Monday, August 11, 2008

~News~

In October, 2001, Kevin and I began our journey towards adding to our family. At Thanksgiving that year, I asked my great-grandma to make me a pair of booties with some yarn that I had picked out. As I stood in the corner with my hard-of-hearing grandmother, trying to be quiet (ha! I had to keep talking louder and louder in order for her to understand my request), the rest of the family gathered what I was asking before my grandma did! I finally succeeded in getting across to her that I was *not* expecting, I just wanted the booties for whenever we had a baby.

My great-grandma knit four pairs of booties (I think in one night, too! She was a fast knitter!), and I tucked them away. I was sure it would be any month now...

Instead, months stretched into years and years. I am a very private person, but it seemed as though I were wearing a badge (or rather a sandwich board), announcing to the world that we were unable to have children. At times, I received extremely rude (and hard to bear) questions and comments.

And so, as I said, I am a very private person. Much of my journey through infertility has been faced alone. I am very grateful for the support God placed in my life to help get me through the last year of struggles. Much of my story will remain untold.

However, it is with tears in my eyes, and thanks to the Lord, that I am ecstatic to announce that Kevin and I are expecting a child towards the end of February!

85 comments:

D'Rae said...

Congratulations!

Terri said...

Oh, Tammy!!!! I am so happy for you! I have prayed for you for years about this very thing!

jecalida said...

Wonderful news! I enjoy your blog very much and look forward to hearing more about your new little one.

Amy ~ (Life's Small Treasures) said...

Congratulations!!!! How exciting~

HopiQ said...

Congratulations!

Thank you for sharing your wonderful news!!! God is so good. I will be praying for you.

Mrs. C said...

Praise the Lord! I've got happy tears. :)

Zintradi said...

Well, as I told 'K' congratulations, I pray for you and your child's continued health and that you have a completely uneventful normal pregnancy with no surprises :-).

Meredith said...

Yay!!!!

Having experienced infertility myself, I am extra thrilled for you.

Melody said...

Tammy!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! I too have experienced infertility. . .I understand the pain that accompanies it. But the joy of adding to your family after infertility - sometimes I think that's even sweeter.

Can't wait to read more about your little one!

Heather K said...

Tammy--I'm so happy for you guys!! That is such awesome news! I'm glad to hear that your heart's desire is being met! I've been reading for quite a while now but don't often comment, since I read from bloglines usually...well God bless you both as you start down this new road in your lives!!
take care!
Heather

Charity said...

Congratulations! This is encouraging news for me as well, currently experiencing infertility. I agree with Melody that the joy after infertility makes it even sweeter. I know I will be so thankful to be pregnant! And know that you both are as well! :)

Anonymous said...

That's great! Congratulations to you both from your cousin-in-law Debby (on the Seller's side)

Jodi said...

Oh, ((Tammy)) ~ Congratulations, sweet girl, to you and your darling! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Tonya said...

How absolutely wonderful for you and your husband!Congratulations and welcome to the "club" of motherhood:)

Susan said...

You already know how thrilled I am! I'm continuing to pray for your little one's health and safe arrival. Love ya!

Heather said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! I am so very excited for you and your husband!!! Wanting to have a child but being unable to conceive is a very difficult struggle. I will be praying for you throughout your pregnancy.

Jessie said...

Congratulations Tammy! Jessie (used to be on HP)

Dawn said...

Thrilling news, Tammy!
So happy for you and your DH...
God is good.

Nikki said...

Oh how exciting! I'm so happy for y'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ruth said...

Oh, Tammy! I'm overjoyed for you! Congratulations and many blessings. God is so very good.

Scribbit said...

I saw your announcement and had to cheer for you, congratulations!

Mishel said...

Tammy, I am so happy for you and your hubby!! This is such wonderful news! Congratulations and blessings to you both! : )

Nikki said...

I'm still just so happy. I can't stop thinking about you! Love ya!

Senkyoshi said...

That is so wonderful! Praise the Lord!

Anonymous said...

Having experienced infertility myself before the Lord blessed me with two precious daughters I can totally relate to what you have been through. I am so happy for you and Keving and may the Lord bless you with a healthy pregancy. That baby is so precious!

Louise

Anonymous said...

Tammy,
Hugs to you again! I will continue to pray for you as you carry this precious baby. I thank you for sharing the news with me not so long ago. My daughter-in-law's struggles and then having precious Ella allowed me to see how wonderful God is by giving our family such a wonderful blessing! My love you to and Kevin.
Sandy D

Anonymous said...

That's great news. Have a wonderful pregnancy. I will look forward to hearing all about it.
Donna

Chris Cheedie said...

Oh Tammy, I couldn't be happier for you. Even though we have not 'spoken' for a looong time I have often remembered to pray for this very event! Praise the LORD. Now I will be praying for a safe and easy pregnancy. God Bless you and Yours!

