birth, Down syndrome, faith, God, grief, Ivy Joy, labor, loss, miscarriage, prenatal diagnosis, the lucky few, tribe, twin loss, Willow Hope

My Story

I am one of those people who had her life planned out at age ten. Become a teacher, get married, have kids. And life pretty much followed. I went to Hope College, became a teacher in Allendale, married Sam, and had two kids - Zoe and Eli. Last summer, Sam and I decided it was… Continue reading My Story

birth, Down syndrome, faith, God, Ivy Joy, labor, prenatal diagnosis, the lucky few

Birth Story – Part 2

"For you created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well." Psalm 139:13-14 Ivy came with one push at 1:19 pm on July 5th, 2018. She cried immediately and was able to be put right on my chest. After… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 2

birth, Down syndrome, Ivy Joy, labor, prenatal diagnosis

Birth Story – Part 1

It's been awhile since I've had time to write... I'll blame that on the newborn currently sleeping on my chest! As you're all aware, our sweet Ivy is here and as I'm a sucker for a good birth story, I thought I'd write hers here. I'm including all the details (mostly for myself), so feel… Continue reading Birth Story – Part 1