I was a little nervous about how my big boys would react to bringing a new baby home. When we brought Griffin home Levi didn’t talk to me for about two weeks. He didn’t really want anything to do with me. Change is hard for that sweet boy. And Griffin, well, let’s just say he is a major mama’s boy and strong willed too. I wasn’t sure how that combination would play out when he realized he wasn’t the baby anymore.

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Jake was born at 11:30 at night so it wasn’t until the next day that the boys came to the hospital.

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We told Joel’s parents not to tell them if the baby was a boy or girl, so all they knew was that their baby was here. Joel met them in the hallway and waited for a few minutes so we could get the cameras ready. He said Griffin was so impatient and kept pulling his arm and saying, “I see my baby now.”

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Griffin jumped right up on the hospital bed. He was so excited.

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He was all about holding his baby. He had told me all throughout the pregnancy that he was getting a boy baby. He was right.

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Levi went straight for his daddy and wasn’t so sure about the whole hospital thing.

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He wanted to hold Jake when Joel brought him over to the couch but he stayed very close to his daddy the whole time.

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Levi finally warmed up a little and came over to my bed when we unwrapped Jake. He was checking to see if his hand was bigger than Jake’s hand.

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While Levi and Daddy were discussing who was the biggest brother, Griffin was asking me a million questions. He was so curious about everything.

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There is something so special about seeing all your babies together for the first time as your family grows. I so wish Cora could have been standing at the end of that bed meeting Jake for the first time too. But these three boys of mine…what a precious gift they are. I’ve got a big job ahead of me and I am so thankful that the Lord is going to be walking right beside me every step of the way.

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  • August 22, 2014 - 8:01 am

    Valerie - So precious! Hope adjusting to life with 3 has been going smoothly. Congratulations again!ReplyCancel

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    Kim Freund - Jess, This is the sweetest post. Who took the photos? They captured some precious moments. I love seeing your family grow and hearing about your boy’s different personalities. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

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  • August 22, 2014 - 9:37 am

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I have so much to tell you about Jake and I am getting so far behind. I guess that is what happens when you have three kids. And what happens when you have a newborn and both of your older boys get hand, foot, and mouth (yes they did…but we won’t talk about that). Last week was all about surviving….and unfortunately not about sleeping at all. And survive we did thanks to some extra grace and patience from the Lord…and a lot of movies too. I am still working on catching up on my sleep though. I have a feeling that might not happen for awhile.

So…from where I left off in my last post

I called the hospital and told them I thought my water broke. The nurse said that I should come in but not to rush if I wanted to take a shower or something like that. So Joel took the boys over to his parents and I was trying to get things a little bit in order around the house. My house was a disaster and I was not prepared to have a baby at all. I still had 11 days, remember? Since I had already taken a shower that morning (a miracle!), I was trying to decide how much I could get done before we had to leave for the hospital when Joel came back and asked if I was ready to go. Apparently he was. He talked me into getting my bag packed and getting into the car. He thought it was more important to get to the hospital before he had to deliver the baby himself than it was to have a clean house. I assured him that wasn’t going to happen…but he still won. It wasn’t until after we got to the hospital that I realized I hadn’t even eaten anything since lunch. I was so hungry. I blamed that on Joel too because he made me rush out of the house…of course.;)

We got to the hospital about 7:15 that evening. By this time nothing had changed. I was still having contractions but they were about the same as they had been the prior few days. It turns out that my “did your water break” test came back negative. My doctor (who happened to be on call that night, praise the Lord!) came in to give me the results and I asked him if he was sending me home. I was just sure we weren’t going to have this baby that night. But he told me that I was dilated to a four and that I wasn’t going anywhere. I could hardly believe it. We actually were going to have this baby that night.

This was definitely my easiest delivery yet. After breaking my water, I got stuck at a four which always happens to me. After a lovely epidural and some pitocin to kick my body into gear it was time for baby! At 11:30 Joel announced that we had our third boy and we got to meet our sweet Jake.

