Thursday, June 24, 2010

Infertility



We met and fell in love in August. By May we were engaged and by October we were married. During our courtship, we talked of fixing up an old house in the country, of small town life and of children...lots of children.

Our wedding was six years ago this October. I was 33 and Mike was 35. We followed our dreams and moved to that small town, and even found that old house in the country. But the children, the children never came.

We started trying to have a baby before our first year wedding anniversary. Unknowingly, it was the beginning of our long path of infertility. My diagnosis came a few short months after we bought our old farmhouse, a house which was proving to require much more work than we had anticipated and to cause much more stress than we could have possibly imagined.


While we struggled to create a home that would provide peace and comfort, we were also going through intensive fertility treatments and procedures...all of which, month after month, year after year, proved to be unsuccessful.

The reality of what was happening caused us great sadness, and I personally felt an overwhelming sense of mourning...mourning for the woman I always thought I was, fertile, and mourning for the life I had dreamed of with my husband, with children.

I began this blog three years into our infertility journey because I desperately needed to find the calm in the storm and to celebrate all the good we had to be grateful for.

At a time when I started to retreat from friends and social gatherings, I found a new community with new friends from around the world. The days in which I couldn't bare to run into anyone in town, were days I found comfort in the words and warmth of bloggers near and far.

A year ago we returned once again to the fertility clinic in Portland. We've been going through various medical procedures since then, which ended up leading to an IVF procedure this past April.

So it is with great happiness that I share with you something I never thought possible...I am pregnant. We are due just before Christmas.

With twins.

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  1. your story gave me goosebumps! congratulations!!! what a wonderful gift.

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  2. I don't think I've left a comment before but I always read your blog.
    Congratulations! How wonderful for you!

    Deb

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  3. I am sooooo happy for you and your husband! Yippy!!!

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  4. Delurking from always enjoying your beautiful posts to say congratulations to you both. How wonderful that you had the courage to not give up! Enjoy this magical time and be well.

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  5. What lovely news! I've traveled the same road but 30 years ago started our family though adoption - and then again 23 years ago adopted our daughter. I wish you every happiness - parenthood is the greatest and most satisfying adventure!

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  6. What a blessing!!! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. I ran across your blog this morning and am so glad I did. I am so happy for you and the journey you are about to begin. God truly is faithful. You have a new follower in me!

    - Maggie - mgwalton.blogspot.com

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  8. Your story brought tears to my eyes. I can only offer my most heart felt congratulations. Creating a child is an amazing thing - one that so many take for granted. I wish you the best for your pregnancy and look forward to reading about your journey.

    Wow, TWINS!!!!

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  9. Oh my! I have goosebumps! I can't imagine how difficult this journey must have been for you and your husband. And now twins! What joy!

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  10. Congratulation, Trina. I too suffered years of infertility and was successful with IVF. I look forward to reading about your pregnancy (gosh, I hope you'll share it) and what lies ahead. I'm so very happy for you. Much love to you on this joyous day! xoxo, Renee

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  11. I read your blog almost daily. Today I am sitting here with tears in my eyes! Congratulations most importantly!!!! Secondly, I am an identical twin and we are each other's best friend. We often say "there is not a better gift in life than that of a twin!" I am so happy for you and your husband.

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  12. OMG. I didn't see the twins part until just now. WOW! I can help you, girlie, b/c I have twins, too. Let me know. So excited for you. xoxo

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  13. I'm so excited for you! And TWINS??? How cool is that?! My husband and I have suffered 2 miscarriages and are having a hard time getting pregnant, so I think I know a little bit of how you feel. Blessings to you and your little ones!
    Mimy

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  14. Oh my goodness!!! Congratulations!!! I am in tears. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

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  15. OH MY GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Trina, you have me in tears down here in OZ. Cannot put into words how happy i am for you guys.

    You are truly one of the loveliest ladies i have "met" and i am so thrilled that your dreams are coming true.

    Thank you for sharing this story. My heart was breaking for you reading the pain you've been though, but...wow!!!! The punch line was worth the wait!!

    HUGE congratulations to you both, i'm so incredibly happy for you! love, julesxoxox

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  16. I welled up reading this as I could feel the emotion from your words.

