Thursday, May 14, 2015

Just a Little Time Left

I can't wait till he gets here! =)
This is just a little update on how things are going! Erin has been doing good as can be expected at over 36 weeks. She's pretty uncomfortable, but she has been so positive!  She is such a trooper! Baby Carson is growing and is doing really good!
I took this picture yesterday and just had to post it because she is so C.U.T.E.! And I couldn't resist posting this stinkin' cute picture of Jeb too!
I wanted to thank everyone who has commented, written letters, left notes of encouragement on instagram, and supported us through this really special time. It has meant so much to both of us to know that there are so many people who care. I plan to try and keep you as updated as possible with any good news! =)

Blessing,

~ Chad, Erin, & Carson ~


Saturday, May 2, 2015

To My Dearest Friend...Happy Birthday

Dearest Erin,

   Happy Birthday! There is so much I want to say. You mean the world to me and I wish I could adequately express how special you are, not only to me but to so many others. I am the most blessed man alive to have known you these few years and I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with you!
   Erin, so much has transpired this past year of your life, and I have watched you walk through many different joys and heartaches. And I have seen how you have handled each and every situation with love, gentleness, forgiveness, and such sweet care. I am blown away by your love for others I can't tell you how much I count it a privilege to be with you and to share in life with you. I know that I do not deserve such an amazing girl, but I am so honored to be your fella.  =')
   I have learned so much from your example and I know that I am going to continue to learn from you and grow. I am so excited that little Carson is going to be even more apart  of our lives once he arrives! You are going to be the absolutely best mommy ever! I get so happy when I see how much you love our little boy. You have done so much for him and I know he is going to love you so dearly!
  I hope this new year is the best one ever! My prayer is that you will continue to be the wonderful example that you are and that you will love the Lord even more. Thank you for loving me even when I am unlovable...you are truly my very best friend!

...I love you, Erin Elise...

~ yf....for always~
      Psalm 121:1-2


ps....did I ever tell you that you are so beautiful??...you are!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Maternity Shoot

So, I have been absolutely dying to post these pictures of Erin and her A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E. baby bump! =) Tori, Carlin, and Josie were kind enough to come over one morning and help us take these pictures. I think they did an outstanding job and they came up with quite a few creative ideas!
I know that I am a little  biased, but...I have to say that Erin's the cutest little pregnant lady ever! Just when I don't think she can get any cuter...she does! =)
I hope  you enjoy these pictures as much as I have!

~ Chad ~
......loves Erin & Carson




Thursday, March 5, 2015

Our Little Boy

You probably know by now....but if you don't, we are so happy to share with everyone that we are expecting a little BOY!!
Our hearts are full of joy! It almost seems like a dream that's all to good to be true! The reality of it is still sinking in for us!
Now that I know that a little fella is on the way, I can't help but try and imagine what he's going to be like! I often wondered what it would feel like to be a dad, to have all that responsibility, to provide for a family, to teach my children, to be the very best dad that I could be! Now that reality of being a dad is here and it's truly inspiring! I can't wait till our little boy arrives! Erin and I are absolutely thrilled!! =)
God has been truly good to the three of us ( I love saying the three of us! =).
Erin....I have to talk about my Erin...my lovely, precious, beautiful inside and out, bubbly, amazingly sweet wife, Erin. She is the hero behind this little boy...she is the courageous, loving, ever caring mother who has been so brave these past 26 weeks. I wish I could share all the ins and out of this pregnancy...but I believe it would fill an entire book if I tried. Pushing through 20 weeks of extreme nausea, having a complete lack of appetite, and receiving daily injections, Erin has patiently bore these hardships with a dedication and love that brings tears to my eyes. I can honestly say I have never seen a more dedicated women in all the world! I can't wait to tell our little boy about how much his mommy loves him! I am so grateful for Erin and all that she means to me! I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Erin will make the very best mommy! It makes me so happy just thinking about it! =')
If you are wondering what we are planning on naming our little fella, you will have to check Erin and I's instagram! Erin shares the little guy's name and tells the story behind it here.
Thank you for praying for us! God has answered so many prayers! Looking back at our last post I wince at how long it has been since I have written and how many comments . I can't promise more posts soon, but I will do my best to try and keep you updated!

Blessings!

~ Chad
... for Erin always...

Friday, January 23, 2015

Our Little Baby

   It's TRUE! Erin is expecting! To say that we are happy is a big understatement! We are absolutely elated with the news of this coming bundle of joy!
    Thinking upon all the events of last year, we are overwhelmed by God's goodness and faithfulness to us! God has taught us so much through the heart-breaking times. He drew our hearts together as a couple. Yes, there were many tears through the losses, much grieving and sadness, many questions of "why?"...but through those times we were learning to trust Him in a deeper way. We may never get the complete answer to all of our "why's?", but we can fully trust the One who knows all the answers. This precious little one is an answer to so many prayers!
   We have been dying to announce this special news, but with this being a high risk pregnancy, we chose to hold off a little longer. We cannot even begin to tell you how blessed and encouraged we have been by the people who have prayed for us and helped us through our journey. Thank you for all the heart-felt emails, encouraging comments, and sweet letters we have received. I only wish there was a better way to express our  deep gratitude for your love and support.
   We can hardly wait till our sweet little baby arrives! Until then, we'll trust the Lord through these coming months!


