Thursday, March 26, 2009


Prayer requests for this week(end):

1. That we have a great appointment today with Dr. Stutts and his staff. I am always nervous the day of an appointment and cannot seem to stop the crazy thoughts that run through my brain. I have to have the Rh+ shot today and normally I'm fine with shots, blood, mole removal, pain in general... BUT I had a really bad experience in week 5 at a local hospital and the memory of that LONG night in the ER has me a little anxious today. Long story short, I had some mild spotting one day (had been on my feet all day and overdone it a little) and we decided to go to the ER just in case. Everything looked fine on the ultrasound but they decided to give me the Rh+ shot just in case I did miscarry at somepoint. Well, they really messed up and forgot to put some bracelet on me after typing my blood and ended up having to do the whole process again (another 2 hours). I was exhausted, scared, mad as a wet hen and truly ticked that they had bruised the top of BOTH hands trying to put in an IV so now I looked like a junkie. See what I mean.... BAD EXPERIENCE. I know today will be better!!

2. That I not lose my mind and get "pregnant" lady on someone this weekend. :) This is honor band weekend and I'm the chair this year so I feel responsible for the ultimate success of the event, naturally. I'm not worried about the students (they are usually very well-behaved during these events) but I know that something will come up that usually wouldn't bother me but now does. I'm just not as relaxed as I once was and do not take surprises as well. Just ask Jeremy... We've always been big on trying to scare each other but lately it has made me MAD when he tries to sneak up on me. I punched him hard the other night when he did it and went to bed ready to smother him in his sleep. So, if you are a SABDA member, please do not be offended if I get unusually upset about something small or if I can't seem to make a decision about something.... It's just how it is for me right now.

If you've been "following" the blog, then you've probably noticed that the number of followers has steadily grown and that just amazes me. But what is even crazier is that there are probably 4 times as many people "following" that aren't registered as "followers." Everytime I turn around, someone says "Oh, I read about your parents coming to visit this weekend" or "I just loved the maternity clothes post" or "We've been reading the blog and are praying for you guys." In my mind, there are only 55 people reading the blog regularly (because that's what I see listed on the page) but in reality there may be hundreds of people actually reading. To you "Followers," THANK YOU for your quiet support and continued prayers.

My mom complained to me that she has wanted to post a comment but didn't know how yet (she's learned a lot about computers of the past few years and wants to learn more) and others have told me that they wanted to post a comment but do not have a Google account, etc... I had a choice when I created the blog to allow for anonymous posts but after reading "Bring the Rain Blog," I knew that that wasn't the best idea for me. Now, when you post a comment, I actually moderate that comment and choose whether or not to post it. Not all comments get posted.... Sorry but sometimes a comment just strikes me as odd or may even irritate me to the point that I do not want it on our blog. Yes, it's a little of my control freak coming out.

Anywho, thanks for reading today and if you live in Alabama, I hope that you have a canoe!! It is like Noah's Ark in North Alabama today!



  1. I can't imagine where you got this control freak thingy!!


  2. Hi Johnna and Jeremy, I haven't seen you in years, Johnna, but I want you to know you and your husband are in prayers. You are an inspiration truly, your strength and deep faith are such a beautiful testament to me and I am sure, to everyone else who reads this blog. May God bless you and keep you.

    Charissa (Gilstrap) Saenz

  3. Johnna & Jeremy,

    I have been praying for you and will continue to do so, that the Lord will be your sterngth. "The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing." (Zeph. 3:17)

    Blessings to you!

  4. You have the sweetest personality! As a blogger I can assure you that there are wayyy more people reading than your "following" I am thrilled to be a follower and hope to be support. Be blessed precious and we are praying!

  5. I've always been a "Johnna Follower". Since the first day I met you in college, you've been someone I look up to. Through reading your posts and praying for you your strength of character is still inspirational.

    It took me nearly a year after the loss of our first pregnancy to come to the realization that the names we had given to our first baby were names that couldn't be reused. The whole year after the miscarriage Phil kept saying..."We'll have another Micah or Zoe some day" and it just never set well with me. It wasn't until I realized the sanctity of those names and declared that we could not use those names, that I was able to really move on to the idea of a second pregnancy. God really moved in my life through the loss of our first and it was through that experience that I truly learned my need for Him. Phillip and I had the "new names" talk and within a week learned that we were pregnant again...actually found out one year to the day from when we learned I was pregnant the first time.

    God's ways of letting you glimpse at his plan are perplexing and amazing at the same time. During the experience, I didn't understand why any of it was happening to me. I didn't have to endure the experience the way you are, but the pain I felt was real and recovery took time. He has blessed me with the privilege of using my experience in ministry to others. My prayer for you, Johnna, is that you'll get a glimpse into God's plan, that you'll get as much time with your baby as possible, and that the Lord will continue to be glorified through your experience.

    I'm glad to know that you moderate your posts. I give you complete editing rights over this one. Hadn't commented thus far because I knew my post would be longish. So, feel free to only post a truncated version...or the whole thing...or nothing at all. Know that I love ya'll and will continue to pray for you, Jeremy, & Robert/Elizabeth.


  6. Johnna,
    I think you and Jeremy have been amazing during this experience. I want you to know that I pray for you and your family daily. You are an example to me what faith is. I know that we have never been close friends just more like people we knew in high school or church. But I want you know how wonderful you have been during this. My husband and I want to start a family. I have been told before that it will be difficult. I have had a miscarriage before and gives me hope that I can conceive again. Johnna, your pregnacy has given be hope that this one day will happen. I have faith that God will grant me the joy of pregancy again and a chance to be a mother.
    Please let me know if you ever need anything.

  7. Mrs. Stafford,

    I just wanted to let you know that our church we attend (New LaGrange Missionary Baptist Church)
    has had you,Jeremy and your precious little one on our prayer list. When Kelsie told us about the complications we immediatly knew to pray. Without prayer there is no hope. I some times wonder how people get through a day without having a saviour in whom we can turn to.

    God Bless you and your family,

    The Jeffreys