Monday, September 12, 2011


I've been trying to finish this post for some time now. So, an August post in September...better late than never for some Selby family news:

August 22, 2011-
I've been praying for months now...many, many months. This morning, I want to fall to my knees at His feet in quiet, humble, wholehearted thankfulness. I want to run up to Our Father and wrap my arms around Him and thank Him through my joyful tears. How incredibly He continues to remind me that even during the storm and journey of the past year, He is here, He is faithful and He wants to bless us.

Dan and I have been living in a place of quiet and reserved joy (and I'd be lying if I didn't admit to a bit of anxiety) over the past four months. Wanting the freedom to hope and dream, yet fearful of those dreams being shattered again.  Never did we imagine (nor did we doubt) that God would bless us in an immense way in the few days leading up to a difficult time of celebration and mourning for us, Aaron's first birthday. I certainly didn't anticipate, one year ago, that the week of Aaron's first birthday would find us at Children's Hospital again. The ride up the elevator, the smell of the bathroom soap, the third floor waiting area, the pager in our hands; every detail brought back gut-wrenching memories of a year ago. The specific details of this day and the accompanying array of emotions are for another time, another post. As I tried to keep many torturous memories at bay, I focused on today as we were there to see and experience something I had prayed about and only dreamed of... ten fingers, ten toes and the beautiful (perfectly functioning) four-chamber heart of Aaron's little brother or sister! 

Yep, we are expecting Baby Selby #2 in February! The praise and glory to God that I am able to express for this blessing feels completely insufficient compared to the incredible amount of joy and thankfulness in my heart. I only hope know that God could see the smile plastered across my face as the cardiologist gave us the news. 

We continue to pray for the health of our new blessing as it will be a few weeks before we have a full anatomical ultrasound to determine if every detail of baby is healthy. And, although there are some nerves, I can't lie that I'm really looking forward to seeing this active little guy or girl up on the screen again.  We are excited to get to know this new little person and find out if "it" is a wee little he or she. At 17 weeks along (currently), little one is picking up steam in the growing department (or at least the belly is) and I am enjoying feeling his or her amazing 'love taps' which are becoming quite a bit more than the flutters they say to anticipate at this stage. 

It is hard to explain the peace that God has provided during this pregnancy. I am constantly reminded that although we have walked through the storm of the past year and may appear slightly more worn and bearing tattered hearts, we are still in one piece and closer to our Father because of His grace and faithfulness through it all. We continue to pray for Him to protect and guide our hearts in this new mix of joy and grief that we find ourselves. This new little one certainly brings to mind many, many details and memories of his/her big brother and the time we had with him. Fear, anxiety and doubt sneak in at times, but are quickly relinquished when I remember Whose this child is. As with Aaron, we realize what an incredible blessing this is and are grateful beyond words for the undeserved love God continues to pour over us. 


  1. Congratulations Danielle! Your family has been through so much in the last couple of years it is time for some joy and tears of happiness!! Enjoy every "love tap" and I hope for a perfect, healthy, and happy bundle of joy for you! Your blog is an inspiration and reminder to enjoy all the little things in life... thank you!
    Best wishes,

  2. there are no words, just joy! congrats, friends!!!!! :o)

  3. What a blessing to read your honest, heartfelt, beautifully and carefully worded entries... especially this one :). Congratulations Selbys! How wonderful and exciting!

  4. My heart is overflowing for you... I just want to burst into tears... Thank you, God, for your goodness and your mercy. Love to all the Selby family! I know sweet Aaron is a proud big brother and so happy for his mama and daddy!!

  5. CONGRATULATIONS!! I just read your wonderful and exciting news. Our babies won't be born too far apart -- again!! :o)

    Danielle, I am so thrilled for the four of you. It's not an easy thing to be open again, to open yourself to the possibilities again. I will be praying that Aaron's little sibling will continue to grow to be healthy and strong, heart-healthy, and healthy and whole in EVERY way.

    I am so, so incredibly excited for you!!


  6. Congratulations Selby Family! Danielle, I have been glued to every post you have written this past year and have kept you in my prayers ever since I first found your blog. Your words have been so inspiring and have really helped me through my own struggles. I couldn't be happier for you and will continue to pray that your little peanut continues to grown strong and healthy.


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