Jason and I have been together since I was 15 and he was 17. We were married in December 2008. I was still in college, and he had just graduated from Charleston Southern University. Growing up, I always wanted to be a mother. I thought I would marry a man who wanted to live in Marion forever and have two children (hopefully a boy and a girl), just like my parents. Boy, was I wrong! Now I can see many reasons why God had different plans! Then Come Babies We knew we wanted to become parents one day, but we waited a few years before trying. We were extremely excited when we first found out that I was pregnant. We didn’t really care if the baby was a boy or a girl, although I did want to have one of each eventually. It turns out that we had a boy first! Sullivan’s birthday is December 2. He is a goofball, like his daddy. He loves to make people laugh, he has a big heart, and he loves to learn about animals. During the pregnancy with Sullivan, I was thrilled about becoming a mother. I thought I had a good idea of what to do because I had been around babies a lot. Having been around babies did make a difference; I wasn’t nervous about diapers, baths, and things like that. However, I had no idea what it was like to have a helpless baby constantly depending on me for everything. I had no idea what it was like to love a child the way I love my children. I had no idea what it was like to stay up all night with a crying baby (and boy, did he cry — much more than the girls!), not being sure of what to do and sometimes crying with him. I also didn’t know how God would use that time to grow my faith in Him. As I loved and cared for Sullivan, I relied on God for my strength, and I better understood the incredible love of God. With our second pregnancy, God gave us a girl! Shelby’s birthday is September 18. The day after Shelby was born, we found out that she had Down syndrome. She spent one week in the Level 2 Nursery at Eastern Carolina Medical Center and one week in the NICU at Medical University of South Carolina due to hypoxia. Shelby is a spunky, sassy, joyful, sweet girl who loves to play basketball, to play outside, and to dance. Annie’s birthday is March 24. She is our beautiful, newest addition. She is so sweet, and I have absolutely loved spending time with her and watching
“I had no idea what it was like to love a child the way I love my children.”
Sullivan and Shelby love on her. With each pregnancy, we didn’t find out if we were having a boy or a girl until the birth.
Motherhood, Sometimes a Challenge Honestly, one of the most challenging aspects of being a mother right now is the lack of sleep that comes with having a one-month-old baby girl. One of my biggest challenges is making decisions about how to raise our children. Jason and I pray earnestly for wisdom in knowing how to raise our children to seek and to serve Jesus.
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