for you for your stories and input and advise on the matter- please know that I have taken them all to heart, but I just can't reveal our choice yet, because I just don't know for sure. 

Our Church is doing a B90X Challenge- you can take part of all 3 parts of the challenge or just a single part-- or 2 parts of it.. its up to you. 

The 3 Challenges- 

90 Day Bible Reading Challenge- We'll be reading through the entire New Testament in 90 days

90 Day Serve Challenge- Commit to serving 90 days at the Church

90 Day Tithe Challenge- Commit to give your tithe (10%) for 90 days

I am doing the 90 Day Bible Reading Challenge. I am going to be sharing some verses as I read through the challenge. 

Day 1- Matthew 1-3, I chose a few verses from each chapter that either touched my heart or that I felt compelled to share with you. 

Matthew 1:20-21 

20But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

Can you imagine a dream like the one Joseph had? That your wife is carrying the Holy Ghost. What the name of your son is? And even more so what he will do with his life- I have had dreams where I feel like Jesus is sending me a message, but never have I had a dream like Joseph's. 

Matthew 2:13-16

13And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
14When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:
15And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.
16Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men.

This verse once again shows Joseph dreaming and listening. I hope that anytime I feel like Jesus is speaking to me in a dream I can be as obedient and trusting as Joseph. If Joseph wouldn't have listened then Herod would have came and killed Jesus in Bethlehem. This verse truly speaks to me- that I should listen when Jesus speaks to me and follow what he is saying. 

Matthew 3:16-17

13Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
14But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
15And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
16And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

I just loved this verse. Especially how Matthew describes the Spirit of God descending like a dove and light upon him. "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 

If reading through the New Testament with me isn't your thing I understand, but if you want to take part feel free to journal along and share what touched you in the verses. Todays Chapters were Matthew 1-3- Tomorrow is Matthew 4-6. 

Don't worry I will still be blogging about of journey as well, but part of the challenge is sharing it and journaling it and seeing what God does in our lives as we move through the challenge. I hope you read along with me and please feel free to share what you take away as we read together and how God is changing or working in your life during the 90 days. 

17 comments:

  1. I will be thinking of you and your embabies on Tuesday. What a miracle all nine are still doing well!! I hope you know that however many embies you choose to transfer, it will be the right choice. Only you know best--you're their mom! Hoping so hard for you. Glad you had such a nice night out :) And your friend and her daughter singing together? That's a dream of mine. I'm a terrible singer but I love it so much and I've always hoped for my kids to sing with me :)

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    1. Thanks Adi! I'm a terrible singer too- but I love to do it anyway! Wishing you the best!

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  2. So glad things are going well Kasey!! love the idea of the 90 day bible challenge - hope it's a sweet time of growth for you xoxo

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  3. I'm very pleased to read that all 9 are growing well. We only had one embryo in each IVF to transfer but with the FETs we transferred two embryos each time. The embryo quality might be your deciding factor in how many you transfer.

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    1. I think the quality will ultimately help us decide too.

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  4. Such great news! Praying for a smooth transfer on Tuesday.

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  5. Aww Goodnews!!! I am so happy they are continuing to grow. So excited to know how many you all decided to put back. Also I am excited to hear about your experience in this 90 day challenge.

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    1. Thanks Charity! I love good news :)

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  6. That's great news! I don't know much about how the whole process works, but it sounds like things are going well. I'll be praying for you in the next couple of days.

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    1. Things are going so very well :) Thank you for praying!

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  7. Praying for you on Tuesday girlie!!! I love that you are doing the 90 Bible challenge. My church just did the Daniel fast for 21 days and during that time we read the Gospels. I have read them a bagillion times but during this fast when I was denying myself yummo food, I saw Jesus in a different light and the stories spoke to me in different ways. I hope to share them in a few blog posts soon. hugs girlie!!

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    1. Thanks Elisha! I can't wait to hear about the different ways the stories spoke to you!

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  8. Here from ICLW-- Good luck Tuesday!! We have our pregnancy test Tuesday, so it's a big day for both of us! :) Will be thinking of you.

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  9. Good luck!! And is that even possible? Embryo adoption/donation P2P? Just curious because we may end up town that road,

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