Late that night as I sat with this brand new baby swaddled up in my arms, I was overwhelmed once again by how God continues to bring life to our family. Three boys! What a precious gift Jake Fisher is. I can hardly believe I get to be his mama.

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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Lisa - He is so beautiful…as is his mama. :-) ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Meggie - Love all your amazing photographs! He is just precious!! And I’m pretty partial to 3 boys. There’s just nothing like them. =)ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Becca - Awww, congratulations. What a sweet new addition to your family. Prayers for continued health and happiness…and much more sleep for Momma.ReplyCancel

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    Jenni - He has your eyes!! What a sweetie, congrats to your whole family!

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    Jennifer Tucker - Congrats! Beautiful baby! God bless!ReplyCancel

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    chrissi - what a beautiful boy. God bless each of you.ReplyCancel

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    Andrea - congrats Jess! He looks just like Joel!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    Alyssa - Love it all Jes, your heart…honesty and ya’lls story! Prayers for you guys! We welcome McCoy our 3rd last October and I know all the joy and exhaustion you are experiencing right now!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 3:41 pm

    Megan - I just had our third last Sept (so mine are 5, 3 1/2 and 10 months now) and I know how tired you are, even without the older two being sick!!! Bless your heart. It is total survival mode but I pray you make it through with joy at the end of the hardest days and that you feel the Lord right beside you when you are feeling beat down!!!! All four of your kids are crazy cute! Jake Fisher (obsessed w/ the name!) is certainly no exception!! Thanks for the update!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 3:48 pm

    Tahnie - You are so blessed!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Leiah - He looks so sweet! You look amazing! I love all the creative hospital photographs. I wish you lots of sleep!!! The beginning is so hard. I thought it took me about a month to feel human again. Human not equal to being myself…that was months later, if ever.ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    Leah S. - Ahhhh! You’re making me want a baby, like, now! :) He is the sweetest!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Kathy - Congratulations on your sweet baby boy! He’s just as precious and beautiful as all of your other babies were :) ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Congrats again! He is beautiful! Do you happen to know where you got those blue pants with the feet on them?ReplyCancel

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    Jackie - Awee Congrats! You both make beautiful babies, all 3 boys are precious :) ReplyCancel

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    Melanie Martini - Oh Jess, he is so sweet! You and your precious family are a gift from God! <3ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    traci - I rarely to never comment but you all make the most GORGEOUS kids!!! Jake is the most handsome baby I have ever seen. Congratulations to your beautiful family!!!ReplyCancel

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    Jane - He is just beautiful!!! Congratulations!! He looks just like you!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    Kelly - Oh Jess! He is soooo beautiful! I am eating up these pictures of him! The first bath picture!!! Swoon!!!

    My first labor was similar with me thinking (but being in great denial even though I was THREE days past my due date) that my water had broken and my husband convinced me to call my doctor and he said he would give me two hours before I had to come in. MUCH to my husband’s distress I was cleaning, organizing, packing my bag, asking him to cook me dinner and then us sit down and eat it . . . :) But hey, he didn’t deliver the baby in the car so it all worked out just fine.

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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:12 pm

    Amie - Awwwww! My heart is so full looking at these sweet pics of little Jake! Congrats to you all! Give everyone a big hug from us! I will continue to pray for more sleep:) wow do I remember those days:)
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  • August 14, 2014 - 12:40 pm

    Mary Ann - He is beautiful beyond belief. I can see bits and pieces of your other children and your and your husband in Jake. Definitely a gift from God. So happy for all of you. As the others said, I hope things get better and you get some sleep. You are one amazing mama.ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    Toni :O) - Oh Jess, he is just absolutely perfect and beyond cute!! So many adorable photos!! Such a blessing and thank you for sharing. Sorry to hear of that yucky little disease hitting your house, my son had that and it was awful so you have my sympathy. Hang in there, it truly will get easier. Your family is gorgeous!ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 1:47 pm