    Huge congratulations from the UK. Will xo

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  17. Congratulations! Having just had a little girl three weeks ago myself, I can tell you that motherhood is nothing like you expect it to be - it's so much better! Good health and happiness to you, your husband, and your babies.

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  18. I welled up as I read this because I could feel the emotion from your words.

    Huge congratulations from the UK. Will xo

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  19. An early, very Merry Christmas to you and your husband! What a delight! My prayers and thoughts are with you both.

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  20. I am on the verge of tears-happy tears that is! You have been blessed. My best friend went through the same thing a few years ago. After 11 years of marriage and trying, it happend. She had a beautiful baby boy. They decided that since it worked that once and still had some eggs, to try again-it worked again and she was pregnanat with twins too! She had 3 babies under the age of 2. Everytime it gets overwhelming, she is reminded of all the years they tried so hard. She and her babies are healthy and beautiful. Congrats and God bless! Pat in Chicago

    P.S. Love you blog!

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  21. I read your lovely blog regularly and I'm truly happy for you!

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  22. Congratulations to both of you!! The good Lord always has the right timing and now you are blessed with twins. I'm so excited and happy for both of you :)

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  23. Congratulations. And isn't modern medicine wonderful. I have gone through 3 IVF procedures and have 2 lovely little ones to show for it. I did the first two with no help but the last two needed some extra help.
    You have gone through a ton already - believe me the hardest part is past- the IVF procedure itself. You are on to the fun part now..ENJOY it all - it is a trip worth taking.
    I am so happy for you and any woman with fertility issues that has a wonderful outcome.
    I can't wait to follow your journey - hopefully reliving mine as you go and remembering all the wonderful moments of pregnancy.
    tammy

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  24. What exciting news! Babies! Twins! Congratulations!

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  25. Trina,
    I, too, started blogging as an outlet to escape from certain unhappy things in my life. Meeting so many special, caring and thoughtful people has really helped me along the way. Though we don't know each other in person, the friendships I have made have become very special to me...so I want you to know how incredibly happy I am for you.
    Just when we think our lives are broken in some way or not as we planned for them to go...is usually when we get the best gifts of all.
    Your children will be blessed to have such thoughtful parents, a beautiful home in the country, moose running through their backyard and all the flowers and vegetables they could want ~ I couldn't be happier for you.

    Sarah

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  26. oh! my! goodness! i am sooo happy for you! God IS good...ALL the time! i was grieving w/ you, then you gave the happy news! blessedness!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your news and struggles. Looking forward to hearing of a healthy pregnangcy and babies! I am at the six-year anniversary stage and no house full of children--it is heartbreaking-thanks for sharing your hope.

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  28. I am a mess right now! A mess of tears and goosebumps and excitement. I am so excited for you!!!

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  29. Having infertility struggles of my own and now sitting here with 3 little blessings... I send you much love and congratulations, from someone who knows the trials of the 'path'

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  30. Ohmygoodness!! Yayyyy!!!!! Congratulations! My friend Lacy and her husband went through the EXACT same thing. They tried for 7 years. And her twins are turning 2 in September. And they are so special to so many of us because we were praying so hard for them to come for so long. Im incredibly happy for you both!!

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  31. I got a case of the goosebumps too. Thank you for sharing your heart and your struggles so openly. Congratulations! I wish you the very best of God's blessings in this new phase of life!

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  32. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I have travelled the same road.....infertility.....6 long years ......and then God blessed me with twins. I had reached a point when I was done with all the treatments,surgeries, everything.....and months later.....I was pregnant.....I know your excitement!! I am so happy for you! God blessed me again with another son a year after my twins were born. My doctor said my body finally figured out what to do. Blessings to you and your husband!!
    ♥ Toni

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  33. Congratulations! I have goosebumps. Your babies will be very lucky to have you and your husband as their parents!

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  34. Awww your story made me a little misty-eyed. Congratulations, that is fantastic news!

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  35. I am very very happy for you,Trina. Congratulations!

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  36. Wow!!! Congratulations!!! THat is so incredible!!!!!!

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  37. I'm not sure where I found your blog, but I saw your post this morning and wanted to send you a little love!

    Congrats! That is just awesome news! TWINS!!!

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  38. What an amazing gift from God!
    That's so awesome! Congrats!!