Friday, December 19, 2014

The Week Before Christmas

   With Christmas less than a week away, it's hard to not get caught up in all the holiday chaos! Recently I have been thinking about how busy and full life has been. Sometimes I wish I could just slow down the clock, but regardless of how I feel, time moves on. I realize that I can only prioritize activities and be careful of the things I commit to, in order to use it wisely. Time is truly a precious gift.
I was driving early one morning and I passed by this frost-covered field just as the sun was rising in the eastern sky. I paused for a moment and decided to take a quick picture. As I thought about this peaceful setting, I realized I had almost missed capturing this picturesque scene. Though it may be such a small thing, I wondered at how many "small" things that I have missed, just because I was busy. I can think of many "small" things that are much more important than just taking a picture, such as giving a hug, a small note of encouragement, sitting around the living room with family, driving down a country road with someone special by your side, saying "thank you," or just telling someone how much they mean to you. These are all small things, yet they make such an impact on another life and make priceless memories! I don't want to be so caught up with busyness this Christmas season that I miss the small things...that maybe aren't so small.
   Erin found these fitting words in Psalm 104:1 "O Lord my God, Thou art very great...", and I photo-shopped them into the horizon of the picture. God is truly great!...so very great, yet He gave His only Son as the greatest gift of all... a sacrifice for our sin! We are truly blessed.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him, should not perish,
but have everlasting life."
John 3:16

Merry Christmas from our little home to your's!!

Love,

Chad & Erin...for forever

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just Thankful...

  Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Erin and I both love this time of year! The leaf change, the heavy frosts, the warmth of the home, reminiscing of past Thanksgivings with family, hot tea and rich coffee (I just had to throw the coffee in there..=), and so many more blessings, make this season so special.
As I was driving to work this morning, I was thinking about the different things that I was grateful for. It's easy and natural for most to remember the difficult or painful experiences of life, but it takes a willful effort to remember all that God has done and blessed us with. My mind drifted back to different events that have taken place this past year. As I remembered and thought
upon God's goodness to Erin and I, I realize how blessed I am. Just in the small things, like the clothes I wear, the warmth and shelter of our home, the car I drive, the job I have, the cup of coffee that I hold in my hand...(sorry...I really like coffee =)...these things I take for granted so often, when so many people are in need! All to often I get weighed down thinking about how I wished I had more time, more money, more this or that, and I miss the joy that comes from simply being content with what I have. So today, I am counting my blessings and sharing them with you.
  One of the biggest blessings of my life is my dear and precious wife, Erin Elise. I don't know what I would do without her. She is my encouragement when I get discouraged, she points me in the right direction when I am headed the wrong way, she shares wonderful insights of wisdom for decision-making when I am uncertain what I should decide, she helps me count my blessings when I focus on the things going wrong...she is truly my helpmeet, the sweetest and closest friend I have. I love her so much. We recently celebrated our first anniversary, and we were able to slip away to a little, mountain cabin down in Gatlinburg and spend some wonderful time together. It was very special! We got to see some of the Christmas lights there as well as visit several small shops in Pigeon Forge. I am grateful to the Lord for bringing us together! Erin has truly been the most wonderful person in the whole wide world to me. God is truly good.







  Another thing that I am so grateful for is a wonderful family! Erin and I are both so grateful for our families. It is really exciting to see how God is using them in so many different ways. We are especially excited for my brother Thomas and his new bride, Dakota. They were married September 20th of this year. We were so happy to be there and witness this special day! I know God will use them in a mighty way!
  I am thankful for my brother Nate. This past week he graduated from Seminary School in Texas. He will soon be moving to Florida where he will begin serving in a chaplaincy in a prison. This has been his heart for a long time and it's so awesome to see how God has directed his steps! I am thankful for him as a brother and as a friend. He has been a great encouragement to Erin and I!
I could go on and on about each family member and how they have blessed my life, but I want to say how grateful I am for my in-laws. Gil and Kelly have been such a blessing to us. They have given such wise counsel, lots of encouragement, and so much support. I am so grateful for the whole Bates family and for the testimony that they have! I am excited for their opportunity to be an encouragement and testimony through UPtv. Episodes will begin January 1st!
The list of things that I am thankful for would be endless. Just in writing this small post has helped put my focus and attention on all that there is to be thankful for! I know that I have said this many times, but God is truly good. Regardless of the trials or hardships we face and regardless of the blessings that He pours out upon our lives, God is so good and He is worthy of our praise.
May Thanksgiving season be full of thankfulness to Him for His goodness to us! 

Psalm 136:1 ~ "O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever."

...just thankful...

Chad & Erin...Psalm 121:1-2 
 PS...If you want to keep up with some more of our pictures, You can follow our Instagram @chad_erinpaine