    Toni :O) - Oh Jess, the photos are so wonderful, thank you for sharing! He’s just gorgeous and beyond cute. Such a blessing. Sorry to hear about that yucky disease hitting your house, we had that with our son and it was no fun. Hang in there, it’ll get better and enjoy this precious newborn phase.ReplyCancel

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  • August 14, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Sara Tams - I love all the gorgeous photos! :) ReplyCancel

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    Paige Stanfield - Sweet, sweet baby! Enjoy this precious time!ReplyCancel

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  • August 15, 2014 - 2:03 am

    Kimberly Oyler - Jess he is so darling! I see a lot of Joel in his face and definitely think he looks so much like the boys already! what a blessing three boys is! and how lucky are they to have you as their mama.ReplyCancel

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  • August 15, 2014 - 11:23 pm

    teresa - Your baby is precious. Rejoicing with you and thanking God for the safe arrival of your little one.ReplyCancel

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    Allison - Love it, absolutely precious pictures! Love them all, but my favorite is the one of Joel sitting & looking at his boy; adorable! He definitely has your eyes!ReplyCancel

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    Vera - You have THE most gorgeous babies. Truly. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    Lisa - I think he looks like Griffin and his daddy! :-) ReplyCancel

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    Julie Sestak - Mothers of little boys are busy from “son” up til “son” down!! Enjoy-it goes way too fast!ReplyCancel

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I am coming out of my new mom coma to attempt a blog post. Where do I even begin? Thank you so much for all your kind words of congratulations. Jake is the sweetest and has been our most laid back baby yet. He is making this transition to three kids so easy on us. The big boys are having a harder time and are making the transition a little more difficult. ;)  Change is hard for everyone and I am sure it is just going to take some time for us all to figure this out. I love seeing the bonds already beginning to form between my boys…my THREE boys! All that to say, I am not sure how much I will be posting…but I am determined to get some photos of Jake posted this week…because he is just too cute not to.

So for today, let me tell you about the week Jake decided to make his surprise arrival…

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I was 38 weeks and feeling incredibly huge. I had mastered the waddle (let’s be honest…I mastered that a long time ago), felt like my body might break at any moment, and was having lots of contractions. I still figured I would end up getting induced because that just seemed to be how it usually worked out. We ate pizza with my sister and her family on that Sunday when we took the belly photo together. She was due on July 25 and I was due on July 27. We were counting down the days…only two weeks left. But that meant I still had two weeks left to get everything done before meeting this little one!

The boys were busy doing summer things. Griffin has been all about catching toads…and all about wearing his shoes on the wrong feet…and all about mamas and babies. He was showing me his mama and baby toad in the photo above. Levi had his first swimming lessons this summer. He loved it and learned so much! He is so proud that he can put his head under water now. We finished the lessons the day before Jake was born. Phew! Barely squeezed that in.

Wednesday, the day Jake was born, was a full one. We spent the morning at the library for story time before going to my sister’s house. The boys and their cousin stayed with a babysitter and Anne and I went to Wichita to have one last sister date (thanks to my sweet mom!) before the babies arrived. We ate lunch, had our toes done, went to Starbucks and then ran a few errands. We got back about five o’clock and the boys and I headed home.

Joel got home about the same time we did. We talked about our days, I opened a few baby things that had come in the mail, and then I sat down on the stairs to watch the boys play outside. And then my water broke…or at least I thought that is what happened. Little did we know we would be meeting our Jake late that same night…eleven days early. Oh my, were we surprised!

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  • August 4, 2014 - 12:47 pm

    molly - Enjoy this time. Man, does it just fly by. We welcomed our third in January. And YES, it is a big adjustment for the older boys! Now she is six months already and I can hardly believe it!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Sarah W - Aww what an exciting start to your labor story! Congratulations Jess!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    Mary Ann - And what a lovely surprise it was…I’m sure every momma would like to be able to have their 3rd baby come 2 weeks ahead of time on their own without haveing to be induced. He really is a beautiful boy. I love his name and your family must be in 7th heaven with your new baby Mac. You have a sweet family and I love your posts and pictures. I have followed your blog for several years and enjoy your sharing a little bit of your life with us bloggers friends. Enjoy the rest of the summer and life with your 3 sons!!ReplyCancel

