Welcome to the first post of our family blog entitled, The Blessing of Six. To get my feet wet in the world of internet blogging, I want to just begin by telling you about our six blessings...Meet The Parish's!
Charlie and I have been married 8 1/2 years and will celebrate our 9 year anniversary on June 15th of this year. We met 10 years ago at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Sunday school. God couldn't have had better timing in both our lives. Charlie had just lost his brother, Andy and I was lost as a goose (spiritually lost). We didn't realize at the time that God was creating something beautiful and was about to Bless us beyond what we could imagine.
It has been a very fast 5 years since God Blessed us with our first born, Andy! He is named after his Uncle Andy. When we found out we were pregnant and would be expecting a boy there was no doubt what his name would be. Charles Andrew Parish was born on December 11, 2005. A little about our first born: Andy is our white headed, blue eyed baby. Andy is so full of life and his smile lights up a room. He has a very tinder heart like his Daddy and is worried about how others feel all the time. He never wants to be in trouble and doesn't like to disappoint anybody. Andy loves wrestling just like Daddy and is very animated when he plays. He actually acts out every move and knows ALL the wrestlers names and can sing their theme music. He is such a good boy.
God Blessed us with our second son, Lincoln Cain Parish on July 1, 2008. He is our pistol and I do mean the life of the party. He is sooooo loud and wants to be heard, he gets that from me hahahahaha!!! I was a spit fire growing up and my parents always told me I would have one just like me and I would pay for my raising. Well my raising arrived that summer in July. We were so thrilled to have another son. Lincoln has brown, wavy hair and blue eyes. Total opposite from Andy. Lincoln loves to play in the gray area, meaning you tell him not to cross the line he will at least put his feet on the line and then give you this smile that says "I am going to do it even though I know I will get a spanking. But it is soooooo worth it." Lincoln is also the child that doesn't really care what anybody thinks about him. Not sure yet if that is good or bad. He always has us on our toes and the excitement never stops with Lincoln, the life of the house!
About 8 months ago we found out we were pregnant. Charlie and I had 2 miscarriages between Andy and Lincoln so to find this out was beyond excitement. Little did we know that God had a BIG surprise for us. At about 6 weeks we went to see a heart beat. On the way to our Doctor's appointment I was not talking much and Charlie was worried about me. He kept asking "what is wrong? I thought you would be excited about today?" I told him I was very excited but I had a dream about the pregnancy and I believe God gave me this dream. I told him I believed we were having twin boys. So of course he said "no way, that is not possible." I told Charlie I didn't think it was either but we had named them and the names were Abel and Luke. After we talked I felt better and just kind of brushed my dreams to the side. Well, God gave me the dream for a reason, we were in fact pregnant with TWINS!!! During the ultrasound we saw 2 small heart beats. We cried and just held each other. We believe God had taken our 2 babies we lost and needed them but now he was given us a very unexpected gift of 2 boys. And of course their names are Abel and Luke. I am currently almost 34 weeks pregnant with baby boys # 3 and 4. We are so excited and have been Blessed 4 times more than we deserve. We are so excited to be chosen to raise 4 Godly men in today's world.
The purpose of this blog is to share our family with you and what God has done in our lives. We want to keep you up to date with what is going on with our family, and also to share God's unconditional love with you. The Blessing of Six blog is a window into the life of our family of six. Its about the blessing we consider it to be a family of six. And about the ways God continues to bless each one of us. Charlie has always said our family doesnt have experiences...we have adventures.Welcome to our great adventure.I hope you enjoy reading and looking at pictures as much as I have enjoyed creating it. God Bless You!