DOUBLE the Good News…

Do you remember this picture of our Promise Flower that bloomed the day Anna died? If you don’t remember, here’s a refresher of what I originally wrote in my post entitled First Fruits & Ruth Update posted on September 28, 3 days after Anna died:

Ruth’s mom Becky found a single stem plant that split and bloomed into two beautiful flowers. It was the very first flower that that plant had every had- it’s first fruit – and it was perfect and beautiful. Did I mention it bloomed the morning Anna passed away? It has become a symbol of hope in Ruth’s hospital room, a promise flower, and we believe it says something about our future. Twins? I don’t know – I hope so! Does it signify the first fruits of Marlison & Luana that received the Gospel after hearing Anna’s story? I believe so. Does it mean even more things? Probably. But most of all it means hope.

Well, it turns out that it meant exactly that – TWINS!!! We found out at Ruth’s ultrasound this morning that we are indeed having twins – identical twins! They are almost 7 weeks along an measure .85 cm and .75 cm with healthy little heartbeats!

When I saw that it was twins I was so thrilled that tears started to well up in my eyes. Ruth’s mom Becky started jumping up and down and later confessed that she nearly kissed the doctor, even though he had nothing to do with it except to share the good news. It has been a huge thrill to tell people that Ruth’s pregnant with twins. It was very good to tell my dad, mom and Ruth’s dad and see the tears in their eyes again- but this time from joy! God be praised – He deserves all the glory!

Twins also means much more bed rest for Ruth. There was a small section of her placenta that is detached from the uterus, which is of some concern. So be praying that that heals up quickly and the bed rest does the trick. Ruth will be going to the doctor this afternoon and learning more of what we should be doing. It may also mean that I would cut my trip to the States shorter to be able to get back to care for my pregnant wife! Thank you for your prayers – God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

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  1. God IS good all the time!! Nate & Ruth, we are SO thrilled for you!! We are sharing tears of joy and rejoice with you in God’s faithfulness. We are praying for all of you – we love you so much! Praise to God who gives abundantly more than we can ever imagine!!

  2. We are SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!! Wow, isn’t God truly the only One who can turn such a hard thing into such GOOD! In His time He makes all things good…We are overjoyed at this beautiful news!

  3. Dear Nate and Ruth,
    My heart is overflowing and I have tears of joy. Praise be to the Mighty Creator for blessing you with two little ones! God has answered our prayers with twins. We will keep praying for the two of you and the two precious babies as they are “growing.” We are going to be grandparents again too. April is nine weeks along so we will have a little one in November. I need to finish up some things before I leave for the day, but it’s going to be hard to concentrate now!
    Much love,Paula

  4. What an AMAZING God we serve! I love it brother, and I can’t wait to meet your little ones! Keep us informed on how Ruth is doing while we will are praying for her. Miss you both.

  5. Wow! I am so blown away by God’s amazing grace and faithfulness, as evidenced in your lives and this journey… We rejoice with you, and will continue to pray for Ruth’s health, and her ability to be an amazing place for wonderful, healthy children to grow! Congratulations to you both!

  6. SO exited for you! God is incredibly good and we will give him praise for these TWO sweet little lives!!! Whoohoo! We will pray with you through this new journey and ask that God would bring healing to the placenta, for healthy growth and development for your babies and health for Ruth…man, I’m SO excited! 🙂
    Heather (and Dave) 🙂

  7. Tears tears tears. oh my goodness. What a great update and truth of God’s goodness. Jemias (how ever you spell it! yeay.

  8. I just got off the phone with your Aunt Joy – she told me the great news you two have! I am praising the Lord for this double blessing He has bestowed on your family. I am the coordinator of the ministry who sent you the keepsake box in memory of Anna which we sent from Bethany Baptist in Peoria. Our Women Helping Women Ministry team will be praying for you two and the health of Ruth and the babies. Also, I just started a blog for women who are pregnant after experiencing a loss – encouragement from God’s Word. If Ruth wants to take a peek at the blog it’s http://anchoredhope4yourpregnancy.blogspot.com/ .

    Praise God for how he takes the ashes of our lives and brings such beauty!

    “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”—Isaiah 61:3.

