also known as, “What a difference a year makes!”
January 2009: Right around my birthday (best birthday present ever!), we find out I’m pregnant. We were so excited for Baby Pyles, due in September. It makes me laugh to think about… we had no idea what was in store!
February 2009: We go in for an 8-week ultrasound and get the surprise of our lives – we’re having TWINS. We could no longer keep the secret and spread the news to everyone.
March 2009: We celebrate our third anniversary. No picture of it though – I think because I was so sick still, but we did enjoy a night away together, figuring we should make the most of our time left as just the two of us!
April 2009: We decided to find out what we were having (originally with just one it was going to be a delivery surprise)… our big ultrasound goes perfectly and we learn there are TWO BOYS in there!
May – June 2009: Lots of amazing baby showers. Babies keep on growin’.
July 2009: After a pretty uncomplicated twin pregnancy, I land in the hospital with preeclampsia the day the Peru team leaves, taking with it 4 very important people. I remember my sister telling the boys to behave while she was gone and stay in my belly. They did not listen. On July 26, we became parents when our amazing little boys were born!
August 2009: Our boys overcame many obstacles in the NICU, growing each day. This was probably the hardest month of our lives, but we grew even closer & our marriage became even stronger – as well as our relationship with the Lord.
September 2009: Cullen & Lane come home!!! We were so happy to finally settle in as a family of four.
October – November – December 2009: Life is different now – more challenging, but incredibly more rewarding. We are so in love with our sons and so thankful to God for our twin surprise. What a year 2009 was – thank you Lord for overwhelming us with two precious blessings, incredibly supportive families and friends, and your obvious provision every step of the way. It’s been an amazing year!
Happy New Year to all! We’re planning on a slightly more boring 2010… ha – if you can ever call life with twins boring. 😉