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  39. Congratulations! My sister-in-law is going through the same thing...About to do her first IVF procedure at the end of this summer. My prayers are with you and your husband as you embark on this beautiful, exciting miracle of a journey together!

    http://takereasydude.blogspot.com/

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  40. What an incredible story. Congratulations!

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  41. As I sit here with my brand new Grandson in my arms I am weeping for your joy, CONGRATS!

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  42. Such fantastic news! Congratulations! Those twins will certainly be loved!

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  43. I am SO happy for you! You and your handsome husbond (and your wonderful house and life) deserves to have children. You are bringing us the future.
    From Kari in Norway, Europe (- with tears in my eyes!)
    Have a lovely summer!! The best ever, I guess.

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  44. How wonderful! Enjoy your pregnancy - it's an amazing time. The miracle of life is incredible! Blessings to you!

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  45. Your post made me cry then... smile with joy. I too am due right before Christmas....I just had my level 2 sonogram today...and it made me so happy to see our little baby kicking around. My husband and I had a miscarriage last Fall, so I understand the pain of trying to conceive.

    May you feel blessed each day that you get to spend carrying your sweet ones. God is going to get both of us through the next months to follow. May you find rest in your soul and peace & joy in your heart because of Him.

    Hugs,

    Gail

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  46. Tearing up a bit - congratulations! Wishing you and your family all blessings and happiness.
    (from Kingston, ON)

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  47. God is so good. Congratulations on your babies. Our prayers will be with you.

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  48. hi trina,

    i love the way you posted this. as you know i'm beyond thrilled for you.

    as you also know, blogging is a way for me to also see the beauty in my life. life is hard sometimes and seeing the gifts right in front of me helps a lot.

    i'm honored to call you a friend.

    all my best,

    ~janet

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  49. Congratulations !!

    2 very lucky babies about to arrive.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

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  50. i have been following your blog and pretty pictures for sometime now and this post just floored me. thank you for sharing and being so open. like everyone else i couldn't be more happy for you and your husband. what a fun road yall have ahead, so many blessings to come.

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  51. Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! I've been reading and following your blog since the beginning of this year, and feel like I've come to know you in a way. :) I hope you have a wonderful and healthy pregnancy! Best wishes!

    Megan

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  52. I've never commented, but have enjoyed the beauty of your blog. That post made me teary for you.

    Take it easy and just enjoy the beautiful home you have made for your babies.

    God bless you and make his face shine upon you.

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  53. Congratulations ... I am sooo happy for you. It is a difficult road to travel, when it appears so easy for others to have the family they want.

    Enjoy the journey to December...

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  54. oh what wonderful news and with twins...how great is that! congratulations to both!!
    xoxo's nancy

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  55. CONGRATULATIONS! I am so excited for you. I have goosebumps reading your post. God has blessed you. Your struggles have lead you to the happiest place. You have created a beautiful home for those babies. It will be the merriest Christmas ever! Best wishes...I will keep you in our prayers.

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  56. I have visited your blog many times but I dont think that I have commented before but I had to stop today and say congrats on your miracles!! How exciting (;

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  57. oh I am in tears, Trina!! what a beautiful, beautiful blessing!!

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  58. I subscribed to your blog because I thought your home was beautiful, and my husband and I (who just got married last September) hope to one day renovate a white farmhouse of our own! And reading this post today brought a tear to my eye. Twins...I am so happy for you. You guys are truly blessed.

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  59. Tears were "sprouting" up in my eyes as I read your story about infertility. My husband and I just recently had a baby girl after six years of marriage, so my understanding and connection with your heart and grief was close knit. What a JOY to get to the end and find that your prayers and hopes have been answered! I am so happy for you both.

    I've been reading your blog for about 6 months, but haven't "come out" to say hello yet. I have savored every little detail about your home, your yard, your gardens, your patio... :) And now that cozy home you've invested so much love into will soon hear the pitter-patter of little feet. Life is beautiful.

    Bless you both and many congratulations.

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  60. I write this with tears rolling down my face - It is wonderful! You are very blessed - so many, like my sister, go through all that stuff and never are blessed with children. I pray that all goes well with your pregnancy and wait for the wonderful news of the birth of your babies! :-)

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  61. Congratulations!!! Your post just made my day. You guys have such an inspiring story!

