Friday, September 25, 2009

Blog Title Change

I was driving down the road headed to Bible study and had a sudden thought about changing the blog title. "God's Work In Progress" popped into mind because of what we are going through these days. I realized...I'm never going to be perfect, my life is never going to be perfect so why do we all strive for perfection? I am a child of God. A work in progress by His hands. Every situation, every problem, every minute of my day is about being more Christ-like. Most days I'm not very good at it but I am trying.

It's very fitting for what is going on in our life right now. Most of you know that are reading this know that we have gone through years of infertility with both Emma and the current set of twins that I am carrying. Phillip and I both agree that we were blessed to have Emma and now will be doubly blessed with the addition of twins in our life. I've always dreamed of having a big family one day and the Lord has blessed us. Therefore we have agreed that we would not do infertility treatments again and if we were blessed with more children after that then wonderful! If not then we are completely happy with our family the way God has provided for us.

Being that I am 31 weeks pregnant and have 6 weeks to go we felt that we were home free. Not so fast. Phillip came home Wednesday having been a victim to the latest rounds of lay offs. We found ourselves in the same situation over a year and a half ago and God saw us through. We know that He has something GREAT in store for us. Our faith has been tested so much in the past two years but we remain steadfast and know that the Lord will sustain us and is our provider. We both are excited to see what He has in store. Don't get me wrong...some days are better than others but we are so lucky to have each other to lean on and it could all be much worse.

Speaking of getting worse...we picked Emma up from school today and she definitely didn't look like herself. She had puffy eyes, bright red cheeks and lips, glassy eyes, sleepy and lethargic. The aide said that she didn't have a fever but that Emma had chills in the classroom. By the time we got home Emma had a fever of 102.2, gave her Tylenol and put her in the bed. An hour later her fever spiked to 103.7! I was panicky and scared because Emma is hardly ever sick! Phillip put his swim trunks on and hopped in the tub and sponged Emma down. I was gracious enough to not get my camera out but it was the sweetest picture of love. This actually got her fever down a bit and we headed out the door for the doctors. Outcome...Swine flu. So we are quarentined until she feels better and we are armed with Tamiflu to help sweet girl get through this.

I'm looking above my head right now for the dark cloud! I'm just kidding. We do ask that you keep our family in your prayers and that God's will and plan be revealed. If you know of anyone looking to hire in sales or operations keep Phillip in mind.

Stay tuned to watch the Lord in action!


Joy said...

Awwww, poor little dear! It would be hard to not call the school and chew someone out. Lack of fever doesn't mean anything when a child LOOKS like that.

And I'm sorry to hear about your husband's layoff. Praying for you!!!

danapate said...

You don't know me,but I learned of your pregnancy early on from a dear friend at Brook Hills. My daughters, Claire,Ellie and Jenna have prayed for you and your babies every single night since summer. I remember sitting in the YMCA parking lot the day I found out your heart went out to you and I prayed for you at that moment. I just wanted you to know that we all have a story and you will be able to share yours for years to come. It is not complete yet, but it is "in the works"...the song comes to mind by 33 miles, One Life to Live, and God truly does just give us one and we are to live it to glorify Him. It does mean that some days we will glorify Him through storm clouds and sometimes even torrential down pour but when the sun arises we will turn to Him and know that all good and all blessings come from Him. I know you have the nature to worry and fret, but don' is Satan wanting a foothold in your day. You keep strong and keep that faith girl and you'll come out stronger than you ever imagine possible. We were given terrible odds in having our mono mono boys last year. Doctors couldn't explain it, but we could...God doesn't need odds or permission to perform HIS miracles..we have miracle twin boys conceived by the chance of 1 in 300,000 and survival rate of 30 percent. All I can say is "WE SERVE A MIGHTY AND POWERFUL GOD"...The Pate family prays for you each day. You will have your babies soon. Blessings on you all...
dana pate
our blog is

Heather Keen said...


I just wanted to say how much I LOVE the new title of the blog! It is completely fitting for everything that this thing called life brings. I know that He has a great plan for your family! As you said, He has tested you but always provided!

Wishing all the best for you & yours!!

Love, Heather

Tiffany Nicole Harkey Salinas said...

Oh Ashley, I'm sorry you guys have these worries right now. Remember God has a plan for the Martins. Keep your head up!