The Blogging World

Lately I have been writing posts in my head around 3 in the morning when I can’t sleep.  I really should just wake up and go downstairs and type it out, but it usually doesn’t happen.  And usually the post always sounds better in my head.  But, I’m writing this post for 2 reasons…

1.)  To say Juliet is still staying put.   I know a lot of you are checking in to see if there is any news, so I thought I would keep you updated.  It looks like she will come Monday, when we are scheduled to be induced.  I was hoping she’d come on her own, but I guess there are a few perks.  Like since we have to be there at 7 a.m. , and Kynlee can sleep til 10 a.m. :) Grandma and Grandpa are coming Sunday night.  That way the kiddos don’t have to get woken up so early to get dropped off somewhere.  Also, our sweet photographer friend Sarah was able to find a babysitter and free her day so she can be there, thanks Lisa for watching her kiddos!  and that means I can go in showered and ready.  I know it’s really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’ll make me feel a little better.

I’ve never been induced before and I must say it’s kinda weird knowing there is an end date in site.  Especially with Jules.  So ready or not, 2 days from now and we will probably get to meet her!

2.)  The second reason I’m writing this post it to thank the blog world for their love and support.  Sounds a bit corny, but I  have to tell you that before I started blogging, I read blogs.  I was always surprised how the bloggers would talk about their blog family and what a big part of their life they were.  It’s not until now that I truly understand that.  I started blogging a little over a year and a half ago, and it started out to encourage, share, and possibly try to lighten the load for the hubby by bringing in some sort of support.  Most stay at home moms are always looking for some way to help out a little bit, and what better than to share you heart and hobby?? Well, the financial support part didn’t really pan out…although I’m still working on it:)  but what did happen was the community part changed my life.  I started with 487 unique visitors, which means different people that checked out my site, the first month.  Since then it has grown to 13,000 different people that check out my site each month.  I realized Jules has brought a lot of those people to my site, and I’m so grateful!  I still cannot describe the amazing peace the Lord has given us through this journey except for the fact that God is good, and that my blog family and everyone praying!  And prayer is so powerful!

Sometimes I feel like we are getting to “cheat the system” by putting our story out there.  I know that there are so many people who are going through similar situations if not worse, who are going it alone.  I can’t imagine.  If you are please comment and let us pray for you!  The Lord’s timing is always perfect and I can’t help but think He knew we’d need this extra prayer and support.  He was looking out for us.  He’s carrying us through all of you.  We have  been so beyond humbled by everyone who has messaged, called, written, sent gifts and food.  People that we know, and so many people that we don’t even know…but that have found our story through mutual friends, facebook, or my blog.  We are overwhelmed by the sweet Jesus love you have….and community has a whole new meaning to us.  Especially community in Christ.  It is such a strong bond.

So, thank you again…I can’t say it enough.  Thank you for letting us put our story out there.  I will continue to keep you informed on Sweet Jules, although we do not own a laptop (!) shocking!! so I won’t be able to blog from the hospital, but we will let you know as soon as we can and are able.

Love to you all:)




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16 thoughts on “The Blogging World”

  1. Hi, Allie. I tried commenting on your blog a few days ago when I saw your blog via a friend’s fb post, but it didn’t work apparently. So I’ll try again! I am a caregiver for a 15-year-old girl with full Trisomy 18. She is beautiful and sweet and a big blessing to me and many around her. I know that every child with T-18 is different and every family’s experience is different, but Juliet will certainly continue to be a part of your life and a blessing no matter what your path looks like. I have been praying that your Juliet will beat the odds, and that you will be bathed in grace and strength no matter what. Regardless of what tomorrow brings, I encourage you to check out some of the support organizations available, especially Trisomy 18 Mommies and Trisomy Families, both closed Facebook groups (just message the admins). SOFT (Support Organization for Trisomy 18 & 13) has a fb page as well, though it is less active, but they are a great source of information and can connect you with trisomy families in your area. They have a conference every summer at a different location every year. It’s a great celebration of the lives of our living trisomy kids (and adults!) and of the memories of our angels. Another cool website is Faces of Trisomy. I think it’s one of the greatest blessings of the Internet age actually to connect families of people with rare special needs together across geographical distance!
    Love and prayers,

  2. another sister in Christ, lifting you up tonight with thought of tomorrow. May you feel His Presence and Peace in the days to come…because just as when you began this journey with Jules 10 months ago, you are all being held close in His Hands…love in Christ.

  3. Allie, Just know we are praying for you and cheering for Juliet tomorrow. Will be hard to do much as I am sure you will be on our minds all day. I pray the Lord brings peace tonight so you can sleep and get your rest for the path ahead.

    Love you guys bunches.

  4. I will be thinking of you on Monday. I follow your blog. I love you without even having met you! Take care, sweet friend and blessings to you and your family. Soon you will be able to hold your new little bundle.

  5. Ryan and Allie,
    Praying for you and your family.
    May you know that special peace that passes all understanding.
    Dwight and Pam

  6. Karen Volinkaty

    Thinking about you and uplifting you in prayer to our precious Father in heaven, as Monday quickly approaches.

  7. Allie & Family,
    Praying for you and your beautiful, precious daughter, Jules! May God strengthen you and fill you with joy and peace during these coming days.

  8. Prayers to all of you as you get ready for Jules to enter the world. Thanks for all the updates . God Bless all of you
    Gail Nelson and Family

  9. I’m a perinatologist. I found your blog while researching families with babies/children with Trisomy 18 so I would have a bit more insight to counsel my patients with a prenatal diagnosis of Trisomy 18. Anyways, I have been thinking of you and will be thinking of you and your family on Monday.

  10. Hi Allie,
    I found your blog through another mom’s blog about Trisomy 18. I’m 42, have three boys 13, 11, and 8 and am expecting Grace Elizabeth on December 31st. We found out at 12 weeks that our baby was a GIRL! and that she had T18. She has a severe heart defect. I wanted you to know that your posts have encouraged me and sometimes you write exactly how I am feeling. This journey with T18 is so uncertain but our family is also leaning on God to carry us. I have been praying for your family, for you, and for Juliet. I have also enjoyed your decorating posts (: I just finished painting the trim in our living and dining room! Praying all will go well in the hospital. Thank you for sharing your story!

    1. Lisa, I’m so glad you commented, I’ll put you in my prayers. Sometimes it’s just nice to know someone is out there going through the same thing even though it seems like each case can be so different. I’d love to hear how grace does:). Much love!

  11. Ryan and Allison — Ryan wouldn’t remember us and we’ve never met Allison. My husband, Pastor Lee Boleman, was Ryan’s pastor when Ryan was just a little boy and going to Stockholm Lutheran Church. We’ve always loved the Lundeen family and kept staying in touch with several of the Ternings, including grandma Phyllis. I thought we should send you a little note that you’ve been in our thoughts and prayers. It won’t be just family and the photographer present at Juliet’s birth, but also Jesus — He will be your biggest support and will give you strength and His peace. We will continue to keep you in our prayers and will be watching your blog.
    Take care and God bless!
    Pastor Lee and Ricky
    (now living in northern Wisconsin)

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