The News is OUT!

Well, if you're my friend on facebook then you already know my big news :) (and what one of those doctor's appointments today was for!)

Baby #3 (eeeek!) is due on April 16, 2012!!! It's been so hard to blog in the past few weeks, knowing this big news but not really being ready to share it with the world :) Which is why I honestly just didn't really blog.... I felt so dishonest... haha. 

We were totally surprised by this pregnancy! But we know that this life is ordained by God and it certainly was no surprise to Him! I can hardly believe there is yet another life inside my womb. Life is such a miracle... such a gift. It isn't given lightly. 

I had thought I was due on April 22, but the ultrasound showed baby due on the 16th... a full week earlier than I had calculated! It's kind of nice to just sort of "skip" a week ;) Baby looks so beautiful! With my first 2, I had the initial ultrasound around 7 weeks, and baby always looks mostly like an oval at that point, so to see this baby was such a pleasant surprise for me. This baby truly looks like a baby! Seeing his or her little head and body was miraculous! I'm so blessed.

I've been REALLY nauseous this time around. Much more than with the first 2. Ick. Even as I'm writing this I'm so ready to just run to the bathroom! Still no puking, (thank God!) but just constant wanting to. Ugh. But God keeps reminding me... what's a little nausea compared to LIFE?! nothing, that's what!

I can't believe I'm jumping back into this world of pregnancy! With a 2 year old and 9 month old in tow. Whew, what a crazy life, huh?!

You know, on my way to my appointment today, God did such a work in my heart. I've been so shocked by this pregnancy and at times I've felt so overwhelmed by this new reality. But today, as I drove to the doctor (alone in the car... ahhhh.... kids were with Grandma!) God spoke to me in volumes. I was listening to the song "Beautiful Grace" by Tommee Proffitt and I just felt like I was falling in love with Jesus all over again. I was reminded of the BIG picture....and the fact that even if having 3 kids will be the most difficult thing I've ever done.... and even if I'm exhausted and nauseous while chasing around 2 little ones....and even if I cry some days because I feel like I'm drowning... what God is doing is SO MUCH BIGGER.

When Mary conceived Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit, her reputation became crap. She was viewed as unfaithful, an adulteress and fornicator. She was questioned by her fiance. She was probably defamed, made fun of, and whispered about. But God's plan was SO much more important than all of that. She was probably so uncomfortable as she rode, 9 months pregnant, on the back of a donkey through the rough terrain. She was probably SUPER uncomfortable giving birth in a smelly stable.... but God's plan was BIGGER. His ways are HIGHER than our WAYS. His thoughts, than our thoughts. HE knows the big picture, which is why we have to trust Him even in our uncertainty. 

How dare I feel as though it's an inconvenient time to get pregnant. 

life is never an incovenience. 
it is always, only, ever a BLESSING. 
the fulfillment of a dream in God's heart to create another worshiper to glorify Himself. 
life is beautiful.
life is precious.
life is a gift.

How blessed am I to carry it inside my own body? 


Beka said...


Congrats girl! So excited for you! :)

Haley Galloway said...


I'm also expecting March 21st of next year so we are only a few weeks apart! God bless you and that little life forming inside your womb. I hope your sickness passes soon! I'm just entering the 14th week this wednesday and this is the first week I haven't puked so I've been saying hallelujah all week!

LeAnna said...

Aw, congratulations!! I love how God showed you such meaning, and gave you peace about everything. He is sooo faithful like that. Life is NEVER an inconvenience, Amen.

Callie Nicole said...

Aaaah! Congratulations,Claire!!! I'm so excited for you- what a blessing!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

AAAAHHH!! Congratulations!!! Oh my goodness what a blessing. I'll with LeAnna and love how He showed you peace and love for Him through it all.

I'm so flipping excited for you. I love your spirit over it all!

Emily w/Amazing Grapes

~The Harrison Family~ said...


My heart is full of joy for you and this new little life that God is blessing your family with. Babies are such gifts from God and it touches my heart when I see couples so in tune with that and that raise their children to honor and glorify Him. It's so beautiful.

I couldn't be more excited for you guys and cannot wait to meet the newest Flores babe.

Also, do you have Tommee's latest CD yet? "I know your love"? If not, I want to get it for you, it's his best yet! So glad "Beautiful Grace" is blessing you friend, his music sure blesses me!

Congratulations on new life! Praying your sickness goes away soon so you can enjoy the rest of your pregnancy to the fullest and take care of those precious girls the way a momma needs too.

Love you,

Natalie said...

Awww YAY congrats! God always does work in mysterious ways! What a blessing to you and your family!

Carly Anne said...

How wonderful! Congrats, my dear. I can't wait to follow your journey for the next nine months. :)

Ria @ Life as a Wife! said...

This blessed me completely... What an amazing example you are! :) You are right nausea is nothing compared to this life... God's got us!!! What an amazing surprise for you, I am so excited. We are going to have newborns close together! WOO HOO!!!!!!! Bless you in this time, friend!

Sarah Heineman said...

So well written Claire!!! And CONGRATULATIONS :) So so happy for you

Natalie said...

Congratulations!! That is such exciting news :)

Amanda said...

congratulations!!!!!! i'm so happy for you!

Julie S. said...

How exciting! Congratulations!

FemminaDaVinci said...

Congrats!! I am due about the same time :D

Mom said...

You are such a wonderful, capable, amazing mother, Claire! A devoted wife to Bryan and such a blessing to us. Yes, you have your hands full and the work is hard, but God will be your strength and you will find His grace sufficient to meet all your needs. Dad and I are very proud of you and our beautiful grandchildren! God has blessed us with this new baby too!