Laura Meyer said...

Tammy, Praise the Lord! So very happy for you! Gillian and I think of you often and remember your visit still today. How happy we are for you! And February - that's a GREAT month! That's Gillian's birth month too!! Much prayer is still headed your way, for you and Kevin and baby!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations. Aunt Joyce and I are happy and praying for you during this time.

Susan said...

I'm so happy for you Tammy!! I will be praying for you during this time! Congratulations!!

Mary said...

Tammy I am so very happy for you and Kevin!!! I will be praying for a wonderful pregancy. Bobby and I are expecting in Feb too, so they'll be the same age!

Keren said...

(((Tammy))) I think of you often and I'm so HAPPY for you - CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Can't wait to hear more about your little one!

plasticdaffodils said...

I've been a lurker for awhile (I love seeing your knitting and crochet projects), but I had to break the wall to tell you congratulations! Your patience will be rewarded soon!

jen said...

Such wonderful news!

My husband and I had our first child 18 months ago after 10 years of marriage and i know exactly what you described in your post. I am sorry that I couldn't have helped or given to support to someone such as yourself during the rough times.

I know the joy you and hubby are having right now-it is so wonderful!

When Hubby and I found out and went through the pregnancy it was surreal. Was this really happening to us after all this time?

My little guy was born Feb 10 2007. February is a good month!

So very very happy for you!

All the Best!
Jen

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so happy for you!

Kimberly

Rona's Home Page said...

Oh Tammy!

I'm so happy for you and Kevin! God has truly blessed you.

Our Little One was born on February 26, 1997. And I always considered him our blessing too.

Donna Rea said...

So very happy for you and Kevin. Pray that God give you a wonderful pregnancy and a beautifully healthy baby.

Leah said...

Tammy, I'm just so thrilled for you. I know alot of the "well" ladies keep you in our prayers. I lurk at your blog alot. I know that baby will have great parents. Congratulations!

FrequentReader said...

Oooh, I'm so happy for you! Congratulations!

Kim said...

Congratulations! It is nice to see people who really should be parents, become them.

rachel said...

Wonderful news...praise the Lord!

Faithseed said...

Praise the Lord!!!! Congratulations!!!!
What a blessing!

I completely understand everything you wrote.

I will be praying for all three of you during this very exciting time.

Blessings
~faithseed

Birdie said...

Congratulations!

Jane said...

Tammy,
I couldn't be happier! God bless you as you begin a new chapter in your life!!

Anonymous said...

I am so very happy for y'all! Prayers for the bestest pregnancy ever!

Emily
(once I won some lovely fabric coasters from you. . . sent you some Stash Hazelnut Chocolate tea)

Anonymous said...

I am thrilled for you with tears in my eyes! God bless you both with health and peace! Dee

Anonymous said...

Alas, I've been lurking too........but I've just got to say Congragulations!!! I am so excited for you!

-Judy Brinks

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! You are such a sweetie. I am very happy for you!
Keep your eyes on Jesus! What a beautiful blessing.

Jennifer said...

Oh, Tammy, How wonderful, wonderful for you.
Hugs and prayers for you that all goes well.
-jennifer

Arlene said...

What wonderful news, Tammy! I can't imagine anyone being so rude and hurtful, but I hope the myriad of congratulatory comments here today are helping to make up for their inconsideration! CONGRATULATIONS to you both!!!

Barbara said...

Congratulations! God knows when the time is right. I'm sure you will make wonderful parents!

Trixie said...

A hearty congratulations to you both! I am so happy for you!

Blessings,

Trixie

Megan said...

Oh how wonderful!!!! I am so happy for you! May the Lord bless you with an entirely safe and sound pregnancy.

Ashleigh (Heart and Home) said...

I'm so very thrilled for you!! Happy, happy tears here... Praying for you and your pregnancy. You're a mommy! :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!!

Deb said...

Hi Tammy! Congratulations!!! I am thrilled for you!! I knew your posts had slowed down a lot these last weeks so maybe you've experienced some morning sickness. I've missed you but am so glad there was a great reason!! :)

tkrimms said...

This is awesome news, Tammy! Enjoy your months of pregnancy. Cherish all of it - the kicks, the aches and pains even! I am at the end of my 8th month and even though I am starting to get uncomfortable, it is the greatest experience ever. I really wish you the best throughout your entire pregnancy and look forward to seeing you post pictures of your family in February!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations!!
May God Bless all of you!

Rhonda

Laura Stanberry said...

Oh Tammy,
I'm sure you dont remember me from the well but I must say I am so incredibly thrilled for you! RUssell and I have been married a little over 2 years now and my arms ache for a baby, I know God's timing is perfect so I praise God you season of waiting is past and the anticipation of the arrival od a precious little one has begun!
Laura
lauramichelle79

Elaine said...

