Permaculture for the Body, Permaculture for the Soul, Uncategorized

Growing More than Veggies!

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I am a planner by nature. I like daily to-do lists, weekly planners, writing monthly workout plans, and scheduling in advance, whenever possible. However, it would seem that the more I plan, the more I depend on me and my superb organization skills. God knows me well. He knows that depending on self and being self-centered is a struggle of mine. Therefore, He has often been known to throw my plans into the whirlwind of doubt and spontaneity, for it is in this place of bewilderment and loss of control, that I am reminded I cannot manage this life on my own. I am in need of Someone much larger, wiser, and more powerful than myself. I am in need of a Savior.

My latest reminder of my need for God came in the form of a missed period.

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Not just any missed period, but MY FIRST EVER missed period. I have had a completely normal and expected monthly cycle, since I was 14 years old. When I got married, I knew I did not want to use birth control, but my husband and I were not planning to have children. Therefore, we started using the Fertility Awareness Method or FAM as birth control. The method works pretty nicely, being that there are only 4-6 days a month where abstinence or a physical barrier is necessary, so long as you are correctly tracking your temperatures and cervical fluid/position. However,  I got lazy and started relying on an iphone app to track my fertility, instead of my temperature and biological signs. (Technological laziness got the best of me ;))

And now, I am 17 weeks pregnant!

I know, even as I write this, God is smiling.

This baby and this adventure, in many ways, are a miracle.  One the the reasons, is because Danny had cancer about 4 years ago. Even though his cancer has been in remission for almost 4 years now, he was warned when he started a severe chemo and radiation treatment plan, that he would most likely never be able to conceive.

Knowing that Danny might never be able to have kids was not a concern to me. In some ways, it was a relief. To be completely honest, kids were not something I ever saw myself having. I never had “baby dolls” growing up, I don’t like holding fake or real babies, and pregnant bellies make me nauseous. Probably the majority of my friends and family would have been willing to bet that I would never have kids.

When I tell people that I was not wanting to have kids, or that this baby was a surprise, I get a variety of horrified looks. It is as if by admitting that I was not deliberately trying to get pregnant, I am revealing that my child is a mistake or unwanted. However, both of these assumptions are FAR from truthful. I believe EVERY conception of life is meaningful and purposed by God, so I do not have a mistake in me. In addition, while the idea of motherhood takes some getting used to, I live with a faith that reminds me that “All things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Therefore, if God wants this baby, then I want this baby. I am not afraid to tell my child that they were “unexpected”, because in the same breath, I can tell them that God knows us better than we know ourselves, and they were a surprise gift given by my Father in heaven.

In fact, I find it uncharacteristically beautiful to know God superseded the methodically choreographed plan I had intended, with His own divine program. He knows the life, mind and heart of this child. While I was thinking I had complete autonomy over my life, I am actually relieved to know He has something far better in mind. He knows how this child will change the lives around them as they take part in this world, and how my and my husband’s spiritual walk and relationship with one another will benefit from this miracle baby.

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So, all this is to say….

Get ready world.

We put a lot of energy into the food we produce, the lifestyles we promote, and the faith we intentionally uphold. Now we get to, by the grace of God, put all of our love, wisdom and combined vitality for life into a developing child. I may not be “ready”…but I am beyond excited to step into motherhood, and I plan to take you all along for the adventure!

Our Dandi baby is gearing up for his/her debut, January 4th, 2017.

[Special note: if you would like my husband to make a better effort of being part of the pregnancy photography or any visuals at all, you will need to collaborate with me in trying to get him in front of the camera. 🙂 Thanks in advance for your help. :)]

Let me catch you up…

8 weeks pregnant! (I was feeling great! No morning sickness, but SUPER exhausted)IMG_4562IMG_4566

11 weeks pregnant (Still feeling great…got our first ultrasound and confirmed the due date, also chose our midwife after interviewing a few others and researching birthing options. Food aversions: Sourkrout and oatmeal. Food cravings: Tomatoes, meat-even though I am a vegetarian, and chocolate cashew milk/smoothies.)


13 weeks pregnant (Continuing to feel wonderful, but SUPER tired!! Taking naps whenever possible. Still cannot stop eating tomatoes and chocolate. Met with our midwife and heard baby’s heartbeat :))


15 weeks pregnant (Kinda moody and needing lots of personal space. You are my best friend if you have tomatoes or a yummy green smoothie, with a straw. Love sleeping.)


The whole family! (Oh look, I have a husband! I sometimes get him to take pictures with me, but it is a rare sighting…soak it up 😉 And the super adorable kiddos are my nieces and nephews pointing out that baby and I ran our first 5k together :))


14 thoughts on “Growing More than Veggies!”

  1. Andrea, I am SO, SO happy for you and will be reading regularly!! You’re going to be the BEST mom!! Hugs, love, and prayers!!!!

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  2. So excited for you both! This will be the greatest adventure of your lives!! I never planned to have kids either and now can not imagine my life without my two precious gifts from God!! You two will make great parents!!! This is the best news!!! We will be praying for all 3 of you!!!!

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  3. Andrea, Welcome to the most wonderful role in the world, “motherhood”. I can’t imagine what life would have been like without my children. I never knew I could love that much. God has given you a wonderful gift and Judy and Bud, the ultimate gift… ….grandchildren. Congratulations, to you and Danny.

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  4. Andrea & Danny! Congrats! Can I be an honorary great Grammy? I’m so excited for you both. You will make fantastic parents! The Lord will be with you through this journey. Wish I lived closer. I’m not able to crochet a blankie like I did for Alex & Roslyn but I can sew some for you! I’m so excited! Love you both

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  5. Congratulations as you embark on a scary & wonderful journey! You never realize the true capacity of your love until that little one is in your arms. Wishing you God’s continued blessings as your family grows. Enjoy all the sleep while you can!😉

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  6. Congratulations. I am an old roommate of Jamie’s and long time friend of Dan’s. I have watched their family on Facebook over the years and even shed a tear at the thought that Danny may not be able to have children and a family like his folks did. I am absolutely thrilled for your news and praising God for the both of you! I know, I don’t personally know either of you, but I love anything Thompson due to my love for Dan and Jamie. I am so thankful that you are blogging this. I will be praying for a continued healthy and happy pregnancy journey and yes, I support getting more pictures with Danny by your side:)

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  7. I love reading your story and of course the congratulations that follow..Even more than that I love you both and can’t wait to see how parenthood looks on this new mom and dad. (((hugs x 3)))


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