Saturday, March 22, 2008

Do You Believe in Miracles?

If you came to my blog and only saw the title, forgive me, I am an airhead!! Anyway, do you believe?? If ever there was a time of year to believe in miracles, it would be Easter time. For me, it ranks right up there with Christmas. I promised when I started this blog, I would not get religious on you, and I am not going to now, but I am going to tell you a story that may make you believe. First, the background. My older sister Mary and I both suffer from what is known as PCOS in the medical world. It is PolyCycstic Ovarian Syndrome. For those of you that don't know what that is, it is basically a condition that causes you to ovulate irregularly if at all. The only way to control it is by diet, exercise and the only prescribed medication is glucophage. Basically with this disease, the heavier you are, the worse it is. So anyway, we both wanted to have a baby at about the same time. We both started seeing a DR. to get help to do so. I was immediately started on Clomid(causes you to super ovulate) and was having 2 to 3 ultrasounds a month to check for ovulation. On top of this all, I was having to take a shot when they thought I was ready to help me ovulate too. After 6 months of this, my regular DR decided that I needed to see a specialist. After 3 rounds of insemination, they decided that we needed to test Travis and see if anything was wrong with him, which of course, there was. His problem can be corrected surgically, but for right now, due to financial reasons, we need to wait. So during this time, my sisters DR wanted to have her tested to see if everything was alright with her( now remember, all this was happening at the same time). She had a test done that checks your tubes to see if they are open(which mine are) and they told her that hers were 100% blocked, so basically, the only way for her to have a baby was to do in vitro. She started seeing a specialist and he wanted her to start on the glucophage to get her body ready to ovulate, but wanted her to lose weight before he would start the clomid. She was a real trooper and started the low carb diet and lost 50+ pounds. At some point along the way, life happened, her husband switched jobs, and they lost his insurance which had the in-vitro coverage on it. For those of you that have done this, it is hugely expensive. So after some soul searching, they decided to give up and just live with the fact that they wouldn't ever have children together( he has a son from a previous relationship). I bet you know what is coming.........my sister called me today and is pregnant!!! I don't know how, I don't know why, but she is. So for the DR that told her her tubes were 100% blocked, you were wrong!!!! Talk about a miracle!!! Wanna know the funny part, she is 6MONTHS along!!! Isn't that crazy!!! I had to laugh at her, because I always make fun of those people on TV that don't know they are pregnant until they give birth. Thankfully, she didn't get to that point, but 6months is a long time to now know. She does say that looking back now, she should have seen the signs(the biggest one being that fact that she hasn't had a period since October), but when you get told that there is no way possible, it is the furthest thing from your mind. Do you wanna know how she found out....she felt him kicking!!! Awesome!!! So this card is for Mary and Russell, congratulations on your amazing news!! (BTW it is also for the Inspiration challenge over on SCS, you know I can make anything work the way I want it too!!) The main image is from the new Anna Wight set for Whipper Snapper called Bundle of Joy. It was stamped on watercolor paper with Black Stazon and colored with SU markers and ink pads with my aquapainter. I then outlined it all with my prismacolor cool grey marker. I rounded the corners(for Sharon's stamp simply challenge) and layered it with my card colors, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky and Sage Shadow. The rest is pretty easy to figure out, and my nieces are here, so I really need to get to bed, I have another story to tell tomorrow, but this post is huge!! Thanks for looking and have a miraculous day!!
stamps-Bundle of Joy by Whipper Snapper
ink- Black Stazon, Blue Bayou and Soft Sky
paper-Blue Bayou, Soft Sky CS and DSP, Sage Shadow, and Very Vanilla
tools-silver grads, silver cord, SU markers, aquapainter, cool grey marker, circle punches and soft sky ribbon

26 comments:

  1. Congrats to your sister! HOW AWESOME!

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  2. Oh Jessie...I'm still craying tears of joy!!!A true (un)expected miracle...and YES...I truly believe in them my dear!
    I'm soooo happy for all of your family...three more months and U'll be an auntie again....
    (one of the best aunties I know by the way!)
    Do U know? something similar happened to an 'old' friemd of mine ages ago...she even adopsted two children...and then...she became pregnant when all odds were against her...she too was told it was IMpossible!
    I believe that sooner or later will be your turn too....I'll pray for U that this will happen....never say never...ever!
    God bless U for sharing this special news w/us...
    what a Special Easter Blessing!!

    Paola (SCS=sama)

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  3. JESSIE!!!!!!!! I am sooooo celebrating with you and jumping for joy!!! What a true miracle and blessing!!!! I have 2 cousins with PCOS and haven't been able to conceive......but......then again, like you said.....the doctors soooooooooo do NOT know everything!!! Are they going to find out if it's a boy or girl or be surprised?? That is......more surprised than they already are!!! Now.....that card is AMAZING!! Yes......truly.....ALL of your cards are......but this one is just that "extra" special!!! Lots of hugs!!!

