Mattie Jackson opened up about the happiness that she is now feeling after enduring years of heartbreak.
Expecting Their First Child
Mattie and her husband, Connor, shared the exciting news on Thursday, Feb. 9 that they’re expecting their first child less than a year after their wedding. Mattie took to social media to announce that “Baby Boy Smith” is due to arrive in June.
“I feel like I said so many times last year that 2023 topped the charts with more joy and celebration and and redemption than any yet. Well, I have a feeling 2024 may give it a run for it’s money,” Mattie captioned a series of photos.
Alan & Wife Denise Await Second Grandson
The impending arrival of Mattie and Connor’s baby brings further joy to the Jackson family, marking another significant milestone in their journey of love and family.
Alan and Denise are thrilled about their future grandbaby. In a heartfelt social media post shared on Friday (Feb. 9), they expressed their excitement about welcoming another precious addition to their family circle.
“Blessings are overflowing in our growing family! Denise and I are thrilled for our second grandson to arrive in June! We’re so happy for proud parents @mattiejackson and Connor Smith and can’t wait to meet the next addition to our family.”
Mattie Finds Joy After Years Of Grief
On Saturday, Feb. 10, Mattie took to her social media to share her reflections and emotions regarding her recent experiences in life.
“Earlier this week, we shared about our sweet baby boy coming this summer. I wanted nothing but absolute joy in that post! But there’s so much more I need to say after the years of grief y’all have walked with me. So here’s a few things that have struck me deeply in the first half of my pregnancy.”
Now, Mattie is reflecting on the act of waiting, acknowledging the struggle of sharing good news while others are still in a place of wondering.
“To be honest, there’s part of me that’s always hesitant to share good news here, to post about these miraculous things in my life that are literal answers to years of tearful prayers. Because I know many of you are just there – in the tearful, waiting, wondering prayer place.”
“I lay at our 20 week ultrasound this week for 15/20-minutes with a stream of warm, joyful tears flowing down my face. And as the not-so-warm, very down-to-business nurse pushed and poked at my belly, and I DID NOT WIPE THEM AWAY because, REJOICE. Thank you, Jesus. Years of waiting and hoping is finally a reality, and I will not brush that away.”
Despite the fight for hope in challenging times, Mattie emphasizes the importance of choosing hope as an active decision, finding confidence in the possibility of future joy and redemption.
“I’m a generally hopeful person. I imagine and prepare for the best. But hope in these past years has been a fight. It’s been a daily choice. It’s been an act of willful defiance against fear and loss and anxiousness.”
“Wherever you are…
WAIT well, with the goodness and kindness and sovereignty of God as your fuel.
HOPE defiantly. Fight every day in anticipation for the abundant life Jesus says he has for us.
CELEBRATE everything. Because isn’t that a much better way to live??”
She ended her post by encouraging others to savor moments of joy rather than rushing to the next thing, recognizing the importance of gratitude and reflection.
See Mattie’s full post below!