Thursday, August 30, 2012

Movie Stars and Surrogates

We here at Waiting For baby Stories believe it is important to talk about all issues that have to do with infertility or complicated pregnancies.  It helps us to connect to others who may have a similar story and  allows us to understand we're not the only ones in the world dealing with these types of problems.  So, when I came across the following article-Celebs who used Surrogates-I couldn't wait to post it!  Movie stars dealing with some of the the same issues we do!  Who would have thought?!  I really love how they are so transparent with their own waiting for baby stories.  Click on the link below to read the full article, with pictures.  The following blurbs are a few of my favorite blurbs from the article~Kassie

Giuliana and Bill Rancic, who just welcomed son Edward Duke via surrogate, aren’t the only Hollywood couple to take that route after facing fertility problems. Check out these other famous females who asked gestational surrogates to carry their babies for them.
 – By Lizbeth Scordo, omg! staff

Nicole Kidman-“Struggling with fertility is such a big thing and it’s not something that I would run away from talking about. "

Katey Segal- “I’d had some medical issues after the birth of my other two children, so I was unable to carry a child, so we were always looking at alternative approaches."

Angela Basset-“My friend told me that Jesus was had by a surrogate and I said, ‘Thank you for that.”

Elizabeth Banks-"Our journey led us to gestational surrogacy: we make a ‘baby cake’ and bake it in another woman's ‘oven." 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Woman Gives Birth To Grandson-Discuss

Woman Gives Birth To Own Grandson~by Sarah B. Weir
As shared on Yahoo's SHINE:
What's the nicest thing mom has ever given you? Chances are it won't top Linda Sirois's gift to her daughter Angel Hebert: a healthy baby boy. The Portland Herald Press reports that the Maine grandmother, 49, acted as a surrogate for Hebert and her husband Brian and delivered their son Madden by C-Section on August 17.

The arrangement sounds a little strange, but Hebert, 25, has a heart condition that made it too dangerous for her to get pregnant. Her cardiologist said it would be risky for both her and her baby. "It was pretty disappointing," she says. She and her husband are high school sweethearts who started dating eleven years ago.
Previously mom had told Hebert she was willing to carry a baby for her. Now it was time to see if she really meant it. "I called her last summer," Hebert told the Herald Press. "And I'm like, 'So, you know that offer...Is that offer still on the table?'"
Sirois reached out to fertility clinics around New England. Many rejected her because of her age, but the Reproductive Science Center in Lexington, Massachusetts agreed to impregnate her by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) using Hebert's egg fertilized with Brian's sperm. She had to undergo a number of tests and the process was complicated, but on December 13, Sirois learned she was pregnant. The mom of four says it was her easiest pregnancy. "I felt good and had no complications."
"She is amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better mother. It's such a great and selfless gift she has given us," Hebert told the newsletter of the Aroostock Medical Center where Madden was born. "She brought her grandson into the world and we now have our beautiful baby boy. We are all super excited."
Sirois says it was the natural thing for any mother to do for her daughter. "I was just 'babysitting' for a short time… I was fortunate and blessed to be a part of this experience and be able to help bring him into the world." She will have plenty more babysitting ahead: in June, her oldest daughter, Kristin Duval, 26, gave birth to Sirois's first grandson, Everett. Babies and moms are all doing fine.
We would LOVE to here your thoughts about this story.  Daughters and Son-n-laws, would you ever ask your Mom to carry your child? How does the idea of the thought make you feel?  Mom/Grandma, if asked, would you carry your grandchild?  What are some of the issues you see these women facing in the upcoming years?  Read and leave a comment!~Kassie from Waiting For Baby Stories