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  • August 4, 2014 - 2:35 pm

    babykatesmom - What a sweet family Jess! Please keep posting & sharing photos, your 3 boys are adorable & the 4th Mac Baby is too cute! I only have 2 but I remember the feeling in those last few weeks, neither came early & I was induced with them both – how wonderful to have your labor start all on its own. Baby Jake was ready to meet you!
    Hang in there!
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  • August 4, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Lea - Wow! that was quick! I’m sure you will have it figured out shortly and you all will have your routine and it will go smoothly. What a precious family! Blessings to you!ReplyCancel

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  • August 5, 2014 - 12:28 am

    Lori RAILE - Welcome to the Mama of 3 boys club!! We were so happy to hear that Jake had arrived and all was well! Wishing you luck with this time of transition. My baby boy Kaden turns one this week. My two older boys love him SO much but there were certainly challenges in the beginning. Just keep including them in his care and letting them know how special it is to have brothers! Colt and Luke tease and bicker constantly but have this amazing bond that makes my heart so happy!
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  • August 13, 2014 - 10:04 am

    meet jake » The Macs - […] So…from where I left off in my last post… […]ReplyCancel

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Last week we got a big surprise. The sweetest surprise. He arrived eleven days early and we were totally unprepared…but we are so thankful he is here. Introducing (in case you didn’t hear on instagram)…

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We our so in love with little Jake already…and we can hardly believe that God has blessed us with THREE boys. Our hearts are full. Many more pictures to come…if I ever find time to post them! ;)

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  • July 21, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    Corrie - So glad he’s here safe & sound! You have the cutest babies. :) Congrats on your 4 sweet children.ReplyCancel

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    kimberly oyler - such a cutie! congrats jess! those boys sure are lucky to have you.ReplyCancel

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    ashley - Beautiful! Congratulations on your beautiful bounty of boys ;) ReplyCancel

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    Meggie - Congratulations!! He is precious! 3 boys in a row are SO special. =)ReplyCancel

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    Joyce - He’s beautiful…best wishes to you and your houseful : )ReplyCancel

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    Kelly - Congratulations! I don’t believe I have ever commented before, but have followed your “story” for several years. We live in Kenya and have four boys. I guess the four children, 3 of them boys drew me in to comment! You have gorgeous children and even more beautiful story of God at work in your lives!ReplyCancel

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    Sara Tams - Congratulations! He’s so beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Jennifer Tucker - Congrats! So happy for you. God bless.ReplyCancel

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    babykatesmom - Congratulations again! Baby Mac #4 is just precious!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Kim - He is precious! Congrats!ReplyCancel

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    Ann - Looks like you will need a bigger tractor cab to carry those boys to the field! Congrats, I know the boys are thrilled. He is just beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    Jane - Congratulations!!! What a blessing! What a beautiful family!ReplyCancel

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    leiah - What a sweet surprise! Congrats. I don’t follow you on instagram, so I enjoy the blog updates.ReplyCancel

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    Susan - Congratulations! I just had my third boy also. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

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    Michele - Congratulations! He’s the best kind of surprise. Enjoy that sweet baby boy and his big brothers.ReplyCancel

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    Liana - Awe, he’s beautiful! Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    chrissi - beautiful baby. three boys…how wonderful is that? love.ReplyCancel

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    Angela - Congratulations on your sweet baby! He is precious!! <3ReplyCancel

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    Renee - So happy for you and your family… a beautiful baby boy. I love the name too. God bless you all.ReplyCancel

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    Deborah - Congratulations! Jake is adorable.ReplyCancel

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    traci - He is absolutely gorgeous….just like his brothers!! Congratulations!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Ali - He’s so cute! He looks like a Mac :) ReplyCancel

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    Melinda - Oh he is just beautiful, congrats!! I am the proud mama of 3 boys (Cody, Luke & Levi), you will love having 3 boys!ReplyCancel

