It's a GIRL!

Since the day I found out we were pregnant I've thought we were having a boy.  I called the baby "he" 90% of the time, I constantly talked about "him", and I pictured two little Cole brothers.  One adopted, one biological.  I've always seen boys.  Yesterday we had our 16 week gender ultrasound.  We had our tech put all the photos into an envelope and we immediately went to meet our friend Lindsay (THANK YOU!!!!!!) to snap a few photos at a local park. Even on the drive I was excited about finding out the gender... but I already knew that it was a boy! 

IT WAS DEFINITELY NOT A BOY!!!!!!!! It's so funny, because my mind still hadn't processed it yet.  At this point, I'm STILL thinking that the baby is a boy! Ha! It takes me several seconds to wrap my mind around the fact that I'm looking at PINK instead of blue! Tyler on the other hand... he's the happiest daddy I've ever seen!

THIS is where I finally knew!  This definitely meant we were having a GIRL... I was so wrong!  I immediately screamed!

This photo immediately brings so many emotions.  We've waited for these moments.  I've dreamed of what it would be like to know who our babies are and WE FOUND OUT about one of them.  Every time I look at it, I'm reminded of just how gracious the Lord has been to give us this.  He didn't have to, but He did.  The Lord has done so much refining work in my life over the past two years and this photo is such a huge reminder of what He's done.

It's blurry, but I love this photo.  A GIRL, WHAT THE WHAT!?

After the pure shock, the sweetness of knowing WHO this little baby is came and I just cannot believe the Lord has made us parents to this little girl. 

I immediately had to FaceTime with one of my best friends, Jamie!

Aaaannnnddddd the shock came back again! Hahaha!

Crawford Elaine Cole

We came up with Crawford sometime over the past two years.  We both heard it in passing at some point and LOVED it.  It's really different, but we like to stray away from the norm a little bit.  :)  I'm big on having at least one name with "meaning".  Elaine means "light" and we feel like that's a perfect fit for her.  My heart's prayer is that she will always be a light for Jesus and that she loves Him from a young age.  But, we also feel like she (and her big brother/sister who we are anxious to meet!) is such a bright light after a challenging season.  I love that her name will always remind me of what the Lord has done.  I want to always be brought to my knees in praise over her life. I'm so grateful for each and every day and every single milestone with this baby girl and the one growing in our hearts.  I pray the Lord would continue to use this season of our lives to bring more glory and fame to the Father.  No matter what, in all things, He is good.