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)…


Jake Fisher

July 16, 2014

7 lbs 8 oz, 20 inches

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


  • July 21, 2014 - 11:22 pm

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


  • July 21, 2014 - 11:33 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 6:31 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 6:59 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 7:13 am

    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


  • July 22, 2014 - 7:46 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 7:49 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:15 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:16 am

    Kim - He is precious! Congrats!ReplyCancel


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:18 am

    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


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:36 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:48 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:49 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 10:12 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 11:33 am

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 12:03 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 1:19 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 1:48 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Deborah - Congratulations! Jake is adorable.ReplyCancel


  • July 22, 2014 - 3:00 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 3:41 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    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


  • July 22, 2014 - 4:22 pm

    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


  • 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


  • July 22, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Sandy Staggs - Congratulations on your newest blessing!ReplyCancel


  • July 22, 2014 - 8:13 pm

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


  • 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! :)

    Many blessings to you as you adapt to life with your three sons. :)ReplyCancel


  • July 22, 2014 - 9:19 pm

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


  • July 22, 2014 - 10:52 pm

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 2:28 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 3:55 am

    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.

    Take care and much love,
    Sue xReplyCancel


  • 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


  • July 23, 2014 - 7:50 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 8:19 am

    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 :):)

    Much love to you and hope you get some sleep soon.ReplyCancel


  • July 23, 2014 - 8:44 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 9:26 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 10:21 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 10:35 am

    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


  • July 23, 2014 - 11:06 am

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 12:28 pm

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


  • July 23, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    laney - …sweet blessings to everyone…laneyReplyCancel


  • 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


  • July 24, 2014 - 9:52 am

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


  • July 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    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


  • July 24, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    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


  • July 24, 2014 - 4:22 pm

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


  • July 24, 2014 - 6:52 pm

    Celine - What a beauty! Congratulations!ReplyCancel


  • July 24, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    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


  • July 25, 2014 - 7:29 am

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


  • July 25, 2014 - 11:44 am

    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


  • July 25, 2014 - 7:32 pm

    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


  • July 28, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    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


  • July 28, 2014 - 5:26 pm

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


  • July 28, 2014 - 7:21 pm

    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


  • July 30, 2014 - 11:07 pm

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


  • July 31, 2014 - 1:18 am

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


  • August 2, 2014 - 8:46 pm

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


“…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


  • July 15, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Amanda - Thank you for this Jess!
    Praying for youReplyCancel


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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!!!



  • 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


  • 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


  • July 21, 2014 - 10:33 am

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


  • 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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A few months ago Katherine of Katherine Bach Photography asked if she could take some maternity/family photos of us. She just sent me a sneak peek of our session so I thought I’d share it with you too. We kept having conflicts but finally made it work just in time before Baby Mac arrives. Of course we picked one of the hottest days we’ve had so far this summer. Somehow Katherine managed to make these photos look beautiful…but just so you know the reality was lots of bugs, sweat, and two super whiney children.:)

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Cute boys and a big belly. I am so thankful for this precious family the Lord has given me. Thank you Katherine for capturing these moments before we welcome our newest Mac to the family. It is hard to believe that change is just around the corner. I can’t wait to see what God is about to do in our family.

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  • July 9, 2014 - 7:46 am

    babykatesmom - Beautiful family! Can’t wait for the newest babes arrival :)
    Hugs & prayers from Florida!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 8:07 am

    Karina - These are stunning photographs! You make me want to book a professional photo session for my family. Everyone looks so good and so happy – you would never know it was hot, buggy, sweaty and whiney! I am eagerly waiting on the arrival of your latest baby and holding you all in my thoughts…ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Mary Ann - The pictures are beautiful and your family is so adorable. I don’t think it all the photographer….I think you and your family exude love and happiness and that’s not too hard to capture in photos. Those boys…well they are just the bomb. Precious indeed!!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 9:26 am

    Sarah Macon - Aren’t ya’ll precious! Love these! Prayers with you guys as you prepare to welcome another Mac to your bunch! :)ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Toni :0) - Gorgeous photos and beautiful family. Cannot wait for Baby Mac arrival news. Blessings on a smooth delivery!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 10:49 am

    amy jupin - LOVE these pics, Jess! you look gorgeous!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 10:57 am

    Brady W. - Saying prayers for a safe delivery of a healthy baby….but SO also praying it’s a girl!! Beautiful pictures!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    Kristin - Absolutely beautiful!!!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 7:15 pm

    Roma - These are beautiful pictures of an amazing and wonderful family. Thank you for sharing them with us. Sending you lots of prayers as you prepare to meet Baby Mac!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 9:29 pm

    kimberly oyler - that picture of the boys!! so cute!!!ReplyCancel


  • July 9, 2014 - 9:44 pm

    CheyAnne - Oh my! Could you all be any more adorable?!?ReplyCancel


  • July 17, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    elma - Such beautiful pictures all before your newest little boy..ReplyCancel


  • July 19, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    Stefanie - Those pictures are beautiful!ReplyCancel


Well, obviously there hasn’t been much time for blogging around here. But I thought I’d better get some California pictures up before baby arrives or it will never happen!


Our first beach day was spent at Coronado beach. It was overcast and too cold to really get in the water…but still so beautiful. My favorite part of California is definitely spending time on the beach. I could stay all day.


The boys could fill up buckets with water all day. My mom patiently filled up bucket after bucket after bucket.


The boys would take the water back to the holes they were digging and then head back for more.

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And then Levi got brave and decided he could fill up his bucket by himself.


Griffin wanted no part in going into the water. So he stayed behind and worked on digging.

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It was a great first day at the beach…with sweet memories being made with Grammy.


I was there too. I just let me mom do all the bucket filling.;)





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  • July 2, 2014 - 6:19 pm

    Mary Ann - Looks way fun…I can’t wait to take my grandson, age 4, to the beach. In Utah we have lots of lakes and there are sandy beaches but it’s nothing like being by the ocean. Fun times for sure and lots of good memories. I’m sure I speak for all your family, friends, and blogger friends…we are all anxious to hear about your new little one – boy or girl!! Very very exciting!!ReplyCancel


  • July 2, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    Lea - What a beautiful beach! And, what sweet memories made with your Mom. A happy 4th of July to you and yours!ReplyCancel


  • July 3, 2014 - 9:30 am

    creole wisdom - How fun. Your beach photos are just gorgeous, Jess. Really, like they could be an advertisement for beach travel!ReplyCancel


  • July 8, 2014 - 2:51 pm

    Stefanie - Love the pictures! You have a beautiful family!ReplyCancel