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Brian and Angie's Story

My name is Angie, I am married to the love of my life Brian.  A year ago we were blessed with our little girl Lily.  When Brian and I got married 7 years ago we were not sure if we were wanting to have a family.  We were pretty set on it just being the 2 of us.  We would talk about it once in awhile, but would always come back to the same idea of not having any children.  As we both finished going to school for our degrees we enjoyed being able to do what we wanted to do whenever we wanted to do it.  A year went by and I started thinking to myself what it would be like to have a baby.  It started to excite me so Brian and I talked about it and finally decided we were ready to start that new chapter in life.  On June 13, 2011 we welcomed our precious Lily into the world.  I cant explain how becoming a mommy feels.  I look back at our life before we had Lily and I cant remember it without her.  I don't miss my life before Lily because I didn't really have a purpose, but once Lily came in our lives it has been so much happier.  We are so blessed and look forward to all of the milestones and love in our little family of 3!!!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

When God Doesn't Make Sense

The following story comes from a blog we LOVE here at Waiting For Baby-Javamamacasey.  You can follow at:  Thank you Casey for sharing your story!

When God Doesn't Make Sense....
We've had many heartaches in our family and friends' lives in the past few months. It seems like a constant bombarding of pain on a regular basis. Our hearts ache and grieve for every one of those we love who experience such sadness. I know the Lord is good and faithful, but it is still hard to hear of bad news over and over again. As Pastors we especially grieve because we care so much about those around us. We long for them to feel the comfort of the Lord and know He is near! We ourselves have also gone through our share of discouragement in the past.

I have had about 3 major crises of faith in my life where I experienced so much pain that I felt like I could hardly go on. In each circumstance I was tempted to shout with anger at God and harden my heart, but instead I chose to trust in Him and cry out with a broken but humbled heart. It's not easy to go through trials for no apparent reason. But as a believer is it crucial that we always trust the Lord will work all things together for good. For this reason I have clung to the verse in Deuteronomy that has become my life motto.

Deuteronomy 29:29- "The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may do all the words of this law."

As a Pastor's wife I have been reading material over the years that can help equip me for speaking into others' lives, especially in times of pain. One book I am currently reading I have found to be exceptionally well written. I cry every time I read it. I am not finished with it yet because I am slowly digesting it, page by page. I usually rip through books in only a few days, but this one has taken me months. One chapter gives me enough meat to chew on for weeks.

In this time of great sorrow for some dear friends of ours who we found out today lost their baby one week before birth, I felt prompted to write about this book I've been reading. It is called When God Doesn't Make Sense by Dr. James Dobson. If you or someone you know is or has struggled with pain and heartache (which is all of us, really), then I highly recommend reading this book. Dr. Dobson is real, compassionate, honest, transparent, and yet he brings the Scriptures to life as he encourages us all to continue trusting in the Lord when pain knocks at our door. Here is a bit about the book:

When we are young and health is good and we have not yet encountered disease, disappointment, and sorrow, it is easy to believe that life will always be rather carefree and happy. But every person who lives long enough will eventually experience difficulties that are not easy to understand. At those times the pieces simply will not fit, and God just doesn't make sense.

Most of us are inclined in those moments to struggle with the most troubling question in human experience: "Why did God let this happen to me?"

When we are entangled in life's crises, it is common to feel great frustration with God. Our inability to figure out what He is doing creates the greatest agitation. The "Why?" question, which even Jesus asked from the cross, is often left unanswered for years or perhaps for a lifetime.

Unfortunately, some believers are so shaken by their inability to understand that they feel a profound sense of abandonment by God. This "betrayal" barrier" is a dangerous weapon used against us. Satan wants each of us to feel that our compassionate Lord has actually singled us out for abuse!

When God Doesn't Make Sense is addressed lovingly to those who have been left confused and disillusioned by life's difficulties. It is intended to nurture the faith of the wounded and the downhearted, and to prevent disillusionment in those who have not fallen into the clutches of despair.

In this book Dr. Dobson weaves together personal experiences with the wisdom of Scripture, which offers great insight into the trials of life and how to cope with them. A proper understanding of these biblical principles can expose false expectations that inevitably collide with reality in a sinful and fallen world.

