Thursday, April 1, 2010


If you know me, then you know that I'm extra extra filled with emotions! I've always been that way and at times I can be the biggest cry baby ever! I also know that God designed me to be sensitive and so I try my best to embrace that extra extra packed emotional package He gave me!

This past week, has been filled with just that....MAJOR EMOTIONS! (FYI: it doesn't help that I'm 5 1/2 months pregnant!)

For one, my younger sister Nicole got married last weekend. She was a beautiful bride and I'm so happy for her and this amazing journey she now gets to experience. It seems like yesterday that she came home from the hospital and to see her walking down the aisle was oh so BEAUTIFUL! While I documented the weekend as best as I could, I didn't get ANY pics of the blushing bride in her dress! SO SORRY SIS! I know you'll have a many pics coming your way!

Getting Ready for Rehearsal Night

Mr. Landon Was The Official "Ring Bearer Security"...he took his role pretty seriously!

The Flower Girl All Curled Up

Mr. Landon Flirting Away...he grabbed her hand and started dancing with her! It was seriously the cutest thing I ever did see!

11:00 hit and our Flower Girl officially called it a night

All my beautiful sisters!

OK...on to the other EMOTIONAL event!

Wednesday of last week (the night of my sisters bachelorette party) I received a call from our OB doctor. I knew from the moment we started talking something MAJOR was up. She proceeded to tell me that they found a potential sacrococcygeal teratoma tumor on our baby's last ultrasound. If that news wasn't scary enough, she told us that the kidney's were enlarged as well! I was shocked to say the least and the last thing I expected to hear was that our normal pregnancy had turned abnormal.

While I tried my best to enjoy the wedding, I knew we were faced with potential problems ahead. When we got back to D.C. we were refereed to a specialist to do another ultrasound. It was scheduled in a day and I did WAY to much research before hand. I knew exactly what this tumor meant and I was SCARED! I prayed that this would all just go away...I prayed that God would get us through this...I prayed that our unborn child would be ok. As we walked into our ultrasound I was filled with emotion. I knew that in the next minutes and hours we would be faced with either good news or bad news.

The doctor confirmed that one kidney is enlarged but more importantly there was NO tumor found!!! Seriously! Jared and I were thrilled! The kidney issue is common and is a minor abnormality that can be handled after birth. To hear there was no tumor was AMAZING!

OH...and I can' t leave out one other MAJOR emotional detail....


Sounds pretty crazy I know! But there's no doubt about it...the boys will officially outnumber the girls!

"So do not fear, for I am with you; for do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand" ~ Isaiah 41:10


Megs said...

I know what a roller coaster ride it has been for you this week.. I am so happy that everything is GOOD, and that you will welcome another beautiful boy!

Beth said...

Oh my goodness, I was reading on pins and needles...I'm SO happy that there is NO tumor...I cannot imagine the emotional roller coaster that has been. You are an amazing woman and mother and your sensitivity and emotion are just a couple of the things that make you so great! We love y'all and will be praying that the rest of your pregnancy is healthy and happy!! Congrats on another fun! :) p.s. adorable flower gilr and ring bearer!

ZOOMER said...

First, THANK GOD there was no tumor!!! I didn't know that this morning when talking with you that there was something out there, but now there isn't. Loved talking with you, so few of them, and usually about the kids, love knowing YOU are doing well yourself - please keep in touch and will keep the entire family in my prayers, we all know how well prayers work!!!!!! Hope to visit in the very near future...Love ya

Lauren Smith said...

Love the pictures of the little ones at Nicole's wedding. How exciting that must have been, especially for Kennedy! Sam, your sisters are all so beautiful. You are blessed.

Another little boy to carry on the Raftery legacy.
Yes, some day Miss K will need a little sister too-
but no pressure!!!! :)

I love Isaiah 44. He speaks of how much God loves us, that He's our Creator, forming us in our mothers the womb, that He will help and assures us, that we're not to fear.

I thank God for answering your prayer.

"We can do all things through Christ, He strenghtens us".

Love you all xoxoxoxo