April 25th, 2014

We’re Having a Baby!


We're Having a Baby!

The "Broken" Pregnancy Test

Yes, folks, it’s true. We are having a baby!! I’m 12 weeks pregnant and due around November 8. Can you believe it?!

As you can imagine, we are unbelievably thrilled to be expecting a little one. We were rather surprised to see a positive pregnancy test. I actually thought it was broken, “Where’s the not before the pregnant?” Just weeks earlier we’d discussed finally going in to have fertility tests; we had not expected to become pregnant just a few weeks later.

We are very, very excited. I am (obsessively) pinning nursery ideas on Pinterest, while Israel is patting my barely-different belly.

Today, I had the privilege of sharing our news with the BFA community during Chapel. I have spoken many times over the past few years about the miscarriages and infertility. This community has shared in our suffering and sorrow. We were thrilled to also be able to share our joy! Our joy is multiplied by BFA’s joy on our behalf!

Some people have asked if we are worried at all. We have moments of fear, but we are trying to walk in faith, rather than fear. Actually, a couple weeks ago, I had a little bit of bleeding. We know now that all is well, but we were pretty frightened at the time. Even so, we both responded from positions of faith. Israel said that he was choosing to believe and pray the baby was okay. We asked other’s to join us in that prayer. I told God that, even though I didn’t know what would happen, I trusted him, knew he was good, and knew he would be with us. In the past, we didn’t know how to choose faith over fear. We praise God that he has brought us to a place where we are able to walk in the truth more fully.

There is also a little apprehension in making our news public. What if something happens and we lose the baby? We know, though, that there is nothing we can do to control whether we meet this baby on this side of eternity, and we know that we can trust God with this little life, as well as our own lives.

Isn't this the cutest alien baby you've ever seen?

Because we are expecting, I will not be returning to BFA next year, though we will stay in Germany. This is a sad goodbye for me—I have loved my job—but I cannot think of a better reason to leave this beloved job. We plan to continue to be involved in the BFA community next year.

Many of you have prayed for and encouraged us through the years. Thank you. We have felt so loved and cared for during our six-year struggle to have a child. God has chosen to bless us with a pregnancy now, but he also blessed us with those years of infertility and loss. We would not trade them; from that dark time, we gained the invaluable riches of Jesus’ presence, goodness, and redemption.

Please join us in praying for:

  • A continued safe pregnancy and healthy baby.
  • That I will remain healthy. We will be traveling to the States this summer and hope that the pregnancy will remain complication-free.
  • That we will continue to choose faith over fear.

Also, join in our rejoicing! We are not ecstatic like we might have been at age 24, but our joy is much deeper than it would have been otherwise. We sense the great privilege of this pregnancy. We are joyfully expectant of what we have waited so long to receive.


6 Responses to “We’re Having a Baby!”


  • Caryn says:

    Love that picture! Praying for you constantly!

  • Charlotte says:

    YAY! So excited for you!

  • Jim vanEttinger says:

    I think I see the fetus giving 2 thumbs-up in the sonogram.  We are continuing to pray for the 3 of you.  Blessed, Proud.  Honored.  Overjoyed.  Humbled.  God is good.  We love you,

  • patsy vanEttinger says:

    I cannot tell you how thrilled I am for our family!! Can hardly wait to be able to spoil the little one. My prayers will be with you always. Love you, Grams

  • Joyce Manis says:

    So excited for you!!! We serve a Great God!!!! 

  • Lynelle (Dawson) Medley says:

    Dani, I am so thrilled for you!  There were many times I began to write you an encouraging note, sharing my own story of infertility and miscarriage…and hope.  However, I assumed there were many writing you similar notes which still do not remove the empty arms longing to be filled.  My daughter will be 15 in August, but I experienced 15 years of infertility followed by three miscarriages, including her twin, all without any fertility treatments.  She is my miracle, as will be your sweet little one and any others who follow.  So, while you and Israel may not be as ecstatic as you would have been six years ago there will be a deeper appreciation for him/her which many parents never experience.  The old saying, “You have to experience the rain to fully appreciate the sun,” is a perfect analogy for those of us who have traveled this road.  But, God is good…ALL the time.  Many blessings to all three of you and so happy to see yet another beautiful addition to the Jammin’ Jernigan clan.  Love seeing this next generation of Jernigans/Kays/Browns/Thompsons beginning their own journeys! Thanks so much for your honesty in sharing — I know from my own experiences how difficult that can be.  Many hugs to you!