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We met over 8 years ago at church as Shaun was walking in and I was walking out. The few words exchanged sparked an interst that kept Shaun coming back. When we FINALLY began dating 4 years later we soon knew there was something special here. Our first year quickly flew by and we both decided we never wanted to spend another year with anyone else or without each other. We married in the place where it all began on January 1, 2011 (1/1/11) and gave birth to our beautiful daughter Ava Marie on September 22, 2011 our next little one, Clara Rose came 16 months later on February 11, 2013. This blog began with our preparation with our wedding and has entered into recording the days and events of our newlywed life and new motherhood.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

7 Quick Takes-The Thankful Edition

1.  This morning I woke up and got ready for my midwife appt.  Right as I was headed out the door I recieved a phone call that they'd need to reschedule because Louise was at the hospital with a Mom (actually 2) in labor.  I made a new appt for Monday morning and quickly mentioned that she (the baby) hadn't been moving much (or moving at all) the last day and a half and the sooner I could reschedule, the better I'd feel.  I recieved a phone call back about 5 min later sending me to the hospital for a non-stress test.

2.  The 30 min drive there was filled with me battling off my overactive imagination and all the thoughts of  "what if something really IS wrong?" and the plethora of recent images flooding through my head.  Like the one of Ava coming into my room every morning lately and peeking into the empty bassinett while awaiting a baby to arrive in there and how I would explain if anything happended... and we lost her... How would I explain to this little child... How I would explain to Shaun... How I would find the ability to embrace this ...if somehow we lost her... all these things rushing through my mind ...and me rubbing my belly and hoping she would just go ahead and kick like she usually did whenever I was worried.  I drove silently, but made a handful of phone calls to answering machines, nonchalantly ask for prayers that all be well.  I tried to trust and brush my fears aside... and breathe.

3.  I arrived and was hooked up to the monitor and tried not to feel foolish or "over-reactive".  The nurse, Shelley who tended to me had been one of the ones to take care of me during my long hospital stay with Ava. 

She reassured me that it was right that I'd come in.  She asked where they usually found her heartbeat and I pointed to the spot.  She placed the monitor there and....

...first a dim, then increasing bumpa bumpa bumpa... and then I could really breathe. 

I knew the sound of her heartbeat. 

Knew before they told me that she was ok.

I was SO relieved.

And then a few minutes later she finally started to move and kick me.

I'd missed that.

4.  I rested my head back for the rest of the test and prayed.  I almost cried in gratitude.  I don't know why I felt the need to "hold my tears in" and "be strong"... some foolish reason I suppose, but inside I was SO thankful she was ok.  She was ok.

5.  Louise came in and I joked that I was determined to keep my appointment today no matter what and she smiled that saintly smile and told me how happy she was that everything was good and my blood pressure was excellent and that we'd be able to finally have this baby all natural. 

I stopped her and looked at her and said again... "Louise, you know I wouldn't be able to have this baby naturally had it not been for everything you did for me during Ava's delivery.  Please know how grateful I am for you..." and then I stopped before the tears started flowing.

6.  I drove home so grateful for the health of my baby, but concious of how many go for these tests and do not have the same happy news.  I lifted up the other mothers who felt the same fears and called my husband to reassure him all was fine. 

I thought of the little girl he had already given to me that was playing happily at home with Nana... and again was thankful.  It's amazing how quickly we can turn from worry to gratitude isn't it?

7.  Tonight Shaun's older and beautiful, Cheyanne finally was able to come visit.  Ava was beside herself with joy!  She loves her sister so much, it's a beautiful thing to watch.  I mean... just LOOK at her snuggling as close as she can to her!

We ate banana splits and watched THIS movie

All of us let the tears flow freely and I was so grateful for the gift of life ...AND for the gift to be ABLE to be grateful for the gift of life. 

I couldn't help but think of THIS POST I had written last year after an unexpected evening brought with it tremendous gratitude. 

Extra 8. Today as we remember all those who braved the bitter cold to March in defense of Life in Washington, DC, let us continue to be grateful for all that we have and to keep praying for a country that loves and cherishes life.  Someday it will end... someday.


  1. So glad everything is ok! I know how scary that can be.

    Soon very soon, you'll meet your new baby!

    Excited for you!

    1. Thanks so much Tina!

      I just got a bunch of your blog posts that came through my feed only yesterday for some reason! I have a lot of catching up to do on the Fisher household!

      Very soon indeed. Please keep us in your prayers and I'll post pics when I can.

  2. Oh Marijanna--I understand what you are feeling!! The end is so hard, I worry til I'm holding that baby!! So happy everything is ok!! And it will be.

    Love Love Love that picture of Ava and Cheyanne--I'm sure Cheyanne loves Ava trying to be close to her too!
    So sweet!!

    That last picture is amazing and so hopeful for our future, and the end of abortion someday!

    1. I'll be so happy when I'm holding her and know she's healthy and fine. I was SO relieved!

      Oh my gosh, Ava LOVES Cheyanne SOooo much! She's pretty much glued to her when she comes. She's so different with her than she is with anyone else. It's beautiful.

      Isn't that pic great!? So inspiring!

  3. Praying for you, know that sweetie--she'll be out soon!!

  4. So glad to hear all is well, we are praying for you as your day draws near! It is so exciting!

    1. Thank you so much, Mary. We loved seeing the recent pictures of little Dominic today! Thinking of you from across the country and sending love your way as well. Left a message for you on your cell the other day, just an FYI. xo

  5. HI there! I just found your blog over at that awards page. You will be added to my prayer list of expectant mamas :) And those girls....oh! how absolutely beautiful! God bless!

    1. Patty, So glad you could come & visit. I quickly checked out your photography and wished you were close enough to come snap some shots of my sweetheart (and soon to be second lovey). Thank you so much for stopping by and certainly for the prayers!

  6. Stopping in to let you know that you are close in my mind and heart today. Hoping it's an inclination that baby has or is arriving?? :) Hate to bug you, but wanted to check in and let you know that I was thinking of you.

    1. Sarah... dear Sarah... you NEVER bug me. I've just been too hectic to write a decent post and when I tried to yesterday... couldn't upload any pics. I'll post soon. No baby (delivered) yet... but I'll keep you "posted" ;) Definitely feeling soon, though.

  7. The end is ALWAYS so hard, isn't it?! I find I am even more fearful at the end than the beginning because I've gone through all that time with the baby, loving him or her. Plus the anticipation is enough to choke a horse at that point!!!
    Can't wait to hear the exciting news!! :)

    PS I apologize for having never left a comment here before, and especially after you always leave such positive, lovely comments for me. What can I say, I am an internet dork!

  8. I LOVE that movie! (October Baby). I watched it on Netflix the other day, thinking I would just watch the first 5 minutes but ended up watching the whole thing. It was so well done!

    That must have been so scary about your baby. I have had a few scares like that myself. I remember this one girl that I worked with (she was pretty young, so i can call her a girl) told me when she was pregnant with her baby--the day before the baby was due, the baby died in utero. She (the baby) had not moved for 4 hours, and the mom kept trying to get her to kick or something by wiggling and shaking her belly, blasting loud music in the car, ect. The baby had died and no one knew why. That story has always sticked with me.

    Anyway, not the story you probably want to hear--sorry! Everything seems to sound good with your little one; you have a good midwife who seems to be really on top of things. I will pray for you as your day draws near.

    By the way, did the rosary arrive in time? I had just realized from our last email that you wanted it in time for your MIL's birthday (I think you said it was your MIL?)I'm worried now that it didn't get there on time. Please let me know!


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