A HAPPY new year indeed…

Happy 2015 sweet readers! Where to start with this wonderful and elating news… Chase and I met while I was visiting family in Alabama in 2003. We have now been married 8 1/2 wonderful years now. It seems to go by all too quickly… We have absolutely loved being best friends, lovers, and by each other’s side in life’s happy moments and through life’s bitter trials. For years, I prayed that God would send me a precious soul who loved me and the Lord. God blessed me with more than I asked for…

This is something that is not comfortable to talk about, but I want to give God the glory through the good and bad. Throughout our marriage, and before Chase and I met, I have struggled with depression. The past 3 years was severe, and it was a very dark time in our lives. Chase so patiently walked with me hand in hand through it all, and after MUCH prayer, counseling, continually reading the Bible’s truths, and support from family and friends, the Lord has eased that stronghold in my life. Even in the valley, God is good… and was by my side every step of the way. The Lord blessed me with Green Tree Photography in 2010; He gave me the opportunity to use my creative skills as a wonderful outlet, which helped me grow mentally, spiritually, and helped build relationships that are so very dear to me. Business kept growing steadily. We were growing in our education, art, business-sense, and we were bringing in ideal clients! (Still have the BEST clients we could ever imagine). But something was missing…

Ever since I was a small girl, I dreamed of one day having children to call my own. Someone I could love, serve, grow with, and instill the Godly principles throughout the Bible that have blessed my family throughout generations. In the summer/fall of 2014, we felt the Lord calling us to start a family. In the past, the thought of bringing a child into my world of depression absolutely terrified me… the thought of a child in our lives is still a fearful one indeed. However, Chase and I prayerfully considered this step, and acknowledge that fear is NOT of God (for God gave us a spirit NOT of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7). The fruit of His spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) We can rest in His promises and know that in all we do, He is in control and guiding us if we just listen. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it… We must not base decisions on fear, but listen to His lead. Well…. we listened, and are happy to announce we are expecting in August 2015 =)

Hope you enjoy our video of our pregnancy announcement =) We shared with a handful of close friends and family, and are so excited to share with the world this little happy blessing <3

 

 

Our attempted family photo this afternoon… the girls were over it 😉

 pregnancy announcement to family and friends

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  • Jamie Clauss - January 2, 2015 - 6:51 am

    That was freaking ADORABLE!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Wells - January 2, 2015 - 9:48 am

    Congratulations. Loved your testimony Love y’all very much and yes Our Mighty God is With u all. Your daddy wanted to tell choir soooo bad but he did not : )))ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - January 2, 2015 - 11:35 am

    Billy and I are crying tears of joy after watching your video! The Lord is so good!ReplyCancel

  • Susie Pinson Bass - January 2, 2015 - 2:06 pm

    What a wonderful gift to all ur family. I could not be happier to hear your newsReplyCancel

  • Casey Shell - January 2, 2015 - 2:37 pm

    Thanks for my morning cry! 😉 What a beautiful video and a fantastic way to remember this moment. You two will be wonderful parents!ReplyCancel

  • Barry Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    Love the announcement video format, and wonderful friends & family in it.
    Looking at your two girls, Snuggles & Roxy, something tells me there will be another girl in the mix, however, Chase might just get a Cubby Scout too. <3ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Chappell McGuffin - January 2, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    I can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Brittany Hanson - January 2, 2015 - 3:54 pm

    Cangratulations Jan! So happy for you guys!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gage - January 2, 2015 - 4:00 pm

    Jan I am so happy for you guys!! I keep up through FB and really enjoy your pictures and your testimonies! I too shed a few tears for you this morning, your video was so sweet and such a blessing to see both of yalls parents so elated! Congratulations!!!ReplyCancel

  • Becca Brock Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 4:30 pm

    So sweet! Love it! ☺ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Weaver McDaniel - January 2, 2015 - 5:28 pm

    Such wonderful news!! We love you guys and can’t wait til August!!ReplyCancel

  • Ginny - January 3, 2015 - 3:40 pm

    Jan, congratulations! Thank you so much for your honesty on this post. I deal with depression as well. With two kids and being an artist, it’s pretty challenging at times. I do have some tips for post-partum that I’d love to share with you. I’m so excited for y’all. Let’s chat in person soon. 😉ReplyCancel

  • Rachel West - January 7, 2015 - 2:54 am

    You have me in tears! I had to pause in a few moments bc I couldn’t see I was crying so much! I’m so happy for you and will be praying over your pregnancyReplyCancel

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