The Lord has assured us that we are in His constant care. We can trust Him even when our difficult circumstances are beyond human comprehension. We can rest in His promise:

The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalms 34:18)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Nate and Tiffany's Story

Nate and I had been married four years when we “decided” that it was the right time to start trying for a baby.  I can’t believe how naïve that sounds.  If I had known then what I know now, I would have jumped at ANY opportunity to have a baby at ANY time in our marriage.  We now know that nothing will ever be perfect enough to bring a baby into your family but that they are the most precious blessings that we get to experience in life aside from marriage.  So, after “deciding” that we were ready to be parents, I went off of birth control in expectation of getting pregnant.  Everyone does, right?  Well, month after month, the pressure intensified and nothing was happening.  After 9 months or so, I went in for my yearly appointment and talked to my doctor about the troubles we were experiencing getting pregnant.  She put me on Clomed (an oral fertility medicine) and we tried that for three months with no success.  Everyone was very blasé about us not getting pregnant because we were “so young” and “it will happen eventually”.  But to us, it was already an eternity!  Sex became a huge stressor in our marriage!  I became depressed knowing that it was my fault that we weren’t getting pregnant and it became an all-consuming obsession for the two of us. 

We were referred to a nurse practitioner that specialized in infertility and we did our first artificial insemination (IUI).  When that didn’t work, we were referred to a very well-known fertility doctor in Omaha.  Nate had known who she was from a medical panel that came to speak to his medical school class and he knew that she was a very outspoken advocate for the Pro-Choice side of “Family Planning”.  So we went into our initial meeting very guarded.  As she asked us our stance on life, bringing up that we would need to be willing to agree to “selective reduction” meaning that if there were too many embryos after the fertility treatment  we would abort any unhealthy ones to get down to three.  We said that that would not be an option.  So, it was doomed from the get go.  Wish that we would have thought about that BEFORE we spent tens of thousands of dollars there!  She didn’t really want to help us and we didn’t really feel good about getting her “help” but the goal was blinding!  In our roughly six months of treatment there, we experienced the ultimate highs and lows that come with infertility and I was on the hormones that amplify those!  We did an exploratory procedure with her as well.  During what would be our last IUI, I remember laying on the table, ALONE, supposedly “making a baby” with a doctor and all of her science, and I remember feeling this tremendous presence from God, present through the whole procedure, and He was VERY clearly saying “This is not how your baby will be made.”  So, we stopped after 4 IUIs and quit seeing that doctor.

In the meantime, my little sister, who was my only confidant during everything, and who has always been my best friend, got pregnant “on accident”.  I remember the night that she told me so clearly and the pain and devastation that immediately followed.  It was the most selfish that I could be but it was all I could think about.  Nate and I both went to be crying and deeply hurt.  It hurt that she had beat me to it!  That she didn’t WANT kids!  That she was going to have the first grandchild!  That I could barely look at my best friend or talk to her anymore!  That life wasn’t fair!  I have to say that those were miserable times in my family.  As a result, everyone ended up finding out that we had been trying, unsuccessfully.  Then comes the pity.  The knowing look in everyone and the questions that you try to shrug off.  

We decided to search for a doctor that fit our moral and religious convictions and I have no idea where we heard of him but we decided to try to see Dr. Hilgers at The Pope Paul VI Institute.  He focuses on finding the source of infertility problems instead of patching them with fertility drugs.  His patients practice The Creighton Model, of knowing your body and finding out what your body is doing at different times of the month.  So Nate and I started to learn his methods as we were put on the 4 month waiting list to see him.  Once we saw Dr. Hilgers, he started us on a series of methods to figure out the source or sources of our infertility.  The first series of tests was for me to get my blood drawn every other day for 30 days and then we were put on a waiting list for another exploratory surgery in the following months.

