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There's a Bun in the Vernon OvenIt's love, of course, that makes us fathers do it - love for the woman we've married and love for every baby we've ever seen, except the one that threw up on our shoes. And so, in spite of all our reservations about this scary business of reproduction, we must admit that people look happy when they're carrying babies. - Bill Cosby, Fatherhood

We had grand plans of keeping the secret much longer than this, but we are terrible secret keepers. We also wanted to call each and every one of you and let you all in on the news personally, but living in Thailand makes that task very difficult. So this announcement will have to do. We are excited to let you all know... We're going to have a baby!

We found out for certain on May 14th, which was a wonderful Mother's Day present both for Lori as well as for the newly expectant grandmothers (who, we might add, are very excited). We have bounced from very excited, to very scared, to utter disbelief. In fact, to help convince us that we really are pregnant, we went out to buy Lori her first maternity outfit. This task was much more difficult than you might think, because pregnant women in Thailand wear "tarp like moo moos" (this quote thanks to Lori). As much as we desire to blend with the cultures around us, Lori has put her foot down regarding Thai maternity dresses. However, we were able to find one outfit in Chiang Mai that met her standards for cuteness and with visitors coming soon we have more American maternity clothes on the way.

We know you will have lots of questions and comments, and we encourage you to leave us a comment on this page. Since we cannot have these conversations with you individually, we will now list the most frequently asked questions and answer them accordingly:

When are you due?

The "official" due date is January 15th. Although the ob/gyn said it could come as early as Christmas.

Where are you having the baby?

We will have the baby at a hospital here in Chiang Rai.

Do you have a doctor?

Yes. Our doctor speaks English very well and has delivered many of the missionaries' babies here in Chiang Rai. We have already had one appointment with him and really liked him.

Are you going to find out the sex of the baby?

Yes, We think.

How fat are you? (boys) or Are you showing? (girls)

Not showing (fat) yet.

Are you scared?

Sometimes. A little about the pregnancy, a lot about the parenting. But we have been given a great verse that encourages us:

Psalm 78

5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our forefathers
to teach their children,

6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.

7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.


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