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Mar '14

What to Expect When You Weren’t Expecting

We definitely weren't expecting this!

We definitely weren’t expecting this!

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.


14 comments to “What to Expect When You Weren’t Expecting”

  1. Frank Bouwens Says:

    Incredible & excellent news! The best for a long time! WOW,amazing! CONGRATULATIONS from the 4 of us, Frank, Josefine, Gabriella & Dominique.

  2. Angie Waller Says:

    Woo Hoo!!! I’m so excited for you all! Praise the Lord and bless you in all of this.

  3. Wendi Says:

    What a testimony. You two deserve this. So over the moon excited for you. Love yall

  4. Pastor O and Judy Says:

    We are so excited for you. If yall are in the area please touch base with us so we can see you.
    my cell is 903-9207504 judy 903-9204037]
    Love to you

  5. fredna Says:

    this is the best news i’ve heard all day…CONGRATULATIONS!

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  7. Tricia Says:

    So, so VERY happy for your family! I have enjoyed some of that same laughter, because Nick & Alex are almost 7 years apart (and I, too, experienced a miscarriage). God does, INDEED, have plans for all of us…we can never imagine how wonderful His plans are for us. BUT we wouldn’t trade our experiences for the life we now enjoy so abundantly. Our hope for you is the same…may this baby bring you so much joy & additional laughter!! Much LOVE, dahlings

  8. Rita Says:

    This is absolutely amazing. Congratulations. So happy for y’all

  9. Angel Sanchez Says:

    This is such happy news! God always gives you your hearts desires even when you think he has said no! The Sanchez Six are so happy for you and love and miss you all so much! This baby is so blessed to be joining the 3 of you!

  10. Donna Costellow Says:

    Congratulations! So happy for all of you!!

  11. Taylor Kneggs Siler Says:

    Congrats. What wonderful news. God has truely blessed your family. So happy for you.

  12. Amy Denton Says:

    We are so excited for you guys!! What amazing news. Many blessings.

  13. Casper & Rebecca Says:

    Congratulations!! So, so very happy for you guys! Man may say one thing, but God has the final word! We are laughing with you!! *doing a happy dance*

  14. Betty Gutierrez Says:

    The Gutierrez family is sooooo excited for & with you!!!!!! What an great adventure this will be!

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