It all started in a small Midwestern high school.
He was the cute, blonde senior with a car and dimples so deep my girlfriend and I joked they were craters.
I was the naive freshman who fell head over heels for him. I’m pretty sure the feeling was mutual because we were glued at the hip from that moment on.
Three years later, with high school graduation looming for me, he popped the question. I was 17, he was 20. Most thought we were INSANE. But we didn’t care and we got married in 2001. I was 18, he was 21.
Young, naive and foolish. Surely we would slow it down a bit now and enjoy life as a married couple before adding children. I mean, we had PLENTY of time for that later down the road, right?
Uh… we just don’t do things at that pace! In 2002 we welcomed our first born. A son. Andrew Jagger, aka A.J.
And in 2005 our first daughter, Madelyn JoAnna, aka Maddie Jo.
Now we had the perfect little (complete) family unit. An older boy, a baby daughter… or so everyone thought. We had a different plan. His name is Michael Robert! He came a year later in 2006
Three kids seemed like a largish-normal sized family and we were still quite young when Michael was born (24 and 27) so it was when our little Faith Roberta was born 19 months after Michael in 2008 that got everybody talking. “Surely you guys are done now, right? Two boys, two girls…”
You’ve probably figured out by now we kind of march to the beat of our own drum. Thank goodness too, because our little Georgia Grace came into the world in 2010.
After that we thought we “should” be done. Mike had just lost his long time job as a pipe fitter and we were unsure of what was going to happen. We scheduled “the snip” and with a quick trip to his doctor and a bag or two of frozen peas we were officially closing the baby-bearing chapter in our lives at the ages of 28 and 31.
Or so we thought….
God had a bigger and better plan. His name was Ezra Jude. And he was a COMPLETE. SHOCK. Like couldn’t-be-more-surprised-if-I-woke-up-with-my-head-sewn-to-the-carpet surprised. After the initial shock wore off we announced our surprise to the world.
Meet Mr. 0.025%: YEP, WERE PREGNANT!
And in 2012 Ezra Jude came busting through the door we thought we shut. We are so glad God re-opened it!
And then Cora Nicole followed in 2014.
God said “Be fruitful and multiply!”
And we said, “Okay!”
Because His plans are bigger than ours.
UPDATE: in December of 2015 we found out we were expecting our EIGHTH blessing in the form of a little boy to even our numbers: Cypress Daniel. He is due in August of 2016 and we can’t wait to meet him!