Thursday, October 6, 2016

Drum Roll Please!!!!!! Most Exciting, Awesome News Ahead!!!!!

So, we just received the "go ahead" to publish
our most exciting news that we've been anxiously waiting to share here!!!! 
(Well, for most of you, you've probably already heard this news on facebook . . .but I have more additional pictures of this special event!!!! ; -) 
The Lord has blessed our family with an amazing increase!!!!!
A little itty bitty tiny TEVIS!!!! 
Yes!!!!  Richie and Lydia are expecting this most precious gift to
make his/her grand debut around Apil 15, 2017!!!!!
But here's a little sneak peak at him/her!!!
The first photo is of baby Tevis at around 5-6 days old,
on *adoption day!!!!
(*scroll down to the bottom for a note from this little one's Grandpa Bowes)
This next one was taken around 7 weeks old.
 This one was taken just this past Tuesday at 12 weeks old!
He/she is growing right on target! 
On Monday, August 8th, we got a phone call at 7am from Lydia telling us that her home pregnancy test said she was PREGNANT!!!!  After we cried many happy tears and prayed many thankful prayers, and sang and worshipped the Lord from the depths of our hearts,
we decided we just had to go hug on her!
So, we loaded up the van, and gave her a big surprise visit!
(We were so thankful that our family's good friend, Evan, happened to be staying over the night before, so was with us when we went for our visit.  He brought his camera along and captured these most amazing moments for us!!!  We are so grateful to have these pictures!!!  Words definitely can't describe what this moment was like!  It was so precious!!  Thank you so much, Evan!!!)

And then we each proceeded to give and get the best hugs of our lives!!! 
 Lydia's facial expressions and tight squeezes just say it all!
We were all pretty speechless!
Joe just still can't believe the news in the picture below . . . : -)
(I think he was still crying happy tears in this picture!)


And now . . . a note from the heart of a new Grandpa (Mr. Bowes : -)
What is embryo, or “snowflake” adoption?   Many couples who have trouble becoming pregnant pursue in vitro fertilization in order to have a baby.  This involves fertilizing “eggs” outside of the woman and then implanting some or all of them for the mother to carry until birth.  However, in many cases not all embryos are implanted and those that are not are frozen.  To most Christians, and others who believe that life begins at conception, these embryos are actually tiny human beings deserving respect, protection, and a chance at life.  Some parents of such tiny humans decide to give them up for adoption . . . “snowflake adoption”.  One (or more) embryo is implanted into the adoptive mother who then carries the baby until birth.  

What do we think of embryo adoption?  We’re so grateful for those that saw this problem of modern medicine as an unusual opportunity to follow the Lord in caring for orphans.  We believe that if we’re consistent in our conviction that human life begins at conception, we have no choice but to consider these tiny human beings as God’s handiwork, made in His image, and therefore precious to Him. . . and us!  I’m so proud of Richie and Lydia for stepping out in faith and compassion to rescue one of these little ones.  I can’t help but think of the story of the man walking on the beach after a storm where hundreds of thousands of starfish were washed up on shore.  He was throwing one back into the sea when an onlooker asked, “What do you think you’ll accomplish, you can’t possibly make a difference?”  As he let one fly, he smiled and said, “Well, I did for that one!”  No one can rescue all of the frozen embryo’s and not all rescue attempts will succeed, but Richie and Lydia are making a difference . . . for this one. 
Thank you so much for all your prayers for them!!! 
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
(Photo from the Tevis reunion in August!  Thanks so much to the family photographer who took it!
I just stole it from Lydia's facebook page!)



Shiloh said...

I'm so thrilled for you all!! Congratulations!!! ❤️❤️❤️

Eden said...

Congratulations to you all!!!! That's so exciting and such a huge blessing!!!!

AZDonna said...

This news just makes me giddy with excitement! I can't get over it... it's so wonderful!! I am so happy for Lydia and Richie!! I keep them in my prayers every day and I just think this is the most wonderful thing in the world that they could adopt their little snowflake and experience all the joys of pregnancy, childbirth and parenthood. And I can't say it enough how blessed and lucky this little child is to come into the Tevis/Bowes family.

Congratulations to all of you!!! Blessings and love. Donna

Valerie Bowes said...

SO beyond excited to be Auntie Valerie!!! :) Our Heavenly Father is so good to us!!! Praise the Lord for such a good and precious gift! I still can't believe it, and just can't wait to meet my beautiful niece/nephew!! :) Richie and Lydia will be the best parents ever and baby Tevis will be so very loved. Those pictures are priceless! Thanks so much for taking them, Evan! And thanks for the wonderful post, Mommy!

Victoria Bowes said...

So so exciting!! God is so faithful! What a wonderful post. Richie and Lydia, you two will be such amazing parents!

Love the photos, Evan! Thank you for capturing those special moments!

~ Aunt Victoria

Evan Smythe said...

I'm still SOOO happy for you all!!! God is good to bless His people when their commited to seek Him and trust Him. I know God will continue to bless this little one, and I pray that this child will grow into a strong warrior for Christ. Praise the Lord for his emense blessings to His people!

I'll praying for Lydia to have strength in all things, to be able to endure the days ahead, and to have a peaceful labor (when that comes). So happy to be able to share in the joy with you all! :) Thank you again for inviting me to join in and celebrate with tears of joy! :) God is good!!!

Anonymous said...

Awww! What an exciting post! Praise the Lord!! Oh those pictures of such a tiny little being made in the image of beautiful!!

Congratulations Lydia and Richie! And congratulations to the Bowes Grandma and Grandpa and all the Aunts and Uncles!


Hannah Gardner said...

Our hearts are singing with joy along yours. Oh what happy news! Praying without ceasing! :-)

Caroline Bowes said...

Oh, God is SO good and faithful!! I can't even express the joy I have in this amazing blessing of the life of my precious, beautiful little niece/nephew! Those beautiful pictures always make me cry tears of joy remembering the absolute joy and bliss of that morning when we heard the news! God is so good! Thank you so much Evan for capturing those moments, and thank you Mommy for journaling the whole story for us to look back on years from now! Such a great reminder of God's good and perfect will that He's always working to accomplish!
Love you Lydia and Richie! :-) I'm so overjoyed to be an Auntie to our precious little gift!

Teresa B said...

I'm so very happy for you all! So very happy! Congratulations to you all! I love you!

The Bowes Family said...

Thank you all soooooo much for your sweet comments and for rejoicing with us! We feel soooooo blessed by your love and support! It is so wonderful to rejoice together over what God has done for Richie and Lydia, our families, and the precious little one He has blessed us with! Thanks again for all your encouragement and for praising the Lord with us! Thanks also for your continued prayers!
With love and hugs,
Mommy/Robyn/Mrs. Bowes :-)

Meemom said...

Congratulations to two special people, Lydia and Richie. And Congratulations to the whole Bowes family. This little one could not have better parents or grandparents, or uncles and aunties.
Aside from being called a "great grandma", I am thrilled beyond words for all of you and you will all be kept in our prayers that there will be safe and healthy delivery for Mom and baby around April 15th. So thankful that medicine has progressed to this point of giving an embryo a chance for life and we thank God for that blessing!!

Taylor Smith said...

Oh my word that's awesome!!! Congratulations you guys!! I will be praying like crazy for growth as this baby is getting molded and shaped in the womb!
May the Lord keep blessing you greatly as you start this family Richie and Lydia!
Make sure if you have time to keep us updated please

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