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  62. Congrats to you both!! You are in for such an exciting journey :)

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  63. I too have goosebumps reading this. Thank you for sharing your good news. I'll be praying for you, your husband, and your precious babes.

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  64. Oh my gosh! I am sitting here in tears sending you a heartfelt congratulations.

    -Rene

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  65. I don't think I've posted here before -- but I do enjoy your blog and am happy for you today! Congratulations and prepare yourself for some crazy, good, fun! (I've got twin boys as well)

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  66. Yup,goosebumps and tears here too ..... I'm so happy for you.

    Allison

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  67. Congratulations! How wonderful to picture children running through your beautiful farm house. Can't wait to see the nursery you create!

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  68. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    I am so happy for you! I have two-year-old twin boys (and loads of advice if you ever have any questions :)

    This post just made my day!

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  69. What a beautiful post. I definitely got goosebumps also! Congratulations!

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  70. Oh, I am so happy for you. Your post was beautiful, so personal, and totally made me cry. You have been blessed, twice! I will be praying for a healthy and very successful pregnancy and delivery! Where are you going to put a nursery in that beautiful house??? : )

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  71. felicitations and much joy to you - it is so wonderful to realize your dreams!

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  72. Oh, I KNEW it. You posted something about hubby going with you to pick flowers and to help with the 'heavy lifting'. I thought right then - she's pregnant.

    Congratulations! I'm so happy for you! It's not infertility you were dealing with - it was the Lord's perfect timing! He knows best! Yay! And the house is perfectly beautiful to bring those children up in - and even deliver in ;o)

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  73. I cannot express how happy I am for you! There really are no words, just big...happy...smiles.

    Congratulations to you both.

    ~mary~

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  74. I always tear up when I read stories such as yours. It's so amazing and wonderful!! Your story is so similar to one of my very dear friends who just gave birth to twins last week after eight very long years of trying.
    Congratulations!!

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  75. Yeah! Congratulations!! What a beautiful story of God's faithfulness!

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  76. Oh, how wonderful! I could not be happier for you and your husband...
    I love your beautiful farmhouse and it certainly looks ready for an expanded family. I have a dear friend who after many years of trying, had IV...they are now the proud parents of twin boys, triplet boys, one boy and yes...one more, a girl! That's seven if you weren't counting.
    Both parents are professionals (PhD's), and most of their friends, me included, underestimated their desire for children! Love and luck to you and your little babes.

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  77. Congratulations! Now you'll get to decorate a nursery. :)

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  78. I'm going to cry
    :) I'm so happy for you... You are my light of hope ;)

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  79. Congratulations!!!
    I am reading this at work and started to well up trying to stop myself. The girl next to me had to ask what was wrong :) What are great ending to a heartbreaking story. Best wishes to you, your husband, and the little ones soon to arrive.

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  80. Congrats!! A beautiful family to fill your beautiful home.

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  81. I read this story and am thrilled for you, congratulations.
    I have several friends with similar stories, such trials and tribulations of making a home and a family. Glad to share happy endings. May you feel good, and know that we are all pulling for a bouncy, healthy, happy baby for you. Yes, I too cannot wait to see the nursery, I am wishing I had the wicker basinette for you to have.
    pve

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  82. Oh praise God! Congrats! I am a new reader to your blog, but I am not new to the struggle with infertility! I pray blessings upon your family and the little ones being knit together in your womb!

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  83. Trina, I just read this post and found myself wiping tears from my eyes. You are beautiful and inspiring and should seriously consider a career as a writer. I am so incredibly happy for you and your husband. In my short journey of blogging so far, I feel like I know you and wish you only happiness. Cannot wait to share in this next incredible chapter with you!

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  84. OMG! I am with your first comment, Alicia!!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!
    How Exciting, I am very happy for you!

    Northern Light

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  85. From a woman who understands and now has 4 beautiful children. The road was bumpy and uncertain and our path included birth and adoption. I look back now on those 4 long years and still am in awe of how God blessed us. Your news is amazing and congratulations on your double blessing! Best Wishes from Tami in Washington State.

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  86. OMG I AM soooooo Happy for you!!!! I can not wait to see belly pics and watch your life change as you prepare for twins!!! Congrats you guys and what a praise!

