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  1. Alison says:

    Congratulations! I’ve been a reader since James; I understand your reticence and hesitation in hoping too much. But, you do have a child growing right now. Yes, anything could happen, and it’s possible that God will call this child home before it is born. But right this minute, your child is with you. That’s well worth celebrating with the fullest extent of your love and hope.

  2. Charlotte says:

    I’ll be hoping with you along this journey

  3. Diane Hamersley says:

    Glory Bumps all around! May God continue to form this child perfectly and may He bless you with a new little one to raise for His Kingdom.

  4. Wendy bowerman says:

    Quivering with you

  5. Kate says:

    As someone who worked for a year as a child welfare prosecutor, I cannot stress how desperately foster parents are needed. I hope to someday do the same thing (once I am a little more stable on a personal level). Bless you for going this route, which is terrifying but rewarding and absolutely vital. And good luck with both this and the pregnancy.

  6. I know ya’ll don’t know me, but I started following your blog with Sweet Baby James and have loved watching your family grow. I’ve wept with you over your losses and celebrated with you over your joys. I will pray that this will be another joy because just reading this post makes me joyful.

  7. Carissa says:

    We rejoice together and we mourn together. I’m rejoicing with you today friends! 🙂 You’ve been so inspirational in how I think about family and how I hope for my own family someday. Praying for Maybe!

  8. Kathy H says:

    Thank you for continuing to share your journey with us! I am SO grateful I read your post until the very last word!

  9. Margot says:

    First, congratulations. Second, please understand I mean no disrespect in any way. What I ask, I ask humbly and because I am struggling with some decisions in my life right now. Since God has given you two beautiful children, how do you know that it is not God’s plan that you have ONLY two children? How can you be confident that you are not going against what is the Plan for your lives? I’m asking because I have made choices that now make me think I have gone against God’s plan for my life, and that is why I am so unhappy and unable to find my way. I do not have children, and will not be able to have children, so my issues are not related to your struggles with expanding your family.

    • johngjertsen says:

      Margot, thank you for the kind and honest way in which you framed the question. In seeking God’s will for our lives, we are not those who believe that there is a narrow sequence of choices we must make in order to stay “in God’s will” and deviation from this path puts us “outside of God’s will.” Rather, we believe God often works redemptively through wise and unwise choices to bring about sanctification in the lives of believers. A more thoughtful answer on the subject of determining God’s will is here: http://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/how-do-we-know-god-s-will

      So specifically about whether God’s plan is for us to have a larger family or not, we know that the Bible praises parenting and having children, and we enjoy parenting, and feel that God has blessed us with the resources to invest in future generations and that investment is more satisfying than other alternatives. At our age and rate we’re going, we’re unlikely to be the next Duggar family, but we don’t judge others on how many or how few they are able/willing to have.

  10. Maggie says:

    Congratulations! I have a good feeling about this one. 🙂

  11. Cassie says:

    Happy news, prayers to you and your sweet family! And what a beautiful post.

  12. Sally says:

    Hi John, Abby, Valor and Percy! Congratulations! I have fingers crossed and prayers to God for the safety of this Gjertsen…

  13. María says:

    Hi! well I can’t tell how surprised I was when you just “dropped” the big news casually. I live in Argentina, here there’s a saying: The hare jumps where you least expect it, and I guess this could be one of those “hares” jumping at odd places.
    I’ll pray for you and have my pencil ready.

  14. Stephanie says:

    First off, YAY for a new baby! 😀
    Second, I fully support your plan to (hopefully) be foster parents. I have some friends who are foster parents or work with foster kids, and they all say the same thing: we need more families to welcome these kids, even if it’s just for a little while.

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