Gracie is due to arrive in the middle of April.
Gracie is a miracle.
Molly and Joe are preparing each day to become Gracie's parents. Their first baby.
Joe is our son and Molly is our daughter in law. Their journey to April has been long and tedious and at times seemed nearly hopeless... But God...
Background... Joe & Molly met at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Molly went to Bolivia and served in missions for 3 years. Joe went on to seminary in Fort Worth, graduated, and they were married and both went back to Bolivia for a year. When they returned, Joe pastored a church and during those few years, with Molly working right by his side, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Right from the start, they knew they wanted a family. Molly went through chemo and radiation, lost her hair, and was sick, and during most of it she continued to teach school. Chemo and radiation however, pretty much destroyed their chances of pregnancy. But God...
After her hair grew back, and it ALL came back... (and Molly has the thickest curly beautiful dark hair you can imagine!) and her health returned, they began to do the background and work to prepare for adoption. During this time they were learning about 'snowflake babies'. (Click for more complete information.)
Molly's doctor said he thought her ability to implant and carry a snowflake baby with a normal pregnancy should work fine for her. It did. And so we are all waiting with real joy and anticipation, for Gracie.
On March 4 we are giving a baby shower for Molly and Gracie. These will be the favors. I ordered 250 of these tiny buckets years ago when I was in a creative phase and the company was ending this product. I've used these buckets for everything from 'soup to nuts'!!
I can't wait to share the good news when the big day arrives, and Gracie is home!
God has so much ahead for this family who is so precious to all of us, there are aunts, uncles, mimi, poppa, grandpa, and a boatload of cousins who can hardly wait for Gracie to come home.
She's been hoped for and prayed for by all of us for a long time, especially Joe & Molly.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.