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  87. TWINS ARE AMAZING!!! Mine were born 12/12/03 and are the best of friends - it really is a special bond! :-)

    Thanks for sharing - your story made my day!
    Kerry

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  88. Wehn I started to read this, I thought you were going to say you had given up and accepted not having a baby. So I was so happy to read the end and find out you are pregant with 2 babies. Congratulations.

    While I have no idea what you went through, I do know the pull of desire to have children and the emotional an financial distress of IVF. My friend cannot carry a child, and hd her first with a surrogate, and will have her 2nd with a surrogate and eggs from a donor. Of course that is a whole other area, and one subject to great debate. All I know, is she desperately wants this baby and will love and cherish this child.

    So lovely to have joyful news.

    Chania

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  89. What a wonderful post! I could not be happier for you both!!! Congratulations. Twins, how great!

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  90. Oh wow, this made me tear up a bit! Congratulations! That is so amazing!

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  91. You must be so happy, congratulations

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  92. I have only been reading your blog for a couple of weeks, thinking "this couple has it all!". I'll even admit to a bit of jealousy over what seemed to be a dream life. I can see now that we truly all carry our own heartache. So very happy about your babies! What a wonderful Christmas gift! May God place His hand of protection on your children and on you. Congratulations!

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  93. CONGRATULATIONS! Seriously so happy for you guys. We've just started trying to get pregnant and your success is very inspiring!

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  94. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am 38 years old and my husband and I have struggled with infertility, too. I gave up the dream and then found out I was pregnant soon after! I am due January 8! I am really happy for you and I hope you have an easy, healthy and happy pregnancy. :-)

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  95. Such wonderful news! Congratulations! Thanks so much for sharing.

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  96. Congrats. I am so happy for you both.

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  97. Congrats! Thanks for the great story! It may help me in the future!

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  98. I've been reading this blog for a few months now, and I always just had a feeling that kids would perfect your life. I couldn't be more happy for you and your husband. Your home will only become more lovely.

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  99. Wow!! Congratulations! What wonderful news! Your blog is one of my absolute favorites, now just one other reason to love it! I can't wait to hear about your journey of motherhood the next several months. Enjoy every moment!

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  100. Congratulations! My twins are almost 4 - you are in for a fabulous ride! Take care of yourself during the pregnancy & line up a few sets of helpers during those first few months.

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  101. As I read your post I didn't see the happy ending coming. I was so pleased when I read your announcement. What a wonderful Christmas gift you will have. Congratulations!

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  102. Congratulations! I didn't know you had fertility issues and halfway through this post was about to become a surrogate for you (even though I have my own reservations about having children)! You seem like a beautiful couple and I am so excited for you. You will make a wonderful Mom and those babies are so lucky.

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  103. I'm a lurker whose been visiting your website weekly for quite some time now. LOVE your site and the beautiful things you've done with your farmhouse. Thrilled to hear your TWINS!!! news after such a long journey! How wonderful for you and your husband! Thanks for sharing!

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  104. How exciting! I'm so happy for you! Love your blog.

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  105. Tears of Joy from one who has been there!!

    Jennifer in PA

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  106. Oh I am so happy for you! I am struggling with a similar situation - been with my husband for 12 years...put off kids through college, grad school, law school, and now the start of my legal practice. I always thought it would be easy to just get pregnant when I wanted to. It isn't happening. I have been to the fertility doctor but am having a hard time swallowing the cost of fertility treatments.

    Best wishes to you in your pregnancy. Have a joyous summer!

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  107. Holy Cow, what a great blog post to read! I have been following your site for some time now and love all that you do here. What a blessing - I am so happy for you! Thanks for sharing the good news with us.

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  108. what a lovely end to a long and difficult road. Congratulations.

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  109. That is amazing news. I am so happy for you!!

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  110. Congratulations!I am so happy for you and your husband! Best wishes to you on your new journey!
    ~Elissa

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  111. Overwhelmingly happy for you ... God bless all four of you!