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  4. Wow! That is totally incredible!! Congrats to your sister!

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  5. My DIL has that also. My niece does too. It is quite common. I do believe in miracles and this is surely one of Gods interventions. Blessed news for sure...Thanks for sharing

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  6. What a wonderful gift!! My DH's sister was told she could never have kids and after #3 they decided they had better take precautions!!

    Trusting that you will be the next one with the good news :) Blessings.

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  7. Yes, I believe in miracles! So happy for your Sis. And actually, I've been praying for you since I read you wanted a baby (a few posts ago). Thanks for sharing.

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  8. oh my gosh I am like almost bauling here, what awesome news Jessie! And your card is just perfect

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  9. Jessie! You made me cry! What a beautiful thing to share with us! I just woke up a little while ago and read it and well WOW! This is a story that will touch many people who have had to suffer the trials sadness,and pain of not conceiving. I am blessed with two beautiful boys, but I had my own trials to overcome along that journey too. Your sister is truly blessed and sooo lucky to have a sister to share this all with!! I believe your turn will come too! Congratulations to your sister! I'm sure you will have an extra Special Easter!! It is a beautiful time of year!

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  10. J, this is fantastic news!! What a joyous time for your sister and DH. And for you too! You'll be an auntie! =) Love the card too... perfect timing for that Baby set to hit your doorstep, I'll say!

    Blessings,
    -Anna.

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  11. Woohoo! I absolutely believe in miracles, I have been the recipient of several:) This card is so wonderfully adorable Jessie. Have a great weekend!
    Laura

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  12. I do believe in miracles; this is definitely one of them! I got tears in my eyes & goose bumps reading your sister's story, it is fabulous!! I hope the short rest of her pregnancy goes well. LOVE your card and I'm sure she will too

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  13. Wonderful story and wonderful card. God works in mysterious ways!!! Happy Easter. Joan

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  14. Jessi - what a wonderful story!!! I love the outcome....and tell your sister I'm so excited for them!!!

    God is great and he does show it too!!!

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  15. What a GREAT story!! I'm so happy for your sister and her husband! Thanks so much for sharing! May you find encouragement from their experience. My hopes and prayers are that you'll be next! As for the card -- WOW! You did an amazing job with the inspiration piece. (So far, I've only been inspired to WANT it, lol! [I've resisted buying it so far]) Off to go stamp now :)

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  16. Okay, I wanna make your sis a card now too!!! I love your card by the way. Just beautiful. Congrats on becoming an aunt (again)!

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  17. My dear friend, I am overjoyed for you sister and her husband..what wonderful news. I think everything in life happens for a reason and this was meant to be. Miracles are just that for a reason - no explanation, no way to make sense of it, just there so we can rejoice in the wonderful news.

    As for you and your hubby, don't loose hope. Your dreams will come true one way or another...it's what you deserve for being such a beautiful soul! HUGS!!!

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  18. Oh, Jessie!!! That is such a wonderful, amazing story, and how PERFECT for this time of year!!! What a joyous, amazing occurrence, and won't that be a most-loved little one!!! Please keep us posted!!! Now, let's get to praying for a similar miracle for you, my girlfriend. Anyone as crafty as you NEEDS a baby!!! : ) {{{Jessie}}}

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  19. Jessie that's awesome!! Huge congrats to your sister and your whole family - how exciting and truly miraculous!!! We'll pray for a similar miracle for you!!

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  20. Children are truly a miracle! Jessie, I am so happy for your sister and family!

    I have also been thinking of you since I read your post a few posts back that you are also struggling to have children of your own. My hubby and I struggled ourselves for three years to have children (four miscarriages in three years) and although we had different problems, we eventually did have two beautiful girls. Please know that there are people out there praying for you and your family. Have a blessed Easter!!

    Your card is fantastic, BTW!!

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  21. What a true miracle!!! God bless you and your family this Easter!! Much love.....

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  22. just wonderful!! HUGS! I pray you'll have a miracle to share of your one soon!

    (PS I have a friend who found out she was pregnant at 22 weeks at a OBGYN appt, got to find out the sex(girl) 2 minutes after hearing she was expecting! wild! When you're not thinking about being pregnant, the signs just seems like "flu/stress to someone who's busy!)

    PS adorable card! :)

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  23. Laura (scrapnextras)March 25, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    What wonderful news! And your card is a fabulous way for them to celebrate! Congrats to your sister!

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  24. I was just looking at some of your old posts and read this one about your sister. I have PCOS also, and after 2-1/2 years of trying (10 months with help) we were blessed by the birth of our first son, TJ, 4 years ago. Then (much to our surprise) I got pregnant 19 months later on my own when we weren't even trying. Apparently, baby #1 was sort of a "roto-rooter" and cleared the way for Baby #2.

    Hang in there! I know it's a tough road, but you're not alone!

    -Krissy Fossmeyer

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