Wanna know a secret?

Now that our story of our first sweet little baby is out there, it’s time to let y’all in on the next set of information!

What gender IS this baby?!

We found out the gender on October 15th, the first day we found out about the brain….the day we were oh so excited for. But with trying to figure everything out and trying to get definitive answers before we let people know, we decided to put the reveal on pause. But today, is the day! 🙂

Our sweet, precious, special little baby is a:

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GIRL!!!!!!!! 🙂

Pretty much everyone we knew thought we were having a boy because of the lack of symptoms I had during my pregnancy. All the old wives tales said we were having a boy 😉 But we are so excited for our little girl. Even if we don’t get any time or a short amount of time with her. The life she has now and will always have is being celebrated.

Now that y’all know what gender Baby Pragel is…here are a few thoughts from Kevin since putting our story out there:

I rest in a sovereign God who is in control of all things at all times. If she is healed and lives to be 103, then God is good. If she dies tonight and we never find out a single reason behind why she died or how this condition came to be, then God is still good. Since sharing our story with people most people respond with something like how impressed they are with our faith/strength/and so on. When I sit down and think about it, I’m not strong at all. I don’t have the will power to get through this. I don’t have answers or the comprehension to understand most of what is going on. I do have Jesus though. I know that God cares and loves us and cares and loves this child. I have peace knowing that God will work this out for us. That’s the only reason I can get through this and smile and laugh today. If God decides to never give a child to us ever again, then God is still good. That is the biggest thing I’ve learned through this all. I knew it before but it has really sunk in for me. God has His purpose and His plan. That’s all I really have. My prayer through this whole thing has been partly for God to heal our child but the main prayer is that God will be glorified. That all of those who hear our story will see we have a greater hope and a greater peace. And that they would also have a greater gratefulness for what they have. That you will see God is glorious no matter what. That you will see that all we need is Jesus. I hope that God can reach your hearts through this whole situation and see that we are weak. Candace and I are so weak. God is so strong. God is good.

AMEN!

With all that said, we want to reveal to y’all baby girl’s name. (Bet you didn’t know you were getting two treats in one post!)

Since Baby Girl is very, very special to us and our families…we wanted to give her the most perfect name. But with that, comes meaning behind it.

Her first name means: Grace or Devoted to God. We know that this is all of God’s doing. Our story is going to be used for His Glory and His Kingdom. She has and always will be His. She is dedicated. She is loved. She is special.

Her middle name is pretty self explanatory. We know that God has a plan and a purpose for her and for us and that is where our hope lies.

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So Baby Girl can now be referred to as:

Annalise Hope

We cannot thank y’all enough for the kind words and prayers that have been sent our way the last several days. We are so incredibly grateful for people like you and we truly appreciate every text, message, email, and post we have gotten. It is so amazing to already see what God is doing in our lives and in others around us.

We continually pray that our story and our sweet little Annalise’s story will bring glory to God everywhere we go. We literally cannot do this on our own. Just like Kevin said, we are so incredibly weak. God is the strong one that is holding us together. Without Him, we would be a mess. I’m so thankful for the love and grace of God to all of us.

“I will stand my ground where hope can be found.” – O’Lord by Lauren Daigle

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