  9. Praise God for His goodness and for the delight in His blessing you so! I am joining you with tears of joy overflowing. Your preparations and your health will remain in our prayers. Loving you so and rejoicing with you! Aunt Mary

  10. How refreshing to receive truly wonderful news in hum-drum days of Spam and forwards! I can hardly wait to share the news with friends who don’t even know you but are aware of your loss. We’ll all be rejoicing!

  11. WOW! Twins!! My eyes were filled with tears as I read of your double good news! Isn’t that just like God–He delights in blessing His children above and beyond what we ask or think. We will keep you all close in prayer for Ruth and the babies and their safe delivery. Yes, God is SO good–all the time! Praise Him!
    Love, Uncle Jim & Aunt Ann

  12. Yay! Yay! Yay! I can’t get over it – TWINS!!! And also God’s goodness – He gave you a promise flower and He keeps His promises. Praise God again and again! I just think it’s so cool that I drew those flowers, even if I’m not a great artist, I just think that’s so special. Now I REALLY wanna go to Brazil for Christmas this year!!! 🙂

  13. Nate & Ruth,
    Many tears are falling from ours eyes! We are so incredibly excited for you and blown away at God’s goodness and grace! We will continue to keep you in our prayers. We love you both dearly and can’t wait to see that growing tummy 😉

  14. The minute I saw the word “twins” I thought of that flower you wrote about in your blog. God is amazing, and it is so amazing how he speaks to us! What a testimony! Congratulations, we are so excited for you both! Keep that blog updated!! 🙂

  15. Praise the Lord for his Awesomeness!! Rejoicing with you both and praying for His goodness to rain down. Love you two. I just can’t get there fast enough!

  16. God is so awesome – ALL THE TIME! Praising God for such a wonderful blessing and a deep rooted witness for our awesome God. We will be praying and having our groups pray over these two special babies and Ruth. We just couldn’t be any happier for you! Glory to God in the Highest!

    Tom & Beth Torrey

  17. Sometimes the only response that can really say it is “Isn’t God cool!?”. He blows me away! Many prayers for a happy, healthy pregnancy. So very happy for you both.

  18. WOW! WOW! WOW! God does IMMEASURABLY MORE than we could ever ask or think of! Your God loves you SO MUCH! May He wrap His loving, caring, healing arms around you both and cushion these two little lives till they are birthed. Our God IS an awesome God and all praise belongs to Him! So glad to share in your wonderful news! Praying, as always!

    Tracy and Russ

  19. TWINS! Wow! Can’t say I’m shocked because our God is incredible! I am so happy for you. Praying for completely healthy and safe delivery. -emily

  20. Yee Haw!! It was God’s twin arms of Grace and Mercy that were wrapped around you when Anna went to be with Him and now twins are growing inside you. Reminders of these twin truths: “GOD IS OUR ROCK and THERE IS NO WICKEDNESS IN HIM.” (Psalms 92:15) Praying in Peoria, Gloris Young and family

  21. Congratulations Nate and Ruth!!!!!!!!
    You trusted God more than most ever could, and He has given you twice the blessing.

    Your story about the two flowers is absolutely beautiful. Just as Elijah heard God in the low whisper after the storm, your story is yet another reminder that in the midst of chaos and despair, noise and busyness, God speaks quietly, simply, and profoundly.

    What a blessing to know that God comforted you. He spoke to you in that stormy time, and having faith, YOU LISTENED.

  22. Hehehehee….Parabéns!!Vc recebeu a boa medida, recalcada, sacudida e transbordante!!!!E como diz sabiamente o Pr Abe…ISSO É SÓ O COMECO!!!

  23. Nate and Ruth, Congratulations!!! We are so excited for you and are praising God for this wonderful miracle! We will continue to pray for you that everything will progress well and you will be blessed with 2 beautiful healthy babies! Eric and Jennifer

  24. This is wonderful news. Praise God. From the moment I read about the bad news of the recent past God made me pray for a healthy pregnancy. He always seems to know what He’s doing. We will continue to lift you up in prayer. You guys are the best. Praying at ORU and in Tulsa. Gary & Michele Pranger

  25. I haven’t checked into your blog for awhile. What a blessing to hear about TWINS! God gives us more than we can ask or think! He’s amazing. What awesome news! Will be praying for you two!

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