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    Mary Ann - Oh my…he’s adorable. I really like his name and I’m so happy for your family. I bet Levi and Griffin are over the moon in love with their new baby brother. Glad everything went well and hope you are doing well too. Happy Happy…Joy Joy!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2014 - 4:53 pm

    Jennay - Congratulations! He’s absolutely adorable! I’ve been sending good vibes, prayers, thoughts, and love your way! I bet the boys are so excited to have a little brother! Hope you are doing well! So very happy for you all! =)ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Sandy Staggs - Congratulations on your newest blessing!ReplyCancel

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    Karen in Texas - Congrats he is beautiful !! What a blessing from God!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 22, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Davene Grace - Oh, how wonderful! Your trio of boys is absolutely precious! I love Jake’s name (especially because my last name is Fisher). :)

    The Instagram picture of your family sitting on the couch together makes me laugh because of the picture of the cow behind you. That huge nose! :)

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    Lois - Congratulations to your family! God has blessed you with a beautiful gift!ReplyCancel

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    Paula - Congtatulations!! Beautiful Baby Mac #4!!ReplyCancel

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    Ceri - Congratulations Jess! Welcome Jake. He is so precious. You already know how awesome boys are. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

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    Susan - Hey Jess,

    I have followed your story for many years, even though I don’t often comment. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your beautiful new little boy, he is so precious. And I love your name choice, since it is my only son’s name too ;o) I hope that everything’s going well for you, with 3 young boys in the house, I’m sure you’re exhausted.

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  • July 23, 2014 - 7:49 am

    Toni :O) - Wow, awesome news!! Congratulations on your newest bundle of BOY!! Hooray for you all and may God’s blessings continue to shine down on you. Now you officially have “My Three Sons!” LOLReplyCancel

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    Stephanie - Jess! He’s so beautiful. Congratulations!!ReplyCancel

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    Diane Taylor - Jes – congratulations !!!!!! He sure looks like a MAC boy to me, lol. What a blessing – momma to 3 boys is so special. Cora is beaming from above at her 3 younger brothers :):)

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  • July 23, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Chelsa knepp - We share a birthday :) it was my 29th- I also weighed 7lbs 8oz at birth!ReplyCancel

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    Paige - Yaaaaaayyyy! You can join my “Moms of Three Boys Club!” And he was born on my birthday!ReplyCancel

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    Muriel Siadak - Jess- Congratulations! Wonderful surprise! Enjoy all the special things your boys will bring into your lives!ReplyCancel

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    Elizabeth - Hooray for boys!! I am so happy for you and your little family. God blessed you with exactly what you were meant to have…..little boys to always stay close to their momma. Praying for you all……ReplyCancel

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    Cindy - Congratulations! He’s so adorable and I’m guessing the boys are loving their new brother!ReplyCancel

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    Andrea Siebert - congrats Jess-he’s beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    laney - …sweet blessings to everyone…laneyReplyCancel

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  • July 23, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    Yolanda Bowen Pound - Congratulations Jess and Joel on your wonderful little Jake Fisher. He is way beyond cute, just like his two adorable big brothers. Glad that he’s here and healthy and that all went well with his birth. God continues to bless a wonderful family. Much love to all the “Macs”.ReplyCancel

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    Erica - Congratulations Jess and Joel. He’s beautiful. I know you are loving this 4th little blessing. Cora has some cute little brothers.ReplyCancel

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    Angela - Congrats!!! So happy for you. 3 boys!! I am about to have my third boy (any day now!) so I’m definitely able to relate to you! Hope these newborn days are going well.ReplyCancel

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    january - Oh Praise! How very blessed you are! WE have 4 boys and love every minute of it! So very happy for your precious family!!!!ReplyCancel

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    Jenny - Congrats!! He is absolutely adorable :) ReplyCancel

