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Friday, August 3, 2007

This is how it all began.........

Hi. Glad you found us! We hope that you will check in on us here from time to time as we will update here with all of the latest & greatest happenings from our house to yours!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

For those of you who don't know our history......
Thomas & I find ourselves traveling through this winding road that is now our journey to parenthood. For those of you that don't already know our story we started this journey some time ago. Actually, many years ago. On April 25th, 1992 Thomas & I were married. I was 19 & Thomas was 21. "Young?", "Yes.", "Any regrets?", "NO!" "Would I do it again the same way?" ,"ABSOLUTELY!" On our next anniversary we will have been married sixteen years! I can hardly believe it myself! Many years passed as Thomas & I navigated together day by day learning about all things that come when two people join together to make one life. We were finding our way in so many different areas of our lives. There have been many great times & some difficult ones too, but mostly, I feel so blessed every day that we get to wake up & know that we have each other! We developed many passions; individually & together. We always felt that when two individuals marry that each of them need to be great separately, but just better together. This way, you don't feel as if you completely lose yourself. Thomas loves all things music (he is a great singer & can play the heck out of a guitar-he can also play the piano too!), gardening & computers; actually anything electronic. He is most certainly a "gadget guru"! I love photography, gardening, hitting the local garage sales/second hand stores & am really getting into scrap booking. We both love to travel, playing Scrabble, Karaoke, spending time with friends & family, hanging out in coffee shops, fishing & being outdoors. We love our weekly trips together to our local Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. It has become a weekly ritual for us that we look forward to. Our life was & continues to be full, but not complete. We always knew that we would have children, we just didn't know where our journey to parenthood would lead us or the path that we would take............Thomas & I thought that we would grow our family the way that most married couples generally think that they will become Mommy & Daddy. After several years of marriage we decided to see a doctor to get the green light to go ahead & try to conceive our first child. We felt that we had done it all right. We waited until we had jobs, until we were married several years & settled in a house..............We got the green light from our doctor to go ahead & try, but after several months we were still not pregnant. So, off we went to see an OBGYN with a specialty in fertility who put me on a low dose fertility drug. The second month of this treatment we were thrilled to find out that we were pregnant. However, our excitement quickly turned to sadness at our six week ultrasound appointment when no heartbeat could be found. However, the baby continued to grow, so we continued on with subsequent ultrasounds & blood work. We hoped that somehow the date had been miscalculated. Sadly, around the ninth week of our pregnancy I began to miscarry. We continued along the path of Infertility & all that comes with it; doctor's appointments, test, procedures, surgeries, hospitalizations etc. Knowing that I had once been pregnant, we convinced ourselves that it would happen again. I was ultimately found to have Stage 4 Endometriosis, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Hydrosalpinx; a blocked fallopian tube in which toxic fluid backs up in........the list seemed to go on & on. After many years, Thomas & I decided that our focus was to be parents & to grow our family & that our focus was not necessarily to become pregnant. We soon realized that what we yearned for was not to "replicate" our genes, but we yearned to be parents & to have a family! With this decision behind us we quickly realized that our path to parenthood wasn't what we had long ago thought that it would be, but that growing our family through adoption was to be our path & our journey. During this time we began to embrace our new journey & became so, so excited that we were finally going to become parents & have the family of our dreams!! To the left is the Chinese symbol for Double Happiness!

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