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  112. CONGRATULATIONS! X 2...I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog...XOXO Rhonda

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  113. Oh Trina,
    I have scrolled down 116 comments or so to get here to add to all the well wishers and say my heartfelt congratulations to you both. Your post was extremely personal, heartfelt and at times heartbreaking, thank you so much for sharing, and sharing this most exciting and life changing news....sending much love to you both.
    Take care
    Janine
    XXOO
    Tasmania, Australia

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  114. So very, very thrilled for you. We went through the pain of infertility with the added horror of multiple miscarriages. As the mother of 6 beautiful children here (and 7 waiting for us in Heaven) I know how ecstatic you are and wish you a joyous healthy, and happy pregnancy
    xoxo Pattie

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  115. I am just so happy for you. Life is an amazing journey. God has a very special plan for each one of us. Those babies are so blessed to come into a home that so anxiously awaits their arrival! What fun you will have!! Kathy-Illinois

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  116. I don't know you BUT...I am so happy for you!

    Kristi.

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  117. You are so brave to share this with the world -- and lurking strangers such as myself.

    Congratulations! Motherhood is the greatest adventure.

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  118. As you can already tell, your life will never be the same. I say that in the best way possible. Congrats! Lori L

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  119. SOOOOOooooooo hApPy FoR yOu!!!!!!!!

    My daughter and her husband had infertility issues, also and I'm with her right now, their baby is just two weeks old...she was so happy to find a fertility clinic to help her and her husband and I am so happy that you had success and that your TWINS are going to be welcomed into such a wonderful home!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  120. coming out of lurking status to say congrats! what a blessing!

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  121. I hardly ever stray away from Google Reader to post a comment, but your story truly touched me. Congratulations and Best Wishes.

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  122. So, so thrilled for you both. Enjoy this new journey.

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  123. Good for you!! Congrats to both of you. I love your blog so much! I have traveled a similar path, many miscarriages and sadness, no one to turn to. A very dark time for us as a couple. Had my boy at 42! It was going to be my last try, could not deal with disappointment and felt perhaps it was not mean to be. I wish you the best!!!!!

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  124. wow- i don't even really know you yet i am crying big fat tears of joy for you. may all your dreams come true and may your home be filled with love, laughter, and little footprints everywhere.... and not to mention little handprints on the refrigerator, windows, tv- but oh so worth it!!!!

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  125. Congratuations! That is not where I thought this post was headed when I first started reading. What a welcomed suprise.
    Liz
    http://mylovelylittlelulu.blogspot.com/

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  126. I'm so happy for you! Enjoy the ride.

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  127. "Every good and perfect gift comes from above." James 1:17
    Congratulations!

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  128. Blessed are you!!! Congrats!

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  129. Trina,

    Blessings to you! You life will be very full and wonderful - babies, and multiples of such, are such joys and I am so happy for you and your husband that you will experience this. Your story is very touching. :)- Kari

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  130. I love reading your blog, never left a message...but felt I had to today
    congrats! I am so thrilled for you . Twins will fill the house with so much joy. a country farmhouse is a dream of mine too.
    Kathie

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  131. I popped over from Tammy's blog- and I'm glad I did. Your story is wonderful, and heart warming- congrats on the twins!!!

    AND your blog-as your home is lovely.

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  132. A big Congratulations... I have goosebumps for you!

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  133. I so enjoy reading your blog and seeing all of the beautiful things you do with your home. Your story is so inspiring, and what a blessing- twins! Congratulations!

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  134. Oh my GOSH, I seriously have chills running over me. SERIOUSLY, that is the most wonderful news. Oh, I'm sooo happy for you both. Congratulations on two such remarkable little pieces of heaven coming to your lives very soon. Of course I don't know you personally, but through what I've "met" of you guys on the bloggie, I think I can say that you'll be awesome parents.

    CONGRATULATIONS! I'm so excited for you!

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  135. Congratulations! The story brought tears to my eyes. Your children are very blessed!

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  136. Congratulations!!!! I have been reading for a few months, and I'm excited to continue following your newest adventure(s). I think you've given half the blogging community goosebumps. Many wishes of blessings and health on your pregnancy and your growing family. Can't wait to see what you come up with for a nursery.

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  137. Oh my goodness! So happy for you! I know so many people that struggle with infertility, my sister included! You story is so sweet!

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  138. How exciting! What a blessing!

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  139. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  140. I'm so very happy for you, hubby and Lucy!

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  141. congratulations to both you and your husband! may you have a healthy and safe pregnancy!!