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    Celine - What a beauty! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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    Megan - Oh my goodness, that is a beautiful, perfect, adorable baby. You guys pick great names too. I hope if you can/want to you tell the meaning behind it like your other kids’ names. If not, I understand! We just had our third in Sept so I know how busy you are! God bless you and all your family! Also I am praying for the mix of emotions his arrival must bring with you missing Cora. I can’t imagine. I just can’t. It seems too much for one mama’s heart to take, so I pray that God will hold you every second.ReplyCancel

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  • July 25, 2014 - 7:29 am

    Karen - Welcome Jake and congratulations to you – he is just gorgeous! Hope you are enjoying this precious timeReplyCancel

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    Tina - oh, he is precious! Congratulations to all of you! May God continue to bless you all in a very special way! He is GOOD!ReplyCancel

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    Rachel Williams - YEAH! What a blessing. I am happy to have another birthday twin to share my day with. I turned 30 and think it is the best day ever!ReplyCancel

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    Carrie B. - Congrats on your newest blessing! My son’s name is Fisher! So cool! Their birthdays are only 9 days apart! Can’t wait to see more pictures!ReplyCancel

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    Jake's a Girl - Congrats! He’s beautiful! They can steal your heart without ever blinking an eye.ReplyCancel

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    Karina - Oh my goodness….congratulations!!! I just got home from vacation and felt like I HAD to check your blog…What a wonderful surprise!ReplyCancel

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    Natalie - Congratulations Jess! Such a sweet sweet blessing! He is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

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    maegen - So happy for your family! He is beautiful!!ReplyCancel

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    Lea - Awe, my 3 sons, he is absolutely adorable!!! Looking forward to seeing more pics!ReplyCancel

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“…my natural setting is not to trust God but to trust in what I can accumulate, what I can create and collect. But to experience the salvation of God is to experience and rest in his daily provision of all our needs. God has always been in the business of giving his people just enough to keep us dependent on him. This is why we are to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” (Matt. 6:11). He wants us to come back and ask him again tomorrow, because he wants the relationship with us that is fostered through daily dependence.”

-Nancy Guthrie, The Lamb of God

As I studied this portion of Exodus (Exodus 13-17) one of the Bible study questions asked us to identify God’s part and Israel’s part in the crossing of the Red Sea, the provision of manna, and provision of water. I saw that as we look at Israel’s part it helps us understand our part in experiencing salvation and provision in Christ. So, what was Israel’s part?

stand firm + be still + fear not + go forward + gather and eat + drink

I know I have shared this before but I used to think I was a pretty flexible, easy going person. But since losing Cora change is just, well…hard. Every time change enters my life, whether planned or unexpected, joyful or sorrowful, I start fighting back familiar emotions. Something about change reminds me of loss. It reminds me that we are moving forward, once again, without our baby girl. So as we plow through this month of July, anxiously awaiting the addition of this precious new life to our family, I find myself getting overwhelmed. I start over-worrying, over-planning, and trying to control the changes and emotions that I feel are about to come. I forget my part…just like the Israelites often did. I try to do, do, do and go, go, go. I start to complain and I doubt God’s provision. I wonder if this change is going to align with what seems good to me or if I am going to be surprised again by what God is about to do. I forget to simply stand firm, be still, fear not, go forward, as I gather, eat and drink from the Truth of God’s Word. I’ve been reminded again how I need to come to God in daily dependence. Not worrying about tomorrow but trusting Him for today. And delighting in the fact that He wants this kind of relationship with me. He desires this dependent relationship with me. And I can rest in knowing that He will provide all I need for today…until I come back to Him again tomorrow.

Sunday we sang Be Thou My Vision in church. I can clearly remember struggling through these words before and as they came up on the screen I found myself fighting back the tears again…

Heart of my own heart whatever befall

Still be my vision O Ruler of all.

I am praying these words for myself and my family as we are about ready to step into another season of change, even though it is an incredibly joyful change. I pray that my vision for my family would align with God’s vision. And that I would remember, because I so often forget, that I need to daily depend on Him because He alone satisfies. He alone gives life. I love this version of Be Thou My Vision

My Jesus, you satisfy.

