Our story began with wanting to have children after we were married. I had a hard time getting pregnant. After a couple of years of "trying" - the thoughts of adoption came to my mind - but I really didn't know if I would be able to truly love a child that wasn't biological. Eventually, God gave us "Sunshine" through in-vitro fertilization. Then 3 years later, God gave us twin boys - also using fertility treatments. Another 6 years went by and God gave us a big surprise - the Big Fella. We thought we weren't going to have any more children - but God gave us this gift without any medical intervention. All three of those pregnancies were tough and I had to be on bed rest for the last trimester. Sunshine was born 7 weeks early, the twins 3 wks. When the Big Fella was 10 mths old - "surprise" I got pregnant with Eddie Joe (EJ). Big Daddy & I were NOT happy! Pregancy & I didn't mix very well! :-) It took a while for us to "get over it" and rejoice in the blessing of God's perfect plan. The day after we brought EJ home from the hospital - I dove down into the pit of despair. Post-partum depression. Not just the baby blues - it was the REAL DEAL! I won't go into the details now - but I was VERY sick! Friends of ours even had to take EJ and care for him for several weeks - because I couldn't. (talk about humbling!!) BUT God healed me - hallelujah!
So - now do you see the miracle that God has done in my (our) hearts to want to adopt?! All by God's amazing grace!! I don't have any notions that adoption is going to be easy or that I won't go through any sort of "depression" after we bring our girl home. But I do know that I have a BIG God and that He is faithful and will give us the strength we need to get through the trials ahead.
On to the birthday pics:
|We had family gift time on bday eve|
|Sweet times w/ youngest & oldest|
|Fav. present - Woody! Hard time telling them apart...|
|Gum!!! EJ's favorite!|
|Would you like some spit with your cake?|
|The women listening intently to Ta talk abt something VERY important..|
|While the men play with Pat's new phone! I'm just sayin...|
|Me holding the Henns precious baby girl "Giggles"|
|EJ with one of his best buddies Megan!|
~ Bo (Big Daddy's nickname for me for as long as I can remember)