Tammy, I am so happy for you! I have two friends with the same problem.

Anonymous said...

You have both been very faithful to God and each other.How wonderful to witness God's hand in your lives.

Very best wishes

Ann Marie (UK)

sallie@aquietsimplelife.com said...

Tammy, I'm so glad to hear this!

As someone else who was married a long time before being blessed with a child (almost ten years), I am so so happy for you!

Tammy L said...

Congratulations!!! :)

Heather said...

I am so very very happy for you Tammy! What a blessing! We went through years of infertility and a failed adoption before adopting our sweet girl and finally carrying one wild sweet boy full term. I guess for us, God chose a small quiver - I'm still learning to be content with 'just two' since there are times when our hearts still long for more! I pray that all goes well with your pregnancy and that you feel well and enjoy the time of waiting! I know your baby will be wonderfully loved by you and your Kevin!

Evelyn Masters said...

How Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know that you must be excited! I will pray that everything goes smoothly for the very expected little one!

Tori said...

Oh Tammy, I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes too. God is so good and I'm sure He couldn't have picked a sweeter lady to make a mother.
Bless you Tammy and congratulations!

Melissa said...

Praise the Lord! I am so delighted for you! You will be a wonderful mother.

Sharon said...

Praise God for your blessing!!! I bet you just can't wait for those booties to be put to use!!! You will be a wonderful mama - AND with your remarkable knittting/sewing/crafting talents - you will have one of the most beautifully-dressed babies ever!! Congrats and prayers - - -

Mrs. U said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!!

I am REJOICING here!!

His,
Mrs. U (who is praying!!!!!)

robinhood said...

Having been there as a adopting parent, I find it sad how "crude" relatives and "friends" can be.
Lord Bless and Protect the three of you !

Des said...

I am soooo happy for you. I am exactly in the same position as you, we thought 5 years ago, that we would just start our family, but it has never happened. It is a hard thing, I KNOW. And I am also a very private person. And so, I am tearing up at your happyness...Praise God ...He alone is the giver of life...congratulations!!

Sarah Joy said...

Tammy! I got booted off the internet for a while, so I only just saw this! Praise the Lord! He is good! I'll be praying for your little one!

Carolyn said...

Tammy,
Oh my soul. I finally found your blog back and come and read this and I'm so so so happy for you! You have no idea!
I love and miss talkign with you so much and I'm so thrilled for you!

Sarai said...

Congratulations! Children are indeed a blessing from the Lord!

Ashley said...

Oh Tammy! I am so GLAD for you! Congratulations a thousand times over!

In Christ,
Ashley

Anonymous said...

Praise God!

We struggled with infertility too.
We just had #3 2 months ago...
God is good.

E

Leigh said...

Tammy I haven't visited your blog in ages and I can't even think why. Life gets busy I guess, but I popped on today to hear your WONDERFUL and BLESSED news! I am so happy for you both!!!

Leigh

Sandy kisses said...

Congratulations! Reading your post gave me chills. You will be a wonderful mother! God is good!

Dell said...

Oh, Tammy! Rejoicing with tears of gladness here! For years, I've prayed and prayed that you could hold your own precious wee one! I've always envisioned you as a mother, and have longed for the day it would be reality! God is so good! I think it was just a few days ago God brought it to mind again, as he so often does. I wasn't able to stop by the blog at that moment, but little did I know the prayer was already answered!

Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!

Praying already for this dear precious life, and the future God has planned for your wee baby from the foundations of the world.

Debbie vdH said...

I have read and enjoyed your blog...I wonder how many people read it that never say a word, like me. I came here tonight because I had a little extra time to check on my favorite blogs....AND I about a month ago, I decided I wanted to learn to knit socks....you inspired me long ago, and that has kept me returning to your blog...to see your next beautiful project. So...tonight, I see the baby blanket, and I wondered who the blessed recipient would be....
I am shedding a few tears as well....
CONGRATULATIONS!!! you will be such a wonderful Mommy. I am rejoicing with you.
Babies are always a blessing.
Love in Him,
Debbie vdH

Homemanager said...

Congratulations, Tammy! I'm so very happy for you and your husband!!!
Many Blessings to you,
Karen

Starr said...

WOW a great big CONGRATULATIONS and a GOD IS GOOD! I can imagine your heart is so full. What wonderful news. I'm so happy for you guys!
p.s. I LOOOOOOVE the cable knit afghan you are working on!
Thanks for stopping by my blog to enter the contest too!

Jessica said...

I'm a bit late for the bandwagon but I wanted to offer my congratulations to you both and to say, To God be the glory, great things HE hath done.

Melissa said...

I am sooo late here...but CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I'm so happy for you! Not much longer!