On November 2, 2007, after a little over two years of trying, I was leaving the high school where I worked and I got a phone call.  It was The Pope Paul Institute, they had run all of my blood at the end of the month and wanted to tell me something and asked if I was sitting down.  I was scared that they found some weird problem that was going to mean more bad news.  I braced myself.  The nurse told me that when they had run all of my blood, the hormones went up and never went back down so they did a pregnancy test and I was pregnant!  I was shocked, shaking, skeptical, and elated all at the same time.  I had to start progesterone shots immediately to supplement my hormones so I drove right to the clinic.  Because I was spotting, I was placed on complete bed rest for almost 3 weeks and was placed on IV antibiotics that were administered by a home health nurse.  We wanted to do everything that we needed to keep our baby safe.  I had never had a positive pregnancy test before.  It was a HUGE step in starting our family but I also had to prepare myself in case it didn’t work out.  The spotting subsided and things started going “normal” as far as pregnancy goes.  We had one more scare in January as we were on a trip while Nate was interviewing for residency programs.  There was so much bleeding that I thought I was miscarrying and my world was thrown.  The bleeding stopped after a couple of days and everything seemed normal when we got back and went to the doctor.  I still don’t know what happened.  But I was blessed to experience my growing belly and to feel my baby moving inside of me for the rest of my pregnancy. 

Bennett was born on June 29, 2008 and we have been blessed to be his parents.  Our world changed.  It took 7 months to get pregnant a second time but the stress was off.  It will always be a factor for us.  Even as we are trying for our third, I am reminded that my body is different than other women who “get pregnant on accident” or the first month of trying or while on birth control!  I ache for the women in my life that are still waiting for their first baby.  I ache also for the women who do not appreciate the blessing that pregnancy is and that discard their opportunities or take them for granted.  My boys have been a huge blessing in my life and I wait (not always patiently) to see what else God has in store for our little family. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Help Needed for Becker Family

Here at Waiting for Baby, we believe in helping our story makers. This means that when one of our writers have a need within their life, we will write a special post to tell you of their need and give you the opportunity to give encouragement and/or support.  It's also a great way to get fundraising ideas!

Recently we received word that a dear friends family needs our help.  The mother-Amy- has written several post that we have yet to share with you on this blog.  She is a lovely individual and our personal adoption guru. We were there watching and waiting when her family of four became a family of seven overnight after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  The United States Government helped families like theirs adopt children that were in process by allowing them to come home to their "forever families." The process by which they were allowed through customs is called Humanitarian Parole. However, Humanitarian Parole is a temporary status.  This means that Amy and Thomas 3 children, while legally adopted and permanent members of their family, are NOT U. S. citizens.  
Much to their surprise, the process to obtain citizenship will cost $1117.00 per child,  plus $215.00 per child for a Civil Surgeon physical.  With 3 children needing citizenship, this is going to add up!  Please click on the link below to learn more about how Amy and her family are raising money:  

If you can donate, we here at Waiting for Baby would love to hear about it!  If you cannot donate at this time, but would like to leave an encouraging message to Amy and Thomas, please leave a comment at the end of this post and we will pass it on to their family.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Verses To Encourage

Our friend Bib, sent us the following verses to pray and meditate on as we "Wait for Baby."  We hope you find assurance and encouragement like we did. Know this, our faith is what helps keep us together and fighting for our children.~Nick and Kassie

Genesis 30:22 (Whole Chapter)
Then God remembered Rachel’s plight and answered her prayers by enabling her to have children.

Deuteronomy 28:11 (Whole Chapter)
“The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops.

Judges 13:3:
The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah’s wife and said, “Even though you have been unable to have children, you will soon become pregnant and give birth to a son.

1st Samuel 1 & 2 – Story of Hannah

Psalm 127:3 (Whole Chapter)
Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.

Malachi 2:15:
Has not the LORD made them one? In flesh and spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring.

