My extremely long dissertation on the birth and events leading up to the birth of Ellie Grace

The birth story of Ellie Grace Clements doesn’t begin on 6/25/13 for me.  It began in the living room of our pastor, Terri Dieter, with Terri, Michelle Demus, Katie Stermer, Dave and I.  I had just been through a bunker night with them, with God setting me free from some things, many hurts, and so many lies.  It was close to Labor Day of 2011.

We were chatting in the living room before saying goodnight and Katie said something about us having children. I said, “Dave and I aren’t having kids. We have decided it is just not for us and its not who we are. It may be selfish but we just don’t feel like we want to have children”. In typical Katie fashion she laughed and said “well God showed me that you ARE totally having kids.”  We chatted a bit more and Katie just laughed and said “I know you two are having children…I saw you with them!”  Michelle and Terri both had GIANT grins and Michelle agreed and Terri said she believed we were going to have children as well.  At this point in time, both Dave and I were adament that there was NO child or children anywhere in our future. Continue reading “My extremely long dissertation on the birth and events leading up to the birth of Ellie Grace”

Our experience with Katrina Hollon, Holistic Maternity

We were very excited when we first met and hired Katrina as our midwife. She just fit our personality types very well (laid back, sensible, professional, nature-driven) and we knew that it was a good fit.

Well, here we are now, over 7 months later with a baby in our hands, so I thought I’d write a little about our overall experience.

Katrina was wonderful throughout Marti’s pregnancy. She was always gentle, informative, flexible and friendly. No question was ever too stupid, no concern ever too trivial and no need ever unmet. Continue reading “Our experience with Katrina Hollon, Holistic Maternity”

Being intentional with nicknames

Marti and I both feel quite strongly that “words become worlds”. That is, what you speak has a tremendous amount of power to change reality. There’s a lot of wisdom to be gleaned from the Bible, and one of the topics that comes up most frequently is the power of the tongue (“Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”, “But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” etc.). Continue reading “Being intentional with nicknames”

Why “Ellie Grace”?

Several people have already asked us why we chose the name that we did, so here’s a little bit of background.

First of all, settling upon a name was extremely painful. I had a whole list of names that I liked, and Marti had her own list of names that she liked, and as is usually the case, there was very little overlap between the two. Continue reading “Why “Ellie Grace”?”