We are a very happy family of three. We had Grace 12 years ago. 10 years ago while we were itinerating, we suffered a miscarriage. It was a devastating loss. We really wanted to have another baby, but while living in The Netherlands, we had some testing done to see why I wasn’t getting pregnant. Without going into too many details, I’ll just say that it was 7 years ago when I was told that I couldn’t have any more children. I had peace about it and told Mike I was happy because we were blessed with one amazing child.
Now that you know that, you can imagine the shock I received 7 years later when I went for a routine checkup at the doctor’s office and was told that I was pregnant. I honestly thought that it must be some kind of joke or I had misheard. I didn’t even suspect that I was pregnant.
Everyone has been asking us when we’re going back to The Netherlands. If we raise all our money when we thought that we would, it would be getting really close to the time that I’m not allowed to fly anymore. Plus, trying to hurry and get there, find a midwife, find a hospital, find a house and move all our things from storage into it would be a bit overwhelming just weeks before delivering. The due date is actually September 22, and we’re now planning on leaving for The Netherlands at the beginning of January. I’m sorry to anyone who has asked us in the past couple of months. We didn’t want to say anything for sure until I was past the first trimester. Having had a miscarriage while itinerating and having to constantly tell people what happened was a really painful experience that I didn’t want to repeat.
Our plan is also for Mike to go for a several weeks in November to get our housing sorted so that when we come back with a very small baby, I’m not having to get all the furniture arranged, and we can come straight into our own place.
A verse from the Bible that I definitely relate to is Genesis 21:6 – Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” I understand how Sarah felt.