Our Biggest News Yet!

Our Biggest News Yet!

James will be a big brother this Summer.  I'm 14 weeks pregnant!!!! 

We were given a thumbs up by my neurosurgeon, Dr. Gonzalez, on October 1.  My MRI results came back SHOWING NO ANEURYSM RE-GROWTH or any other neuro-complications.  He gave his stamp of approval for becoming pregnant and growing our family biologically.  Around 2 weeks later, I was pregnant! (Don't be too jealous--it was the first break in terms of my health in over 6 years).  

I'm under extensive, fabulous medical care with the very best HIGH RISK OBGYN at UCLA.

I will need a C-Section because of all my neuro-issues. This is currently scheduled for early July.  All of my doctors will be present as well as an excited big brother in the waiting room!

We have wanted to grow our family ever since I had the stroke.  This has actually been the first season where it was at all in the realm of the possible. Because of the previous 11 surgeries, walking/balance issues and general handicaps, we were not certain this would ever be possible.  

Praise our sweet Lord WHO USES BROKEN VESSELS to pour out life where there was none.  There is always, always beauty from ashes.  

We so need your prayer support throughout this time. Thank you in advance. For now, please pray for the safety of this baby and the broken body that houses this sweet, new life!  

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REDEFINING WAITING {New Video Series}

REDEFINING WAITING {New Video Series}

Advent may be coming to a close, but the waiting never is. In these 3 short videos, we explore how to REDEFINE WAITING through the lens of the kingdom of God. Though there is a deep problem in the waiting, there is also a purpose and a promise. Be encouraged, no matter what you are waiting for...

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Happy Birthday Jesus // A PHOTO ESSAY

Happy Birthday Jesus // A PHOTO ESSAY

This Christmas has challenged us more than ever to really consider how we celebrate. We still don't have all the right answers, but we want James (and our friend's kids for that matter) to really associate Christmas with the birth of Jesus and to know how that changes everything in all our lives. It's challenging for a little baby to make a big splash amidst all the red and green explosions and winter wonderland distractions, so we thought, why don't we just have a big party--who doesn't love a party??--but this one's going to be a birthday party for Jesus.  

We opened it up to loads of kids and their parents, knowing most of the festivities would be in our front yard since our house is about the size of a manger. Shortly before the party, a torrential rain began (seriously, the 2nd rain we had in 2014). Despite this unexpected turn, we squeezed about 85 people in our house for ornament-making and treat eating, face painting and balloon popping.

Then, like a Christmas miracle, the rain stopped, and we all spilled outside. We read the Christmas story--Jesus Storybook Bible style--then sang carols in the front yard led by guitar and mandolin. Cars slowed as they drove by. A woman on a walk unabashedly filmed the scene with her cell phone whispering, "you just don't see things like this anymore".

Of course, the night ended with a rousing rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Jesus. Candles were blown out, icing was devoured, and children likely stayed up all night on a sugar high, but at least they'll never forget that it was all for Jesus' birthday.

{P.S. - To keep things in the "hoping it forward" vein, we partnered with Campus Crusade for Christ's (CRU) inner city youth development program (run in LA by our friends, Tom & Shannon Norris) and had the Jesus birthday party goers bring presents for the youth in the program to give to their families for Christmas. The Wolf family got to join in the fun a few days later by hanging with the youth and helping wrap presents at the "CRU Christmas store". Watch a video on this amazing ministry at the bottom of the post!}

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