Deuteronomy 7:14:
You will be blessed more than any other people;
none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young.

Passage Psalm 113:9
 He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Luke 1:36:
Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.

Important to uphold husband -
And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Bib's Story~Part 2

Many, many years later my husband Bob and I held a bible study in our home for some of the people who were in our church choir with us. We were pretty new to faith in God and were still serving Him in the Catholic Church. We were so excited about what we were discovering in God’s Word that there was nothing we weren’t brave enough to pray for. We saw many miracles as we prayed but one of the most profound involved a woman named Miriam.

Miriam was 42, married with 2 adopted children ages 15 & 17. She was physically unable to have children. One night she came to the group asking us to pray for her. She was in tremendous pain and the doctors were concerned she could possibly have cancer. As a group, we anointed her with oil and prayed for her complete healing. Complete is the key word here….. Next meeting she was pain free, no cancer. One month later she came to group to announce she was 2 weeks pregnant! God had truly done a COMPLETE healing, for sure.

Needless to say, their family went through a bit of adjusting to this miracle, but this miracle became a foundation of faith for me that God desires married couples to have babies. I started studying God’s Word and discovered that though many women may have been barren in the bible, not one who desired children remained that way. There is only one woman in all of scripture who remained barren. That is Michael, David’s wife, and that was because she mocked his relationship with God. And let me tell you, God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Throughout the years God has allowed me to witness His Miracle Hand at work over and over again. Sometimes I would know a woman was pregnant before she knew. It was fun to see the shock on their faces (and it’s hard to believe I was bold enough to say “Hey, did you know you are pregnant”without even knowing if they wanted to be) when I told them! Granted, this doesn’t happen often, but I could feel God’s excitement when He would tell me. I’d be so excited myself, I couldn’t hold it back.
There have also been a few times God has asked me to pray for someone that their womb would be prepared for a soon coming baby. One woman, actually a very good friend of ours, told me “no way” as she and her husband had decided they weren’t going to have children. I informed her God had a different plan and 2 weeks later she was pregnant. Jacob is 17 now, has a brother Josh and their mom and dad couldn’t be better, more loving parents as they adjusted to God’s Will in their lives.

God even used a dream to inform me of my 1st grandchild. I remember it so vividly as the most amazing joy came over me. I woke up and told my husband that the kids were pregnant. He chuckled and said something like”a-huh”. They returned from their honeymoon that evening and 2 weeks later, a pregnancy test proved the dream to be true.

About 11-12 years ago a friend/prayer partner of mine opened a door for me to become more involved with helping lay a foundation of faith by God’s Word in the lives of young women who hungered to have children. Lisa and I had the opportunity to be prayer partners and as we prayed together once a week, she “noticed” my penchant for pregnancy. Lisa was a sales representative for a radio station in town and often attended business women’s meetings where she made connections with lots of women from throughout the city. As she would get to know them and they would tell her of their inability to have a family – or other pregnancy dilemmas -  she would ask them if they’d like to “do lunch” with someone who liked to pray for babies.

Theresia was the 1st and though her need was not fertility, it was for her pregnancy. She was expecting her 2nd child and he had just been diagnosed with the same congenital disease his sister had been born with two years previously. We spent a few lunch hours together praying for God’s diagnosis to trump the doctors. Theresia’s son was born disease free – and her daughter’s disease has not progressed either. Our God is good.

Denise was the 2nd – a Creighton pharmaceutical student who had been “trying” for a number of years.  Invitro had failed a couple of times already, so when we met, her hopes were dry. I shared my story and outlined God’s plan “that two would become one so that there would be godly fruit”. She was so hungry for truth and we met a number of times to pray God’s Word over her. Her faith grew and she shared what she learned with her husband Bob. They were in an elevator when they got the news of 9-11 and though overwhelmed with the horror of it, Bob finally understood God’s Goodness as his mother was supposed to be at work in the towers that day. She was miraculously late for work! They finished the elevator ride to the doctor’s office for one last invitro attempt with Bob crying through it. The result was twin boys! Denise and Bob now have 4 sons. Glory to God!

