Well the word spread like wildfire(thanks to Adam and his handy dandy iPhone and Facebook) but we are having a girl. I was completely shocked, and made the technician check for us three times. Our daughter’s name is...Alexis Grace McManus. We always just pick a first name we both love and a middle name from the Bible.
I wanted to share with everyone what God has been teaching me these last couple of months and whether or not this 3rd baby was going to be a boy or a girl. I of course wanted a girl in the family. I want a daughter to do all the mother-daughter things with and I looked forward to having an opportunity to raise a Godly woman.
I was very tempted to do all that I "could" to try and get a girl this time. At first I had thought that Adam and I would read up on diets, when to have "business time", what position, and to PRAY a lot. BUT after experiencing a miscarriage last June, God did a work in my heart.
My priorities changed quickly and when we talked about getting pregnant again, I wanted a healthy baby first and felt convicted trying to play the "pick the sex" game. So we didn't, Adam and I did it the old fashioned way. I also felt convicted about praying for a girl, so again I didn't. Instead my prayer became "God I want your best plan and if that means 3 boys then I want 3 boys, if it means 2 boys and 1 girl then I want that." It was a hard prayer to pray at first because my flesh wanted to add, "but I really want a girl".
As I continued to pray this prayer I found God working in other areas of my life. I found myself praying a similar prayer for everything. You see, I am a planner and I want it done my way, but I began to see that God's way was much better than mine. I am still learning this discipline, because it is hard for me. But I felt so great walking into the sonogram room last week, knowing that whether it was a girl or a boy, it was God's best! God is so good! I look forward to see what else God's best has in store for me and my family! God Bless!