"For you created my inmost being;

you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

My frame was not hidden from you when I was made

in the secret place, when I was woven together

in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my

unformed body; all the days ordained for me

were written in your book

before one of them came to be."

Psalm 139: 13-16

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The countdown begins!

After all this waiting in less than 24 hours we will hopefully have Miss Meghan in our arms. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last few days just thinking about what it will be like to have 2 kids. It has felt a bit like we are “having hydrocephalus” at times, and strangely somehow I almost forget to think about the fact that I will have 2 babies instead of one. The anticipation has set in…I was keenly aware today as I got Addie up and we went about our morning routine that it was the last time it will ever be like this again- just her and I in the quiet of the early part of the day. I know it’s probably overly sentimental, but it’s an amazing thing to bring a child into the world- to get to participate in a miracle- and it will redefine our family forever.

I also have to give a really special thank you to the men of the Lakewood Fire Department, for their generosity toward our family and for the brotherly love they have for my husband. Their support means so much to him, and in turn to me because of how valuable it is to him during this time. We are so very blessed to have them as a part of our lives.

Just a final note to thank everyone for praying so faithfully for our family and for Meghan over these months, and we would ask that you would continue to do so tomorrow as we head to the Cleveland Clinic for her birthday. Our surgery is scheduled for 7:30am, and we would ask that you would pray for a safe delivery for both of us. We will update everyone as soon as we can.

 Below are the lyrics to an old hymn that was dedicated to us in church this past Sunday. It reminds me that overwhelmingly, the Lord has been faithful to provide for all our needs both past, present and future. We continue to trust in his faithfulness to bring us through whatever may come in these next few weeks.

Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
there is no shadow of turning with thee;
thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not;
as thou hast been thou forever will be.

Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
all I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter and springtime and harvest,
sun, moon and stars in their courses above
join with all nature in manifold witness
to thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. 

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth
thy own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! 


  1. Praying for a safe delivery for mom and Meghan! She is so lucky to have you for a mom. You will figure it all out day by day. Can't wait to hear that everyone is well!

  2. Friends of the Richards, we are all praying for you today and tomorrow (as our small group gathers). Prayers are flying far and wide toward the throne for you! Peace...

  3. Dear Sarah and Joe
    We have been praying for you and little baby girl Meghan Grace continually. We know you are in the Lords hands, and we pray for a miracle, but you already have one! We know Meghan is perfect and loved so dearly. She will bless all who meet her, we know, all to the glory of God!

    Our family, and our friends at our bible study are also lifting you up in prayer from Arizona.

    Our love to you all!

    "The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him." Lamentations 3:22-25 (ESV)

  4. Sarah, I had strange feelings similar to those that you mentioned about having a second child. It took me a little while to adjust and stop feeling sorry for Micah...but he LOVED her from the minute they met. That really helped me to see that Hannah was enhancing the family...not just adding to it. You, Joe, and your sweet girls are in my prayers...especially in those first weeks.