Then there was Cameo and Jennifer. They were and still are great friends. Jennifer had been the one who Cameo had chosen to accompany her into the delivery room for the birth of her 1st child – a beautiful little girl who died moments before delivery, strangled by her umbilical cord. Cameo was so afraid to carry another child; the grief of this sudden loss was overwhelming. Jennifer had met Lisa who asked if they would meet with me over lunch. They did and I was able to assure her of God’s plan. Hope and healing came from God’s unchangeable Word and Cameo and her husband now have four. I am blessed to run into them every summer at swim meets as her children compete with my grands! Cameo later invited me to speak to a group of women at her church who all had lost children. What a precious group of sweet, hurting women! And Jennifer has brought other women into my life to pray for……we are meeting for lunch tomorrow so she can introduce another “barren” young woman to me. What a joy to be a messenger of God’s Word and Will.

Jessica was a young woman who loved the Lord and knew His Word, yet the fact that her pastor and his wife had also been unable to bare children compounded her doubt as she and her husband had been unable to have children after 10 years of trying. We met for 3 lunch hours of vigorous conversation with me asking her to focus on God’s Word instead of the circumstances around her. I had and still have no explanation of why her pastors did not have children, but circumstances NEVER supersede God’s Word. Jessica was able to lock into God’s Word and one year later was the proud mother of twins!

Talk about circumstances! When I met Kris, she and Tim had been married for 10 years. Kris was born with only a 3rd of her womb, had never ovulated on her own (had been on birth control pills since the age of 15) and had 3rd stage endometriosis. They had had 4 miscarriages from harvested eggs fertilized and implanted. Kris, though growing up going to church every Sunday, never knew of the Love of God and the richness of the Promises in His Word. Kris and I became fast friends. We spent a lot of lunch hours together affirming her desire for children through the Word of God and prayer. Kris was working with one of the top fertility doctors in the city at the time and both of them were shocked when Kris ovulated on her own. She was pregnant! They had decided to let her body “rest” for a while with no meds or procedures, so this pregnancy was a total surprise! But so was the loss of yet another child. I remember that phone call. I was devistated along with Tim and Kris. This pregnancy was truly a gift and yet…..

Failure – or so it seemed. Lots of tears and Kris and I struggled with getting back together for prayer. Emotions weighed heavily in this situation and though I had never personally lost a child, I experienced some of the pain of this devastating loss. Kris had been through this 4 other times but never before with the foundation of God’s Promises. Her faith was shaken – and so was mine. I spent a lot of “closet time” in prayer and tears. I know God’s Word is true, but….I had never had a “but” before.
We finally had the courage to decide to meet again. Just lunch this time. We needed to talk and grieve together. It had been well over a month since the miscarriage and I still didn’t know what to say. I purposed to encourage her and ontinue to affirm her with the truth of God’s Word. We met at the restaurant, hugged, and as I went to sit down, Kris said “I have something to tell you. As I was getting ready to meet you, I had an impression that I should check for ovulation,. Bib, for the 2nd time in my life, I’m ovulating on my own!” We tried to eat, tried to pray but there was a new hope springing up. Tim was in Lincoln that day for a NE football game. Being rather bold, I told her to call him and tell him to come home. Something much more important than a football game was at hand! 9 month later, through a miracle filled pregnancy where her doctors were repeatedly astounded, little Presleigh was born. Presleigh is now big sister to two, all of which were conceived naturally and carried full term.
Kris’ story ignited hope into the hearts of many young couples and whenever she gets wind of anyone needing prayer in this area, she calls to have me add them onto my list for daily prayer. She is truly a believer in the Love and Power of God. In fact, one of the most recent young women I have met with got my email address from her mother who had recently worked in an all-city church event with the mother of Kris’ sister-in-law! Her name is Meghan, now proud mama of Collin. God’s Blessings are rich and FULL.

