Last night, we got the most amazing surprise. I had just gotten out of the shower and I still had my hair in a towel when the doorbell rang. I didn't want to answer the door looking like that, so I asked Ryan to peek out the window and see who it was. He kinda laughed and said, "It's a van that looks like Joel and Laura's." We kinda laughed. Joel and Laura are the ones who moved to California. Ryan opened the door and there they were. . .Laura, Julia and Rebekah! I was in shock. They decided to come back home. Sadly, Joel is still working in CA where he will remain until he finds a job here. There are a lot of mixed emotions as there is still a lot of uncertainty in their lives. Please keep them in your thoughts and pray that Joel is able to return home soon.
I have had the hardest time trying to figure out what to write about lately. I think it's because of an anonymous comment that I got on the blog a few weeks ago. This person stated that I was ungrateful and complained all of the time. When you try to post daily, you're going to have a lot to talk about. . .good and bad. I've always tried to post very honestly and I guess it came back to bite me. Now, I'm very hesitant on what to write so as not to be called ungrateful. I know, I shouldn't let one little comment still bother me, but it goes against everything this blog is about. I want it to be uplifting, I want it to help people and share about one of God's great miracles. Has it been a tough 2 1/2 years? Yes. Do I wish I didn't have to go through all of it? Yes. Have I struggled emotionally and physically? Yes. If I could have, I would have taken my children's place. . .I would have traded their hospital stay for my own if only I was given the chance. If only. . . .
Less than 50 days left until the 2010 March for Babies. The March of Dimes means a lot to me and this will be the Olivia and Logan team's third year. We've always made quite a showing which only proves how much support we've received from so many loving people. It would mean a lot to me to have you join our team and walk with us. Whether we know each other well or need to get to know each other better, I'd love to have you join. If you can't join, consider donating a few dollars to our team. The March of Dimes spends 76 percent of the money raised on research and programs that support the health of babies. Thanks to all of you for your love and support.
I unexpectedly gave birth at 23 weeks to micro-preemie twins on August 27, 2007. Olivia Paige weighed just 1 lb 1.5 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Logan William weighed just 1 lb 1.75 oz and was 11.5 inches long. Our sweet Logan passed away after 1 month and 1 day. After 105 days, we were able to bring Olivia home. She is our miracle, our survivor, our joy. . .
On November 20, 2012 we welcomed little sister, Abigail, into our lives. She was born at 35 weeks, but only spent 8 days in the hospital before coming home. We feel very blessed. To contact Ryan and Jodi you may email them at: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
You were the perfect little boy Of whom we always dreamed. Did you know we had your name picked out? All along or so it seemed.
You even had your daddy’s hands So miniature in size. In life we never got to hold you Or even see your opened eyes.
We had so many plans for you. Did you know you are a twin? I wanted you to grow up together. What a pair you would have been!
I wanted to take you to the park And push you on the swing. I wanted to teach you how to walk, And read and write and sing.
I wanted to show you a fire truck And let you ride upon a horse. I wanted to take you to the zoo To see the giraffes, of course.
I wanted you to watch cartoons And play video games with dad. And you and I would take a nap Oh, the times we would have had.
But, your mommy’s plans were not to be. “I have other plans,” God said. “You won't be playing in life’s playground You’ll be playing in heaven instead.”
And although I ache with sadness And in my arms I long to hold. I’ll see you again in heaven When my story on earth’s been told.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light They are miracles, here on earth So bold, so strong, so wise And bring to life a sense of worth For those who lack great size.
Some of this life’s smaller treasures Are the ones which matter more Than the larger joys and pleasures That we have grown to adore Volume is not as essential As the gift that lies inside Smaller souls with much potential Who shall never be denied.
A thousand tiny fireflies Parading through the night Illuminate the starless skies With incandescent light These children, while born premature Are testaments of worth Their spirits bold, their futures sure To ever bless the earth.