It was New Year’s Day 2009 in D.C.. Nothing out of the ordinary was taking place – the older kids made crafts and put on a play. The younger ones destroyed Marci and Will’s living room with cowboys and knights 26 times or so. We took a walk to a great park for a picture of all the cousins. I think we even ate some leftover chinese food from New Years Eve. I never really thought too much about the fact that I didn’t feel quite right and seemed to be a little emotional. Without much thought I told Marci that I wanted to stop at a drug store on our way home from the park. I bought a pregnancy test and laughed to myself thinking I was crazy to waste the money on one, still not thinking it could actually be positive. I took the test and received the results VERY Quickly. Time seemed to stop – my mind going crazy – FIVE kids! FIVE tuitions! FIVE seats to fill in our van – oh my word, we’ll be too big for a minivan!
243 days later I had a very different attitude… God saw fit to grace Nathan and I with a beautiful new daughter, Emillie Joy! From the moment I looked into those beautiful little eyes, I was in love. How could I have ever been anxious about that New Years Day surprise? 8 weeks later as I type this, she is laying next to me and I couldn’t feel more content. Tired and overwhelmed? yes, but filled with JOY nonetheless!
9.1 lbs, 21 1/2 inches