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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

How We Told The Fam

I've always thought about how we would tell our families that we're pregnant--even before it happened! I stashed away ideas on Pinterest for the longest time. (Don't you love those "secret boards"?!) In the end though, Pinterest didn't come through for me. It was YouTube that gave me an idea on how to tell my family. I browsed through countless "pregnancy announcement" videos and finally found ONE that I knew we had to do.

My family likes to play Mad Gab. We don't play every time we're together so I knew I'd have to come up with a reason to play. I had it all planned out. 

Side note: My middle brother was supposed to be home from college that weekend (February 9) so it was perfect. His plans ended up changing and he stayed at school. I didn't know what to do because I did not want to have to wait another week to tell everyone and I also didn't want to tell him on the phone. My impatience won that battle and I gave Cody a call and let him know why I wanted to come in town so bad. He was excited for us and reassured me that I needed to go ahead and tell everyone. He knew I was about to bust!

Now, back to Mad Gab. We went to my parents' house and I came up with some crazy excuse to play the game and threw in my "imposter" card.

My dad caught on right away. One, he could tell that this "card" didn't match the other cards so he knew something was up. My mom started reading "Might ought hers praying nut" and wasn't getting it. It was hilarious because she was actually saying "my daughter's pregnant," but didn't realize it yet. Dad was behind her saying, "Your daughter's pregnant." She still wasn't listening. I think she was so focused on the card that she didn't listen to him. My youngest brother, Colin, kept throwing out phrases like "my daughter prays at night??" It was so funny. FINALLY, my mom heard Dad or Colin say the correct phrase and just looked at me and said, "NU-UH!!!" We missed having Cody there, but he can always say that he was the first to know!

We had plans to go to Will's parents' for Sunday lunch. They were cooking fried fish, hush puppies, etc. Before we went over there I told Will that I wasn't sure if I could handle the fried fish smell. My nausea was in the beginning stages and I just didn't know. It bothered me a little at first, but I guess I got used to it after a while. I even managed to try some! We sat down at the table and I told Will to say the blessing. It went something like this:

Dear God,
Thank you for this beautiful day that we can spend with family. Thank you for this food. Please use it as a nourishment to our body. Be with Courtney over the next nine months because she's pregnant.
In Your Name I pray,
Amen

We looked up at had four pairs of wide eyes just staring at us. At first everyone thought we were joking because Will is such a jokester anyway. We finally convinced them that we were serious!

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44 comments:

The Sequined Spaniel said...

Okay so I just teared up reading these stories even though I've already heard them! Just too precious! I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks of how to reveal pregnancy before it even happens :)

xoxo Amanda

PMerr said...

Those stories are so sweet! So glad your announcements went well! We didn't end up using a pinterest idea either, but having a birthday cake made for DH that announced for us!

Tiffany @ Austin Family Diary said...

Omg I teared up at the prayer. That's such a sweet way to announce. Lol I told totally picture the four pairs of eyes staring back at you.

Mendy the Crazy Daisy said...

Such cute ways to tell your families!! Congrats!!
Mendy
http://1crazydaisy3pokeyjoes.blogspot.com/

Megan C said...

Such a cute idea! I am now a new follower because of the pregnant momma link up!

The Life of Poole said...

Hi Courtney! I'm a new follower from the pregnancy link-up. What a cute story - I especially love the game idea, so original! I look forward to following you, congratulations!!!
Shannon [ lifeofpoole.blogspot.com ]

Lindsay said...

Hahaha, those are both adorable! When we told my parents, I gave them a book called "The Grandparents Handbook." My dad kept turning it over and going "wait, who am I giving this to?" We were all shouting at him "it's for YOU!" and he was like "no, it says GRANDPARENTS -- where did you find this?" Clueless, lol.

I love the Mad Gab one!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

This is so perfect!! What a great way to announce it! Love that your dad got it so fast. :)

Jess said...

Lol, this is too cute! I can totally see how funny it would be to watch your mom struggle when everyone else could hear what she was saying! What a fun way to announce it! Love that game! :)

Peace Love Applesauce- Terri said...

Awww.. how fun!
The blessing, so precious!

