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Jungling Family +1 - Day 4 of the 30 Days of Thankfulness

There are so many things to be thankful for and over the next month, I am sharing one per day in my 30 Days of Thankfulness on my blog. Of all the articles I am going to share, there is nothing I am more thankful for than the people in my life. Whether it is Rachel or the kids, every single day I thank God for the family that I’ve been given.

And in March or April 2023, we’re adding another one to the family!

When we went through IVF which resulted in Anders and Linnea, we had one remaining embryo. Only a few weeks after Anders died, Rachel found out that she was pregnant with Elias. His natural, miraculous arrival in our darkest season of life was a light that we needed.

This summer we transferred our final embryo and we are so excited that our family is growing once again. Linnea and Elias are overjoyed to be adding a little brother or sister to the family. Linnea wants to sit next to baby at the supper table every night.

Many times I’ve heard people talk about how they look up at the stars and understand how great God is. When the James Webb telescope transmitted the first images back to earth looking out into the universe further than man has ever seen, God got even bigger for lots of people.

What the James Webb telescope did in making God bigger for people, the IVF process has done in making God bigger for me. It’s one thing to look up at the stars and be wowed by the grandeur with which God creates, but it is another to look at a picture of an embryo and know that God’s hand is in even the finest of details.

Appointment after appointment, everything looked optimal for Rachel to get pregnant, but follow-up after follow-up ended in no pregnancy. Even in optimal conditions, man doesn’t create life. God does.

The beauty of IVF in our story is that this baby was an embryo from the same retrieval as Anders and Linnea. So while Elias never got to spend time on earth with his brother Anders, this baby spent months with him!


13 For you formed my inward parts;

you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.

14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Wonderful are your works;

my soul knows it very well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you,

when I was being made in secret,

intricately woven in the depths of the earth.

16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;

in your book were written, every one of them,

the days that were formed for me,

when as yet there was none of them.

-Psalm 139:13-16


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