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a surprise for the new year

You may have heard the boys’ announcement already on Instagram…but just in case we wanted to share it here too. The best surprise to start out the new year! Baby Mac #4 is due July 27 and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Thank you, Lord, for this precious gift of life!

  • Lisa - Congratulations!!!! Such wonderful news. Praying you are feeling well and have energy. šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - I am a long time reader, but I’m not sure I’ve ever commented but I just had to today! Congratulations! I am so happy for you and your family! And – I swore I saw a bit of a baby bump in your merry Christmas card – but then felt bad cause I was checking out your stomach šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - Congrats! So excited for you and your boys!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Oh Jess..what a wonderful surprise!! I’m delighted and so happy for you and your family. I was born on July 31 – it was a fun time to be born but not so fun for my mom. She used to tell me that I quit moving around in her womb toward the end and she was kinda worried. I told her that it was because she was trying to bake me like a turkey and it was hot in there!! LOL!! happy Happy Joy Joy!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - Congratulations! Awesome news!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah{Handbags*and*Pigtails} - Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! Love the boys’ announcement- so cute!ReplyCancel

  • a ndrea - congrats Jess!!ReplyCancel

  • Jenae - Congrats! I’m so excited for you!!! I was wondering when I saw a few of your sweet pins yesterday. šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • debi - what a wonderful announcement! YAY! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Jody - Congrats!! I had a feeling šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - Jess, I have to admit that I’d been wondering if you might be making an announcent soon. Just thought with Griffin turning 2 it might be a reasonable time to anticipate this kind of wonderful news from you. I am so excited for your precious family.

    I’m curious if you are planning to find out what you are having this time. Our 12th grandchild, a little girl named Maven Noelle, was just born on December 12th. This was our daughter’s 4th child and they opted to let it be a Christmas surprise. It was so much fun and so exciting not knowing ahead of time.ReplyCancel

  • Cora - Oh, this is such wonderful exciting news! Congratulations! So happy for you. My 8 year old son’s birthday is July 27th! He always has fun parties with lots of water play. šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Erica - Thrilled for you guys!!!!ReplyCancel

  • chrissi - congratulations! wonderful news for your sweet family.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - Love following your little family on this blog! Congrats on your new addition!ReplyCancel

  • Brittny - HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!! That is the cutest thing ever!!!! I love that he just plops that little photo on his belly like it’s his and that Griffin is just blabbering away. Your family is so precious!! I have loved following your blog and been so encouraged by your strength.ReplyCancel

  • Kim Zipf - WOW! Congratulations!!!! What a surprise to see this on your blog! BUT, we haven’t even met Griffin yet!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Zipf - By the way, we loved Levi’s announcement! Ivy thought it was so cute how he proudly showed the baby’s picture against his belly. And, Letty wanted me to play it over and over again. We’re so happy for you guys! What a blessing!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Livesay - Congratulations!! So happy for you! Like several others mentioned, I’ve been wondering if you’d have an announcement soon. Hope you’re feeling well.ReplyCancel

  • Teri SP - Happy, happy, happy in Texas! Congrats! I had a feeling!ReplyCancel

  • Chana - Don’t even know you personally, but I have an eerie 6th sense. Been reading your blog for a while and I kept checking to see if you were going to make this announcement. I just knew you were expecting!ReplyCancel

  • Meggie - Congratulations Macs!! So happy for y’all and praying for you, baby, and the whole fam as you prepare to welcome your newest blessing!ReplyCancel

  • creole wisdom - simply cannot be happier for you. that bump is going to look gorgeous at Hope Spoken šŸ™‚

    hope you’re feeling okay and getting lots of rest despite those two busy little boys!

    you and your family are so loved, prayed over, and while I’m happy for any person I know who is expecting expecting, you news is just a little sweeter.ReplyCancel

  • Mallory - Ah! I need to follow you on Instagram right now! Congratulations, Jess, Joel, Levi, and Griffin! Can’t wait to see your new addition!!!ReplyCancel

  • Stefanie - I’m so happy for you! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - That was adorable!! Congrats and healthy wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsten - Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Congratulations! That is wonderful news! Looking forward to following your journey!ReplyCancel


  • Tara - I’ve been checking back every few days for the last few months specifically for THIS post! Lol. I just knew it was coming! Call it my mommy instincts, but I knew it was coming!
    Congratulations! I’m so happy for your sweet family!
    I’m also expecting with pregnancy #4, baby #3. I have two little boys ages 5 and 3 and in April we get to meet baby sister! We can’t wait! And I love hearing about other expecting mommas!ReplyCancel

  • gin - congratulations! what a blessed year for your family.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Kirkes - What wonderful news! I’m very happy for you and Joel. You are amazing, godly parents and your new baby will be blessed to join your family. I’m praying for a healthy pregnancy and baby! God’s blessings to you.ReplyCancel

  • ashley - congrats! I was wondering when this would come after I saw a few of your pins! so exciting!ReplyCancel

  • Denise - Fantastic way to start the new year! Can’t wait to start seeing the bump-updates! Best wishes to you and your family and prayers for a healthy baby!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle from Australia - Crying happy tears for you all. Despite bring on the other side of the planet!! God bless ALL of you.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Fantastic news! Congratulations to all of you!! So thrilled for you and praying for a safe, happy pregnancy!

