My Greatest Blessing

Marketta, Operations – 1st Shift Picking Loop Lead - Olathe

I never thought I would be a mother. After years of not getting pregnant, five failed fertility treatments and then having several doctors tell us it was not going to happen, my husband and I accepted that we would not have a child of our own. I decided it was time to get healthy and stay healthy so I started Slim4Life and was making great progress. We received a huge surprise six months later when I went in to the doctor’s office for a small procedure, the doctor came in the room and said that he wouldn’t be able to perform said procedure because I was pregnant. My husband and I were shocked to say the least.

 

After the shock wore off, and we went to the doctor’s office to confirm we were told that yes, we were pregnant and we were having twins! A couple short months later on May 24, 2017, I had some complications and they were born at 26 weeks. Journey Faith was born first followed shortly by her sister, Mara Ivy. The next day and a half was a whirlwind of emotions as we learned that Journey would not survive and Mara would become a twin-less twin on May 26, 2017. We spent the next 93 days in the NICU with Mara as she fought to get strong enough to go home. We got the best news on August 24, 2017, my original due date, that we were going to be released from the hospital. We were going home!

 

Being a mother is the best. I love every single minute of it. Mara is thriving, and I just love everything about her. I have to brag that her first word was mama and she said it on my husband’s and mine seventh wedding anniversary. My husband was a little jealous that she said mama first. Not a day goes by that we don’t think of Journey, I carry her with me every day in this necklace, it’s an urn. My husband has one and we have one for Mara for when she gets older. While most will think this is a sad story and it does have its sad moments, I hope they understand the joy that I have for my daughters. Being a mother has been, and will be, my greatest blessing.

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