Happy 4th Birthday London & Kyleigh!

Writing this with tears and so much joy in my heart. Today my girls are 4! That really flew by. They are full of surprises right from the day we found out there were actually two of them. Everyday with them is an adventure and they have already created a lifetime of memories! I still can’t believe that I get to be their mama! They truly are waking miracles that remind Chris and I everyday of the power of prayer and goodness of God.

The fact that they were even born alive was a miracle in its self. We never had any guarantees that they would make it to even see our faces when we found out the nature of this high risk pregnancy. Their birth story and day of arrival could have been very different and it’s still so crazy to me how it all played out. God is always working behind the scenes! I wrote a whole blog post about that day HERE if you want to check it out.:)

London Kate & Kyleigh Anne at 26 weeks weighing 1.6 & 1.8 pounds to now at 4 years old!

I will never forget our doctor looking at us in the eye saying, “Your daughters are very sick little girls. That’s what we were told over and over again but that isn’t what we saw or believed in our hearts. Yes, it was true they were obviously very sick. At that moment they were two of the most unstable babies in their unit. At that time London was lying there in her incubator medically paralyzed because of the pain she was enduring all over that tiny body and Kyleigh’s Chronic lung disease was getting more and more concerning by the day as she was needing the highest level of  breathing help that’s was possible.

Fear would try to crawl in and grip us daily but in our hearts we held tightly to the promises of God and image of them coming out of this situation 100%! And here they are today, healthy and completely whole. I am so thankful!!

Today we celebrate much more than them turning 4 but we are reminded of how far they have come and are reminded of God’s promises to us. Yes, It was a battle for sure and I would never want to relive those days again but we definitely were never alone. If you are in a battle we hope that this might encourage you that you too aren’t alone in your situation. God is near and even in a negative situation He has a way of turning things around and giving hope and peace to you.

If you would like to read their story and journey of 113 days in the NICU you can find all of my posts about that HERE.

This year we got to celebrated their birthday when my parents were in town which was so special. The bubbles were a huge hit and ended up soaking us all including the presents! The thing with having early birthday celebrations is you somehow end up celebrating twice anyways once the actual day rolls around so today calls for more birthday cake!

Happiest of Birthdays to you both my sweet girls, London and Kyleigh! Everyday raising you has been such a delight. I love watching you grow into the women that God created you to be! You are both so talented, creative and the best big sisters to Justice! I know that together you are going to impact many with God’s love! So excited for all of the fun adventures ahead!



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Too Busy To Hear- Advent Day 3

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