December 6, 2010

Dreams Come True in Blue Hawaii

It's true. It's really, really, true!!!!

Dad and Mom have been in Hawaii for 1 week, celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. (Which was August 10th, but they wanted to go during our rainy, winter months.) They arrived home just the other night, and I have never seen them so bubbly, so tan, and so twinkly in their eyes. Was it *just* Hawaii that did that? Wow. I was impressed.

I really wasn't expecting any other explanation. I mean, it had been 14 years since they went away on a special trip, just the two of them. That explains it all, right?

We all were gathered around together in the living room the next morning. Nothing was out of the ordinary, except that I was down with a bad bad sore throat, so I sat there listening as much as possible while dozing in and out of sleep. Dad was telling stories. Anyone who has heard him tell a real full-on story, knows he is the best story teller alive. He can captivate a crowd with his animation. I've seen it happen!

Dad was explaining something about a "Captain Zodiak ultra speed boat adventure" they were looking into taking, and I hardly remember Dad handing David the brochure. My ears perked up when I heard Dad say, "Well...... the Guide told us that we couldn't go if we've had back surgery or are pregnant. So anyway, we were kind of bummed that we couldn't go . . ."

We all looked at them like ?????????????????????

Ummm... Dad, since when have you had back surgery??????????

Keslie matter-of-factly asked, "Soooooooo..... Why didn't you go?!!!!!!!!
ARE YOU PREGNANT?????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

I sat there like Costello, laughing at the joke- You know, how it's all good and silly, and then you realize that this is real as real could be!?!?!!?!?!?! David was the first to put the pieces of the puzzle together and jumped up to hug Dad, and Keslie followed suit, running straight to Mom. Our giggles turned into roaring screams, tears, and laughter. Everyone was jumping for joy!!!!!!!!!! And Dad and Mom sat there, glowing with that same glow that I thought Hawaii had given them.

Little did I know that God had given them a gift far greater than our wildest hopes and dreams.

But, it does make it seem that they did come true in Blue Hawaii!*!*!*!

Here's the clincher:

Mom is due on August 10th.
Their 26th Anniversary.{Mom is about 7 weeks along~ And we'd covet your prayers and God's grace for the journey. Obviously, we're all excited beyond words!!!!!! We're still in lala land.}

"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen." Ephesians 3:20-21

*all photos taken by Dad and Mom!


Sonja said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful blessing!

Laura said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!! I bet you're CRAZY THRILLED!!! I wish we had more babies on the way!!!! How old is the youngest in your family? (and if I may ask, how old is your momma?? That's the first hopeful question Momma asked every expecting 'older' lady :-P) Tell your Momma that we're SOOOO excited!!!!!!! :-D (is that enough exclamation marks?? :-P)

Anonymous said...

Yay!!! I'm thrilled for you all!!! The world can always use more Couchs! :D

Ebenezer Forest Farm said...


Our mother read us your announcement on FB the other day! What a blessing!


Anonymous said...

I'm crying tears of joy for my dear friend! What an absolute blessing! I'm so excited for your mother and look forward to watching her "grow" when we see eachother at church!!!!!

Love to your family!!!

~Heather Holston

The First Rose said...

I had to read that twice. It couldn't be true, could it? Yes! That is SOOOO exciting! If one of the girls saw that on Facebook and forgot to tell me, I'm going to do something terrible to them! I don't want to call your Mama "old" but...hooray for older mothers! I know the shocked looks people give...we saw them a lot when Noah was born.

Laura said...

Soooo. . . I know I've already said this multiple times on FB . . But!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!! I am so, so, so excited and happy for all of you!! :D :D I adore that baby will come on their anniversary! And I loved reading every word of this post. Bestest story ever. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Melanie said...

That is SO exciting!!
And what a fun way to tell you all! :-D

Mrs. S said...

Happy, happy, happy!!!! Such a fun and wonderful post! Thank you Jesus for another sweet little one!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a blessing!! I will be praying =)

Jina said...

Jerry had to call me after reading your post, Kami. I was with a friend and we hugged and celebrated together. Just now I read your post aloud to the children with tears. I am smiling with about a 1/4 of the joy I'm certain you all are feeling. We'll be praying for this precious one! The Ezell's

Miss Brianna said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!! What a FANTASTIC surprise!!!!! How wonderful. Give my congrats to your Mom. We love you guys. I can't WAIT to see the new little Couch. What a way to tell an anouncment like THAT! I will be praying for you all.

Love, hugs, and prayers,

SisterlyLove said...

I am so happy for you all! :) :) :) I love that little Molly's going to have an Aunt younger than her. That's precious!!!

So excited for you and praying hard.

appledapple said...

I can't believe I'm reading this. My husband and I are nearing our 20th anniversary and we're just discussing 'babies' last night (we already have 9). I'm sooo happy for your Mom and Dad, for all of you and will keep her in our prayers!

Cecily said...

Awwwh, Kami! Such a sweet story!!!! Gives me shivers and tears of joy! What an absolute gift from the Lord! I'm sooooo excited for your family! Love to you all! ~ Cecily

Anonymous said...

Again,congratulations on this wonderful news! I'm SO excited for you all! May the Lord bless this little one your mother is carrying.Keeping her in my prayers.SO thrilled!!!


Elizabeth Hope said...

That is SO exciting!! Most people would absolutely flip out if Mom had another baby, but we would be so glad.
God gives such good gifts- congrats to your whole family! :)

Miss C the Second said...

Wow, thanks to each a every one of you!!!!!!! You ALL are SO sweet and supportive. And your prayers- that means so much to us!

~Laura, well, I've been telling everyone that Mom is around 20... But I s'pose that won't help your question much. She's 45. And yes, I have permission to publish that. ;)

~Jenny, I just LOVE how you said it's going to be a girl (Aunt), without even realizing it. Sarah J did the same thing!!! SO cute! I really wonder? Girl or Boy????? Can't WAIT.

Again, THANK YOU all for your prayers! I love you so much!!!!

God is good.

SisterlyLove said...

I'm so excited!!!! AH! What happiness!! What thrills! What joy!
Ok... I'll be calm now.
Please give my congratulations to your sweet parents! *sigh*...
xo Marguerite

Ali said...

ahh!!! I am grinning from ear to ear!! This is awesome news!! Congratulations Couch family!! Praise the Lord!


Olivia Coy said...

Oh my goodness! Congratulations! We have friends that were very surprised to find out they were expecting their 7th child 9 years after the 6th. She is due in 3 weeks and we can't wait.

Janet Langford said...

Of course, I'm always the last to find out. Your mom just told me last if I should have known! Congratulations to big Sis and to all the Couch family. Can't wait till next August!