Kristin said...

OMG I love both ways soooo much!

SH said...

Your story just gave me goosebumps!!!! You are both so creative. Secret Pinterest boards are the best :)

Hope you're having a wonderful day :)

Sheree

The Hartungs Blog

thehartungs.com

Rachel @ front row seat said...

So sweet!! This will all be such a special memory from the time you all told the parents! :)

And yet another reason secret pinterest boards are amazing!

V A N E S S A | www.7JADED.com said...

This is so sweet! Congratulations!

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wide open spaces said...

These are so unique and heartwarming! I actually gave both sets of parents a gift wrapped box with a onesie inside saying worlds greatest grandparents. My parents caught on quickly. His parents said why are you giving us clothes for the nephews (brother in laws kids) We had to explain it to them lol! Loved your story! XO

Jen said...

Definitely tearing up at those announcements while sitting in class right now!! :) so sweet!!!

Liz said...

So fun!!! We almost announced with a prayer at Christmas but part of family was so late it didn't work out. So excited for you!!!

Liz said...

I just saw your link to the Joshua project!! Love it!!!

Karen Curtis said...

Aww! This is so cute! I love the way you told your families. Many blessings to you and your family!

-Karen
www.yourstylistkaren.com

Amy Charming said...

Beautiful! :) i love those stories :)
I think about how I'm going to tell my husband and our families, too, when I get pregnant. I already have the items "saved for later" in the Amazon checkout, ;)

Jo MyGosh said...

Love the story! :-)

Jessica Lynn Martin said...

Love your story! Just stumbled across your blog-very encouraging and love the site name! xo Jess

Iris P. said...

Love this story!

Breenah said...

That is beyond adorable!

Shannon said...

What a sweet story. I just discovered your blog and I'm your newest follower. :)
www.shannonheartsblog.com

Rachel Ledbetter said...

Great blog! Can't wait to see more amazing posts!

Rachel Ledbetter said...

Great blog! Can't wait to see more amazing posts!

Mercedes Lyne said...

sent here from the charming!

Andrea H. said...

This is awesome! Love these two ideas :) I have a nephew on the way and my brother and sister-in-law surprised my parents at Christmas in a similar manner! So fun!! Congrats :)

Andrea
alhadventures.blogspot.com

Emily said...

How wonderful!!!! This is such a great idea...and I swear I'm getting baby fever. :)

Sheila Cooper said...

Just found the blog and love it. Great pictures!

Kristyn said...

beautiful. :')

LoveCaroline said...

That's such a cute way to tell your family your pregnant! I love it!
I'm visiting from Because Shanna Said so blog and am a new follower! I can't wait to get to know you more and would love for you to visit my blog!

xo
Caroline

lovecarolineblog.blogspot.com

Justine B said...

Aw congrats! New reader here :)

I love how creative you were with the announcement! I can't wait to read all about your pregnancy. I hope to be able to tell stories of my own within the next few years!

Justine
http://sleepysinglegirl.blogspot.com/

Meg Hodson said...

Visiting from the Aloha Hop. Now following via GFC.

Would love to have you link up on my Bloglovin Blog Hop:
Bloglovin Blog Hop

Take care,
Meg
Happy Kids, Inc

Sarah said...

Wow... what a neat way to tell your family!! :) God bless!

New follower :)

Alycia (Crowley Party) said...

CONRATS girly! Also, what a hilarious way to tell your family. I LOVE it. I would have been like your mom or brother, just playing the game and not picking up on anything! hahah

Emily @ Newlywed Moments said...

Wow, what a neat way to tell your family! So sweet. Following you from Amy's blog, and really look forward to getting to know you more!

Rebekah @ All That Glitters said...

i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! i followed along :)

thanks for introducing yourself on Amy's blog & the giveaway!!

Rachel Salinas said...

I love this idea! SOOOO clever!!!!

Ali said...

Oh my goodness, I just started laughing & yes - CRYING - at how you told his parents! :) The prayer idea was just so very sweet. XO

Sarah McCann said...

Where did you get the imposter card?

Kaylee Terry said...

Hey, where did u get the imposter card?

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