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  142. I love your blog and your beautiful inspirational home. I am so very happy for you and your husband. I am sure you will be an amazing mother. thanks for sharing such sweet news with us! Congratulations!! xo

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  143. CONGRATS! Cannot wait to see the nursery!

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  144. First time here on your blog, visiting from Applejack Lane but just feel the need to say... CONGRATULATIONS!

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  145. That is amazing! Congratulations! I wish you a healthy pregnancy and a life of happiness!

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  146. You brought tears to my eyes! I am so happy for you. I am praying for you and your husband as you prepare for this little blessing. What a lucky little one. You'll be great parents. Carla

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  147. Oh dear Trina...I'm so happy for you, bless your hearts (all four of them...well five including Lucy)! You and hubby are going to be such wonderful parents, you both put so much love and care into everything you do...those little ones are in for a treat!

    Thank you for sharing your story, you told it so beautifully, my admiration for you both has grown even more. Please know that many, myself included, have found comfort and warmth in your words, in the company of your blog, and in your friendship. ♥

    To think, you were going through all of that AND working on your home at the same time...*of course*! ;)
    Love & prayers,
    Jessica

    BTW- So can't wait to see the nursery! :D

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  148. Contgrats ... so much joy in the Farmhouse! xoxo

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  149. Congratulations! May you have an enjoyable pregnancy, an easy labor, and a fabulous life with your twins! :)

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  150. Dearest Trina,

    When you mentioned feeling sick a while back, I KNEW, and I mean KNEW, that you were pregnant. :) I think I even commented, "Is there maybe a wonderful reason you are feeling sick?"

    Congratulations. Your twins will enjoy two very wonderful parents, and a childhood in a most beautiful, comforting home.

    xo dawn

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  151. As someone who has struggled as well, congratulations. I am so happy for you.

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  152. How wonderful! I cried reading your story. I've been trying to get pregnant for 2 years. Thank you so much for sharing this very private matter with the blog world. Enjoy every single moment of the double blessing that has finally come your way. The Lord's timing is perfect.

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  153. hi trina,

    150 comments later! what love!

    i wanted to add what a stunning bride you made. gorgeous picture.

    ~janet

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  154. There are no words that I can say that you haven't already heard! Much happiness and many blessings to come!

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  155. God Bless you both and the little ones coming.
    I wish you sunshine days and moonlit nights of the happiest bliss there is...
    in love and being parents.

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  156. Congratulations!!! What a truly wonderful blessing. I too, had goosebumps reading your touching story. Best wishes for a happy healthy pregnancy.

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  157. So very excited for you. . . And wishing you the most blissful pregnancy!

    (I have 2 year old identicals myself!)

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  158. I have been a silent reader of your blog for about six months now. Ironically enough, I have you as one of my "Happy Blogs" that I follow, since I also follow a lot of infertility blogs. This post is awesome! Congratulations, and thanks for sharing your story!

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  159. How wonderful! Enjoy every precious moment!
    Christine

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  160. My heart celebrates this joyful news. COngratulation!!!!
    xo,
    LuLu

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  161. Trina,

    I've never commented on your blog before, but I couldn't resist offering a very heartfelt congratulations to you and your husband. I have loved reading your posts about your home renovations and life in the country, and I am so excited to hear this wonderful news. May God continue to richly bless your expanding family!

    Katie

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  162. Blessings.....a new reader.
    God is good......even in the journey! ~Peg~

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  163. I just found your blog a week ago but I absolutely love it! I wish you all of the happiness you have longed for and deserve.

    Congratulations!

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  164. I am so happy for you!!! Twins will be so much fun and they will have a lovely warm home to come to!!

    Michelle

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  165. Congratulations on your wonderful news!
    Maura :)

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  166. sending a very tearful congratulations your way!

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  167. congratulations! thank you for sharing your story--infertility is something talked about far too infrequently. and such a happy ending! congratulations to you and your husband!

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  168. You see the grand plan was to give you a little time to work on your fabulous house before the babies arrived. I'm thrilled for you both and look forward to following along on your exciting journey...babies!!!!

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  169. Your post made me cry... I hate infertility. The struggle is so heart-wrenching. And confusing. And sad. We went through it and I'm happy to say, we found our miracle through acupuncture. I am sooooo happy to hear your good news! Enjoy your sweet growing blessing!