    love SueReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Tucker - YaY!! Congrats!!ReplyCancel

  • Sara A - Congratulations! This made my heart smile. I pray for a healthy pregnancy! My daughter is a July baby and she is perfect in every way – stubborn and strong-willed, but perfect. šŸ™‚ July babies are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Christy F. - Praise the Lord! Congratulations So excited for you and this wonderful gift!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ali - So happy for you guys šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - Jess, I have read your blog for years now and I am SO thrilled to read this announcement this morning!!! Praying for God’s continued blessing on your pregnancy! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Patti - Oh Jess and Joel I am so happy for you! I , like everyone else have been waiting for this :). . Congratulations!! Do u think u will find out or be surprised? I vote be surprised! It’s just the best!
    Anyways, I am so happy for all of you and cannot wait to see what God has planned for your beautiful family!
    Patti from IndianaReplyCancel

  • Jennifer McEachern - Congratulations! So happy for you and your family. Those are going to be some great big brothers šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Sara Tams - Congratulations! I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Deb Hintz - Congratulations! We are thrilled for you and Joel. Praying all goes well and for an uneventful pregnancy. God’s blessings to your sweet family!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Kelly - This makes me SO happy! Thrilled for you šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • sharron - awee congrats!! i have been waiting for this news…just had a feeling. šŸ™‚ baby mac is due on my birthday too! blessings.
    those boys are too cute…love their sweet voices…yay!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Joy - Eeeep! I am ecstatic for you! I will be praying for you, because I know these waters of expecting a baby after you have suffered such tragedy & loss in the past. May the Lord continue to grant you incredible joy, and prepare you for the beautiful things He has in store for you all this year!! I can’t wait to tell my mom… she introduced me to your blog here when Cora was first diagnosed with cancer, and while she doesn’t blog hop so much anymore, she still has a huge heart for your family, and will rejoice greatly for you all!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - God is so good! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Paige Stanfield - Such wonderful news!!! Congrats!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tay - Congratulations again, Jess. You’re a great mama, and an inspiration to me <3ReplyCancel

  • Ann Cantrell - I have read you for years and I have been expecting an announcement – so thrilled for your family and for the boys.
    Do they have a preference, boy or girl? As a mom, we may have a preference but we just want healthy! Love your witness.ReplyCancel

  • tara - soooooo happy for you guys! loved your video on IG. we are due july 30th … yay … and are super excited about it! :]ReplyCancel

  • amy jones - Sooo thrilled for you all! I was wondering last night when I saw some of the things you pinned on Pinterest! Congrats! šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • becca h - Jess,
    I’ve read your blog since shortly after Cora passed and have loved your honest heart for the Lord and for serving your family, even without Cora here with you. I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child as you have, but you have handled what the Lord has given you with such grace and honesty and realness, I pray the Lord will continue to bless your growing family for your heart to follow him, even in the darkest valleys. Congratulations to you and prayers for a wonderful pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Dreist - Best news I’ve heard all day!! I couldn’t be more thrilled and excited for you. A hearty congrats to you all and the cutest announcement EVER! Here’s to a very smooth pregnancy!ReplyCancel

  • Marianne G. - Congratulations! I had a feeling this announcement was coming šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Rachel B. - YAY! More happy times ahead! Congratulations!
    Will be praying for you all šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Jamie - Congratulations! I hope it’s a girl! I hope it’s a girl! šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Kristin - Many blessings to you! Such joyous news!ReplyCancel

  • molly - yay! what great news. i don’t know you but have followed your story. this news brings me great joy…so happy for you. my youngest is an early august babe. such a great time for a little one. praying all goes well. šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Van Denabeele - Congratulations Joel & Jess! I was hoping that was the announcement when I saw the title of the blog post. And the video is priceless. Very happy for your whole family!ReplyCancel

  • Leiah - How EXCITING! Precious video clip. My son’s birthday is July 23rd.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny - Such a cute announcement!! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

  • Karren - Congratulations!! Love the sweet announcement!ReplyCancel

  • Kate - Absolutely thrilled for you and your family! Been following since Cora was in the hospitalā€¦ Pray often for you. Seldom write. I feel like you are a neighbor – a long time friend! LOVED hearing the boys voices! Thanks for sharing your news and continuing to take us on your journey!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon - COngratulations!! I’ve been following your blog for a long time but never commented. Your writing has been so inspiring & encouraging.ReplyCancel

  • leah - How did I miss this??!! šŸ™‚ Congratulations Macs! Hot fun in the summer time…ReplyCancel

  • Sarah W. - Congratulations Jess to you and your sweet growing family!! I had actually wondered if your Christmas card post would include an announcement…. for some reason I was expecting it to come soon. Weird.

    I’m actually due in the same month as you with baby 3 šŸ™‚ReplyCancel

  • Karina - Hooray! It is great to hear their voices…I’m not sure what Griffin said, but he made sure he contributed. So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda - Congrats! I’m so happy for you and your family!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - I was hoping this might be the reason for your less frequent than normal blogging lately!! Sooo happy and excited for you! KellyReplyCancel

  • Robin in Benton - Late seeing this but so happy for you guys! Congratulations!ReplyCancel

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