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Paul’s Birth Story



I can’t believe it has already been a week since my precious angel came into this world! Andy and I are beyond words of how happy and blessed we are that the Lord would give us a son! I want to give a HUGE “Thank You” to every one who kept us in your prayers – they were greatly needed and felt! 

This week has been amazing and a little challenging just getting used to how things are running now. I must say how thankful I am that Paul is such a good sleeper and eater – that has helped me alot. It is amazing to me how strange it is having a newborn in the house, yet at the same time how natural it is to Andy and I! 

I am so thankful that the Lord gave me a good pregnancy with no major issues. However, the labor and delivery were quite challenging and not at all what I had expected. But, then again, they say there is nothing to compare to labor, and I quite agree! I had planned to go completely natural, but when my contractions stopped 7 hours into labor, I was given a small amount of Pitocin to get things going again and to avoid any another interventions!


 At 10:15pm, Saturday the 10th, I was sitting at the table sewing a dress and my water broke! I was shocked and so excited. My contractions started within 3 minutes and they were already 7 minutes apart. We called the doctor, got ready, and headed towards Birmingham. We let the Family know, and all were just a few mintues behind us. By the time we got to the hospital my contractions were about three minutes apart. I was so excited that things were moving along so quickly. However, God had a different plan and at about 4:00am Sunday morning, everything stopped. No contractions. The doctor told me that we could wait until 12:00 (lunch time) to see what would happen, but after that he would have to start the Pitocin. Andy and I talked and prayed in the time that we had and decided it was best to go ahead and start it. I was so dissappionted that we were going to have to go that route, but I was determined to go natural as I could with no pain meds. At 8:00am, they started the drip and within 10 mintues the contractions were back and getting strong enough for me to have to concentrate. Little did I know that the next 7 hours were going to get really “AMAZING!” It was definitly the most intense pain I had ever felt. By this time, I was so exhausted I could hardly stand up. Andy said I kept falling asleep between contractions. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it. The contractions got so bad that I kept thinking, “if I could just pass out, by the time I wake back up all this will be over.” Alas, I didn’t pass out and it just kept going. At about 2:00pm, I felt the “urge” to push. Actually, I just started bearing down, I guess I skipped the “urge” part. And then at 3:11pm, the Lord blessed Andy and I with a 9lb 6oz baby boy! I couldn’t believe that after 9 months of pregnancy, 16 hours of labor and 1 hour of pushing – it was over. Paul was finally in my arms! Within minutes of birth, my Dad got to meet his grandson. I want to tell everyone, that had it not been for Paul Burrell – I wouldn’t be where I am today. He has done so much for me and I was honored that he was there, waiting in the waiting room and then the hallway for 16 hours! I love you, Daddy! Andy’s parents then came in and met Paul – they were so excited and they have been so wonderful and supportive through the entire thing. After that, my AMAZING support team came in! Haley, Sam, Amanda, Sarah, ad Olivia – I can’t tell you how much it made the time pass by so much quicker knowing you were ALL out there praying for me! I couldn’t have done it without you! I love you all so much and will never be able to repay what you guys have done for Andy, Paul and I. Paul is so blessed to have 5 amazing Aunts like you! I love you! 


You may be wondering by now, “What about your Andy and your Mom?”

Mom – I can’t write the words I want to say because they just don’t make any sense when I write them down. I couldn’t have done any of this without you. You stood right in front of me for 16 hours telling me to breathe and that I could do this. During that entire time, I kept thinking about all the times growing up when you took care of my boo boos and held me when I was crying and wiped my tears and told me that it would be ok. And how once again, you were there to help hold me up. I can’t tell you how honored I am that you were there with Andy and I. I love you so much and I couldn’t have done it without you! Paul is so blessed to have you as his Granny :D

Andy – My dear, wonderful husband! I love you so much! I want to write an entire book on how much you mean to me. I want tell you how thankful I am that God brought us together. There is never a day that goes by, that I don’t thank God for you! You get up everyday and provide for Paul and I. You lead us and guide us as God tells you. You are a wonderful husband and a wonderful father! Together, you’ve helped me prepare our home, minds and spirit for our children. You also rubbed my hips for the ENTIRE labor and never stopped :D You were also there holding my hand when this little one entered the world. God has blessed me beyond words, that you should be the father of my child! I love you so much and I want you to know how grateful I am for you! I never could have or would have made it through this without you there.

Anyway, I feel like I have told you more than you wanted to know. Lets, just say that I have an amazing family that mean so much to me and I am no longer pregnant! I am blessed beyond measure! Please keep us in your prayers! Love to All!

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6 Responses to "Paul’s Birth Story"

  1. linda gerhardt says:

    Tis so beautiful touches my heart what an honor to our Father this is a little boy being raised for jesus.Blessings on His mammy and daddy linda

  2. linda gerhardt says:

    also to the wonderful parents of you both

  3. Jessica Hawkins says:

    That is a very amazing journey! It was sweet and I know you are happy to be at home with your new baby. Andy as well! I’m glad things worked out wonderful for all of you! Happy Trails!

  4. Shellie says:

    Your delivery story is another testament of Gods wonderful, loving provision! Thank you for sharing the journey of it with us. The love you have for your family and husband are so tangible in your words. You are a very blessed woman, daughter, sister, wife, and momma!! Praise the Lord for He is worthy to be praised!

  5. Lisa says:

    You are a very, very blessed woman, Erin.

  6. Leslie says:

    i love hearing stories about others adventures into parenthood . though we could not be there for you we were home praying and so glad that you all did great . The lord knew what he needed and you asking him he blessed you with your answer . we love you guys very much

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