Jesus said to them, ” I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35

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  • July 15, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Deb - Beautiful Jess. Thanks so much for sharing. I agree, change is so very hard.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Amanda - Thank you for this Jess!
    Praying for youReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2014 - 3:24 pm

    Elizabeth - Oh man……this is exactly what I needed to read today. I was called yesterday for a job interview this coming Tuesday. The amount of money I would earn would be a true blessing for my family. I started to doubt myself and wonder if I should leave the comfort of my current job and switch to the new job if I am offered it. After speaking with my mom, she told me that if all the doors open easily then God wants me to have this job. If I have to push through barriers then it is better to stay where I am. Thank you for posting such a perfect message today. I will be praying for a safe and happy delivery of baby #4!!!ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Mary Ann - Thanks for the reminder that God is always there for us…we simply have to ask. It’s good to be reminded that all we have was his to begin with. Change is hard for sure…I can’t imagine as a mother how hard it is for you to mark the days and try to imagine what your darling Cora would have been doing at this certain age or what she would have learned or been gifted with. But God knows your heart and he will always be there to support and sustain you every step of the way. Yes, your new baby will be a joyful change and we are all very excited for your family.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    Celine - Thank you so much for this reminder. Four months ago (just 9 weeks after our 3rd child was born) I found out that my husband had been living a double life, and had a girlfriend. Upon me finding out and confronting him, he decided to leave me and his children, and continue his relationship with the other woman. My entire world came crumbling down. Every day is a struggle, and this is a good reminder that God will provide for all my needs and I am not going through this alone.
    Best wishes to you in the upcoming weeks as you prepare to meet your baby.ReplyCancel

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  • July 15, 2014 - 10:50 pm

    Jane - This was so beautiful. You know what I find most profound and wonderful about your blog posts? Your words are so simple, so clear, so diluted from a grandiose sense of proclaiming faith….and yet so weighted with truth, love and honesty. When you read words from the bible they can seem small (like truth, love, joy, forgiveness, faithfulness, sorrow), it is really easy really lose the true weight of a tiny word like “joy” until you hear (or read) it from a fellow believer and just ‘know’ they understand what the words in those bible passages mean. I love reading your blog because I can truly feel the weight of the words you post here and it serves as a guiding light in my faith; keeping me going forward; you are a true gift. I also have been studying BSF for the last 5 years and I love reading your posts as they correspond with the lessons. Purely wonderful.

    As a sidebar, I have never experienced the pain you have in loosing your sweet Cora. Your continued remembrance and inclusion with your boys is a true tribute to the loving mother you are to your entire family. I lost my dad 4 years ago, and I can only understand to some, very small, degree what you are saying about change. Change is wonderful, but a very real reminder that life is going on without that loved one that is missing. Even is the life going on is amazing and blessed, my heart still hurts and aches for the what could have been. I can only imaging how you are feeling these last few weeks. I can only say that I admire your candor and real faith and sharing it with everyone that visits your blog.

    Prayers for a wonderful delivery for your sweet, new baby!! Your boys are just so cute-even if it doesn’t feel it everyday-they just exude happiness!!!

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  • July 16, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Paige - Praying for you as you welcome this sweet new life, with all the changes. I’m praying for your heart, Jess.ReplyCancel

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  • July 17, 2014 - 11:13 pm

    Robin - I’m praying for you tonight, Celine, and am so sorry to hear of this pain you are experiencing. He will carry you and your kids… Keep trusting Him, dear sister.ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2014 - 10:33 am

    EricaG - I see that Baby Mac arrived!!! Congratulations. :) ReplyCancel

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  • July 21, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Cathleen Schmainda - We are on Day #7 at Mpls Childrens Hospital – trying to raise some funds for the Child Life Dept here – they are amazing and incredible and everything in between those two!! We will be hre for another week or so – hoping to make $1000 so that we can leave a great donation by the end of the week. PLEASE share with anyone you can if you would Jess! THANK YOU!!ReplyCancel

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