Our older kiddos turned 5, 6, and 7 this year, and after celebrating our 8th anniversary, my husband and I discerned that it was time to expand our family. No, #4 wasn’t an accident, and yes, we want more plus we’d like to adopt. We were elated when we found out I was pregnant, and most of us were happy to learn that we were having a boy. It didn’t take our daughter long to come around.
Our family was anxiously awaiting a December baby, an early Christmas present, but our plan was not the plan, and as you know, our sweet Garrin was born in August, 17 weeks early. We have spent 131 days and counting in the hospital so Garrin can recover from his extremely premature birth.
The harrowing experience of delivering a micropreemie and spending 131 days in the NICU do not overshadow the absolute miracle that Garrin is. So many blessings have been bestowed upon us this year, including the love and support of family and friends and even strangers.
During this crazy this year, we have grown as a couple and as a family, and our faith has been strengthened. We have had our eyes opened to a world that we only knew existed, and we have found resolve when it seemed impossible to dig any deeper. Garrin’s remarkable progress has melted away the angst that we felt during the lowest of our lows, leaving behind only gratitude.
We are thrilled to be counting down to midnight with this big fella. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings our way, and we wish you, family and friends, the warmest of New Year’s blessings.
“Whether we want them or not, the New Year will bring new challenges; whether we seize them or not, the New Year will bring new opportunities.”—Michael Josephson.