November 20, 2009

thankful

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, I am getting more and more excited to see my sister and her family, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents, parents, and more through the week. I haven't seen my sister in a year and a half. I can't believe it! We talk on the phone a couple times a week, so it doesn't seem like it's been quite as long as it really has. Needless to say, I have many things to be thankful for, and it's going to be a great week visiting with everyone.

I can't help but constantly remember what all we were giving thanks for last year. I has 9 weeks pregnant, and we chose Thanksgiving Day as the day we told all of our extended family our big news! We were so thankful to be pregnant, and to be expecting 4 babies, and we were all looking forward to what next year would bring. Josh and I imagined that we would be hauling our 4 six month old babies and all their things to this year's Thanksgiving dinner.



Life is really different today than what we thought it would be. I still have plenty to be thankful for, and am going to try to focus on the happy things instead of dwelling on what could have been. We have a busy weekend and week planned of lots of fun with the family. I'll be posting pictures of just some of the things that I am thankful for throughout the week.
My blogger buddy, Holly, recently sent me this picture she took of the fall leaves with Heidi, Lily, Paige, and Rylan's name on it. I love it and plan to frame it! Thanks again Holly! As you know, I am so thankful for anything that reminds me of my "Beans"!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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7 comments:

  1. So sorry that you find yourself in this unfair place of being Thankful, yet heart broken. We are truly Thankful for so much aren't we...and we are richly blessed despite our struggles. But, thoughts of where we should be seem to always creep into our heads...and its ok :) Another way to honor our children. Their beautiful legacies live on through our smiles. When I smile I feel my angel.

    Enjoy your sister, that is so sweet! Much love...

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  2. I'm so sorry you don't have them with you this year. Holidays are always tough. Praying you have more and more to be thankful for!

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  3. I hope you have a great time with all of your family. It's nice to get together with the loved ones you don't get to see very often.

    You're welcome! I'm glad you like it!

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  4. Hi Lauren:

    I am one of your blog followers. I just wanted to let you know that I am praying for you and your husband and think of you all often. You don't know me... I was in a baby class with you at TGH in January. I have been checking in on you to see how you have been. I just wanted to let you know that people who don't even know you have been affected by your story and we think of you often. We will be thinking of you this holiday season and will send you all of the positive thoughts we can.

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  5. Happy Belated Thanksgiving, Lauren! I'm glad you had a nice one, despite some difficult memories. I'm glad you've kept your positive attitude throughout all of this. Next year will be a year full of miracles and new happy memories.

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  6. I love your leaf with your babies names! So sweet! I am so thankful to have found a wonderful person like you who is so strong and graceful through the hardest time in your life. You are an inspiration for me and I am thankful for a friend like you! I can't wait to see your picture framed, so beautiful! Love, Holly H

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  7. Lauren,

    I am a good friend of Lauren S. I think she may have told you about me. Anyways she gave me your phone number and I haven't had a free minute to call you yet. but as I was looking through random blogs I came across yours and wondered if it was the same person and sure enough! I was at her house when she told me about your babies and I prayed for you, A LOT! Anyways, I still have your number if you want me to call instead. Take care and I'll talk to you soon.

    KC Russell

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    Welcome to my life…

    Over the past three years it has been flipped upside down. I am 31 years old, and married to my hubby of three years, Josh. We have 4 beautiful angel babies, who are fondly known as our “Green Beans”. The first of my quads, Heidi, held on as long as she could and was born on January 31, 2009 after pPROMing at 17 weeks. A few weeks later, I pPROM’d with my sweet Lily. Lily, Paige, and Rylan were all born at 22 weeks on February 23, 2009. Just after being released from the hospital empty handed, I returned with a high fever and infection. Two of the nights I spent in the hospital that week, I honestly thought I was going to die. It was the sickest and most hopeless I’ve ever been. I’m pretty sure my diagnosis was a broken heart.

    Our journey to becoming parents has had its share of happiness and heartbreaks. I got through every day by staying close to Josh, friends and family, blogging, and relying on God that my future will be bright. All the love and support I’ve gotten has greatly helped me manage……I am alive and well, and want to be my absolute best as a result of this.

    On May 1st 2011, we welcomed our sweet baby girl, Taylor, into this world. She is our miracle baby and brings so much joy and happiness in our lives. She is such a gift from God.

    I have come out of all of this with a better appreciation of life. I hope to make the best of this situation by helping others who will experience a similar loss.





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