Sunday, September 7, 2008

Congratulations to the Reece Family!

Our long time friends, Brad & Kammy Reece, welcomed their first child on Friday, September 5, 2008. His name is Mason Andrew Reece. Great name! He weighted an outstanding 9lbs. 14 oz. Way to go Kammy!

Brad & Kammy hold a very special place in our hearts because they were part of the first small group we ever joined at Fellowship of The Woodlands. Way back in 2003, four couples came together, all married with no children. God's hands were in our special group and we grew together as Christians. We shared our ups and downs of life together. The birth of Mason has got me thinking about our journey together as friends and how perfect God's plan is.

Many of you know that Billy and I could not conceive our children naturally on our own. We sought out the help of a precious fertility specialist and went through IVF(in-vitro fertilization). Ultimately giving us Gavin, Gage & Grayson. Looking back, I have to stay that it was a very trying time for me and my small group was there through it all. One day that stands out specifically is the day before I had my first procedure in the IVF process (pre Gavin)....the egg removal. My anxiety was high and I was leaving work and feeling overcome with emotion. I remember talking to God and (honestly) being pretty mad at him because I had to go through such a crazy process to have a baby. I literally looked up in the sky and said to God "No one understands what I am going through and no one cares how difficult this is for me." As I type this, I can look back and laugh at myself for not trusting God's plan, but in the moment I felt alone and scared. I was having my own little pity party and was thinking that no one was listening besides God.
After I left work, Billy and I decided to go out to dinner. At dinner I shared my feelings with my I always do. He is my rock and is always there for me, but in this situation I guess I just needed more.
Anyway, when we got home that evening, I checked our answering machine and there was a message from Kammy. She said that she wanted me to know that she was thinking of me and that she was there for me...and she asked if she could come over and pray with me that evening. Of course, as I listened to the message, I began to cry. I was not alone and someone did care. I praised God for how big He was and thanked Him for listening to me. Not too much later (around 9 pm), Kammy & Elizabeth (another person in our small group) showed up on my door step ready to lift me up in prayer. I can not remember what was said in the prayer because I was sobbing like a little baby the entire time, but what I can remember, almost 5 years later, was the peace of God coming over me. As we all sat in a small hand held circle, I felt like the only one that mattered in that moment. It was a priceless gift that I will never forget.

God chose to reveal Himself to me through Kammy that night. Thank you Kammy for listening to God. You are a sweet soul and an obedient servant of God and I shared this story so you could have it for Mason. I want him to know how very special his mother is. You prayed for my children before they were ever born and I thank you for that. Please know that I have also prayed for you through your process of becoming a mom. You are finally here and you are going to be a great mother! :) Congratulations!

Psalm 34:4-5
4"I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears."
5 "Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame."



kammy said...

Tanni, I am absolutely overcome - literally tears running down my cheeks. Thank you so much for being there for us for all these years - we never knew the love of Christian friends until that first small group. My how God answers prayers...

The Rypples said...

Tanni - I know exactly what you went through. I have been in the same place and asked the same questions. We have done IVF 2 different times and both times they have not worked. We are going to try a third time in the winter (Jan or Feb) and I still find myself doubting. I know I shouldn't, but with all the dissappointment, it is hard to keep positive. Maybe Kammy needs to pray for us since her prayers worked for you - he he. I also found out with each procedure how much God sends his angels to comfort during such a WILD process. Glad to know I am not alone and neither were you!

Elizabeth said...

I wish you knew the experience I just had reading this! Your music blasting my speakers, TY BEING CRAZY, and trying to compete with it. Tears filling my eyes! I love you both very Much, I remember that evening so well and am so glad we all have such a wonderful memory together. Congrats Kammy! Soon we will be saying the same to Laura!!!!