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About My Family

DSC_0024The humans pictured above provide for me life’s greatest joys and biggest challenges. I kiss each one of them, on average, one million times per day. It’s necessary.

The guy with the beard is my husband, Josh. We’ve been married since the summer of 2006 and totally crushing on each other since 1998. That’s a long time to be in like with someone. I’m telling you though, he makes it pretty easy.

Josh brings home the bacon┬áby putting people to sleep, all day, every day. He is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist), and loves his job. Among other things, he’s basically the guy that ensures you will stay alive while undergoing a surgical procedure. I think we can all agree on the importance of that.

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These are the three cutest children in all of America. Seriously, we have the trophy and everything.

Micah is my oldest, born in December 2010. He is sweet, thoughtful, intentional, and systematic. He wakes up every day and immediately dives into his lego sets. I think he might become a chef one day because he loves to help me in the kitchen and gives very detailed reviews of his meals (think Guy Fieri on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives). He gives the best compliments and is getting really, really good at unloading the silverware from the dishwasher. Sort of.

Jocelyn is my baby girl, born in June 2014. She is super sweet, happy, spunky, and loves all things princess. At night we can hear her singing all the princess songs from her bed at the top of her lungs until she finally gets too tired and falls asleep. I love that sound.

Silas is my sweetest sweetie boy, born November 2016. He truly has the sweetest soul and and smiles easy for everyone. He loves his family and watching his brother and sister. He especially loves chatting with daddy. His name, in Aramaic, means “ask”. After two infant losses we asked God for just one more healthy baby and this is the one he chose to give us. We couldn’t be more thankful for this precious baby boy.

Heaven babiesAnd these are my babies in Heaven, Evie and Charlie. Evie was born and passed away in November 2012, and Charlie was born and passed away in September 2015. I still love them deeply and think about them every day.

Both Evie and Charlie passed away from a genetic condition that the doctors have been unable to identify. Their main cause of death was underdeveloped lungs, which was caused by a lack of amniotic fluid, which was caused by their lack of a urinary system and inability to produce said amniotic fluid. It seemed like such a crazy thing to claim a baby’s life the day we first heard of it, and it does still.

I am beyond grateful for Jesus Christ and His work on the cross that allowed my babies to go to Heaven. And I am grateful that, because I have trusted in Him for salvation, one day I will be in Heaven with them too. Therein lies my hope and everything that motivates me to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Hope in Christ and for that one purely and perfectly sweet day.

These are my people. There are no words to say how glad I am that they are mine <3