Saturday, April 30, 2011

I'm So Blessed

ANY MOMENT now I could go into labor. Pam & I got manuscript number two in. My hair is freshly dyed and I’m sporting a new pedicure complete with toe bling. Bring on the labor!

As I await the “big moment,” I’m thankful for a woman is deeply woven into our family and will be a part of this blessed event.

My doctor.

God brings people into our lives in unique ways. When I started college, I believed God was calling me into medicine. Matched through a class, I spent hours with my now doctor observing, learning, and growing. She encouraged me when I wanted to throw my organic chemistry book out my dorm window and championed my skills.

Over time, God obviously revealed to me otherwise. I KNOW I’m meant to be a stay at home mom and author. It provides for both me and my family the perfect balance.

But, He would connect us bigger, better, and stronger ways.

A situation landed me in her office for help. Things wouldn’t go easy for us when we first wanted a child. And then when we finally did have a positive pregnancy test and healthy ultrasound, we would find out just weeks later in her office with her doing the ultrasound that we had lost the baby.

Our hearts were broken. Yet, it was her that prayed with us, cried with us, and helped me to truly see that motherhood – from the moment of conception – calls one to wear their hearts on their sleeve. It is never easy or comfortable. But, it is a joy no words could express.

“You will be able to be a mother again, one day,” she whispered.

When Grace entered our lives, she was not on call, but there she was through a long labor helping us safely bring her into the world. She is named after our doctor.

Shortly after Grace turned one we found out we were expecting again. I was shocked. She wasn’t. “God is bigger than medicine, Melissa,” she said on the phone.

Hannah came into the world again in the evening and again when she wasn’t on call. But she was there. She and her husband would serve as her Godparents.

In these few years, our lives have remained intertwined. She has assisted Pam and I when we have medical questions for our work. She’s shared in my faith and encouraged me to grow, stretch myself, and really follow God’s call for my life.

My doctor is more than my friend. She has stood in the gap to mend my broken heart and she has shared with us in moments of life’s greatest joy. Through valleys and mountaintops, she has had the right words.

I’m so blessed. We are so blessed.

Now we await number three, another surprise gift from God. I know that she is hoping for a nice weekday, daytime delivery (and I can’t blame her – she has a 24/7 job and still finds time to be super mom and volunteer like crazy), but I’d take tonight. I mean, having some random stranger say to you in McDonalds, “Wow. You got twins in there” is just not good on the human psyche! :)

But, we can’t wait for her to be present as we round out our family with baby number three. Her presence in my life is a special gift from God.

Thank you, Dr. Seger for your friendship, your direction and advice, your living faith, your tremendous sacrifices, your skills as a “baby catcher,” and your incredible wisdom. We love you!

I pray that you all have the opportunity
to thank someone this week
who has encouraged you in your day to day life.

Friday, April 22, 2011

"Mom, Do You Want to See Me in Heaven?"

“Mom, do you want to see me in Heaven?”

The sincere question of my five year old momentarily stopped my beating heart.

Think quickly, Melissa. This is a ministry moment you don’t want to mess up.

“Of course, I want to see you in heaven someday. And, since you love Jesus and I love Jesus I will get to. But, I praise God everyday that I get to be your mom and hope that we have a lot of time together on earth before that happens.”

The truth of the matter is this: I have a mother’s heart. I look at my children and want to hold on to them forever. I want them to be innocent, safe, and protected. I never want to say good-bye.

But that is not the way we were created. From dust we were made and to dust we shall return.

So, my goal is that to keep faith-filled discussion a natural part of our day so that the love of Jesus is FIRST in their life. I want my girls to be inspired by the Word. And, even more importantly, I want them to know Him because that relationship will impact their daily living and through that relationship we are FOREVER bound.

This Easter season provides the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate this.

“Do you know what makes Easter especially cool?,” I continued in the midst of my “teachable moment.”

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Using Social Media to Glorify Faith


Pam and I are busy working on the end of book two and we'd love to hear stories from teenagers about how you are using social media (Facebook, My Space, Twitter,etc) in combination with their talent (music, theatre, communication, etc) to GLORIFY their Christian faith. If you (or your teen or a teens friend) have a story you'd like to share, please send it ASAP to

On the flip side, if your teen cares to comment on time they spend with social media, horror stories from things they've posted or people they've met, the new Facebook depression link, etc. We'd be interested in that to.

We are almost done so please send them quickly. Who wouldn't want to be part of a book project?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Ava or Josiah: Guess Baby Nesdahl's Gender & Birth Stats

Today I had my 36 week appointment. In my mind that is always significant because it means they will no longer stop labor.

Perhaps I should get a call list prepared & bag packed!

Since the manuscript for book two is due to the publisher May 1 and baby is due May 5, I've been pretty quiet on this site. But, today I wanted to record a little fun. Do you think this wild child is a boy or girl? And, when do you think he or she is arriving? At what birth weight?

As you can see, Grace is predicting a boy.

Hannah said girl up until last week. Now she is saying boy too.

Both of the girls arrived on their due date and weighed in at 7lbs 13 oz and 7lbs 4oz. This baby was 5lbs 11oz by ultrasound today.

What do YOU think?

I'm honestly just hoping that I've had the chance to hit "send" on the manuscript first! :)

For now, we have all the gender neutral stuff washed

so that we are ready whenever God says, "it's go time!"

And I am trusting the Lord that He will provide me the strength to get the writing and all other delivery preparations done.
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