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It was the last week in April when a woman came up to me after church, put her hand on my belly and said, “Oh, you got a baby girl in there!” 


“Um, haha, No, it’s a pastabowl”  Thank you very much as I swiped her hands off me. I had just gotten done directing traffic in the parking lot on a blazing hot Sunday and not really up for that kind of conversation. I’m a total boy mom and **finding out I could be pregnant** with a girl*** at church** to be honest, put me in a bad mood.  


That week, through a series of unusual events I found out I was indeed pregnant… During this season, we had already felt under “attack” in different ways. This just kicked things up a notch. 


Weeks and months passed. It was one of the hardest summers I’ve experienced in years. Much of the time, I felt like I couldn’t come up for air. But we’ll skip ahead.


We found out officially,  she was a girl. 


As the Lord would have it, He reminded me that:

1. Everything will be ok with having a girl, and 

2. He’s into the details. 



Before we knew it was a girl, I was trying to figure out what name we’d go with. I already had a boy name months ago but if it was girl, I’m a blank slate. I was renting library books on names, checking  out meanings and different resources.  Nothing. Zilch. Nada.


It was that same week that I got a private message from a girl I hadn’t seen in years. She said she had a dream a few years ago that my 3rd child would be a girl and I really struggled with the name and the Lord was very aware of my plight. She didn’t want to freak me out by telling me back then because at the time, I wasn’t even pregnant with my second son.


That gave me much confidence in the fact that the Lord would give me a name when it was time and that He ordained this whole thing,  even though this pregnancy was not in my Top 10 Things To Do in 2016. I had questioned multiple times what He was up to during the difficult months prior.



Fast forward to November, These photos were taken by my amazing friends Shawn and Christine Rottmann- a husband and wife duo- incredible with wielding the camera and high octane children at the same time. With the rain and super distracted kids, these turned out amazing- I couldn’t have asked for anything better! (You guys better get some business cards rollin!) Check out more from them here.



This being my 3rd pregnancy, it does seem to get harder ever time. So many people asking as I approach the final weeks and days, “how are you feeling?!” I’m trying to have a great attitude about it so my response is always the same:  

                                            “I feel GREAT for being 40+lbs heavier!”  


Every pregnant woman knows, the last few weeks are the hardest physically, mentally and emotionally. The waiting was brutal. The one thing I held onto was something my 4 year old said to me as he came home from school..



“Mommy, your baby is gonna shoot out like a gingerbread man.”

{He completed that statement with hand motions.}


I am so blessed by my funny, creative, kindhearted children. Little prophets, I’ll receive it. Out of the mouth of babes, right?


Being Mr. Christmas that he is, Jonathan made a sign for his light display that we’d put out when she arrived. We were *REALLY* hoping she’d make her debut while it was still “in season”…


Back to the name game. 


We’ve been going with the Biblical name thing which is cool but I’m always flexible. And to follow up with another J name? Oh boy, I never wanted to be the Dugger mom. 


I asked Joram what the baby’s name should be. And he strongly suggested the name,”Snots.


Snots Schroer.. Hmmm, I’ll consider it, thanks pal. 


Jonathan was out watching football one night and I felt the Lord nudge me to stop what I was doing and play Russian Roulette with the Bible.


And there. it. was.


The meaning: Noble.



Ah yes, how much I had  been brewing lately during the season of horrible political mudslinging and such intense toxicity on social media and all I can think of was how important this verse is… 


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things… and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9


We somehow wanted to honor Jonathan’s mom Arlene with the name also. So keeping her initials and mine as well, we landed on AJ, that way I can one day pass Arlene’s ring on to her and tell her the significance of it.  




God answered many specific prayers (I’ll hafta save it for another post.) But for now, please welcome our newest GREAT measure of JOY, pressed down, shaken together and running over! Our lil Schrolette, Azel Justice.





After she was born, my dad was looking up the Biblical reference for Azel. As it turns out, Azel was a descendant of Jonathan, which was something we didn’t know! I guess the Lord really is into the details! 




“For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him”.
Isaiah 30:18


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