There are many, many more stories to tell, yet I wanted this not to be so long to bore you but long enough to stir hope in your heart. I will be praying for every couple who shares their desire for a child on this website and I will be waiting patiently for all of the victory reports!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Bib's Story~Part 1

My name is Bibiana Shradar and I personally am a product of praying parents. My parents were married in 1945 after a whirlwind wartime courtship (a story for another time). They were madly in love and had big dreams for their future family. They set their sights on 6 children and planned to start right away. Just months after their wedding, they were pregnant with my sister. Dad was in college on the GI bill and mom settled in as a housewife. They were in newlywed bliss. How dramatically that would change in the delivery room.

My sister was born healthy but mom was hemorrhaging. In the delivery room, my sister was handed to a nurse aide (a high school classmate of my dad’s) so that mom could be prepped for surgery. That surgery was extensive and when mom woke up and asked for her baby, she was met with silence….the nurse aide had given my sister a bottle of water to quiet her down and my sister was drowned as her lungs took that water in. Not only did my parents have to deal with the grief of losing a child, but the doctor’s prognosis after mom’s surgery was that she most likely would never again be able to become pregnant. With an irrepressible spirit, they decided to go through whatever was available (some very difficult things both physically and emotionally) to see if that prognosis could be changed. Three years later, the doctor sat them down and said that the scar tissue from the surgery was too extensive; there was no way for the sperm to get to her eggs – no possible way for mom to get pregnant. But we do serve the “God of the impossible”, don’t we!

That very day – December 2, 1948 – they took the doctor’s report to church with them. Mom was raised Catholic and dad was a convert and both of them had a trust in a God who loved them and had planted the desire to have 6 children in their joined hearts. They laid their need before God, asking Him to do an impossible thing and give them a child. They even “made a deal “ with Him….December 2nd was Saint Bibiana’s feast day (a Catholic tradition), so they told God that when they got pregnant, they would name the child Bibiana. I was born 9 months and 27 days later! Hence, my name being Bibiana. I have 5 siblings. The 6 of us were born in 7 years and 2 days. Mom was 32 when I was born and 39 when my baby sister was born. We do serve an Amazing God!!

There is a whole lot more to this story as God has given me a burning desire to pray for those who the world would call barren. Part 2 will soon follow………  

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Waiting For Baby Begins...

This blog is the beginning of a project.  A project very near and dear to our hearts as we explore all the world and well, "wait for baby." A project that has been burning within, waiting, wondering, and the topic of many late night discussions with friends, family, total strangers, and each other. A project that will most undoubtedly pluck at your heart strings and toy with your deepest emotions.  A project that  is not taken lightly as we begin the responsibility of sharing with you.  A project that started with a story.  
A love story.  

Meet The Bloggers:
Boy meets Girl.  They fall head over heels in love with each other. They get married "too young."  They begin their All-American careers as an Electrician and Teacher.  They envision owning an acreage one day with a simple farm house, but make do with the tiny two-bedroom house in the city. They get a red-haired dog named Maddie.  They dream of having nine children.  And there it is...just a dream...a dream whose ending never changes no matter how hard they try. To help ease the pain, they dance in their living room when no ones watching, hug babies and run with children, eat ice cream, walk their four-legged "baby," sob into each others arms upon cheetah print bed sheets, tell their story and listen to others as they too wait for baby, and most of all-pray.  Pray that one day there will be answer in the form of a little brown eyed girl and a handsome little man.

Please consider joining Nick and Kassie as they continue their story and share many more like theirs as they Wait For Baby. We welcome stories of all kinds. Stories of adoption, infertility struggles, single parents, stories from friends and family who struggle as well when a loved one deals with the above. For more information on how you can share your story, please e-mail us at: