Thursday, March 4, 2010

♥ On a Personal Note ♥

A few of our readers mentioned that they would love to read some personal posts too! So I thought I would share something I found over at LADY BUG MAMMA OF 2 that really touched me.

I am sorry that I am posting my 1st one on such an emotional subject, but it is something that I wanted to share with my wonderful friends I have made by blogging. It's always nice to share and support one another.

Below is a very touching song "I Would Die For That" on YouTube that you have to watch.

But first why it hit home for me and my family....

My hubby and I first met when we were 15 and 16. We dated all through High School and College. We were married at 20 and 21. Very happy and excited about starting our life as a married couple and wanted a family as soon as we could get pregnant. After many months of trying with no luck, we went to the doctor. I was told that I was unable to get pregnant because my thyroid did not work properly. They refused any fertility treatment until I was on medication for at least 1 year. That was a long and dreadful wait. We tried to stay positive until the day came to see the specialist. Once we started all the testing, it wasn't looking so good. I had a tilted uterus, thyroid issues and found out that my body was rejecting my husbands little swimmers. I cried. Can you imagine. I thought oh gosh we aren't compatible. Which I knew was just silly. 

Anyway, they prescribed me CLOMID and waited for the right time to take it. My Dad is a nutritionist, after telling him all that the Doctors said, he suggested both my hubby and I take additional vitamins A, C and E. ACE like a spike in Volleyball my Dad told me. He was still remembering me play and giving me Volleyball terms. Too cute Dad! 
So after a month of taking the vitamins, I got PREGNANT with my 1st. A little boy. YEAH! I promptly returned the expensive RX. The pharmacy was so excited for us. My second pregnancy came easily and we were thrilled to find out it was TWINS. But 2 weeks later lost one of them. That was very hard. But I still had my sweet girl 6 months later. My third was again a TWIN pregnancy and once again, I lost 1, and had another precious girl 5 months later. 
Then my fourth was an adventure all in itself. We got pregnant with no problems. It was like clockwork. Everything was great, then had extreme pain 5 weeks before her due date. We signed forms and said, "something is wrong, please do the c-section now!" They did and our little girl had a TRUE knot in her cord. The doctors said she would have not made it through the night if we hadn't done the surgery. We were relieved but scared soon after because she stopped breathing. Her little lungs were not fully developed and needed 3 doses of serfactent (SP?). After 45 min. of CPR, the doctors stopped. They couldn't do anymore. 
The doctor told me as they were taking out the tubes and getting her ready to see my husband and I for goodbyes, she began to breathe again. (I still get goose bumps and tear up over this) She was paralyzed to be on a osillator, had a blood transfusion, then  put on a ventilator as she improved, eeg and ekg tests, ct scans, then jaundice and lastly had learn how to eat. After all that she was able to go home a healthy baby 2 weeks later. CRAZY, I know. They sent us home with a sleep apnea machine for our security and home nurse visits. She is now 5 and as wild as can be. All of our babies are now 10, 8, 7 and 5 now. 
We are so BLESSED!
I hope I didn't bore you too much with all my writing. I hope you enjoy the video as much as I did. It helped me remember how lucky and fortunate we are to have our beautiful family today! 

I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories too.


  1. Praising God with you Tara!

    What a MIGHTY God we serve!!

  2. This is a GREAT story. Thank you for sharing! It is amazing to see God's work!!!

    Thanks for sharing such a personal story!!

    -Jami @Intentionally Living...

  3. Tara, what a beautiful story. God is sooooo good. Praise Him who is faithful. xox

  4. Thanks Christi and Jami.

    God is GREAT!
    Prayers are answered in the most beautiful ways!!!

  5. Thanks to you too Jasmine. Looks like we were commenting at the same time. LOL

  6. Yep! God is so good! Glad you shared Tara!

    I saw this video a few days ago and wept for my friend who has had 2 miscarraiges and is at the age of 40 giving up on ever having a child naturally. I am praying for her prayers to be answered in the form of adoption.

    Again,thanks for sharing! :) ~Lanie

  7. Tara! The last thing you did was bore me! I think your family picture looks absolutely PRICELESS. I kept getting goose-flesh :D

  8. Did i forget to mention?

    BEAUTIFUL VIDEO that. Heart-wrenching!

  9. God is great! Your blessings are wonderful and beautiful. Every baby is a blessing from God.

  10. Nothing boring about that story, it was awesome! What a beautiful family indeed you are!!~

  11. God is good! We tried to conceive naturally for over three years and finally we were referred to a specialist in Roseville. After many suggested treatments including months of clomid and several IUI's we finally agreed to IVF. We got lucky, the first IVF worked. We have our 8 year old Carson because of Dr G. About a year later we starting trying for a sibling for Carson. Months started to pass and I started to worry we would have to incur the cost of IVF again. But we conceived naturally and Bryson was born. Bryson is now 6. We didn't feel our family was complete and once again we wished to give the boys a sibling. Only to have our hearts broken with a miscarriage of twins at 11 weeks. We continue to leave the size of our family in God's hands and would be blessed if we were able to conceive again naturally but have decided not to seek help from the specialist. I feel very blessed to have two healthy boys! Again God is good!

  12. Tara, what a beautiful family. You are blessed! Best, Pippi

  13. I am bawling my eyes out! I can hardly type! I loved that video, it took us 8 years to conceive and every month felt like an eternity and I totally understand the die for that statement.

    I know what a gift and blessing it is to finally have a child, and I thank Heaven for her.

    I hope that they come easily from now on, but I feel like I have finally reached the point that I can trust the Lords plans for our family.. Thanks for the video and sharing your story!

  14. I tried for 5 years only to have 11 miscarriages. We tried every type of infertalization treatment to no avail. And even 2 rounds of invetro that failed. After completely giving up hope we started filling out adoption paperwork (knowing that it was a slim to none chance because all our money was now gone) And the day I mailed off the forms I found out I was pregnant! It is 7 years later and I now have 4 gorgeous children and 3 step-children. God works in mysterious ways, but in the end it works out the way it was ment to be.

  15. Thank you for sharing that. I am bawling my eyes out. After 2 miscarriages, I feel so blessed to have been able to have my son. My thoughts and prayers are with all the women who are struggling with infertility. It is heart breaking.

  16. Everyone, thank you for all the kind words and for sharing too!

  17. That's an amazing story. Both my pregnancies came easy for me, however I had 3 miscarriages and lost one twin as well. My oldest was a twin and I lost her twin at 12 weeks. It was emotional, but I thank God everyday that I have her and my youngest!

  18. I'm so glad your story had so many happy moments even though there were true sad moments in between. I'm so happy for you and your lovely family!

  19. Thank you for sharing your story...and that song...wow. We have one sweet little one that took 18 months and a dose of clomid to get...and now, 3 years later, we are still unable to bring him a sibling...so very frustrating...it often helps to know that we aren't alone...

    I found you through the Friday follow...and I will keep on following...thanks for coming by my blog and following too!:)

    Have a great weekend...

  20. Oh goodness! I found your blog through Follow Me Friday and just balled my eyes out!
    *wipe wipe*
    At work no less ;)
    What a beautiful song.
    My husband and I have been trying for 3 years. So I know that feeling all to well.
    Thank you for the beautiful post.
    Congratulations on each of your beautiful blessings!

  21. Remodelaholic: What an amazing blessing! I hope my story ends (or begins) like yours.

  22. Thank you for posting about this!! It's been almost 4 years of waiting for us...hop over to my blog to read more about our story. LOVE that song!

  23. Tara,
    Thanks for sharing something so close to your heart. We thought we would just wait a couple of years (I was only on the pill for a year and a half) but then I couldn't get pregnant... thought I was so many times, maybe miscarriages ... Finally, I got pregnant with our son after almost 8 years! Then a miscarriage, and my husband was getting older, thought about adoption... I didn't want to have to be pregnant in August, (can you believe?) the hottest month, and God said, Do you want a baby??? And I said WHENEVER YOU WANT, LORD! and our beautiful daughter was born 8 days after my dad died. She was such a blessing during those first months of grief, and has been ever since. Later, my husband thought that he would be too old to raise another child ... it was the hardest thing because I still wanted more, but God knows, and I can't blame him because there were many times when I probably wasn't willing in our early days ... I didn't know. I thank God for the children He has given (here on earth and those in heaven). (I say to any woman pregnant thinking of abortion, don't do it, you will never be the same, and there are women willing, dying to adopt if you decide not to keep the baby.) Thanks, Tara, for sharing.

  24. Therese Howell, Yes, it is so important to be content with whatever the Lord gives you. Half my (all of our) problem in life is from trying to be God and do His job. He is All-wise, All-loving, knows just what is right and good.

  25. What a beautiful and loving story. I could empathize,because it took 4 years for me to get pregnant have my first son and I wanted a baby so badly. God always knows whats best..and all I could do back then,was to leave it in his hands..
    and after 4 years,God sent me my first baby.I also have 1 more son.. and my twin daughters in heaven.
    Thank you for your sweet story.. you gave me the courage to share with you my story. I've never written about it before..thank you.

  26. A p.s.
    I'm so terribly sorry...I meant to tell you how beautiful your family is. Your son is such a handsome guy and your daughters look so like their mother. They're just gorgeous as are you..and your husband is a real cutie.

  27. Praise God for the wonderful family you have. I know you do and also know how grateful as well as happy you are.
    Marj M.

  28. Thanks for this post. My husband and I tried to get pregnant for 3.5 years but God lead us to adopt instead. He blessed us with twin baby boys and we are so happy! So good to be reminded of His blessings and how great His path is for our lives.


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