Sunday, October 4, 2009

Baby Ansley has arrived!

Hello everyone!

We apologize for the delay in posting, but we have been a little busy! :) Ansley Grace Martindale arrived happy and healthy on September 10th weighing 5 lbs 15 oz and 16.5 inches. We are doing great! She is 3 weeks old now and is so precious. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. We are so blessed.

Two More Baby Showers!

Thanks to more great friends, we have had 2 more baby showers. We are all set for baby's arrival! Thanks, everyone! You guys are the best!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Baby Shower!!

We are blessed with the greatest family and friends! We had our first baby shower a couple of weeks ago and were "showered" with many gifts for Miss Ansley. Thanks, everyone! You guys did too much.

We are 35 weeks (almost 36 weeks) at this point and counting down the days until we meet our baby girl. We covet your prayers at this point as we finish the final preparations for her arrival.

For the past 5 weeks, we have attended a birthing class at Baptist Hospital once per week. We have learned what to expect while at the hospital and even toured the facility last week. We know we are in good hands at Baptist.

We will do our best to update in the next couple of weeks. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Baby Girl has a name!

Hello everyone!

30 weeks down...only 10 to go! The time has really flown by.

We celebrated our 10th Wedding Anniversary (Oct 16) in Hawaii a few weeks ago. While we were there, we decided on a name for our baby girl: Ansley Grace Martindale, and we will call her Ansley. She is named in memory of her grandmother Diane, her great-grandmother Mary Ann, and in honor of her aunt Beth Anne and great-aunt Virginia Anne. We chose Grace because we know that it is only by the grace of God that we are blessed with this little miracle. We had a wonderful time on our trip and were able to relax before our busy next few months!!

Thanks for reading, and we will be in touch soon.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Happy June!

Happy June, all!

We hope this post finds you all doing well. We are "rocking" right along these days. We are 25 weeks this week (6 months + 1 week) and can't believe how quickly time is flying by! Jill still feels great, and we have begun making preparations for baby girl's room. We hope to start painting next weekend. :) For those of you who are wondering, we are still working on her name. We have a couple of "finalists," but nothing firm quite yet. We'll let you know when we have decided. We posted a new picture that was taken tonight. As you can see, the belly is growing quickly!!

We hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Take care.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

It's a ...

Hello everyone!

We hope this post finds you doing well, and we hope everyone had a very Happy Mother's Day! We wanted to update you that had our 20 week ultrasound this week and found out what we are having! It's a girl! Yes, that's right. Baby Girl Martindale will be making her debut in September!

We celebrated Mother's Day with a family brunch at our house. We enjoyed spending time with our loved ones

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 19, 2009



First off, let me apologize for taking so long to update the blog. We have had some life-changing events happen in the past 4 months, but we have not been able to share them until now. Drum roll, please! For those of you who don't know, we are having a baby! Yep, that's right. God decided to bless us with a New Year's Surprise! We found in January that we are having a baby around September 20th. We are so blessed and excited beyond words. We haven't been able to announce this on our blog because we waited quite a while before telling everyone our good news, and we had to let the adoption agency know.

Many of you are probably wondering (as were we) as to what will happen with our adoptions since this new development. Well, we received the official word last week that we have been withdrawn from the Ethiopian program. As soon as we found out we were expecting, we knew we had to reveal the good news to the adoption agency, but we also knew that there was a strong possibility that they would ask us to withdraw from Ethiopia. We gave them the news a few weeks ago and finally heard back. The mandatory withdrawal is for 2 reasons: (1) The Ethiopian government requires at least 2 years between a birth and an adoption. (2) Children’s Hope International requires at least 1 year between a birth and an adoption. Because of the timeframe in which we would more than likely receive the Ethiopian children this year, we would be outside the parameters for both. The good news is that they are allowing us to remain in the China program and continue to wait. Our projection is that it will still be 4+ years before we are able to complete that adoption, so we will be beyond the 1 year agency timeframe. This is a bittersweet time for us, as we are so excited about our new baby, but we also were looking forward to adopting from Ethiopia. We know that this is the way it was meant to be, and God has a plan for everything and everyone. We also trust that there are the perfect parents out there for those kiddos.

The pregnancy is going really well so far. God is so good! We are 18 weeks along at this point and hope to find out the gender some time in May. Stay tuned for that announcement! I am just beginning to show, and I have posted a picture from Easter for those interested in seeing my "baby bump." Thanks to everyone for all of your thoughts and prayers over the years. We appreciate them more than you know and are blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives. Have a fantastic week!