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  170. Oh, and I missed that last line... Enjoy your sweet, growing, blessingS!

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  171. i've popped in occasionally on your blog the last month or so. i don't know if i've ever commented.... pardon that. congratulations! and twins! how exciting. pam

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  172. Trina, I am so happy for you and your wonderful news! Prayers and good wishes!

    Donna

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  173. Congratulations! I have been a regular reader of your blog for the past few months and I am so happy for you. All the best to all four of you!

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  174. Love your blog, but I've never commented. This post is just so touching!! I know all the feelings...5 years of infertility, all kinds of treatments, and finally IVF. It was successful and now we're blessed with 2 precious boys. So, I am just so happy to hear another success story! Congratulations!!!

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  175. I traveled across country to be with our new grandchild before she was born. She is at home now and is less than 2 days old. My heart is full of gladness for you because there is nothing as precious or as meaningful as the joy a new life brings. I can only praise Him from whom all blessings flow. Best wishes to you and your husband!

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  176. Trina,
    You have many kindred spirits here, wishing you a healthy, happy pregnancy and birthing.

    Karen

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  177. Trina,

    I am joining all the others who have written with tears in my eyes to say...congratulations!! I have enjoyed following your blog because you always post beautiful images and photos of your lovely farm---and it is the only one I list among my favorite blogs that has nothing to do with ultrarunning! Over time I have wondered if you were planning to have kids but have learned with my friends that everyone has their own journey. My oldest son just turned 18, my youngest 13...so many blessings in those years. I am so happy for you and your Hubby. Please keep blogging...I am eager to see how you get the little twins' "nest" ready! Again, many congratulations.

    SS

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  178. Many Congratulations!!! What wonderful news!

    xo Erin

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  179. We've been traveling today and I'm just now seeing this. Congratulations!! I am wishing you all the best! This is absolutely the very best news!

    Our youngest daughter and her children have spent the past few days with us at our lake place. She went through all the infertility procedures too. After many years of heartache/heartbreak and yearning, our Gabi was born. Then 15 months later, Drew was born. Michelle was in her mid to late thirties when our precious grandchildren were born. She and Andy were married when she was 25.

    All the best to you!
    Pat

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  180. Also delurking to say congrats! Love your blog and it's many inspirations. Looking forward to baby posts.

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  181. Congratulations! I am so happy for you!!!

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  182. AWESOME! This made me teary. Congratulations.

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  183. congratulations! I really enjoy your inspiring pictures and blog and I know your country home will be such a special place for your children! Looking forward to seeing how you decorate a nursery, I'm sure it will be beautiful

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  184. My darling Trina, I just burst into tears! I know you have many, many messages saying something similar, but I am just so thrilled to hear your wonderful news. Infertility treatments are such an awful ordeal and so heartbreaking. It's wonderful that you were able to try again..and look what happened! And TWINS! Two beautiful babies all at once..to bring home to your peaceful, beautiful home. From what I know of you both, I have no doubt you'll be the most loving parents that will give your children such a simply happy upbringing..And Lucy will have some gorgeous little playmates! Congratulations! Rachaelxx

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  185. We do not know each other either, but I am so happy for you and your husband and all of the grandparent's!!
    What a very Merry Christmas present for all of you!!

    congratulations MOM!

    Suzy

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  186. A million congratulations on this truly amazing news - just shows that sometimes dreams really do come true. Enjoy every second of this fabulous journey! Leigh

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  187. I, too, have tears in my eyes! Wonderful news and congratulations! Now your Country Farmhouse will be complete! xa

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  188. Phew, I thought I was reading a very sad story.... And what a lovely surprise! Congratulations to you both and may you have a healthy pregnancy! I wish you all the best and look forward to the birth notice! And hey, you can start looking at nursery decor and making over another room - Oh the fun!

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  189. I found your blog when I needed to find the calm in the storm. Your blog has provided me peace and comfort through a turbulent time. The love of the simple things in life.

    I could not be happier to hear your good news.

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  190. Oh congratulations! May the Lord bless you with two beautiful and healthy babies!

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  191. I am so happy for your and your husband. My daughter-in-law and son are expecting their first baby in November. What a glorious event! Congratulations.

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